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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.


The View from On High
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The View from On High

Satellite imagery could address the limitations in traditional sources of data.

Facebook, Australia Reach Deal to Restore News Pages After Shutdown
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Facebook, Australia Reach Deal to Restore News Pages After Shutdown

The deal came after intense negotiations and backlash.

In the Pandemic, Online Home-Buying Picks Up Speed
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In the Pandemic, Online Home-Buying Picks Up Speed

First-time buyers have the tech-smarts and now the tools to do all or part of their purchase online, sometimes even before seeing their new houses in person.

Why an Animated Flying Cat With a Pop-Tart Body Sold for Almost $600,000
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Why an Animated Flying Cat With a Pop-Tart Body Sold for Almost $600,000

A fast-growing market for digital art, ephemera and media is marrying the world's taste for collectibles with cutting-edge technology.

Alibaba, Pinduoduo Fight China's Looming Food Crisis
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Alibaba, Pinduoduo Fight China's Looming Food Crisis

Internet retailer Alibaba and Chinese agriculture technology platform Pinduoduo are working on government initiatives to stave off a looming food crisis in China...

Malware Now Targeting Apple's M1 Processor
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Malware Now Targeting Apple's M1 Processor

Security researchers have identified malware customized to run on Apple's new M1 processors in the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini computers.

To Infinity and Beyond: Linux, Open Source Go to Mars
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To Infinity and Beyond: Linux, Open Source Go to Mars

The Perseverance rover will explore Mars with the self-flying Ingenuity helicopter drone, using Linux and NASA-built software.

The Power of Quantum Complexity
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The Power of Quantum Complexity

A theorem about computations that exploit quantum mechanics challenges longstanding ideas in mathematics and physics.

Sharing Your Route in Advance Could Cut Electric Car Charging Queue
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Sharing Your Route in Advance Could Cut Electric Car Charging Queue

Researchers have developed a computer model that could reduce wait times for charging electric cars by using information about each vehicle’s planned journey.

Fact-Finding Mission
From Communications of the ACM

Fact-Finding Mission

Artificial intelligence provides automatic fact-checking and fake news detection, but with limits.

Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?
From Communications of the ACM

Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?

Many facial recognition systems used by law enforcement are shot through with biases. Can anything be done to make them fair and trustworthy?

Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)
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Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)

Edmund Melson Clarke, Jr., a celebrated American academic who developed methods for mathematically proving the correctness of computer systems, died on December...

Computer History Museum Honors Tech Legend Raj Reddy
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Computer History Museum Honors Tech Legend Raj Reddy

Raj Reddy was named one of the Computer History Museum's 2021 Fellow Award honorees.

Microsoft's Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an 'Error' After All
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Microsoft's Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an 'Error' After All

In a 2018 paper, researchers said they found evidence of an elusive theorized particle. A closer look now suggests otherwise.

In Nevada Desert, a Technology Firm Aims to Be a Government
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In Nevada Desert, a Technology Firm Aims to Be a Government

Blockchains LLC's CEO Jeffrey Berns aims to create a futuristic "smart city" in Nevada where residents purchase goods and services with digital currency and record...

Computer Love
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Computer Love

A computer simulation developed by Dan Conroy-Beam at the University of California, Santa Barbara offers a framework for evaluating theories of human mate choice...

Researchers Develop Alien-Inspired Robotic 'Worm Blob' Swarms
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Researchers Develop Alien-Inspired Robotic 'Worm Blob' Swarms

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers developed robots that mimic blackworms blobs and could pave the way for the creation of swarm robots that function as...

IBM and ExxonMobil Are Building Quantum Algorithms to Solve Maritime Routing Problems
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IBM and ExxonMobil Are Building Quantum Algorithms to Solve Maritime Routing Problems

Research teams from ExxonMobil and IBM are using quantum devices to model maritime routing to optimize fleet management, with an aim of shortening the distance...

Team Demonstrates Spontaneous Quantum Error Correction
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Team Demonstrates Spontaneous Quantum Error Correction

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Northwestern University have devised a novel type of quantum error correction where errors are spontaneously...

San Diego Supercomputer Center Helps Advance Computational Chemistry
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San Diego Supercomputer Center Helps Advance Computational Chemistry

Researchers from MIT developed an artificial intelligence approach to detect electron correlation, which could help further computational chemistry.
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