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Mind-Reading Computer Moves Closer to Reality
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Mind-Reading Computer Moves Closer to Reality

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a mind-reading program that deciphers symbols that people have viewed.

10 Most Important Open Source Networking Projects
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10 Most Important Open Source Networking Projects

Networking vendors use open source projects as platforms for enterprise projects, or as the underlying technology for some of the world's largest networks.

How to Make Fully Homomorphic Encryption 'Practical and Usable'
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How to Make Fully Homomorphic Encryption 'Practical and Usable'

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has awarded Galois $1 million to make fully homomorphic encryption available to programmers.

Tech Majority Disagrees With AI Warnings From Hawking, Musk, and Gates
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Tech Majority Disagrees With AI Warnings From Hawking, Musk, and Gates

A new study demonstrates strong public and expert skepticism of warnings about artificial intelligence.

5 Burning Questions With New IETF Chair and Cisco Fellow Alissa Cooper
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5 Burning Questions With New IETF Chair and Cisco Fellow Alissa Cooper

New Internet Engineering Task Force chair and Cisco Fellow Alissa Cooper lauds the organization as "a very special place because of the standards work it has done...

DARPA Wants to Cultivate the Ultimate Transistor of the Future
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DARPA Wants to Cultivate the Ultimate Transistor of the Future

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this month will present the Dynamic Range-enhanced Electronics and Materials program, which aims to develop a...

Computing Conference to Celebrate 50 Years of Turing Award
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Computing Conference to Celebrate 50 Years of Turing Award

ACM has announced it will celebrate 50 years of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, also known as the "Nobel Prize of Computing," with a high-profile conference to be held...

Intelligence Agency Opens $325,000 Advanced, Automated Fingerprint Gathering Competition
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Intelligence Agency Opens $325,000 Advanced, Automated Fingerprint Gathering Competition

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity's newest contest challenges participants to build an automated fingerprint collection system that matches...

Trump Immigration Halt Casts Dark Cloud Over Next IETF Gathering
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Trump Immigration Halt Casts Dark Cloud Over Next IETF Gathering

The Internet Engineering Task Force's March meeting in Chicago could have a significantly reduced turnout because of the Trump administration's ban on admission...

Unhappy Developers Lead to Bad Code and Bad Processes
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Unhappy Developers Lead to Bad Code and Bad Processes

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have found unhappy developers adversely affect the development process and software products.

DARPA Wants to Simulate How Social Media Spreads Info Like Wildfire
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DARPA Wants to Simulate How Social Media Spreads Info Like Wildfire

A new program from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency aims to better understand the spread and evolution of information online.

National Science Foundation Doles Out $12M for Wireless Growth
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National Science Foundation Doles Out $12M for Wireless Growth

The U.S. National Science Foundation on Tuesday distributed 11 grants, totaling $12 million, to researchers working to expand the reach of wireless technology.

Researchers Create 3D Faces From Online Photos to Defeat Face Authentication Systems
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Researchers Create 3D Faces From Online Photos to Defeat Face Authentication Systems

Researchers say they have developed a virtual reality-based cyberattack that can reproduce the human face well enough to trick face-authentication systems.

Tech Culture Still Pushing Out Women, Study Finds
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Tech Culture Still Pushing Out Women, Study Finds

Social dynamics and "culture fit" are a key reason why female engineers tend to leave the profession sooner than men, according to a new study.

All-Female Team to Lead Association for Computing Machinery
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All-Female Team to Lead Association for Computing Machinery

ACM has announced its board of directors for the first time will be completely female.

Headaches Likely to Grow Over Auto Cybersecurity Concerns
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Headaches Likely to Grow Over Auto Cybersecurity Concerns

Issues related to automobile cybersecurity are likely to increase, but U.S. auto cybersecurity standards are not expected until at least 2018. 

DARPA $2M Contest Looks to Bring AI to Wireless Spectrum Provisioning
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DARPA $2M Contest Looks to Bring AI to Wireless Spectrum Provisioning

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently announced the $2-million Spectrum Collaboration Challenge.

Male Computer Programmers Shown to Be Right Up There With Chefs, Dentists on Gender Pay Gap Scale
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Male Computer Programmers Shown to Be Right Up There With Chefs, Dentists on Gender Pay Gap Scale

Male computer programmers' salaries are far higher than those of their female peers, according to a new Glassdoor report. 

Survey Finds Most Coders Are Self-Taught
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Survey Finds Most Coders Are Self-Taught

Most programmers are self-educated and have received little formal training, according to a new survey of 50,000 coders. 

World's Top Cryptographers on Encryption Backdoors: No Way
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World's Top Cryptographers on Encryption Backdoors: No Way

A panel of leading cryptographers at this week's RSA Conference agreed inserting backdoors to unscramble encrypted communications is a threat to confidentiality...
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