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The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:00:22 GMT

Jacob Regenstein, an engineer, held a fake rifle during a test of an autonomous drone in August on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts.The United States has put artificial intelligence at the center of its defense strategy, with weapons that can identify targets and make decisions.

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A.I. Inspiration: The Science Fiction That Frames Discussion

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:00:20 GMT

“Ender’s Game,” by Orson Scott Card, is often cited by Robert O. Work, the deputy defense secretary.A look at the movies and novels that inform discussions of real-life artificial intelligence and weapons.

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AT&T Cheerleading Squad for Merger: Nearly 100 Lobbyists

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:26:07 GMT

The AT&T logo at the spot where it trades on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.As a multimillion-dollar donor to lawmakers, with a huge roster of lobbyists, the communications giant is ready to pursue its $85 billion bid for Time Warner.

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State of the Art: AT&T-Time Warner Deal Is a Shot in the Dark

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:59:22 GMT

Outside the Time Warner Center in New York on Sunday. The company accepted an $85 billion offer from AT&T, a deal that, if approved, will reshape the media and telecom landscape.AT&T’s $85 billion deal for Time Warner is a ploy to do something — anything — in the face of a rapidly changing media landscape.

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A Chilly Reaction to AT&T-Time Warner Deal

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:29:15 GMT

An ESPN control room; Disney owns ESPN.A look at where the AT&T deal leaves other prominent media companies and what some think they might attempt to do in response.

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Self-Driving Truck’s First Mission: A Beer Run

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:00:15 GMT

An Otto truck on a San Francisco street in May.Otto, the Uber-owned self-driving vehicle operation, delivered 2,000 cases of Budweiser 120 miles to Colorado Springs from Fort Collins, Colo.

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One Last Growl for F.C.C.’s Sharp-Toothed Watchdog

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:53:19 GMT

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.Tom Wheeler, who increased regulation of the cable and wireless industries, now faces tough industry opposition and a review of a media megadeal.

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A Retort to Shrinking Screens, in an Ultra-Immersive Show at the Whitney

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:22:29 GMT

Hito Steyerl’s “Factory of the Sun” (2015), in which viewers sit on lounge chairs in a gridded space to watch a video game parody.“Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016” explores the multidimensional possibilities of film, historically and today.

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Common Sense: Why a Media Merger That Should Go Through Might Not

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:56:14 GMT

Under longstanding antitrust policy, the AT&T-Time Warner deal should be practically a shoo-in. But these are not usual times.

Artificial Intelligence as a Bridge for Art and Reality

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:38:57 GMT

A photo from this year’s Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn was half of a match made by the “Recognition” computer program, which compares news photos and art from the Tate Britain’s archives.“Recognition” searches 1,000 news photographs a day and matches them with artworks in Tate Britain’s database. The results are surprising.

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Bits: Daily Report: Bigger Is Better. Or So They Say.

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:57:51 GMT

AT&T’s deal to buy Time Warner comes amid a rapidly changing media landscape.The planned merger between AT&T and Time Warner would bring together a giant networking business and a giant content-making business.

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Tech Tip: How to Clean Up Instagram Comments

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:26:26 GMT

New settings in the popular photo-sharing service allow you to filter out profanity and other offensive language from comments on your own photos.

On Technology: Barack Obama Brought Silicon Valley to Washington. Is That a Good Thing?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:00:03 GMT

Obama has routinely pushed policy that pleases the tech-savvy.His administration embraced some of the tech industry’s best ideas — but also some of its worst values.

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White House Letter: Next Job for Obama? Silicon Valley Is Hiring

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:42:57 GMT

President Obama, with Dr. Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, a NASA astronaut, tried a spacecraft flight and docking simulator on a Boeing CST-100 Starliner this month at the University of Pittsburgh.The president, who has advocated cutting-edge research and built relationships with Silicon Valley companies, may be preparing for a role in the technology sector.

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Code Names and Covert Meetings in AT&T’s Courtship of Time Warner

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:18:03 GMT

The secrecy surrounding the $85.4 billion merger was viewed as essential for a deal sure to raise concerns among lawmakers and consumer advocacy groups.

