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How a Teeny-Weeny Chef Became a Great Big Star

LOS ANGELES — The chef stands only six inches tall, like an enchanted ball of moss sprung to life. Made of wood, foam latex and metal, he preps vegetables, simmers sauces and bakes pies the size of bottle caps, all while chattering in a lispy singsong that is mostly incomprehensible. As the title character of […]

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How Facebook Is Changing to Deal With Scrutiny of Its Power

SAN FRANCISCO — Senator Elizabeth Warren has called for the breakup of big tech companies like Facebook. Regulators have opened investigations into Facebook’s power in social networking. Even one of Facebook’s own founders has laid out a case for why the company needs to be split up. Now the world’s biggest social network has started […]

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Another Victim of Facebook Romance Scams: A U.S. Congressman

In 2015, Representative Adam Kinzinger had an unusual visitor at his constituent office inside a bus station in Rockford, Ill. A woman from India had flown to meet Mr. Kinzinger, claiming that she had developed a relationship with him on Facebook. “She waited around in that bus station for two weeks for me to show […]

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People Are Buying Really Expensive Cars on Instagram

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — “It started with a clip of a car pulling out,” RD Whittington said from the head of a table in a private dining room at Mastro’s Steakhouse. Mr. Whittington, a car dealer, was wearing a black T-shirt, chain necklace and sparkly Audemars Piguet watch. He was sitting across from Jamie Foxx, […]

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Will Hiding Like Counts Be Good for Instagram Users? Test Is Expanded to 6 More Countries

What would Instagram be like if people couldn’t see how many likes fellow users’ posts receive? Less competitive, less pressurized and more personal, Instagram surmises. The social media platform, which began testing that theory in May in Canada, this week expanded the experiment to include Instagram users in six more countries. As part of the […]

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Covering Protests Where There Is a Distrust of Social Media

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Daniel Victor, a reporter in Hong Kong who covers news in Asia and overnight news in the United States, discussed the tech he’s using. What are your most important tech tools for doing your job? My desktop assaults me […]

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Don’t Scoff at Influencers. They’re Taking Over the World.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — When the first TikTok star is elected president, I hope she will save some room in her cabinet for older and more conventional bureaucrats, even if they don’t have millions of followers, great hair or amazing dance moves. I say “when,” not “if,” because I just spent three days at VidCon, the […]

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The $50 Dress That Conquered Britain

LONDON — The most viral fashion item of the summer thus far is not Janties (denim panties, obviously), or the bucket hat, or the “big mood socks” being worn at festivals across the Western Hemisphere. Rather, it appears to be a simple black and white viscose printed polka dot dress by the fast fashion giant […]

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The Bottle Cap Challenge Spins Across the Internet

Jason Statham, the action-movie star known for his martial arts prowess, posted a video this week of himself kicking a bottle. Filmed in slow motion, it shows him spinning 360 degrees before his foot connects with the bottle cap just enough to send it flying off the bottle, but not enough to tip the bottle […]

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It’s Slime. And It’s Satisfying.

SURFACING The internet has become synonymous with stress itself. Is slime, that substance between liquid and solid, an antidote? ImageSlime has emerged as a bright, bouncy symbol of girlhood.CreditYael Malka for The New York Times One of the internet’s greatest features is satisfaction on demand. Dial up a video tagged “satisfying” and conjure a mesmerizing […]

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Queer Dating Apps Are Unsafe by Design

Privacy is particularly important for L.G.B.T.Q. people. Pete Buttigieg met his husband on a dating app called Hinge. And although that’s unique among presidential candidates, it’s not unique for Mr. Buttigieg’s generation — he’s 37 — or other members of the L.G.B.T.Q. community. In 2016, the Pew Research Center found that use of online dating […]

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Browsing LinkedIn and Instagram to Put Herself in Readers’ Shoes

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Anna Dubenko, editor of off-platform strategy, discussed the tech she’s using. Tell us a bit about your role as an editor of off-platform strategy. What does off-platform mean, and what does it involve? We use the term off-platform to […]

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Bill Cosby’s Father’s Day Tweet Using ‘America’s Dad’ Yields Outrage

A Father’s Day post from Bill Cosby’s social media accounts Sunday night called him “America’s Dad,” a title the comedian has long claimed. But as Mr. Cosby spent this Father’s Day in a Pennsylvania prison, serving a three- to 10-year sentence for sexually assaulting a woman in 2004, some weren’t so sure the moniker should […]

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Virtual Brand Promoters Are So Lifelike, You Just Might Believe What You See

The kiss between Bella Hadid and Miquela Sousa, part of a Calvin Klein commercial last month, struck many viewers as unrealistic, even offensive. Ms. Hadid, a supermodel, identifies as heterosexual, and the ad sparked complaints that Calvin Klein was deceiving customers with a sham lesbian encounter. The fashion company apologized for “queerbaiting” after the 30-second […]

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Here’s Baby Archie, on Prince Harry’s First Father’s Day

ImageHello, world. An image of 6-week-old Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was published on social media by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for Father’s Day.CreditThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex LONDON — The first time Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was introduced to the world in Windsor, a mere two days after he was born in May, he slept […]

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A Fake Zuckerberg Video Challenges Facebook’s Rules

SAN FRANCISCO — Two weeks ago, Facebook declined to remove a doctored video in which the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, seemed to drunkenly slur her speech. Over the weekend, two British artists released a doctored video of Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, as a sly comment on the spread of false information online. […]

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Why Isn’t Instagram More Witty?

This should be the golden age of the aphorism. Constrained as we all are by time, attention and social media platform character limits, when we pull out our smartphones and stare into their illuminated fields, we can take in only so much. Shouldn’t those words be perfectly chosen to vibrate with hidden meanings? An aphorism […]

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What if Instagram Got Rid of Likes?

In late April, at F8, Facebook’s annual event for developers, the company’s head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, announced some updates. Plenty of things would be added to the photo-sharing app: new ways to post Stories, new ways to buy stuff, an updated camera. Some things might also be taken away. Follower counts, Instagram’s main status […]

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French Rock Star’s Instagram Defeats His Widow in Inheritance Battle

LONDON — Johnny Hallyday, known as the French Elvis, built his six-decade show business career on old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll, but he also kept up with the times technologically. From 2012, his Instagram account shared a canny mixture of the personal and the professional, promoting his tours, his albums and his image as one of […]

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Are Video Games the Best New Social Network?

Why do people play video games? The answers are as numerous as the players themselves — to escape, to relax, to kill time, to focus, to feel powerful. But one reason seems to be increasingly popular: to spend time with friends. Video games are often thought of as lonely pursuits for socially hobbled recluses — […]

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