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Is TikTok a Good Buy? It Depends on What’s Included

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TikTok’s most valuable assets, a hyper-effective algorithm and a community of popular creators, may not be as easy to acquire as the company itself.

August 5th 2020, 5:45 am

See for Yourself: How Airplanes Are Cleaned Today

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Airlines are fine-tuning their cleaning procedures — where they clean, how frequently and with which tools. This is what the new processes look like.

August 5th 2020, 5:45 am

Star Technologist Who Crossed Google Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

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Anthony Levandowski, a onetime star Silicon Valley engineer of self-driving cars, had pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets.

August 4th 2020, 8:55 pm

Disney, Staggered by Pandemic, Sees a Streaming Boom

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The company lost $4.7 billion in the latest quarter, but also reported that Disney+ has about 60.5 million subscribers after nine months of operation.

August 4th 2020, 7:41 pm

Apple Replaces Phil Schiller as Its Top Marketing Executive

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Mr. Schiller will be replaced by Greg Joswiak, a longtime executive at the company.

August 4th 2020, 2:39 pm

When Taming Big Tech Goes Wrong

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What the United States can learn from Europe’s efforts to restrain America’s tech giants.

August 4th 2020, 1:06 pm

Google Faces European Inquiry Into Fitbit Acquisition

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Authorities are investigating how Google will use health and wellness data collected from Fitbit’s fitness tracking devices.

August 4th 2020, 1:06 pm

For Robots, It’s a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect)

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The pandemic has turned cleaning and other mundane building tasks into a challenge, stoking interest in machines as cost-effective solutions.

August 4th 2020, 10:06 am

Distilleries Raced to Make Hand Sanitizer for the Pandemic. No Longer.

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Even though coronavirus cases have surged again, craft distilleries say the business of making the disinfectant has become more difficult.

August 4th 2020, 5:33 am

TikTok, Trump and an Impulse to Act as C.E.O. to Corporate America

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The president’s interventions in company dealings based on his own instincts are a departure from the arm’s-length approach of predecessors of either party.

August 3rd 2020, 8:17 pm

F.T.C. Investigating Twitter for Potential Privacy Violations

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The social media company said the agency was examining whether it had misused people’s personal information to serve ads.

August 3rd 2020, 8:17 pm

Facebook Bets Big on Future of N.Y.C., and Offices, With New Lease

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Despite the pandemic, the social media giant leased all the office space in the former main post office at Penn Station in Midtown.

August 3rd 2020, 7:02 pm

The Strange Saga of TikTok

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The chief executive of a big tech company negotiated directly with the U.S. president over an app. Say what?

August 3rd 2020, 2:11 pm

Trump Says Microsoft Can Bid for TikTok

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The president said he did not object to a potential acquisition of the Chinese-owned app, retreating from comments about banning the service.

August 3rd 2020, 2:11 pm

Google Pixel 4A Review: At $350, a Win for Those on a Budget

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Yes, you can now pay less than $399 for a smartphone — and it won’t stink.

August 3rd 2020, 11:29 am

How TikTok’s Owner Tried, and Failed, to Cross the U.S.-China Divide

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The founder of ByteDance, Zhang Yiming, dreamed of building a global tech company based in China. Then the geopolitical reality set in.

August 3rd 2020, 9:26 am

With TikTok, ‘Uncool’ Microsoft Aims for the Love of Tweens

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Buying one of the largest and most influential social networks in the country could change the perception of the tech giant.

August 3rd 2020, 6:35 am

This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition

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Researchers at the University of Chicago want you to be able to post selfies without worrying that the next Clearview AI will use them to identify you.

August 3rd 2020, 6:35 am

TikTok Ban: Creators Respond to Trump

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The uncertainty over the future of the wildly popular video app has brought chaos to its user community — and to the entertainment and advertising industries as well.

August 2nd 2020, 11:35 pm

Nordstrom Uses Influencers to Promote Safety and Draw Anxious Shoppers

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Some retailers are turning to popular social media personalities to detail post-pandemic protocols and boost the allure of visiting their stores.

August 2nd 2020, 7:18 pm

More Than 1,000 Companies Boycotted Facebook. Did It Work?

