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Trump Leaves Science Jobs Vacant, Troubling Critics

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:00:27 GMT

Michael Kratsios, center, the White House’s deputy chief technology officer, with Jay Carney, left, a former press secretary for President Obama, and Reed Cordish, an adviser to President Trump, at a Washington luncheon in January.Scores of scientists and technology experts have left the White House, and conservatives — and the president — have questioned whether they need to be replaced.


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Entrepreneurship: Is It a Toy? Is It Art? Everyone Agrees It’s a Collectible

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:57:17 GMT

Frank Kozik, chief creative officer at Kidrobot, with Yummy World toys, at left. The company hopes to sell the child-friendly line through mass-market retailers.Consumer demand for so-called designer toys has helped invigorate sales in the overall toy industry.


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U.S. Aims for Nafta Provision to Reinstate Tariffs

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:43:37 GMT

An employee welding together a frame for an S.U.V. during production at the General Motors assembly plant in Arlington, Tex., this month.The Trump administration’s goals for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement include resuming tariffs if a flood of imports were to threaten a domestic industry.


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Little Sign of a ‘Trump Bump’ in the Economic Forecast

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:50:49 GMT

Valdese Weavers in Burke County, N.C., is hiring, but can’t always find the right employees. “We could train an undereducated person in the past,” its chief executive, Michael Shelton, said. “But the textile industry has changed, and we need a higher level of competence in computers and math for specific skills.”Despite upbeat sentiment among consumers and investors in the new year, actual growth estimates are modest for the quarter and beyond.


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Wall Street Rises, Aided by Growth Data; Nasdaq Ends at Record

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:27:29 GMT

Wall Street gained on Thursday, led by financial shares, after data showed U.S. economic growth was stronger than previously reported last quarter, helped by robust consumer spending, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq set a record closing high.



Net Neutrality Is Trump’s Next Target, Administration Says

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:31:38 GMT

The administration said its next move on regulating broadband service would be to jettison the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules, which were intended to safeguard free expression online.



SpaceX Launches a Satellite With a Partly Used Rocket

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:42:22 GMT

A Falcon 9 rocket awaiting launch at the Kennedy Space Center. The first stage of the rocket flew last year, then landed on a floating platform. It was refurbished and will now fly a second time.The use of a rocket booster that had flown once before may open an era of cheaper space travel, particularly for business ventures like satellite companies.


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For-Profit Law School in Arizona Is Put on Probation

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:42:43 GMT

The American Bar Association acted against Arizona Summit Law after finding fault with its admissions practices, academic programs, and graduation and bar exam passage rates.



Chase Had Ads on 400,000 Sites. Then on Just 5,000. Same Results.

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:04:37 GMT

JP Morgan Chase began limiting its display ads to preapproved websites to avoid proximity to content like fake news and offensive videos.The bank found that limiting its advertising to preapproved hosts, to avoid proximity to fake news or offensive videos, did not hurt its visibility.


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New Firms Catching Up to Banks in Foreclosure Rankings

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:19:02 GMT

A foreclosed home in Las Vegas in 2016. The number of home foreclosures is down sharply from the depths of the financial crisis.Affiliates of the private equity firm Lone Star foreclosed on about 5,000 mortgages a year in 2015 and 2016, compared with 147 in 2010.


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McDonald’s to Use Fresh Beef for Quarter Pounder Burgers

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:00:57 GMT

McDonald’s Quarter Pounder burgers will now be made with fresh beef, not frozen.In an effort to improve taste, the fast-food chain is moving away from frozen patties for one of its menu items.


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Cincinnati Law Dean Is Put on Leave After Proposing Ways to Cut Budget

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:19:04 GMT

The University of Cincinnati College of Law on Tuesday. Like many other law schools, it is facing a steep decline in the number of graduates.No public explanation was given, but it is clear that faculty members were rankled by the ways Jennifer S. Bard planned to combat revenue shortfalls.


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F.D.A. Nominee, Paid Millions by Industry, Says He’ll Recuse Himself if Needed

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:06:50 GMT

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, President Trump’s nominee to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.Scott Gottlieb made millions of dollars doing work for more than 20 health care companies in the private sector.


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Streaming Drives U.S. Music Sales Up 11% in 2016

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:00:03 GMT

The headquarters of the online music streaming service Spotify in Stockholm. Music streaming revenue in the United States increased 69 percent in 2016 from the year before.It is the industry’s highest sales figure since 2009 and its best percentage gain since 1998.


