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Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs)

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:00:24 GMT

Before the machines become smart enough to replace humans, as some people fear, they need to be taught.


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Cloud Produces Sunny Earnings at Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:52:52 GMT

A newly opened Google office in Ontario last year. Google’s parent, Alphabet, reported first-quarter revenue of $24.75 billion.The impact on quarterly results announced Thursday was particularly acute at Amazon, far and away the leader in online computing services.


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Bits: Farhad’s and Superior Mike’s Week in Tech: There’s No Flying Car

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:00:02 GMT

The so-called flying car is really a hovercraft, people. Also we chat about net neutrality, earnings and Uber.



Uber Executive Steps Back From Self-Driving Cars During Waymo Legal Fight

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:49:26 GMT

An Uber self-driving car in San Francisco last month. An Uber executive, Anthony Levandowski, accused in a lawsuit of stealing intellectual property, is limiting his work on the technology.Anthony Levandowski, the engineer at the center of litigation over driverless car technology, said he will no longer work on a key part of the technology at Uber.


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Hacker Leaks Episodes From Netflix Show and Threatens Other Networks

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 01:09:07 GMT

A hacker released 10 episodes of Season 5 of “Orange is the New Black” and said Netflix refused to pay a ransom.The hacker or hackers, known as “thedarkoverlord,” demanded ransom after stealing 10 episodes of the next season of “Orange Is the New Black.”


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Bits: Daily Report: Cloud Computing Asserts Itself

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:05:33 GMT

The Amazon headquarters in Seattle. Amazon Web Services is the leader in cloud computing services, but Microsoft and Alphabet are investing heavily to close the gap.Amazon Web Services has become the profit engine of the internet retailer. Can it stay ahead of rivals like Microsoft and Google?


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‘10 Concerts’ Facebook Meme May Reveal More Than Musical Tastes

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:31:31 GMT

A recent popular meme on Facebook asks users to list concerts they attended.Privacy experts said the specific answers posted in response to the meme could be used by marketers to target ads or by hackers to breach secure accounts.


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Tech Tip: Running macOS and Windows 10 on the Same Computer

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:23:51 GMT

With Apple’s built-in Boot Camp utility or third-party programs, you can install and use Windows 10 on your Mac.



Trilobites: 6 Bots That Deliver Science and Serendipity on Twitter

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:45:41 GMT

An image from the Twitter account @mothgenerator, a bot that generates intricate images of imaginary moths and names them.Not all bots on Twitter are out to spam, hack or misinform you. These science-themed bots dole out humor, factual information and galactic perspective.


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With New Funding, Didi Chuxing, an Uber Rival, Looks Beyond China

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:02:19 GMT

A taxi driver used the Didi Chuxing app in Guilin, in southern China, last May. Uber pulled out of China last year.The ride-sharing company raised $5.5 billion, making it one of the world’s largest start-ups and underscoring its global ambitions.


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Where Art and Technology Collide

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:54:30 GMT

From left, Travis Fitzgerald, Josh Pavlacky and Daniel Wallace, the founders of American Medium.At the American Medium gallery, young artists are exploring the digital world with installations evoking cybertwee and the Post-Internet movement.


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Bits: Daily Report: Time For Another Net Neutrality Fight

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:31:08 GMT

Ajit Pai has outlined a plan to loosen the government’s oversight of high-speed internet providers.The F.C.C.’s chairman said high-speed internet access should no longer be regulated like a utility, reversing an Obama administration initiative.


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Tech Tip: Let Your Fingers Do the Walking (Back)

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:23:33 GMT

If you’re tired of fumbling with the mouse to click the Back button on your browser to revisit the previous page, use a keyboard shortcut instead.



A Hardware Renaissance Grows in Brooklyn — and Elsewhere

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:39:47 GMT

New Lab, a public-private partnership, opened an 84,000-square-foot renovated industrial building in Brooklyn that hosts 80 companies.Technology, investors and entrepreneurs are behind a groundswell of innovation in hardware. A Brooklyn center dedicated to commercializing hardware start-ups shows the trend.


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He Tweeted About Chinese Government Corruption. Twitter Suspended His Account.

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:11:32 GMT

Guo Wengui, an outspoken Chinese-born billionaire whom China views as a criminal, has alarmed Beijing with his public denunciations.Guo Wengui, an outspoken Chinese-born billionaire whom China views as a criminal, has alarmed Beijing with his public denunciations.


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Curb the Use of Overseas Tax Havens? Yes! But How?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:20:37 GMT

An Apple store in Beijing. Apple has kept earnings abroad and borrowed from foreign subsidiaries for dividends and investments.There is wide accord that the current system encourages companies to keep money abroad. The question is how to tax funds brought home, now and in the future.


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F.C.C. Chairman Pushes Sweeping Changes to Net Neutrality Rules

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:22:47 GMT

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, wants to loosen the government’s oversight of high-speed internet providers.The chairman, Ajit Pai, said high-speed internet service should no longer be treated like a public utility with strict rules but should largely be left to police itself.


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Bits: Daily Report: Facebook Has a Bug. Can It Be Fixed?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:52:07 GMT

To get people to see opposing points of views, Facebook might have to do the unthinkable — disregard the likes and dislikes of its users.Critics say the social media giant has played a big role in the polarization of information. But getting to the truth won’t be so simple.


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Tech Tip: Sharing More Than 140 Characters on Twitter

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:22:39 GMT

Posting an image of a web page with highlighted text lets you make your point and share bigger thoughts than the standard character limit allows.



Pope Francis Urges TED Audience to Nurture Ties With Others

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:13:00 GMT

The pope made his remarks in a recorded video talk that was shown Tuesday at the TED conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.



Tech We're Using: The Tech Challenge of Reporting Under China’s Watchful Eye

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:58:36 GMT

Jane Perlez, The New York Times bureau chief in Beijing, at the cafe at the Met Breuer in New York on Tuesday.Jane Perlez, The New York Times’s bureau chief in Beijing, on the apps she uses and how she manages to work in spite of the Great Firewall.


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Twitter’s Business Shrinks, but Investors See a Glimmer of Hope

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:23:28 GMT

Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. The company added nine million users in the first quarter.The company posted its first decline in revenue since its initial public offering in 2013, but its results still beat investors’ low expectations.


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State of the Art: Why Instagram Is Becoming Facebook’s Next Facebook

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:27 GMT

Instagram, now with 700 million users, resembles Facebook in 2009 to 2012, when it went from being something people used occasionally to something they use every day.


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Huawei, Chinese Technology Giant, Is Focus of Widening U.S. Investigation

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:28:56 GMT

A Huawei booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in February. The widening inquiry in the United States puts Huawei in an awkward position at a moment when sanctions have taken on new import.American officials are looking at whether Huawei, a maker of smartphones and cellular equipment, broke trade controls on Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.


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Tech Fix: Why Your Next Wi-Fi Setup Should Be a Mesh Network

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:00:27 GMT

Unlike stand-alone routers that lose signal the farther you move away from them, mesh stations piggyback on one another to create a continuous wireless link.


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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.



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

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:11:23 GMT

Jiranuch Trirat, second from left, holding the body of her 11-month-old daughter at a hospital in Phuket, Thailand, on Tuesday. The daughter’s death was broadcast on Facebook.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.


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

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:50:10 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.


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Unroll.me 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 Unroll.me 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 Unroll.me, 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.