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Major advertisers on Facebook reduced their spending by millions of dollars in July, but not enough to significantly damage the platform’s revenue.

August 2nd 2020, 7:18 pm

NASA Astronauts Safely Return to Earth: ‘Thank You for Flying SpaceX’

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Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley returned to Earth in the first water landing by an American space crew since 1975.

August 2nd 2020, 7:18 pm

From Minecraft Tricks to Twitter Hack: A Florida Teen’s Troubled Online Path

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The teenage “mastermind” of the recent Twitter breach, who had a difficult family life, poured his energy into video games and cryptocurrency.

August 2nd 2020, 7:18 pm

What’s Going On With TikTok? Here’s What We Know

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President Trump is talking about banning the app. TikTok may also sell its U.S. operations. Let’s sort through it all here.

August 1st 2020, 2:24 pm

ByteDance Said to Offer to Sell TikTok’s U.S. Operations

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The Trump administration has said the video app poses security concerns because of its Chinese ownership.

August 1st 2020, 10:51 am

Why a Data Breach at a Genealogy Site Has Privacy Experts Worried

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Nearly two-thirds of GEDmatch’s users opt out of helping law enforcement. For a brief window this month, that didn’t matter.

August 1st 2020, 5:30 am

Florida Teen Arrested in Twitter Hack

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The authorities arrested a 17-year-old who they said ran a scheme that targeted the accounts of celebrities, including former President Barack Obama and Elon Musk.

July 31st 2020, 3:42 pm

Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Buy TikTok, as Trump Weighs Curtailing App

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The talks come as TikTok’s ownership by a Chinese company is under scrutiny by the White House and lawmakers.

July 31st 2020, 3:11 pm

Amazon Wins Without Even Trying

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As America’s economy suffers, Big Tech does shockingly well.

July 31st 2020, 1:26 pm

‘Hey, You Free on Friday for a Meeting and a Bank Heist?’

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Eager for an alternative to Zoom, executives are getting together in video games, to bond, brainstorm or rampage.

July 31st 2020, 12:56 pm

I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.

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As lawmakers debate whether Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are monopolies, a reporter recalls her attempt to avoid interacting with the companies.

July 31st 2020, 12:39 pm

Randonautica: What Is It and Are the Stories Real?

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An app that generates coordinates for adventurers claims to turn your thoughts into reality. TikTok and YouTube creators want you to believe it — but you shouldn’t.

July 31st 2020, 12:39 pm

The Economy Is in Record Decline, but Not for the Tech Giants

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Even though the tech industry’s four biggest companies were stung by a slowdown in spending, they reported a combined $28 billion in profits on Thursday.

July 30th 2020, 8:00 pm

Big Tech’s Backlash Is Just Starting

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The congressional antitrust hearing showed that concerns about the tech stars aren’t going away.

July 30th 2020, 12:55 pm

Grilled by Lawmakers, Big Tech Turns Up the Gaslight

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It is less clear that tech executives’ strategy of evasive answers will continue to work now that lawmakers have begun doing their homework.

July 30th 2020, 10:42 am

‘This Is a New Phase’: Europe Shifts Tactics to Limit Tech’s Power

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The region’s lawmakers and regulators are taking direct aim at Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple in a series of proposed laws.

July 30th 2020, 5:07 am

Lawmakers, United in Their Ire, Lash Out at Big Tech’s Leaders

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The chiefs of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook faced withering questions from Democrats about anti-competitive practices and from Republicans about anti-conservative bias.

July 29th 2020, 8:06 pm

Titans of Tech Testify in Their Trust-Me Suits

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It’s a tongue twister, but also a strategy. Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai appeared before Congress and dressed the part.

July 29th 2020, 6:03 pm

Memers Have a New Campaign Aimed at Getting Trump Out of Office

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Meme 2020, the social media collective that supported Michael Bloomberg’s presidential primary run, is back with a new focus: mail-in ballot registration.

July 29th 2020, 5:03 pm

Commerce Department Asks F.C.C. to Narrow Protections for Web Platforms

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The request comes as President Trump continues to accuse tech platforms like Facebook and Twitter of suppressing conservative content.

