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The Secretive Life of Apple
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The Secretive Life of Apple

The Apple-Samsung trial revealed some secrets about Apple's inner workings such as — despite founder Steve Jobs' public statements — the Cupertino company conducts...

Advertising Gets Personal
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Advertising Gets Personal

Online behavioral advertising and sophisticated data aggregation have changed the face of advertising and put privacy in the crosshairs.

Jobs vs. Gates, Redux
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Jobs vs. Gates, Redux

It’s difficult to find two people who have had a greater influence on people’s lives than Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. 

How Steve Jobs Revolutionized Business
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How Steve Jobs Revolutionized Business

It is ironic that Steve Jobs, the man who focused on building consumer-friendly devices such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, is also radically reshaping the business...

Digitally Possessed
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Digitally Possessed

Virtual possessions play an increasingly important role in our daily lives. How we think about them and deal with them is changing the way we think and interact...

Policing the Future
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Policing the Future

Computer programs and new mathematical algorithms are helping law enforcement agencies better predict when and where crimes will occur.

The War Against Botnets
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The War Against Botnets

Increasingly sophisticated botnets have emerged during the last several years. However, security researchers, businesses, and governments are attacking botnets...

Law and Disorder
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Law and Disorder

International law has always been a murky and Byzantine area. However, the Internet and digital technology have raised the stakes, the risks, and the challenges...

CSEdWeek Takes Hold
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CSEdWeek Takes Hold

Groups in more than 130 countries will participate in Computer Science Education Week this year.

What Did Steve Jobs Do For Computer Science?
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What Did Steve Jobs Do For Computer Science?

Beyond a mind-bending array of business, societal, and technological accomplishments, there’s an often-overlooked side to Steve Jobs and Apple. The company’s contributions...

Living in a Digital World
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Living in a Digital World

Technology has created new opportunities to connect and interact. Yet, researchers are increasingly concerned that heavy technology usage is changing people's behavior...

­Understanding and Improving Crowdsourcing Models
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­Understanding and Improving Crowdsourcing Models

A network of researchers are attempting to create more efficient and useful crowdsourcing models that could be used to predict everything from terrorist attacks...

Sysadmin Day Goes Global
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Sysadmin Day Goes Global

It’s not unusual for system administrators to spend long days in the office—and even wind up sleeping in them overnight. Or get paged at 2 A.M. or on Thanksgiving...

Life, Translated
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Life, Translated

The Holy Grail of language translation is to develop a machine-based system that can handle the task transparently and accurately.

Mi-Lsamp Boosts Minority STEM Enrollment
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Mi-Lsamp Boosts Minority STEM Enrollment

MI-LSAMP has managed to increase the number of STEM degrees awarded to minority students by nearly 50% over the last five years. In addition, it has increased overall...

How Much Spam Does Your Company ­nknowingly Send?
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How Much Spam Does Your Company ­nknowingly Send?

SpamRankings.net uses "name and shame" to publicize organizations that are infected by spam bots.

Social Games, Virtual Goods
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Social Games, Virtual Goods

The popularity of virtual goods and currencies in online gaming is changing how people think and act about money.

Gary Chapman, Technologist: 1952 - 2010
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Gary Chapman, Technologist: 1952 - 2010

He raised important public issues, such as the impact of computers and the Internet on society, and encouraged social responsibility for computer professionals....

Following the Crowd
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Following the Crowd

Crowdsourcing is based on a simple but powerful concept: Virtually anyone has the potential to plug in valuable information.

The New Face of War
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The New Face of War

With the introduction of the sophisticated Stuxnet worm, the stakes of cyberwarfare have increased immeasurably.
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