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How the Government Can Read Your Email
From ACM News

How the Government Can Read Your Email

With Congress focused on reforming the tax code and replacing Obamacare—plus keeping the government open—there's little oxygen for other policy issues.

MIT Lab Shows Off Smart Threads That Can Send Messages, Change Color
From ACM TechNews

MIT Lab Shows Off Smart Threads That Can Send Messages, Change Color

Researchers at MIT are developing smart fabrics as part of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AAFOA) alliance. At the grand opening of the Fabric Discovery...

Beyond the Five Senses
From ACM News

Beyond the Five Senses

The world we experience is not the real world. It's a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world...

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels
From ACM News

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

Swiveling seats? Movies projected across the windshield? Social media feeds on the windows?

How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear
From ACM Opinion

How Google Copes When Even It Can't Afford Enough Gear

Urs Hölzle has a big job.

Why Printers Add Secret Tracking Dots
From ACM News

Why Printers Add Secret Tracking Dots

On 3 June, FBI agents arrived at the house of government contractor Reality Leigh Winner in Augusta, Georgia.

How a Few Yellow Dots Burned the Intercept's NSA Leaker
From ACM News

How a Few Yellow Dots Burned the Intercept's NSA Leaker

When reporters at The Intercept approached the National Security Agency on June 1 to confirm a document that had been anonymously leaked to the publication in May...

The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas
From ACM News

The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas

In April, a photograph of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o taken at a Miu Miu fashion show three years ago began recirculating online.

Banned From the US? There's a Robot for That
From ACM News

Banned From the US? There's a Robot for That

Two telepresence robots roll into a human-computer interaction conference.

Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89
From ACM News

Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89

Jean E. Sammet, an early software engineer and a designer of COBOL, a programming language that brought computing into the business mainstream, died on May 20 in...

Heads Up: Augmented Reality Prepares for the Battlefield
From ACM News

Heads Up: Augmented Reality Prepares for the Battlefield

At last week's Pentagon Lab Day in Washington, DC, the Army's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) and Army Research...

When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism
From ACM News

When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism

On New Year's Eve in 2015 local and federal agents arrested a 26-year-old man in Rochester, N.Y., for planning to attack people at random later that night using...

A Brief History of SETI@Home
From ACM Careers

A Brief History of SETI@Home

The year was 1999, and the people were going online. AOL, Compuserve, mp3.com, and AltaVista loaded bit by bit after dial-up chirps, on screens across the world...

Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard
From ACM News

Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard

Snapchat knew it from the start, but in recent months Google and Facebook have all but confirmed it: The keyboard, slowly but surely, is fading into obscurity. ...

Inside Russia's Social Media War on America
From ACM News

Inside Russia's Social Media War on America

On March 2, a disturbing report hit the desks of U.S. counterintelligence officials in Washington.

FCC Votes to Start Rolling Back Landmark Net Neutrality Rules
From ACM News

FCC Votes to Start Rolling Back Landmark Net Neutrality Rules

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to begin undoing a key decision from the Obama era that could relax regulations on Internet...

Seeing with Your Tongue
From ACM News

Seeing with Your Tongue

The climbers at Earth Treks gym, in Golden, Colorado, were warming up: stretching, strapping themselves into harnesses, and chalking their hands as they prepared...

Pocket Laboratories
From ACM News

Pocket Laboratories

As spring turns to summer along the east coast of the United States, thoughts turn to holidays, beaches, picnics—and mosquitoes.

In Memoriam Harry D. Huskey 1916-2017
From ACM News

In Memoriam Harry D. Huskey 1916-2017

Huskey's work included building innovative hardware and novel software, and educating computer scientists worldwide. 

How a Cyber Attack Transformed Estonia
From ACM News

How a Cyber Attack Transformed Estonia

Cyber-attacks, information warfare, fake news—exactly 10 years ago Estonia was one of the first countries to come under attack from this modern form of hybrid warfare...
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