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Tom Simonite

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Recommended Reads on the Computing Beat 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.

  • January 13, 2016

Big Cable Owns Internet Access. Here’s How to Change That.
Adoption of home broadband in the U.S. has plateaued at about two-thirds of households. Internet policy expert Susan Crawford says cable companies are blocking further progress on access and affordability.

Silicon Valley Appears Open to Helping U.S. Spy Agencies After Terrorism Summit
Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and other companies met with U.S. officials to talk about how to make it harder for terrorists to organize online. One idea discussed was using a version of Facebook’s system for reporting people posting suicidal thoughts to have social media users flag people that appear to be becoming radicalized by a terror group.

ProPublica Launches the Dark Web’s First Major News Site
The new site can only be accessed using the Tor anonymity network. Facebook launched a Dark Web version of its own service in 2014, saying that some people need to carefullly hide their communications. Some countries use surveillance technology to track and target people accessing particular news sources or online services.

Uber Wants to Feed You All Kinds of Content During Your Next Ride
A system that lets apps on your phone know about your Uber trip could provide a way to serve up music, video—or possible ads—customized to the ride.

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