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July 2012


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NSA Boss Wants More Control Over the 'Net

NSA Boss Wants More Control Over the 'Net

The U.S. Internet's infrastructure needs to be redesigned to allow the NSA to know instantly when overseas hackers might be attacking public or private infrastructure and computer networks, the agency's leader, General Keith…


From ACM News

Talk to Me, One Machine Said to the Other

Talk to Me, One Machine Said to the Other

Ocado, an online grocery store in England, prides itself on its delivery of refrigerated foods: When the company says the goods will arrive at a certain temperature, they mean it.


From ACM TechNews

Declarations of Cyberwar

Declarations of Cyberwar

Debate continues to be focused on how cyberattacks relate to war and foreign policy and what the international community's appropriate response to such incidents should be. 


From ACM TechNews

Lack of Minority Representation in Science and Engineering Endangering U.S. Economic Health

Lack of Minority Representation in Science and Engineering Endangering U.S. Economic Health

Many of the "precious few" minority students pursuing science, technology, engineering, or mathematics degrees are either dropping out or changing majors, says Rice University professor Richard Tapia.  


From ACM TechNews

Researchers Study How to Avoid Charge Traps in Plastic Electronics

Researchers Study How to Avoid Charge Traps in Plastic Electronics

Charge traps in plastic electronics have a common underlying mechanism, and this finding has led to a theoretical framework for designing electronics without traps, according to a new study by researchers from Georgia Tech and…


From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Seeks to Make Sense of What You Didn't Say

Microsoft Seeks to Make Sense of What You Didn't Say

Scientists at Microsoft and the International Computer Science Institute, which is affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, are researching how to use people's individual verbal communication styles to improve…


From ACM News

Deborah Estrin Calls for CS Research on Sustainability

Deborah Estrin Calls for CS Research on Sustainability

The old adage, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure,” applies to how both networking and sensor technology can help address problems of sustainability, says Deborah Estrin.  


From ACM Opinion

Far from Silicon Valley, Tech Industry Finds an Oracle

Far from Silicon Valley, Tech Industry Finds an Oracle

Anand Shimpi is one of the most influential tech industry figures you've never heard of.


From ACM Opinion

The Frightening Things You Hear at a Black Hat Conference

The Frightening Things You Hear at a Black Hat Conference

Here is a look at some of the highlights and scarier happenings taking place at the annual Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas last week.


From ACM News

Samsung Case Is a Proxy for Google

Samsung Case Is a Proxy for Google

When Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. face off in a high-stakes patent trial Monday, there will be another elephant in the room: Google Inc.


From ACM TechNews

An App That Could Stop Traffic

An App That Could Stop Traffic

German researchers have developed Greenway, a Windows phone application designed to help people avoid traffic jams and get drivers from one point to another in the shortest amount of time.  


From ACM TechNews

Crowd Sourcing Comes to Astronomy

Crowd Sourcing Comes to Astronomy

Astronomers have reconstructed the orbit of the Holmes comet, which flew by Earth in 2007, using photos from the Internet.  


From ACM TechNews

Computers Not Yet Able to Understand Human Speech

Computers Not Yet Able to Understand Human Speech

Cornell University professor Lillian Lee discusses the progress in natural language processing and machine learning and the challenges that lie ahead.  


From ACM TechNews

Identifying Trending Stories on Twitter and Optimal Temperature for Data Center Computers

Identifying Trending Stories on Twitter and Optimal Temperature for Data Center Computers

UTSC professor Bianca Schroeder and students Nosayba El-Sayed, Ioan Stefanovici, George Amvrosiadis, and Andy A. Hwang received a best paper award at the recent ACM Sigmetrics conference in London for research on cooling computers…


From ACM Opinion

Tagging and Tracking Espionage Botnets

Tagging and Tracking Espionage Botnets

A security researcher who's spent 18 months cataloging and tracking malicious software that was developed and deployed specifically for spying on governments, activists, and industry executives says the complexity and scope of…


From ACM News

Curiosity Rover on Track for Early August Landing

Curiosity Rover on Track for Early August Landing

Eight days before reaching Mars, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft performed a flight-path adjustment scheduled more than nine months ago.


