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Tech Fix: The Biggest Tech Failures and Successes of 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:03:23 GMT

A screen showing Richard F. Smith, the former chief executive of Equifax, testifying to Congress about the credit agency's major data breach.Epic failures this year exposed your personal data to hackers, wasted your money on unnecessary or ethically dubious products and fed you misinformation.


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Ajit Pai Nears His Biggest Win With Net Neutrality Repeal

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:26:17 GMT

Erasing the Obama-era internet rules on Thursday would help secure Mr. Pai’s reputation as one of the most efficient F.C.C. leaders in decades.


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State of the Art: How 2017 Became a Turning Point for Tech Giants

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:33:10 GMT

For the first time, big tech companies began to accept responsibility in 2017 for how their platforms affect the world. The scope of that change remains unclear.


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Tech We’re Using: Busting the Myths About A.I. Invading Our Lives

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:32:57 GMT

Cade Metz, a technology reporter, at his desk in San Francisco. While enormous gains have been made in artificial intelligence, there is still a long way to go, he said.Cade Metz, a technology reporter for The Times, assesses the pitfalls of A.I. and the possibilities that Skynet will rule us.


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F.C.C. Repeals Net Neutrality Rules

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:23:32 GMT

Ajit Pai, the F.C.C. chairman, said the rollback of the net neutrality rules would eventually help consumers because broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast could offer people a wider variety of service options.In a 3-to-2 vote along party lines, the agency scrapped Obama-era rules meant to protect an open internet.


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Tech Tip: Drawing on the Desktop

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:27:29 GMT

Graphics tablets, like this one from Wacom, allow those with desktop computers to use a digital pen for input instead of a mouse or trackball.If you don’t have a tablet or touch-screen device for your artwork, you can use an add-on pen and tablet to sketch on your computer.


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Disney Makes $52.4 Billion Deal for 21st Century Fox in Big Bet on Streaming

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:40:42 GMT

Disney’s chief executive, Robert A. Iger, is steering the company into streaming services to compete with Netflix, Apple, Amazon and Facebook.The acquisition of most of Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment empire makes Disney a true competitor to services like Netflix and Amazon.


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AT&T Agrees to Contract, and Union Backs Time Warner Deal

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:26:58 GMT

Workers on strike outside an AT&T store in New York in May. A contract deal with the company would increase pay and job protections.Under the accord, if ratified, 20,000 wireless employees would get better pay and job protection, and the company would bring work back from overseas.


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Uber Under Criminal Investigation, Justice Dept. Confirms in Letter to Court

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:07:20 GMT

Anthony Levandowski, a former Waymo employee, is accused of stealing trade secrets on driverless cars.A document made public in court on Wednesday is a first acknowledgment by federal authorities of a criminal investigation into the ride-hailing company.


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Facebook Sees Little Evidence of Russian Meddling in ‘Brexit’ Vote

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:43:44 GMT

Protesters against the British vote to leave the European Union gathered outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday.The social media giant’s statement came in response to questions from the British Parliament, but a British lawmaker questioned the findings.


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Tech Tip: Moving Notes in Google Keep to Other Programs

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:19:53 GMT

The handy note-taking application includes an option to easily save your jottings as a word-processing document.



Tech Tip: 2017’s Best Technology Tips and Tricks: You Asked, We Answered

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:49:31 GMT

Readers of The Times’s personal technology section had lots of questions. Here we highlight the most compelling — in terms of their connection to current events or in reader response.


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China Names and Shames Tech Tycoon With Debt Blacklist

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:55:08 GMT

Jia Yueting in San Francisco in 2016.The ambitious head of an embattled tech company is the latest casualty of China’s efforts to rein in irresponsible borrowing through public humiliation.


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Google, Looking to Tiptoe Back Into China, Announces A.I. Center

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:21:35 GMT

Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, speaking at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China, this month. His company has been looking for ways to re-enter the Chinese market.The move also nods to the country’s growing strengths in artificial intelligence, and is the latest A.I. effort set up by a Western tech company in the country.


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Toshiba Settles Fight With Western Digital That Imperiled a Major Deal

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:26:55 GMT

Yasuo Naruke, left, chief executive of Toshiba Memory Corporation, and Yuji Sugimoto, head of Bain Capital’s operations in Japan, during a news conference in Yokkaichi, Japan, in October.The ailing Japanese conglomerate, which bet badly on U.S. nuclear power, can now proceed with a deal that will bring it $14 billion in needed cash.


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The Shift: I Was Wrong About Bitcoin. Here’s Why.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:33:49 GMT

People using a Bitcoin ATM in Hong Kong. Bitcoin has soared in value, but more as an investable security like gold than as a currency for everyday purchases.Our columnist predicted in 2013 that Bitcoin, then a new digital currency, would soon die. He points to five assumptions he got wrong.


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Indiegogo Goes Where Few Companies Dare: Into Initial Coin Offerings

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:50:00 GMT

Slava Rubin, one of Indiegogo’s founders, said the crowdfunding site wanted to “bring a brand of trust to the entire industry” of initial coin offerings.I.C.O.s have been big this year, but few established names have touched them. Indiegogo, the crowdfunding site, is looking to change that.


