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How Big Data Mines Personal Info to Craft Fake News and Manipulate Voters
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How Big Data Mines Personal Info to Craft Fake News and Manipulate Voters

The opening chords of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" rocked a hotel ballroom in New York City as a nattily dressed British man strode onstage...

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.

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

Got a Face-Recognition Algorithm? Uncle Sam Wants to Review It
From ACM News

Got a Face-Recognition Algorithm? Uncle Sam Wants to Review It

The nation's top-level intelligence office, the Director of National Intelligence, wants to find "the most accurate unconstrained face recognition algorithm."

Silicon Valley's Big Three vs. Detroit's Golden-Age Big Three
From ACM Careers

Silicon Valley's Big Three vs. Detroit's Golden-Age Big Three

Over the last 20 years, the technology industry has become the most powerful industry in the world, boasting seven of the 20 most profitable companies.

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. ...

An Algorithm That Hides Your Online Tracks With Random Footsteps
From ACM TechNews

An Algorithm That Hides Your Online Tracks With Random Footsteps

Steven Smith at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory has developed an algorithmic technique to thwart the collection of online users' browsing history. The algorithm conceals...

Building an AI Chip Saved Google From Building a Dozen New Data Centers
From ACM News

Building an AI Chip Saved Google From Building a Dozen New Data Centers

Google operates what is surely the largest computer network on Earth, a system that comprises custom-built, warehouse-sized data centers spanning 15 locations in...

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...

Lies, Propaganda and Fake News: A Challenge for Our Age
From ACM News

Lies, Propaganda and Fake News: A Challenge for Our Age

Who was the first black president of America?

NASA's 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails
From ACM News

NASA's 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails

That little blue dot likes to mock.

Physicists Teach AI to Identify Exotic States of Matter
From ACM News

Physicists Teach AI to Identify Exotic States of Matter

Put a tray of water in the freezer. For a while, it's liquid. And then—boom—the molecules stack into little hexagons, and you've got ice.

Trick of Tweet: Data Tool Pinpoints Words Seen as Credible
From ACM News

Trick of Tweet: Data Tool Pinpoints Words Seen as Credible

Sixty-two percent of Americans get their news from social media, according to a 2016 poll by Pew Research Center.

Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse by Making Chat a Game
From ACM News

Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse by Making Chat a Game

Microsoft is buying a deep learning startup based in Montreal, a global hub for deep learning research.

Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button for Regulators
From ACM News

Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button for Regulators

Wealth and influence in the technology business have always been about gaining the upper hand in software or the machines that software ran on.

2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet
From ACM News

2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet

On the west coast of Australia, Amanda Hodgson is launching drones out towards the Indian Ocean so that they can photograph the water from above.

U.S. Government Begins Asking Foreign Travelers about Social Media
From ACM News

U.S. Government Begins Asking Foreign Travelers about Social Media

The U.S. government quietly began requesting that select foreign visitors provide their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts upon arriving in the country...

European Court of Justice Rules Against Mass Data Retention in EU
From ACM News

European Court of Justice Rules Against Mass Data Retention in EU

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled on Wednesday that laws allowing for the blanket collection and retention of location and traffic data are...

Building Jarvis
From ACM Opinion

Building Jarvis

My personal challenge for 2016 was to build a simple AI to run my home—like Jarvis in Iron Man.

Pizzagate: From Rumor, to Hashtag, to Gunfire in D.C.
From ACM News

Pizzagate: From Rumor, to Hashtag, to Gunfire in D.C.

What was finally real was Edgar Welch, driving from North Carolina to Washington to rescue sexually abused children he believed were hidden in mysterious tunnels...
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