Tag: Computers and the Internet

What Happens When Big Tech Appears Before Congress?

You can call it Techpalooza. The chief executives of four of the most powerful tech companies in the world — Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon — have agreed to appear in late July before a congressional committee as part of an investigation focused on antitrust. Representative David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island who has […]

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Facebook Can’t Be Reformed

“We know we have more work to do.” That was the line from numerous Facebook representatives last week in reaction to the #StopHateForProfit advertising boycott campaign. Intended to pressure the company to curb hate speech and misinformation, the boycott has been joined by several high-profile brands, including Unilever and Verizon, and could make a rare dent […]

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How to Make Smartphones Last Longer

With so many people becoming unemployed in the pandemic-induced recession, we have no choice but to handle our technology differently. Put another way: We need to make our tech last longer. We generally do a poor job of this. As soon as a device like a smartphone starts to feel slow or its battery deteriorates, […]

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China’s Software Stalked Uighurs Earlier and More Widely, Researchers Learn

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Before the Chinese police hung high-powered surveillance cameras and locked up ethnic minorities by the hundreds of thousands in China’s western region of Xinjiang, China’s hackers went to work building malware, researchers say. The Chinese hacking campaign, which researchers at Lookout — the San Francisco mobile security firm — said on Wednesday […]

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F.C.C. Designates Huawei and ZTE as National Security Threats

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday designated the Chinese telecommunications firms Huawei and ZTE as national security threats, cutting them off from billions of dollars in federal broadband subsidies. The agency voted unanimously last year to bar telecommunications manufacturers it deemed to be threats from receiving money meant to expand internet access to underserved […]

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Reddit’s Steve Huffman on Banning ‘The_Donald’ Subreddit

On Monday, Reddit — a site that for years was considered one of the internet’s dirtiest sludge pits — barred more than 2,000 communities as part of a broad crackdown on hate speech. The crackdown’s most notable casualty was Reddit’s largest pro-Trump community, r/The_Donald. The group, which had nearly 800,000 subscribers, served as a virtual […]

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India Bans TikTok of China, Tightening Digital Borders

The global internet is fracturing. And people like Anusmita Dutta are paying the price. Ms. Dutta, 24, joined TikTok three years ago and now has more than 350,000 followers on the video app. From her home in Kolkata, in eastern India, she records funny skits, monologues, slice-of-life sketches — all stuff, she says, that people […]

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Universities and Tech Giants Back National Cloud Computing Project

Leading universities and major technology companies agreed on Tuesday to back a new project intended to give academics and other scientists access to the computing resources now available mainly to a few tech giants. The initiative, the National Research Cloud, has received bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. Lawmakers in both houses […]

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Surgery or Medical Procedure? What to Know Before You Go

For months, Patricia Merryweather-Arges, a health care expert, has fielded questions about the coronavirus pandemic from fellow Rotary Club members in the Midwest. Recently people have asked, “Is it safe for me to go see my doctor? Should I keep that appointment with my dentist? What about that knee replacement I put on hold: Should […]

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Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise

SYDNEY, Australia — Confronting a surge of cyberattacks attributed to the Chinese government, Australia moved to bolster its defenses on Tuesday, promising to recruit at least 500 cyberspies and build on its ability to take the battle overseas. The investment of 1.35 billion Australian dollars ($930 million) over the next decade is the largest the […]

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Twitch Suspends Trump’s Channel for ‘Hateful Conduct’

Twitch, the livestreaming platform, said on Monday that it was suspending President Trump’s channel for “hateful conduct,” in what appeared to be the first deliberate suspension of one of Mr. Trump’s social media accounts. Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, said two recent streams on Mr. Trump’s channel violated its rules. One stream was of […]

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Can This Thermometer Help America Reopen Safely?

The coronavirus is winning. We still don’t have adequate testing and tracing capabilities across many regions. And yet, states are reopening, assessing risk on the fly and seeing their cases surge. I’ve been preoccupied with the question of how to reopen without letting the pandemic spiral further out of control, if that’s even possible. Universal […]

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The New York Times Pulls Out of Apple News

The New York Times said on Monday that it was exiting its partnership with Apple News, as news organizations struggle to compete with large tech companies for readers’ attention and dollars. Starting on Monday, Times stories were no longer appearing alongside other publications’ articles in the curated Apple News feed available on Apple devices. The […]

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Reddit, Acting Against Hate Speech, Bans ‘The_Donald’ Subreddit

SAN FRANCISCO — Reddit, one of the largest social networking and message board websites, on Monday banned its biggest community devoted to President Trump as part of an overhaul of its hate speech policies. The community or “subreddit,” called “The_Donald,” is home to more than 790,000 users who post memes, viral videos and supportive messages […]

