Tag: Computers and the Internet

Bezos and Zuckerberg Take Their Pitches to Washington

WASHINGTON — Two of the technology industry’s leading figures descended on Washington on Thursday as their companies face growing political pressure. The executives, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, showed up for different reasons, and in different places. Mr. Bezos led a morning event at the National Press Club, announcing a commitment […]

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Everyone Writes. But Is Everyone a Writer?

In a video that began making the rounds last month, Meg Stalter describes herself as a writer in New York City (“can you get any more cliché than that, no you can’t” she said), and gives some writerly advice. “Write every day, every second of the day. When you wake up, you should be looking, […]

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Microsoft’s President on Silicon Valley in the Cross Hairs

[embedded content] Brad Smith began his career at Microsoft in 1993. Aside from serving as its president, he is the company’s chief legal officer and the co-author of a new book, “Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age.” Andrew Ross Sorkin, DealBook editor and columnist for The New York Times, […]

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This Article Is Spying on You

The press has performed admirably in reporting on privacy violations by the National Security Agency and major internet companies. But news sites often expose users to the same surveillance programs and data-collection companies they criticize. Even stories that explained how the N.S.A. was using Google cookies to “pinpoint targets for hacking” often included the exact […]

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Facebook Expands Definition of Terrorist Organizations to Limit Extremism

Facebook on Tuesday announced a series of changes to limit hate speech and extremism on the social network, expanding its definition of terrorist organizations and planning to deploy artificial intelligence to better spot and block live videos of shooters. The company is also expanding a program that redirects users searching for extremism to resources intended […]

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House Antitrust Panel Seeks Documents From 4 Big Tech Firms

A House committee investigating Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google over possible antitrust violations on Friday sent the four companies detailed requests for documents, emails and other communications. House investigators are seeking information on the big technology companies’ businesses, acquisitions and conduct in digital markets including internet search, advertising and e-commerce. The formal requests for information […]

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Google Settles With U.S. Labor Agency Over Employees’ Speech

WASHINGTON — Google said Thursday that it had reached a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board over complaints from multiple employees who say the company has stymied dissent, including one who has said he was fired for being an outspoken conservative. “Under that settlement, we have agreed to post a notice to our employees […]

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Host Violent Content? In Australia, You Could Go to Jail

SYDNEY, Australia — The video showing the murder of 51 people in Christchurch carries both an offensive title, “New Zealand Video Game,” and a message to “download and save.” Appearing on 153news.net, an obscure site awash in conspiracy theories, it is exactly the sort of online content that Australia’s new law criminalizing “abhorrent violent material” […]

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The Last Apple Keynote (Hopefully)

Roughly six minutes into Apple’s annual keynote presentation on Tuesday, I watched with grim fascination as a video game executive guided a digital frog across a bathroom floor in order to carefully avoid scraps of rogue toilet paper, while a second executive provided breathless color commentary. “Whoa, what is that?” Executive Two whooped. “Is that […]

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E.U.’s New Digital Czar: ‘Most Powerful Regulator of Big Tech on the Planet’

BRUSSELS — For five years, Margrethe Vestager, was the scourge of Silicon Valley, levying billions of dollars in fines and initiating investigations against Google, Apple and Facebook for violating antitrust laws and harming consumers. As the European Union’s competition commissioner, she, and her army of lawyers, became heroes to many critics of Big Tech, even […]

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Want to Do Business in Silicon Valley? Better Act Nice

The first rule of Silicon Valley venture capital is never insult a start-up. Founders are always killing it, disrupting the world or just plain 🙌🙌🙌. If a start-up is fizzling, shuttering or caught scamming? The socially acceptable response is total silence. Everyone knows that. Except Jason Palmer. The start-up in question was AltSchool, a Mark […]

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N.S.A. Official: We Need to Prepare for the Future of War

The National Security Operations Center occupies a large windowless room, bathed in blue light, on the third floor of the National Security Agency’s headquarters outside of Washington. For the past 46 years, around the clock without a single interruption, a team of senior military and intelligence officials has staffed this national security nerve center. The […]

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Google Antitrust Investigation Outlined by State Attorneys General

The state attorneys general from about four dozen states officially declared on Monday that they are beginning investigations into the market power and corporate behavior of big tech companies. The formal declaration, delivered from the steps of the United States Supreme Court by a bipartisan group of state officials, adds investigative muscle and political momentum […]

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How Top-Valued Microsoft Has Avoided the Big Tech Backlash

Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple are targets of government investigations and public outrage, facing accusations that they abuse their power in various ways, from exploiting personal information to stifling rivals. Conspicuously absent from most of that criticism? Microsoft, a tech company worth more than them all. The software giant, valued at more than $1 trillion […]

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The Work Diary of Parisa Tabriz, Google’s ‘Security Princess’

Parisa Tabriz used to be a hacker. Now she is a princess. Ms. Tabriz, 36, is a director of engineering at Google, where she oversees its Chrome web browser and a team of security investigators called Project Zero. Several years ago, when Google required her to get business cards, she picked the title “security princess” […]

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He Who Must Not Be Tolerated

Voldemort? Of all the terrible details of the gross fraud that the former head of the M.I.T. Media Lab, Joichi Ito, and his minions perpetrated in trying to cover up donations by Jeffrey Epstein to the high-profile tech research lab, perhaps giving a pedophile a nickname of a character in a book aimed at children […]

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How Each Big Tech Company May Be Targeted by Regulators

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have been the envy of corporate America, admired for their size, influence and remarkable growth. Now that success is attracting a different kind of spotlight. In Washington, Brussels and beyond, regulators and lawmakers are investigating whether the four technology companies have used their size and wealth to quash competition and […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Jeremy Renner App, Which Was a Real Thing

Online trolls have killed Jeremy Renner Official, a mobile app introduced more than two years ago as a gathering place for fans of — you guessed it — Jeremy Renner. The app’s existence had become a running joke online in recent weeks after it was hijacked by people who lacked respect for a safe digital […]

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