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Apple, Google and a Deal That Controls the Internet

In a landmark antitrust complaint, the Justice Department is targeting a secretive partnership that is worth billions of dollars to both companies.Read MoreNYT > Technology

How The Epoch Times Created a Giant Influence Machine

Since 2016, the Falun Gong-backed newspaper has used aggressive Facebook tactics and right-wing misinformation to create an anti-China, pro-Trump media empire.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Everyone Is Gay on TikTok

Straight young men on the app are posting suggestive videos with their buddies. It’s not just about the views.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Trump’s Claims About Hunter Biden Send Online Activity Soaring

Google searches and Facebook posts about Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son rose after President Trump’s misleading comments at Thursday’s debate.Read MoreNYT > Technology

U.S. Issues Sanctions on Russian Center Involved in Potentially Deadly...

The penalties were aimed at a Russian research center that developed tools used in a cyberattack on a Saudi petrochemical plant, which took out the safety controls used to prevent…

What Went Viral This Week

Stories about Pope Francis, separated children and 50 Cent’s Trump endorsement dominated engagement on social media this week.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Russians Who Pose Election Threat Have Hacked Nuclear Plants and...

The hacking group, Energetic Bear, is among Russia’s stealthiest. It appears to be casting a wide net to find useful targets ahead of the election, experts said.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Fox News Is Covering Hunter Biden Claims More Than 2016...

In contrast, CNN and MSNBC gave more airtime to the Podesta cache four years ago, according to the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Why Washington Hates Big Tech

American politicians are divided on almost everything. They agree on this: Big Tech must change.Read MoreNYT > Technology

It’s a Ballot Fight for Survival for Gig Companies Like...

A group that also includes Lyft and DoorDash has spent nearly $200 million to support a California proposition that could save them from a new labor law.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Appeals Court Says Uber and Lyft Must Treat California Drivers...

The ruling adds new urgency to a ballot measure in the state that would exempt the companies from a new labor law intended to give gig workers more employment rights.Read…

F.T.C. Decision on Pursuing Facebook Antitrust Case Is Said to...

Any action would follow the Justice Department’s landmark suit this week against Google, as a bipartisan tech backlash ramps up.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Trump Still Miles Ahead of Biden in Social Media Engagement

President Trump is behind in many swing-state polls, but his social media accounts are attracting as much attention as ever.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Why the 5G Pushiness? Because $$$.

Selling 5G capability is a huge opportunity for phone companies. Be careful.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Trump’s Tech Clampdown Could Hurt Huawei’s New Phones

The battered Chinese giant won’t say how many of its new handsets it can produce. U.S. restrictions may have curtailed access to essential components.Read MoreNYT > Technology

An Electric Car With Swedish Roots, and a Rebellious Streak

The Polestar 2 inherits some classic Scandinavian design elements from its Volvo lineage, but aims to be a little more free spirited.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Forget Antitrust Laws. To Limit Tech, Some Say a New...

Even as the Justice Department sued Google, some antitrust experts wondered whether a different government response would be more effective.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Top Investigator in Google Case Says There ‘Was Not a...

Jeffrey A. Rosen, the deputy attorney general, said the Justice Department knew the company would use its many resources to fight the agency.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Art Auctions Embrace a Future of Socially Distant Bidding

New tools, born of necessity, may be part of a lasting change.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Big Tech’s Professional Opponents Strike at Google

An unlikely collection of lawyers, activists, economists and academics is fueling the tech backlash, armed with funding from billionaire sponsors.Read MoreNYT > Technology

In Hubbub Over New York Post Report, YouTube Stands Apart

Facebook and Twitter clamped down on an unsubstantiated New York Post article about Hunter Biden. YouTube has gone a different route.Read MoreNYT > Technology

TikTok Cracks Down on QAnon and Hate Speech

TikTok’s changes follow in the footsteps of its larger and more popular contemporaries.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Quibi, Short-Form Streaming Service, Quickly Shuts Down

The company started by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman had a high-profile launch and megawatt Hollywood stars involved but failed to find an audience.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Misinformation in America Thrives in Two Languages

False and misleading information is being spread widely in Spanish, researchers say.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Police Can Open Your Phone. It’s OK

The police actually can unlock phones. And, no, it’s not the worst thing ever for cybersecurity.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police

“We’re now approaching the technological threshold where the little guys can do it to the big guys,” one researcher said.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Google Antitrust Fight Thrusts Low-Key C.E.O. Into the Line of...

Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google’s parent company for less than a year, already faces the internet giant’s biggest threat in its 22 years.Read MoreNYT > Technology

The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone

At least 2,000 law enforcement agencies have tools to get into encrypted smartphones, according to new research, and they are using them far more than previously known.Read MoreNYT > Technology

How ‘Spygate’ Attacks Fizzled

The baseless espionage narrative, which fueled right-wing conspiracy theories for years, has quietly faded from view.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Dept. of Justice Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department accused Google on Tuesday of illegally protecting its monopoly over search and search advertising, the government’s most significant challenge to a tech company’s market power…

Google Up Against Laws That Thwarted Microsoft (and Others Since...

The Justice Department’s antitrust case points to restrictive contracts, a focus that a professor said “is as old as the Sherman Act.”Read MoreNYT > Technology

Google Up Against Laws That Thwarted Microsoft (and Others Since...

Two weeks ago, House lawmakers concluded a 16-month investigation into Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook and called for sweeping changes to curb their market power. The lawmakers’ verdict: Traditional antitrust…

How ‘Spygate’ Attacks Fizzled

For years, it was the subject of countless Fox News segments, talk radio rants, and viral right-wing tweets and Facebook posts. It spawned Congressional hearings, Justice Department investigations, and investigations…

What Is Happening With the Antitrust Suit Against Google?

The suit is the first antitrust action against the company to result from investigations by American regulators.Read MoreNYT > Technology

What Is Happening With the Antitrust Suit Against Google?

The suit is the first antitrust action against the company to result from investigations by American regulators.Read MoreNYT > Technology

The DOJ’s Google Antitrust Lawsuit: What To Know

The Justice Department sued Google on Tuesday, accusing the company of illegally abusing its dominance in internet search in ways that harm competitors and consumers. The suit is the first…

It’s Google’s World. We Just Live in It.

Googling something was all we once did with Google. Now we spend hours a day using its maps, videos, security cameras, email, smartphones and more.Read MoreNYT > Technology

It’s Google’s World. We Just Live in It.

About 20 years ago, I typed Google.com into my web browser for the first time. It loaded a search bar and buttons. I punched in “D.M.V. sample test,” scrolled through…

A TV Station’s Mistake Highlights Fears of Election Night Misinformation

A graphic on an evening news broadcast in Arkansas showed President Trump winning the state three weeks before Election Day.Read MoreNYT > Technology

DOJ Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

A victory for the government could remake one of America’s most recognizable companies and the internet economy that it has helped define.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Why the Government Is Suing Google

Maybe all Google needed to keep from acting like a monopoly was more effective government oversight.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Why the Government Is Suing Google

Maybe all Google needed to keep from acting like a monopoly was more effective government oversight.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Why the Government Is Suing Google

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. The U.S. government sued Google on Tuesday claiming that the company is…

Here Are the Hundreds of Sites in a Pay-to-Play Local...

A fast-growing network of nearly 1,300 websites is filling a void left by vanishing local newspapers across the country. But many of their stories are ordered up by conservative political…

Here Are the Hundreds of Sites in a Pay-to-Play Local...

We are publishing the full list so readers can see whether the sites target their area.Read MoreNYT > Technology

When Start-Ups Go Into the Garage (or Sometimes the Living...

Labs closed in the pandemic, but innovation doesn’t stop. So while some workers have the home office, engineers have the garage.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Apple iPhone 12 Review: Superfast Speed, if You Can Find...

The new iPhone has an improved design, but it’s undermined by the wireless industry’s messy rollout of ultrafast 5G networks.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Apple iPhone 12 Review: Superfast Speed, if You Can Find...

I started this iPhone review in the most peculiar way: by opening a map to find out where I could test it. That’s because Apple’s newest iPhones, for the first…

When Start-Ups Go Into the Garage (or Sometimes the Living...

SAN FRANCISCO — It is the folksiest of Silicon Valley origin stories: Tech start-up makes it big after a wide-eyed entrepreneur builds a prototype in his garage. But Colin Wessells…

Trump Official’s Tweet, and Its Removal, Set Off Flurry of...

