Intel Chased Chip Flaws for Months

The disclosure of security flaws in computer chips dealt Intel Corp. what seemed like a sudden crisis, but behind the scenes it and other tech companies and experts have been grappling with the problem for months.

Review: For India, ‘Our Time Has Come’

When India won independence in 1947, there was every hope that it would join the ranks of truly consequential nations within a generation or two. Instead it proved to be an eye-popping economic laggard for 41/2 decades, shutting its markets to the world and passing the years in an autarkic trance, while other emerging nations left it far behind.

The Cashless Society Has Arrived— Only It’s in China

BEIJING—Soliciting handouts near a grocery store, Zhao Shenji, a slender man with shorn hair, made giving easy for Beijing residents accustomed to relying on their smartphones.

FCC Votes to Dismantle Net-Neutrality Rules

WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission Thursday voted to roll back far-reaching rules governing how internet-service providers treat traffic on their networks, a move expected to empower cable and wireless providers and transform consumers’ online experience.

To Keep Up With AI, We’ll Need High-Tech Brains

When do we start panicking? DeepMind, an artificial intelligence company in London, just announced another breakthrough in machine intelligence. Starting from nothing but the rules of the ancient and sublime board game Go, the algorithm taught itself to play through trial and error. After playing four million games against itself, the software, called AlphaGo Zero, reached superhuman performance.

The Computer That Could Rule the World

During World War II the federal government launched the Manhattan Project to ensure the U.S. would possess the first atomic bomb. Seventy-five years later, America is in another contest just as vital to national security, the economy and even the future of liberal democracy. It’s the race to build the first fully operational quantum computer.

How Apple’s Pricey New iPhone X Tests Economic Theory

Thorstein Veblen was a cranky economist of Norwegian descent who coined the phrase “conspicuous consumption” and theorized that certain products could defy the economic laws of gravity by stoking more demand with superhigh prices.

An Unexpected Security Problem in the Cloud

As more companies unplug their data centers and rent out cloud-computing services from providers such as Amazon Inc. and Microsoft Corp. , some are discovering an unexpected problem: They’re accidentally leaving their corporate

Ever more Indians are struggling to find work

A DOZEN hefty wooden crates sit outside a small factory on the outskirts of Lucknow, the capital of India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh. On the shop floor inside, where chattering machines bag and package herbal teas, a manager explains what will happen when he opens the crates. “His job will go,” he says, nodding at one boiler-suited operator. “And his over there, and that one’s too.”


Earlier this year, a single rocket launched from India flung 104 small satellites into space. A second Indian effort in June put another 30 into orbit, each roughly the size of a coffee can. In July, a Russian rocket scattered 72 more satellites around Earth, like pebbles strewn from a speeding car.

These swarms of small satellites—hard to track and hard to dodge—increase the risk of collision for the world’s vital communication, navigation and defense satellites.


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