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Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona, Where Robots Roam

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:38:26 GMT

A woman crossing Mill Avenue at its intersection with Curry Road in Tempe, Ariz. on Monday. A pedestrian was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle at the intersection a night earlier.A woman in Tempe, Ariz., died after being hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber, in what is believed to be the first fatality of a pedestrian from an autonomous vehicle on public roads.

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Facebook Executive Planning to Leave Company Amid Disinformation Backlash

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 01:26:03 GMT

Alex Stamos, the chief information security officer for Facebook. He has urged more disclosure over Russian activity on Facebook.Facebook has reached a deal with its chief information security officer to depart after disagreements over how to address its role in spreading disinformation, said people briefed on the matter.

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Cambridge Analytica, Trump-Tied Political Firm, Offered to Entrap Politicians

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:03:51 GMT

Alexander Nix, head of Cambridge Analytica, speaking in New York City in 2016.A British TV station sent a reporter to pose as a prospective client, and secretly filmed Cambridge Analytica’s chief executive offering to engage in dirty tricks.

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Tech Fix: How to Protect Yourself (and Your Friends) on Facebook

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:39:09 GMT

A voter-profiling company was able to harvest data of 50 million Facebook profiles even though only about 270,000 users agreed to hand over their information. So maybe now is a good time to check your privacy settings and take a few other steps to safeguard your data.There are some practical solutions to safeguard some of your data, like installing software to block web tracking technologies.

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What’s Next for Humanity: Automation, New Morality and a ‘Global Useless Class’

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 02:41:39 GMT

In an event organized by The New York Times and How To Academy, the historian and author Yuval Noah Harari offered his predictions for the future.

Yuval Noah Harari on the Future of Humanity

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 02:36:38 GMT

Humans, Mr. Harari warned, “have created such a complicated world that we’re no longer able to make sense of what is happening.”

The Shift: How Facebook’s Data Sharing Went From Feature to Bug

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:46:17 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators in November. He has encouraged developers to connect apps and programs to Facebook’s platform.Sure, third-party Facebook apps collected data about users’ lives. But they seemed convenient and harmless, and, really, what could go wrong?

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White House Bans Venezuela’s Digital Currency and Imposes Further Sanctions

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 01:17:55 GMT

The sanctions were intended to send a message to Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, that the United States holds him directly responsible for his country’s economic devastation, the White House said.The Trump administration also blacklisted four individuals associated with President Nicolás Maduro, ratcheting up pressure on a government it has accused of corruption and repression.

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How Driverless Cars See the World Around Them

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:03:56 GMT

A rooftop lidar system, which measures distances using pulses of light, on a Ford test car.On Sunday, a woman in Arizona died after being struck by a self-driving car operated by Uber. Here is a guide to how autonomous vehicles operate.

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How Cambridge Analytica Harvested Facebook Data, Triggering a New Outcry

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:08:04 GMT

Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm hired by President Trump’s 2016 election campaign, gained access to information on 50 million Facebook users as a way to identify the personalities of American voters and influence their behavior.What you need to know about how a political data firm tied to the Trump campaign gained access to information on 50 million Facebook users.

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YouTube May Add to the Burdens of Humble Wikipedia

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:30:30 GMT

At South by Southwest last week, YouTube’s chief executive, Susan Wojcicki, announced that the company would enlist Wikipedia’s help to deal with the proliferation of conspiracy theories and misinformation on its platform.In a surprise announcement, Google says it will hand off a knotty problem — fact-checking its videos — to the online encyclopedia’s volunteer army.

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Tech Tip: How to Shut Up Noisy Sites in Chrome

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:00:06 GMT

Newer versions of Google’s browser include a setting to easily mute web pages that would otherwise open with audio blaring.

Europe’s Planned Digital Tax Heightens Tensions With U.S.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:45:13 GMT

Amazon, which based its European headquarters in Luxembourg, is among the American technology companies that could be hit hardest by a new digital tax being planned in Europe.A European Union plan would hit Silicon Valley’s technology giants especially hard, further straining relations with the United States over taxes and trade.

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Brian Eno Wants to Take You ‘Inside the Music’

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:39:35 GMT

Brian Eno is among the prominent musicians exploring the artistic potential of immersive technologies developed primarily for the video game industry.The British musician is collaborating with other artists to create a high-tech, immersive experience that will tour Europe and America.

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Hashtag Open House

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:00:01 GMT

The Instagram influencer Ayla Woodruff, center, and Adrew Seally, right, get into a pillow fight with models. At this open house, setups were created to encourage social media posting.Influencers in Los Angeles and New York are saving us from dreary old open houses. Maybe you can get some cheap rent out of your Snapchat?

