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How Convicts Ordered to Stay Offline Try to Slip Their Digital Leashes

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A hacker and a sex offender share what happened when they sought to trick the probation officers monitoring them.

May 26th 2019, 5:15 am

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc

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American cities are being hijacked with an N.S.A. cyberweapon that has already done billions of dollars in damage overseas. The N.S.A. will say nothing.

May 25th 2019, 12:16 pm

Huawei Ban Threatens Wireless Service in Rural Areas

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Many small carriers depend on inexpensive equipment from the Chinese company. Now they must rethink expansion plans, and perhaps replace existing gear.

May 25th 2019, 5:24 am

Security Gap Leaves 885 Million Mortgage Documents Exposed

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The data, collected by First American Financial Corporation, included hundreds of millions of detailed and personal financial records.

May 24th 2019, 7:52 pm

More Turmoil at The Markup, a Tech Site Still in Beta Mode

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After the firing last month of the top editor, Julia Angwin, two other key members of the editorial team are out, said the site’s main donor, Craig Newmark.

May 24th 2019, 6:22 pm

Huawei’s European Customers Are Put on Hold by U.S. Ban

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They’re unsure how Android phones will keep working as Google and other companies assess a Trump administration order.

May 24th 2019, 1:21 pm

Manipulated Pelosi Videos Spread on Social Media, With Help From Trump

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Edited videos of the House speaker were widely shared online, pointing to the political chaos that digital manipulation is likely to cause in the future.

May 24th 2019, 12:36 pm

The Week in Tech: Geopolitics Are Shaping Your Next Smartphone

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When President Trump took his latest swipe at Huawei, he set in motion a chain of events that could affect your next smartphone.

May 24th 2019, 9:20 am

Watch SpaceX’s Live Launch Attempt of Its Starlink Satellites

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The payload of 60 satellites could be an important new line of business for the private rocket company.

May 23rd 2019, 10:42 pm

Facebook Says It Is More Aggressively Enforcing Content Rules

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The social media company, facing criticism from governments around the world, also offered evidence that its automated systems are improving.

May 23rd 2019, 3:25 pm

Siri and Alexa Reinforce Gender Bias, U.N. Finds

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Virtual helpers that come with female voices by default are perpetuating bias, a Unesco report argues.

May 23rd 2019, 5:20 am

Tech Fix: Google’s Duplex Uses A.I. to Mimic Humans (Sometimes)

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In a free service, bots call restaurants and make reservations. The technology is impressive, except for when the caller is actually a person.

May 22nd 2019, 7:39 pm

Hackers Are Holding Baltimore Hostage: How They Struck and What’s Next

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Two weeks ago, attackers seized parts of the computer systems that run the city’s government. So far, it hasn’t given in to ransom demands.

May 22nd 2019, 3:52 pm

Google’s Duplex Uses A.I. to Mimic Humans (Sometimes)

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In a free service, bots call restaurants and make reservations. The technology is impressive, except for when the caller is actually a person.

May 22nd 2019, 2:48 pm

Taking Steps to Maximize Privacy While Covering the Lack of It

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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, an investigative reporter who has delved into issues of online privacy, is “under no illusions” that protecting our digital selves is fully possible.

May 22nd 2019, 2:38 pm

Amazon Investors Reject Proposals on Climate Change and Facial Recognition

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The resolutions, voted on by shareholders, would have pushed the company to reconsider its societal impact.

May 22nd 2019, 2:38 pm

Siri and Alexa Fuel Sexism, U.N. Finds

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Virtual helpers that come with female voices by default are perpetuating bias, a Unesco report argues.

May 22nd 2019, 12:37 pm

Tech We’re Using: Taking Steps to Maximize Privacy While Covering the Lack of It

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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, an investigative reporter who has delved into issues of online privacy, is “under no illusions” that protecting our digital selves is fully possible.

May 22nd 2019, 10:04 am

Qualcomm Violated Antitrust Laws, U.S. Judge Rules

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A judge found that Qualcomm, a giant in the computer chip industry, charged cellphone makers “onerous” fees for use of its patents.

May 22nd 2019, 7:31 am

Capitalism Camp for Kids

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Young people love socialism. Can a summer of indoctrination teach little Hermione and Khaleesi to love capitalism?

May 22nd 2019, 6:31 am

Huawei’s U.S. Restrictions Expose a High-Tech Achilles’ Heel for China

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China is heavily reliant on imported computer chips, despite efforts to develop its own semiconductor industry.

