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Once Cozy With Silicon Valley, Democrats Grow Wary of Tech Giants

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:25:27 GMT

Dipayan Ghosh at New America, a Washington think tank. He and Ben Scott, both members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign team, contend in a new report that the profit model of digital advertising also promotes disinformation.A new paper by two former Hillary Clinton aides, criticizing digital advertising as a tool for disinformation campaigns, captures a party’s increasing mistrust.

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Senior Twitter Executive to Run Troubled Finance Start-Up SoFi

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 23:33:29 GMT

Anthony Noto, Twitter’s chief operating officer, in 2016 with his wife, Kristin. He will become the chief executive at Social Finance, known as SoFi, the job that Mike Cagney left after Mr. Cagney was accused of sexual harassment.The departure of Anthony Noto, Twitter’s chief operating officer, raises concerns about a management vacuum at the social media company.

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The Shift: What if a Healthier Facebook Is Just … Instagram?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:30:23 GMT

As Facebook undergoes a renovation focused on improving its users’ well-being, the company could take inspiration from an app it already owns.

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Inside Amazon Go, a Store of the Future

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:00:40 GMT

A row of gates guards the entrance to Amazon Go.The technology inside Amazon’s new convenience store, opening Monday in downtown Seattle, enables a shopping experience like no other — including no checkout lines.

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The Google Lunar X Prize’s Race to the Moon Is Over. Nobody Won.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:22:31 GMT

From left, Robert K. Weiss, now vice chairman of the X Prize Foundation, Larry Page, founder of Google, Peter Diamandis, now the executive chairman of X Prize and the astronaut Buzz Aldrin, at an announcement for the Lunar X Prize competition in Los Angeles in 2007. A decade later, the organizers have announced that no one will receive the $20 million prize money.None of the remaining competitors for the $20 million award will be able to get off the ground by March 31, a deadline that had already been extended multiple times.

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Tech Tip: Watching Netflix en Français

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:30:56 GMT

Many videos in the Netflix library offer subtitles or alternative audio in several languages.

Op-Ed Contributors: Why the I.R.S. Fears Bitcoin

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:57:56 GMT

Cryptocurrencies could lead to significant losses in tax revenue.

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Ando, David Chang’s Meal-Delivery Business, Ends Service

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:03:52 GMT

The chef David Chang in 2016.The company is being absorbed by Uber Eats, the restaurant delivery app operated by Uber.

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SpaceX’s Big Rocket, the Falcon Heavy, Finally Reaches the Launchpad

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:25:00 GMT

Almost 230 feet tall and weighing more than 3 million pounds, the Falcon Heavy is more powerful than any other rocket flying today.After years of delay, the Falcon Heavy — a beefed-up version of SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 — could launch in the weeks ahead.

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Montana Governor Signs Order to Force Net Neutrality

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:27:53 GMT

Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana in November. On Monday, he signed an executive order that will bar any internet service provider that does business with the state from blocking or charging more for faster delivery of websites.An executive order forbids broadband providers with new or renewed state contracts to block or charge higher fees for faster delivery of websites.

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The Pour: The History of Wine in 442 Podcasts

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:01:11 GMT

Levi Dalton hosts the podcast “I’ll Drink to That.”“I’ll Drink to That” has become an invaluable archive for those interested in some of the great characters and personalities in wine.

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Tech Tip: Managing an iPad’s Battery Use

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:41:25 GMT

Apple says its tablets did not get the same “power management” software that slowed down many iPhone models so iPads do not get the battery discount.

There Is Nothing Virtual About Bitcoin’s Energy Appetite

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:32:28 GMT

An employee at a Bitmain facility in Inner Mongolia, one of the biggest Bitcoin farms in the world.Creating a single token requires as much electricity as two years’ worth of consumption by an average American home. Some enthusiasts believe that’s a problem.

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Advertising: As Facebook Changes Its Feed, Advertisers See Video Ambitions

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 04:16:21 GMT

Facebook said this month that it was changing what people see in News Feed to make the content more “meaningful.”The changes the social network recently made to its news feed has some advertisers thinking there will be opportunities for growth in video.

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Nations Seek the Elusive Cure for Cyberattacks

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:00:14 GMT

Workers in May at South Korea’s Internet and Security Agency in Seoul watched electronic boards monitoring possible ransomware cyberattacks.Securing the world from these types of attacks will be on the agenda when many of the world’s top leaders gather at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.

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Facebook to Let Users Rank Credibility of News

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:54:30 GMT

Facebook has been trying to counter charges that not enough is being done to stamp out fake news and disinformation on the social media platform.Facebook said it planned to prioritize high-quality news on its site by allowing its users to rank news sources that they see as the most credible and trustworthy.

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Tech Tip: Safely Shopping for Windows 10 Software

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:02:42 GMT

Microsoft’s Windows 10 can be set to warn about or block programs downloaded from the web, but you are not restricted to the Windows App Store.

Bits: Farhad’s Week in Tech: Big Tech Is Pouring Love on America. Thank Trump?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:00:01 GMT

Outside an Amazon building in Seattle.In this week’s tech newsletter, we look at Amazon’s and Apple’s plans to invest in the United States, plus the collapse in cryptocurrencies.

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Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 01:12:15 GMT

Will this defendant commit another crime? One study says that the guess of an untrained person is about as good as software designed to predict.A study published in Science Advances suggests that amateurs are about as accurate as the Compas software that many judges use to inform their decisions.