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Uber Executive’s Lawyers Warn He Could Face Criminal Charges

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:35:14 GMT

The executive at the center of an intellectual property fight between Waymo and Uber is exercising his right to avoid self-incrimination in the dispute.



Elena Ferrante Series Coming to HBO

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:11:06 GMT

Elena Ferrante’s book “My Brilliant Friend.” An eight-episode series based on the book will air on HBO.The cable channel will broadcast a new drama series based on the author’s “My Brilliant Friend,” HBO announced on Thursday.


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Common Sense: Sears and Its Hedge Fund Owner, in Slow Decline Together

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:35:49 GMT

A Sears store in a nearly empty Westfield Meriden shopping mall on Tuesday in Meriden, Conn. Sears Holdings has long been ESL Investments’ largest investment. The company last week expressed “substantial doubt” it can keep going.Edward Lampert was a Wall Street wunderkind. And department stores still had promise. What a difference a decade makes.


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Beginning ‘Brexit’ and Bracing for Impact

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:01:16 GMT

Prime Minister Theresa May signing the letter laying out Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. The delivery of that letter to Brussels on Wednesday formally began the process.Months after the vote to leave the European Union, Britain is beginning the process, and the economic consequences are likely to be significant.


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Tech We're Using: He Turned His Home Into a Reality Television Show

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:20 GMT

Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times’s technology columnist, at home. He has installed cameras around his home to capture charming moments from his children’s lives.The Times’s tech columnist, Farhad Manjoo, grapples with technology’s shortcomings yet embraces it to an extreme degree at home.


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Can Trump Change Libel Laws?

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:05:15 GMT

President Trump at the White House last week. Unhappy with The New York Times, he posted on Twitter on Thursday: “Change libel laws?”As a candidate, the president said he would “open up our libel laws,” but in fact states have the authority to shape those laws.


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Coal Mining Jobs Trump Would Bring Back No Longer Exist

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:07:35 GMT

Coal miners in Welch, W.Va., in Appalachia. The coal industry has been replacing workers with machines and explosives.The jobs the president alluded to — hardy miners in mazelike tunnels with picks and shovels — have become vestiges of the past.


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Wheels: As Auto Prices Rise, Used Cars Are Looking Shinier

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:14:17 GMT

Emily Hurwitz, 28, an advertising executive who lives in San Francisco, with her 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan, which was recently purchased through Shift, a used-car online retailer.With new vehicles averaging $34,000, sometimes a model just a few years older can offer considerable savings — if you don’t mind slightly older technology.


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Driven: Video Review: Acura NSX, a Supercar in Almost All Ways

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:57:43 GMT

Honda’s Acura division long erred on the rational and practical side. The second-generation NSX supercar is a welcome shock to those sensibilities.



Critic's Notebook: Liked ‘Serial’? Here’s Why the True-Crime Podcast ‘S-Town’ Is Better

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:26:04 GMT

Brian Reed, right, interviewing a subject for the podcast “S-Town.”A new series from the people behind “This American Life” surpasses their earlier hit in a number of ways.


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Tech Fix: How to Use Technology to Outsource Pet Care

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:54:24 GMT

A growing number of start-ups offer apps and gadgets to help you walk your dog or feed your cat, but most aren’t worth the money.


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Sketch Guy: Sometimes, Spending Brings a Bigger Return Than Saving

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:05:05 GMT

We all get that nagging feeling that the money we want to spend on someone and something we love should be saved instead. Here’s a counterargument.


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Economic Scene: ‘Carnage’ Indeed, but Trump’s Policies Would Make It Worse

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:58:21 GMT

A crowd during the national anthem at a post-election rally for Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence in Cincinnati in December.Cutting benefits and training won’t help working-class voters hit by disruptions in trade or address its toll on families, job prospects and longevity.


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What the Repeal of Online Privacy Protections Means for You

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:49:01 GMT

The overturning of new privacy rules probably won’t make much difference because internet service providers have always been permitted to monitor network traffic, see what websites users visit and share some of that information with advertisers.Now that internet providers will not have to get permission to collect and sell customers’ online information, how will that affect privacy online?


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Tech Tip: Twitter Bot — or Not?

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:53:18 GMT

Automated accounts are all over the Twitterverse, and you can often tell when the software robots are following you.