May 22nd 2019, 3:10 am

Kissing Babies, Loving Scrapple, Fighting Viral Hoaxes: ’20 Race’s New Routine

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When it comes to disinformation, all signs suggest the 2020 presidential campaign will make 2016 look like a mere test run, our columnist writes.

May 21st 2019, 5:10 pm

New Coke Was a Debacle. It’s Coming Back. Blame Netflix.

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The creators of “Stranger Things” wrote the failed beverage into the coming season as part of a big marketing push. With memories of a 1985 backlash faded, Coca-Cola dug out the old recipe.

May 21st 2019, 5:10 pm

As Huawei Loses Google, the U.S.-China Tech Cold War Gets Its Iron Curtain

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The White House’s hard-line approach threatens to speed up the development of two technology worlds, further isolating one-fifth of internet users.

May 21st 2019, 5:10 pm

Google Changes Abortion Ad Policy

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Advertisers must be certified as providing or not providing abortions, and Google will include disclosures on ads about ending pregnancy.

May 21st 2019, 5:10 pm

How Bettors in the Know Cashed In on ‘Game of Thrones’

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Though HBO went to great lengths to keep the finale secret until it aired, professional bettors saw clear signs that key details had leaked and were driving the wagering.

May 21st 2019, 5:10 pm

U.S. Restrictions on Huawei Expose a High-Tech Achilles’ Heel for China

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China is heavily reliant on imported computer chips, despite efforts to develop its own semiconductor industry.

May 21st 2019, 11:20 am

Remember New Coke? It’s Coming Back. Blame Netflix.

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The creators of “Stranger Things” wrote the failed beverage into the coming season as part of a big marketing push. With memories of a 1985 backlash faded, Coca-Cola dug out the old recipe.

May 21st 2019, 10:04 am

U.S. Tech Suppliers, Including Google, Restrict Dealings With Huawei After Trump Order

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The moves could hamstring the Chinese tech giant, escalating a cold war between China and the United States over technology and trade.

May 20th 2019, 5:42 pm

The New New World: As Huawei Loses Google, the U.S.-China Tech Cold War Gets Its Iron Curtain

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The White House’s hard-line approach threatens to speed up the development of two technology worlds, further isolating one-fifth of internet users.

May 20th 2019, 1:07 pm

A.I. Took a Test to Detect Lung Cancer. It Got an A.

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Artificial intelligence may help doctors make more accurate readings of CT scans used to screen for lung cancer.

May 20th 2019, 11:51 am

Google Restricts Huawei’s Access to Android After Trump Order

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The move could hamstring the Chinese tech giant if it prevents the firm’s customers from getting the latest versions of services such as Maps and Gmail.

May 20th 2019, 8:50 am

Amazon Faces Investor Pressure Over Facial Recognition

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Shareholders are voting on whether to push the tech giant to examine the human rights and financial risks of the surveillance technology.

May 20th 2019, 5:59 am

Mediator: Social Media Pollution, a Huge Problem in the Last Election, Could Be Worse in 2020

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As a candidate, Donald Trump promoted a mystery Twitter account that falsely portrayed a protester as an ISIS terrorist. Nothing stops him from doing it again.

May 19th 2019, 7:57 pm

Tech Jobs Lead to the Middle Class. Just Not for the Masses.

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The great hope for people without a bachelor’s degree hasn’t yet spread beyond small-scale success stories.

May 19th 2019, 4:09 pm

HP Enterprise to Acquire Supercomputer Pioneer Cray

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The price was relatively small, but the deal may have a big impact on the race between the United States and China to build more powerful computers.

May 17th 2019, 4:25 pm

Bits: The Week in Tech: Putting an A.I. Genie Back in Its Bottle

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San Francisco demonstrated that technologies believed to be damaging to citizens’ well-being can be curtailed.

May 17th 2019, 11:36 am

Facebook’s A.I. Whiz Now Faces the Task of Cleaning It Up. Sometimes That Brings Him to Tears.

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Facebook has heralded artificial intelligence as a solution to its toxic content problems. Mike Schroepfer, its chief technology officer, says it won’t solve everything.

May 17th 2019, 10:19 am

Amazon to Invest in Deliveroo, a Rival to Uber in Food Delivery

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The $575 million investment strengthens one of the biggest overseas rivals to Uber’s food-delivery division, which the ride-hailing company considers a key business.

May 17th 2019, 9:06 am

The Ins and Outs of Knit Theory

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For physicist Elisabetta Matsumoto, “knitting is coding,” and yarn is a programmable material.

