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April 2012


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Jeff Bezos Should Send Eric Holder a Christmas Card

Jeff Bezos Should Send Eric Holder a Christmas Card

I can imagine Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in Seattle Wednesday morning, reading the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit on a gigantic Kindle Fire XL prototype, and grinning ear to ear, savoring every word.


From ACM Opinion

How Will the New Law on Cookies Affect Internet Browsing?

How Will the New Law on Cookies Affect Internet Browsing?

We are being watched.


From ACM Opinion

The Coming Drone Arms Race

The Coming Drone Arms Race

Another terrorist overseas dies in a U.S. armed drone strike. This far from uncommon occurrence is an impressive reminder of the U.S. drone program’s remarkable success rate. Washington’s success, however, is proving a double…


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Why Did Facebook Pay So Much For a Company with Zero Revenue?

Why Did Facebook Pay So Much For a Company with Zero Revenue?

When word came that Instagram had been acquired by Facebook for $1 billion, the tweets came fast, and they were furious.


From ACM Careers

Move Over, Eye Candy. Here Comes the Business Tech Boom

Move Over, Eye Candy. Here Comes the Business Tech Boom

Sometimes an IPO is more than just another IPO, and that's the case with Palo Alto Networks, which has just filed to go public.


From ACM TechNews

Susan Buck Empowers Women in Tech

Susan Buck Empowers Women in Tech

Susan Buck advises parents to get their daughters involved in technology at an early age. Part of her job at the University of Pennsylvania is teaching students how to think like programmers, which involves building the confidence…


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Google Glasses: Will You Want Google Tracking Your Eyes?

Google Glasses: Will You Want Google Tracking Your Eyes?

The world was stunned by the first real look at Google's Project Glass. In a video released by the search giant, we got a a captivating look at how its glasses could help you get a weather forecast by looking up at the sky, or…


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The Education of Google's Larry Page

The Education of Google's Larry Page

Larry Page is surrounded.


From ACM Opinion

Hacks of Valor

Hacks of Valor

Over the past year, the U.S. government has begun to think of Anonymous, the online network phenomenon, as a threat to national security.


From ACM Opinion

Pinterest a Company to Watch on Ip Issues, Expert Says

Pinterest a Company to Watch on Ip Issues, Expert Says

Pinterest's growth is stabilizing after exploding onto the scene.


From ACM Opinion

Darwin's Devices

Darwin's Devices

When I tell people that I work on "evolving robots," their common response is to joke—semi-seriously—about Skynet or some other sci-fi nightmare in which machines develop self-awareness and rebel against their human creators.


From ACM Opinion

We Can Survive Killer Asteroids

We Can Survive Killer Asteroids

The chances that your tombstone will read "Killed by Asteroid" are about the same as they'd be for "Killed in Airplane Crash."


From ACM News

Jeffrey Bigham: ­sing the Crowd to Help People With Disabilities

Jeffrey Bigham: ­sing the Crowd to Help People With Disabilities

Jeffrey Bigham's research uses Web-based applications and crowdsourcing to help people with disabilities in near real-time. Is it any surprise he won a NSF Career Award?


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Web Privacy Rules Turn Poachers into Gamekeepers

When you "like" something on Facebook or read an online newspaper, perhaps a dozen or more companies are squirreling away data on your tastes, your habits, whether you're male or female, old or young, gay or straight.


From ACM Opinion

How China Steals Our Secrets

How China Steals Our Secrets

For the last two months, senior government officials and private-sector experts have paraded before Congress and described in alarming terms a silent threat: cyberattacks carried out by foreign governments.


From ACM Opinion

Can Tunisia Become the Silicon Valley of the Arab World?

Can Tunisia Become the Silicon Valley of the Arab World?

The country could be a model for how economic innovation can help the changing Middle East succeed.


From Communications of the ACM

Reading CS Classics

Reading CS Classics

Revisiting required reading.


From Communications of the ACM

Is Human Mobility Tracking a Good Idea?

Is Human Mobility Tracking a Good Idea?

Considering the trade-offs associated with human mobility tracking.


From Communications of the ACM

Improving Gender Composition in Computing

Improving Gender Composition in Computing

Combining academic and industry representation, the NCWIT Pacesetters program works to increase the participation of girls and women in computing.


From Communications of the ACM

Can Services and Platform Thinking Help the U.S. Postal Service?

Can Services and Platform Thinking Help the U.S. Postal Service?

How the U.S. Postal Service might improve the efficiency of its delivery platform.


From Communications of the ACM

Information Technology and Gross National Happiness

Information Technology and Gross National Happiness

Connecting digital technologies and happiness.


From Communications of the ACM

The Network Protocol Battle

The Network Protocol Battle

A tale of hubris and zealotry.

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