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In Some Countries, Facebook’s Fiddling Has Magnified Fake News

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 08:00:25 GMT

The newsroom of Página Siete, a Bolivian newspaper. Traffic to the publication’s website plunged by 20 percent after Facebook began testing a new version of its News Feed in Bolivia.Last fall, the online giant altered what people in six nations see. Established news sites said their web traffic declined, adding that more bogus stories were shared instead.

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Everyone Is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 06:35:33 GMT

Fredric Fortier wears an Ethereum sweater along with Mathieu Baril wearing a Bitcoin sweater at the San Francisco Bitcoin Meetup Holiday Party at the Runway Incubator in December.The revolution will be ushered in by young people who are also cryptocurrency millionaires. Oh wait, they may be broke already.

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Big Bets on A.I. Open a New Frontier for Chip Start-Ups, Too

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:12:03 GMT

Forty-five young companies are building processors just for artificial intelligence. At least five have raised more than $100 million from investors.

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Mr. Amazon Steps Out

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 23:01:24 GMT

Jeff Bezos’ wide portfolio of ventures has thrust him further into the spotlight.Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest person and can afford virtually any luxury. But obscurity is no longer among them.

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Alexa, We’re Still Trying to Figure Out What to Do With You

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:08:38 GMT

Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant is mostly used through the company’s line of Echo smart speakers.Many people use digital assistants for the basics, like the weather forecast or music. It’s a long way from the digital home envisioned by their makers.

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Tech Tip: Keeping Up With the Meltdown and Spectre Bugs

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:23:55 GMT

Companies have rushed to create patches for Meltdown and Spectre — two new major security vulnerabilities — but not everything has gone smoothly.

Graydon Carter, Ex-Editor of Vanity Fair, Invests in an App

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:14 GMT

Joshua James, left, and Adam Platzner created an app called Zig that has attracted investors including Graydon Carter, the music producer Quincy Jones and the Hollywood mogul Ron Meyer.The music producer Quincy Jones and the mogul Ron Meyer join Mr. Carter, who is now on ‘garden leave,’ in investing in an Instagram-style app called Zig.

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Inside Uber’s $100,000 Payment to a Hacker, and the Fallout

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 02:22:24 GMT

How Uber grappled with a 2016 hack is under scrutiny and has cast a chill over how other companies deal with security threats.

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Live Nation Settles Suit With Ticketing Start-Up, Buying Its Assets

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 05:20:26 GMT

Songkick specialized in so-called artist presales — a way of selling batches of advance tickets, often around 8 percent of the inventory for a show, to fans.The concert business giant announced that it settled with Songkick for $110 million and an additional undisclosed sum to acquire the company’s technology assets and patents.

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Thiel Makes a Bid for, a Site He Helped Bankrupt

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:00:50 GMT

Peter Thiel financially backed a 2016 lawsuit against Gawker Media that led to the company’s sale at a bankruptcy auction. The buyer, Univision, abandoned the website, which has remained static since 2016.Peter Thiel, the tech billionaire, helped run Gawker Media offline. Now he is trying to buy what is left of it.

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State of the Art: The Difficulties With Facebook’s News Feed Overhaul

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 00:11:07 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg announced that as part of his effort to turn the social network into a force for good, the company would make a significant change to its Newsfeed. The feed will give priority to posts that elicit what Facebook calls “meaningful” interactions with friends and family.Facebook faces complex questions over its prioritization of “meaningful” content in the News Feed, including whether people want that kind of content in the first place.

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Disruptions: Is the Answer to Phone Addiction a Worse Phone?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:19:45 GMT

A small group of people have turned their phone screens to shades of gray to make them less stimulating. That’s the opposite of what tech companies want.

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A.I. Has Arrived in Investing. Humans Are Still Dominating.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:00:28 GMT

I.B.M.’s Watson supercomputer in 2011. An investment fund that emphasizes artificial intelligence now uses Watson to power many of its algorithms.Artificial intelligence programs increasingly help fund managers run their portfolios, but will they will be good enough to replace them?

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G.M. Says Its Driverless Car Could Be in Fleets by Next Year

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 16:09:50 GMT

General Motors says its Cruise AV, with no steering wheel or pedals, could be ready for commercial ride services next year if it gets the necessary federal and state approvals.Once federal and state agencies grant approval, the electric vehicle will be ready for production on a standard assembly line, the automaker said.

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Jeff Bezos Jumps Into ‘Dreamer’ Fight With Gift for Scholarships

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 23:32:22 GMT

Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, made a donation to provide college scholarships to 1,000 so-called Dreamers.Mr. Bezos’ $33 million donation for young immigrants brought to the country illegally injects him into one of the most contentious political issues in the United States.

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Tech Tip: Changing Country Codes With Google

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:45:23 GMT

If Google Hangouts keeps adding the wrong dialing codes, check your settings to see where the software thinks you are.

Facebook Is Changing. What Does That Mean for Your News Feed?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:33:57 GMT

Facebook is making the changes to the News Feed by tinkering under the hood and reconfiguring the algorithms.The social network has implemented major changes to the types of posts, videos and photos that appear in your News Feed. Here is what you should expect.

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Farhad’s Week in Tech: A Power Outage at CES, and Facebook Wants to Get ‘Meaningful’

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:26:19 GMT

A robot dog on display at CES this week.The big tech conference in Las Vegas didn’t generate much news, but Facebook did when it said it would make sweeping changes to its news feed.

