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U.S. companies hacked by Chinese didn’t tell investors. "Three U.S. public companies identified as Chinese hacking victims didn’t report the theft of trade secrets and other data to investors," Bloomberg reports, "despite rules designed to disclose significant events."

Wireless broadband can reach the moon, and maybe Mars. "[A] team has transmitted data across the 384,633 km distance between Earth and the moon at a rate of 19.44 Mbps and has also managed to download data at a rate of 622 Mbps," according to Wired.

What Ars writers pay our Internet providers — and what we think about them. Ars Technica's staff explains which Internet service providers they use, and which they'd prefer.

Canada to allow air passengers to use electronic devices on takeoff, landing. "Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said air passengers will be able to use their portable electronic devices — including cameras, tablets, gaming consoles and computers — during takeoff, ascent, descent and landing of a flight, as long as the devices are in non-transmitting, or flight, mode," according to CBC.

Apple sees the light in push for Jetsons-style home automation. "Apple is readying a new software platform that would turn the iPhone into a remote control for lights, security systems and other household appliances, as part of a move into the “internet of things," reports the Financial Times.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecommunications and the Internet. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.
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