Connected appliances such as TVs can provide hackers a way into your house.
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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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Time Warner Cable’s 11.4-million-customer broadband blackout was one of the largest to affect U.S. customers.
With emotion-triggering effort, Facebook pushes beyond data-driven studies on voting, sharing, and organ-donation prompts, to make people feel good or bad.
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.
A new wearable sensor listens for sounds that betray your activity and mood.
Indoor location technologies are a boon to retailers but may not be so welcome to consumers.
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.
Other big Chinese e-commerce companies, including JD.com, merge social networking, payments, and mobile.