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Teaching a Driverless Car to Turn Left
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Teaching a Driverless Car to Turn Left

Getting driverless cars to make safe left turns at intersections is a key challenge for engineers, as they involve both psychology and technology.

Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps
From ACM TechNews

Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps

A collaboration between researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Google has enabled the Internet company to reduce the number of fraudulent businesses...

Could the US Take Out North Korea's Missiles Before Launch?
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Could the US Take Out North Korea's Missiles Before Launch?

A failed missile launch in North Korea Sunday has brought renewed attention to reports that the United States is trying to degrade North Korea's missile capabilities...

Can a Supercomputing Algorithm Kill Gerrymandering?
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Can a Supercomputing Algorithm Kill Gerrymandering?

A new supercomputing algorithm can determine whether state legislative districts have been unfairly drawn, with the potential of reshaping U.S. electoral politics...

How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media
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How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

At the age of 21, David Pakman started a little Massachusetts community radio talk program.

Locking Out the Hackers
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Locking Out the Hackers

New hardware, services are aimed at identifying malware before it has the chance to execute.

Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto
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Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto

In the race to the autonomous revolution, developers have realized there aren't enough hours in a day to clock the real-world miles needed to teach cars how to...

Your Phone's Power Use Can Give Hackers an Opening
From ACM TechNews

Your Phone's Power Use Can Give Hackers an Opening

Researchers have shown even without a data cable, hackers can analyze a device's power needs to access users' private information.

We know What You're Watching (Even If It's Encrypted)
From ACM News

We know What You're Watching (Even If It's Encrypted)

I stand firm in the opinion that it's my basic, human right to binge-watch six hours of trashy detective shows on a Friday night with a silent phone in my lap and...

Using Randomness to Protect Election Integrity
From ACM TechNews

Using Randomness to Protect Election Integrity

Vanderbilt University professor Eugene Vorobeychik and colleagues have combined game theory and computer security expertise to design a method for auditing electoral...

'We All Love the Tomahawk:' A Brief History of U.S.'s Favorite Robotic Killer
From ACM News

'We All Love the Tomahawk:' A Brief History of U.S.'s Favorite Robotic Killer

In the early hours of Friday morning, two U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers in the waters of the eastern Mediterranean Sea launched a barrage of Tomahawk Land...

Virginia Tech Professor Builds Algorithm to Detect Traces of Cyberbullying
From ACM TechNews

Virginia Tech Professor Builds Algorithm to Detect Traces of Cyberbullying

Virginia Polytechnic and State University professor Bert Huang is working to develop an automatic system for detecting cyberbullying.

Into the Breach
From ACM News

Into the Breach

Cyber ratings firms help companies evaluate the risks of doing business.

Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars
From ACM Careers

Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars

Long before Google started working on cars that drive themselves and Amazon was creating home appliances that talk, a handful of researchers in Canada—backed by...

23andMe Given Green Light to Sell DNA Tests for 10 Diseases
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23andMe Given Green Light to Sell DNA Tests for 10 Diseases

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first at-home genetic test that can help to determine a person's risk of developing certain diseases....

Tim Berners-Lee: Selling Private Citizens' Browsing Data Is 'Disgusting'
From ACM TechNews

Tim Berners-Lee: Selling Private Citizens' Browsing Data Is 'Disgusting'

Sir Tim Berners-Lee says he is appalled by the Trump administration's decision to dismantle net neutrality and let Internet service providers sell customers' browsing...

How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry
From ACM News

How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry

Scientists are getting closer to building life from scratch and technology pioneers are taking notice, with record sums moving into a field that could deliver novel...

Virginia Tech Researchers: Android Apps Can Conspire to Mine Information From Your Smartphone
From ACM TechNews

Virginia Tech Researchers: Android Apps Can Conspire to Mine Information From Your Smartphone

Researchers say they have conducted the first-ever large-scale systematic study of how the trusty applications on Android phones are able to talk to one another...

Trump Completes Repeal of Online Privacy Protections From Obama Era
From ACM News

Trump Completes Repeal of Online Privacy Protections From Obama Era

President Trump on Monday signed a congressional resolution to complete the overturning of internet privacy protections created by the Federal Communications Commission...

The Founding Fathers Encrypted Secret Messages, Too
From ACM News

The Founding Fathers Encrypted Secret Messages, Too

Thomas Jefferson is known for a lot of things—writing the Declaration of Independence, founding the University of Virginia, owning hundreds of slaves despite believing...
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