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F.C.C. Plans Net Neutrality Repeal in a Victory for Telecoms

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:59:04 GMT

Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission chairman.A rollback of net neutrality regulations would represent a significant victory for companies like AT&T and Comcast and would amount to a strike against consumers.

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Net Neutrality Repeal: What Could Happen and How It Could Affect You

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:01:41 GMT

Major telecommunication and broadband companies including Comcast have argued that the internet should not be subject to utility-style government regulation. They say that reduces their incentives to invest and improve service. But supporters of net neutrality rules say repeal will give internet providers too much power.For you and me, the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to repeal net neutrality rules can be boiled down to two questions: What might happen? And who do you trust?

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Uber Hid 2016 Breach, Paying Hackers to Delete Stolen Data

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:55:09 GMT

Uber’s headquarters in San Francisco. The ride-hailing company said information on driver and rider names, emails and telephone numbers had been compromised in a data breach.The company said hackers had stolen 57 million accounts and that the breach was kept secret. In the aftermath, it fired its top security executive.

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Meg Whitman to Step Down as Hewlett Packard Enterprise C.E.O.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:38:02 GMT

As Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s chief executive, Meg Whitman cut costs and made partnership deals in an effort to compete with larger rivals.After building eBay into an internet giant, Ms. Whitman took over Hewlett-Packard and split the Silicon Valley icon in two, with mixed results.

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State of the Art: Twitter, It’s Time to End Your Anything-Goes Paradise

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:00:23 GMT

Twitter should scrap a founding principle — everyone gains equal footing and any behavior is tolerated — and create a new system that rewards positive contributions.

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Skin Deep: His Eye Makeup Is Way Better Than Yours

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:00:16 GMT

Jack Bennett (@makeuupbyjack) has more than 300,000 followers. He’s 10.How teenage boys and young men wearing makeup are affecting beauty norms.

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Atelier Swarovski Turns to Man-Made Gems

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:52:31 GMT

Jewelry makers at the Cambour atelier in Paris, completing some of the handwork for Atelier Swarovski’s high jewelry line.The line’s first high jewelry collection features diamonds and emeralds grown in laboratories.

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Warning Signs About Another Giant Bitcoin Exchange

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:55:53 GMT

Phil Potter is the chief strategy officer of Bitfinex, an unregulated virtual currency exchange. Its size and impact worry even advocates of virtual currencies.On some days, Bitfinex claims to be doing more trades than some stock exchanges. But it has lost millions in two hackings and has no government oversight.

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Tech Tip: Transforming Rich Text Into a PDF

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:07:17 GMT

The rich text format for word-processing documents is versatile, but saving an R.T.F. file as a PDF gives it even more compatibility.

Economic Scene: Patent ‘Trolls’ Recede as Threat to Innovation. Will Justices Change That?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:35:17 GMT

To maintain their exclusive hold on drugs, pharmaceutical companies are increasingly attaching patents on dosage and other aspects that had nothing to do with the original invention.Created to keep invalid claims from hurting companies, consumers and the economy, a government panel faces an existential threat in a case before the Supreme Court.

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Skype Vanishes From App Stores in China, Including Apple’s

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:33:11 GMT

An internet cafe in Beijing. China has long wielded the most sophisticated and comprehensive internet controls in the world.The app still functions in China, but its fate there is unclear as the government moves against foreign-run tools for online communication.

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F.C.C. Is Said to Plan Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:29:04 GMT

Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission chairman.In a sweeping proposal to be revealed on Tuesday, Ajit Pai, the chairman of the F.C.C., is preparing to scrap the net neutrality rules, said people familiar with the plan.

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As Chip Makers Consolidate, Marvell Will Buy Cavium in $6 Billion Deal

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:38:50 GMT

Cavium’s offices in San Jose, Calif. Marvell’s bid to acquire Cavium would create a chip making giant with annual revenue of $3.4 billion.The deal comes amid fears that a rush of consolidation has left the chip making industry too heavily concentrated.

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Wake Up and Smell the Traffic? London Tries Coffee to Power Buses

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:57:13 GMT

The first batch of coffee-based oil added to the fuel for London’s buses would be enough to run one of the vehicles for about a year.In an effort to curb toxic diesel fumes, oil from used grounds has been added to the fuel for the British capital’s iconic red double-deckers.

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Tech Tip: Stopping Autoplay Videos on Safari

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:12:33 GMT

The most recent version of the Mac operating system includes controls for stopping web page videos that start blasting on their own.

Uber Strikes Deal With Volvo to Bring Self-Driving Cars to Its Network

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:27:34 GMT

An Uber self-driving Volvo in Pittsburgh. Uber plans to purchase thousands of self-driving Volvos for its fleet once the technology is production-ready.Uber has agreed to buy up to 24,000 self-driving Volvos for its ride-hailing network once the technology is production-ready.