The tweet, from Dr. Scott Atlas, one of the president’s top science advisers, was debunked by many experts and deleted by Twitter.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Among Us: You’re the Impostor

When an indie game company created Among Us in 2018, it was greeted with little fanfare. The multiplayer game remained under the radar as many games do — until the…

Election Tech That’s Super Simple

The most useful technology doesn’t have to involve flying cars. Sometimes, it’s really easy.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Election Tech That’s Super Simple

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Friends, I love technology that is deceptively simple and actually helpful to…

Paleontologists See Stars as Software Bleeps Scientific Terms

The trouble started when Thomas R. Holtz Jr., an expert on the Tyrannosaurus rex, typed “Hell Creek Formation,” the rock unit in Montana where the remains of North America’s last…

What Went Viral This Week

Here at Daily Distortions, we try to debunk false and misleading information that has gone viral. We also want to give you a sense of how popular that misinformation is,…

Pakistan Rescinds TikTok Ban

A decision outlawing the social media app was overturned after 10 days with assurances from the Chinese owners that content would be moderated according to local laws.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Pakistan Rescinds TikTok Ban

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Just 10 days after introducing a ban on TikTok, the Pakistani authorities said on Monday that they were reversing the decision after receiving assurance from the Chinese-owned…

As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its...

The instructions were clear: Write an article calling out Sara Gideon, a Democrat running for a hotly contested U.S. Senate seat in Maine, as a hypocrite. Angela Underwood, a freelance…

As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its...

A nationwide operation of 1,300 local sites publishes coverage that is ordered up by Republican groups and corporate P.R. firms.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Remote but Inclusive for Years, and Now Showing Other Companies...

Ultranauts has been developing creative ways to hire, manage and motivate a far-flung and diverse work force for seven years.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Remote but Inclusive for Years, and Now Showing Other Companies...

From her home in Beaverton, Ore., Jamie Davila leads a team of eight engineers in seven states for the technology start-up Ultranauts. Like millions of other people during these work-from-home…

Paleontologists See Stars as Software Bleeps Scientific Terms

When their annual conference was moved online, they were amused to find seemingly benign words blocked and replaced with asterisks during virtual sessions.Read MoreNYT > Technology

In Reversal, Twitter Is No Longer Blocking New York Post...

The latest change underlined how rapidly social media platforms are shifting their positions in the days leading up to the election.Read MoreNYT > Technology

In Reversal, Twitter Is No Longer Blocking New York Post...

SAN FRANCISCO — It is the 11th hour before the presidential election. But Facebook and Twitter are still changing their minds. With just a few weeks to go before the…

What Went Viral This Week

Hunter Biden, a “Two and a Half Men” star’s death and Amy Coney Barrett’s empty notepad carried the week on social media.Read MoreNYT > Technology

How The Babylon Bee, a Right-Wing Satire Site, Capitalizes on...

President Trump tweeted about one of the site’s stories on Friday. It is unclear whether he knew it was a joke.Read MoreNYT > Technology

How The Babylon Bee, a Right-Wing Satire Site, Capitalizes on...

On Friday, President Trump tweeted a story from an unusual source: The Babylon Bee, a right-wing satire site that is often described as a conservative version of The Onion. “Twitter…

Brace for Holiday ‘Shipageddon’

The pandemic and the holidays will make shipping a zoo. Shoppers, listen up.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Brace for Holiday ‘Shipageddon’

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Online shopping has exploded during the pandemic. The holidays are approaching. What…

Facebook and Twitter Dodge a 2016 Repeat, and Ignite a...

The companies have said they would do more to stop misinformation and hacked materials from spreading. This is what that effort looks like.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Twitter Changes Course After Republicans Claim ‘Election Interference’

It had blocked an unsubstantiated New York Post article about the Bidens but said late Thursday that it would allow similar content to be shared.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Twitter Changes Course After Republicans Claim ‘Election Interference’

SAN FRANCISCO — President Trump called Facebook and Twitter “terrible” and “a monster” and said he would go after them. Senators Ted Cruz and Marsha Blackburn said they would subpoena…

In Hubbub Over New York Post Report, YouTube Stands Apart

Facebook and Twitter clamped down on an unsubstantiated New York Post article about Hunter Biden. YouTube has gone a different route.Read MoreFeedzy

Facebook and Twitter Dodge a 2016 Repeat, and Ignite a...

Since 2016, when Russian hackers and WikiLeaks injected stolen emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign into the closing weeks of the presidential race, politicians and pundits have called on tech…

As Twitter and Facebook Clamp Down, Republicans Claim ‘Election Interference’

SAN FRANCISCO — President Trump called Facebook and Twitter “terrible” and “a monster” and said he would go after them. Senators Ted Cruz and Marsha Blackburn said they would subpoena…

Pakistan Bans TikTok, Citing Morals. Others Cite Politics.

Conservatives have raised questions about public decency on the Chinese-owned service, but opposition groups see an effort to stop criticism of the country’s leadership.Read MoreNYT > Technology

The Apple 5G iPhone Explained: What You Need to Know

The newest iPhones are expected to run on next-generation 5G cellular networks. Let’s get real about what that means.Read MoreNYT > Technology

YouTube Cracks Down on QAnon Conspiracy Theory

YouTube has played a bigger role in moving QAnon from the fringes to the mainstream than most platforms.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Ignore Phone Companies About 5G

The cellular networks might be life-changing in the future. Not today.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Ignore Phone Companies About 5G

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. There might not be smartphones in billions of pockets today if the…

YouTube Cracks Down on QAnon Conspiracy Theory

YouTube on Thursday became the latest social media giant to take steps to stop QAnon, the sprawling pro-Trump conspiracy theory community whose online fantasies about a cabal of satanic pedophiles…

Gadgets Were on the Way Out. Then 2020 Happened.

A brutally unexpected year turned millions of people into gear nerds, whether they liked it or not.Read MoreNYT > Technology

July Is the New January: More Companies Delay Return to...

From Ford to Microsoft, white-collar companies are increasingly extending working from home through next summer.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Riled Up: Misinformation Stokes Calls for Violence on Election Day

Baseless claims are circulating online about a Democrat-led coup, inflaming tensions in an already turbulent election season.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Among Us: You’re the Impostor

YouTubers, influencers and streamers popularized the multiplayer game. Then their fans started playing too.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Among Us: You’re the Impostor

When an indie game company created Among Us in 2018, it was greeted with little fanfare. The multiplayer game remained under the radar as many games do — until the…

How to Deal With a Crisis of Misinformation

There’s a disease that has been spreading for years now. Like any resilient virus, it evolves to find new ways to attack us. It’s not in our bodies, but on…

Trump Overstates W.H.O. Position on Lockdowns

The health organization said it continued to advocate a “do it all” approach, including shutdowns when necessary.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Trump Overstates W.H.O. Position on Lockdowns

This week, President Trump exaggerated a position taken by the World Health Organization, saying that the agency had vindicated his derision of lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic. “The World Health…

Trump Overstates W.H.O. Position on Lockdowns

This week, President Trump exaggerated a position taken by the World Health Organization, saying that the agency had vindicated his derision of lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic. “The World Health…

Gadgets Were on the Way Out. Then 2020 Happened.

Gadgets were supposed to be over. Smartphones, tablets and smartwatches cannibalized the weaker devices around them, including cameras, music players, navigation units, fitness trackers and gaming devices. The few tech…

Gadgets Were on the Way Out. Then 2020 Happened.

Gadgets were supposed to be over. Smartphones, tablets and smartwatches cannibalized the weaker devices around them, including cameras, music players, navigation units, fitness trackers and gaming devices. The few tech…

Finally, the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

It conveys electricity in the climate of a crisp fall day, but only under pressures comparable to what you’d find closer to Earth’s core.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Finally, the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

For decades, physicists have dreamed of discovering a material that could effortlessly convey electricity at everyday temperatures, a feat that would save gargantuan amounts of energy and revolutionize modern technology.…

Schools Struggle to Secure Computers

Facing a laptop shortage, some schools have had to jump through hoops to make remote learning work.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Schools Struggle to Secure Computers

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. This period of remote schooling for so many families has made painfully…

Another ‘Unfounded’ Study on Origins of Virus Spreads Online

The publication is the second in a series, from a team led by a Chinese scientist, that has been widely discredited by experts.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Disinformation on Ballot Boxes and More Are Circulating on Social...

Falsehoods about election interference are swirling online, stoking calls for violence on Election Day. The rumors touch on everything from ballot boxes to how the “deep state” — a so-called…

Disinformation on Ballot Boxes and More Are Circulating on Social...

