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Recommended Computing Reads This Week

A roundup of the best stories on computing from other sites, collected by Tom Simonite, MIT Technology Review’s San Francisco bureau chief.

Sep 30, 2015

Arms Control in Cyberspace Evokes Challenges of Nuclear Treaties
Hacking has become a powerful new weapon and espionage tool for nations such as the U.S. and China. Now President Obama and other policymakers are struggling with how to create international frameworks to govern the use of such techniques.

India Replaces China as Next Big Frontier for U.S. Tech Companies
For many years U.S. tech companies have coveted but struggled to reach China’s vast population of Internet users. With China loath to loosen Internet controls, Google, Facebook, and others are now investing heavily in India, where online life is less regulated.

That Big Security Fix for Credit Cards Won’t Stop Fraud
The rollout of cards with chips to U.S. consumers is costing upwards of $200 million. Unfortunately, U.S. card issuers have chosen a flawed version of this technology.

The Simulator Bringing Movement to Virtual Reality
Virtual reality headsets can fool your eyes but not your physical sense of motion. A robot that moves you around a room using cables can add a dash of physical reality to virtual experiences.