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Government Surveillance of Social Networks Challenged
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Government Surveillance of Social Networks Challenged

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley Law School filed a lawsuit...

Power Lines and Tv Deliver Communications to Remote Brazil
From ICT Results

Power Lines and Tv Deliver Communications to Remote Brazil

A cheap way to deliver interactive communications to remote communities has been successfully tested in Brazil and Italy.

Mathematical Models Could Track Gossip, and Terrorists
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Mathematical Models Could Track Gossip, and Terrorists

Thanks to the Internet and online social networks (OSNs) news and gossip now spread seemingly without any order. But according Ryerson University researcher Anthony...

Local Governments Offer Data to Software Trackers
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Local Governments Offer Data to Software Trackers

Local governments are trying to make government data more accessible to citizens, and some are turning over data to programmers to make it more usable. One example...

Software Models Aid Genetic Study
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Software Models Aid Genetic Study

New modeling software called Qlucore is being used by researchers at King's College to study how genes react to toxins. The gene-modeling software can sort through...

Californians and Cell Phones to Help Computer Scientists Track Air Pollution
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Californians and Cell Phones to Help Computer Scientists Track Air Pollution

Computer scientists at University of California, San Diego are creating a network of environmental sensors that will help identify air pollution hot spots. The...

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Tufts ­niversity Awarded 'digging Into Data Challenge' Grant

A professor at Tufts University will lead a team of international researchers to explore how humanities scholars can use data analysis to track topics about the...

Intel Ceo Paul Otellini New Chair of Innovation Task Force
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Intel Ceo Paul Otellini New Chair of Innovation Task Force

Paul S. Otellini, President and Chief Executive Officer of Intel Corp., has accepted the invitation of the Task Force on American Innovation to serve as its new...

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A Virus-Safe Software to Reduce Carbon Footprint

At a time when the world is deliberating upon ways to cut carbon emissions, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) has unveiled software especially developed...

MIT Red Balloon Team Wins DARPA Network Challenge
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MIT Red Balloon Team Wins DARPA Network Challenge

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced that the MIT Red Balloon Challenge Team won the $40,000 cash prize in the DARPA Network Challenge...

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First Computer Science Education Week Targets Issues in Teaching Computer Science

ACM and its partners are launching Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) to uncover and remedy the inadequacy of the nation's computer science (CS) education...

Salary Survey: Chinese, Indian Engineers Expand Wish List
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Salary Survey: Chinese, Indian Engineers Expand Wish List

The 2009 EE Times Global Salary & Opinion Survey found that salary increases for engineers in India and China have climbed over the past five years, and the rate...

Women Make Strides in Sciences
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Women Make Strides in Sciences

The University of Calgary's Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) program helps young women explore opportunities in underrepresented science and engineering...

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A Report on the Discovery and Innovation in Health IT Workshop

The Discovery and Innovation in Health IT Workshop, cosponsored by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), attempted to make further progress on productive collaboration...

Cell Phone Technology Allows Deaf People To Communicate Via Sign Language
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Cell Phone Technology Allows Deaf People To Communicate Via Sign Language

For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, cell phone use has largely been limited to text messaging. But technology is catching up: Cornell researchers and colleagues...

Smart Grid Potential Gated By Broadband
From ACM TechNews

Smart Grid Potential Gated By Broadband

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission recently held a field hearing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to discuss the role of the communications...

Survivor Buddy Robot Becomes Interface to World
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Survivor Buddy Robot Becomes Interface to World

A joint project between Texas A&M and Stanford universities is developing a rescue robot capable of connecting trapped victims with the outside world. The robot...

Smart Software to Simulate Future Financial Crises
From ICT Results

Smart Software to Simulate Future Financial Crises

Can economics better predict how banks will react to future credit crunches and their impact on the wider economy? Breakthrough simulation software by European...

From ACM News

Squeezing Web Sites Onto Cellphones

When a group of engineers at National Instruments Corp. modified a 1988 Oldsmobile so it could be controlled by an iPhone, the company was quick to share the project...

Google, ­nesco Alliance Provides Virtual Visits to World Heritage Sites
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Google, ­nesco Alliance Provides Virtual Visits to World Heritage Sites

Sites inscribed on the World Heritage List — the Palace of Versailles in France, the historic center of Prague in the Czech Republic and the old town of Cáceres...
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