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A Maine Racetrack Didn’t Lure Amazon. Multiply That Disappointment by 218.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:39:14 GMT

Tom Hall, the town manager of Scarborough, Me., at Scarborough Downs, a 500-acre horse racing track that was pitched for use by Amazon.With 218 places missing the cut for Amazon’s second headquarters, cities like Ottawa and Tucson were left to absorb the same result as “the longest of long shots.”

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Executive Behind Facebook’s China Charm Campaign Is Out

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:05:43 GMT

Facebook ads at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing last year.Facebook’s lead liaison with Beijing has left the company without getting the social network access to China’s huge internet market.

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When Trading in Bitcoin, Keep the Tax Man in Mind

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:06:23 GMT

The virtual currency has enjoyed a spectacular rise in value, but there are important tax implications. Here’s a guide.

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A Savage Question About Obama and HQ, Answered

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:50:04 GMT

Former President Barack Obama is competitive. Look at that face he’s making. But was he competitive enough to skip his wife’s birthday to play HQ Trivia? Some people were willing to believe it.Of course it wasn’t him. It was Michelle’s birthday. He took her out to dinner and a play. Sorry.

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Lebanese Intelligence Turned Targets’ Android Phones Into Spy Devices, Researchers Say

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:44:40 GMT

Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, the director of Lebanon’s main internal intelligence agency. The agency appears to have been spying on some people’s Android mobile devices and desktop computers, researchers say.For more than six years, Lebanon’s intelligence agency spied on targets’ Android mobile devices and desktop computers using decoy apps and other methods, researchers said Thursday.

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Where Amazon May Build Its New Headquarters

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:29:01 GMT

Outside an Amazon building in Seattle.The e-commerce giant announced a short list of places that could become home to its second headquarters. The process has garnered the kind of enthusiasm normally reserved for bids to host the Olympics.

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Tech Tip: Take a Time Travel Trip With Dropbox and Word Files

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:36:31 GMT

Dropbox has a feature that stores all the past versions of a file for about one to four months, depending on your subscription plan.

Amazon Chooses 20 Finalists for Second Headquarters

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:21:19 GMT

Indianapolis made the list of finalists, which favored cities in the Midwest, South and on the East Coast.The list released Thursday leaned toward cities in the Midwest and on the East Coast, and away from the tech-saturated hubs of the West Coast.

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They Have Seen the Future, and It’s Wasting Zombies at the Arcade

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:50:04 GMT

LeAnn Huggins at the Manhattan VR arcade Jump Into the Light.Virtual reality, long-promised, is finally gaining traction in New York video boutiques. But is there more to VR than just games?

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IBM May Finally Stop Shrinking. But Is It a Turnaround?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:33:02 GMT

An IBM Watson display at the International CES electronics trade show this month. Watson, the company’s A.I. technology, has been retooled as dozens of different services.For five and half years IBM has reported a steady erosion of revenue, a losing streak that analysts predict will end on Thursday.

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Facebook to Take Broader Look at Possible Russian Role in Brexit Vote

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:16:44 GMT

Pro-European demonstrators on Tuesday outside Parliament in London. Lawmakers had complained that Facebook’s research was inadequate.The company said its previous investigation had been too narrow, centering on accounts already identified by American intelligence agencies.

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Bitcoin Falls Below $10,000 as Virtual Currency Bubble Deflates

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:32:38 GMT

The price of one Bitcoin is down 50 percent from its peak as concerns grow that governments may crack down on virtual currency trading.

Apple, Capitalizing on New Tax Law, Plans to Bring Billions in Cash Back to U.S.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:56:36 GMT

Inside a building at Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. The company said Wednesday that it planned a $350 billion contribution to the American economy over the next five years.Less than four weeks after President Trump signed a new tax bill, Apple plans to repatriate the vast majority of its $252 billion in cash held abroad.

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Tech We’re Using: How Technology Is (and Isn’t) Changing Our Reading Habits

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:07:41 GMT

When Alexandra Alter, a reporter who covers the books industry, doesn’t want to lose herself in what she’s reading, or lose her balance on the subway, she reaches for her Kindle.Alexandra Alter, who covers books for The Times, discussed the limits to how tech has transformed the industry.

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Meet Your Art Twin: A 400-Year-Old With an Oily Complexion

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:13:23 GMT

Ross W. Duffin stumbled upon his art twin, a warrior from a 17th-century Jan van Bijlert painting. Many people intentionally set out in museums to find their doppelgängers.Art museum selfies are getting more personal as visitors seek their doppelgängers in paintings and sculptures. A new feature in a Google app has made the trend explode.

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Tech Tip: See Everything That Starts Up With Windows 7

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:02:43 GMT

The free Autoruns utility offers a detailed view of the programs, services and other software that run automatically with Windows.

Google Sells A.I. for Building A.I. (Novices Welcome)

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:20:26 GMT

The Google booth at the CES electronics trade show in Las Vegas this month. “You don’t need a Ph.D. in machine learning,” said Diane Greene, who oversees Google’s cloud computing group. “But you can still build a highly accurate machine learning model.”With a new cloud-computing service, businesses can build their own artificial intelligence algorithms, even if they have little experience with the technology.

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State of the Art: It’s Time for Apple to Build a Less Addictive iPhone

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:00:23 GMT

Apple gave us the modern smartphone. Now, it can create a new take on the device by encouraging us to use it more deliberately — and a lot less.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Facebook Doesn’t Like What It Sees When It Looks in the Mirror

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:51:59 GMT

But will Mark Zuckerberg be any good at social engineering?

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