The misinformation touches on ballot boxes, the “deep state,” and a conspiracy involving the coronavirus and the vote.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Now Circulating on Social Media: 4 Election Falsehoods

Falsehoods about election interference are swirling online, stoking calls for violence on Election Day. The rumors touch on everything from ballot boxes to how the “deep state” — a so-called…

Riled Up: Misinformation Stokes Calls for Violence on Election Day

In a video posted to Facebook on Sept. 14, Dan Bongino, a popular right-wing commentator and radio host, declared that Democrats were planning a coup against President Trump on Election…

IPhone 12 Prices in Line With Recent Years

Apple did not markedly increase the cost of its newest devices from last year.Read MoreNYT > Technology

IPhone 12 Prices in Line With Recent Years

So what will these latest iPhones cost you? Many of us can breathe a sigh of relief. Apple stuck with a proven pricing model for the new devices, releasing the…

She Hunts Viral Rumors About Real Viruses

In late September, Heidi Larson, an anthropologist and the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project in London, sat on a Zoom call with the project team for Verified, a United…

She Hunts Viral Rumors About Real Viruses

For Heidi Larson, the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project, dispelling vaccine hesitancy means building trust — and avoiding the term “anti-vaxxer.”Read MoreNYT > Technology

Google Employees Are Free to Speak Up. Except on Antitrust.

A company operating in the shadow of government regulators has some very particular rules about what workers can say about it.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Hello iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro

The iPhone 12, the successor to last year’s iPhone 11, has arrived with an improved screen and faster chip, among other improvements. Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, took the wraps…

Hello iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro

The newest iPhones have 5G capability and improved design features. But Apple was vague about just how much faster the phones would be.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Apple Unveils a Smaller HomePod

The company’s smart speaker product has not been as successful as Amazon Echo and Google Home.Read MoreNYT > Technology

So, Should You Buy a New Phone or Not?

‘Tis the season for new gadgets of all kinds, including new smartphones. So how do you figure out if you really need one? There are three easy questions to ask…

So, Should You Buy a New Phone or Not?

Here are three steps to take to arrive at an answer.Read MoreNYT > Technology

The Apple 5G iPhone Explained: What You Need to Know

Many of us are eagerly anticipating Apple’s new iPhones on Tuesday because they are expected to include a major new feature: 5G, for the fifth-generation cellular network. Phones with 5G…

Apple Unveils a Smaller HomePod

First up from Apple in its new product lineup on Tuesday was a HomePod Mini, a smaller and cheaper version of its HomePod smart speaker, which hasn’t been as successful…

Google Employees Are Free to Speak Up. Except on Antitrust.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Google employees are not shy about speaking up. In the last few years, they have openly confronted the company about building a censored search engine in China,…

Facebook Bans Anti-Vaccination Ads, Clamping Down Again

The social network, which prohibits misinformation related to the coronavirus, has also banned other types of content in recent days.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Facebook Bans Anti-Vaccination Ads, Clamping Down Again

Facebook on Tuesday said it would no longer allow anti-vaccination ads on its platform, in another reversal of its longtime stance of avoiding being the referee on thorny issues. Facebook…

When to Buy a New Phone. Or Not.

If you’re wondering if you should buy a new smartphone, ask yourself these questions first.Read MoreNYT > Technology

When to Buy a New Phone. Or Not.

Apple will talk on Tuesday about its new iPhones and other doodads. Brian X. Chen, a technology columnist for The New York Times, has a three-question quiz to help you…

Another ‘Unfounded’ Study on Origins of Virus Spreads Online

An overwhelming body of evidence continues to affirm that the coronavirus almost certainly made its hop into humans from an animal source — as many, many other deadly viruses are…

Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket Launches a New Line of...

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket hasn’t flown space tourists yet, but it has found a business niche with NASA and private science experiments.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket Launches a New Line of...

West Texas is not quite like the moon. But it can serve as a handy stand-in. On Tuesday, Blue Origin, the rocket company started by Jeffrey P. Bezos, the chief…

July Is the New January: More Companies Delay Return to...

When the coronavirus pandemic shuttered offices around the United States in March, many companies told their employees that it would be only a short hiatus away from headquarters. Workers, they…

No, There Isn’t Evidence That Trump Owes Money to Russia

President Trump owes a lot of money: hundreds of millions of dollars of it. Whom he owes it to has been the subject of countless conspiracy theories. Lately, liberals and…

No, There Isn’t Evidence That Trump Owes Money to Russia

The president’s financial disclosure report shows his biggest creditors. There is none bigger than Deutsche Bank.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Twitter is Showing That People Are Anxious and Depressed

Which was the saddest day of them all? This is the question you may be asking yourself, surveying the wreckage of 2020 thus far. There are so many contenders to…

Twitter is Showing That People Are Anxious and Depressed

Researchers are looking at online behavior to gauge public mental health. The results aren’t pretty.Read MoreNYT > Technology

How a 2nd-Grade Class Sent a Science Experiment to Space

Back in 2015, students in Maggie Samudio’s second-grade class at Cumberland Elementary School in West Lafayette, Ind., were contemplating an offbeat science question: If a firefly went to space, would…

How a 2nd-Grade Class Sent a Science Experiment to Space

“Any school district now that affords football can afford spaceflight.”Read MoreNYT > Technology

Heidi Larson Knows How to Build Trust in Vaccines

In late September, Heidi Larson, an anthropologist and the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project in London, sat on a Zoom call with the project team for Verified, a United…

On Facebook, Misinformation Is More Popular Now Than in 2016

People are engaging more on Facebook with content from outlets that publish falsehoods and distortions, even though the social network has tried limiting misinformation, new research found.Read MoreNYT > Technology

You Can’t Escape Uber’s Lobbying

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Imagine if you had opened a box of Cheerios this morning and…

You Can’t Escape Uber’s Lobbying

Just being a customer now makes people a target for inescapable corporate advocacy.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Facebook Bans Content About Holocaust Denial From Its Site

In 2018, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, famously cited Holocaust deniers in a fumbled attempt to make a point about free speech. At the time, he said the deniers —…

Facebook Bans Content About Holocaust Denial From Its Site

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, once cited Holocaust denial as something he would allow on the social network for free speech reasons.Read MoreNYT > Technology

The Digital Divide Starts With a Laptop Shortage

A surge in worldwide demand by educators for low-cost laptops has created shipment delays and pitted desperate schools against one another. Districts with deep pockets often win out.Read MoreNYT >…

Microsoft Takes Down a Risk to the Election, and Finds...

Microsoft and a team of companies and law enforcement groups have disabled — at least temporarily — one of the world’s largest hacking operations, an effort run by Russian-speaking cybercriminals…

Fearing Cyber Attacks, Microsoft Takes Down a Risk to the...

Fearing Russian ransomware attacks on the election, the company and U.S. Cyber Command mounted similar pre-emptive strikes. It is not clear how long they may work.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Fearing Cyber Attacks, Microsoft Takes Down a Risk to the...

Microsoft and a team of companies and law enforcement groups have disabled — at least temporarily — one of the world’s largest hacking operations, an effort run by Russian-speaking cybercriminals…

On Facebook, Misinformation Is More Popular Now Than in 2016

During the 2016 presidential election, Russian operatives used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms to spread disinformation to divide the American electorate. Since then, the social media companies…

The Digital Divide Starts With a Laptop Shortage

When the Guilford County Schools in North Carolina spent more than $27 million to buy 66,000 computers and tablets for students over the summer, the district ran into a problem:…

When Your Last $166 Vanishes: ‘Fast Fraud’ Surges on Payment...

People are getting defrauded as they turn to Square’s Cash App and PayPal’s Venmo to do more online banking in the pandemic.Read MoreNYT > Technology

When Your Last $166 Vanishes: ‘Fast Fraud’ Surges on Payment...

Charee Mobley, who teaches middle school in Fort Worth, Texas, had just $166 to get herself and her 17-year-old daughter through the last two weeks of August. But that money…

Pakistan Bans TikTok, Citing Morals. Others Cite Politics.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan has become the latest country to ban TikTok, the Chinese-owned social media platform, in a move that government critics said stemmed as much from politics as…

Pakistan Bans TikTok, Citing Morals. Others Cite Politics.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan has become the latest country to ban TikTok, the Chinese-owned social media platform, in a move that government critics said stemmed as much from politics as…

Apple Does Not Need to Return Fortnite to App Store,...

