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Mark Zuckerberg’s Great American Road Trip

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:25:31 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg visited the Gant family on their farm in Blanchardville, Wis., in April.The Facebook chief plans to visit every state in the union and learn more about a sliver of the nearly two billion people who use the social network regularly.

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Wheels: What Self-Driving Cars See

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:26:03 GMT

Raw data captured from a Luminar sensor while driving along San Francisco’s Embarcadero.Lidar, the sensing technology, is the centerpiece of an intense court fight in California between two key players on the road, Uber and Waymo.

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Google’s A.I. Program Rattles Chinese Go Master as It Wins Match

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:06:36 GMT

The Chinese Go master Ke Jie during his second game against AlphaGo, an artificial intelligence program, in Wuzhen, near Shanghai, on Thursday.A Google program called AlphaGo won a best-of-three match against a Chinese Go master, rattling his nerves and showing the power of new artificial intelligence technologies.

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Tech Fix: Reality Check: What Does, and Doesn’t, Protect Your Smartphone

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:56:28 GMT

Why you should buy a case for your smartphone, and maybe a screen protector, but pass on an extended warranty.

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Mother of Uber Chief Executive Killed in Boating Accident

Sat, 27 May 2017 21:38:54 GMT

Travis Kalanick, chief executive of Uber, in May 2016.Travis Kalanick’s father was also seriously injured in the accident on Friday near Fresno, Calif., the company said.

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Bits: Farhad’s and Sheera’s Week in Tech: The Dark, Terrifying World of Hackers

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:00:02 GMT

Waymo’s self-driving minivan. Cybersecurity researchers are concerned about the risks posed by self-driving cars.The Times’s new cybersecurity reporter explains why the prospect of self-driving cars strikes fear in the hearts of security reearchers.

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The Rise and Fall of Yik Yak, the Anonymous Messaging App

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:42:38 GMT

The app, which shut down in April, was plagued by bad press from the beginning, earning itself a reputation as a place for racism, sexism, bullying and bomb threats.

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Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?

Sat, 27 May 2017 09:00:03 GMT

Sören Schwertfeger at ShanghaiTech University, where a sizable grant has allowed him to set up an artificial intelligence lab.Its ambitions mingle sci-fi ideas and big money with the needs of an authoritarian state.

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Bits: Daily Report: Lessons From a Journey Through America

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:22:29 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, third from left, sitting down with the Gant family at their farm in Blanchardville, Wis.Mark Zuckerberg is only about halfway through his goal to visit all the states, but the trips seem to be influencing his thinking, and his philosophy.

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Tech Tip: Finding Missing Notifications

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:06:46 GMT

The iPhone and other mobile devices can alert you to breaking news and other events, as long as the settings are correct.

Waiting for the Credits to End? Movies Are Naming More Names

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:59:55 GMT

Some of the credits from the film “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013).Complex special effects can mean several thousand crew members are listed at the end. But not all workers are there, and some wish the scrolls were even longer.

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New Emoji is a Meaningful Symbol for Indigenous Australians

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:38:37 GMT

An Aboriginal flag near the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia.Twitter’s addition of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags comes in time for the 50th anniversary of a vote to include the communities in the national census.

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Modern Love: Wanting Monogamy as 1,946 Men Await My Swipe

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:02 GMT

They met on Bumble and fell into a fun, one-night-a-week, nonexclusive routine — until she realized she liked him.

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Dani Mathers, Former Playboy Model, Gets Community Service for Snapchat of Woman in Gym

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:36:03 GMT

Dani Mathers, center, at a hearing at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday.Ms. Mathers must remove graffiti in Los Angeles after taking a photograph of a naked 70-year-old in a shower area, in a case seen as body shaming.

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Bits: Daily Report: AlphaGo Wins Again

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:33:04 GMT

Ke Jie lost the first two matches of a three-match series against the Google artificial intelligence program AlphaGo.In the second match of a three-game series on Thursday, the computer program beat the 19-year-old Chinese prodigy Ke Jie in the strategy board game Go.

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Tech Tip: Erasing Your Android Tracks

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:36:06 GMT

Google keeps a record of your searches and other activity across its sites, but you can delete the information, even with your phone or tablet.

Jacque Fresco, Futurist Who Envisioned a Society Without Money, Dies at 101

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:34:40 GMT

Jacque Fresco and a model of the Venus Project, which he began on 21 acres in Florida in 1980.A self-taught industrial designer, Mr. Fresco promoted an alternative society where resources would be distributed equitably by computers.

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Bits: Daily Report: From Lean to Fat Start-Ups

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:49:22 GMT

Eric Wu, a founder and the chief executive of Opendoor, at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco.Silicon Valley, which once favored enterprises that didn’t require much capital, is flush with cash, and entrepreneurs are tackling big — some would say crazy — ideas.

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Mediator: Sean Hannity, a Murder and Why Fake News Endures

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:31:03 GMT and the Fox affiliate in Washington, WTTG, quoted an investigator working with the Rich family as saying that Seth Rich had been in contact with WikiLeaks before his death.As the case of the Seth Rich murder shows, uncorroborated stories will spread as long as some people want to tell them, and others want to believe.

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Tech Tip: In Search of the Simple Sign-In

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:25:46 GMT

A tool in Apple’s iOS 10 software can save you a lot of password typing to stream video, but it doesn’t work with every TV provider or app.

