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How Charles Bachman Invented the DBMS, a Foundation of Our Digital World
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How Charles Bachman Invented the DBMS, a Foundation of Our Digital World

His 1963 Integrated Data Store set the template for all subsequent database management systems.

<i>Apple v. Samsung</i> and the ­pcoming Design Patent Wars?
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Apple v. Samsung and the ­pcoming Design Patent Wars?

Assessing an important recent design patent infringement court decision.

Orlando Shows the Limits of Facebook's Terror Policing
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Orlando Shows the Limits of Facebook's Terror Policing

Both leading up to and during his deadly assault on Orlando night club Pulse, Omar Mateen accessed his Facebook account.

It'll Be Very Hard For Terrorism Victim's Family to Win Lawsuit Against Twitter
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It'll Be Very Hard For Terrorism Victim's Family to Win Lawsuit Against Twitter

Legal experts say that it will be an uphill battle for the plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit this week against Twitter, Facebook, and Google.

Wikipedia Warns Against French Attempt to Extend Eu Privacy Law Globally
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Wikipedia Warns Against French Attempt to Extend Eu Privacy Law Globally

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has said an attempt by France to give an online privacy ruling global force is opening up a "disastrous can of worms" and could...

The All-American Iphone
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The All-American Iphone

Donald Trump says that if he becomes president, he will "get Apple to start making their computers and their iPhones on our land, not in China." Bernie ­Sanders...

Jobs Threatened By Machines: A Once 'stupid' Concern Gains Respect
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Jobs Threatened By Machines: A Once 'stupid' Concern Gains Respect

They replaced horses, didn't they? That's how the late, great economist Wassily Leontief responded 35 years ago to those who argued technology would never really...

The Real Reason America Controls Its Nukes with Ancient Floppy Disks
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The Real Reason America Controls Its Nukes with Ancient Floppy Disks

America's nuclear arsenal depends on a surprising relic of the 1970s that few of us may recall: the humble floppy disk.

A Byte Is All We Need
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A Byte Is All We Need

A teenager explores ways to attract girls into the magical world of computer science.

Privacy Is Dead, Long Live Privacy
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Privacy Is Dead, Long Live Privacy

Protecting social norms as confidentiality wanes.

Computer Science Should Stay Young
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Computer Science Should Stay Young

Seeking to improve computer science publication culture while retaining the best aspects of the conference and journal publication processes.

An Interview with Yale Patt
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An Interview with Yale Patt

ACM Fellow Professor Yale Patt reflects on his career in industry and academia.

How to Produce Innovations
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How to Produce Innovations

Making innovations happen is surprisingly easy, satisfying, and rewarding if you start small and build up.

What Are You Trying to Pull?
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What Are You Trying to Pull?

A single cache miss is more expensive than many instructions.

The Oracle-Google Case Will Decide the Future of Software
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The Oracle-Google Case Will Decide the Future of Software

The legal battle  between Oracle and Google is about to come to an end. And nothing less is as stake than the future of programming.

To Write Better Code, Read Virginia Woolf
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To Write Better Code, Read Virginia Woolf

The humanities are kaput. Sorry, liberal arts cap-and-gowners. You blew it. In a software-run world, what's wanted are more engineers.

My 10 Favorite Books: Bill Gates
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My 10 Favorite Books: Bill Gates

"Seveneves," Neal Stephenson: This novel about how the human race responds to the end of life on Earth rekindled my love for sci-fi. Some readers will lose patience...

Google Doubles Down on AI
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Google Doubles Down on AI

Google announced something for everyone yesterday at its 10th annual I/O developer conference.

After Three Weeks in China, It's Clear Beijing Is Silicon Valley's Only True Competitor
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After Three Weeks in China, It's Clear Beijing Is Silicon Valley's Only True Competitor

After selling my startup, Shopkick, to SK Planet in 2014, and handing over my CEO role a year later, I packed up my 1- and 3-year-old sons and my wife Angel, and...

Like It or Not, Facebook Has the Right to Choose Your News
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Like It or Not, Facebook Has the Right to Choose Your News

There's an old saying that you shouldn't pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.
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