The threat of superfast Google Fiber is causing other Internet providers to crank up their own offerings.
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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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Stock plunge another reminder of social media's power -- and the need for fact-checking
New platforms for fact-checking and reputation scoring aim to better channel social media’s power in the wake of a disaster.
Collecting and analyzing information from simple cell phones can provide surprising insights into how people move about and behave—and even help us understand the spread of diseases.
Police can obtain huge quantities of social network data but must sort out the junk to glean useful information.
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.
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.
IBM materials advance shows another promising path to replace the foundation of today’s computing technologies.