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Big Tech is Throwing Money and Talent at Home Robots
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Big Tech is Throwing Money and Talent at Home Robots

Science fiction writers and technologists have been predicting the arrival of robot butlers for the better part of a century. So far domestic robots have been relatively...

"I Was Devastated": Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets
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"I Was Devastated": Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets

"For people who want to make sure the Web serves humanity, we have to concern ourselves with what people are building on top of it," Tim Berners-Lee told me one...

Private Messaging Apps Increasingly ­sed for Public Business
From ACM News

Private Messaging Apps Increasingly ­sed for Public Business

One app promotes itself as a way to discuss sensitive negotiations and human resources problems without leaving a digital record.

Animals Teach Robots to Find Their Way
From Communications of the ACM

Animals Teach Robots to Find Their Way

Navigation research demonstrates bio-machine symbiosis.

The Emergence of Cyberpsychology
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The Emergence of Cyberpsychology

Studying why, and how, people interact online.

Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI Battle Over Your Social Lives
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Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI Battle Over Your Social Lives

When you sign up for Facebook on your phone, the app isn't just giving you the latest updates and photos from your friends and family.

How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a ­.S.-China Trade War
From ACM News

How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a ­.S.-China Trade War

Amanda Lacaze grabbed her iPhone and rattled off the names of the special minerals needed to make it.

Facebook's Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms
From ACM News

Facebook's Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms

When Facebook rolled out facial recognition tools in the European Union this year, it promoted the technology as a way to help people safeguard their online identities...

Why Are Countries Creating Public Random Number Generators?
From ACM News

Why Are Countries Creating Public Random Number Generators?

In Chile, politicians resent the Comptroller General, which audits government officials to prevent corruption.

Bringing the Internet to the (Developing) World
From Communications of the ACM

Bringing the Internet to the (Developing) World

A growing number of low-cost (and free!) solutions aim to open the Internet to developing regions.

You've Got Mail!
From Communications of the ACM

You've Got Mail!

And that's not all. Email is not what it used to be.

The Supreme Court Takes On the Police Use of Cellphone Records
From ACM News

The Supreme Court Takes On the Police Use of Cellphone Records

The Supreme Court has handed down what may be the most important privacy case of the digital era, ruling on Friday that the government cannot force cellphone service...

Pain Is Weird. Making Bionic Arms Feel Pain Is Even Weirder
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Pain Is Weird. Making Bionic Arms Feel Pain Is Even Weirder

Pain is an indispensable tool for survival.

The Unexpected Fallout of Iran's Telegram Ban
From ACM News

The Unexpected Fallout of Iran's Telegram Ban

Seven weeks after Iran's conservative-led judiciary banned the secure communications app Telegram inside the country, Iranians are still reeling from the change...

Are You Scared Yet? Meet Norman, the Psychopathic AI
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Are You Scared Yet? Meet Norman, the Psychopathic AI

Norman is an algorithm trained to understand pictures but, like its namesake Hitchcock's Norman Bates, it does not have an optimistic view of the world.

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Screen Time Controls, Working with China
From ACM Opinion

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Screen Time Controls, Working with China

Tim Cook, who has led Apple since 2011, spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep in a wide-ranging interview on Monday as the company kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers...

How Spies Can ­se Your Cellphone to Find You, and Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Texts Too
From ACM News

How Spies Can ­se Your Cellphone to Find You, and Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Texts Too

Surveillance systems that track the locations of cellphone users and spy on their calls, texts and data streams are being turned against Americans as they roam...

The Next Privacy Battle in Europe Is Over This New Law
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The Next Privacy Battle in Europe Is Over This New Law

The new European data privacy legislation is so stringent that it could kill off data-driven online services and chill innovations like driverless cars, tech industry...

China's Long March for the Soul of the Nation's Digital Future Faces an Ever-Shifting End Point
From ACM News

China's Long March for the Soul of the Nation's Digital Future Faces an Ever-Shifting End Point

In China's quest for the soul of the nation's digital technology, Ni Guangnan and Cheng Xu are two of the foot soldiers of a two-decade march to develop an indigenous...

­.S. News Outlets Block European Readers Over New Privacy Rules
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­.S. News Outlets Block European Readers Over New Privacy Rules

American news outlets including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and The Arizona Daily Star abruptly blocked access to their websites from Europe on Friday...
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