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Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:18:13 GMT

The Senate vote on Thursday foreshadowed a broader rollback of tech and telecom policies that have drawn the ire of conservatives and companies such as AT&T and Verizon.The Senate voted to overturn regulations that required telecom companies to ask permission before tracking users’ behavior, beginning a repeal of Obama-era regulations.

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YouTube Advertiser Exodus Highlights Perils of Online Ads

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:45:25 GMT

German students took a workshop in January on how to become a “rock star” user on YouTube.A web giant promises to tighten its safeguards to avoid pairing ads with offensive content, but advertisers are not convinced.

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Fake Sleuths: Web Gets It Wrong on London Attacker

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:23:45 GMT

Abu Izzadeen being escorted by Hungarian police officers in 2015. He was falsely accused online of being the assailant in a terrorist attack in London on Wednesday.On the dark side of digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia, individuals’ misconceptions and outright falsehoods can overrun basic facts.

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Tech Fix: Crossing the Border? Here’s How to Safeguard Your Data From Searches

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:20:27 GMT

Lately some travelers have been pressured to hand over their smartphones at the airport. But you can’t provide access to the data if you don’t hold the keys.

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How to Log Off of Facebook Forever, With All Its Perks and Pitfalls

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:21:00 GMT

Quitting your social media accounts is not always foolproof. And while it can lead to more free time, it can also cut you off from your loved ones. And it may look suspicious to a potential employer.Closing your social media accounts can help protect your privacy, but it can also mean cutting yourself off from friends, family and opportunity.

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De Grisogono Offers You a ‘Botler’

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:09:50 GMT

The Swiss resort of St. Moritz, subject of the new De Grisogono Facebook Messenger app.The jewelry house has created a Facebook Messenger application that gives advice on St. Moritz, Switzerland, one of its founder’s favorite destinations.

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C.I.A. Developed Tools to Spy on Mac Computers, WikiLeaks Disclosure Shows

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:37:04 GMT

An Apple store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan last year.Leaked details about the spy agency’s cyberweapons programs suggest the agency had developed spy tools for older Mac software, and had worked on a newer version last year.

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Bits: Tech Roundup: Why Regulation Benefits (Yes, Benefits) Electric Cars

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:02:52 GMT

President Trump in Ypsilanti, Mich., last week with government and auto industry officials. He said he would alter rules imposed by his predecessor to raise fuel standards.An argument can be made that governments can prod companies to innovate. The growing popularity of electric cars provides a case in point.

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Tech Tip: Sorting Messages on Gmail

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:36:11 GMT

Google offers a few tools to organize your mail as it arrives in your in box so you can find the most important messages more easily.

Wheels: Self-Driving Cars Could Be Boon for Aged, After Initial Hurdles

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:11:51 GMT

Steven Gold outside his home in Oak Park, Mich. “If I were still a good driver in a few years, I’d consider a semiautonomous car,” he said.More older adults are without children, and many live in suburbs where public transportation is not readily available. Self-driving cars might be a solution.

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Smartwatches at a Crossroads, and Some Analysts are Optimistic

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:09:22 GMT

Tom Foldesi, head of TAG Heuer’s Connected division, presenting the Connected Modular 45, which allows the wearer to switch between connected and mechanical modules.As second-generation pieces are introduced, hybrid versions with limited functionality are gaining favor.

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TAG Heuer’s Revolution: It’s a Smartwatch. It’s a Mechanical Watch, Too.

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:06:23 GMT

The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 watch is the company’s new entry in the smartwatch race.The Swiss watch manufacturer says it’s found a way to beat the competition with its Connected Modular 45.

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Banks and Tech Firms Battle Over Something Akin to Gold: Your Data

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:00:19 GMT

William Harris, the founder of Personal Capital, said the problems with getting access to data from banks had grown worse over the last year.Big banks are pushing for new agreements on the customer data they share with technology start-ups like Mint and Betterment.

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On Campus: How the Depressed Find Solace on Yik Yak, Believe It or Not

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:26:17 GMT

A platform associated with the gutter of young humanity had blossomed with tenderness.

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Now on Twitter: Chelsea Clinton, Unbound

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:16 GMT

Chelsea Clinton in Ann Arbor, Mich., last fall during a campaign event for Hillary Clinton.Is her confrontational tweeting about the Trump administration a sign of the new Chelsea Clinton or a public unveiling of the one who existed all along?

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AT&T and Johnson & Johnson Pull Ads From YouTube

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:10:41 GMT

Google’s complex at Mountain View, Calif., in November.The companies cited concerns that Google was not doing enough to prevent brands from appearing next to offensive material, like hate speech.

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North Korea Said to Be Target of Inquiry Over $81 Million Cyberheist

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:23:37 GMT

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York was led to move money from the Bangladesh central bank to other accounts in February 2016.The U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles is said to be examining the extent to which the North Korea government aided the theft of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank.

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Bits: Tech Roundup: What’s New With Uber

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:59:23 GMT

The internet entrepreneur Arianna Huffington, an Uber board member, was one of the women who joined in the company’s recent conference call.Sure, it’s been a tough few weeks for the ride-hailing service. But Uber’s board says it still supports the embattled chief executive, Travis Kalanick.

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Tech Tip: What to Do With a Full Phone

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:00:33 GMT

It can be easy to fill up your smartphone with downloaded content, but spring cleaning or additional memory can give you space.

