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2 Leading Online Black Markets Are Shut Down by Authorities

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:16:21 GMT

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the seizure of the online black market AlphaBay at a news conference in Washington on Thursday.The authorities took control of one large site, Hansa Market, and covertly operated it to catch refugees fleeing the closing of the largest market, AlphaBay.

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A Gamer Channel’s Mission: Send the Trolls Packing

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:52:45 GMT

Twitch headquarters in San Francisco.Misscliks, a channel on the video game streaming platform Twitch, aims to be a safe space for underrepresented gamers, with no tolerance for sexism or bullying.

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Beijing Wants A.I. to Be Made in China by 2030

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:34:05 GMT

The Google artificial intelligence program AlphaGo defeated the world’s top Go player, Ke Jie of China, in May.A new plan from the top of the Chinese government calls for the country to become a powerhouse in artificial intelligence in just over a decade.

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Facebook, Seeking to Satisfy Publishers, May Let Them Charge for Articles

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:12:47 GMT

Facebook’s Instant Articles product allows publishers to post news articles that can be read within Facebook rather than on the publisher’s website.The social giant is working with media companies on a new tool that would push Facebook users to buy subscriptions to news outlets.

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Abuses Hide in the Silence of Nondisparagement Agreements

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:51:21 GMT

Babak Nivi, left, a founder and board member of AngelList, in 2011 with his fellow co-founder, Naval Ravikant. Mr. Nivi has no role at the company and is no longer a board member, AngelList said, but it would not say when or why he left the board.Often used at tech companies, nondisparagement agreements are increasingly included in employment contracts and legal settlements.

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Blackstone and CVC Bid for British Payments Processor Paysafe

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:54:58 GMT

As more people shop online, large businesses and financial companies are looking at buying the companies that process payments.

Tech Tip: Preparing for the Jump to a New Operating System

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:22:00 GMT

If you have decided to switch from PC to Mac (or vice versa), Apple, Microsoft and other software makers can make the transfer process easier than you might think.

Critic's Notebook: This Podcast Is a Love Story, for Your Ears Only

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:16:23 GMT

From left, Jessie Shelton and Jonathan Groff, who play the “36 Questions” podcast’s characters, and the composers Ellen Winter and Chris Littler.The new podcast “36 Questions” sets a standard for the future of musical theater.

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Lyft to Develop Self-Driving Car Technology in New Silicon Valley Facility

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:00:01 GMT

Waymo is among the companies that are becoming partners in Lyft’s Open Platform Initiative on technology for self-driving cars.The ride-hailing company is opening a research center in Palo Alto, Calif., and plans to collaborate with automakers and tech companies.

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The Shift: As Self-Driving Cars Near, Washington Plays Catch-Up

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:02:08 GMT

An Uber Ford Fusion mapping the streets of Pittsburgh in September. A House subcommittee voted Wednesday to advance a bill that would speed up the development of self-driving cars and create a federal framework for their regulation.Congress is taking its first steps to regulate autonomous vehicles, as the technology moves closer to fruition.

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Future Tense: Thanks to Venmo, We Now All Know How Cheap Our Friends Are

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:00:02 GMT

The app “changes friendships and makes them more transactional,” one user said. “It’s nickel-and-diming everything, literally.”

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Microsoft Is Rewarded for Turning to the Cloud

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:07:42 GMT

Exhibit A for investors bullish on the company’s future helped profitability last quarter more than double from a year ago.

Copyright Case Over Richard Prince Instagram Show to Go Forward

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:57:10 GMT

The artist Richard Prince in 2014. His show at the Gagosian Gallery that year, “New Portraits,” has led to several lawsuits.A photographer has sued Mr. Prince over the use of an Instagram photo in a gallery show. A New York federal judge has declined to dismiss the case.

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Burundi Robotics Team Vanishes After U.S. Competition

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:48:05 GMT

The First Global robotics competition in Washington on Monday.The police say foul play is not suspected in the disappearance of six students from the violence-plagued country. Two were reported seen in Canada.

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Laptop Ban on Planes Is Lifted, U.S. Officials Confirm

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:10:08 GMT

Passengers waiting to board an Emirates Airlines flight in Dubai.The Homeland Security Department said the prohibition, imposed in March, was no longer needed because airlines had complied with new security rules.

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On Reddit, Intimate Glimpses of Addicts in Thrall to Opioids

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:36:22 GMT

A needle and bloodstain at a heroin encampment in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.Dispatches left on a now-banned forum show the role one of the world’s largest online communities played in facilitating access to drugs tied to a mounting toll.

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Jake Paul, a Reality Villain for the YouTube Generation

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:35:21 GMT

Jake Paul in the live television interview.Mr. Paul, a YouTube star and actor on the Disney channel show “Bizaardvark,” has taken a heel turn in recent months, capped off by a viral news clip of him annoying his neighbors.

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Trilobites: A Sensor on Your Skin That Looks and Feels Like a Temporary Tattoo

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:39:22 GMT

A wearable sensor developed by researchers in Japan is made from nanoscale meshes containing a water-soluble polymer and a layer of gold.Researchers have developed a new breathable, wearable sensor that can monitor vital signals without irritating skin.

