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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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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Languages that aren't used online risk being left behind. New translation technology from Google and Microsoft could help them catch up.
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Wireless networks are scrambling to feed the growing hunger for mobile data and downloads.
Based on its pre-IPO video, expect more ads, changes to its mobile offerings, and a world where all software links to Facebook.
The New York lab will search for patterns in aggregated user data, and suggest new revenue sources for Microsoft's existing products.
Qualcomm uses the mechanism that gives color to butterfly wings to make low-power, full-color e-reader displays.
Lytro reinvented the camera so that it can evolve faster.
The creator of a social network for close friends and family says smart phones will make computing more intimate than PCs did.