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Why Doesn't Silicon Valley Hire Black Coders?
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Why Doesn't Silicon Valley Hire Black Coders?

In the fall of 2013 a young software engineer named Charles Pratt arrived on Howard University's campus in Washington.

The First Person to Hack the Iphone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage
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The First Person to Hack the Iphone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage

A few days before Thanksgiving, George Hotz, a 26-year-old hacker, invites me to his house in San Francisco to check out a project he’s been working on.

Apple Ceo Defends Encryption, Opposes Government Back Door
From ACM News

Apple Ceo Defends Encryption, Opposes Government Back Door

Apple Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer and the director of the National Security Agency squared off on Monday in a debate over how much access technology companies...

A Stanford Professor's Quest to Fix Driverless Cars' Major Flaw
From ACM TechNews

A Stanford Professor's Quest to Fix Driverless Cars' Major Flaw

Stanford University professor Chris Gerdes is exploring the issue of programming the computer systems of automated cars with ethical decision-making.

The Jocks of Computer Code Do It For the Job Offers
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The Jocks of Computer Code Do It For the Job Offers

At 21, Gennady Vladimirovich Korotkevich is already a legend. Tourist, as he's known online, is now the world's top sport programmer.

How Much of Your Audience Is Fake?
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How Much of Your Audience Is Fake?


You Aren't Good Enough to Win Money Playing Daily Fantasy Football
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You Aren't Good Enough to Win Money Playing Daily Fantasy Football

Every first-time player of daily fantasy football begins the new season undefeated, just like even the most hopeless NFL teams.

Putin vs. the Internet: The Laws That Matter
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Putin vs. the Internet: The Laws That Matter

A new law in force in Russia from Sept. 1 is intended to force foreign Internet firms to maintain local servers to handle data on Russian citizens.

Why Gogo's Infuriatingly Expensive, Slow Internet Still Owns the Skies
From ACM Careers

Why Gogo's Infuriatingly Expensive, Slow Internet Still Owns the Skies

In the fall of 2008, Louis C.K. was a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and delivered a soon-to-be-viral rant called "Everything's Amazing and Nobody's Happy...

Google's $6 Billion Miscalculation on the Eu
From ACM News

Google's $6 Billion Miscalculation on the Eu

As the global elite gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and four other executives from the Internet...

Coders Balk at Making Apps Searchable
From ACM Careers

Coders Balk at Making Apps Searchable

The giants of the Web have been pressing developers of mobile apps to index their content so it can be parsed by search engines or linked to from other sites.

Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies?
From ACM News

Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies?

The gearheads in Detroit, Tokyo, and Stuttgart have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Even the Google guys seem to have solved the riddle.

How the ­.s. Finally Tracked Down a Hacker Kingpin
From ACM News

How the ­.s. Finally Tracked Down a Hacker Kingpin

For the U.S., the extradition of Ercan Findikoglu shows the value of patience when it comes to pursuing suspected hacker kingpins.

Google Ventures and the Search For Immortality
From ACM Careers

Google Ventures and the Search For Immortality

"If you ask me today, is it possible to live to be 500? The answer is yes," Bill Maris says one January afternoon in Mountain View, California.

The Easiest Way to Get Hacked: ­se Phone at Phone Show
From ACM Opinion

The Easiest Way to Get Hacked: ­se Phone at Phone Show


I'll Be Back: The Return of Artificial Intelligence
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I'll Be Back: The Return of Artificial Intelligence

The artificial-intelligence industry, a field that conjures up images of humanoid robots and self-aware computer systems, is making a comeback at Silicon Valley...

The Car Windshield Is Turning Into a Computer Screen
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The Car Windshield Is Turning Into a Computer Screen

Cars are running out of screens.

Why Passenger Planes Can Still Vanish
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Why Passenger Planes Can Still Vanish

By Dec. 30, when search teams began to recover debris and bodies from the apparent crash site of AirAsia flight QZ8501, the airline industry had begun to hear renewed...

The Big Business of Selling Prescription-Drug Records
From ACM News

The Big Business of Selling Prescription-Drug Records

Since the days of 19th century remedies such as castor oil laxatives and mercury syphilis tablets, pharmacists and patients have had a tacit understanding: Whatever...

Tim Cook Interview: The Iphone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture
From ACM Opinion

Tim Cook Interview: The Iphone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture

Steve Jobs’s office remains Steve Jobs's office.
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