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Bitcoin vs. Ben Bernanke
From ACM Opinion

Bitcoin vs. Ben Bernanke

Could a virtual currency created by an anonymous Internet hacker someday replace the U.S. dollar?

High-Speed Wi-Fi? Not So Fast
From ACM TechNews

High-Speed Wi-Fi? Not So Fast

Next-generation Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac will hit the market this year, but most people will have to wait to access to the increased throughput. 

Will Google's Ray Kurzweil Live Forever?
From ACM Opinion

Will Google's Ray Kurzweil Live Forever?

Ray Kurzweil must encounter his share of interviewers whose first question is: What do you hope your obituary will say?

Coming Soon: A Truly Chinese Internet
From ACM News

Coming Soon: A Truly Chinese Internet

Replete with its own thriving news portals, social media, and gaming sites, the Chinese Internet could take a major step toward becoming fully Chinese by the end...

Feathers Fly as New Rules Loom For Kids' Apps
From ACM News

Feathers Fly as New Rules Loom For Kids' Apps

Kids love Angry Birds, but will Angry Birds love them back?

Visa Demand Jumps
From ACM Careers

Visa Demand Jumps

For the first time since the financial crisis, U.S. employers are expected within days to reach a limit on the yearly allotment of applications for coveted skilled...

Vcs Bet Big Bucks on Hadoop
From ACM Careers

Vcs Bet Big Bucks on Hadoop

Venture capitalists are pouring millions of dollars into startups that are betting their futures on the powerful data tool called Hadoop. The tool holds promise...

Web Money Gets Laundering Rule
From ACM News

Web Money Gets Laundering Rule

The U.S. is applying money-laundering rules to "virtual currencies," amid growing concern that new forms of cash bought on the Internet are being used to fund illicit...

At 17, App Builder Rockets to Riches From Yahoo Deal
From ACM Careers

At 17, App Builder Rockets to Riches From Yahoo Deal

Seventeen-year-old Nick D'Aloisio is taking some time off from school in London, where he lives with his parents. He will let mom and dad help manage his money.

Smartphones Are Reinventing—and Ditching—the Keyboard
From ACM News

Smartphones Are Reinventing—and Ditching—the Keyboard

In the future, your smartphone won't auto-correct your errors. It will correct them before they're even made.

When 'likes' Can Shed Light
From ACM News

When 'likes' Can Shed Light

Patterns of "Likes" posted by people on Facebook can unintentionally expose their political and religious views, drug use, divorce, and sexual orientation, researchers...

Big Data, Big Blunders
From ACM News

Big Data, Big Blunders

Companies are finding that big data doesn't necessarily translate into easy success.

How Big Data Is Changing the Whole Equation For Business
From ACM News

How Big Data Is Changing the Whole Equation For Business

There's a ton of information out there. And businesses are figuring out how to put it to work.

Tracking Sensors Invade the Workplace
From ACM News

Tracking Sensors Invade the Workplace

A few years ago when Bank of America Corp. wanted to study whether face time mattered among its call-center teams, the big bank asked about 90 workers to wear badges...

A Genetic Code For Genius?
From ACM News

A Genetic Code For Genius?

At a former paper-printing factory in Hong Kong, a 20-year-old wunderkind named Zhao Bowen has embarked on a challenging and potentially controversial quest: uncovering...

U.s. Ups Ante For Spying on Firms
From ACM News

U.s. Ups Ante For Spying on Firms

The White House threatened China and other countries with trade and diplomatic action over corporate espionage as it cataloged more than a dozen cases of cyberattacks...

Sewing Machines Go High-Tech
From ACM News

Sewing Machines Go High-Tech

The old-fashioned sewing machine is finally getting a modern makeover.

Eric Schmidt ­nloads on China in New Book
From ACM Opinion

Eric Schmidt ­nloads on China in New Book

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is brutally clear: China is the most dangerous superpower on Earth.

Liability Issues Create Potholes on the Road to Driverless Cars
From ACM TechNews

Liability Issues Create Potholes on the Road to Driverless Cars

Although widespread commercial use of driverless cars is still years away, Google and others are already testing the technology on roads and automakers have raised...

An Explosion in Innovation
From ACM TechNews

An Explosion in Innovation

Innovation in eight emerging areas of science and technology is poised to skyrocket as the number of people online grows from 2 billion in 2010 to 5 billion by...
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