Tag: Computers and the Internet

Israel and Iran Broaden Cyberwar to Attack Civilian Targets

Millions of ordinary people in Iran and Israel recently found themselves caught in the crossfire of a cyberwar between their countries. In Tehran, a dentist drove around for hours in search of gasoline, waiting in long lines at four gas stations only to come away empty. In Tel Aviv, a well-known broadcaster panicked as the […]

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As Virtual Worlds Grow, We Are Losing Our Sense of Touch

Virtual world-builders know this, too, and are increasingly confronting the need for touch and developing new ways to recreate it. There’s Steve Yonahan’s Haptic Creature — a zoomorphic, robotic slothy thing that purrs and vibrates, influencing the emotional states of humans who pet and hold it. Texas A&M researchers are developing touch screens with “maximum […]

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The Best Tech Gifts That Aren’t Gadgets

My favorite holiday tech gift doesn’t require batteries or software updates. It’s not even a gadget, though it was made with technology. Can you guess what it is? A few years ago, my wife experimented with her iPad and a digital stylus to make digital illustrations. Using Procreate, a drawing app, she loaded a photo […]

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What’s One of the Most Dangerous Toys for Kids? The Internet.

We all know how difficult it can be to close our social media apps and walk away from our devices. Just one more scroll, we tell ourselves. Just one more peek at a link. And then, suddenly, we’re deep down the rabbit hole of yet another feed. These apps are addictive by design. We know […]

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Ifeoma Ozoma Blew the Whistle on Pinterest. Now She Protects Whistle-Blowers.

Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California signed a bill to expand protections for people who speak up about discrimination in the workplace. A new website arrived to offer tech workers advice on how to come forward about mistreatment by their employers. And Apple responded to a shareholder proposal that asked it to assess how […]

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Elizabeth Holmes Points Fingers at Others and Says She Was a Believer

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Using charisma, poise and a smattering of scientific jargon, Elizabeth Holmes persuaded investors to give her nearly $1 billion to build Theranos, her blood testing start-up. That all came crashing down in 2018, after the company’s technology and business dealings were revealed to have major problems. On Tuesday, Ms. Holmes used […]

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Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker NSO Group

An opening for Apple’s lawsuit emerged in March, after NSO’s Pegasus spyware was discovered on the iPhone of a Saudi activist. Citizen Lab discovered that the spyware had infected the iPhone without so much as a click. The spyware could invisibly infect iPhones, Mac computers and Apple Watches, then siphon their data back to government […]

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What Astroworld, the Rust Shooting and the Surfside Collapse Have In Common

We humans need narratives to process what happens around us or in the world at large. As the popular historian and philosopher Yuval Noah Harari has said: “The truly unique trait of Sapiens is our ability to create and believe fiction. All other animals use their communication system to describe reality. We use our communication […]

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A Robot Wrote This Book Review

Kissinger, Schmidt and Huttenlocher are not afraid to explore the darkest side of AI, either. They are clear-eyed about the ways that AI could enable dictators to monitor their citizens and manipulate information to incite people to commit violence. Although AI is already making our lives better in many ways, Kissinger, Schmidt and Huttenlocher caution […]

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Jay Last, One of the Rebels Who Founded Silicon Valley, Dies at 92

Jay Last, a physicist who helped create the silicon chips that power the world’s computers, and who was among the eight entrepreneurs whose company laid the technical, financial and cultural foundation for Silicon Valley, died on Nov. 11 in Los Angeles. He was 92. His death, in a hospital, was confirmed by his wife and […]

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Is iBuying Here to Stay?

The Post-Zillow Fallout In Tampa, Fla., Gary Byrd, 59, a campus facility supervisor at a community college, had recently gotten engaged and was looking to sell his 1,200-square foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, so he could move in with his fiancée, who had a larger home. Mr. Byrd wanted a transaction that was quick and easy, […]

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Can a Machine Learn Morality?

Researchers at an artificial intelligence lab in Seattle called the Allen Institute for AI unveiled new technology last month that was designed to make moral judgments. They called it Delphi, after the religious oracle consulted by the ancient Greeks. Anyone could visit the Delphi website and ask for an ethical decree. Joseph Austerweil, a psychologist […]

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Cryptocurrency Group Loses Bid for Rare Copy of U.S. Constitution

A group of cryptocurrency fans lost a much-anticipated bid for a rare first printing of the U.S. Constitution at a Sotheby’s auction on Thursday. The group, ConstitutionDAO, conducted a frenzied, weeklong online crowdfunding campaign to place a bid on the artifact, one of only 13 copies known to exist. It had raised more than $40 […]

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Biden Says His Infrastructure Law Is a ‘Big Deal.’ How Big?