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge ruled on Friday that Apple did not need to reinstate the popular video game Fortnite in its App Store, in a blow to Fortnite’s…

What Went Viral This Week

Here at Daily Distortions, we try to debunk false and misleading information that has gone viral. We also want to give you a sense of how popular that misinformation is,…

The Tech That Might Help Cyclists and Cars Coexist Safely

On the desolate streets of Manhattan during the bleak early days of the pandemic, Rosemary Sigelbaum found that riding a bicycle to work at Lenox Hill Hospital offered a desperately…

Facebook’s China Tactics Backfire

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Instagram’s boss had a message this week for the White House and…

Twitter Will Turn Off Some Features to Fight Election Misinformation

OAKLAND, Calif. — Twitter, risking the ire of its best-known user, President Trump, said on Friday that it would turn off several of its routine features in an attempt to…

Trump’s Covid-19 Scare Propels Him to Record Facebook Engagement

[embedded content] Source: CrowdTangle Note: This week through Thursday afternoon The New York Times Contracting Covid-19 may have put President Trump in the hospital, jeopardized his re-election campaign, and drawn…

Labor Board Accuses Google Contractor of Violating Union Rights

A federal agency issued a complaint this week against a contractor hired by Google and accused it of violating its employees’ labor rights, marking the latest flash point in a…

U.S. Appeals Injunction Against TikTok Ban

SAN FRANCISCO — The federal government on Thursday appealed a judge’s ruling that prevented the Trump administration from imposing a ban on TikTok, the viral video app owned by the…

With ‘Cure’ Comment, Trump Exaggerates Known Benefits of Another Covid-19...

On Wednesday, President Trump portrayed as a miracle “cure” the experimental antibody cocktail he took for his case of Covid-19, which had landed him in Walter Reed National Medical Military…

With ‘Cure’ Comment, Trump Exaggerates Known Benefits of Another Covid-19...

Daily Distortions Last Updated Oct. 8, 2020, 6:07 p.m. ETOct. 8, 2020, 6:07 p.m. ET Every day, Times reporters will chronicle and debunk false and misleading information that is going…

IBM, Seeing Its Future in the Cloud, Breaks Off I.T....

IBM, throughout its 109-year history, hasn’t often led technology trends. But it has adapted and eventually prospered time and again. It is trying to go the adaptation route once again.…

False Rumors Often Start at the Top

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. We know that false information spreads online like the world’s worst game…

Microsoft Says App Stores Should Be More Competitive

SEATTLE — Microsoft on Thursday said it would give developers more control in its app store, providing a sharp contrast to Apple, which is facing growing pressure for its firm…

The Stars of Black LinkedIn Have Had It With Corporate...

One day in September, Elizabeth Leiba opened the LinkedIn app and saw a post by Aaisha Joseph, a diversity consultant with nearly 16,000 followers on the platform. “Ima need #companies…

QAnon Believers Say Being Banned From Facebook Is Proof of...

QAnon followers were speculating on Tuesday night that Facebook’s new ban on all QAnon groups and pages was part of a complex plan by the Trump administration to root out…

Congress Agrees: Big Tech Is Broken.

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. It is stunning that members of Congress mostly agree that four of…

Google Chromecast Review: A Streaming Device That Gets Better the...

Once upon a time, watching TV involved picking up a remote control, pressing the power button and flipping through channels. Boy, have things changed. When you watch TV with the…

House Lawmakers Condemn Big Tech’s ‘Monopoly Power’

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers who spent the last 15 months investigating the practices of the world’s largest technology companies said on Tuesday that Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google had exercised…

Seeking a Partner for the End of the World

It should be no surprise that the coronavirus has changed dating in America. Many experts, along with daters themselves, say that daters have become more likely to couple up, to…

WeChat Unites and Divides in America

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Take the good and the bad aspects of using Facebook and magnify…

No, the Coronavirus Is Not Like the Flu

Mere hours after defiantly advising Americans not to fear the coronavirus or let it “dominate your life,” President Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning with misleading comparisons of Covid-19…

Big Tech Was Their Enemy, Until Partisanship Fractured the Battle...

WASHINGTON — For all the divisions in Washington, one issue that had united Republicans and Democrats in recent years was their animus toward the power of the biggest tech companies.…

John McAfee Arrested in Spain, and U.S. Seeks Extradition

John David McAfee, an antivirus software pioneer who fled Belize in 2012 ahead of a murder investigation there, has been arrested in Spain on tax evasion charges, the U.S. Justice…

How Facebook and Twitter Handled Trump’s ‘Don’t Be Afraid of...

Facebook and Twitter have pledged to keep their networks safe from misinformation about the coronavirus to protect the public’s health. But on Monday, the sites were tested when President Trump…

Far Right Sees ‘Miracle’ in Trump S.U.V. Ride, Not Risk...

President Trump’s decision to drive by well-wishers outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday was widely criticized by medical experts as irresponsible for unnecessarily exposing Secret Service agents…

Far Right Sees ‘Miracle’ in Trump’s Outing. Medical Experts See...

President Trump’s decision to drive by well-wishers outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday was widely criticized by medical experts as irresponsible for unnecessarily exposing Secret Service agents…

How Did ‘Ransomware’ Get So Bad?

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. A woman died from treatment delays after a hospital in Germany hit…

Hydroxychloroquine Is Part of the Online Conversation, Again

President Trump’s announcement on Friday that he tested positive for the coronavirus has reignited an online fervor over hydroxychloroquine, a drug repeatedly promoted and taken by Mr. Trump despite a…

Jenny Holzer App to Bring ‘Great Books’ Home

For decades, the artist Jenny Holzer has projected phrases — often borrowed sayings — on surfaces such as building facades, ocean waves and mountains. But her new project, called “You…

Following Falsehoods: A Reporter’s Approach on QAnon

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. I first heard about QAnon in 2017, from a New…

What Went Viral This Week

Here at Daily Distortions, we try to debunk false and misleading information that has gone viral. We also want to give you a sense of how popular that misinformation is,…

Tech Isn’t the Answer for Test Taking

Dear readers, please be extra careful online on Friday. The news that President Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus created the kind of fast-moving information environment in which we…

Owners of BitMEX, a Leading Bitcoin Exchange, Face Criminal Charges

American authorities brought criminal charges on Thursday against the owners of one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency trading exchanges, BitMEX, accusing them of allowing the Hong Kong-based company to launder…

Republicans Sow Doubts About Chris Wallace and Debate Fairness

After Tuesday’s chaotic presidential debate, in which President Trump repeatedly ignored the ground rules, his supporters turned their anger on Chris Wallace, the Fox News anchor who served as the…

A High-Tech Twin for a Renaissance Masterpiece

FLORENCE, Italy — For the past five centuries, Michelangelo’s David has been celebrated for its sculptural perfection and its embodiment of youthful beauty and strength. Now, Italian officials want the…

35 Thoughts About Mario on Super Mario’s 35th Anniversary

Almost exactly 35 years ago, Super Mario Bros., the iconic video game from Nintendo, debuted — making a high-jumping plumber named Mario the Japanese video game company’s equivalent of Mickey…

Membership of Anti-Mask Facebook Groups Jumps Sharply

It’s no surprise that people pushing anti-mask arguments popped up online around the time the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States in March and April. But here is what might…

An Uber Wage Experiment Worked

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Seattle and California are among the places trying to ensure higher pay…

In U.S.-China Tech Feud, Taiwan Feels Heat From Both Sides

TAINAN, Taiwan — The United States and China are wrestling to lead the world in artificial intelligence, 5G wireless and other cutting-edge technologies. But the real wizardry that makes those…

Study Finds ‘Single Largest Driver’ of Coronavirus Misinformation: Trump

WASHINGTON — Of the flood of misinformation, conspiracy theories and falsehoods seeding the internet on the coronavirus, one common thread stands out: President Trump. That is the conclusion of researchers…

False G.O.P. Ad Prompts QAnon Death Threats Against a Democratic...

Representative Tom Malinowski, Democrat of New Jersey, is facing down death threats from QAnon supporters after the House Republicans’ campaign arm falsely accused him of lobbying to protect sexual predators.…

Palantir Shares Go Up in Wall Street Debut

Palantir Technologies, a company that helps government agencies analyze vast amounts of digital data, saw its shares jump in its Wall Street debut on Wednesday in a sign of continued…

They Watched the Debate … on Twitch

Cable viewers witnessed a rather exotic TV moment Tuesday night, when the CNN analyst Dana Bash broke out a profanity to describe the presidential debate. For those who watched the…

How Facebook Entrenches Itself

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Facebook’s changes under the hood are a power grab. My colleague Mike…

Drudge Report, a Trump Ally in 2016, Isn’t in 2020

Something has changed at Drudge Report, the influential site known for its tabloid-poetry headlines and conservative take on the news, and don’t think the president hasn’t noticed. Matt Drudge, a…

Now You Can Use Instagram to Chat With Friends on...