From ACM News

Apple v. Samsung: 5 Surprising Reveals in Latest Court Documents

Apple v. Samsung: 5 Surprising Reveals in Latest Court Documents

The lawyers behind the upcoming Apple v. Samsung trial have been hard at work filing docket after docket as their court battle looms closer, and many of those dockets have just been released to the public.


From ACM News

Meet 'Rakshasa,' The Malware Infection Designed To Be Undetectable And Incurable

Meet 'Rakshasa,' The Malware Infection Designed To Be Undetectable And Incurable

Malicious software, like all software, gets smarter all the time. In recent years it’s learned to destroy physical infrastructureinstall itself through Microsoft updates, and use human beings as physical "data mules," for instance…


From ACM News

Software: The New Networking Paradigm

Software: The New Networking Paradigm

VMware's planned acquisition of Nicra for $1.25 billion represents the evolution of networking beyond the hardware-dominated point of view that has sustained the industry for decades.


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At Getty Museum, Revelations of Art via Tech

At Getty Museum, Revelations of Art via Tech

Walking through gallery after gallery of classical European paintings, sculptures, and other antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum here, it's easy to get lost in the history and beauty of the often centuries-old art. Especially…


From ACM TechNews

Device Helps Eyes Do the Write Thing

Device Helps Eyes Do the Write Thing

French National Center for Scientific Research director Jean Lorenceau has developed a device that enables users to write with their eyes in cursive script on a computer monitor. 


From ACM TechNews

So, Who Really Did Invent the Internet?

So, Who Really Did Invent the Internet?

The Wall Street Journal's Gordon Crovitz recently reopened the debate about who invented the Internet, arguing that giving the U.S. government credit is an "urban legend." 


From ACM TechNews

Chasing Science as a Service

Chasing Science as a Service

TACC has developed the A Grid and Virtualized Environment advanced programming interface, which aims to extend the U.S.'s advanced computing resources to a much larger audience.


From ACM TechNews

Mapping the Uncanny Valley

Mapping the Uncanny Valley

University of North Carolina researcher Kurt Gray and Harvard University researcher Daniel Wegner speculate that experience plays a crucial role in generating the uncanny valley effect.  


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Angry Birds Meets Bioinformatics

Angry Birds Meets Bioinformatics

UAB researchers have developed ImageJS, a free smartphone application system that enables pathologists to drag a digitized pathology slide into a Web app and analyze it for malignancy based on color.  


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Rise Is Seen in Cyberattacks Targeting U.S. Infrastructure

The top American military official responsible for defending the United States against cyberattacks said Thursday that there had been a 17-fold increase in computer attacks on American infrastructure between 2009 and 2011, initiated…


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Microsoft's Lost Decade

Microsoft's Lost Decade

To the saccharine rhythm of a Muzak clip, Steve Ballmer crouched into a tackling stance and dashed across a ballroom stage at the Venetian Las Vegas.


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Want To Find Jay-Z's Or Bill Gates' Private Jets? OpenBarr Tracks 'Untrackable' Flights

Want To Find Jay-Z's Or Bill Gates' Private Jets? OpenBarr Tracks 'Untrackable' Flights

Good news for paparazzi, stalkers, and corporate spies: "Private" jets are about to become significantly less private.


From ACM News

GPS Weakness Could Enable Mass Smartphone Hacking

Weaknesses in the technology that allows smartphone users to pinpoint themselves on a map, or check into restaurants and bars using apps such as Foursquare, could allow those users to be tracked remotely.


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Meet the 'Bots' that Edit Wikipedia

Meet the 'Bots' that Edit Wikipedia

Wikipedia is written and maintained by tens of thousands of volunteers across the world. Those, in turn, are assisted by hundreds of "bots"—autonomous computer programmes that keep the encyclopaedia running.

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