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Last updated: August 20th, 2010

LT World is the most comprehensive WWW information service and knowledge source on the wide range of technologies that deal with human language. The service is provided by the German Language Technology Competence Center at DFKI. Contents will constantly be improved. Please send corrections and pointers to missing information to feedback@lt-world.org.


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More Submissions. Lower Acceptance rate at COLING 2010

The 23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2010) is taking place in Beijing, China on August 23-27th, 2010 under the auspices of the International Committee on Computational Linguistics (ICCL)

The world conference of computaional linguistics covers a broad spectrum of technical areas related to natural language and computation. The conference includes full papers, oral presentations, poster presentations, demonstrations, tutorials, and workshops.

158 oral presentations and 181 posters will be presented. With 815 submitted abstracts, COLING 2010 has attracted more submissions than any COLING before. The low acceptance rate of 19% for oral presentations indicates the high quality standards of the conference. It is the lowest acceptance rate of any COLING or ACL conference except for ACL 2005 (18%).


Adding value to government data sets by using Semantic Technology.
Wikipedia to add meaning to its pages.
Yahoo moves towards context-driven search.
Thomson Reuters OpenCalais sees commercial adaption for Media Monitoring, Search Engine Optimization, Reader Engagement, Corporate Governance and more.
Google bought Metaweb and its Freebase open-source catalogs.
Semantify named winner of SemTech Start-Up competition.
Franz launches AllegroGraph 4.0, claiming to be the first native RDF database in the Industry.
MultiTrans integrates with MyMemory, a linguistic collaboration platform with 200 million translated sentences.
Across Systems to launch linguistic supply chain technology in the UK.
XIHA connects Facebook and Twitter friends with Multilingual Translation.
TAUS has launched a Translation Memories (TMs) sharing platform for sharing high quality language data.
Wolfram Alpha may find iPad niche.
US Scientists test mobile sign language.
Asia Online & Across partner to link Translation Services into Business Processes.
Will you be the next Localization Genious?
Milengo combines Acrolinx, Asia Online, Clay Tablet for End-To-End Translation and Localization Solution.
Market-leading PC Manufacturer selects Lionbridge as premier Translation Provider.
SDL aquired Language Weaver, affirming its leadership in Machine Translation and Global Information Management.
Fellow Consulting AG and NetBreeze GmbH integrate Web Monitoring in the CRM.
Google offers cloud-based Learning Engine.
BayScribe and NLP International enter into strategic partnership to provide end-to-end Clinical Documentation Solutions.
IBM introduced Social Media Analytics Tool.
Carnegie Mellon study of Twitter sentiments yielded results similar to public opinion polls.
BT Business selected Natural Language Call Steering Solution from Nuance.
Huffington Post bought Adaptive Semantics to keep up with 100,000 comments a day.
ABBYY launched 4.0 version of its Mobile OCR Engine SDK.
swingly, a Web-scale answer engine designed to find exact answers to factual questions.
Other News

The Queen's English Society announced plans set up an Academy of English.
NASA to join W3C Consortium to help improve universal access.
Wittgenstein Archives available online.
Mimicking the behaviour of ants, bees and birds started as a poor man's version of AI, but may though be the key.
UK Web Science Institute funding halted by new Government.
Can Mozilla deliver an open App Store?
Poland's cooperative BPS bank the first in Europe to install biometric ATM.

How unique is your password ?


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Passwords that are Simple and Safe
A new approach does away with the need for long strings of letters and numbers
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Researchers at Microsoft have come up with a way to create easy-to-remember passwords without making a system more vulnerable to hackers.

Instead of enforcing complex passwords, as many organizations do, the new scheme makes sure that no more than a few users can have the same password, which has a similar overall effect on security. Further research from Microsoft also reveals why only some organizations insist on very complex passwords.

Increasingly complex password requirements--rules like "passwords must be 14 characters long and contain at least two uppercase letters, two lowercase letters, and three symbols"--make it difficult for attackers to guess passwords using a so-called "dictionary attack," which involves trying many possible passwords in succession.

Without such restrictions, people tend to pick passwords that are easy to remember, easy to type--and easy to guess. For example, when 32 million passwords from the social media website RockYou were inadvertently released last December, nearly half were found to be "trivial passwords" such as consecutive digits, dictionary words, or common names, according to an analysis last January by the Web security firm Imperva.

Requiring that passwords include numbers, symbols, and mixed cases significantly increases the number of possible passwords. With such rules, a dictionary attack becomes infeasible, but passwords also become harder to remember.

The new scheme from Microsoft Research does away with complexity requirements entirely while protecting against both dictionary attacks and statistical guessing. The service simply counts how many times any user on the service chooses a given password. When more than a small number of users pick a password, the password is banned and no one else is allowed to choose it. The scheme can only be used by organizations with millions of users -- websites like Microsoft's Hotmail, for instance.


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