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Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data
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Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data

It is a rare criticism of elite American university students that they do not think big enough. But that is exactly the complaint from some of the largest technology...

­CLA Center Gets $4.5 Million For Role in National Earthquake Simulation Network
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­CLA Center Gets $4.5 Million For Role in National Earthquake Simulation Network

UCLA's earthquake center will receive $4.5 million of a $105 million grant given by the U.S. National Science Foundation to Purdue University to spearhead a national...

Radio Waves 'see' Through Walls
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Radio Waves 'see' Through Walls

University of Utah engineers showed that a wireless network of radio transmitters can track people moving behind solid walls. The system could help police, firefighters...

It to Create 2.8 Million Jobs in the Asia Pacific By 2013
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It to Create 2.8 Million Jobs in the Asia Pacific By 2013

Nearly three million jobs are expected to be created by the Asia-Pacific region's information technology (IT) industry by 2013, according to a new IDC study, which...

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Prototype Security Software Blocks Ddos Attacks

Auburn University researchers have developed a software filter that protects computers against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks without bogging down...

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Group Develops a Tool For Sharing Household Multimedia Resources

Computing researchers at the Ontological Engineering Group at the Polytechnic University of Madrid's School of Computing have collaborated with the private companies...

FCC Chief Promises Industry More Spectrum and Net Neutrality Rules
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FCC Chief Promises Industry More Spectrum and Net Neutrality Rules

Despite recent moves by several wireless companies to open their networks, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski says that more rules...

Household Robots Do Not Protect ­sers' Security and Privacy
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Household Robots Do Not Protect ­sers' Security and Privacy

People are increasingly using household robots for chores, communication, entertainment and companionship. But safety and privacy risks of information-gathering...

ACM Group Taps Multimedia Visionary for Top Award
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ACM Group Taps Multimedia Visionary for Top Award

At the ACM International Conference on Multimedia in Beijing, China, the ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) will present its prestigious technical...

Creating Resilience For Vehicular Applications
From ICT Results

Creating Resilience For Vehicular Applications

Automotive communications are a major element in the near future of vehicle technology, with applications ranging from variable road sign visualization, to accident...

Terrorists Nearing Ability to Launch Big Cyberattacks Against ­.S.
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Terrorists Nearing Ability to Launch Big Cyberattacks Against ­.S.

U.S. computer networks are most threatened by terrorist organizations that may purchase software code from cybercrooks to hack into sensitive platforms, a possibility...

Geoffrey Fox, Director of Futuregrid
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Geoffrey Fox, Director of Futuregrid

The FutureGrid Program is a U.S. National Science Foundation-funded project to determine the best ways to connect supercomputers together, headed by Indiana University...

Networked Media: More Than Fun and Games
From ICT Results

Networked Media: More Than Fun and Games

Networked media means a lot to two different groups. To the billions of Web users worldwide, it is the stuff that makes the Web so great — the 3D games, the mobile...

New ICANN Agreement Runs Into Criticism
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New ICANN Agreement Runs Into Criticism

There has been some concern that the new agreement between ICANN and the U.S. Department of Commerce will not provide enough accountability. Under the new agreement...

Cybersecurity On Exhibit: Defending The ­.s. Online
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Cybersecurity On Exhibit: Defending The ­.s. Online

A panel of officials says the United States is far behind in addressing cyber-security threats.  "Taking down the grid for months comes as close to a nuclear attack...

Betting Exchange Proposed as Means to Valuing Toxic Assets
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Betting Exchange Proposed as Means to Valuing Toxic Assets

Alan Holland, a researcher at the Cork Constraint Computation Centre at University College Cork, Ireland, advocates using an online prediction market to value toxic...

Researchers to Develop Algorithms for 'Commonsense Knowledge' Bases
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Researchers to Develop Algorithms for 'Commonsense Knowledge' Bases

Two researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago were recently awarded a three-year, $500,000 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to develop...

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Threat of next world war may be in cyberspace: ­N

"Cyber war!" flashes on the screen at an Internet security conference. The next world war could take place in cyberspace, the UN telecommunications agency chief...

Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light
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Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light

The mastery of light through technology was the theme of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics as the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honored breakthroughs in fiber...

Itu Sets 'green Ict' Agenda
From ACM TechNews

Itu Sets 'green Ict' Agenda

Information and communications technology (ICT) needs to play a bigger part in helping reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, says Malcolm Johnson, director of...
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