May 17th 2019, 5:30 am

Violent Japanese Mascot That Tickled John Oliver Is Suspended by Twitter

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The mascot Chiitan, modeled on a real-life otter, drew notoriety for violent stunts that delighted social media users and the HBO comedian.

May 17th 2019, 1:31 am

SpaceX to Launch Starlink Internet Satellites Tonight After Postponement

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To make enough money for interplanetary journeys, Elon Musk’s company hopes to provide high-speed internet all over the world.

May 16th 2019, 8:27 pm

Pinterest Posts Narrower Loss, but Falls Short of Wall St. Estimates

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The digital pinboard company’s stock price tumbled in after-hours trading after its first earnings report as a public company.

May 16th 2019, 6:53 pm

Trump’s Latest Move Takes Straight Shot at Huawei’s Business

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By restricting the Chinese technology giant’s ability to buy American components, Washington could hamstring Huawei’s operations worldwide.

May 16th 2019, 10:04 am

Watch SpaceX Launch 60 Starlink Orbital Internet Satellites

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The mission is a test of the company’s ambitions to create a new line of business by connecting more parts of the world.

May 15th 2019, 11:09 pm

SpaceX to Launch 60 Starlink Satellites, Aiming to Build Orbital Internet

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The mission is a test of the company’s ambitions to create a new line of business by connecting more parts of the world.

May 15th 2019, 10:10 pm

The Man Behind San Francisco’s Facial Recognition Ban Is Working on More. Way More.

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Brian Hofer, a paralegal who drafted the ordinance, is pushing for anti-surveillance measures across California. He has already gotten more than two dozen approved.

May 15th 2019, 7:53 pm

Trump Moves to Ban Foreign Telecom Gear, Targeting Huawei in Battle With China

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The ban was expected. American officials have long warned that they would stop sharing intelligence if allies installed Chinese technology on their 5G networks.

May 15th 2019, 7:53 pm

How the Promise of a $120 Billion Uber I.P.O. Evaporated

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Uber’s offering was supposed to be a crowning moment for the ride-hailing company. But it suffered setback after setback and ultimately resulted in pointed questions for all involved.

May 15th 2019, 7:23 pm

San Francisco’s Facial Recognition Ban Is New, but the Controversies Aren’t

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A look back at how facial recognition technology has stoked controversy over the years.

May 15th 2019, 6:52 pm

Matter: Scientists Created Bacteria With a Synthetic Genome. Is This Artificial Life?

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In a milestone for synthetic biology, colonies of E. coli thrive with DNA constructed from scratch by humans, not nature.

May 15th 2019, 2:51 pm

White House Says It Won’t Sign Global Pact for Tougher Measures on Online Violence

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Citing free speech protections in the United States, the Trump administration said it would not endorse the ‘Christchurch Call,’ which calls for the largest internet platforms to eradicate violent and extremist content online.

May 15th 2019, 1:17 pm

Tech Tip: How to Add Hollywood Special Effects to Your Videos

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With your smartphone, inexpensive software and a bit of cloth or paper, you can make your own “green screen” movies.

May 15th 2019, 10:04 am

Condé Nast Sells Brides Magazine to Barry Diller’s Dotdash

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Dotdash, once known as About.com, plans to scrap the 85-year-old publication’s print edition and keep most of the editorial staff.

May 15th 2019, 10:04 am

Tech We’re Using: Why Play a Music CD? ‘No Ads, No Privacy Terrors, No Algorithms’

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Streaming services have revolutionized the discovery of songs, but here’s why Ben Sisario, who covers the music industry, still likes to listen to compact discs.

May 15th 2019, 10:04 am

Alibaba Reports Slower Growth as U.S.-China Trade War Intensifies

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The e-commerce firm became a giant by catering to China’s emerging middle class. But these are anxious times for Chinese consumers and businesses.

May 15th 2019, 8:46 am

Facebook Takes Step to Police Content on Its Live Service

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When 51 people were killed in New Zealand, the suspect broadcast it live on Facebook. The massacre led to a global call to combat the spread of violent content.

May 14th 2019, 11:38 pm

San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology

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It is the first ban by a major city on the use of facial recognition technology by police and all other municipal agencies.

May 14th 2019, 6:40 pm

Uber Drivers Are Contractors, Not Employees, Labor Board Says

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The National Labor Relations Board’s position is a setback for drivers who had hoped to join forces to push for better pay and working conditions.

May 14th 2019, 4:48 pm

The New New World: In China, Some Fear the End of ‘Chimerica’

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As the trade war with the U.S. threatens to decouple the world’s two largest economies, some in China argue that the two sides benefit from the relationship more than they admit.

