Hello,

We noticed you're browsing in private or incognito mode.

To continue reading this article, please exit incognito mode or log in.

Not an Insider? Subscribe now for unlimited access to online articles.

Tom Simonite

A View from Tom Simonite

Recommended Computing and Internet Reads This Week

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

  • December 9, 2015

Satoshi’s PGP Keys Are Probably Backdated and Point to a Hoax
The latest claim to have found the pseudonymous creator(s) of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, appears to be unraveling. One thing we do know for sure is that much of the work done to get Bitcoin to where it is today was actually done by Nakamoto’s successor (see “The Man Who Really Built Bitcoin”).

Why AT&T Is Out-Building Google Fiber
When Google invited cities to pitch to host installations of the search giant’s high-speed broadband service, Fiber, many mayors scrambled to show their cities were ready. That’s helped AT&T speed up the roll out of its competing next-generation broadband service. This adds to earlier evidence that Google injecting much-needed competition into the ISP market is helping improve U.S. infrastructure (see “The Wait-for-Google-to-Do-It Strategy”).

Top Democratic Senator Will Seek Legislation to “Pierce” Through Encryption
Diane Feinstein, chair of the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence, is to draft legislation that would require tech companies to provide law enforcement access to encrypted data. It is unclear how Feinstein thinks that could be technically achieved, but it would not be compatible with the current design of some messaging systems, such as WhatsApp, or mobile devices, such as the iPhone, that encrypt data using the owner’s passcode.

Tech Giants Say Verizon’s New Cellular Tech Could Wreck Wi-Fi
Companies including Google, Microsoft, and Comcast are trying to delay the approval of a new cellular wireless technology called LTE-U, saying it will interfere with Wi-Fi connections. LTE-U is being championed by cellular networks and mobile chip companies who say it will dramatically improve mobile data coverage and bandwidth (see “Coffee Shops and Home Routers Could Offer Nearby Phones a 4G Data Connection”). Companies on both sides say they have technical evidence backing up their claims.

The Photo App Boasting Facial Recognition Power to Beat Them All
An app uses artificial intelligence to make your photos easier to manage and explore. For example, snaps are grouped under categories such as “happiness,” “togetherness,” “relaxation,” and “looking good.” You can also search for places or things such as “beach” or “snow.”

Be the leader your company needs. Implement ethical AI.
Join us at EmTech Digital 2019.

Register now
More from Intelligent Machines

Artificial intelligence and robots are transforming how we work and live.

Want more award-winning journalism? Subscribe to Insider Plus.
  • Insider Plus {! insider.prices.plus !}*

    {! insider.display.menuOptionsLabel !}

    Everything included in Insider Basic, plus the digital magazine, extensive archive, ad-free web experience, and discounts to partner offerings and MIT Technology Review events.

    See details+

    Print + Digital Magazine (6 bi-monthly issues)

    Unlimited online access including all articles, multimedia, and more

    The Download newsletter with top tech stories delivered daily to your inbox

    Technology Review PDF magazine archive, including articles, images, and covers dating back to 1899

    10% Discount to MIT Technology Review events and MIT Press

    Ad-free website experience

/3
You've read of three free articles this month. for unlimited online access. You've read of three free articles this month. for unlimited online access. This is your last free article this month. for unlimited online access. You've read all your free articles this month. for unlimited online access. You've read of three free articles this month. for more, or for unlimited online access. for two more free articles, or for unlimited online access.