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Feature: Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:02 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg.Mark Zuckerberg now acknowledges the dangerous side of the social revolution he helped start. But is the most powerful tool for connection in human history capable of adapting to the world it created?

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Waymo to Offer Phoenix Area Access to Self-Driving Cars

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:27 GMT

John Krafcik, Waymo’s chief executive, in January. The company is seeking a broader range of feedback from riders in self-driving cars, he said.The self-driving-car outfit, spun out of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is moving to the next phase of testing: putting civilians inside its Chrysler minivans and Lexuses.

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Father in Thailand Kills 11-Month-Old Daughter Live on Facebook

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:11:23 GMT

After broadcasting himself dangling the girl by the neck from a building on the resort island of Phuket, the man killed himself, the police said.

How Trump’s Pick for Top Antitrust Cop May Shape Competition

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:15 GMT

Makan Delrahim, President Trump’s nominee for assistant attorney general for antitrust. His confirmation hearing is scheduled on Wednesday.Makan Delrahim, the choice to head antitrust matters at the Justice Department, said he did not plan to use federal laws in “a fishing expedition.”

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Bits: Daily Report: More Self-Driving Cars Take to the Streets

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:53:10 GMT

John Krafcik, Waymo’s chief executive, in January. The company is seeking a broader range of feedback from riders in self-driving cars, he said.Waymo announced that it will start offering free rides in its autonomous vehicles in the Phoenix area.

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Tech Tip: Checking a Website’s Security

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:08:45 GMT

Google and other browsers now point out when the website you are visiting isn’t using a secure connection to protect your information.

That Ghostly, Glowing Light Above Canada? It’s Just Steve

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:22:45 GMT

A stream of hot, fast-moving gas, nicknamed Steve, glowing over Porteau Cove Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada, in May 2016.Scientists are investigating a stream of hot, bright gas visible not far from the northern lights. Amateurs saw it first, and they gave it a name from a 2006 animated movie.

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Marissa Mayer Will Make $186 Million on Yahoo’s Sale to Verizon

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:35:42 GMT

Verizon Plaza, outside the company’s headquarters in New York City. Verizon is close to buying Yahoo for $4.48 billion.Ms. Mayer, Yahoo’s chief executive, failed to return the company to greatness but will have a big payday after the sale thanks to her stock, stock options and restricted stock units.

Media Files: Service Faces Backlash Over a Widespread Practice: Selling User Data

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:31:54 GMT

Slice Intelligence, the data firm that uses to scan people’s email inboxes, performs market research on everything from Ivanka Trump brand shoes to Uber and Lyft.Angry users assailed Slice Intelligence and its service, which scans email inboxes, after it was reported that Uber had used the company’s data.

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Denmark Says ‘Key Elements’ of Russian Government Hacked Defense Ministry

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:36:14 GMT

Denmark’s defense minister, Claus Hjort Frederiksen, last week. He blamed Moscow for cyberattacks against the Danish Defense and Foreign Ministries.The Kremlin denied the allegations that Russian hackers breached email accounts at Denmark’s Defense Ministry and Foreign Ministry in 2015 and 2016.

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Itineraries: Putting the Front Desk in the Hotel Guest’s Pocket

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:50:17 GMT

The lobby of the Bacara Resort and Spa in Goleta, Calif. The hotel, like many others, offers a variety of technology to aid guests.For everything from requesting extra towels to opening doors, hotels offer apps and technology to keep customers happy and coming back.

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Video Games Help Model Brain’s Neurons

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:13:02 GMT

The results from “Mozak” have a higher degree of accuracy than conventional computer-based modeling tools. A video game is being used to help understand the structure of neurons, which could aid in treatment of diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.

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Tech Tip: Driver Messages That Drive You Crazy

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:26:05 GMT

Pop-up alerts that constantly pester you about fixing your system drivers for a fee want money for something you can do yourself free.

Bits: Tech Roundup: Things We’ve Learned About Travis Kalanick

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:43:08 GMT

The chief executive of Uber isn’t afraid of a fight or of taking risks. We’ve known that for a while. But did you hear about his gaming skills on the Wii?

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A Flying Car Prototype From Silicon Valley

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:08:03 GMT

Kitty Hawk, a Silicon Valley company backed by Larry Page, a Google founder, began testing a prototype over a lake in Northern California.

No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:05:32 GMT

The Kitty Hawk Flyer is one of several prototypes being designed by Kitty Hawk, a start-up based in Mountain View, Calif.This isn’t science fiction. A number of start-ups as well as big aerospace firms are trying to build personal aircraft you could fly around town.

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How Google Cashes In on the Space Right Under the Search Bar

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:14:20 GMT

The internet real estate, used for an expanding array of ad formats, is a prime driver of huge quarterly profits for the parent company, Alphabet.

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AT&T’s Words on Time Warner Deal Say ‘Underdog.’ Its Actions Speak Otherwise.

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:02:12 GMT

Anthony Davis, a member of Nashville’s city-county Metro Council, introduced legislation to speed Google Fiber’s expansion in the market. AT&T sued to stop it.AT&T has told federal regulators it needs the merger to compete with cable companies. But it has acted like a powerhouse in dealings with cities and states.

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Uber’s C.E.O. Plays With Fire

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:20:10 GMT

Travis Kalanick’s drive to win in life has led to a pattern of risk-taking that has at times put his ride-hailing company on the brink of implosion.

