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State of the Art: A Start-Up Suggests a Fix to the Health Care Morass

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:30:00 GMT

Aledade, a tech start-up, is working to reduce health care costs while improving care. The results are on view at two medical practices in southeast Kansas.

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In Ukraine, a Malware Expert Who Could Blow the Whistle on Russian Hacking

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:18:23 GMT

Kiev’s main thoroughfare. Ukraine has been used for years by Russia as a testing ground for politicized cyberoperations that later cropped up in other countries.For the first time, an actual witness has emerged in the election hacking, and he has been interviewed by the F.B.I.

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Microsoft Teaches Autonomous Gliders to Make Decisions on the Fly

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:15:13 GMT

Rick Rogahn, a member of the Microsoft team, monitored the glider’s path during a test flight near Hawthorne, Nev., last week. He is responsible for manually launching and landing the aircraft, and for intervening if it is necessary for safety.Microsoft is building gliders that adapt to surprises. The goal is to teach autonomous vehicles of all sorts to deal with uncertainty the way humans do.

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Using YouTube as an Accelerant for Video Games

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:24:13 GMT

A screen image from Hello Neighbor.Getting YouTubers or Twitch streamers to share their thoughts on a new game can have a powerful effect on its success.

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Hackers Briefly Take Over HBO Twitter Accounts

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:47:35 GMT

HBO’s offices in New York. It has dealt with several high-profile hacking attacks in August.Although the damage appeared limited to a few taunting posts, it came after a string of deeper, but apparently unrelated, breaches.

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Tech We’re Using: The Technology Our Personal Finance Columnist Trusts His Money With

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:19:32 GMT

The New York Times writer Ron Lieber playing music with the Spotify app for his daughter Violet.The Times’s Your Money columnist on his favorite finance apps, the gadgets he would love to dream into existence and his Spotify singalong sessions.

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China’s Online Giants Back $12 Billion Deal to Shake Up State Firm

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:20:06 GMT

A China Unicom salesman in Hong Kong. The telecommunications company said Wednesday that its parent would raise $11.7 billion by selling shares to a number of Chinese firms as well as to employees.Tencent and Alibaba are among private companies that will take stakes in China Unicom, as part of an effort to overhaul bloated state-run companies.

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Fiat Chrysler Joins BMW in Race to Make Self-Driving Cars

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:07:55 GMT

Fiat Chrysler minivans have been used to test self-driving technology created by Waymo, a unit of Google’s parent company.The alliance, which also includes Intel and Mobileye, could help Fiat Chrysler catch up in new technologies and fend off competitors from Silicon Valley.

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A Chinese Video Game Rakes In Cash — and Draws Young Rule Breakers

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:10:40 GMT

Co-workers playing the Chinese smartphone game Honor of Kings in a Beijing office on Tuesday. More than 200 million people in China play the app.Amid political pressure, Tencent’s popular Honor of Kings added limits on how long young people can play, but fake accounts and other workarounds have proliferated.

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Tech Tip: Getting Microsoft Word to Call You by Your Real Name

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:07:19 GMT

If you find that Microsoft Office programs have grabbed the wrong name to use for your document comments, you can correct the record.

Can Artificial Intelligence Fly a Plane?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:01:02 GMT

Microsoft is building an autonomous glider guided by artificial intelligence, part of an effort to help machines make decisions when faced with uncertainty.

The Shift: This Was the Alt-Right’s Favorite Chat App. Then Came Charlottesville.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:41:26 GMT

Discord, a group chat app, was popular among far-right activists, including some of those involved in last weekend’s protest in Charlottesville, Va.Discord, a chat app for video game players, became a digital home for the alt-right before deciding to ban their chat rooms on Monday.

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Uber Agrees to Privacy Audits in Settlement With F.T.C.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:35:34 GMT

Uber’s headquarters in San Francisco. The federal government has accused the company of breaking promises to protect customer data.The ride-sharing giant agreed to strong privacy scrutiny after a federal investigation into its data protections.

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Justice Dept. Demands Data on Visitors to Anti-Trump Website, Sparking Fight

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:46:42 GMT

The Justice Department demanded that Dreamhost, a web hosting company, turn over records about a website used to organize protests of President Trump’s inauguration.A web hosting firm is fighting a sweeping search warrant for information about visitors to an anti-Trump website used to organize inauguration protests.

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Tech Tip: Pinpointing Your Whereabouts on Twitter

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:11:48 GMT

Twitter strips the geographic data from the photos you add to your posts, but you can always volunteer to share your location.

‘Hamilton’ Tries New Sales Method to Battle Bots and Scalpers

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:19:26 GMT

Javier Muñoz, left, and Christopher Jackson in “Hamilton,” in 2015.The show is the third on Broadway to declare that it will use Verified Fan, the Ticketmaster technology that scrutinizes potential ticket buyers.

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Pandora, After Shake-Up, Picks New C.E.O.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:18:19 GMT

Roger Lynch, the chief executive of Sling TV, will join Pandora, the internet radio giant, on Sept. 18.Roger Lynch, the chief of the video streaming service Sling TV, will be the new chief executive and president of the struggling internet radio giant.

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GoDaddy Severs Ties With Daily Stormer After Charlottesville Article

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:19:42 GMT

The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, was kicked off both and Google after mocking Heather Heyer, who was killed Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.The neo-Nazi website had published a highly derogatory article about Heather Heyer, a Virginia woman who was fatally run over during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

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Tech Tip: Safely Snapping the Sun’s Disappearing Act

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:00:47 GMT

If you want to capture your own images of next week’s solar eclipse, be sure to protect your eyes and your camera first.