May 14th 2019, 1:02 pm

Attention, Amazon Shoppers: Google Wants Some of Your Spending Money

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Amazon wants to sell ads. Google wants to woo shoppers. Their ambitions are putting the tech giants on a collision course.

May 14th 2019, 1:02 pm

Supreme Court Allows Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple to Proceed

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Plaintiffs argued that the technology giant had used its monopoly power to raise the prices of iPhone apps.

May 14th 2019, 10:19 am

Mind: Firing Up the Neural Symphony

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Scientists are racing to treat brain disabilities with electrical stimulation. Here’s a metaphor to help make sense of the progress.

May 14th 2019, 5:42 am

New Report Shows How a Pro-Iran Group Spread Fake News Online

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A research group at the University of Toronto has untangled look-alike websites and bogus news stories that appear to echo the Iranian government’s positions.

May 14th 2019, 12:35 am

Israeli Firm Tied to Tool That Uses WhatsApp Flaw to Spy on Activists

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Researchers said the NSO Group had found a vulnerability, which was disclosed Monday, that was used to target the iPhone of a human-rights lawyer in London and perhaps others.

May 13th 2019, 11:23 pm

Uber Driver Told 2 Women ‘You’re Not Going Anywhere’ in Kidnapping Attempt, Police Say

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The driver, an assistant professor at a commonwealth campus of Pennsylvania State University, was charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment.

May 13th 2019, 3:47 pm

Welcome to TrumpTok, a Safe Space From Safe Spaces

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On TikTok, there’s always a rally, and expressing support for the president makes for good content.

May 13th 2019, 12:02 pm

U.S.-China Trade Talks Stumble on Beijing’s Spending at Home

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As the trade war intensifies, Chinese subsidies for homegrown industries present a difficult obstacle to reaching a deal.

May 12th 2019, 9:06 pm

New Zealand Seeks Global Support for Tougher Measures on Online Violence

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In the wake of the terrorist attack on Muslim mosques, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is calling for a united effort against the biggest internet companies.

May 12th 2019, 1:14 pm

Your 5G Phone Won’t Hurt You. But Russia Wants You to Think Otherwise.

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RT America, a network known for sowing disinformation, has a new alarm: the coming ‘5G Apocalypse.’

May 12th 2019, 5:55 am

How Volunteer Sleuths Identified a Hiker and Her Killer After 36 Years

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What does it actually take to identify a person through genetic genealogy? Wading through infidelities and pornography.

May 11th 2019, 5:21 am

Uber Stock Slides in Disappointing Trading Debut That Followed Muted I.P.O.

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Uber’s road to the public market has been rocky. Last year, investment bankers said it could be valued at $120 billion upon I.P.O. That number has declined in recent weeks.

May 10th 2019, 12:45 pm

Sex Toy Award Is Restored by Trade Show After an Outcry Over Sexism

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CES, the country’s largest consumer electronics convention, had rescinded an award for innovation for a sex toy for women, provoking accusations of sexism.

May 10th 2019, 10:27 am

Bits: The Week in Tech: Facebook and Google Reshape the Narrative on Privacy

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You may think privacy means keeping hold of your data. The two tech giants want it to mean they don’t hand data to others.

May 10th 2019, 10:27 am

Uber I.P.O. Values Ride-Hailing Giant at $82.4 Billion

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At $45 a share, the company became the third largest for a firm going public on an American exchange.

May 10th 2019, 12:55 am

Two From China Are Charged in 2014 Anthem Data Breach

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The insurer was the first of four victims linked to the pair, in what the authorities say was an aggressive hacking campaign.

May 9th 2019, 8:36 pm

Tech Trade Show Restores Award to Sex Toy After Outcry

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CES, the country’s largest consumer electronics convention, had rescinded an award for innovation for a sex toy for women, provoking accusations of sexism.

May 9th 2019, 8:36 pm

Facebook Rejects Call for Its Breakup From Co-Founder Chris Hughes

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“You don’t enforce accountability by calling for the breakup of a successful American company,” the company wrote in response to his essay.

May 9th 2019, 5:50 pm

Uber Prices I.P.O. at $45 a Share, Valuing It at $82.4 Billion

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The ride-hailing giant’s valuation is the third largest for a company going public on an American exchange.

May 9th 2019, 5:50 pm

The Shift: Instagram Is Trying to Curb Bullying. First, It Needs to Define Bullying.

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The effort is part of a larger attempt by Instagram and its parent company, Facebook, to clean themselves up.

