Google Fiber; Artificial Language Acquisition; and more [Weekly Computing Newsletter]

June 25, 2015

Weekly Computing Newsletter

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Broadband Speeds Are Improving in Many Places. Too Bad It Took Google to Make It Happen.

America’s communications ­infrastructure is finally getting some crucial upgrades because one company is forcing ­competition when regulators won’t.

 

 

News

Machines Are Learning Better Language Skills

A startup called MetaMind has developed a new, improved algorithm for processing language.

 

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Startup’s Lightbulbs Also Stream Music

Astro banks on a lightbulb with a built-in speaker as the way to connect more renters and apartment dwellers to the Internet of things.

 

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New Virtual-Reality Device Uses Eye-Tracking as Interface

Kickstarter-funded startup Fove wants to be the first virtual-reality device controlled entirely by vision.

 

 

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Expect Automated Cars to Keep a Close Eye on Drivers

Monitoring driver behavior will become important as more vehicle automation is introduced.

 

 

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Partner Presentation: The Future of Money

 

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How Machine Vision Solved One of the Great Mysteries of 20th-Century Surrealist Art

The great Belgian surrealist Magritte painted two versions of one of his masterpieces, and nobody has been able to distinguish the original from the copy. Until now.

 

 

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Slack Keeps On Growing

The maker of work communication software, one of our 50 Smartest Companies, now has over 1 million users each day.

 

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Data Mining Reveals the Surprising Factors Behind Successful Movies

The secret to making profitable movies will amaze you. (Spoiler: it’s not hiring top box office stars.)

 

 

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Software Is Vulnerable Because of You

The only reason our online life is insecure is that we let it happen.

 

 

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Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending June 20, 2015)

A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.

 

 

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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending June 20, 2015)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.

 

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