Tech We're Using: With a Bazaar of Gizmos and Apps, Tackling Readers’ Tech Questions

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:51:34 GMT

J.D. Biersdorfer at her desk with some of the devices she uses.The New York Times’s Tech Tips columnist describes the arsenal of gadgets at her disposal, and her special love for iPhone.

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Brazilian Uber Rival Raises $100 Million From SoftBank

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:24:31 GMT

The founder of SoftBank, Masayoshi Son, above, met with the chief executive of 99, Peter Fernandez, in Tokyo last week.The investment in the start-up 99 comes despite recent political turmoil in Brazil.

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State of the Art: The Rise of the Fat Start-Up

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:35:50 GMT

A service called Opendoor, which will make an offer on your house sight unseen, illustrates a new breed of start-up and Silicon Valley’s ever-widening ambitions.

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Unity Technologies, Whose Engine Is Behind Pokémon Go, Agrees to Funding

Wed, 24 May 2017 06:00:38 GMT

Japanese students played “Pokemon Go” in Tokyo in July.If a new investment round closes, it could bring Unity, which makes software at the heart of video games, $400 million and value it at about $2.6 billion.

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Market Value: Angry Over Zillow’s Home Prices? You Can Win a Prize by Improving Them

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:11:14 GMT

A new house for sale in Chicago. Zillow’s home estimates have been pilloried for inaccuracy, though they’ve grown better over time.The overall accuracy of Zillow’s estimates has gotten better, and it’s now announcing a $1 million award to sharpen the company’s algorithm further.

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Uber to Repay Millions to Drivers, Who Could Be Owed Far More

Wed, 24 May 2017 01:04:28 GMT

An Uber driver in the Bronx. A lawsuit last year said that Uber was committing a form of wage theft.The company concedes taking tens of millions in excess commissions. But records point to improper tax deductions costing drivers even more.

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Federal Court Revives Wikimedia’s Challenge to N.S.A. Surveillance

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:20:13 GMT

The director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, in Washington on Tuesday. A court ruled that Wikimedia has grounds to sue the N.S.A. over Fourth Amendment privacy rights.An appeals court ruling on warrantless internet surveillance raises the chances that the Supreme Court could one day scrutinize the issue.

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Target to Pay $18.5 Million to 47 States in Security Breach Settlement

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:19:55 GMT

Target’s headquarters in Minneapolis. A settlement by the company ended an investigation into how the data of millions of customers was compromised in 2013.The agreement, which includes the District of Columbia, ends an investigation into how hackers obtained information about tens of millions of people in 2013.

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Bits: Daily Report: AlphaGo Shows How Far Artificial Intelligence Has Come

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:28:01 GMT

The Google artificial intelligence program AlphaGo beat the top-ranked Chinese Go player, Ke Jie, in Wuzhen, China, in the first game of a three-game match.The computer program DeepMind’s AlphaGo has defeated the top-ranked Chinese Go player, Ke Jie, in the first match of a three-game series.

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Tech Tip: Doing a 180 on Facebook 360 Photos

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:56:52 GMT

Facebook converts many wide-angle panorama photos to 360-degree interactive images when they are uploaded, but you can revert to the original.

Apple Settles Legal Dispute With Nokia

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:22:31 GMT

A Nokia logo in Zenica, Bosnia, in 2014. The Finnish company used to be the world’s largest seller of mobile phones.The iPhone maker has agreed to a new licensing deal with the Finnish telecommunications company, ending a six-month battle over technology patents.

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Need Mood Lighting to Go With Your Music? Ask Alexa. No App Required.

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:23 GMT

Ikea has made a deal with Amazon for its voice-enabled products, allowing Ikea’s new line of smart light bulbs to be controlled by Amazon’s Echo speaker.The e-commerce giant Amazon plans to connect its voice-command Echo technology to Ikea’s new line of smart lighting products.

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More Evidence Points to North Korea in Ransomware Attack

Tue, 23 May 2017 02:39:42 GMT

Eric Chien of Symantec, front, said that technical evidence indicated that a group of North Korean hackers that experts call the Lazarus Group was behind the WannaCry attack.Researchers at the security company Symantec have found more digital clues that offer hints to who was responsible for the global incident.

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Kenya’s Struggling Uber Drivers Fear a New Competitor: Uber

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:47:48 GMT

Traffic in downtown Nairobi, Kenya.Drivers say that Uber’s plans to start a discounted service in Nairobi, the capital, will eat further into their already meager earnings.

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Supreme Court Ruling Could Hinder ‘Patent Trolls’

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:22:38 GMT

The court placed tight limits on where patent lawsuits may be filed, a blow to companies that buy patents to demand royalties and sue for damages.

Bits: Daily Report: Cleaning Up the Internet

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:46:31 GMT

It’s a superhighway not only for information but also for online harassment and fake news. Evan Williams, a founder of Twitter, is trying to fix that.

Tech Tip: How to Make It Known There’s a Problem With an App

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:35:02 GMT

Online app stores typically post the website and contact information for the software’s developers, in case you need to report bugs or find answers.

Apple Pay Violates Patents Held by Security Technology Inventor, Lawsuit Alleges

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:39:11 GMT

Kenneth P. Weiss, chief executive of Universal Secure Registry. The company is suing Apple and Visa for patent infringement.The suit accuses Apple Pay of using technology that was pitched to Apple and Visa officials, but the companies never signed a license agreement.

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