With emotion-triggering effort, Facebook pushes beyond data-driven studies on voting, sharing, and organ-donation prompts, to make people feel good or bad.
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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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The Supreme Court’s decision was tailored narrowly, but it may provide openings for lawyers to argue that other forms of mass Internet streaming violate copyright.
The key to smarter cities might not be technology, but the existence of dense central zones made for walking.
Software meant to help people interpret emotions will soon be available in several apps.
More e-mail providers are using encryption, meaning messages can’t be intercepted and read by the NSA or hackers.
Reported plans to launch 180 satellites could provide significant competition in the developing world and rural areas.
Electric lights are 135 years old. The Internet is 45. They’re finally getting connected.
Other big Chinese e-commerce companies, including JD.com, merge social networking, payments, and mobile.
Some VCs say the FCC’s latest net neutrality proposal will raise costs for startups that need fast connections or use a lot of bandwidth.
It’s only a matter of time before more cyberweapons emerge, says the founder of the Moscow-based computer security firm Kaspersky.