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College Is Worth It, but Campus Isn’t

Each fall, millions of students head to college campuses. Most stay close to home, but many crisscross the country to study in a different state. Students typically move into crowded housing and reconnect with friends at parties, mixers and bars. When classes start, they customarily file into large lecture halls and small seminar rooms, sitting […]

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The Long, Unhappy History of Working From Home

Three months after the coronavirus pandemic shut down offices, corporate America has concluded that working from home is working out. Many employees will be tethered to Zoom and Slack for the rest of their careers, their commute accomplished in seconds. Richard Laermer has some advice for all the companies rushing pell-mell into this remote future: […]

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Ever Further Below the Decks With ‘Below Deck’

PALMA, Majorca — A provocative theory in vogue among physicists and philosophers suggests that we humans are not experiencing, and have not ever experienced, reality. What we understand as reality, the theory proposes, may merely be one of an astronomical number of vivid computer simulations of an ancient past, designed by humanity’s distant descendants to […]

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‘PizzaGate’ Conspiracy Theory Thrives Anew in the TikTok Era

WASHINGTON — Four minutes into a video that was posted on Instagram last month, Justin Bieber leaned into the camera and adjusted the front of his black knit beanie. For some of his 130 million followers, it was a signal. In the video, someone had posted a comment asking Mr. Bieber to touch his hat […]

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Russian Criminal Group Finds New Target: Americans Working at Home

A Russian ransomware group whose leaders were indicted by the Justice Department in December is retaliating against the U.S. government, many of America’s largest companies and a major news organization, identifying employees working from home during the pandemic and attempting to get inside their networks with malware intended to cripple their operations. Sophisticated new attacks […]

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Michael Hawley, Programmer, Professor and Pianist, Dies at 58

Michael Hawley, a computer programmer, professor, musician, speechwriter and impresario who helped lay the intellectual groundwork for what is now called the Internet of Things, died on Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, Mass. He was 58. The cause was colon cancer, said his father, George Hawley. Mr. Hawley began his career as a video […]

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Google Sets Limit on How Long It Will Store Some Data

OAKLAND, Calif. — After years of criticism about how it keeps a record of what people do online, Google said it would start automatically deleting location history and records of web and app activity as well as voice recordings on new accounts after 18 months. The limited change, announced on Wednesday, comes after Google introduced […]

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They Wanted You to Bet on Sharks. The Odds Were Not in Their Favor.

Some bookies warn that you’ll sleep with the fishes. But one oddsmaker wanted you to bet on them instead. Last Wednesday, MyBookie, an online sportsbook, invited gamblers to place wagers on the summer migration patterns of nine great white sharks. The company’s website displayed odds on various aspects of each shark’s travel itinerary, using data […]

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Square, Jack Dorsey’s Pay Service, Is Withholding Money Merchants Say They Need

OAKLAND, Calif. — Jack Dorsey has won plaudits for his corporate activism during the coronavirus crisis, taking on President Trump in his role as Twitter’s chief executive and donating nearly a third of his total wealth to pandemic relief. But at Mr. Dorsey’s other company, Square, a payments business where he is also chief executive, […]

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Japanese Supercomputer Is Crowned World’s Speediest

China and the United States are locked in a contest to develop the world’s most powerful computers. Now a massive machine in Japan has topped them both. A long-awaited supercomputer dubbed Fugaku, installed in the city of Kobe by the government-sponsored institute Riken, took first place in a twice-yearly speed ranking that was released on […]

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How Facebook Is Undermining ‘Black Lives Matter’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher Social media giants like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have come out in support of Black Lives Matter and its mission. But are their platforms undermining the movement for racial justice? On today’s episode: Kevin Roose, who covers […]

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TikTok Teens Claim They Tanked Trump Rally

ImagePresident Trump taking the stage in Tulsa, Okla. on June 20.Credit…Leah Millis/Reuters President Trump’s campaign promised huge crowds at his rally in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, but it failed to deliver. Hundreds of teenage TikTok users and K-pop fans say they’re at least partially responsible. Brad Parscale, the chairman of Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign, posted […]

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Social Media Giants Support Racial Justice. Their Products Undermine It.

Several weeks ago, as protests erupted across the nation in response to the police killing of George Floyd, Mark Zuckerberg wrote a long and heartfelt post on his Facebook page, denouncing racial bias and proclaiming that “black lives matter.” Mr. Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, also announced that the company would donate $10 million to racial […]

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After 15 Years, Apple Prepares to Break Up With Intel

OAKLAND, Calif. — Silicon Valley is bracing for a long-expected breakup of Apple and Intel, signaling both the end of one of the tech industry’s most influential partnerships and Apple’s determination to take more control of how its products are built. Apple has been working for years on designing chips to replace the Intel microprocessors […]

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