Three brains behind Google's failed collaboration service think your e-mail should work like a social network's news feed—and they might be right.
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IT Editor, Software & Hardware
I’m MIT Technology Review’s IT editor for hardware and software and enjoy a diverse diet of algorithms, Internet, and human-computer interaction with chips on the side. Working in our San Francisco office, I cover new ideas about what computers can do for us, whether they spring from tech giants, new startups, or academic labs.
My journey to the West Coast started in a small English town called Wantage and took in the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, and five years writing and editing technology news coverage at New Scientist magazine.
Tom Simonite's Stories
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The company's social scientists are hunting for insights about human behavior. What they find could give Facebook new ways to cash in on our data—and remake our view of society.
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Wavii gives summaries of events—from celebrity breakups to business news—in a Facebook-style feed tuned to what a user likes.
Software can solve video puzzles intended to prevent spam bots acting like humans.
The inventor of the world's most popular file-sharing protocol now wants to stream live video or TV over the Internet.
New software lets you rouse a sleeping PC to retrieve data remotely.
Wolfram Alpha can now analyze data you provide, so you can do things like map out your e-mail relationships.
A startup called Nicira is reinventing computer networking with an audacious goal: to make all kinds of Internet services smarter, faster, and cheaper.