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‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It

Sat, 20 May 2017 09:00:38 GMT

“I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” Evan Williams says. “I was wrong about that.”The Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams, reflects on what the social media service has wrought on society and how he is trying to change things with Medium, the publishing site.


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Victims Call Hackers’ Bluff as Ransomware Deadline Nears

Sat, 20 May 2017 16:10:07 GMT

Monitoring the spread of ransomware cyberattacks at the Korea Internet and Security Agency in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday. Many of those affected by the virus said they would not or could not pay the ransom.Some affected users are standing defiant or pleading poverty, resulting in a far smaller ransom take than expected.


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Uber Threatens to Fire Star Engineer in Legal Battle Over Driverless Cars

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:58:34 GMT

A self-driving Uber car in Pittsburgh last year. Uber has been accused by Waymo of conspiring with a former Google engineer to steal trade secrets from Google.The company’s top lawyer ordered Anthony Levandowski to comply in a lawsuit brought by Waymo, a self-driving car business, or face “adverse employment action.”


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State of the Art: Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:38:09 GMT

Without greater federal funding of cutting-edge technologies, corporations such as Google will be the ones that own the future.


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Bits: Farhad’s and Mike’s Week in Tech: Caring About Tech News

Sat, 20 May 2017 13:00:02 GMT

The new Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.In a tide of breaking news, why pay attention to the tech industry?


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AT&T Workers Start 3-Day Strike in Contract Impasse

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:32:06 GMT

An AT&T Wireless store on Delancey Street in Manhattan. Just over half of the workers on strike work for the company’s wireless business.A walkout affecting over 35,000 employees backed protests that call-center jobs were being sent overseas and retail work diverted to nonunion stores.


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Bits: Daily Report: Europe Gets Tough on Facebook

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:50:39 GMT

The Facebook Innovation Hub in Berlin last year. Facebook faces increased scrutiny in Europe.The European Union’s antitrust chief fined the social media company about $122 million for providing misleading statements in its WhatsApp acquisition.


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Tech Tip: Uncovering Missing or Deleted Photos

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:43:34 GMT

If you inadvertently trash files from a drive or memory card, you may be able to get them back with file recovery software.



Julian Assange Rape Inquiry Is Dropped but His Legal Problems Remain Daunting

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:31:07 GMT

Julian Assange spoke from the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London on Friday.The decision does not mean that Mr. Assange, who has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for five years, is in the clear.


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Walmart, With Amazon in Its Cross Hairs, Posts E-Commerce Gains

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:09:23 GMT

Walmart employees stocking the shelves at a store in Miami in 2015. In addition to sharpening its online strategy, the company is trying to improve its physical stores.The company still trails in its effort to compete with Amazon, but the growth is a sign that it is making headway in its online presence.


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Tech Tip: Getting Recommendations From Facebook Friends

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:36:53 GMT

You can create a question post for your Facebook timeline that encourages your friends to give their advice, complete with links and maps.



Bits: Daily Report: Remembering When Uber and Google Were Allies

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:32:38 GMT

Waymo’s self-driving minivan in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show in January.Not all that long ago, Google was an early investor in the ride-hailing service. Now they are fighting in federal court.


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China’s Strength and Its Shopping Lift Alibaba’s Results

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:44:59 GMT

Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, center, in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, in March. He will host a conference in Detroit next month to help small businesses learn about the company.Rising online retail sales and a stronger overall economy helped the Chinese e-commerce giant, but expansion beyond its core businesses has been slow.


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How to Fight Back Against Revenge Porn

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:45:02 GMT

Victims of revenge porn who are interested in suing their harassers may be able to get free legal assistance.For victims, fighting against such attacks can take years and prove costly. But there is help.


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E.U. Fines Facebook $122 Million Over Disclosures in WhatsApp Deal

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:11:12 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook’s developer conference in San Jose, Calif., last month. European antitrust officials fined the company $122 million on Thursday for giving misleading statements during Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014.The penalty is one of the largest fines against the social network and comes amid growing scrutiny of how the company gathers users’ information.


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Ask The Wirecutter: How a Projector Can Substitute for a Television Set

Thu, 18 May 2017 03:33:38 GMT

The media room in a home in Tampa, Fla.While projectors cannot replace TVs in all situations, they could be a space-saving option for the times when only a big image will do.


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Google Wants to Be Everywhere With Everyone

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:51:44 GMT

Google offered a vision of life in which you’ll never be alone in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, during the internet giant’s annual conference for software developers.At the company’s annual conference for software developers, the internet giant offered a vision of life in which you’ll never be alone.


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U.S. and E.U. Confer on Possible Laptop Ban on Trans-Atlantic Flights

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:08:30 GMT

A security checkpoint at Miami International Airport this month. Officials said that earlier restrictions were put in place after intelligence showed that the Islamic State was developing a bomb that could be hidden in portable electronic devices.Terrorist groups, a senior Trump administration official said, were pursuing various innovations, including putting explosives in consumer devices.


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Critic's Notebook: Lost in the Digital Swamp, Link by Link

Wed, 17 May 2017 21:11:35 GMT

On content discovery widgets, you can find offerings you won’t get on established celebrity gossip sites: blatant lies.Companies occupy real estate at the margins of websites and fill them with links to content landfills, stoking our most primal browsing habits.


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With Ransomware, It’s Pay and Embolden Perpetrators, or Lose Precious Data

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:05:38 GMT

Randy Meyers, a technology consultant for a rural Texas hospital, last month discovered a virus similar to what took over computers around the world last week. Eventually, he brought in cybersecurity experts, ensuring that the struggling hospital would not have to pay the roughly $18,000 in bitcoin ransom to retrieve patients’ files.Thousands affected by the global digital attack must decide whether to fork out money to gain control of their computers or face losing their data forever.


