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Missing From Facebook’s Crisis: Mark Zuckerberg

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:07:12 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, in 2013. Neither executive has made any public appearances this week since a scandal erupted.Amid a data scandal this week, Mr. Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, have been nowhere to be found in public.

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Welcome to Zucktown. Where Everything Is Just Zucky.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:19:19 GMT

Facebook, which has created a virtual community, is planning to build a real community, with parks, stores and 1,500 apartments near its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.In Menlo Park, Calif., Facebook is building a real community and testing the proposition: Do people love tech companies so much they will live inside them?

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The Shift: Think Cryptocurrency Is Confusing? Try Paying Taxes on It

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:36:16 GMT

With this year’s April 17 filing deadline fast approaching, many virtual currency traders are sweating over their tax returns.

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Targeting Tech Giants, Europe Unveils Digital Tax Proposal

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:33:42 GMT

Apple’s headquarters in Cork, Ireland. European authorities introduced a new way to tax technology companies that could raise 5 billion euros, or $6.15 billion, annually for European Union member states.The plan would create a system where digital businesses in Europe would have to pay taxes on their revenues, rather than their profits, to curb tax avoidance.

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Tech We’re Using: In India, Everything Can Be Delivered (Except Clean Air)

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:52:36 GMT

When getting a ride in heavy traffic, Vindu Goel, a technology reporter based in Mumbai, India, often turns one of his phones into a Wi-Fi hot spot and works on his laptop.Vindu Goel, our technology reporter in Mumbai, explains how cheap mobile data is changing the country and why WhatsApp is indispensable.

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Computer Chip Visionaries Win Turing Award

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:00:05 GMT

Dave Patterson, right, and John Hennessy in the early 1990s. The men won the Turing Award for their pioneering work on a computer chip design that is now used by most of the tech industry.After changing the fundamental idea of chip design, former academics Dave Patterson and John Hennessy have received “the Nobel Prize of computing.”

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Tech Tip: Sharing Your Story in Instagram

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:00:05 GMT

The photo-sharing social network includes a feature for posting and annotating multiple photos and videos in one daily collection.

Toyota Takes Self-Driving Cars Off Road After Uber Accident

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:44:16 GMT

An autonomous concept car from Toyota at the International CES expo in Las Vegas in January. Toyota temporarily halted its tests of self-driving vehicles on public roads after a crash involving an Uber autonomous car killed a pedestrian.The automaker said it wanted to reassess its testing program after an autonomous Uber vehicle killed a pedestrian.

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The End for Facebook’s Security Evangelist

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:44:07 GMT

Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief information security officer, has publicly challenged the National Security Agency director, sparred with the media on Twitter and taken his bosses at Yahoo and Facebook to task over security issues.Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief information security officer, who plans to leave the company by August, is known in Silicon Valley for his strong stands.

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AT&T-Time Warner Case: How the Biggest Antitrust Trial in Years Could Play Out

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:37:10 GMT

The chief executives of AT&T and Time Warner, Randall Stephenson, left, and Jeffrey Bewkes, testified to a Senate subcommittee in 2016 about the proposed merger of their companies.Here’s what you need to know about a courtroom battle that could determine how you watch HBO or even sports.

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Google Pledges $300 Million to Clean Up False News

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:30:40 GMT

The Google News Initiative, which was announced Tuesday, is Google’s most ambitious attempt yet to improve the quality of information it shows to users.After enduring criticism for allowing the rapid spread of conspiracy theories, the tech giant opened up its checkbook to support reliable journalism over the next three years.

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How Researchers Learned to Use Facebook ‘Likes’ to Sway Your Thinking

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:36:12 GMT

Your interest in Kim Kardashian West can tell researchers how extroverted (very), how conscientious (more than most) and how open-minded (only somewhat) you are.

Tech Tip: Connecting Hardware to an iPad

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:00:06 GMT

Apple’s tablet has a headphone jack and a Lightning port to plug in external devices, but you can also pair gadgets and sling files wirelessly.

Hundreds of Start-Ups Tell Investors: Diversify, or Keep Your Money

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:12:43 GMT

The Founders for Change coalition includes, from left, Howie Liu of Airtable, Andre Haddad of Turo, Todd Berman of Loom, Sarah Leary of Nextdoor, Jason Brown of Tally, Sarah Nahm of Lever, Eddie Medina of BetterUp, Amit Sharma of Narvar and Rosanna Myers of Carbon Robotics.Leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are forming a Founders for Change coalition to deliver a message to the white- and male-dominated world of venture capital.

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California Housing Problems Are Spilling Across Its Borders

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:11:52 GMT

Californians and companies like Tesla have migrated to Reno to take advantage of cheap land and comparatively low home prices.Reno is among several Western cities experiencing congestion and new tensions as California residents and businesses seek more affordable locations.

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What’s Next for Humanity: Automation, New Morality and a ‘Global Useless Class’

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 02:41:39 GMT

In an event organized by The New York Times and How To Academy, the historian and author Yuval Noah Harari offered his predictions for the future.

