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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


The Worsening State of Ransomware
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The Worsening State of Ransomware

Sophisticated, dangerous ransomware is the new normal … and there is no simple fix.

The Best of NLP
From Communications of the ACM

The Best of NLP

Natural language processing delves more deeply into its knowledge gap.

Hackers Exploit Websites to Give Them Excellent SEO Before Deploying Malware
From ACM TechNews

Hackers Exploit Websites to Give Them Excellent SEO Before Deploying Malware

Cybersecurity researchers have found hackers are using search engine optimization to push compromised websites higher up Google's rankings.

Google to Stop Tracking Users for Targeted Ads
From ACM TechNews

Google to Stop Tracking Users for Targeted Ads

Google says it will no longer track users across Internet searches to sell targeted advertising, and will not build alternative user-tracking models.

Fact-Finding Mission
From Communications of the ACM

Fact-Finding Mission

Artificial intelligence provides automatic fact-checking and fake news detection, but with limits.

Technological Responses to COVID-19
From Communications of the ACM

Technological Responses to COVID-19

Companies are finding new ways to enforce social distancing, clean public spaces, and provide substitutes for human workers.

Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19
From Communications of the ACM

Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19

Data science can only do so much in the face of a pandemic.

TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence
From ACM TechNews

TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence

Software called TLDR (too long, didn't read) automatically produces one-sentence abstracts of research papers.

Technologies for the Visually Impaired
From Communications of the ACM

Technologies for the Visually Impaired

The last decade has seen major advancements in technology for the blind and visually impaired, but problems remain.

Tracking COVID, Discreetly
From Communications of the ACM

Tracking COVID, Discreetly

Tracing the contacts of those who come into contact with the coronavirus is not that simple.

U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly
From ACM News

U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly

A victory for the government could remake one of America's most recognizable companies and the internet economy that it has helped define.

Virtual Collaboration in the Age of the Coronavirus
From Communications of the ACM

Virtual Collaboration in the Age of the Coronavirus

Videoconferencing apps took off during the COVID-19 lockdowns, but more efficient ways to collaborate virtually are waiting in the wings.

Algorithm Improves Fairness of Search Results
From ACM TechNews

Algorithm Improves Fairness of Search Results

Cornell University researchers have developed an algorithm to improve the fairness of online search rankings while retaining their utility and relevance.

AI-Powered Search Engine Makes It Easier to Find Information in the Fight Against COVID-19
From ACM TechNews

AI-Powered Search Engine Makes It Easier to Find Information in the Fight Against COVID-19

Researchers have developed a dedicated search engine for researchers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey
From Communications of the ACM

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey

Technologies are coming increasingly closer to approximating the human senses of taste and smell.

How Universities Deploy Student Data
From Communications of the ACM

How Universities Deploy Student Data

Personalizing efforts to drive greater student retention and success.

Across the Language Barrier
From Communications of the ACM

Across the Language Barrier

Translation devices are getting better at making speech and text understandable in different languages.

Google Just Got Better at Understanding Your Trickiest Searches
From ACM News

Google Just Got Better at Understanding Your Trickiest Searches

Google is rolling out an update to its English-language search engine that vice president of search Pandu Nayak calls "the single biggest change we've had in the...

Retrosynthetic Algorithm Broadened to Design Similar, but Different, Molecules
From ACM TechNews

Retrosynthetic Algorithm Broadened to Design Similar, but Different, Molecules

Researchers at the Polish Academy of Sciences have developed an algorithm for performing multistep retrosynthesis and predicting the most efficiency synthetic pathways...

Can You Locate Your Location Data?
From Communications of the ACM

Can You Locate Your Location Data?

Smartphone apps offering location data services may be desirable, but their ability to collect personal data that can be sold to third parties is less attractive...
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