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Google and Facebook are lobbying to alter international law to make it easier to provide universal Internet access.
Clever business people like Hiram Centelles find ways to offer online services in Cuba despite tight restrictions. Will they flourish or be swamped by foreign competition when the communist island finally opens up?
Columbia economist says ambitious international goals are needed to avert big crises in the world.
Microsoft researchers show that batteries that can be more actively managed by software might make our devices last longer.
The leading installer of rooftop solar panels says it has achieved record efficiencies with its panels.
The discovery of briny water on the Martian surface has brought new optimism that life might exist on our neighboring planet.
Robot “training academies” could help industrial robots learn to perform complicated tasks by watching a human do them first.
To watch the brain work during navigation, scientists build computer-generated worlds for mice.
To truly change the world, Google’s new holding company will need something that has eluded many previous industrial labs: an effective commercialization strategy.