Overdevelopment in China has created urban regions known as ghost cities that are more or less uninhabited. Nobody knew how bad the problem was until Baidu used its Big Data Lab to find out.
Understanding how road networks influence the spread of towns is a key goal of urban science. The digitization of one of the greatest maps ever made should help.
New services from Facebook and Google extend the reach of facial recognition. Do people still find it creepy?
Fears that an obscure feature coming to Apple's mobile browser will kill the ad industry appear overblown.
The counterintuitive distribution of digits in certain data sets turns out to be a powerful tool for detecting strange behavior on social networks.
Antisocial behavior online can make people's lives miserable. So an algorithm that can spot trolls more quickly should be a boon, say the computer scientists who developed it.
Young social networks grow in an entirely different way to mature networks, say computer scientists who have analyzed the way Facebook grew in the heady days after it launched in 2004.
Researchers are teasing apart the complex set of links between the virality of a Web story and the emotions it generates.
Studying the pre-Islamic State tweets of people who end up backing the organization paints a revealing picture of how support emerges, say computer scientists.
Microsoft's legendary browser is getting replaced. It's about time.