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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Risky Business
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Risky Business

Governments, companies, and individuals have suffered an unusual number of highly publicized data breaches this year. Is there a solution?

Hacking Cars
From Communications of the ACM

Hacking Cars

Researchers have discovered important security flaws in modern automobile systems. Will car thieves learn to pick locks with their laptops?

Modeling Chaotic Storms
From Communications of the ACM

Modeling Chaotic Storms

Scientists say improvements to extreme-weather prediction are possible with new weather models and a reinvention of the modeling technologies used to process them...

­niversity Studies Crowdsourcing For Intelligence
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­niversity Studies Crowdsourcing For Intelligence

The U.S. intelligence community is studying how to tap the power of crowdsourcing through a multi-university effort. 

Founding Father Wants Secure 'internet 2'
From ACM TechNews

Founding Father Wants Secure 'internet 2'

A new version of the Internet might be the best way to defend against cyberattacks, says Internet co-founder Vint Cerf. 

'big Data' Means Business Needs Mathematicians
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'big Data' Means Business Needs Mathematicians

The proliferation of ways to measure things—point-of-service terminals, Web analytics, geographic and temporal records, even semantic information—means businesses...

Data Mining For Global Change: Furthering Science, Knowledge
From ACM TechNews

Data Mining For Global Change: Furthering Science, Knowledge

University of Minnesota's Vipin Kumar and colleagues want to integrate computer scientists into the effort to address climate change, ecosystem health, and global...

From ACM TechNews

Fraunhofer SCAI Successfully Completes Pilot Project on Information Extraction from Chinese Scientific Literature

The Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing recently completed a pilot Chinese text mining project. 

Success at 16
From Communications of the ACM

Success at 16

A high school student wins first prize from ACM for developing a faster keyboard layout.

Living in a Digital World
From Communications of the ACM

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...

Improving Brain-Computer Interfaces
From Communications of the ACM

Improving Brain-Computer Interfaces

Researchers are demonstrating advances in restorative BCI systems that are giving paralyzed individuals more effective ways to communicate, move, and interact with...

Escaping Legacy It Systems
From ACM TechNews

Escaping Legacy It Systems

MIT researchers have developed a computer model of a corporate information infrastructure that could help information technology managers predict the effects of...

Online Activity Grows in a Similar Pattern to Those of Real-Life Networks
From ACM TechNews

Online Activity Grows in a Similar Pattern to Those of Real-Life Networks

Accelerating growth patterns appear in the virtual world, according to Lingfei Wu, a researcher at the City University of Hong Kong. 

Remaking American Medicine
From Communications of the ACM

Remaking American Medicine

Developing an IT ecosystem for health could improve — and transform — the practice of medicine.

Invasion of the Mobile Apps
From Communications of the ACM

Invasion of the Mobile Apps

The market model pioneered by Apple and others is transforming the software world — and has profound implications for software companies and their customers.

Software Predicted Virus Risk in California Epidemic
From ACM TechNews

Software Predicted Virus Risk in California Epidemic

Brown University researchers have developed DYCAST, a computerized epidemiological model that was able to predict the spread of the West Nile virus in California...

Researchers Find Tipping Point to Sway Public Opinion
From ACM News

Researchers Find Tipping Point to Sway Public Opinion

If 10% of a social network is strongly committed to an opinion, that’s enough to rapidly convert the uncommitted 90% to adopt their point of view, according to...

Nsf's Seidel: 'software Is the Modern Language of Science'
From ACM TechNews

Nsf's Seidel: 'software Is the Modern Language of Science'

Software is the core technology behind a dramatic acceleration in all areas of science, and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the science community...

From ACM TechNews

Research in Game Theory Tackles It Complexity

Institute of Science and Technology Austria professor Krishnendu Chatterjee recently was awarded grants from the European Research Council and Microsoft to support...

Computer Scientist Predicts Your Next Facebook Friends
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Computer Scientist Predicts Your Next Facebook Friends

Stanford University professor Jure Leskovec is studying the traces human activity leaves on the Internet and how that data can be used to analyze human behavior...
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