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DNA Tests, and Sometimes Surprising Results

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:54:41 GMT

Students at West Chester University in Pennsylvania have volunteered to take part in ancestry DNA testing. Anita Foeman, a communications professor, says she has found that conversations around race are “complicated and jagged.”Think you know your racial background? A communications studies project involving ancestry DNA testing has led to interesting conversations on identity.

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Prototype: A Rare Path: From Venture Capitalist to Hair-Coloring Kits

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:03:43 GMT

The Madison Reed company, started by Amy Errett, sells hair-coloring kits online for home use.Amy Errett encountered skepticism when she quit her job to start a company that makes home hair-coloring kits.

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Bits: Farhad’s and Mike’s Week in Tech: Is Juice the Next Tech Platform?

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:00:26 GMT

A Juicero machine.Farhad and Mike discuss Facebook’s developer conference, plus a start-up that sells juice.

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Facebook Briefly Suspends Account of Outspoken Chinese Billionaire

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:20:04 GMT

Guo Wengui in London in 2016. Facebook restored an account for Mr. Guo, who has accused the relatives of Communist Party officials of corruption, after automated systems blocked it Friday.Facebook said it had erroneously blocked the account of Guo Wengui, who has accused the relatives of Chinese government officials of corruption.

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Russian Hacker Sentenced to 27 Years in Credit Card Case

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:17:00 GMT

Investigators seized evidence from Roman Seleznev’s computers of his hacking schemes and photographs of him with flashy sports cars.The schemes of Roman Seleznev led to the theft and resale of more than two million credit card numbers, resulting in losses of at least $170 million.

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Bits: Daily Report: F.C.C. Boss Wants to Listen to Tech After All

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:52:26 GMT

Ajit Pai, the F.C.C. chairman, in Washington in February. The agency voted on Thursday to roll back rules restricting telecom companies and broadcasters.The industry has been on the outside looking in with federal regulators, but a meeting provides a sign that that could change with net neutrality revisions.

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Tech Tip: What to Try When the Firefox Browser Stalls

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:36:02 GMT

A number of factors may be causing your web browser to lock up, but you might be able to find the culprit yourself with a little troubleshooting.

Google Earth’s New Voyager Tool Aims to Feed Our Wanderlust

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:53:46 GMT

Landing page on Google Voyager.Want to visit the places where Ernest Hemingway hung out? Google’s “interactive tours” allow users to explore parts unknown — without leaving their cubicles.

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Ex-Walgreens Chief Starts Venture to Commercialize New Technologies

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:25 GMT

Gregory D. Wasson, the former chief executive of Walgreens, is now working on a smaller scale to build up new companies.The effort by Gregory D. Wasson involves working with a team of entrepreneurs to develop businesses around new technologies lent by big corporations.

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F.C.C. Leader Seeks Tech Companies’ Views on Net Neutrality

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:01:24 GMT

Ajit Pai, the F.C.C. chairman, in Washington in February. The agency voted on Thursday to roll back rules restricting telecom companies and broadcasters.The chairman, Ajit Pai, met with companies like Facebook and Oracle about his plans to roll back rules that require broadband providers to make all internet content equally accessible.

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Haven’t Bought a Car in a While? It’s a New World Out There

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:50:19 GMT

With people keeping their vehicles longer, a visit to the dealership may leave some feeling like Rip Van Winkle.

Getting Used to the New Auto Technology

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:50:18 GMT

Buyers who have held on to their cars for a long time may feel a bit like Rip Van Winkle when they shop for a new one.

Harry Huskey, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Is Dead at 101

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:39:37 GMT

Harry Huskey, circa 1950, with an early computer prototype.One of the last surviving scientists in the forefront of the computer revolution, Dr. Huskey helped develop what was once billed as the first personal computer.

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Bits: Daily Report: Silicon Valley Losing Ground in Washington

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:58:40 GMT

Ajit Pai, chairman of the F.C.C. Since being appointed in January, he has abolished a plan to open the cable box market, suspended several participants from a program for low-income broadband subsidies, and chipped away at net neutrality.The days of tech-industry-friendly regulations are fading fast as rule changes bend to the benefit of telecommunications companies.

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Tech Tip: Ignoring a WhatsApp Scam

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:33:15 GMT

Hackers have been trying to fool people for years by hiding malicious software in seemingly friendly messages, but don’t fall for it.

Unbuttoned: The New Meaning of Fast Fashion

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:00:17 GMT

How quickly do you really need that Gucci handbag? Sometimes it’s O.K. to have to wait for what you want.

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Ajit Pai, F.C.C. Chairman, Moves to Roll Back Telecom Rules

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:47:20 GMT

Ajit Pai, chairman of the F.C.C. Since being appointed in January, he has abolished a plan to open the cable box market, suspended several participants from a program for low-income broadband subsidies, and chipped away at net neutrality.Mr. Pai, who has been unwinding Obama-era regulatory efforts, is putting two items up for vote on Thursday that would empower telecom companies and broadcasters.

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Meet the Foreign Tech Workers Left in Limbo by Trump

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:08:46 GMT

Early-morning commuters at a BART station in Fremont, Calif., a part of the Bay Area where many residents with tech jobs live.They are app makers, they are podcasters, and they are also H-1B visa holders — possibly putting them at risk from the president’s immigration policies.

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