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­ncovering Results in the Magellan Testbed
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­ncovering Results in the Magellan Testbed

The Magellan cloud computing testbed funded by the U.S. Department of Energy is dedicated to studying the advantages and disadvantages of the cloud computing model...

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Police Push to Continue Warrantless Cell Tracking

A law requiring police to obtain a search warrant before tracking Americans' cell phones may imperil criminal investigations and endanger children's lives, a law...

China's Young College Grads Toil in 'ant Tribes'
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China's Young College Grads Toil in 'ant Tribes'

Liu Jun sleeps in a room so small, he shares a bed with two other men. It's all the  computer engineering graduate can afford in Beijing, a city where the dreams...

China Pushing the Envelope on Science, and Sometimes Ethics
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China Pushing the Envelope on Science, and Sometimes Ethics

Last year, Zhao Bowen was part of a team that cracked the genetic code of the cucumber. These days, he's probing the genetic basis for human IQ.

Computers Make Strides in Recognizing Speech
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Computers Make Strides in Recognizing Speech

"Hi, thanks for coming," the medical assistant says, greeting a mother with her 5-year-old son. "Are you here for your child or yourself?" The boy, the mother replies...

Sleepserver Software Lets Enterprise Pcs Work While They Sleep
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Sleepserver Software Lets Enterprise Pcs Work While They Sleep

Personal computers in enterprise environments save energy and money by "sleep-working," thanks to new software called SleepServer created by computer scientists...

Pioneering Seac Computer Remembered on 60th Anniversary
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Pioneering Seac Computer Remembered on 60th Anniversary

Sixty years ago this week, the National Bureau of Standards dedicated the first programmable computer in U.S. history.

Judge Sides With Google in Viacom Video Suit
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Judge Sides With Google in Viacom Video Suit

In a major victory for Google in its battle with media companies, a federal judge in New York on Wednesday threw out Viacom’s $1 billion copyright infringement...

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Nist to Lead Nice Cybersecurity Program

NIST has been tapped to coordinate the new interagency program, which aims to promote cybersecurity awareness and know-how across the country and among citizens...

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Nsa Gets Geeky After Dark, New Docs Show

It's an agency staffed by some of the government's top hackers, brainiest cryptographers, and most sophisticated network defenders. But when employees at the NSA...

From ACM News

Sending Data 160 Characters at a Time

In the absence of a good Internet connection, why not use text messages to transmit data?

­sing Science Against Suicide Bombs
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­sing Science Against Suicide Bombs

Software that models the effects of suicide bombings has been developed by computer scientist Zeeshan-ul-Hassan Usmani, whose expertise could help inform the construction...

­sing the Wisdom of Crowds to Translate Language
From ACM TechNews

­sing the Wisdom of Crowds to Translate Language

Linguists are attempting to harness the power of crowdsourcing to help machines achieve perfect translations. 

From ACM TechNews

Presidential Committee on Innovation Hosts First Meeting to Boost Promising Tech, Jobs

New products and jobs could be created through government support for the synthesis of IT, nanotechnology, and biotechnology, according to experts gathered at the...

Visions of the Future
From Communications of the ACM

Visions of the Future

ACM joined forces with the British Computer Society to deliver its first academic research conference in Europe.

Eric Brewer: Change Agent
From Communications of the ACM

Eric Brewer: Change Agent

Eric Brewer's latest project involves designing and deploying low-cost wireless infrastructure in developing regions.

Censored!
From Communications of the ACM

Censored!

Countries use Internet censorship to dominate the political dialogue, but also to create favorable conditions for government-controlled businesses.

From ACM News

Hackers Aren't Only Threat to Privacy

Sophisticated hackers aren't the only ones gaining access to sensitive data on the Internet. A large amount of personal information is being left exposed or poorly...

Marines to Use Autonomous Vehicles Built By Virginia Tech Students
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Marines to Use Autonomous Vehicles Built By Virginia Tech Students

Four unmanned autonomous vehicles designed and built by a team of engineering students at Virginia Tech are headed to Hawaii to participate in the 2010 Rim of...

Inside the Military-Robotics Complex
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Inside the Military-Robotics Complex

Robots are already in use by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their variety and use is only growing.
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