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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.


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White House Launches Startup America

The Obama administration recently launched the Startup America initiative, which will involve government agencies and private-sector programs to train, mentor,...

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Was Egypt Oversold as Top Offshoring Spot?

Before Egypt turned off the Internet, the country had received increasingly high marks from leading analysis firms as a promising offshore outsourcing destination...

Report: Efforts to Secure Nation
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Report: Efforts to Secure Nation

The official government cybersecurity standards for the electric power grid fall far short of even the most basic security standards observed by noncritical industries...

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Google, Twitter Help Give Voice to Egyptians

Google has launched the latest salvo in an effort to overcome internet blackouts in Egypt during anti-government protests there.

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Wary of Egypt ­nrest, China Censors Web

In another era, China’s leaders might have been content to let discussion of the protests in Egypt float around among private citizens, then fizzle out.

From ACM TechNews

European Project Keeps Personal Details Private

The European Union recently launched the ABC4Trust project, which will use encryption technology developed by IBM Research, academic institutions, Microsoft, and...

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Intel Spreads Its ­niversity Research Bets

Computing in general is increasingly applying the old engineering dictum, divide and conquer. Look at the engines behind cloud computing—vast, distributed armies...

From Communications of the ACM

ACM Fellows Honored

Forty-one men and women are inducted as 2010 ACM Fellows.

Following the Crowd
From Communications of the ACM

Following the Crowd

Crowdsourcing is based on a simple but powerful concept: Virtually anyone has the potential to plug in valuable information.

Maurice Wilkes: The Last Pioneer
From Communications of the ACM

Maurice Wilkes: The Last Pioneer

Computer science has lost not only a great scientist, but an important link to the electronic computing revolution that took place in the 1940s.

Chipping Away at Greenhouse Gases
From Communications of the ACM

Chipping Away at Greenhouse Gases

Power-saving processor algorithms have the potential to create significant energy and cost savings.

From ACM News

Egypt's Internet Goes Dark During Political ­nrest

Egypt has gone offline.

Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled
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Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled

This past June, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, phoned me and asked, mysteriously, whether I had any idea how to arrange a secure communication....

Intel Agency: Without Videogames, We
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Intel Agency: Without Videogames, We

American intelligence analysts are biased, and therefore make lousy decisions—even the spooky agencies admit that. The spy guys’ new hope for introducing some...

New Meters Aim to Cure Parking Headaches
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New Meters Aim to Cure Parking Headaches

Soon San Francisco drivers won't need to cruise endlessly in search of an available parking spot.

Sandia's Heroux Named Editor of ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software
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Sandia's Heroux Named Editor of ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software

Sandia National Laboratories researcher Mike Heroux has been named editor-in-chief of the ACM  journal Transactions on Mathematical Software.

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Domestic ­se of Aerial Drones By Law Enforcement Likely to Prompt Privacy Debate

The suspect's house, just west of this city, sat on a hilltop at the end of a steep, exposed driveway. Agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety believed...

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Qualified Success Claimed Against Computer Worm

Cybersecurity experts combating the Conficker worm claimed qualified success but said millions of computers world-wide were still infected by the malicious software...

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The End of Credit Cards Is Coming

Credit cards may soon be as outdated as vinyl records. (Remember them?) And this is the year that the slow, steady march to oblivion begins.

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Social Media and Law Enforcement: Who Gets What Data and When?

This month, we were reminded how important it is that social media companies do what they can to protect the sensitive data they hold from the prying eyes ofreported...
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