July 29th 2020, 1:50 pm

Congress Doesn’t Get Big Tech. By Design.

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Members of Congress may say dumb things at the tech hearing, but it’s not necessarily their fault.

July 29th 2020, 12:13 pm

How to Fight Against Big Tech’s Power

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We are beholden to a few Big Tech overlords for much of our digital lives. We can be more conscientious about it.

July 29th 2020, 10:59 am

Turkey Passes Law Extending Sweeping Powers Over Social Media

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The legislation extends control over social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Critics worry it will be used to stifle dissent and criticism of the government

July 29th 2020, 6:13 am

Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon C.E.O.s Are Testifying Before Congress. Here's What to Know.

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The C.E.O.s are likely to argue before Congress that their companies aren’t anticompetitive. Here are the facts.

July 29th 2020, 5:26 am

Universal’s Theatrical Releases Will Quickly Be Available in Homes

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The studio agreed to a deal with AMC, the world’s biggest theater chain, to shorten the exclusive window for new movies to 17 days from 90, likely changing the way Hollywood does business.

July 28th 2020, 6:40 pm

Misleading Virus Video, Pushed by the Trumps, Spreads Online

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Social media companies took down the video with hours. But by then, it had already been viewed tens of millions of times.

July 28th 2020, 5:56 pm

Amazon Is Jeff Bezos

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Bezos built Amazon into a central force in the world. This week he’ll have to answer for it.

July 28th 2020, 1:08 pm

Uber and Lyft Drivers Win Ruling on Unemployment Benefits

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A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction instructing New York State to begin payments promptly, citing an “inexcusable delay.”

July 28th 2020, 10:54 am

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Prepare for Their ‘Big Tobacco Moment’

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The tech C.E.O.s will appear together at a congressional hearing on Wednesday to argue that their companies do not stifle competition.

July 28th 2020, 5:50 am

Their Businesses Went Virtual. Then Apple Wanted a Cut.

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After Airbnb and ClassPass began selling virtual classes because of the pandemic, Apple tried to collect its commission on the sales.

July 28th 2020, 5:50 am

'Challenge Accepted' on Instagram: Black and White Selfies for Women

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A campaign that purports to be about “women supporting women” is filling people’s Instagram feeds with striking, if opaque, imagery.

July 27th 2020, 6:15 pm

What to Do About TikTok

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Instead of banning the app, U.S. officials could force it to be more transparent.

July 27th 2020, 2:44 pm

Jeff Bezos Cast in a Role He Never Wanted: Amazon’s D.C. Defender

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The chief executive, who testifies before Congress for the first time on Wednesday, had taken a hands-off approach with lawmakers in Washington.

July 27th 2020, 10:28 am

A Possible Weapon Against the Pandemic: Printing Human Tissue

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Bioprinting could be used for testing potential treatments for Covid-19, cancer and other diseases.

July 27th 2020, 5:39 am

You Won’t Find These Masks at 7-Eleven

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Motorized air purifiers and heated sanitizers. Breathable fabrics and chic prints. With face coverings here to stay, consumers are starting to demand more than cheap throwaways.

July 27th 2020, 5:39 am

Fighting False News in Ukraine, Facebook Fact Checkers Tread a Blurry Line

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Facebook hired a Ukrainian group battling Russian disinformation to flag misleading posts. But critics say the fact checkers’ work veers into activism.

July 26th 2020, 3:50 pm

Don’t Ban TikTok. Make an Example of It.

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There is plenty the U.S. government could do to ensure that TikTok acts responsibly without getting rid of it altogether.

July 26th 2020, 5:28 am

Everlane’s Promise of ‘Radical Transparency’ Unravels

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Employees past and present are challenging management, saying the company’s ethical image was an illusion.

July 26th 2020, 5:28 am

Elon Musk: The Maureen Dowd Interview

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The billionaire space oddity on life with Grimes and Baby X, Trump, Tesla, tunnels, short shorts, stock surges, Facebook fumbles and everything else under the sun.

July 25th 2020, 6:16 am

The Great Au Pair Rush

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When the Trump administration shut the borders to many new au pairs, those already in the country found they had something new: options.

