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How Much of Your Audience Is Fake?
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How Much of Your Audience Is Fake?


You Aren't Good Enough to Win Money Playing Daily Fantasy Football
From ACM Careers

You Aren't Good Enough to Win Money Playing Daily Fantasy Football

Every first-time player of daily fantasy football begins the new season undefeated, just like even the most hopeless NFL teams.

Putin vs. the Internet: The Laws That Matter
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Putin vs. the Internet: The Laws That Matter

A new law in force in Russia from Sept. 1 is intended to force foreign Internet firms to maintain local servers to handle data on Russian citizens.

Why Gogo's Infuriatingly Expensive, Slow Internet Still Owns the Skies
From ACM Careers

Why Gogo's Infuriatingly Expensive, Slow Internet Still Owns the Skies

In the fall of 2008, Louis C.K. was a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and delivered a soon-to-be-viral rant called "Everything's Amazing and Nobody's Happy...

Google's $6 Billion Miscalculation on the Eu
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Google's $6 Billion Miscalculation on the Eu

As the global elite gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and four other executives from the Internet...

Coders Balk at Making Apps Searchable
From ACM Careers

Coders Balk at Making Apps Searchable

The giants of the Web have been pressing developers of mobile apps to index their content so it can be parsed by search engines or linked to from other sites.

America's Unwanted Ivy Leaguers Are Flocking to India
From ACM TechNews

America's Unwanted Ivy Leaguers Are Flocking to India

India's best and brightest students are being drawn back to their homeland, or not leaving in the first place, as the country's technology boom takes off. 

Google Ventures and the Search For Immortality
From ACM Careers

Google Ventures and the Search For Immortality

"If you ask me today, is it possible to live to be 500? The answer is yes," Bill Maris says one January afternoon in Mountain View, California.

I'll Be Back: The Return of Artificial Intelligence
From ACM Careers

I'll Be Back: The Return of Artificial Intelligence

The artificial-intelligence industry, a field that conjures up images of humanoid robots and self-aware computer systems, is making a comeback at Silicon Valley...

The Car Windshield Is Turning Into a Computer Screen
From ACM News

The Car Windshield Is Turning Into a Computer Screen

Cars are running out of screens.

Why Passenger Planes Can Still Vanish
From ACM News

Why Passenger Planes Can Still Vanish

By Dec. 30, when search teams began to recover debris and bodies from the apparent crash site of AirAsia flight QZ8501, the airline industry had begun to hear renewed...

The Weather Channel's Secret: Less Weather, More Clickbait
From ACM Careers

The Weather Channel's Secret: Less Weather, More Clickbait

The writers and editors at the Weather Channel's weather.com don’t often talk about the weather.

A Newspaper's First Trip Into Virtual Reality Goes to a Desolate Farm
From ACM News

A Newspaper's First Trip Into Virtual Reality Goes to a Desolate Farm

Against the odds, the Des Moines Register has just become one of the first newspapers to move into virtual reality.

Tim Cook Interview: The Iphone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture
From ACM Opinion

Tim Cook Interview: The Iphone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture

Steve Jobs’s office remains Steve Jobs's office.

How Main Street Will Pay For Home Depot's Data Breach
From ACM News

How Main Street Will Pay For Home Depot's Data Breach

Federal law protects consumers from the cost of fraudulent charges incurred when thieves steal credit-card and debit-card numbers.

Korea ­ps Its Robots Game
From ACM Careers

Korea ­ps Its Robots Game

In 1976 an animated film called Robot Taekwon V captured Korean kids' imaginations with its tale of a superhero robot fending off giant machines bent on world domination...

The Amazon.com of Stolen Credit Cards Makes It All So Easy
From ACM News

The Amazon.com of Stolen Credit Cards Makes It All So Easy

On Sept. 1, the website Rescator.cc alerted customers to a big new batch of product about to hit its digital shelves. "Load your accounts and prepare for an avalanche...

Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley
From ACM Careers

Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley

Sam Altman sits behind his desk with his knees pulled up to his chest, eating dried apricots.

How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq
From ACM News

How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq

In October 2010, a Federal Bureau of Investigation system monitoring U.S. Internet traffic picked up an alert.

Female Cyber Sleuths Hack Into Silicon Valley's Boys Club
From ACM TechNews

Female Cyber Sleuths Hack Into Silicon Valley's Boys Club

One area of the tech world in which women are making great gains is information security, where they outnumber men in certain positions.
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