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Bits: Daily Report: Evidence Points to North Korea in Ransomware Attack

Wed, 17 May 2017 15:54:19 GMT

Workers at the Korea Internet and Security Agency in Seoul, South Korea, monitored the spread of ransomware cyberattacks on Monday.Security researchers have found striking similarities in the code used in the global attack to that used in previous breaches attributed to North Koreans.


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China Is Reluctant to Blame North Korea, Its Ally, for Cyberattack

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:30:39 GMT

An internet cafe in China. Around 40,000 institutions in China have been hit by a recent cyberattack.North Korea’s history of erratic behavior has embarrassed Beijing in many ways, but Chinese leaders have remained stoic.


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Digital Security Provider, CrowdStrike, Raises $100 Million

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:00:28 GMT

George Kurtz, the chief executive and co-founder of CrowdStrike, at the company’s offices in Irvine, Calif., in 2014. Its role in helping the Democratic National Committee “certainly raised our profile and awareness,” he said.The new money values the company at close to $1 billion and underlines the intense interest in online security.


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How Uber and Waymo Ended Up Rivals in the Race for Driverless Cars

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:00:26 GMT

Uber employees testing a self-driving Ford Fusion in Pittsburgh last year.Google was an early ally of Uber when it was a ride-hailing start-up. That relationship changed when both pursued self-driving technology in earnest.


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Malware Case Is Major Blow for the N.S.A.

Wed, 17 May 2017 21:07:56 GMT

The National Security Agency in Maryland. The weekend’s ransomware attack is only the latest in a series of trials for the agency.The latest nightmare for the agency, which is responsible for eavesdropping, code breaking and cyberespionage, appears to be far from over.


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Focus Turns to North Korea Sleeper Cells as Possible Culprits in Cyberattack

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:35:23 GMT

Workers at the Korea Internet and Security Agency in Seoul, South Korea, monitored the spread of ransomware cyberattacks on Monday.Since the 1980s, North Korea has been known to train cadres of digital soldiers to engage in electronic warfare. Now this force is under scrutiny.


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A Canadian Town Wanted a Transit System. It Hired Uber.

Tue, 16 May 2017 20:18:30 GMT

Taxi drivers in Toronto protesting Uber in 2015. The car-hailing service has received a different reception in rural Innisfil, Canada, north of Toronto.Innisfil, Ontario, inaugurated what Uber says is a first: a deal with a town to provide subsidized transportation.


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Bits: Daily Report: Looking for Someone to Blame in the Ransomware Attack

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:22:34 GMT

Beyond the hackers themselves, there is enough blame to go around, for the N.S.A., Microsoft, lazy tech managers and millions of software pirates.



Tech Tip: Use Your Phone as a Digital Magnifying Glass

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:11:20 GMT

Like other mobile platforms, Apple’s iOS 10 software includes a feature to make reading the fine print easier through your phone.



After Leaving Google, Bill Maris Is Set to Open New Fund

Tue, 16 May 2017 14:00:30 GMT

Bill Maris is best known for setting up what was initially called as Google Ventures.The venture capital fund, Section 32, with $150 million under management, will invest in a broad array of sectors.


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Thailand Warns Facebook After Video Seems to Show King in Crop Top

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:25:08 GMT

An image taken from a video widely shared on Facebook in recent weeks appears to show King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand walking through a shopping mall in a yellow crop top.The government was demanding the removal of dozens of pages that it said had illegally insulted the monarchy a few weeks after the video was widely shared online.


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Facebook Gets Slap on the Wrist From 2 European Privacy Regulators

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:35:43 GMT

A booth at a Facebook conference in San Jose, Calif., last month. On Tuesday, Dutch and French authorities said that the way the company employed information it collected on users worldwide broke their data protection rules.Data protection watchdogs in France and the Netherlands ruled that the social network had collected too much information on users in those countries.


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In Computer Attacks, Clues Point to Frequent Culprit: North Korea

Wed, 17 May 2017 01:25:37 GMT

Adm. Michael S. Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week.Indicators are far from conclusive, but intelligence officials and private security experts say that North Korean-linked hackers are likely suspects in global ransomware attacks.


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In Ransomware Attack, Where Does Microsoft’s Responsibility Lie?

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:18:54 GMT

Microsoft offices in Midtown Manhattan in February. The company took the unusual step of releasing a security update for versions of Windows that it no longer supports to combat the WannaCry attack.For years, the company has tried to change the perception that its software was vulnerable to hackers. A global cyberattack renewed those issues.


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Tech Fix: How to Protect Yourself From Ransomware Attacks

Mon, 15 May 2017 20:06:20 GMT

In a recent ransomware attack, cybercriminals hijacked hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide, locking up data and threatening to destroy it if a ransom was not paid.Some tips from computer security experts.


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Web Defenders Detect Russian Hand in Iranians’ Hacking Attempt

Mon, 15 May 2017 18:20:23 GMT

Carl Wright of TrapX Security said the attack was the first in which his firm had determined that Iranian hackers were working with hired Russian hackers.While foiling an attack on a military contractor, investigators watched Iranians use a tool that had also been deployed to compromise Ukraine’s power grid.


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Goldman Sachs Sees Big Potential for Fintech in Brazil

Mon, 15 May 2017 18:04:17 GMT

The growth of financial technology in Brazil is expected to eat into the market share of the country’s big banks like Itaú Unibanco, according to a Goldman Sachs report on the sector.A new report estimates that the more than 200 financial technology companies in Brazil could generate $24 billion in revenue over the next 10 years.


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