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Take This App and Call Me in the Morning

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:59:38 GMT

Reset, a prescription treatment app, allows patients to track pain, loneliness, social pressure and other situations that could trigger their addictions.A new category of prescription medical treatments, what executives call digital therapeutics, comes in the form of mobile apps.

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FedEx Follows Amazon Into the Robotic Future

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:04:10 GMT

Robotic tuggers navigate a FedEx warehouse in North Carolina. Five of the machines have been working next to humans and the plan is to expand the use of robotic labor in the coming months.Humans will have to get used to their machine co-workers. But the robot next to you may not be ready to be your replacement. At least, not yet.

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Uber’s New Rival in Australia: An Indian Upstart

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:39:24 GMT

Drivers for Ola in New Delhi this month. The Indian ride-hailing company recently expanded to two Australian cities, its first move into the overseas market.Ola hopes to become a rare consumer technology firm in India that breaks away from home and grows in a well-to-do market where it can charge more.

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Adrián Lamo, Hacker Who Reported Chelsea Manning to the F.B.I., Dies at 37

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:19:22 GMT

Adrian Lamo, a hacker who made headlines for breaking into the computer networks of The New York Times and other major corporations, in 2011. Mr. Lamo, 37, was found dead on Wednesday in a Kansas apartment.Mr. Lamo, who was also known for hacking into the computer network of The New York Times, was reviled and revered for turning in Ms. Manning to the authorities.

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Data Firm Tied to Trump Campaign Talked Business With Russians

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:14:59 GMT

Alexander Nix, chief executive of the data consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, told the British Parliament last month that his company had no connections to Russia.Cambridge Analytica, a company that developed technology to target voters, has denied having connections to Russia. But evidence suggests otherwise.

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How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:28:13 GMT

Christopher Wylie, who helped found the data firm Cambridge Analytica and worked there until 2014, has described the company as an “arsenal of weapons” in a culture war.Cambridge Analytica harvested personal information from a huge swath of the electorate to develop techniques that were later used in the Trump campaign.

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The Future of Time Warner, Coming Soon to a Court Near You

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 10:00:06 GMT

The trial over the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner is set to start in United States District Court.The talk in media circles is focused on what happens if the AT&T deal is stopped by the government and Time Warner is forced to go it alone.

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Qualcomm’s Ex-Chairman to Leave Amid Plans to Buy Company

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:45:12 GMT

Paul Jacobs, whose father co-founded Qualcomm, a chip-making giant, has told fellow board members that he wants to take the company private.Paul Jacobs, whose father helped found Qualcomm, will not be renominated to the board after he began considering taking the chip maker private.

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Encounters: Karlie Kloss Teaches Teenage Girls How to Code

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:00:09 GMT

Karlie Kloss, left, shot an iPhone video to promote her Kode With Klossy camp for teenage girls this summer.When she’s not jet-setting or hanging with Taylor Swift, the 25-year-old model runs a coding boot camp for young women.

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The Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes and the Black Turtleneck

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:02:30 GMT

Elizabeth Holmes, in her signature turtleneck, speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2015.When you wear the same thing every day, it stops being a shirt and becomes a symbol.

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Kelp Farms and Mammoth Windmills Are Just Two of the Government’s Long-Shot Energy Bets

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:16:22 GMT

A kelp forest off Mexico’s Pacific coast. A project presented this week at an energy research conference proposes using tiny robots to farm seaweed for use in biofuels.Thousands of entrepreneurs gathered near Washington this week for an annual government conference. On the agenda: unusual solutions to major clean-energy problems.

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Tech Tip: How to Format Documents While Barely Lifting a Finger

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:00:06 GMT

Free dictation tools convert speech to text and several popular programs now let you add text styling and other formatting by voice command.

Bits: Kevin’s Week in Tech: Theranos, Fraud and the Failure to Fail

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:04:19 GMT

Setbacks like those that Elizabeth Holmes faced as the founder of Theranos are common in the tech industry. What was unusual was the way Theranos responded.In this week’s tech newsletter, Kevin Roose discusses the fraud charges against Theranos, the smoke-and-mirrors biotech company.

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A Bold, Divisive Plan to Wean Californians From Cars

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:25:50 GMT

Taller buildings could be coming to an Oakland neighborhood along the rapid-transit line to San Francisco if the State Legislature approves a bill that would override local zoning restrictions.Legislation would allow more home building along transit routes to reduce gas-guzzling commutes. Some who support the goal have denounced the method.

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Streaming Soon: A Fight Over AT&T, Time Warner, and the Future of TV

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:46:53 GMT

The Justice Department’s case to block AT&T’s $85 billion merger with Time Warner is set for trial next week, in one of the most anticipated antitrust battles in years.