Yuval Noah Harari on the Future of Humanity

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 02:36:38 GMT

Humans, Mr. Harari warned, “have created such a complicated world that we’re no longer able to make sense of what is happening.”

The Shift: How Facebook’s Data Sharing Went From Feature to Bug

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:34:49 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators in November. He has encouraged developers to connect apps and programs to Facebook’s platform.Sure, third-party Facebook apps collected data about users’ lives. But they seemed convenient and harmless, and, really, what could go wrong?

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Tech Fix: How to Protect Yourself (and Your Friends) on Facebook

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:46:47 GMT

A voter-profiling company was able to harvest data of 50 million Facebook profiles even though only about 270,000 users agreed to hand over their information. So maybe now is a good time to check your privacy settings and take a few other steps to safeguard your data.There are some practical solutions to safeguard some of your data, like installing software to block web tracking technologies.

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White House Bans Venezuela’s Digital Currency and Expands Sanctions

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 01:17:55 GMT

The sanctions were intended to send a message to Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, that the United States holds him directly responsible for his country’s economic devastation, the White House said.The Trump administration also blacklisted four associates of President Nicolás Maduro, pressuring a government it has accused of graft and repression.

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Facebook Exit Hints at Dissent on Handling of Russian Trolls

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:53:42 GMT

Alex Stamos, the chief information security officer for Facebook. He has urged more disclosure over Russian activity on Facebook.The social network was said to have reached a deal with the executive to depart after disagreements over how to address its role in spreading disinformation.

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How Driverless Cars See the World Around Them

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:37:39 GMT

A rooftop lidar system, which measures distances using pulses of light, on a Ford test car.On Sunday, a woman in Arizona died after being struck by a self-driving car operated by Uber. Here is a guide to how autonomous vehicles operate.

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Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: What You Need to Know as Fallout Widens

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:30:24 GMT

Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm hired by President Trump’s 2016 election campaign, gained access to information on 50 million Facebook users as a way to identify the personalities of American voters and influence their behavior.A political data firm tied to the Trump campaign gained access to information on 50 million Facebook users. Here is how it happened, and the uproar it has caused.

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Cambridge Analytica, Trump-Tied Political Firm, Offered to Entrap Politicians

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:36:53 GMT

Alexander Nix, head of Cambridge Analytica, speaking in New York City in 2016.A British TV station sent a reporter to pose as a prospective client, and secretly filmed Cambridge Analytica’s chief executive offering to engage in dirty tricks.

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Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona, Where Robots Roam

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:44:39 GMT

A woman crossing Mill Avenue at its intersection with Curry Road in Tempe, Ariz., on Monday. A pedestrian was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle at the intersection a night earlier.A woman in Tempe, Ariz., died after being hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber, in what is believed to be the first fatality of a pedestrian from an autonomous vehicle on public roads.

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YouTube May Add to the Burdens of Humble Wikipedia

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:29:49 GMT

At South by Southwest last week, YouTube’s chief executive, Susan Wojcicki, announced that the company would enlist Wikipedia’s help to deal with the proliferation of conspiracy theories and misinformation on its platform.In a surprise announcement, Google says it will hand off a knotty problem — fact-checking its videos — to the online encyclopedia’s volunteer army.

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Tech Tip: How to Shut Up Noisy Sites in Chrome

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:00:06 GMT

Newer versions of Google’s browser include a setting to easily mute web pages that would otherwise open with audio blaring.

Europe’s Planned Digital Tax Heightens Tensions With U.S.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:45:13 GMT

Amazon, which based its European headquarters in Luxembourg, is among the American technology companies that could be hit hardest by a new digital tax being planned in Europe.A European Union plan would hit Silicon Valley’s technology giants especially hard, further straining relations with the United States over taxes and trade.

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Brian Eno Wants to Take You ‘Inside the Music’

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:39:35 GMT

Brian Eno is among the prominent musicians exploring the artistic potential of immersive technologies developed primarily for the video game industry.The British musician is collaborating with other artists to create a high-tech, immersive experience that will tour Europe and America.

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Hashtag Open House

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:00:01 GMT

The Instagram influencer Ayla Woodruff, center, and Adrew Seally, right, get into a pillow fight with models. At this open house, setups were created to encourage social media posting.Influencers in Los Angeles and New York are saving us from dreary old open houses. Maybe you can get some cheap rent out of your Snapchat?

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Take This App and Call Me in the Morning

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:59:38 GMT

Reset, a prescription treatment app, allows patients to track pain, loneliness, social pressure and other situations that could trigger their addictions.A new category of prescription medical treatments, what executives call digital therapeutics, comes in the form of mobile apps.

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FedEx Follows Amazon Into the Robotic Future

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:17:19 GMT

Robotic tuggers navigate a FedEx warehouse in North Carolina. Five of the machines have been working next to humans and the plan is to expand the use of robotic labor in the coming months.Humans will have to get used to their machine co-workers. But the robot next to you may not be ready to be your replacement. At least, not yet.