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ten months into his presidency, Joe Biden has yet to deliver on some of the biggest agenda items that defined his campaign, like a national paid family leave program or a clean electricity standard to […]

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How Elizabeth Holmes Soured the Media on Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE, Calif. — At the height of her acclaim in 2015, Elizabeth Holmes, the entrepreneur who founded the blood testing start-up Theranos, was named Glamour’s “Woman of the Year.” Time put her on its list of 100 luminaries. And she graced the covers of Fortune, Forbes, Inc. and T Magazine. Theranos collapsed in scandal […]

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Why Crypto.com Is Putting Its Name on the Staples Center

It was then, during a slump in cryptocurrency prices, that Mr. Marszalek decided to rebrand Monaco. He contacted Matt Blaze, a cryptography professor then at the University of Pennsylvania, who had owned the crypto.com domain name for 25 years. During that time, Mr. Blaze had refused to part with the web address and had publicly […]

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What Apple’s New Repair Program Means for You (and Your iPhone)

Apple delivered an early holiday gift on Wednesday to the eco-conscious and the do-it-yourselfers: It said it would soon begin selling the parts, tools and instructions for people to do their own iPhone repairs. It was a major victory for the “right to repair” movement, which has demanded that tech manufacturers provide the necessary components […]

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Idaho Lawmaker Is Censured for Doxxing Intern Who Reported Rape

An Idaho lawmaker who shared the personal information of a 19-year-old student intern online after the teenager accused another lawmaker of rape was formally censured by the Idaho House of Representatives on Monday. The representative, Priscilla Giddings, a Republican from White Bird, Idaho, was stripped of a committee assignment because she had shared an article […]

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They Love Crypto. They’re Trying to Buy the Constitution.

“We’re going to stop it from going into more private hands and actually open-source it, make it a public good,” said Alice Ma, one of the organizers. In truth, ConstitutionDAO is more a symbolic gesture to decentralization technology than a real-world demonstration of it. Some in the group had initially hoped to make participants fractional […]

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The Tech Gifts That Are Hard to Buy This Holiday Season

It’s that time of the year when our inboxes are flooded with discounts galore for Black Friday, Cyber Week and all the sales promotions that follow. But this year, we’re in a unique situation. We’re living in an era of scarcity driven by a global chip shortage, widespread unemployment and the effects of government-imposed lockdowns […]

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Maryland Mayor Is Charged in ‘Revenge Porn’ Case

The mayor of a city on Maryland’s Eastern Shore was arrested on Monday and accused of posting nude photographs of a former romantic partner in online forums using sexually explicit language and racial epithets. Andrew Bradshaw, the mayor of Cambridge, Md., was charged with 50 counts of violating a state law banning so-called revenge porn, […]

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Halo Infinite Release Aims to Lift Xbox Prospects

“It’s humorous,” he added. “It’s not dark and brooding. It’s not filled with antiheroes.” In August last year, Microsoft said it was delaying the release because of “multiple factors that have contributed to development challenges,” like the difficulty and stress of producing a game remotely. Less than a month earlier, fans had roundly criticized a […]

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It’s Time for the Media to Choose: Neutrality or Democracy?

Produced by ‘The Ezra Klein Show’ “Making it harder to vote, and harder to understand what the party is really about — these are two parts of the same project” for the Republican Party, Jay Rosen writes. “The conflict with honest journalism is structural. To be its dwindling self, the G.O.P. has to also be […]

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Palestinian Diplomats Targeted by Israeli Spyware, Official Says

JERUSALEM — A senior Palestinian official said Thursday that the phones of three high-ranking Palestinian diplomats had been hacked by military-grade spyware made by the private Israeli firm NSO Group. The accusation, which has not been verified by independent hacking experts, has amplified recent scrutiny of NSO, a surveillance company recently blacklisted by the Biden […]

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The Metaverse: Expectations vs. Reality

Produced by ‘Sway’ Mark Zuckerberg might be trying to stake his claim on the metaverse, but he’s far from the first person to envision a more virtual world. Take it from Jaron Lanier. He’s often called the “godfather of virtual reality,” and his company, VPL Research, developed V.R. goggles and gloves in the 1980s. He […]

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Key takeaways from Week 10 of the Elizabeth Holmes trial.

This week, the main witnesses at the fraud trial of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the blood testing start-up Theranos, were former lab directors who testified about some of the inner workings of the failed company. But a different issue increasingly loomed over the proceedings: Just how long is Ms. Holmes’s trial going to last? […]

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Google Loses Appeal of $2.8 Billion E.U. Antitrust Fine

In a major ruling that bolsters the European Union’s efforts to clamp down on the world’s largest technology companies, Google lost an appeal on Wednesday to overturn a landmark antitrust ruling by European regulators against the internet giant. The decision by the Luxembourg-based General Court related to a 2017 decision by the European Commission, the […]

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Apple’s New Microchip Could Transform Computing

How Apple achieved these gains is an interesting business and technical story. In 2008, about a year after Apple released the first iPhone, it purchased a small semiconductor start-up to build specialized chips for its phones. For many years, Intel’s chips were made primarily for stationary machines like servers and personal computers. To hit their […]

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Meta plans to remove thousands of sensitive ad-targeting categories.

Meta, the social media company formerly known as Facebook, said on Tuesday that it planned to eliminate advertisers’ ability to target people with promotions based on their interactions with content related to health, race and ethnicity, political affiliation, religion, sexual orientation and thousands of other topics. The move, which takes effect on Jan. 19, affects […]

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Twitter expands its subscription service to news articles.

Twitter said on Tuesday that it would give users access to ad-free articles from The Washington Post, Reuters, BuzzFeed and other publications through its subscription service, called Twitter Blue. The offering is part of Twitter’s push to find new sources of revenue. In January, the company acquired Revue, a service that enables people to create […]

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