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Cognitive Radio Helps Organize Ad Hoc Emergency Services Network

University of TwenteResearchers at the University of Twente (UT) in the Netherlands have developed an emergency communications system using cognitive radio technology...

ICANN President to Step Down
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ICANN President to Step Down

IDG News ServiceICANN president and CEO Paul Twomey will step down at the end of the year, the organization announced. Twomey, who has led the organization since...

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Tech Companies Pledge to Deal With Shortage of Women Workers

By 2010, there will be an estimated shortfall of 300,000 qualified engineers working in Europe's IT sector. At the same time, fewer than one in five computer scientists...

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Data Travels Six Times Faster in the Clouds

The National Center for Data Mining (NCDM) at the University of Illinois at Chicago established a cloud computing system that can quickly compile data from widely...

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Commerce Chief Faces 5 Internet Emergencies

Network WorldAssuming former Washington Gov. Gary Locke (D) is confirmed as President Obama's Commerce Secretary, he will need to immediately begin addressing a...

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Semantics-Empowered Social Computing

The sheer scope of user-generated content (UGC) requires a level of organization in order to take advantage of the vast corpus of information and construct applications...

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Surprise: America Is No. 1 in Broadband

Although some countries have far more broadband-connected homes and higher broadband speeds than the United States, the U.S. leads the world in putting broadband...

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Researchers Say Gazelle Browser Offers Better Security

Researchers at various universities are working with Microsoft Research to develop a more secure Web browser code-named Gazelle. The researchers recently demonstrated...

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New Bluetooth Standards to Bring Speed, Energy Efficiency

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is working on two new standards to improve the wireless technology's speed and energy use. Bluetooth SIG executive director...

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Quantum Dance: Discovery Led By Princeton Researchers Could Revolutionize Computing

A Princeton University-led group of international scientists has observed a unique behavior in the spin of electrons within a new material that could be used to...

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Microsoft Research Social App Marries Web, Desktop

Microsoft Research has unveiled the Social Desktop, a new proof-of-concept application that integrates features from the Windows operating system and the Windows...

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­Universities Pilot 'Tools as a Service' Cloud Computing Initiative

The Tools as a Service (TaaS) cloud computing pilot program involving the IBM Canada Software Lab and the Ontario Centres of Excellence is up and running at participating...

From Communications of the ACM

A Difficult, Unforgettable Idea

On the 40th anniversary of Douglas C. Engelbart's "The Mother of All Demos," computer scientists discuss the event's influence — and imagine what could have been...

The Evolution of Virtualization
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The Evolution of Virtualization

Virtualization is moving out of the data center and making inroads with mobile computing, security, and software delivery.

Crowd Control
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Crowd Control

Researchers are turning to computers to help us take advantage of our own cognitive abilities and of the wisdom of crowds.

Betting on Ideas
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Betting on Ideas

Advanced computational models are enabling researchers to create increasingly sophisticated prediction markets.

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Does Better Security Depend on a Better Internet?

The New York Times' recent article, "Do We Need a New Internet?," by John Markoff, has sparked debate in the research community over whether creating a secure Internet...

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Proposed Law Might Make Wi-Fi ­Users Help Cops

Congressional Republicans have introduced the Internet Security Act, legislation in the U.S. House and Senate that would require Internet service providers (ISPs)...

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Stimulus Bill Includes $7.2 Billion For Broadband

The $787 billion economic stimulus package U.S. President Obama recently signed into law includes $7.2 billion for broadband grant and loan programs. Under the...

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Lighting ­Up the Lives of the Elderly - Adaptively

Researchers working on the European Union-funded Aladin project say lighting that can adapt automatically to meet a user's needs could have significant benefits...
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