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook began allowing people to use the photo-sharing app Instagram and the messaging app Messenger to communicate with each other on Wednesday, as part of a planned…

How Voting by Mail Tops Election Misinformation

Of all the election misinformation this year, false and misleading information about voting by mail has been the most rampant, according to Zignal Labs, a media insights company. Just how…

The Facebook Pages With the Largest Share of Debate Conversation

Sign up for On Politics to get the latest election and politics news and insights. Sign up for our politics newsletter What are the top Facebook pages engaging users on…

Right-Wing Sites Falsely Claim Biden Got Debate Questions in Advance

The false claim that Joseph R. Biden Jr. received questions to Tuesday night’s presidential debate in advance has been circulating on right-wing media sites. A post on Twitter by the…

Seattle Passes Minimum Pay Rate for Uber and Lyft Drivers

The Seattle City Council approved a minimum pay standard for Uber and Lyft drivers on Tuesday, becoming the second city in the country to do so. Under the law, effective…

Joe Biden and the History of ‘Hidden Earpiece’ Conspiracy Theories

Sign up for On Politics to get the latest election and politics news and insights. Sign up for our politics newsletter Ahead of Tuesday’s presidential debate, rumors began spreading among…

The Long History of ‘Hidden Earpiece’ Conspiracy Theories

Ahead of Tuesday’s presidential debate, rumors began spreading among right-wing influencers and Trump campaign surrogates that Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee, was being outfitted with a hidden earpiece…

One Retailer’s Pandemic Survival Plan

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. The pandemic has flattened many retailers, but I want to tell you…

Slack Slowdown Frustrates Remote Workers

Slack, the widely used business communication tool, experienced slowdowns in service on Tuesday, frustrating workers who have become increasingly dependent on it as they work from home. Users complained of…

Philippine leader Duterte Lashes Out at Facebook After Fake Accounts...

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines is one of a number of populists around the world who rose to power in part by harnessing Facebook to get his…

Apple and Epic Games Spar Over Returning Fortnite to the...

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple and Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, sparred in federal court on Monday over whether to reinstate the popular game in Apple’s App Store, raising antitrust…

How ‘Save the Children’ Is Keeping QAnon Alive

Last year, QAnon was on the ropes. The pro-Trump conspiracy theory had been left homeless by the disappearance of 8chan, the message board where “Q,” its pseudonymous central figure, posted…

Can Amazon Conquer the World?

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Amazon is the opposite of our romantic imagination of Italian villages lined…

Strangers’ Things

Pornography is the most common form of sexual experience available online — so common, perhaps, that a market for rarer intimacies has emerged. Bottles of influencer bath water sell for…

Uber Can Continue Operating in London, Judge Rules

LONDON — Uber scored an important victory on Monday when a judge restored the company’s transportation license in London, one of its most important global markets, where regulators had threatened…

TikTok Wins Reprieve From U.S. Ban

A federal judge on Sunday granted a preliminary injunction against a Trump administration order to ban the viral video app TikTok from U.S. app stores, in a reprieve for the…

Ransomware Attacks Take On New Urgency Ahead of Vote

A Texas company that sells software that cities and states use to display results on election night was hit by ransomware last week, the latest of nearly a thousand such…

U.S. Places Restrictions on China’s Leading Chip Maker

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has placed new restrictions on exports to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, China’s most advanced maker of computer chips, a measure that could deepen the technology…

Pasta, Wine and Inflatable Pools: How Amazon Conquered Italy in...

NAPLES, Italy — Ludovica Tomaciello had never shopped on Amazon before being trapped at her parents’ house in March during Italy’s coronavirus lockdown. Bored one afternoon scrolling TikTok, she spotted…

Inside eBay’s Cockroach Cult: The Ghastly Story of a Stalking...

1. Dad stabs a chair Veronica Zea is pretty sure that before showing up to work at eBay in the spring of 2017, she used the site only once. She…

California County Enlists Social Media to Thwart a Misleading Election...

Election officials in Sonoma County, Calif., asked the broader social media community on Friday to help them rebut a false report about mail-in ballots in the county. After receiving phone…

Facebook’s Power This Election

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Charlie Warzel is furious about Facebook. Even when I don’t agree with…

Alphabet Settles Shareholder Suits Over Sexual Harassment Claims

OAKLAND, Calif. — Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has settled a series of shareholder lawsuits over its handling of sexual harassment claims, agreeing to greater oversight by its board of directors…

Google Services Go Down in Some Parts of U.S.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Google users experienced a widespread service disruption for just over an hour on Thursday evening that affected the company’s email, YouTube and Google documents services. The outages…

Without Evidence, Right-Wing Commentators Link Soros to Louisville U-Haul

On Wednesday night, as protests formed over a grand jury’s decision not to charge police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor, footage began circulating on social media of a…

The Truth About ‘The Truth About Breonna Taylor’ Meme

This week, protests erupted around the nation after a Louisville grand jury did not charge any police officers in the killing of Breonna Taylor. And on social media, false and…

Kevin Mayer in Talks to Join RedBird Capital

LOS ANGELES — Kevin A. Mayer, who resigned as TikTok’s chief executive in August after three months on the job and previously was a candidate to run the Walt Disney…

What’s the Deal With Google Now?

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Why are government lawyers in Washington, Texas and beyond thinking about suing…

Ron Cobb, a Pioneer in Science Fiction Design, Dies at...

Ron Cobb, the artist and movie production designer known for his work on the spaceship in “Alien,” the DeLorean in “Back to the Future,” and some tipsy aliens in “Star…

To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a...

SAN FRANCISCO — For months, complaints from tech companies against Apple’s and Google’s power have grown louder. Spotify, the music streaming app, criticized Apple for the rules it imposed in…

YouTube Tries Again to Amplify Accurate Voting Information

No issue this election season is generating more misinformation online than voting by mail, even though some of the major tech platforms have made combating false information about voting a…

Justice Dept. Urges Congress to Limit Tech’s Legal Shield

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sent Congress draft legislation on Wednesday that would reduce a legal shield for platforms like Facebook and YouTube, in the latest effort by the Trump…

False Claims, Spread by a Trump Son, That Biden Used...

A video of Joseph R. Biden Jr. answering live questions during a television interview is being edited to claim, incorrectly, that the Democratic presidential nominee was using a teleprompter. In…

TikTok Files for Injunction to Stop Ban of App

SAN FRANCISCO — TikTok, the short-form viral video app, asked for a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration on Wednesday, a legal maneuver aimed at protecting the company’s service in…

Justice Dept. Urges Congress to Limit Tech’s Legal Shield

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sent Congress draft legislation on Wednesday that would reduce a legal shield for platforms like Facebook and YouTube, in the latest effort by the Trump…

Beyond TikTok, Walmart Looks to Transform

Walmart’s planned investment in TikTok is being called “transformative.” Another analyst predicted the deal could “redefine retail” across the industry. “It is a bigger-picture opportunity,” said Oliver Chen, a retail…

Hooray (Mostly) for the Government!

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. I feel a glimmer of hope about America’s government officials and elected…

Trump Jump-Starts Misinformation on Ginsburg’s ‘Dying Wish’

[Follow our live coverage of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s commemoration and the Supreme Court vacancy.] President Trump routinely passes along false and misleading information that has been circulating online. On…

This Deal Helped Turn Google Into an Ad Powerhouse. Is...

Google owns the world’s leading search engine, it operates the largest video-hosting service in YouTube, and its popular web browser, email, map and meeting software is used by billions of…

Justice Dept. Case Against Google Is Said to Focus on...

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice’s impending lawsuit against Google has narrowed to focus on the company’s power over internet search, a decision that could set off a cascade of…

‘Birtherism’ Lies About Kamala Harris Exceed Those About Obama

Toxic misinformation has continued reaching new heights in 2020. One sign of that? “Birtherism” misinformation about Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, now exceeds that about President Barack Obama…

‘Birtherism’ Lies About Kamala Harris Exceed Those About Obama

Toxic misinformation has continued reaching new heights in 2020. One sign of that? “Birtherism” misinformation about Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, now exceeds that about President Barack Obama…

TikTok and WeChat: What They Tell Us About the Global...

On Sunday, millions of phones across the United States buzzed with a peculiar notification: “TikTok is here to stay!” The alert led to a video post by TikTok’s interim global…

A Capitalist Fix to the Digital Divide

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. The pandemic has made it more clear that millions of Americans are…

TikTok Deal with Oracle and Walmart Trips Over U.S.-China Feud

WASHINGTON — A deal intended to address the Trump administration’s concerns about TikTok’s ties to China was complicated on Monday by a disagreement over whether a U.S. company would control…

‘There’s No There There’: What the TikTok Deal Achieved

SAN FRANCISCO — The saga of TikTok had everything: Ominous threats of surveillance. A forced fire sale. Threats of retaliation. Head-spinning deal terms that morphed by the hour. Dark horse…

Microsoft Acquires Video Game Company ZeniMax in $7.5 Billion Deal

Microsoft landed a major blow in its decades-long battle with its video game industry rival Sony on Monday, announcing the $7.5 billion acquisition of a video game company that narrowed…

Ex-Georgia Tech Researcher Can Proceed With Lawsuit Against University Officials

In 2010, agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation raided the Atlanta home and office of Joy Laskar, a professor of electrical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Accused…

How Facebook Can Slow QAnon for Real

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Like other dangerous ideas, the QAnon conspiracy is tricky to root out…

A New Ship’s Mission: Let the Deep Sea Be Seen

In 2014, when crude oil was selling for more than $100 a barrel, the cost of a new drill ship for oil exploration could run to $100 million. So when…

A New York Clock That Told Time Now Tells the...

