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January 2010


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What Apple's iPad Means for Your Wallet


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Don't Let Politicians Forget the E Word

Hugh Griffiths is chair of the executive committee of the Campaign for Science & Engineering (CaSE) and chair in intelligent radar systems at University College London

There has been much talk of the S Word, but the E word also…


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10 Characteristics of a Linux Guru?

I just read a post on another site from someone who calls himself (herself?), linux guru, and it made me ponder the following question: What is a Linux Guru? I've worked with Linux since 1995 and still wouldn't call myself a…


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Don't Become a Tool of Hegemony, Google!

President of People's Daily Online He Jiazheng speaks on Internet freedom:

The Google-China dispute shows a strategic position change of the United States. In the past, the United States maintained its global hegemony relying…


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Comment: Internet - New Shot in the Arm for US Hegemony

Over the past 40 years, the US has been dominating the world Internet as the core technique holder with an inherent advantage of being the cradle of the Internet.

There are 13 terminal servers in the world to keep the Internet…


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U.S. Enables Chinese Hacking of Google

U.S. Enables Chinese Hacking of Google

Google made headlines when it went public with the fact that Chinese hackers had penetrated some of its services, such as Gmail, in a politically motivated attempt at intelligence gathering. The news here isn't that Chinese hackers…


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Outsourcing Makes A Comeback

After fizzling out over the past couple years, outsourcing is back in vogue. A new PricewaterhouseCoopers study shows outsourcing has roared back to life in the past six months and is accelerating, driven by the same cost-cutting…


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The Web's Next Layer of Innovation: Q&A With Creative Commons CEO Joi Ito

The Web's Next Layer of Innovation: Q&A With Creative Commons CEO Joi Ito

The Internet is awash in digital images depicting pretty much anything your imagination can conceive. Sometimes a Web site administrator or a business might want to take some of the images they find out there and use them their…


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A Conversation With Google

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has long defended his company's decision to do business in China despite the restrictions that Beijing imposes on Internet freedom. Nevertheless, last week the company abruptly threatened to pull out after…


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Artificial Intelligence Is More Than Just Talk for Google's Top Inventor

Artificial Intelligence Is More Than Just Talk for Google's Top Inventor

Peter Norvig, head of research for Google, says that humans will soon be talking to computers. Norvig notes that humans and computers are already communicating, but are not using the same language. 


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The Madness of Crowds and an Internet Delusion

The Madness of Crowds and an Internet Delusion

An early advocate of the Internet's culture of openness, computer scientist Jaron Lanier has written a new book in which he reconsiders that view and takes a more negative position. In "You Are Not a Gadget," Lanier warns that…


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Does Dearth of Info Security Pros Pose Risk?

Does Dearth of Info Security Pros Pose Risk?

Dickie George, the technical director of the U.S. National Security Agency's (NSA's) Information Assurance Directorate, says the shortage of cybersecurity professionals is a "huge problem" for the agency because it forces it…


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STEM Talent: Moving Beyond Traditional Boundaries

STEM Talent: Moving Beyond Traditional Boundaries

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy president Stephanie Pace Marshall points to a widening gap between the collaborative, exploratory, inquiry-based, and problem-centered environments needed to cultivate skills in science…


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Apple

Apple

Everybody's talking about the new tablet computer Apple is expected to unveil this month. Some say it will save newspapers by giving them a new platform where they can charge for subscriptions. Some say it will destroy cable …


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Google Quietly Changes the World Again

Do you remember where you were the day they unveiled Facebook? No? How about Twitter? Amazon.com? Google Search?

Massive, culture-shifting technologies are almost never recognized as such when first announced. They seem unimportant…


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How the AOL-Time Warner Merger Went So Wrong

How the AOL-Time Warner Merger Went So Wrong

A decade ago, America Online merged with Time Warner in a deal valued at a stunning $350 billion. It was then, and is now, the largest merger in American business history.

The Internet, it was believed, was soon to vaporize …


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With Nexus One And Quattro, The Knives Are Out Between Apple And Google

The knives came out in full view between Apple and Google earlier this week. On the same day that Google launched its latest Nexus One Android phone, Apple announced the $275 million acquisition of Quattro Wireless, a mobile…


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How Apple Does Controlled Leaks

How Apple Does Controlled Leaks

A recent Wall Street Journal article, which provided confirmation of an Apple tablet device, had all the earmarks of a controlled leak. Here's how Apple does it.

Often Apple has a need to let information out, unofficially. The…


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Why Twitter Will Endure

Why Twitter Will Endure

I can remember when I first thought seriously about Twitter. Last March, I was at the SXSW conference in Austin, Tex., where technology, media and music are mashed up and reimagined, and, not so coincidentally, where Twitter …


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Microsoft Big Brains: Butler Lampson

Microsoft Big Brains: Butler Lampson

If there were a jack of all trades at Microsoft, Technical Fellow Butler Lampson, who is also an ACM Fellow and a former ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient, would be at the top of the list of those deserving that title.

Just before…


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Q&A: Researcher Karsten Nohl on Mobile Eavesdropping

Q&A: Researcher Karsten Nohl on Mobile Eavesdropping

Last week brought some bad news for mobile phone users. German security expert Karsten Nohl demonstrated how easy it is to eavesdrop on GSM-based (Global System for Mobile Communications) cellphones, including those used by AT&T…


From Communications of the ACM

Q&A: HP's Running Man

Q&A: HP's Running Man

Prith Banerjee discusses collaborating with universities, his startup experiences, and Hewlett-Packard Lab's approach to research and development.


From Communications of the ACM

The Evolution of Platform Thinking

The Evolution of Platform Thinking

How platform adoption can be an important determinant of product and technological success.

Blog at CACM
On the Ethics of Cyberwar
On the Ethics of Cyberwar
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Keith Abney of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences group of California Polytechnic State University surveys the moral landscape of cyberwar.

Coding in Schools as New Vocationalism: Larry Cuban on What Schools Are For
Coding in Schools as New Vocationalism: Larry Cuban on What Schools Are For
07.18.2017

 What are schools for, and is coding a necessary part of that?

Deep Dictionary
Deep Dictionary
06.20.2017

The abstraction from big data on English words of distributed vector representations computing simple semantic aspects has drawn interest from …

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