July 25th 2020, 6:16 am

Comic-Con Is Online, and So Is the Artist Alley

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Indie artists who make a significant portion of their income at fan conventions are hoping virtual attendees will be willing to spend.

July 25th 2020, 6:16 am

Digital Habits Are Hard to Break

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Technology was supposed to be all about welcoming newcomers. But is it?

July 24th 2020, 1:31 pm

How a Tech-Funded Think Tank Influences Global Antitrust Regulators

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Google, Amazon and Qualcomm finance a George Mason University institute teaching a hands-off approach to antitrust regulators and judges.

July 24th 2020, 5:07 am

The Star of This $70 Million Sci-Fi Film Is a Robot

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Meet Erica, an android believed to be Hollywood’s first fully autonomous artificially intelligent actor. Can she overcome the uncanny valley?

July 24th 2020, 5:07 am

Omegle Is Where People Meet Online Now

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Omegle, a precursor to Chatroulette, has grown in popularity during this indefinite period of social isolation.

July 24th 2020, 5:07 am

A ‘Smart District’ Takes Shape in the Netherlands

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The goal is a sustainable community that uses technology to improve the quality of life for 4,500 residents.

July 24th 2020, 1:53 am

TikTok’s Parent Said to Weigh Selling a Majority Stake in the Video App

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The move would reduce ownership by a Chinese company, ByteDance, amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and China.

July 23rd 2020, 6:05 pm

AT&T Signed Up 4 Million HBO Max Customers

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The phone giant saw customer defections across its businesses, but millions signed up to its new streaming service.

July 23rd 2020, 3:32 pm

Big Tech Versus Climate Change

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How tech companies and all of us can help slow global warming.

July 23rd 2020, 12:46 pm

Google Takes Aim at Amazon. Again.

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The company is unveiling another initiative to compete more effectively with Amazon’s sprawling e-commerce business.

July 23rd 2020, 9:59 am

How Equity Is Lost When Companies Hire Only Workers With Disabilities

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Employment remains an elusive goal for many. A recent hiring strategy may win pats on the back, but advocates fear it may pigeonhole people with disabilities.

July 23rd 2020, 5:29 am

Can the Army and Navy Ban Users From Social Media?

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Army and Navy channels banned viewers from their live streams when they asked about war crimes. Accused of censorship, now the Army says it will pause streaming.

July 22nd 2020, 7:25 pm

Health Care Comes to Us

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Technology doesn’t have to cure the coronavirus to be an enabler for good.

July 22nd 2020, 1:54 pm

Tim Bray is Not Done With Amazon

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Tim Bray was a celebrated engineer at Amazon. Now, he is its most high-profile defector.

July 22nd 2020, 12:23 pm

At Magazzino, Social Distancing Devices Vibrate. So Does the Art.

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A Hudson Valley oasis of Italian art debuts eight up-and-coming artists — and new wearable safety tech — upon its reopening.

July 22nd 2020, 11:05 am

Slack Accuses Microsoft of Illegally Crushing Competition

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The complaint, filed in Europe, threatens Microsoft’s recent ability to avoid regulatory scrutiny.

July 22nd 2020, 10:03 am

Once Science Fiction, Gene Editing Is Now a Looming Reality

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The prospect of erasing some disabilities and perceived deficiencies hovers at the margins of what people consider ethically acceptable.

July 22nd 2020, 6:03 am

In Electric Car Market, It’s Tesla and a Jumbled Field of Also-Rans

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Most traditional carmakers are struggling to produce and market electric vehicles even as Tesla sells hundreds of thousands of its luxury models.

July 22nd 2020, 6:03 am

Twitter Takedown Targets QAnon Accounts

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The company said it had permanently suspended thousands of accounts associated with the fringe conspiracy theory movement.

July 21st 2020, 9:34 pm

U.S. Accuses Hackers of Trying to Steal Coronavirus Vaccine Data for China

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Two suspects in China targeted companies working on vaccines as part of a broader cybertheft campaign to enrich themselves and aid the Chinese government, officials said.