For more than 20 years, Metronome, which includes a 62-foot-wide 15-digit electronic clock that faces Union Square in Manhattan, has been one of the city’s most prominent and baffling public…

TikTok Deal Exposes a Security Gap, and a Missing China...

WASHINGTON — President Trump has declared victory in his latest confrontation with China, saying that he headed off a looming national security threat by forcing the sale of the social…

U.S. Judge Temporarily Halts Trump’s WeChat Ban

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has issued an injunction against President Trump’s executive order effectively banning the Chinese social media app WeChat from operating in the United States after midnight…

Trump Approves Deal Between Oracle and TikTok

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Saturday that he had approved a deal between the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok and major American companies, an agreement that will delay the…

Computing Pioneers Endorse Biden, Citing Immigration

Two dozen award-winning computer scientists, in a rebuke of President Trump’s immigration policies, said on Friday that they were endorsing Joseph R. Biden Jr. in November’s presidential election. The scientists,…

In South Korea, Covid-19 Comes With Another Risk: Online Bullies

BUSAN, South Korea — The scandal that riveted South Korea’s online busybodies began when Kim Ji-seon checked into a beachside condominium in February. A 29-year-old office worker planning a June…

After Trump’s TikTok Ban, China Readies Blacklist of Foreign Companies

BEIJING — As the United States and China trade blows over technology, Beijing on Saturday moved to create a blacklist of foreign companies seen as threatening its national security or…

After Trump’s TikTok Ban, China Readies Blacklist of Foreign Companies

BEIJING — As the United States and China trade blows over technology, Beijing on Saturday moved to create a blacklist of foreign companies seen as threatening its national security or…

No, a Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Didn’t Partner With a...

On Thursday, an article from The Daily Signal, the blog of the conservative Heritage Foundation, claimed to show a damning link between an organization started by a Black Lives Matter…

No, Trump Did Not Hold the Bible Upside Down at...

During a town hall on CNN on Thursday night, Joseph R. Biden Jr. revived a debunked viral falsehood about President Trump’s much-criticized photo-op in Washington’s Lafayette Square in June. “A…

‘It’s So Essential’: WeChat Ban Makes U.S.-China Standoff Personal

Every day for nearly five years, Juliet Shen’s 94-year-old grandmother in Shanghai has begun her day with a WeChat message to her 40 children and grandchildren scattered across the globe.…

Fox News Is Accused of Hiding George Soros’s Influence

Perhaps no figure gets more attention in conspiracy circles than George Soros, the billionaire investor and Democratic donor. For years, he has been cast as an anticonservative villain by a…

Fox News Is Accused of Hiding George Soros’s Influence

Perhaps no figure gets more attention in conspiracy circles than George Soros, the billionaire investor and Democratic donor. For years, he has been cast as an anticonservative villain by a…

Inside the Social World of Shift-Scheduling Apps

Zoom fatigue, layoffs in Slack chat, reply-all meltdowns and the general destruction of work-life boundaries: The digitized plight of the white-collar office employee, 9-to-5-ing remotely, has been documented extensively. In…

Explaining Trump’s Potential Ban on TikTok, WeChat: Q&A

The Trump administration is pushing forward with its plan to ban the Chinese social media apps TikTok and WeChat from American app stores. The Commerce Department announced on Friday that…

Don’t quit Facebook. Change laws.

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. There was a predictable backlash this week when celebrities like Kim Kardashian…

Don’t quit Facebook. Change laws.

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. There was a predictable backlash this week when celebrities like Kim Kardashian…

What Is Happening With TikTok and WeChat?

The Trump administration is pushing forward its plan to ban the Chinese social media apps TikTok and WeChat from American app stores. The Commerce Department on Friday announced that beginning…

TikTok Accepts Deal Revisions as Trump Prepares to Review Proposal

WASHINGTON — The Chinese company that owns TikTok has accepted the Trump administration’s changes to a deal designed to mitigate the White House’s concerns that the popular app poses a…

Isolated Ballot Errors Do Not Equal a ‘Rigged Election’

President Trump introduced a new element into his assault on voting by mail, twice promoting Twitter posts on Thursday that seemed to raise questions about whether members of the military…

Isolated Ballot Errors Do Not Equal a ‘Rigged Election’

President Trump introduced a new element into his assault on voting by mail, twice promoting Twitter posts on Thursday that seemed to raise questions about whether members of the military…

The New Apple Watch Measures Your Blood Oxygen. Now What?

The new Apple Watch can be summed up in two words: blood oxygen. The ability to measure your blood’s oxygen saturation — an overall indicator of wellness — is the…

One Family’s Remote-School Tale

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Virtual school is going better for Valerie Cruz and her son Brian…

One Family’s Remote-School Tale

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Virtual school is going better for Valerie Cruz and her son Brian…

A Car Insurance Claim Estimate Before the Tow Truck Is...

On a typical day, about 80,000 American drivers have accidents serious enough to warrant calling their insurers. After the initial shock comes a predictable sequence of worries: Was anyone hurt?…

Snowflake Stock More Than Doubles in IPO Debut

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s bonanza time in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street. Snowflake, a data storage and analytics provider, kicked off a frenzied phase of technology initial public offerings…

China-Backed Hackers Broke Into 100 Firms and Agencies, U.S. Says

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said on Wednesday that a group of hackers associated with China’s main intelligence service had infiltrated more than 100 companies and organizations around the world…

Former Parody Account Was Early in Spreading False Rumors on...

One of the earliest Twitter accounts to circulate false online rumors that the wildfires in Oregon had been started by activists was one that began as a parody, according to…

No, a Molotov Cocktail Didn’t Start the West’s Wildfires

More than a week after wildfires began blazing in Oregon, Washington and California, false and exaggerated claims about the fires’ origins are still spreading like, well, wildfire. The latest, most…

‘Good Enough’ Rules the World

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. During a pandemic, it’s great to have Amazon, Netflix and TikTok at…

A Chinese Billionaire Is Barred From Spending Over Unpaid Debts

No first-class flights. No vacations. No high-speed rail tickets or lavish weekends at the golf course. A Chinese court this week barred Chen Feng, the chairman and co-founder of the…

Celebrities Plan an ‘Instagram Freeze,’ but Reaction Is Icy

BERKELEY, Calif. — One by one, celebrities came forward this week to say they were sick of the misinformation and hate speech on Instagram and Facebook, its parent company. Many…

Driver Charged in Uber’s Fatal 2018 Autonomous Car Crash

A safety driver who was riding in an autonomous Uber vehicle when it struck and killed a pedestrian on a street in Tempe, Ariz., in 2018 has been charged with…

Yoga Teachers Take On QAnon

Several months ago, Seane Corn, a yoga teacher and Instagram influencer in Los Angeles with more than 100,000 followers, started noticing something odd happening on her social media feeds. Many…

A Job That Isn’t Hard to Get in a Pandemic:...

After the fitness center where Denise Newton worked closed down in April because of the coronavirus, she posted her resume online to look for a new job. She soon got…

Apple Watch Is a Private Road

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. If you’re reading this right now on your iPhone or on a…

TikTok’s Proposed Deal Under Review by Trump Administration

WASHINGTON — After more than six weeks, two White House executive orders, new Chinese regulations and multiple bidders, a deal for the social media app TikTok has boiled down to…

ByteDance’s Need for a TikTok-Oracle Deal: China is Slowing

TikTok’s Chinese owner has fought tooth and nail to keep control over its wildly popular platform for dancing teens and young Los Angeles influencers. One big reason: The days of…

Facebook Is Failing in Global Disinformation Fight, Says Former Worker

OAKLAND, Calif. — While Facebook has heralded improvements to its fight against disinformation in the United States, it has been slow to deal with fake accounts that have affected elections…

TikTok Was a Wasted Opportunity

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Creeping closer to resolving a monthslong saga over the future of TikTok…

Nvidia Buys Arm From SoftBank for $40 Billion

SAN FRANCISCO — Nvidia said on Sunday that it would acquire the British chip designer Arm from SoftBank in deal worth about $40 billion, a move that could reshape the…

The Woman Taking Over TikTok at the Toughest Time

Six weeks ago, as TikTok grappled with escalating tensions between the United States and China, the social media app’s top executives huddled together to figure out their next steps. Vanessa…

Europe Feels Squeeze as Tech Competition Heats Up Between U.S....