On the Runway: Silicon Valley Fashion Week Is No Joke

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:44:05 GMT

A T-shirt with an LED pattern that can be rearranged with an app was shown at Silicon Valley Fashion Week?! in San Francisco.The three-day event featured LED-embedded clothing and augmented reality.

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New York Times Company Buys The Wirecutter

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:25:52 GMT

Brian Lam, who founded The Wirecutter in 2011, will remain with the company as an adviser.The company also bought The Sweethome, a sister site. Both are product recommendation websites that offer guides on tech gadgets and home products.

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Bits: Daily Report: Hackers Have New Tools to Bring Down Websites

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:05:47 GMT

Dyn DNS, a company that essentially acts as a giant internet switchboard, was bombarded with messages that overloaded its circuits.The so-called internet of things has the potential to connect billions of objects to the internet. That’s good news for troublemakers.

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Time Warner’s Non-Mogul Mogul Who Foretold Its Worth

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:47:03 GMT

Outside the Time Warner Center in Manhattan on Sunday. AT&T agreed to buy the company for more than $85 billion. One veteran media research analyst gave the deal only a 50-50 chance of being approved.Jeffrey L. Bewkes, the telecom giant’s chief executive, stuck to his guns over the years, confident that his company would get the deal it deserved.

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As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 22:18:20 GMT

The next generation of online attack tools used by criminals will add machine learning capabilities pioneered by A.I. researchers.

Nintendo Switch Console Is Met With Skepticism From Investors

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:41:05 GMT

The Nintendo Switch. Gamers will have until March, the official launch date, to decide whether it’s a must-have.The game giant’s shares plummeted after it unveiled the all-in-one hardware, which can be played at home or on the go.

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Galaxy Note 7 Recall Dismays South Korea, the ‘Republic of Samsung’

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:23:10 GMT

A man passes by a Samsung electronics shop in South Korea, where life can literally begin and end with Samsung.The withdrawal of the Galaxy Note 7, because it is prone to catch fire, is a source of humiliation to many in a country that had prided itself on the company’s success.

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Russian Suspected of Hacking U.S. Tech Companies Is Indicted

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:11:58 GMT

Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin, 29, was arrested in Prague this month on charges that he hacked into networks at LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring.

News Analysis: Regulatory Microscope Lies Ahead for AT&T and Time Warner

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:06:44 GMT

AT&T reached a deal to acquire Time Warner for more than $85 billion on Saturday.The deal will probably face a much sterner regulatory review than the Comcast-NBC Universal merger in 2009.

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Modern Love: Cropped Out of My Own Fantasy

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:00:22 GMT

A young woman relies on carefully prepared images to present her relationship in the best light, until the picture no longer includes her.

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State of the Art: Whoever Wins the White House, This Year’s Big Loser Is Email

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:00:24 GMT

The exposure of the Clinton campaign’s internal emails shows that a ubiquitous, and vulnerable, communication tool is ready for the scrap heap.

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Tech Fix: Google Pixel Review: Assessing the New Smartphone

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:27:03 GMT

Google hardware on display, from left, Google Wifi, Google Chromecast Ultra, Google Home, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel and Google Daydream VR.The Pixel, which uses Android software and Assistant, an A.I. virtual assistant, is, relatively speaking, mediocre, but fans of Android won’t regret buying one.

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App Smart: Keeping the Political Wool From Being Pulled Over Your Eyes

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:14:57 GMT

Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments explains commonly used logical fallacies and is amusingly illustrated.These apps help you check facts, understand statistics and spot false arguments in this contentious election season.

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Tech Tip: Do You Have a Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Here’s What to Do

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:32:04 GMT

Samsung has halted the sales and production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.Power down the device immediately. Then contact the wireless carrier or store where it was bought for details about a refund or exchange.

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Galaxy Note 7 Is Not Samsung’s Only Problematic Product

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 23:39:23 GMT

Over the past week, Samsung temporarily stopped its production of Galaxy Note 7s, suspended sales of the phones around the world, and then killed production of the model entirely.The South Korean manufacturer is juggling safety problems with other goods, including washing machines, microwaves and refrigerators.

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