July 21st 2020, 6:18 pm

Beware the ‘But China’ Excuses

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Just because U.S. politicians and tech giants are blaming China, doesn’t mean we should be scared.

July 21st 2020, 1:43 pm

Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App

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The defects, which have been fixed, exposed private details of people in quarantine. The country has been hailed as a pioneer in digital public health.

July 21st 2020, 9:08 am

Coronavirus Threatens the Luster of Superstar Cities

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Urban centers, with a dynamism that feeds innovation, have long been resilient. But the pandemic could drive a shift away from density.

July 21st 2020, 4:37 am

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 11 Chinese Companies Over Human Rights

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The move, which affects suppliers to major international brands such as Apple, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, could force companies to sever some ties to China.

July 20th 2020, 7:16 pm

Google Coronavirus Apps Give it Way to Access Location Data

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Some government agencies that use the software said they were surprised that Google may pick up the locations of certain app users. Others said they had unsuccessfully pushed Google to make a change.

July 20th 2020, 4:15 pm

Google Virus Apps Give it Way to Access Location Data

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Some government agencies that use the software said they were surprised that Google may pick up the locations of certain app users. Others said they had unsuccessfully pushed Google to make a change.

July 20th 2020, 2:27 pm

How Porky Pig Works From Home

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He has the perfect work-from-home job. And even he misses people.

July 20th 2020, 1:45 pm

More Resignations, but No Sign Yet of a Change in Gaming Culture

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Since dozens of women spoke up about harassment in gaming last month, prominent industry figures have resigned. But has anything really changed?

July 19th 2020, 3:12 pm

Hackers Tell the Story of the Twitter Attack From the Inside

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Several people involved in the events that took down Twitter this week spoke with The Times. What might have been a pursuit of Bitcoin spun out of control.

July 17th 2020, 5:48 pm

F.T.C.’s Facebook Investigation May Stretch Past Election

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The agency’s handling of the case stands in stark contrast to the antitrust investigation into Google by the Justice Department.

July 17th 2020, 5:48 pm

The Fall of ‘Terrace House’

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Japan’s heartwarming reality TV hit ended in tragedy when the participant Hana Kimura killed herself after a wave of online abuse. But “Terrace House” was always more complicated than it appeared.

July 17th 2020, 5:48 pm

Conflict Over a Rental Car Leads to Elusive A.T.M. Skimming Suspect

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He had more than 20 aliases and usually wore a mask. In the end, it was losing his temper with workers at the airport that led to his arrest, prosecutors said.

July 17th 2020, 4:48 pm

The Pandemic Is Straining Airbnb

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For a start-up, not growing is basically the same as dying.

July 17th 2020, 2:00 pm

Airbnb Was Like a Family, Until the Layoffs Started

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What happens when a kumbaya office culture meets the business realities of a pandemic?

July 17th 2020, 5:09 am

Twitter Struggles to Unpack a Hack Within Its Walls

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Even some basic questions about how an array of Twitter’s most popular accounts were taken over remain unanswered.

July 16th 2020, 7:05 pm

Barr Urges U.S. Companies to Resist Serving as ‘Pawns’ for China

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The attorney general accused several companies by name of appeasing an authoritarian government to preserve access to a huge consumer market.

July 16th 2020, 4:51 pm

How Our Reporter Fought ‘Doomscrolling’

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It’s easy to get lost in all of the horrifying news online.

July 16th 2020, 2:17 pm

E.U. Court Strikes Down 'Privacy Shield' Data Transfer Pact

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The ruling is the latest twist in a campaign by privacy-rights activists in Europe to prevent personal information from being transferred to countries with looser protections.

July 16th 2020, 11:34 am

How Novavax Won $1.6 Billion From Operation Warp Speed For Coronavirus Vaccine

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Novavax just received the Trump administration’s largest vaccine contract. In the Maryland company’s 33-year history, it has never brought a vaccine to market.

July 16th 2020, 11:34 am

Letting Your Insurer Ride Shotgun, for a Discounted Rate

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Most big car insurers offer apps that monitor your driving, and one start-up requires it. The trade-off in privacy is a premium that could be substantially cheaper for safe drivers.

July 16th 2020, 10:14 am
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