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February 2014


From ACM Opinion

Last Call For Bad Calls

Last Call For Bad Calls

Technology will soon make officials at high-level sports events as obsolete as elevator operators, their skill set as useful as knowing how to make a wood tennis racket.


From ACM Opinion

Jawbone Is Now the Startup Apple Should Fear Most

Jawbone Is Now the Startup Apple Should Fear Most

Jawbone is ascending into the top echelon of tech startups, joining the likes of Uber, Dropbox, and Square.


From ACM News

Everything We Know About How the Nsa Tracks People's Physical Location

Everything We Know About How the Nsa Tracks People's Physical Location

Glenn Greenwald is back reporting about the NSA, now with Pierre Omidyar's news organization FirstLook and its introductory publication, The Intercept.


From ACM Opinion

A Peek at Google's M&a Ambitions

A Peek at Google's M&a Ambitions

Don Harrison became Google's head of mergers and acquisitions about a year ago.


From ACM Opinion

Science Inches Closer to Real Bioshock-Style Plasmids

Science Inches Closer to Real Bioshock-Style Plasmids

Synthetic success. That's not to say that customized transposons are limited to the hypothetical.


From ACM Opinion

The Digital Ties That Bind: Love, Loss and Oversharing in the Internet Age

The Digital Ties That Bind: Love, Loss and Oversharing in the Internet Age

The most serious relationship of my life so far ended last summer without a trace—physically at least.


From ACM News

Baxter and the Second Machine Age

Baxter and the Second Machine Age

The Industrial Revolution of the 18th century is not just the story of steam power, but steam started it all.


From ACM Opinion

How Cybersecurity Laws Are Outdated

How Cybersecurity Laws Are Outdated

Mike McConnell, former director of the National Security Agency and of National Intelligence, talks about the details of the NSA's surveillance program and tells how Edward Snowden stole classified information from the agency…


From ACM Opinion

The Strange, Deadly Effects Mars Would Have on Your Body

The Strange, Deadly Effects Mars Would Have on Your Body

We've imagined sending people to Mars since well before Gagarin's first spaceflight.


From ACM Opinion

From Windows to the Xbox: Bill Gates' 'pioneering' Impact

From Windows to the Xbox: Bill Gates' 'pioneering' Impact

To ask what impact Bill Gates has had on computing is, in a way, too small a question.


From ACM Opinion

Q&a: How Amazon Thinks It Can Get You to Hit 'buy' In 2 Seconds or Less

Q&a: How Amazon Thinks It Can Get You to Hit 'buy' In 2 Seconds or Less

Sam Hall, Amazon's vice president of Mobile, talks about speeding up the purchase process in the name of getting users to buy things as quickly as possible.


From ACM Opinion

What Is Nasa For?

What Is Nasa For?

What the heck is NASA for? It's like asking what a panda is for.


From ACM TechNews

Interview With Woz: To Innovate, Get Personal

Interview With Woz: To Innovate, Get Personal

In an interview, Apple co-founder and Fusion-io chief scientist Steve Wozniak discusses innovation and the importance of a human element in computing.


From ACM Opinion

Why Startups Should Steal Ideas and Hire Weirdos

Why Startups Should Steal Ideas and Hire Weirdos

The most consistently creative and insightful people are explorers.


From ACM Opinion

Bitcoin's Political Problem

Bitcoin's Political Problem

Money is always political.


From ACM Opinion

Why Tech Companies and the NSA Diverge on Snowden

Why Tech Companies and the NSA Diverge on Snowden

Is Edward Snowden a whistleblower or a traitor?


From ACM Opinion

Tim Berners-Lee: We Need to Re-Decentralise the Web

Tim Berners-Lee: We Need to Re-Decentralise the Web

Twenty-five years on from the web's inception, its creator has urged the public to re-engage with its original design: a decentralised internet that at its very core, remains open to all.


From ACM Opinion

When Will Genomics Cure Cancer?

When Will Genomics Cure Cancer?

Since the beginning of this century, the most rapidly advancing field in the life sciences, and perhaps in human inquiry of any sort, has been genomics.


From ACM Opinion

A Creator of Skynet Ponders Google

A Creator of Skynet Ponders Google

After an eight-year detour in which he served as governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger has returned to his true calling as a cyborg assassin.


From ACM Opinion

Snowden Leaks: The Man Who Watches Over the Nsa

Snowden Leaks: The Man Who Watches Over the Nsa

Whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations have revealed that a huge capability resides within America's National Security Agency to collect and analyse communications.


From ACM Opinion

Pluto Wins

Pluto Wins

It's time to stop throwing pity parties for Pluto.


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The Case of the Hacked Refrigerator—could 'the Internet of Things' Connect Everything?

The Case of the Hacked Refrigerator—could 'the Internet of Things' Connect Everything?

Somebody hacked a refrigerator recently, and it could mark a tipping point for civilization.


From ACM Opinion

Bitcoin: How Its Core Technology Will Change the World

Bitcoin: How Its Core Technology Will Change the World

Bitcoin has been called many things, from the future of money to a drug dealer's dream and everything else in between.


From ACM Opinion

Dropbox Ceo Drew Houston

Dropbox Ceo Drew Houston

Dropbox, the popular cloud storage system that lets people drag files to an icon that puts that data in the cloud and sync new versions across multiple devices (see "Hiding All the Complexities of Remote File Storage Behind a…


From ACM Opinion

How to Create the Perfect Online Dating Profile, in 25 Infographics

How to Create the Perfect Online Dating Profile, in 25 Infographics

Every day, millions of singles crawl dating sites and apps, flipping through photos and profiles of potential matches.


From ACM Opinion

Why Google Kept Motorola's Research Lab

Why Google Kept Motorola's Research Lab

Google's $2.9 billion sale of Motorola Mobility to Chinese PC maker Lenovo might seem like lousy business, given Google's $12.5 billion purchase in 2012 and losses of $1 billion in the interim.


From ACM Opinion

Microsoft Ceo Nadella's Top Challenge: Figuring Out Mobile

Microsoft Ceo Nadella's Top Challenge: Figuring Out Mobile

Microsoft stands at a crossroads when it comes to mobile.


From ACM Opinion

Judges Poised to Hand ­.s. Spies the Keys to the Internet

Judges Poised to Hand ­.s. Spies the Keys to the Internet

How does the NSA get the private crypto keys that allow it to bulk eavesdrop on some email providers and social networking sites?


From ACM Opinion

Facebook Turns 10: The Mark Zuckerberg Interview

Facebook Turns 10: The Mark Zuckerberg Interview

Mark Zuckerberg doesn't usually observe sentimental anniversaries.


From ACM Opinion

Through a Face Scanner Darkly

Through a Face Scanner Darkly

Anonymity forms a protective casing.

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Morgan Ames' book highlights the missing HCI design process for the XO Laptop 

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Why it is good to have a systematic approach to software verification.

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