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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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It Sector Adds Jobs Despite Economic Turmoil

New statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor show that the IT profession may be stronger than the rest of the job market. Although 240,000 jobs were lost nationwide...

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A Future Without Programming

Do-it-yourself applications development is on the rise as business users increasingly turn to codeless programming tools to create applications. "We also haveView...

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It Security Education Continues to Evolve

IT security and cyberforensics are two areas with a critical need for more workers, writes Purdue University professor Eugene Spafford, chair of ACM's US Public...

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Nasa Tests First Deep-Space Internet

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineers have successfully tested the first deep space communications network based on the Internet, using the Disruption-Tolerant...

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The First Metropolitan Quantum Cryptography Network Will Be Available in Spain By 2010

Universidad Politecnica de Madrid School of Computing researchers have developed a prototype metropolitan quantum-key distribution network that will be ready for...

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What Has Driven Women Out of Computer Science?

In 1991, Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate student Ellen Spertus published the paper, "Why Are There So Few Female Computer Scientists?" Nearly 20...

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Supercomputers Break Petaflop Barrier, Transforming Science

The surpassing of petaflop speeds by a new breed of supercomputers could facilitate a profound scientific transformation by bringing simulation to the cutting edge...

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Researcher: Self-Driving Cars Could Save U­.s. Auto Industry

Stanford University professor Sebastian Thrun says the U.S. auto industry's best hope for long-term survival is to take a leadership role in developing self-driving...

New Regulations Will Soon Swell It Workloads
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New Regulations Will Soon Swell It Workloads

IT will have to assume a major workload increase to satisfy new government regulations expected to emerge next year in response to the current financial turmoil...

It Salaries Take Tiny Leaps
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It Salaries Take Tiny Leaps

Salaries for information technology (IT) professionals have essentially stalled, reveals Computerworld's 22nd annual Salary Survey. The survey, based on responses...

The Limits of Computability
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The Limits of Computability

Computational complexity and intractability may help scientists better understand how humans process information and make decisions.

Analyzing Online Social Networks
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Analyzing Online Social Networks

Social network analysis explains why some sites succeed and others fail, how physical and online social networks differ and are alike, and attempts to predict how...

Damage Control
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Damage Control

The U.S. patent system is overdue for reform, but what needs fixing, and how, is a matter of some dispute.

User-Centric Services Provisioning in Wireless Environments
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User-Centric Services Provisioning in Wireless Environments

To date, services provided for mobile users are still hard to build. Two main challenges need to be considered. The first...

A European Perspective of VoIP in Market Competition
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A European Perspective of VoIP in Market Competition

The debate on the future of VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) is not new. For some time now this technological innovation has been considered one of main drivers...

Education: Reprogramming College Preparatory Computer Science
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Education: Reprogramming College Preparatory Computer Science

The college preparatory computer science education curriculum must be improved, beginning with the earliest phases of the process.

An Inspiring Legacy
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An Inspiring Legacy

Admired and respected by his students and colleagues, Randy Pausch will be remembered as a devoted teacher and innovative researcher.

Green Computing
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Green Computing

Are you ready for a personal energy meter?

Searching the Deep Web
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Searching the Deep Web

While the Semantic Web may be a long time coming, Deep Web search strategies offer the promise of a semantic Web.

Clean Elections
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Clean Elections

With end-to-end auditable voting, a voter can verify whether his or her vote was tallied correctly and whether all of the votes were properly tabulated.
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