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Italy Launches a New Wireless Network for the Internet of Things

Similar networks built on LTE-M and NB-IoT technology are now operating in 21 countries

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Telecom Italia, Italy’s largest telecommunications provider, is putting the finishing touches on a new wireless network for the Internet of Things that should be available nationwide by the end of January.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a catchall term for many kinds of connected devices—such as sensors, speakers, and cameras—found in cities, factories, and homes. These devices often don’t need as much bandwidth as smartphones, but connecting them through existing LTE networks is expensive.

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How Police Exploited the Capitol Riot’s Digital Records

Forensic technology is powerful, but is it worth the privacy trade-offs?

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Gabriel Zimmer
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The group of well-dressed young men who gathered on the outskirts of Baltimore on the night of 5 January 2021 hardly looked like extremists. But the next day, prosecutors allege, they would all breach the United States Capitol during the deadly insurrection. Several would loot and destroy media equipment, and one would assault a policeman.

No strangers to protest, the men, members of the America First movement, diligently donned masks to obscure their faces. None boasted of their exploits on social media, and none of their friends or family would come forward to denounce them. But on 5 January, they made one piping hot, family-size mistake: They shared a pizza.

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