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Cyberattacks Put Russian Fingers on the Switch at Power Plants, U.S. Says

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 02:14:19 GMT

U.S. officials said the strikes accelerated in late 2015, at the same time the Russian interference in the American election was underway.In the last year, Russian hackers have gone from infiltrating business networks of energy, water and nuclear plants to worming their way into control rooms.

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Rihanna Protests Ad on Snapchat That Mocks Domestic Violence

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:02:35 GMT

Left: An ad that appeared on Snapchat for a game called “Would You Rather?!”; Right: Rihanna’s response, posted on her Instagram story.“This advertisement is disgusting and never should have appeared on our service,” said a Snapchat spokesperson.

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Tech Tip: Preserving Those Refrigerator-Door Masterpieces

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:59:33 GMT

Storing digital copies of your child’s artwork allows you to look back fondly, long after the pipe cleaners and glitter have been lost to time.

Pentagon Wants Silicon Valley’s Help on A.I.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:53:36 GMT

An Air Force cargo jet in 2016 at a base in the Persian Gulf where drones were launched against the Islamic State. With drone technology just one area open to advances in artificial intelligence, a task force will explore how the government can work better with tech leaders to develop its A.I.Older tech companies have long had ties with military and intelligence. But employees at internet outfits like Google are wary of too much cooperation.

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A Cyberattack in Saudi Arabia Had a Deadly Goal. Experts Fear Another Try.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:44:58 GMT

Sadara Chemical Company is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical. Its computer systems were hit by one in a string of cyberattacks last year.Petrochemical companies were hit by a series of cyberassaults last year. The worst of them, against a widely used safety system, could have set off an explosion.

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Lyft to Bring Driverless Car Tech to Broader Auto Industry

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:13:54 GMT

A Lyft driver hub in San Francisco. The ride-hailing service, which has taken an open-arms approach to autonomous vehicle development, added the Canadian parts maker Magna to its long list of partners.The ride-hailing company is teaming up with Magna, a major auto supplier, to jointly develop self-driving car systems. It’s the latest in a series of alliances made by Lyft.

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Facebook Blocks Britain First, a Far-Right Anti-Muslim Group Promoted by Trump

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:08:23 GMT

Leaders and supporters of the far-right group Britain First marched in central London last year.The move comes a week after two leaders were convicted of hate crimes and months after the president elevated their inflammatory views on Twitter.

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The Shift: The Young and Brash of Tech Grow a Bit Older, and Wiser

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:03:12 GMT

Former whiz kids who made their fortunes in the technology industry are now settling down, seemingly more attuned to the power they wield.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Many Drugs and Many Doctors Lead to Many Mistakes

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:09:07 GMT

Calling all coders: We need a better prescription-tracking app.

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Tech We’re Using: In Hollywood, Cutting the Cord and Other Disruptions

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:21:02 GMT

Brooks Barnes prefers low-tech solutions, including keeping his appointments in a paper planner.Brooks Barnes, who covers Hollywood for The New York Times, discussed how the tsunami of technology has forced the entertainment industry to change.

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Tech Tip: Taking Items Off the Mac’s Menu

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:00:05 GMT

If you find that your Mac’s top menu is cluttered with icons you never use, you can clean things up.

Broadcom Drops Bid for Qualcomm After Trump’s Intervention

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:57:46 GMT

The Broadcom campus in Irvine, Calif. The chip maker said it still intended to move its legal headquarters from Singapore to the United States.The Singapore-based chip maker had sought to complete the biggest technology deal in history, but the White House blocked it, citing threats to U.S. national security.

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Google Bans Bitcoin Advertisements in Policy Change

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:36:02 GMT

Tokens representing Bitcoin’s virtual currency. Google said Tuesday that it would join Facebook in banning advertising for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on its services and advertising platforms.Google said that the new policy will come into effect in June on its own platforms and on third-party websites where it sells advertising space.

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Even With Takeover Bid Blocked, Qualcomm ‘Is in a Tight Spot’

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:51:16 GMT

Qualcomm, which is based in San Diego, may need to take new steps to assuage investors unhappy with its performance.While rival Broadcom no longer appears to be a threat, the American chip maker faces other troubles, including lawsuits and dissatisfied shareholders.

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Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman Benefit From the Streaming Wars

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:54:45 GMT

Reese Witherspoon, left, and Nicole Kidman at the Critics’ Choice Awards in January. They are taking advantage of Hollywood’s hunger for limited TV series featuring strong women.With two new deals, the two Oscar-winners are taking advantage of Hollywood’s hunger for binge-worthy limited series featuring strong women.

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Tech Tip: Google’s Security Sweep for Apps

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:00:07 GMT

Keeping malware out of app stores is a constant fight, but Google has stepped up its efforts in the past year.

The One Thing That Protects a Laptop After It’s Been Stolen

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:33:30 GMT

Here’s one thing you can do today so if your laptop is lost or stolen, your private, personal data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands too.

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