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U.s. Businesses Face Increasing Threats From Chinese Cyber Attacks

U.S. businesses and government agencies are facing increasing risks of potential cyber attacks from China, according to a recent report. And IT departments that...

U.s. Keeps Foreign Ph.d.s
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U.s. Keeps Foreign Ph.d.s

Most foreigners who came to the U.S. to earn doctorate degrees in science and engineering stayed on after graduation — at least until the recession began — refuting...

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Pentagon Searches For

One of the trickiest problems in cyber security is trying to figure who’s really behind an attack. Darpa, the Pentagon agency that created the Internet, is trying...

In Digital Combat, U.s. Finds No Easy Deterrent
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In Digital Combat, U.s. Finds No Easy Deterrent

On a Monday morning earlier this month, top Pentagon leaders gathered to simulate how they would respond to a sophisticated cyberattack aimed at paralyzing the...

Software to Test Cybersecurity Systems For Flaws
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Software to Test Cybersecurity Systems For Flaws

Cybersecurity systems are tough to crack, but not tough enough. A Clarkson University professor is developing software programs that will test cybersecurity systems...

From Communications of the ACM

ACM Fellows Honored

Forty-seven men and women are inducted as 2009 ACM Fellows.

Better Computing, Communication For Disaster Response
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Better Computing, Communication For Disaster Response

The response to natural disasters like the killer earthquake in Haiti is complicated by the difficulty delivering medical care in a chaotic environment where the...

From ACM TechNews

Teaching Computer Games

Rapid computer game creation (RCGC) could be used to close the digital divide, according to Nikunj Dalal and colleagues at Oklahoma State University. Schools and...

From ACM Opinion

Outsourcing Makes A Comeback

After fizzling out over the past couple years, outsourcing is back in vogue. A new PricewaterhouseCoopers study shows outsourcing has roared back to life in the...

From ACM TechNews

Tech Volunteers Aiding Haiti Relief Efforts

Software developers and tech-savvy individuals from around the world are organizing to help with the Haiti relief effort. Projects already underway include the...

Ict Research to Boost India Socio-Economic Development
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Ict Research to Boost India Socio-Economic Development

William Thies and other scientists at Microsoft Research India have created technologies specifically designed to facilitate socio-economic development, spanning...

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Industry Says Gov't Must Regulate 'cloud' to Protect User Privacy

The federal government needs to address electronic security to calm Americans' uncertainty about cloud computing and secure its privacy, according to industry representatives...

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If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It Hackme

Back at the dawn of the Web, the most popular account password was “12345.” Today, it’s one digit longer but hardly safer: “123456.” Despite all the reports...

Tech Volunteers Build New Tools to Aid Haiti Relief Efforts
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Tech Volunteers Build New Tools to Aid Haiti Relief Efforts

Techies are gathering in person and online to collaborate on the development of new systems to support rescuers and relief workers on the ground in Haiti, and to...

Making Braille Music ­niversally Accessible
From ICT Results

Making Braille Music ­niversally Accessible

Blind musicians have had restricted access to scores due to the scarcity and limitations of Braille transcriptions. A new European system makes music for the blind...

Cybersecurity Expert Stays Creative Baking Bread
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Cybersecurity Expert Stays Creative Baking Bread

Is there a recipe a scientist might follow to spur creativity and cook up new discoveries? Cyber security expert Kevin Fu of the University of Massachusetts Amherst...

Web Access Is New Clinton Doctrine
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Web Access Is New Clinton Doctrine

The U.S. plans to make unrestricted access to the Internet a top foreign-policy priority, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to announce Thursday (January...

From ACM News

Fearing Hackers Who Leave No Trace

The crown jewels of Google, Cisco Systems or any other technology company are the millions of lines of programming instructions, known as source code, that make...

From ACM TechNews

U.s. Keeps Science Lead, But Other Countries Gain

The United States remains the world's leader in science and technology, based on factors such as gross dollars spent, relative spending on research, research articles...

Multilingual Translation System Receives Over 2 Million Euro in Eu Funding
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Multilingual Translation System Receives Over 2 Million Euro in Eu Funding

University of Gothenburg professor Aarne Ranta is leading an effort to create a reliable translation tool that covers most of the European Union languages. The...
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