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FCC Chief Promises Industry More Spectrum and Net Neutrality Rules
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FCC Chief Promises Industry More Spectrum and Net Neutrality Rules

Despite recent moves by several wireless companies to open their networks, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski says that more rules...

Household Robots Do Not Protect ­sers' Security and Privacy
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Household Robots Do Not Protect ­sers' Security and Privacy

People are increasingly using household robots for chores, communication, entertainment and companionship. But safety and privacy risks of information-gathering...

ACM Group Taps Multimedia Visionary for Top Award
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ACM Group Taps Multimedia Visionary for Top Award

At the ACM International Conference on Multimedia in Beijing, China, the ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) will present its prestigious technical...

Creating Resilience For Vehicular Applications
From ICT Results

Creating Resilience For Vehicular Applications

Automotive communications are a major element in the near future of vehicle technology, with applications ranging from variable road sign visualization, to accident...

Obama Awards National Science, Technology Medals
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Obama Awards National Science, Technology Medals

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama linked scientific discovery to helping the struggling economy Wednesday as he honored those who invented batteries for implanted...

­.s. Begins Antitrust Inquiry of I.b.m.
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­.s. Begins Antitrust Inquiry of I.b.m.

The Justice Department has started a preliminary investigation into whether I.B.M. has abused its monopoly position in the market for mainframe computers, which...

Terrorists Nearing Ability to Launch Big Cyberattacks Against ­.S.
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Terrorists Nearing Ability to Launch Big Cyberattacks Against ­.S.

U.S. computer networks are most threatened by terrorist organizations that may purchase software code from cybercrooks to hack into sensitive platforms, a possibility...

Free-Flying Cyborg Insects Steered From a Distance
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Free-Flying Cyborg Insects Steered From a Distance

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have connected electrodes and radio antennas to the nervous systems of beetles and then were able to control...

Program Aims to Boost Interest in Technical Careers
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Program Aims to Boost Interest in Technical Careers

Michigan State University (MSU) is creating a program that will better prepare high school students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics...

Geoffrey Fox, Director of Futuregrid
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Geoffrey Fox, Director of Futuregrid

The FutureGrid Program is a U.S. National Science Foundation-funded project to determine the best ways to connect supercomputers together, headed by Indiana University...

Networked Media: More Than Fun and Games
From ICT Results

Networked Media: More Than Fun and Games

Networked media means a lot to two different groups. To the billions of Web users worldwide, it is the stuff that makes the Web so great — the 3D games, the mobile...

It Sector to Create 5.8 Million New Jobs By 2013
From ACM TechNews

It Sector to Create 5.8 Million New Jobs By 2013

The global information technology (IT) sector will create 5.8 million new jobs and 75,000 new businesses over the next four years, according to a new Microsoft...

DARPA Director Visits ­niversities in Bid to Re-Energize Partnerships
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DARPA Director Visits ­niversities in Bid to Re-Energize Partnerships

Regina E. Dugan, the new director of the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is visiting universities across the United States in an attempt...

From ACM TechNews

Nsf: Federal Role in Academic R&d Funding Has Diminished

A report from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) concludes that the federal government's role in the underwriting of science and engineering research and...

Scientist Receives NSF Grant to Improve Computer Tools
From ACM TechNews

Scientist Receives NSF Grant to Improve Computer Tools

Carnegie Mellon NewsCarnegie Mellon University's Ole Mengshoel has received a two-year, $498,000 U.S. National Science Foundation grant to develop new computer...

New ICANN Agreement Runs Into Criticism
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New ICANN Agreement Runs Into Criticism

There has been some concern that the new agreement between ICANN and the U.S. Department of Commerce will not provide enough accountability. Under the new agreement...

Cybersecurity On Exhibit: Defending The ­.s. Online
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Cybersecurity On Exhibit: Defending The ­.s. Online

A panel of officials says the United States is far behind in addressing cyber-security threats.  "Taking down the grid for months comes as close to a nuclear attack...

Betting Exchange Proposed as Means to Valuing Toxic Assets
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Betting Exchange Proposed as Means to Valuing Toxic Assets

Alan Holland, a researcher at the Cork Constraint Computation Centre at University College Cork, Ireland, advocates using an online prediction market to value toxic...

Researchers to Develop Algorithms for 'Commonsense Knowledge' Bases
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Researchers to Develop Algorithms for 'Commonsense Knowledge' Bases

Two researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago were recently awarded a three-year, $500,000 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to develop...

Cooperative Design Shaves Chip-Making Costs
From ICT Results

Cooperative Design Shaves Chip-Making Costs

A European-sponsored programme that gives universities inexpensive access to state-of-the-art microchip design tools and fabrication techniques, and helps even...
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