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As Silicon Valley Gets ‘Crazy,’ Midwest Beckons Tech Investors

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:32:43 GMT

A presentation, left, that is part of a Rise of the Rest tour at the Idea Foundry, an innovation center in a former factory in Columbus, Ohio. Since 2014, the Revolution venture group has sponsored the tours to encourage start-ups in the middle of the country.Funding and start-ups are concentrated on the coasts, especially in California. But there are signs of an entrepreneurial awakening in the heartland, where talent is rich but prices aren’t.

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Chinese Phone Maker Bets Big With a Premium Price

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:09:38 GMT

Customers trying out the new Mate 10 Pro smartphone in a Huawei store in Beijing. The brand, known in China mostly for good value rather than top quality, is trying to enhance its image as a global competitor.Huawei Technologies wants to banish from consumers’ minds the idea that Chinese brands can produce only cheap knockoffs.

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Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Reactors’ Melted Uranium Fuel

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:02:07 GMT

Daisuke Hirose, a Tepco spokesman, inside the Unit 5 reactor at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Tepco used underwater robots that finally found the melted uranium fuel inside Unit 3, another reactor that was destroyed.The Japanese government and companies used radiation-hardened machines to search for the fuel that escaped the plant’s ruined reactors.

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For the First Family of Pleasure Products, Toys Are Us

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:59:27 GMT

Once sold in seedy bookstores, sex toys are now a chic, “Made in America” business, instilling customers with brand loyalty.

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Apple Postpones Release of HomePod Speaker

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:32:42 GMT

Apple introduced its HomePod speaker in June and had said the product would ship by the end of the year.Apple had said its HomePod speaker, a response to Amazon’s Echo, would debut this year. Now it won’t be released till early next year.

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Tech Tip: Taking Control of the Control Center

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:35:52 GMT

Apple has moved some things around in the iOS 11 Control Center, but you can also make changes of your own.

Mike and Nathaniel’s Week in Tech: Everybody Loves Bitcoin

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:00:07 GMT

Bitcoin, the virtual currency, can now be bought by a small subset of Square users through the Square Cash app.In this week’s tech newsletter, Mike Isaac and Nathaniel Popper delve into the popularity of Bitcoin, and the new troubles at Twitter.

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Tesla Unveils an Electric Rival to Semi Trucks

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:15:49 GMT

Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, revealed the company’s new electric semi truck at a Thursday night presentation in Hawthorne, Calif.Aiming to remake a multibillion-dollar industry, the automaker said it would have a semi for sale in two years that would be nearly self-driving.

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F.C.C. Opens Door to More Consolidation in TV Business

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:59:20 GMT

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has argued that media organizations would have greater ability to compete against internet giants by combining resources in local markets.The agency voted to relax several rules, including allowing a company to own more than one of the top stations in a local market.

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Tech Tip: How to Add Emoji to Your Twitter Name

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:07:47 GMT

With just a few steps, you can add emoji characters and change the name shown on your Twitter account.

Amazon Sellers Brood as States Come Calling for Taxes

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:21:00 GMT

The fees Amazon charges its marketplace sellers are a huge business for the company, totaling nearly $8 billion during its most recent quarter, up from $5.65 billion a year earlier. The e-commerce giant leaves collection of sales taxes up to those sellers, but few want to do so without assurances that competing merchants will do the same.Most third-party sellers on Amazon do not collect sales tax. States, thirsty for the millions of dollars in unpaid revenue, are coming for the money.

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Vancouver Limits Airbnb, in an Effort to Combat Its Housing Crisis

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:16:07 GMT

Vancouver limited short-term rentals this week in an effort to deal with exceptionally high housing prices and unusually low vacancy rates for apartments and houses.Vancouver is the largest Canadian city to limit Airbnb. The company says it will challenge the new rules.

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Signs of Russian Meddling in Brexit Referendum

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:24:34 GMT

A “Vote to leave” ad on a truck in Westminster, London, in 2016. According to new research, Russian-language Twitter accounts posted messages against the European Union before last year’s referendum in Britain.Researchers have found evidence that Russian-language or Kremlin-linked Twitter accounts pushed divisive messages in British politics, too.

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Tech Fix: A New Phone Comes Out. Yours Slows Down. A Conspiracy? No.

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:37:49 GMT

Your smartphone is not deliberately losing speed just because your phone maker has a new gadget for sale. For devices that do slow down, here are some fixes.

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Tech We’re Using: When Using 5 Messaging Apps Is Not Enough

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:06:29 GMT

Katie Benner, a technology reporter for The Times, working from home. She uses numerous messaging apps to communicate with sources.Katie Benner, a technology writer for The Times, uses more than a half-dozen messaging apps to keep up with sources. There are upsides — and downsides — to this.

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Tech Tip: The Key to Getting Shadow-Free Mac Screenshots

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:15:00 GMT

If you don’t want the 3-D shadow on screenshots you take of macOS desktop windows, you just need to know the keyboard shortcut.