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On the Runway: Is the Fashion Wearables Love Affair Over?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:39:45 GMT

An Apple Watch displayed at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.Judging by the Consumer Electronics Show, the answer may be yes.

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Why Is South Korea Spooking the Global Bitcoin Market?

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 01:29:42 GMT

Nowhere has the frenzy over virtual currencies been as fevered, or as sudden, as in South Korea.The government says it is looking at banning virtual currency trades. But it isn’t clear whether, or how quickly, it will follow through.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Social Media Is Making Us Dumber. Here’s Exhibit A.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 03:45:18 GMT

Harvard University Professor Steven PinkerSteven Pinker is a liberal, Jewish professor. But social media convinced people that he’s a darling of the alt-right.

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Facebook Overhauls News Feed to Focus on What Friends and Family Share

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 01:12:51 GMT

Facebook is making changes to its News Feed in an attempt to favor interactions with friends over what it calls “passive content” — videos or articles that ask a user to just sit back and watch or read.In the next few weeks, you will see fewer viral videos and news articles from media companies, and instead see more posts that include interactions between you and the people you know.

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Dropbox Is Said to Be Planning to Go Public This Year

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:46:40 GMT

Drew Houston, chief executive of Dropbox, helped found the online file storage company, which has filed confidentially to go public.The online storage company, one of Silicon Valley’s closely watched “unicorns,” has filed confidentially to stage an initial public offering.

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Tech Tip: Protecting Yourself From Ransomware

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:31:14 GMT

Common sense and software can keep your system safer from security threats.

House Extends Surveillance Law, Rejecting New Privacy Safeguards

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 02:13:38 GMT

President Trump posted his tweet shortly after a Fox News legal analyst appealed directly to him during a Thursday morning segment about the upcoming House vote.House lawmakers voted to preserve the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Robots Can’t Vote, but They Helped Elect Trump

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:45:21 GMT

Robotic welders working at the Nissan manufacturing plant in Canton, Miss.The areas of the country with the largest robot work forces gave the president an unanticipated advantage in the Electoral College.

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States Push Back After Net Neutrality Repeal

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:00:26 GMT

State Representative Norma Smith, a Republican, has introduced one of two net neutrality bills in Washington. “This is not a partisan issue here,” she said.At least six, including California, New York and Washington, are considering bills to restore protections that the F.C.C. ended, but political and legal obstacles may stand in the way.

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YouTube Drops Online Star Logan Paul From Premium Advertising

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 01:50:19 GMT

Top YouTube stars like Logan Paul are known for pushing the envelope with outlandish behavior.The online service also suspended production of a movie with Mr. Paul a week after he posted a video of a dead body hanging from a tree in Japan.

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India Extends Hand to Apple and Others by Easing Rules on Foreign Firms

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:18:27 GMT

An ad for Apple’s iPad on a store in New Delhi, India. The Indian government said Wednesday it was easing rules that have made it difficult for single-brand foreign companies from opening stores in the country.The government said foreign-owned, single-brand retailers would get more time to meet its requirements to sell products made by Indians.

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Outing Death

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:00:20 GMT

The WeCroak logo.Once a social taboo, the topic is trending.

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Tech We’re Using: He Weaned Himself From Ride-Hailing Apps. Here’s Why.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:20:19 GMT

Mike Isaac, a technology reporter in San Francisco who doesn’t own a car, mostly relies on the Transit app to plan his routes, which can include a combination of public transportation, biking, car-sharing and walking.Mike Isaac, a tech reporter for The Times, now uses Uber and Lyft infrequently, though he remains a steady user of Twitter and HQ Trivia.

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Tech Tip: Adding Gmail Contacts to an iPad

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:05:06 GMT

You can synchronize your Google Contacts to an iOS device with just a few taps.

As Electric Cars’ Prospects Brighten, Japan Fears Being Left Behind

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 22:33:23 GMT

A Jatco factory in Fuji, Japan. An immediate, total shift to electric vehicles “would kill my business,” said Terry Nakatsuka, the carmaker’s chief executive.The country, which missed out on some earlier technological shifts, is now scrambling to catch up as the world warms up to battery-powered vehicles.

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SpaceX’s Secret Satellite Mission May Have Failed. What Happened?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:47:20 GMT

The Falcon 9 rocket launched at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday, for the satellite mission known as Zuma.Rumors are that an expensive, classified mission code-named “Zuma” failed to deploy in orbit and is now lost. Will we ever find out what actually happened?

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AT&T Drops Huawei’s New Smartphone Amid Security Worries

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:56:57 GMT

Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s consumer business group, presenting the high-end Mate 10 smartphone in Munich in October.The telecommunications giant canceled a deal to sell the Mate 10 after U.S. lawmakers expressed misgivings about what they said were Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government.

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Tech Tip: Finding a Scanner for the Big Jobs

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:19:56 GMT

Mobile scanning apps are convenient, but if you have reams of paper to digitize, dedicated scanning hardware may streamline the task.

State of the Art: What a $4,000 Treadmill Means for the Future of Gadgets

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:33:04 GMT

At the International CES show on Tuesday, Peloton unveiled a $3,995 treadmill. It includes a 32-inch screen for viewing the company’s on-demand fitness classes.Peloton, which sells an internet-connected spin bicycle, unveiled a $4,000 internet-connected treadmill. The company’s insight: The gadget is not as important as the service.

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