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Net Neutrality Protests Move Online, Yet Big Tech Is Quiet

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:40:35 GMT

Kickstarter’s home screen on Tuesday.While some technology companies used their websites to proclaim support for equal internet access, some of the giants, including Google and Microsoft, were lying low.


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Tech Tip: Protecting Your Data When Using Browser Extensions

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:30:35 GMT

Those useful little programs that expand your web browser’s powers sometimes require a lot of access to your personal information.



Can Texting Save Lives?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:07:55 GMT

Crisis Text Line is upending the suicide hotline, modernizing it for today’s teenagers, one text at a time.



Trying to Bypass Anxiety on the Road to Driverless Cars

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:01:20 GMT

A Volvo factory in Goteborg, Sweden. Volvo is trying to apply learning from the use of driver-assistance features to design fully autonomous cars.Volvo is putting cameras in vehicles to see people interact with driver-assistance features and will use the data in designing fully autonomous cars.


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The Shift: The Alt-Right Created a Parallel Internet. It’s an Unholy Mess.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:33:04 GMT

Cody Wilson developed a crowdfunding website, Hatreon, to give right-wing personalities and others a way to raise money for their projects.Hard-right activists, censored and banned by Twitter and Facebook, tried to create their own digital services. But they appear to have hit obstacles.


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Itineraries: Airports Are Losing Money as Ride-Hailing Services Grow

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:55:24 GMT

In response to a loss in revenue caused by ride-hailing services, some airports are trying to encourage people to drive and park. Boston’s Logan International guarantees parking in a special area, above, for joining its Passport Gold program.Fewer people are parking their cars at airports, using taxis or renting cars. And fees from Uber and Lyft do not make up for the lost revenue from those services.


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Tech Tip: Moving Your Number and Going Mobile

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:36:50 GMT

If you are staying within the same geographic area, transferring your old wired phone number to a mobile device could be easier than you think.



Germany Accuses China of Using LinkedIn to Recruit Informants

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:40:52 GMT

The Chinese Embassy in Berlin on Monday. German intelligence services said that more than 10,000 German citizens had been targeted by Chinese spies on LinkedIn and other social media sites.A top German intelligence agency said that more than 10,000 citizens were targeted, including lawmakers and government employees.


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Will Robots Take Our Children’s Jobs?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:01:55 GMT

Artificial intelligence may make half of today’s jobs obsolete in 20 years. What careers will be left when our children grow up?


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Net Neutrality’s Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:27:43 GMT

A man using his laptop in Portugal. While the European Union has net neutrality rules in place, telecom providers have pushed the boundaries at times in Sweden, Germany, Portugal and elsewhere.Telecom operators have been pushing boundaries in Europe, where loopholes have left net neutrality regulations weaker than intended.


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DNA Tattoos Are the Final Frontier of Love

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 23:00:24 GMT

Virginia Elwood and Stephanie Tamez, tattoo artists and partners, have matching body art made with their DNA.A nifty new patented technology allows you to take your loved ones with you wherever and forever. Yes, even cats. Talk about “Winona Forever”!


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Apple Said to Be Acquiring Shazam, the Song Identifying App

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:54:19 GMT

Shazam said last year that it had surpassed a billion mobile downloads.The app, which can identify a song just by hearing a few seconds of it, has lost some of its shine but is still used by “hundreds of millions of people.”


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Trilobites: Tracking Dolphins With Algorithms You Might Find on Facebook

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:04:06 GMT

Researchers developed an algorithm that analyzed recordings of millions of dolphin clicks gathered using underwater sensors in the Gulf of Mexico.Scientists leveraged machine learning techniques to sift through recordings of dolphin clicks, which could help with monitoring the health of the sea mammals.


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Bits: Farhad and Mike’s Week in Tech: The Big Bitcoin Boom

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:00:10 GMT

A virtual currency exchange in South Korea. Bitcoin’s value soared this week, making one Times columnist regret getting out too early.In this week’s tech newsletter, our correspondents discuss Bitcoin, Amazon and the tech industry’s ongoing problems with sexual harassment.


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Southeast Asia’s Ride-Hailing War Is Being Waged on Motorbikes

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:32:54 GMT

Go-Jek drivers waiting for ride requests on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia.In Indonesia’s traffic-ridden capital, one start-up makes it easy to get around — or not to have to in the first place.


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Bitcoin’s Price Has Soared. What Comes Next?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:25:36 GMT

The value of a single Bitcoin has risen 1,500 percent this year. Traditional financial institutions and a dose of irrationality are fueling the boom.



Inside the Opposition to a Net Neutrality Repeal

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 22:49:05 GMT

Jessica Kim, 20, joining others in Manhattan on Thursday to protest the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to repeal net neutrality laws.Fight for the Future, a scrappy 10-person nonprofit, has helped lead the uproar against changes to internet rules, including hundreds of protests on Thursday.


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