BRUSSELS — Lacking a powerful technology sector of its own, the European Union has instead tried to carve out a space in the digital economy as the world’s regulatory superpower,…

For These Shows, Take a Hike

There’s a moment late in “Cairns,” a lovely, peaceable sound walk created by the singer and scholar Gelsey Bell and presented by Here, in which Bell will ask you to…

False Rumors That Activists Set Wildfires Exasperate Officials

Officials dealing with catastrophic fires on the West Coast have had to counter social media rumors that the blazes were set by antifascist activists, publicly pleading that people verify information…

Europe Feels the Squeeze as Tech Competition Heats Up Between...

BRUSSELS — Lacking a powerful technology sector of its own, the Europe Union has instead tried go carve out a space in the digital economy as the world’s regulatory superpower,…

Gig Work Is Risky for Apps, Too

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Apps like Uber and Instacart took the concept of freelancing and made…

Are Gender Reveals Cursed?

This week, after a “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device” used at a gender-reveal party set off a devastating wildfire that scorched thousands of acres east of Los Angeles, many internet pundits decided…

Social Media Shaming Your College

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. We’ve all seen social media used to shame people we disagree with.…

Return of the King: Ninja, a Video Game Star, Goes...

BERKELEY, Calif. — In 2010, LeBron James made “The Decision,” leaving his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat and upending the N.B.A. Several months ago, Tom Brady shocked the…

Russian Intelligence Hackers Are Back, Microsoft Warns, Aiming at Officials...

The Russian military intelligence unit that attacked the Democratic National Committee four years ago is back with a series of new, more stealthy hacks aimed at campaign staff, consultants and…

Cleaners Demand Harassment Safeguards From the Booking Service Handy

BERKELEY, Calif. — It was supposed to be just another routine job for Patti Cris, who in early 2018 was a contract worker for the home services booking site Handy.…

Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming ‘Likes’ an X-Rated Video. Awkward.

HONG KONG — When the Twitter account of a Chinese ambassador on Wednesday “liked” a tweet of an X-rated video involving the use of feet, a furious statement from the…

Facebook May Be Ordered to Change Data Practices in Europe

Facebook is facing the prospect of not being able to move data about its European users to the United States, after European regulators raised concerns that such transfers do not…

No, Facebook Does Not Reflect Reality

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Mark Zuckerberg is the world’s most powerful unelected person, and it drives…

‘The Social Dilemma’ Review: Unplug and Run

That social media can be addictive and creepy isn’t a revelation to anyone who uses Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like. But in Jeff Orlowski’s documentary “The Social Dilemma,” conscientious…

Parents Got More Time Off. Then the Backlash Started.

OAKLAND, Calif. — When the coronavirus closed schools and child care centers and turned American parenthood into a multitasking nightmare, many tech companies rushed to help their employees. They used…

Computers Can’t Cut Red Tape

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. As the United States shut down in the spring and tens of…

Chess (Yes, Chess) Is Now a Streaming Obsession

On a recent afternoon, thousands of noncombatants watched from the sidelines as their general ordered his troops across the battlefield and became locked in a fierce duel with the enemy.…

When Learning Is Really Remote: Students Climb Trees and Travel...

On school days, the three teenage students hop on a motorbike and ride to their personal study hall: a spot along a narrow road outside the Indonesian village of Kenalan…

TikTok Influencers, Harassment and Fans: Who’s to Blame?

ImageChris (at left) in a duet responding to James Charles on TikTok.Credit…via @notdonelij Chris smiles widely as a video of Miso Chan, a transgender creator presenting as a young woman…

Harassment Against Gay and Trans People on TikTok

ImageChris (at left) in a duet responding to James Charles on TikTok.Credit…via @notdonelij Chris smiles widely as a video of Miso Chan, a transgender creator presenting as a young woman…

This 84-Year-Old Gamer Has More Than 900,000 ‘Grandkids’

Shirley Curry has clocked thousands of hours of gameplay since the 1990s. She’s been a gamer longer than many of today’s top competitors have been alive. Still, when people rave…

Pentagon Sticks With Microsoft for Cloud Computing Contract

The Defense Department on Friday reaffirmed its decision to award a massive cloud computing contract to Microsoft, despite protests from Amazon, which had argued that President Trump interfered to prevent…

Reed Hastings on Netflix, Hollywood and the Future of Streaming

Does it feel good to be the man who killed Hollywood? “No,” said Reed Hastings, who nurtured Netflix into the Godzilla of the entertainment world. “But, of course, we haven’t…

Why Facebook’s Blocking of New Political Ads May Fall Short

To limit voter misinformation ahead of November’s election, Facebook said this week that it would block new political ads from appearing on its site in the week before Election Day.…

Forget TikTok. China’s Powerhouse App Is WeChat.

Just after the 2016 presidential election in the United States, Joanne Li realized the app that connected her to fellow Chinese immigrants had disconnected her from reality. Everything she saw…

TikTok Bid Highlights Oracle’s Public Embrace of Trump

WASHINGTON — In March, when the Trump administration ordered up a study enabling the widespread release of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19, one of the first questions the…

Student Charged in Cyberattacks at Miami-Dade Schools

On Monday, the first day of public school in Miami-Dade County, Fla., students logged on to their virtual classrooms and immediately encountered glitches. The computer network for the district, the…

Justice Dept. Plans to File Antitrust Charges Against Google in...

The attorney general is said to have set a deadline over the objections of career lawyers who say they need more time to build the case.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Barr Ignores Lawyers’ Calls to Go Slow on Google Antitrust...

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department plans to bring an antitrust case against Google as soon as this month, after Attorney General William P. Barr overruled career lawyers who said they…

Facebook Moves to Stop Election Misinformation

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Thursday moved to clamp down on any confusion about the November election on its service, rolling out a sweeping set of changes to try to…

Lessons From a Virus Tracing Dud

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. In the coronavirus panic in the spring, Utah hired a small tech…

A Freelance Writer Learns He Was Working for the Russians

Colin Munro Wood was not shocked when he learned that federal investigators believed the new website he had been writing for was a facade for a Russian troll operation looking…

India Bans 118 Chinese Apps as Indian Soldier Is Killed...

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — India banned more Chinese phone apps on Wednesday as tensions continue to escalate along its disputed border with China, with one Indian soldier reportedly killed earlier this…

To Play Poker in a Pandemic, Americans Flee the U.S.

Three years ago, Maria Konnikova, a writer for The New Yorker, came up with a brilliant stunt for a book about luck. A novice at cards, she would learn poker…

Amazon’s Biggest Leap Was Boring

Forget about drones. Amazon delivered something just as innovative with nuts and bolts.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Amazon’s Biggest Leap Was Boring

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Nearly seven years ago, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos predicted a major leap forward…

DIY Coronavirus Vaccines? These Scientists Are Giving Themselves Their Own

In April, more than three months before any coronavirus vaccine would enter large clinical trials, the mayor of a picturesque island town in the Pacific Northwest invited a microbiologist friend…

This 84-Year-Old Gamer Has More Than 900,000 ‘Grandkids’

Shirley Curry has cultivated a following on YouTube with her charming videos of journeys through The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Did a 16-Year-Old Have A Hand in Twitter Hack?

When authorities arrested Graham Ivan Clark, who they said was the “mastermind” of the recent Twitter hack that ensnared Kanye West, Bill Gates and others, one detail that stood out…

Facebook and Twitter Say Russians Are Again Targeting Americans With...

The Russian group that interfered in the 2016 presidential election is at it again, using a network of fake accounts and a website set up to look like a left-wing…

Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In...

Several state governments may soon send residents an alert asking them to turn on “exposure notifications.” On Tuesday, Apple and Google said they would make it easier for states to…

Trump’s Multiple Conspiracy Theories in Fox News Interview. Here Are...

In a wide-ranging interview with the Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Monday night, President Trump spread multiple conspiracy theories about the protests that have erupted across the nation. Many…

Twitter to Add New Context Feature to Trending Topics

Twitter said Tuesday that it would add more context to topics that trend on its service, an effort to clean up a feature that has often been used to amplify…

Yes to Tech Optimism. And Pessimism.

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. I recently made a promise to myself, and I would like you…

Walmart+? Membership Service to Launch in Attempt to Compete With...

