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'frankenstein' Programmers Test a Cybersecurity Monster
From ACM TechNews

'frankenstein' Programmers Test a Cybersecurity Monster

University of Texas (UT) at Dallas researchers have developed Frankenstein, a software system that can cloak itself as it steals and reconfigures information in...

Garbage In, Info Out
From Communications of the ACM

Garbage In, Info Out

Security researchers used malware to investigate large-scale Internet censorship in Egypt and Libya.

Your Life Is Fully Mobile
From ACM News

Your Life Is Fully Mobile

Just as remarkable as the power of mobility, over everything from love to learning to global development, is how fast it all happened. It is hard to think of any...

New Google Tools to Make the Search Engine More All-Knowing
From ACM News

New Google Tools to Make the Search Engine More All-Knowing

When Google imagines the future of Web search, it sees a search engine that understands human meaning and not just words, that can have a spoken conversation with...

Big Data at Your Service
From ACM TechNews

Big Data at Your Service

The growing use of information and communication technology is generating vast volumes of structured and unstructured data that present an opportunity that European...

Advertising Gets Personal
From Communications of the ACM

Advertising Gets Personal

Online behavioral advertising and sophisticated data aggregation have changed the face of advertising and put privacy in the crosshairs.

DARPA Shredder Challenge Solved
From Communications of the ACM

DARPA Shredder Challenge Solved

The eight-person winning team used original computer algorithms to narrow the search space and then relied on human observation to move the pieces into their final...

Can Data Mining Stop the Killing?
From ACM Opinion

Can Data Mining Stop the Killing?

Would Total Information Awareness have stopped James Eagan Holmes?

Aclu: 'reasonable Suspicion' Not Good Enough For Gps Tracking
From ACM News

Aclu: 'reasonable Suspicion' Not Good Enough For Gps Tracking

If you're a student of the privacy and tech law worlds (or you just read Ars) then you're probably familiar with last year's Supreme Court decision, Jones v. United...

How Google Is Becoming an Extension of Your Mind
From ACM Opinion

How Google Is Becoming an Extension of Your Mind

It's time to think of Google as much more than just a search engine, and that should both excite and spook you.

Google Remakes Online Empire With 'Colossus'
From ACM News

Google Remakes Online Empire With 'Colossus'

More than a decade ago, Google built a new foundation for its search engine.

U.s. Spy Agencies Say Won't Read Americans' Email For Cybersecurity
From ACM News

U.s. Spy Agencies Say Won't Read Americans' Email For Cybersecurity

The head of the U.S. spy agency that eavesdrops on electronic communications overseas sought on Monday to reassure Americans that the National Security Agency would...

'googling' Through ­nique Audio Material: Towards a Better Search Result
From ACM TechNews

'googling' Through ­nique Audio Material: Towards a Better Search Result

University of Twente researchers are working to make spoken audio material from the past more accessible. The researchers say that a combination of speech recognition...

Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'
From ACM News

Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'

Google started work on the Google Compute Engine over a year and a half ago, and it was all Peter Magnusson could do to keep his mouth shut.

Minitel: The Rise and Fall of the France-Wide Web
From ACM News

Minitel: The Rise and Fall of the France-Wide Web

Many years ago, long before the birth of the Web, there was a time when France was the happening-est place in the digital universe.

How Google Is Teaching Computers to See
From ACM News

How Google Is Teaching Computers to See

Google is attempting to teach computers to recognize human faces without telling the computing algorithms which faces are human.

Statistics ­nmask Phony Online Reviews
From ACM News

Statistics ­nmask Phony Online Reviews

Searching for hotels in cities they've never visited, people often turn to customer-written reviews on websites such as TripAdvisor. But how do they know those...

HTML5 Leads a Web Revolution
From Communications of the ACM

HTML5 Leads a Web Revolution

Propelled by a proliferation of mobile devices and social networks, an enhanced family of Web specifications is bringing new power to developers and new capabilities...

Quantum Computers Could Help Search Engines Keep Up With Internet
From ACM TechNews

Quantum Computers Could Help Search Engines Keep Up With Internet

University of Southern California researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of using quantum computers to accelerate the process of executing a search engine's...

Inside Google's Plan to Build a Catalog of Every Single Thing, Ever
From ACM Opinion

Inside Google's Plan to Build a Catalog of Every Single Thing, Ever

The ugly truth is that computers don't know anything. They have no common sense.
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