A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.
A Google engineer has developed an algorithm that spots breaking news stories on the Web and illustrates them with pictures. And it is now filing its first stories on Twitter.
A simple way to carve patterns onto nanodiamonds without damaging them could lead to a new generation of photonic devices, say materials scientists.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg says the virtual reality technology he bought will offer more than just gaming.
Venture capitalist and browser inventor Marc Andreessen says Bitcoin will soon outgrow the “fringe” politics that helped get it started.
An approach based on network theory reveals the pattern of links between Mafia-controlled firms involved in organized crime and the rest of the economy.
Most content on Facebook is shared a few times but some can be shared millions of times. Now computer scientists are beginning to understand the difference.
Cloud storage company Box has 25 million users, large revenues, and larger losses.
Tweets in Turkish are down but not out, even as Turkey’s prime minister tries to block Twitter inside the country.
The best of the rest from the arXiv preprint server.