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March 2010


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Apple's Multitouch Lawsuit Is Both Dumb and Dangerous

When Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone at 2007's Macworld conference, he began by describing the device's groundbreaking user interface. "We have invented a new technology called 'multi-touch' which is phenomenal," Jobs…


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Harnessing the Power of the Real-Time Social Web

Harnessing the Power of the Real-Time Social Web

How 5,000 geographically dispersed strangers teamed up to solve DARPA's Network Challenge.


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Why It's So Hard For Toyota to Find Out What's Wrong

I won't lie to you: I was not a good engineering student. That's one of the reasons I went into journalism. But I managed to acquire a bachelor of sciences in mechanical engineering, and the recent Toyota hearings on Capitol …


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The Grill: Tom Mitchell

The Grill: Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell, head of Carnegie Mellon University's Machine Learning Department, says that advances in machine learning could bring about a transformation in psychology and neuroscience. 


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Mike Mcconnell on How to Win the Cyber-War We're Losing

The United States is fighting a cyber-war today, and we are losing. It's that simple. As the most wired nation on Earth, we offer the most targets of significance, yet our cyber-defenses are woefully lacking.

The problem is…


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How Chinese Hacked Google, and Why India Should Worry

How Chinese Hacked Google, and Why India Should Worry

Google's announcement that it might withdraw from China has drawn attention to the aggressiveness of Chinese hackers.  Shishir Nagaraja, a postdoctoral research associate with the Information Trust Institute of the University…


From Communications of the ACM

Gaming Will Save Us All

Gaming Will Save Us All

How gaming, as the first media market to successfully transition toward media-as-a-service, is an exemplar for a similar evolutionary transition of content and entertainment.


From Communications of the ACM

Making the Case For Computing

Making the Case For Computing

Seeking funding for current and future computing initiatives requires both a strong argument and a broad community of supporters.


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Only Technological Processes Are Patentable

Only Technological Processes Are Patentable

The U.S. Supreme Court will narrow the universe of process innovations that can be patented to those that are "technological," but what will that mean for software?


From Communications of the ACM

The Ethics Beat

The Ethics Beat

Surveying the increasing variety and nature of ethical challenges encountered by computing researchers and practitioners.


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Orchestrating Coordination in Pluralistic Networks

Orchestrating Coordination in Pluralistic Networks

Learning to build virtual teams of people of diverse backgrounds is an urgent challenge.


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Hiring and Developing Minority Faculty at Research Universities

Hiring and Developing Minority Faculty at Research Universities

Emphasizing the importance of creating more programs and investing more funding toward the goal of developing minority faculty at research universities.


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Privacy on the Data Web

Privacy on the Data Web

Considering the nebulous question of ownership in the virtual realm.

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