America’s spy agency has been tapping links between global data centers of the Internet giants.
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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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A Stanford startup’s new radio can send and receive information on the same frequency—an advance that could double the speed of wireless networks.
A technology for reading emotions on faces can help companies sell candy. Now its creators hope it also can take on bigger problems.
Facebook scientists figure out how to identify your romantic partner or best friend from among your connections.
A test of high-bandwidth optical communications from lunar orbiter to Earth stations succeeds.
A cheaper fuel cell could provide affordable power for microgrids.
A new database tool dramatically improves processing speeds using technology that’s already in your computer.
As Microsoft prepares to absorb Nokia’s handset business, a new research strategy emerges.
World’s largest smartphone chipmaker offers to custom-build very efficient neuro-inspired chips for phones, robots, and vision systems.
A Microsoft researcher proposes "big data due process" so citizens can learn how data analytics were used against them.