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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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The Coming Entanglement: Bill Joy and Danny Hillis

Digital innovators Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, and Danny Hillis, co-founder of the Long Now Foundation, talk with Scientific American Executive Editor...

A Law Apple Would Like to Break
From ACM News

A Law Apple Would Like to Break

These days, it’s hard to find a superlative that adequately describes Apple. But maybe simplest is best: biggest.

In Back Alleys and Basements, Video Arcades Quietly Survive
From ACM News

In Back Alleys and Basements, Video Arcades Quietly Survive

The Stockton Tunnel, excavated in 1914, lets San Francisco drivers get between downtown and Fisherman’s Wharf without having to ascend the scarily steep grades...

Over-the-Air Tv Catches Second Wind, Aided By Web
From ACM News

Over-the-Air Tv Catches Second Wind, Aided By Web

It's cool to have rabbit ears again.

From ACM News

'do Not Track' Button

Alongside the news that the White House will announce voluntary privacy guidelines for Web companies comes the announcement from major online advertisers that they...

Policing the Future
From Communications of the ACM

Policing the Future

Computer programs and new mathematical algorithms are helping law enforcement agencies better predict when and where crimes will occur.

Stanford Schooling - Gratis!
From Communications of the ACM

Stanford Schooling - Gratis!

Stanford University's experiment with online classes could help transform computer science education.

Computer Science Awards
From Communications of the ACM

Computer Science Awards

Scientists worldwide are honored for their contributions to design, computing, science, and technology.

Why 'big Data' Is a Magnet For Startups
From ACM Careers

Why 'big Data' Is a Magnet For Startups

Armies of entrepreneurs are trying to make money sifting through mountains of data from the Web and other sources, but one of the biggest challenges is simply getting...

Colleges Looking Beyond the Lecture
From ACM TechNews

Colleges Looking Beyond the Lecture

Science, technology, engineering, and math departments at many universities are redesigning the lecture as a style of teaching out of concern that it is driving...

Share of Workers in Scientific Fields Shrinks
From ACM TechNews

Share of Workers in Scientific Fields Shrinks

The number of U.S. workers in science and engineering professions fell in the past decade, ending a steady upward trend in the proportion of workers in fields associated...

How Companies Learn Your Secrets
From ACM News

How Companies Learn Your Secrets

Andrew Pole had just started working as a statistician for Target in 2002, when two colleagues from the marketing department stopped by his desk to ask an odd question...

From ACM News

How Google Tracked Safari Users

Google and other advertising companies have been following iPhone and Apple users as they browse the Web, even though Apple's Safari Web browser is set to block...

Ultrafast Trades Trigger Black Swan Events Every Day, Say Econophysicists
From ACM News

Ultrafast Trades Trigger Black Swan Events Every Day, Say Econophysicists

On 6 May 2010, shares on U.S. financial markets suddenly dropped on average by around 10% but in over 300 stocks by more than 60%. Moments later the prices recovered...

Social Apps 'harvest Smartphone Contacts'
From ACM News

Social Apps 'harvest Smartphone Contacts'

Twitter has admitted copying entire address books from smartphones and storing the data on its servers, often without customers' knowledge.

What Dropbox Can Teach ­S About Cloud Computing
From ACM Opinion

What Dropbox Can Teach ­S About Cloud Computing

Dropbox is the most deceptively simple of services.

The Other Academic Freedom Movement
From ACM News

The Other Academic Freedom Movement

In the summer of 1991, Paul Ginsparg, a researcher at the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory, set up an email system for about 200 string theorists to exchange papers...

From ACM Careers

The Age of Big Data

Good with numbers? Fascinated by data? The sound you hear is opportunity knocking.

Darpa Dodges Obama Budget Death Ray, Keeps Its $2.8 Billion
From ACM News

Darpa Dodges Obama Budget Death Ray, Keeps Its $2.8 Billion

For most of the U.S. military's far-flung community of scientists and engineers, Monday was a day to pop a Xanax.

Mitx Prototype Course Opens For Enrollment
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Mitx Prototype Course Opens For Enrollment

In December, MIT announced the launch of an online learning initiative called "MITx." Starting this week, interested learners can now enroll for free in the initiative’s...
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