Seeking Greater Global Power, China Looks to Robots and Microchips

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:05:39 GMT

A robotic boat patrolling on Swan Lake in Hefei in central China in July. The country hopes to become a global leader in areas like robotics and medical technology.The country’s effort to take a lead in the technologies of the future, often with the help of foreign companies, is the subject of a United States trade investigation.

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How A.I. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:14:38 GMT

An artwork created using DeepDream, which researchers at Google developed in 2015. The newer work at Google, with Project Magenta, involves music, and has led to creation of a tool called NSynth.Project Magenta, a team at Google, is crossbreeding sounds from different instruments based on neural networks and building networks that can draw.

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How a Conservative TV Giant Is Ridding Itself of Regulation

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:06:23 GMT

With the purchase of Tribune Media, the Sinclair Broadcast Group would gain WITI, a Fox affiliate in Milwaukee.The Sinclair Broadcast Group and the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission see eye to eye on the need to unleash television. Both are reaping big rewards.

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Uber Board Considers 3 Investment Offers to Buy Company’s Shares

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 01:18:00 GMT

Masayoshi Son, the founder and chief executive of the Japanese conglomerate Softbank, which has expressed interest in investing in Uber.Even as the ride-hailing service’s future remains unclear, Uber’s board has debated three investment offers that could affect the company’s power structure.

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EBay’s Founder Has a New Idea: Build a Dairy in Hawaii

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:27:49 GMT

The Grand Hyatt Resort, bottom left, sits about a mile and a half away from a proposed dairy farm in Poipu, Hawaii, owned by the eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.Kauai residents who object are teaming up with owners of resorts that line the island’s famous beaches to try to block the dairy.

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The Shift: The Messy, Confusing Future of TV? It’s Here

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:41:22 GMT

Cord-cutters often find themselves confronting a jumble of on-demand services that, added up, cost more and often offer less than the old cable bundle.We’ve rushed headlong into a hyper-fragmented mess, with a jumble of on-demand services that, added up, cost more and often offer less than the old cable bundle.

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Teaching A.I. Systems to Behave Themselves

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 22:32:46 GMT

Geoffrey Irving, left, and Dario Amodei demonstrate how simple video games are used to train A.I. bots.As philosophers and pundits worry that artificial intelligence will one day harm the world, some researchers are working on ways to lower the risks.

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Opinion: Google Doesn’t Want What’s Best for Us

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 18:30:02 GMT

America has held a largely romantic view of the tech industry that is at odds with reality.

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Bits: Mike’s and Katie’s Week in Tech: Uber Infighting and the Google Memo

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 13:00:06 GMT

Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, in May. Mr. Pichai cut short a vacation to address the fallout from a worker’s memo questioning the company’s diversity efforts.Two Times reporters discuss the latest events of the technology world, focusing this week on the many controversies spreading across Silicon Valley.

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Emotional Intelligence: Tech’s Damaging Myth of the Loner Genius Nerd

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 12:00:03 GMT

In truth, interpersonal skills like collaboration, communication and empathy are vital to career success in technology.

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Silicon Valley Now Has Its Own Populist Pundit

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:00:28 GMT

Steve Hilton at home with his pet chickens. His favorite is a brown hen named Hermione.Steve Hilton, a tech entrepreneur who was an adviser to former Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, is Fox News’s first host in the liberal region.

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A Crisis Forces Google to Uphold Its Values While Fostering Debate

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 01:18:26 GMT

Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, canceled a companywide meeting on Thursday that had been scheduled to address questions over a contentious internal memo.Employees are encouraged to speak up in online forums, but those forums have become heated over an internal memo that questioned the role of women in tech.

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Kalanick Loyalists Move to Force Benchmark Off Uber’s Board

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 00:40:05 GMT

Bill Gurley of the venture capital firm Benchmark, left, hopes to reduce Travis Kalanick’s remaining power on the Uber board. Shervin Pishevar of Sherpa Capital, right, has been a vocal supporter of Mr. Kalanick, the company’s former C.E.O.The investors, led by the venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, demanded the change after Benchmark, a major Uber shareholder, sued Travis Kalanick, the former C.E.O.

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To Fit Into Silicon Valley, Wear These Wool Shoes

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 22:57:11 GMT

Allbirds shoes are popular with those working in Silicon Valley.Silicon Valley has gone through many shoe style trends, including Crocs and Vibrams. Now it’s Allbirds, the wool shoe that techies love to wear.

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In China, Facebook Tests the Waters With a Stealth App

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:24:38 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, jogging in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square last year.The social media giant has quietly authorized the release of a Chinese version of its Moments app, a highly unusual move that raises transparency questions.

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Tech Tip: Taking Your Data Plan to a New iPad

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:52:38 GMT

If you have a cellular data plan you’d like to bring along from your old tablet, you might be able to move it yourself.

If Missiles Are Headed to Guam, Here Is What Could Stop Them

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:32:32 GMT

A photo released by North Korea’s official news agency in May purporting to show the launch of a Hwasong-12 ballistic missile.Both the United States and Japan have several systems designed to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles. But they are far from infallible.

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Google Cancels Employee Meeting Because of Harassment Fears

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 02:32:59 GMT

Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, in May. Mr. Pichai cut short a vacation to address the fallout from a worker’s memo questioning the company’s diversity efforts.The company planned to hold an all-hands meeting to discuss the firing of an employee who wrote a contentious memo about gender diversity.

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