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Uber’s New Rival in Australia: An Indian Upstart

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:39:24 GMT

Drivers for Ola in New Delhi this month. The Indian ride-hailing company recently expanded to two Australian cities, its first move into the overseas market.Ola hopes to become a rare consumer technology firm in India that breaks away from home and grows in a well-to-do market where it can charge more.

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Adrián Lamo, Hacker Who Reported Chelsea Manning to the F.B.I., Dies at 37

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:19:22 GMT

Adrian Lamo, a hacker who made headlines for breaking into the computer networks of The New York Times and other major corporations, in 2011. Mr. Lamo, 37, was found dead on Wednesday in a Kansas apartment.Mr. Lamo, who was also known for hacking into the computer network of The New York Times, was reviled and revered for turning in Ms. Manning to the authorities.

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Data Firm Tied to Trump Campaign Talked Business With Russians

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:14:59 GMT

Alexander Nix, chief executive of the data consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, told the British Parliament last month that his company had no connections to Russia.Cambridge Analytica, a company that developed technology to target voters, has denied having connections to Russia. But evidence suggests otherwise.

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How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:28:13 GMT

Christopher Wylie, who helped found the data firm Cambridge Analytica and worked there until 2014, has described the company as an “arsenal of weapons” in a culture war.Cambridge Analytica harvested personal information from a huge swath of the electorate to develop techniques that were later used in the Trump campaign.

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The Future of Time Warner, Coming Soon to a Court Near You

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 10:00:06 GMT

The trial over the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner is set to start in United States District Court.The talk in media circles is focused on what happens if the AT&T deal is stopped by the government and Time Warner is forced to go it alone.

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Qualcomm’s Ex-Chairman to Leave Amid Plans to Buy Company

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:45:12 GMT

Paul Jacobs, whose father co-founded Qualcomm, a chip-making giant, has told fellow board members that he wants to take the company private.Paul Jacobs, whose father helped found Qualcomm, will not be renominated to the board after he began considering taking the chip maker private.

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Encounters: Karlie Kloss Teaches Teenage Girls How to Code

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:00:09 GMT

Karlie Kloss, left, shot an iPhone video to promote her Kode With Klossy camp for teenage girls this summer.When she’s not jet-setting or hanging with Taylor Swift, the 25-year-old model runs a coding boot camp for young women.

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The Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes and the Black Turtleneck

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:58:24 GMT

Elizabeth Holmes, in her signature turtleneck, speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2015.When you wear the same thing every day, it stops being a shirt and becomes a symbol.

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Kelp Farms and Mammoth Windmills Are Just Two of the Government’s Long-Shot Energy Bets

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:16:22 GMT

A kelp forest off Mexico’s Pacific coast. A project presented this week at an energy research conference proposes using tiny robots to farm seaweed for use in biofuels.Thousands of entrepreneurs gathered near Washington this week for an annual government conference. On the agenda: unusual solutions to major clean-energy problems.

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Tech Tip: How to Format Documents While Barely Lifting a Finger

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:00:06 GMT

Free dictation tools convert speech to text and several popular programs now let you add text styling and other formatting by voice command.

Bits: Kevin’s Week in Tech: Theranos, Fraud and the Failure to Fail

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:37:55 GMT

Setbacks like those that Elizabeth Holmes faced as the founder of Theranos are common in the tech industry. What was unusual was the way Theranos responded.In this week’s tech newsletter, Kevin Roose discusses the fraud charges against Theranos, the smoke-and-mirrors biotech company.

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A Bold, Divisive Plan to Wean Californians From Cars

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:25:50 GMT

Taller buildings could be coming to an Oakland neighborhood along the rapid-transit line to San Francisco if the State Legislature approves a bill that would override local zoning restrictions.Legislation would allow more home building along transit routes to reduce gas-guzzling commutes. Some who support the goal have denounced the method.

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Streaming Soon: A Fight Over AT&T, Time Warner, and the Future of TV

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:46:53 GMT

The Justice Department’s case to block AT&T’s $85 billion merger with Time Warner is set for trial next week, in one of the most anticipated antitrust battles in years.

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Cyberattacks Put Russian Fingers on the Switch at Power Plants, U.S. Says

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 02:14:19 GMT

U.S. officials said the strikes accelerated in late 2015, at the same time the Russian interference in the American election was underway.In the last year, Russian hackers have gone from infiltrating business networks of energy, water and nuclear plants to worming their way into control rooms.

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Rihanna Protests Ad on Snapchat That Mocks Domestic Violence

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:02:35 GMT

Left: An ad that appeared on Snapchat for a game called “Would You Rather?!”; Right: Rihanna’s response, posted on her Instagram story.“This advertisement is disgusting and never should have appeared on our service,” said a Snapchat spokesperson.

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Tech Tip: Preserving Those Refrigerator-Door Masterpieces

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:59:33 GMT

Storing digital copies of your child’s artwork allows you to look back fondly, long after the pipe cleaners and glitter have been lost to time.