May 9th 2019, 3:16 pm

Jeff Bezos’ Shot at the Moon? Blue Origin to Announce Vision for Space

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The Amazon founder’s private rocket company has hinted that it may have plans for the moon’s ice-rich South Pole.

May 9th 2019, 3:16 pm

Now for Sale on Facebook: Looted Middle Eastern Antiquities

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Facebook groups offer ancient treasures from Syria, Iraq and other conflict zones, some of which may have been pillaged by Islamic State militants.

May 9th 2019, 5:23 am

They Got Rich Off Uber and Lyft. Then They Moved to Low-Tax States.

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Meet the semiretired millennials who left California for low-tax, low-stress places like Texas, as their former start-ups stampede toward the stock market.

May 9th 2019, 5:23 am

Amazon Flunks Children’s Privacy, Advocacy Groups Charge

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Children’s groups say the tech giant’s Echo Dot Kids device violated a federal law protecting youngsters’ online privacy. Amazon disagrees.

May 9th 2019, 12:23 am

Redfin Aims to Bring E-Commerce to Home Buying

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Web-focused companies are increasingly competing with traditional brokerages, moving to displace agents from the process of selling a house, and now the other side.

May 8th 2019, 6:14 pm

Pompeo Attacks China and Warns Britain Over Huawei Security Risks

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Cooperation with the Chinese company could put American intelligence sharing with Britain at risk, the secretary of state said on a London visit.

May 8th 2019, 5:16 pm

Uber Said to Plan to Price I.P.O. at Midpoint of Range

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At the midpoint, $47 a share, Uber would be valued at about $86 billion — well below the $100 billion that the company had forecast last month.

May 8th 2019, 3:14 pm

Uber Drivers’ Day of Strikes Has Muted Start Before Company’s Big I.P.O.

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Drivers for the ride-hailing company in Australia and Britain began a series of planned work stoppages to protest ride-hailing companies’ wages and work conditions of ride-hailing services.

May 8th 2019, 11:44 am

3 Muslim Workers at Amazon File Federal Discrimination Complaint

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Three women near Minneapolis argue that Amazon retaliated against them after they protested their working conditions.

May 8th 2019, 9:43 am

Tech We’re Using: Capturing What’s Online in China Before It Vanishes

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It’s important to preserve snapshots of China’s internet before they vanish without a trace, says Raymond Zhong, a Times tech reporter in Beijing.

May 8th 2019, 9:43 am

For a Split Second, a (Simulated) Particle Went Backward in Time

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Using a quantum computer, physicists successfully reversed time for an artificial atom. You can even try it at home.

May 8th 2019, 9:43 am

Drivers Start Strikes Ahead of Uber’s Blockbuster I.P.O.

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A walkout by Australian drivers began a series of planned work stoppages around the world to protest wages and work conditions of ride-hailing services.

May 8th 2019, 5:52 am

Google Says It Has Found Religion on Privacy

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The internet giant, which has repeatedly been accused of intrusive behavior, wants to give consumers tools to control their own online data.

May 7th 2019, 5:59 pm

Lyft’s First Results After I.P.O. Show $1.14 Billion Quarterly Loss

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The ride-hailing company’s revenue nearly doubled for the quarter, while its loss was driven by a hefty charge for its stock-based compensation plan.

May 7th 2019, 4:47 pm

Tech Fix: Google Pixel 3A Review: The $400 Smartphone You’ve Been Waiting For

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The first midrange Pixel is packed with innovations, without a shocking price.

May 7th 2019, 2:58 pm

Start-Ups Hoping to Fight Climate Change Struggle as Other Tech Firms Cash In

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A number of small companies are looking for ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere. But investors, burned by the clean-tech boom a decade ago, are leery.

May 7th 2019, 10:54 am

Silicon Valley Is Coming for Your House

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Offering “instant buying,” companies like Zillow and Opendoor are bringing liquidity to the housing market. Critics fear they could also be bringing risk.

May 7th 2019, 5:50 am

Travel Tips: The Pros and Cons of Noise-Canceling Headphones

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Noise-canceling headphones regularly top lists of essential travel gadgets, but are they worth it?

May 7th 2019, 5:50 am

Don't Buy a 5G Phone Yet

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Your phone company is going to start bombarding you with ads for 5G phones soon, but you should ignore them — at least for now.

May 6th 2019, 6:58 pm

Europe Is Reining In Tech Giants. But Some Say It’s Going Too Far.

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Bids to block harmful and violent content online in Europe are drawing criticism for limiting free expression and undercutting the ideals of an open web.

May 6th 2019, 4:05 am
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