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Qualcomm to Acquire NXP Semiconductors for $38.5 Billion

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:26:59 GMT

Maurice Geraets of NXP Semiconductors installing the mileage charging system device in his car. NXP is a major supplier of chips used in near-field communications.The transaction would add scale to Qualcomm, which makes chips for smartphones, as consolidation continues in an industry facing eroding profit margins.

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F.C.C. Tightens Privacy Rules for Broadband Providers

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:43:32 GMT

Data from the habits of wireless and home broadband customers are subject to new regulations.The new rules require broadband providers to get permission to collect data on a subscriber’s web browsing, app use, location and financial information.

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Twitter to Cut Jobs as It Aims for a Turnaround

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:18:36 GMT

A Twitter banner on the front of the New York Stock Exchange building when the company went public three years ago.The social media company said it would lay off 9 percent of its work force, as it reported an uptick in users and its losses narrowed.

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ZTO Express of China Has Largest U.S. I.P.O. This Year

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:34:54 GMT

A delivery by ZTO Express in Beijing on Thursday. China’s delivery market is cutthroat, with an estimated 8,000 companies competing for business.The delivery company, which helps connect retailers with shoppers in a vast market, raised $1.4 billion in the biggest Chinese I.P.O. in America since Alibaba.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Debacle Wipes Out Its Mobile Profit

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:40:38 GMT

Samsung’s general shareholder meeting in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday. The mobile division posted a third-quarter operating profit of $87.9 million; a year ago, it was about $2.1 billion.The South Korean company pledges to work with regulators and other outsiders to study the fires that led it to cancel the high-end smartphone.

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AT&T’s Vision of Ultrafast Wireless Technology May Be a Mirage

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:29:09 GMT

A sign promoted 5G, ultrafast fifth-generation wireless technology, at the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.The rapid wireless technology the company has described as a pillar of its Time Warner deal probably is a decade away from meaningful deployment.

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Tesla Motors Profit Surprises Investors Ahead of Merger Vote

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:27:05 GMT

Tesla vehicles charging at the Tesla Gigafactory construction site near Sparks, Nev., earlier this year.Tesla’s chief, Elon Musk, who is SolarCity’s largest stockholder, is under pressure to prove that the electric carmaker can be a profitable foundation for a merger.

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Banks Bet on the Next Big Thing: Financial Chatbots

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:55:39 GMT

These bots are generally powered by artificial intelligence software that allows them to pull in data and turn it into comprehensible answers.

Microsoft Unveils Its First Desktop PC

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:51:04 GMT

Microsoft introduced its Surface Studio on Wednesday. The company also announced an update to its Windows 10 operating system that is designed to make creating, manipulating and viewing 3D objects easier.The Surface Studio represents Microsoft’s growing presence in the hardware side of the industry that it once left entirely to its partners.

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Trilobites: If Diamonds Are Forever, Your Data Could Be, Too

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:08:00 GMT

The 35-carat Beau Sancy diamond was worn by Marie de Medici at her coronation in 1610. In a study on Wednesday, researchers reported on a technique to store data permanently in diamonds.A new paper suggests that a flawed diamond could be used to store significantly more data than a DVD.

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Individualized Ads on TV Could Be One Result of AT&T-Time Warner Merger

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:17:03 GMT

Tailored advertising is a generally accepted part of the internet experience — consumers see it daily on their mobile devices.In a call with investors, the chiefs of the companies noted that the combined trove of their consumer data would be useful to marketers and consumers.

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Meeting ‘the Other’ Face to Face

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:47:14 GMT

Jiabao Li experiencing the virtual reality project “The Enemy” in Cambridge, Mass.With “The Enemy” project at M.I.T., the photojournalist Karim Ben Khelifa hopes to engender a form of empathy beyond the reach of traditional documentary film.

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Artificial Intelligence as a Bridge for Art and Reality

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:38:57 GMT

A photo from this year’s Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn, left, was matched by the “Recognition” computer program with Stephen McKenna’s “Venus and Adonis” (1981).“Recognition” searches 1,000 news photographs a day and matches them with artworks in Tate Britain’s database. The results are surprising.