Ask The Wirecutter: When a Basic Laptop Will Do: Our Top Budget Picks

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:09:58 GMT

An Apple event in San Francisco last year. People looking for a laptop just to browse the web and send email have many less-expensive options.If your expectations are modest, you might be able to save some money and get a great performer running Google Chrome OS for around $400, a Wirecutter expert says.

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China Bets on Sensitive U.S. Start-Ups, Worrying the Pentagon

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:07:55 GMT

Neurala’s office in Boston. The company, an artificial intelligence start-up, received an undisclosed sum from an investment firm backed by a state-run Chinese company.Beijing is pushing Chinese firms to invest in early-stage U.S. companies specializing in technology with potential military applications, a new report says.

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Airbnb’s Rivals in China Hold Hands in a Nervous New Market

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:43:17 GMT

Sun Huifeng, a marketer for an information technology company, rents out one of the rooms in his apartment in Beijing. The plants were given to him by Xiaozhu, a house-sharing start-up that he uses to advertise the property.The Silicon Valley firm introduces a new effort in a country where other foreign firms have stumbled — and where rivals offer door locks and advice to worried hosts.

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State of the Art: Trump Says Regulations Impede. Perhaps Not in the Electric Car Business.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:00:26 GMT

Sometimes the only way to push technology advances is through rules. Loosening the ones on fuel economy could leave the car industry out of step with the future.

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India’s ‘Phone Romeos’ Look for Ms. Right via Wrong Numbers

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:00:26 GMT

A police call center in Lucknow, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The center said it gets roughly 700 calls every day, mostly from women complaining of persistent calls from strange men.As mobile phone use grows, more young men are calling women at random, hoping to strike up a relationship, but sometimes harassing them.

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A.I. Expert at Baidu, Andrew Ng, Resigns From Chinese Search Giant

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:57:15 GMT

Andrew Ng, an alumnus of Stanford and Google, in 2012.The departure is a blow to Baidu, which has been betting big on artificial intelligence as a foundation to fields like voice recognition and driverless cars.

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Uber Board Stands by Travis Kalanick as It Reveals Plans to Repair Its Image

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:52:57 GMT

At a drivers’ center in Long Island City, Queens, Uber employees helped future drivers with paperwork early this month. The company is seeking to improve relations with its drivers, who are freelancers.In a conference call with executives, Uber presented a list of changes it plans to make to improve morale and repair its tarnished reputation.

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What Travelers Should Know About New Restrictions on Devices

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:10:36 GMT

Passengers waited to check in at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport the day after an armed attack there last June.Who is affected by the flight restriction, and what should you do?

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Tech Tip: Calling 911 on a Mobile Phone

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:44:37 GMT

Emergency calls from wireless phones are handled differently from those from landlines, but the technology is evolving.

Bits: Tech Roundup: Uber’s Many Bumps in the Road

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:41:27 GMT

Jeff Jones, who once oversaw Target’s marketing division, left Uber after just six months with the company. Brian McClendon, vice president of maps and business platform, plans to leave Uber at the end of the month.The issues continue to build at the ride-hailing company. The latest problem is growing concern about executive turnover.

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Google Tries to Stop Ads From Appearing Next to Hate Speech

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:33:08 GMT

Google’s complex at Mountain View, Calif., in November.After complaints from brands whose content was shown alongside offensive material online, the search giant pledged to improve its safeguards.

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Devices Banned on Flights From 10 Countries Over ISIS Fears

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:06:34 GMT

An Emirates plane at the Dubai airport in the United Arab Emirates.The United States and Britain have restricted electronic devices larger than a cellphone being carried on some flights from majority-Muslim countries.

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On Money: Platform Companies Are Becoming More Powerful — but What Exactly Do They Want?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:00:02 GMT

With enough success, these businesses go from enabling transactions to controlling entire economies. But these raised stakes also create tensions that are becoming harder to ignore.

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Bits: Tech Roundup: Will Robots Replace Lawyers?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:06:44 GMT

A number of companies are applying artificial intelligence to legal work. But lawyers won’t be obsolete anytime soon.

Tech Tip: Stopping Video Autoplay on Google Chrome

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:39:13 GMT

If you find videos on web pages are starting to play by themselves despite your browser settings, you may have to take some extra steps.

Skin Deep: Is Huda Kattan the Most Influential Beauty Blogger in the World?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:36:44 GMT

Huda Kattan, with 18 million Instagram followers and a namesake makeup line, is a dynamo in the beauty world.With 18 million Instagram followers, a set of custom emoji and her own makeup line, Kardashian comparisons come easily to Ms. Kattan. Just don’t call her Kim.

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In New York, Bringing Broadband to Everyone by 2018

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:07:04 GMT

A Todd Cable Construction employee stringing cable to telephone poles for the Margaretville Telephone Company in North Blenheim in upstate New York this month.Under a state-led initiative, even far-flung homes are getting wired, giving residents faster access to the internet and changing lives.

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YouTube Filtering Draws Ire of Gay and Transgender Creators

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:23:44 GMT

Gigi Gorgeous in 2016. She stars in a YouTube-produced documentary about her transition, and has recently criticized YouTube for the effect its parental-control setting has on L.G.B.T. content.The company apologized on Monday for the way its family-friendly restricted mode had filtered some videos.

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In Battle for Digital India, Vodafone Teams Up With Idea Cellular

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:36:53 GMT

Billboards in Kolkata, India, in 2014. In recent years, the use of smartphones in the country has ballooned.The $23 billion deal would create one of the world’s largest cellphone providers, with roughly 400 million subscribers in the country.

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