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Bits: Daily Report: Can Facebook Woo Back Publishers?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:28:33 GMT

Facebook’s Instant Articles product allows publishers to post news articles that can be read within Facebook rather than on the publisher’s website.The Instant Articles feature disappointed many publications that tried to work with the social media giant, but it is developing a tool that might drive subscriptions.

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Tech Tip: Finding the Date on a Map Image

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:09:51 GMT

As circled at the bottom of the screen, the desktop version of Google Street View openly displays the month and year that an image was captured. As shown in the upper-left corner, some Street View locations have a timeline history of past photographs you can explore.The Street View feature of Google Maps stitches together 360-degree photos of a location, and there is a way to see when an image was created.

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An Experiment in Zurich Brings Us Nearer to a Black Hole’s Mysteries

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:45:59 GMT

A chalkboard illustration of the string theory calculation that shows how the axial gravitational anomaly produces current.IBM researchers used an exotic material known as a Weyl semimetal to confirm the existence of a gravitational anomaly predicted in equations that describe the universe.

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Tech We’re Using: Going Low-Tech to Solve Everyday High-Tech Problems

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:11:20 GMT

Brian X. Chen, The Times’s personal technology writer, taking the Nintendo Switch for a ride.What technology does our personal tech columnist use to solve readers’ everyday frustrations with gadgets, gear and apps?

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Bits: Daily Report: Why the Y2K Conversion Still Matters

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:37:26 GMT

Testing the grid at the Niagara Mohawk Power Company plant in Buffalo on Dec. 28, 1999, as part of Y2K preparations.If you think it’s been a long time since the United States tackled a nebulous problem like climate change, you’ve forgotten the scramble to fix our old computers.

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Tech Tip: Shopping for New Software

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:20:28 GMT

Online app stores can be a safer and more convenient way to add programs to your computer and devices, but you may not find everything you want.

State of the Art: How Y2K Offers a Lesson for Fighting Climate Change

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:00:27 GMT

Testing the grid at the Niagara Mohawk Power Company plant in Buffalo on Dec. 28, 1999, as part of Y2K preparations.Some remember the computing scare as a bad joke. But the collective, worldwide effort to prevent calamity could be a model for handling global warming.

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Apple Names New China Head as Sales Fall

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:38:33 GMT

Isabel Ge Mahe, a longtime manager at Apple, will lead the company’s operations in China.Apple has established a position overseeing operations in China in a bid to restore sales momentum and navigate new regulations in the country.

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The House That Did the Housework

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:07:39 GMT

The floor plan.After inventing her remarkable self-cleaning house, Frances Gabe, who has died at 101, was granted a patent by the federal government. Here are some of her submitted designs.

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Security Company Is Replacing a Mall Robot That Fell Into a Fountain to the Internet’s Delight

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:16:57 GMT

A mobile robot, known as the K5 Autonomous Data Machine, gained attention on Twitter on Monday after it fell into a fountain.The K5 has a passing resemblance to R2-D2 — and a dash of Paul Blart, mall cop. Its creators took the online mockery in stride.

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Bits: Daily Report: Reinventing Food Isn’t Easy

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:44:11 GMT

Just Mayo, the flagship product of Hampton Creek. The food startup is in turmoil following the mass resignation of board members last month.Most of Hampton Creek’s board resigned last month, another setback in Silicon Valley’s push to innovate beyond the high-tech industry.

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Tech Tip: Switching to the Sound of Silence for Facebook Videos

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:24:35 GMT

Facebook’s mobile app can automatically play news feed videos with the sound turned on, but you can turn it all off.

Uber Discriminates Against Riders With Disabilities, Suit Says

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 23:37:26 GMT

An Uber driver awaiting a client in Manhattan in June. A lawsuit against the ride-hailing company says it has violated New York City’s human rights laws by providing too few vehicles that can accommodate wheelchairs.A coalition of advocacy groups says only a tiny fraction of the 58,000 cars dispatched by the ride-hailing service across New York City are wheelchair accessible.

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China Disrupts WhatsApp Service in Online Clampdown

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:02:26 GMT

The filters placed on WhatsApp left many unable to send videos and photos and some unable to send text-based messages.Facebook’s last major consumer product in China was partly blocked as Beijing increases its grip on the internet.

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On Money: What Will Service Work Look Like Under Amazon?

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:00:01 GMT

The company’s acquisition of Whole Foods sets up a clash between two vastly different visions for the future of labor.

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Board Member Exodus Hits Hampton Creek, a Healthy Food Start-Up

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 03:04:35 GMT

Four resignations last month left the company’s chief executive as its only board member. Hampton Creek did not say why the board members resigned.

Meet Apple’s New Emojis: Zombies, Hijabs and Sandwiches Included

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:19:16 GMT

Apple previewed some of the emojis it plans to roll out soon.Have you felt left out of the emoji world? That might change as Apple prepares to roll out new symbols. There’s even one for vomit.

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Noted: The Latest in Web Design? Retro Websites Inspired by the ’90s

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:00:26 GMT

The website For Arcade Fire, Balenciaga and more, website designs are evoking the days of GeoCities, Windows 98 and flashing banner ads to be cool.

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Tech Tip: Adding New Fonts to the Computer

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:53:34 GMT

Your desktop operating system includes a wide variety of typefaces to use in documents and other design projects, but you can always add more.