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David Talbot Editor

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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    GE’s new water-sheding coating could lead to self-washing cars.

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  • Beaming Books

    It’s a cheap stopgap for the digital divide: satellite transmission.

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  • Open Season on Phishing

    Research sponsored by the Dept. of Homeland Security could help firms like Symantec protect consumers from online fraud.

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  • Can U.S. Still Compete?

    The modest federal increases for basic research are cheering those worried about the United States’ innovation capacity.

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    RFID tags could greatly increase port security by tracking international cargo – but no one wants to pay for them.

  • Super-Repellent Plastic

    With GE’s new plastic, self-washing buildings, cheap diagnostic chips, and free-flowing honey jars are possible.

  • "X" Marks the Spyware

    A startup offers Internet users simple warnings about websites’ histories of delivering spyware and spam.

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