Police can obtain huge quantities of social network data but must sort out the junk to glean useful information.
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I’m MIT Technology Review's chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.
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Storing video and other files more intelligently reduces the demand on servers in a data center.
New optical technology paves the way for more efficient ocean-spanning transmissions.
Gigabit service promises competition for AT&T and Time Warner Cable in Austin.
The new Facebook-centric Android app for smartphones builds on other efforts to court mobile users internationally.
Bruce Schneier says "we as a society are heading down a dangerous path."
A decade-old fix could have easily stopped this weekend’s attack on an anti-spam company, but the truth is many Web companies simply ignore such fixes.
Clogged wireless networks spur a plan to speed data to smartphones, for a price.
IBM materials advance shows another promising path to replace the foundation of today’s computing technologies.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will leave a legacy of progress on spectrum policy and broadband expansion—in a nation of monopolies charging high prices.