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Nothing Is Too Strange for Cities Wooing Amazon to Build There

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:09:05 GMT

Mayor Jim Watson of Ottawa on a visit to Seattle. “Our immigration policy is much more liberal,” Mr. Watson said of one edge a Canadian city might have in bidding to host Amazon’s second headquarters.Officials and business leaders across North America are going to extreme lengths to court Amazon to put its second headquarters in their city.

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China Blocks WhatsApp, Broadening Online Censorship

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:59:48 GMT

Censorship has prompted many in mainland China to switch to communications methods that function smoothly and quickly but that are easily monitored by the Chinese authorities, like the WeChat app of the Chinese internet company Tencent.With a crucial Communist Party meeting just weeks away, Beijing is further tightening its already formidable internet controls.

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Uber C.E.O., Reacting to London Ban, Apologizes for ‘Mistakes’

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:32:44 GMT

Black cabs in front of the Houses of Parliament in London on Monday. The British capital’s transport authority said last week that it would not renew Uber’s license to operate in the city.Dara Khosrowshahi said in an open letter that the ride-hailing service had “got things wrong.” The company will appeal a decision over its right to operate in London.

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Push for Gender Equality in Tech? Some Men Say It’s Gone Too Far

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:25:33 GMT

James Damore was fired by Google last month after suggesting that there may be biological reasons for gender gaps in tech jobs.After revelations of harassment and bias in Silicon Valley, a backlash is growing against the women in tech movement.

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Tech Tip: Engrave Your Own Stationery Template

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:05:17 GMT

Microsoft Word comes with many sample document templates, but you can also create your own custom letterhead.

68 Things You Cannot Say on China’s Internet

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 23:33:12 GMT

Song Jie, a writer of online romance novels who has to work around China’s censors, at her home in Wuhan.China’s censorship system is expanding forbidden topics far beyond politics, in line with President Xi Jinping’s prim, paternalistic vision for the “China dream.”

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One Surprise Standout for Uber: Food Delivery

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:56:51 GMT

The kitchen at Footprints Cafe Express in Brooklyn, whose owner, Bob Gordon, said the UberEats delivery service had been a boon to his business. Mr. Gordon also owns Footprints Cafe, a separate location.Despite a late start, the company’s foray into delivering food, a cutthroat $100 billion-plus service industry, eclipses ride hailing in some markets.

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Facebook Drops Stock Move That Would Have Solidified Zuckerberg’s Control

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:57:35 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan. Mr. Zuckerberg plans to sell Facebook stock so their charitable initiative can finance work in fields like education and science.The social network’s board withdrew a stock reclassification proposal after a shareholder suit that would have put Mr. Zuckerberg in a courtroom.

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Editorial: Facebook’s Belated Awakening

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:18:00 GMT

Facebook’s founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.As social media companies wield greater power in the political system, more safeguards are needed.

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State of the Art: On Russian Meddling, Mark Zuckerberg Follows a Familiar Playbook

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:33:00 GMT

Mr. Zuckerberg’s modus operandi as a leader is to fix things long after they have broken, rather than to prevent problems in the first place.

Tech Tip: Resolutions for the Big (and Small) Screens

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:49:57 GMT

Many online services now offer three levels of picture quality for videos, but be sure to choose the best one for your device.

Strategies: The Best Investment Since 1926? Apple

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:35:52 GMT

Apple has generated more wealth for shareholders than any other of the top 50 companies, which account for 40 percent of stock market wealth.

Bits: Farhad’s and Mike’s Week in Tech: A Very Bad Week for Digital Giants

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:00:02 GMT

Google is spending $1.1 billion to hire about 2,000 employees from HTC.Apple’s Watch has a bug, Facebook might be undermining democracy, and Amazon is telling us how to make bombs. Tech news is weird right now.

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Uber Loses License to Operate in London

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:45:10 GMT

The Uber Hub in London. Transport for London, which regulates ride-hailing services in the city, said the company’s “approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility.”London’s transportation agency criticized Uber’s corporate culture, the latest setback for a company that has faced an array of controversies this year.

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The Shift: Facebook’s Frankenstein Moment

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:38:40 GMT

Victor Frankenstein, looking over a creature he had made, eventually realized that he couldn’t control his creation.A series of scandals have opened up the possibility that the company may have created something it can’t fully control.

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Facebook to Turn Over Russian-Linked Ads to Congress

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:25:57 GMT

Facebook said it would share more than 3,000 Russia-linked adds with two congressional committees investigating Russian influence on last year’s presidential campaign. The company previously showed congressional staff a sample of the ads, some of which attacked Hillary Clinton or praised Donald J. Trump, but had not shared the entire collection.The company said it would turn over 3,000 ads linked to Russia to Congress after growing scrutiny about its role in last November’s presidential election.

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Tech Tip: Retiring the Google Drive Desktop App

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:53:10 GMT

While its current desktop app for Windows and Mac is headed off into the sunset, Google has new apps for backing up and syncing files online.

