New optical technology paves the way for more efficient ocean-spanning transmissions.
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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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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.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will leave a legacy of progress on spectrum policy and broadband expansion—in a nation of monopolies charging high prices.
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A viral phone game in Pakistan trains people to use their keypad—and gives them the skills they need to hunt for a job.
Test in California shows edge over Google Maps and Waze
Scientific data not yet in on how much crime-reduction software predicts, and how much it motivates.
Researchers calculate the potential of using graphene for ultrafast wireless communications.