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On Technology: Obama Brought Silicon Valley to Washington

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:00:03 GMT

Obama has routinely pushed policy that pleases the tech-savvy.His administration embraced some of the tech industry’s best ideas — but also some of its worst values.

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Critic's Notebook: Look Who’s Smiley Now: MoMA Acquires Original Emoji

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:00:24 GMT

The original set of 176 emoji, which have been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art.The Museum of Modern Art has acquired the original set of 176 emoji that were designed by Shigetaka Kurita.

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Why Wait a Month for a Sofa That’s Not Even What You Wanted?

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:23:19 GMT

Edgar Blazona, founder of BenchMade Modern, one of several new furniture companies courting customers, increasingly millennials.Start-ups are trying to break off pieces of the furniture market by offering custom sizes and colors, or more affordable prices, and quicker turnaround.

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On the Runway: Silicon Valley Fashion Week Is No Joke

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:44:05 GMT

A T-shirt with an LED pattern that can be rearranged with an app was shown at Silicon Valley Fashion Week?! in San Francisco.The three-day event featured LED-embedded clothing and augmented reality.

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Bits: Daily Report: Robots Can Kill and Deliver Beer. Do We Need Humans?

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:02:02 GMT

An Otto self-driving truck made a delivery of beer in Colorado this month.If there is one thing the Pentagon and commercial robotics companies agree on for now, it’s that intelligent machines still need human chaperones.

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Common Sense: Why a Media Merger That Should Go Through Might Not

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:56:14 GMT

Under longstanding antitrust policy, the AT&T-Time Warner deal should be practically a shoo-in. But these are not usual times.

A Retort to Shrinking Screens, in an Ultra-Immersive Show at the Whitney

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:22:29 GMT

Hito Steyerl’s “Factory of the Sun” (2015), in which viewers sit on lounge chairs in a gridded space to watch a video game parody.“Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016” explores the multidimensional possibilities of film, historically and today.

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Apple Predicts a Big Holiday Bounce After Its Biggest Rival, Samsung, Falters

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:22:24 GMT

In San Francisco, shoppers waited last month for the release of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The company says the iPhone 7 Plus has been especially popular.If the company’s forecast is accurate, it will mark a turnaround from what has been a disappointing year for the Silicon Valley giant.

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Bits: Daily Report: Bigger Is Better. Or So They Say.

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:57:51 GMT

AT&T’s deal to buy Time Warner comes amid a rapidly changing media landscape.The planned merger between AT&T and Time Warner would bring together a giant networking business and a giant content-making business.

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State of the Art: Whoever Wins the White House, This Year’s Big Loser Is Email

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:00:24 GMT

The exposure of the Clinton campaign’s internal emails shows that a ubiquitous, and vulnerable, communication tool is ready for the scrap heap.

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Tech Fix: Google Pixel Review: Assessing the New Smartphone

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:27:03 GMT

Google hardware on display, from left, Google Wifi, Google Chromecast Ultra, Google Home, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel and Google Daydream VR.The Pixel, which uses Android software and Assistant, an A.I. virtual assistant, is, relatively speaking, mediocre, but fans of Android won’t regret buying one.

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App Smart: Keeping the Political Wool From Being Pulled Over Your Eyes

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:14:57 GMT

Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments explains commonly used logical fallacies and is amusingly illustrated.These apps help you check facts, understand statistics and spot false arguments in this contentious election season.

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Tech Tip: Do You Have a Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Here’s What to Do

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:32:04 GMT

Samsung has halted the sales and production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.Power down the device immediately. Then contact the wireless carrier or store where it was bought for details about a refund or exchange.

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Galaxy Note 7 Is Not Samsung’s Only Problematic Product

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 23:39:23 GMT

Over the past week, Samsung temporarily stopped its production of Galaxy Note 7s, suspended sales of the phones around the world, and then killed production of the model entirely.The South Korean manufacturer is juggling safety problems with other goods, including washing machines, microwaves and refrigerators.

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