How to Hack Your Brain (for $5,000)

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:00:01 GMT

Jamie Wheal speaking to participants on the last night of Flow Camp in the “Flow Dojo” at Powder Mountain, Utah.The new, new, new age is all about “defragging our nervous systems.”

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Google Is Buying HTC’s Smartphone Expertise for $1.1 Billion

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:00:56 GMT

HTC employees were already working with Google on smartphone development before a $1.1 billion deal that was announced on Wednesday.The deal bolsters Google’s ability to build mobile hardware and joins two companies already working together on one of Google’s upcoming Pixel phones.

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S.E.C. Says It Was a Victim of Computer Hacking Last Year

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:32:42 GMT

The Securities and Exchange Commission said a digital attack last year may have exposed information that could have been exploited for trading purposes.The commission said the attackers could have exploited private information for trading purposes.

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Internet Giants Face New Political Resistance in Washington

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:32:42 GMT

Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. “There needs to be more aggressive enforcement action on tech companies like Google,” says Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut.Facebook, Google and Amazon are coming under increasing pressure by regulators concerned about their growing power.

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Former Apple Engineers Working on New Eyes for Driverless Cars

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:35:49 GMT

Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk, of Aeva, a Silicon Valley start-up making new guidance systems for driverless vehicles.The Silicon Valley start-up Aeva is developing new sensors that could significantly improve how autonomous vehicles see the road.

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Facebook, After ‘Fail’ Over Ads Targeting Racists, Makes Changes

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:46:26 GMT

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, said the company had never anticipated that its ad-targeting technology could be used to court users who described themselves as “Jew haters” or used other hate speech.Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, promised “more human review and oversight” to make sure offensive terms aren’t used to target ads.

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Tech We’re Using: Avoiding Cameras While Training the Lens on Food

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:25:04 GMT

Pete Wells, The New York Times’s restaurant critic, at a Brooklyn restaurant this month.Pete Wells, The Times’s restaurant critic, discussed how he avoids cameras to protect his identity and how technology has transformed the dining scene.

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Europe Renews Offensive on Silicon Valley With Tax Reforms

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:31:15 GMT

Google’s offices, center, in Dublin last year. European Commission officials are investigating Google for allegedly abusing its dominant market position.A new set of proposals presented by officials in Brussels seek to tax technology companies differently, but risk being seen as an effort to target American tech giants.

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Toshiba Reaches Tentative Deal to Sell Microchip Unit

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:20:20 GMT

Toshiba’s semiconductor unit is the world’s second-largest producer of NAND flash memory.The board of the Japanese conglomerate is close to an agreement with a group of investors led by Bain Capital, although details must still be finalized.

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Tech Tip: Getting Social With Waze

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:23:03 GMT

The traffic app is great at giving directions and rerouting around jams, but it also includes features for drivers when they’re not on the road.

Amazon ‘Reviewing’ Its Website After It Suggested Bomb-Making Items

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:56:21 GMT

A British TV station said Amazon’s website was prompting customers to buy all the ingredients to make a bomb.A British television news report said that the online retailer’s algorithms were automatically offering items that could be used to create an explosive device.

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Tech Fix: Apple Watch Series 3 Excels, Even if You Don’t Need Cellular

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:32:54 GMT

Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, presenting features of the new Apple Watch at a company event last week. Cellular connectivity with the smartwatches is likely a luxury that most people probably will not need.Date night without your iPhone? That’s now doable with the new cellular Apple Watch, which for the first time can be untethered from your smartphone. Here’s our review.

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Before Wisconsin, Foxconn Vowed Big Spending in Brazil. Few Jobs Have Come.

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:01:15 GMT

A Foxconn-owned building in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, in 2012. The company’s plans to build one of the world’s biggest manufacturing hubs in Brazil have stalled.The Taiwanese company’s manufacturing model has not translated easily to other countries, where it faces different social, political and labor conditions.

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The iPhone 8 Reviews: What the Critics Say

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:01:59 GMT

The iPhone 8, left, and 8 Plus.Reviewers considered the phones a modest upgrade over the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but several suggested waiting for the iPhone X.

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An Earthquake Hits and Angelenos Shelter on Twitter

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:24:52 GMT

Monday night’s earthquake hit a few miles away from Westwood, Calif., an area near Bel Air, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.It may have been mild and standard, but it happened in Los Angeles. So, naturally, earthquake was a trending topic on Twitter by early Tuesday.

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Book News: YouTube Star Hank Green Will Publish His First Novel Next Year

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:34:13 GMT

Following in the footsteps of his older brother, the best-selling novelist John Green, Hank Green will publish his first novel with Dutton.

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Tech Tip: Why Deleted Tweets Still Linger Online

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:55:11 GMT

Even if you kill a Twitter post from your timeline, a search engine may give it a second life until it updates its index files.

State of the Art: The iPhone 8: A Worthy Refinement Before the Next Generation

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:32:42 GMT

The iPhone 8, left, and the 8 Plus both have processors that are significantly faster than the iPhone 7’s.Apple’s new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have a ring of familiarity. But the phones may feel like a solid upgrade from older models because of their new processor.

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