Walmart is rolling out its newest and much-anticipated attempt to compete with Amazon Prime: a membership service that will give customers free shipping on tens of thousands of items, including…

Facebook Could Block Sharing of News Stories in Australia

With each passing day, the World Wide Web is becoming an outdated name. Facebook warned on Monday that it would block users and news organizations in Australia from sharing local…

Myriam Sarachik Never Gave Up on Physics

In 1963, Myriam P. Sarachik tackled a big question in her field. For decades, physicists had noticed certain metallic materials exhibited odd behavior in electrical resistance — the amount of…

Drone Delivery? Amazon Moves Closer With F.A.A. Approval

Amazon has received federal approval to use drones to deliver packages, bringing the retailer a critical step closer to its goal of shortening delivery times to 30 minutes or less.…

TikTok Deal Faces Complications as U.S. and China Ratchet Up...

SAN FRANCISCO — On most days, companies like ByteDance, Microsoft, Walmart and Oracle are considered kings within their fields. But over the weekend, it became increasingly clear that they can…

Apple’s App War Needs Peace

Changes to Apple’s app store could make developers’ lives — and our smartphones — better.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Apple’s App War Needs Peace

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Your tween might be freaking out that she can’t play a new…

Big Oil Faded. Will Big Tech?

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Less than a decade ago, Exxon Mobil was the most valuable company…

Humans Take a Step Closer to ‘Flying Cars’

A Japanese company said it had completed a manned flight of its electrical vertical takeoff and landing machine. Experts say the technology needs work and that it will be expensive.Read…

What if Facebook Is the Real ‘Silent Majority’?

Listen, liberals. If you don’t think Donald Trump can get re-elected in November, you need to spend more time on Facebook. Since the 2016 election, I’ve been obsessively tracking how…

What if Facebook Is the Real ‘Silent Majority’?

Right-wing influencers are dominating the political discussion on Facebook, raising questions about whether it will translate into electoral success in November.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Why Does Walmart Want to Buy TikTok?

The app’s Chinese version, Douyin, is trying to become a mobile marketplace where video stars promote products. That could be a model for the U.S. retail giant if it acquires…

Will More Data Make Us Healthier?

Trackers can collect all sorts of information on our health, sleep and fitness. But then what?Read MoreNYT > Technology

In Bid for TikTok, Microsoft Flexes Its Power in Washington

The tech giant, once an example of how not to operate in the nation’s capital, now has a successful influence operation there.Read MoreNYT > Technology

How TikTok’s Talks With Microsoft Turned Into a Soap Opera

SAN FRANCISCO — When Microsoft began talking this summer with the popular video app TikTok and its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, no one had any intentions of pursuing a blockbuster…

TikTok Is Said to Wrestle With Two Competing Offers

The sale of the video app’s U.S. operations is entering its final stages, with two groups having submitted bids.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Intel Slips, and a High-Profile Supercomputer Is Delayed

The chip maker was selected for an Energy Department project meant to show American tech independence. But problems at Intel have thrown a wrench into the effort.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Three Charged With Leaking Movies as Part of Global Piracy...

U.S. officials said members of the Sparks Group, an elite piracy network, fraudulently obtained and distributed movies ahead of release dates.Read MoreNYT > Technology

The Hollywood Fix Cornered the Influencer Paparazzi Market

Fletcher Greene, 38, has an encyclopedic knowledge of the internet’s dramas and daily displays. He can tell you which influencers are feuding, who hosted a socially undistanced party last weekend,…

What’s a Palantir? The Tech Industry’s Next Big I.P.O.

A tech start-up named for objects in “The Lord of the Rings” has become a major government contractor. But what it does is not easy to understand.Read MoreNYT > Technology

What’s a Palantir? The Tech Industry’s Next Big I.P.O.

About a month before he became president, Donald J. Trump met with the leaders of the country’s top technology companies at Trump Tower in Manhattan. The meeting included the chief…

The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our...

We should minimize how much we share with all of our favorite and not-so-favorite apps. Here’s how.Read MoreNYT > Technology

With Hacks and Cameras, Beijing’s Electronic Dragnet Closes on Hong...

To get onto his Facebook account, the police used Tony Chung’s body. When officers swarmed him at a Hong Kong shopping mall last month, they pulled him into a stairwell…

How the Hollywood Fix Cornered the Influencer Paparazzi Market

Fletcher Greene, 38, used to photograph all sorts of celebrities. But when the pandemic hit, the A-listers hid while Gen Z’s rising stars stayed in plain sight.Read MoreNYT > Technology

To Fight Apple and Google’s Grip, Fortnite Creator Mounts a...

SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Sweeney, chief executive and founder of the video game maker Epic Games, has antagonized the world’s most powerful technology giants since at least 2016. That year,…

Ant Group, the Alibaba Payment Affiliate, Files to Go Public

The company, whose flagship Alipay app has helped drive the boom in mobile payments in China, is preparing to list shares in Hong Kong and Shanghai.Read MoreNYT > Technology

With Hacks and Cameras, Beijing’s Electronic Dragnet Closes on Hong...

Under a new national security law, the police are targeting the social media accounts of executives, politicians and activists. American internet giants are struggling to respond.Read MoreNYT > Technology

To Fight Apple and Google’s Grip, Fortnite Creator Mounts a...

Tim Sweeney, chief executive of Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, has railed against tech power. “The market is out of control,” he said.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Facebook Braces Itself for Trump to Cast Election Results Doubts

The world’s biggest social network is working out what steps to take should President Trump use its platform to dispute the vote.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Twitter Flags Trump Tweet for Dissuading Voting

The social media service hid the president’s post about ballot drop boxes, saying it violated Twitter’s election integrity rules.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Electric Vehicle Makers Find a Back Door to Wall Street

Special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, are helping them and other fledgling companies raise money and gain coveted stock listings.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Threatened by Facebook Disinformation, a Monk Flees Cambodia

A smear campaign linked to the Cambodian government went viral on the social media platform, sending an activist Buddhist cleric into exile to protect himself.Read MoreNYT > Technology

TikTok to Challenge Trump Administration Over Executive Order

The popular video app, which is owned by a Chinese internet company, said it had been deprived of due process when President Trump moved to block it in the United…

Jeff Wilke, Amazon’s Chief of Consumer Business, Will Retire Next...

Mr. Wilke, who has been a key lieutenant to Jeff Bezos, is departing after building the e-commerce business for two decades.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Palantir, Tech’s Next Big I.P.O., Lost $580 Million in 2019

The Silicon Valley company could be the next in a string of tech outfits to go public long before they have turned a profit.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Kamala Harris’s Big Tech Connections

Silicon Valley has enthusiastically backed Ms. Harris since she first ran for state attorney general in California a decade ago.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Social Justice Guides Are All Over Instagram

Artists, activists and academics are dropping knowledge and resources on Instagram in an effort to democratize access to information.Read MoreNYT > Technology

What Is QAnon, the Viral Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theory?

Explaining the “big tent conspiracy theory” that falsely claims that President Trump is facing down a shadowy cabal of Democratic pedophiles.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Mark Zuckerberg Questioned Under Oath in F.T.C. Antitrust Inquiry

It was the first known time that regulators directly interviewed a chief executive of one of the tech companies being scrutinized for potential antitrust violations.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Ann Syrdal, Who Helped Give Computers a Female Voice, Dies...

As a researcher at AT&T, she helped lay the groundwork for modern digital assistants like Siri and Alexa.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Uber and Lyft Get Reprieve After Threatening to Shut Down

The companies, under legal pressure to reclassify their California drivers as employees, said they would halt rides before an appeals court gave them permission to continue.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Former Uber Security Chief Charged With Concealing Hack of 57...

Joe Sullivan, who led Uber’s security team through the company’s most tumultuous period, was fired by the company’s newly installed chief executive in 2017.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Facebook Removes 790 QAnon Groups to Fight Conspiracy Theory

The social network also said it was restricting another 1,950 groups, 440 pages on Facebook and more than 10,000 accounts on Instagram related to the conspiracy group.Read MoreNYT > Technology

British Grading Debacle Shows Pitfalls of Automating Government

The uproar over an algorithm that lowered the grades of 40 percent of students is a sign of battles to come regarding the use of technology in public services.Read MoreNYT…

What’s the Deal With That Strawberry Dress on TikTok?

How fantasies about the pastoral, lost innocence and future festivity converged in one diaphanous pink $490 garment.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Bryce Hall, TikTok Influencer, Has Power Shut Off by Los...

This month, Mayor Eric Garcetti said that Angelenos who violated the city’s guidelines on gatherings during a health crisis would have their water and power turned off. Today, he followed…

Airbnb, a ‘Sharing Economy’ Pioneer, Files to Go Public

The home rental company, which was privately valued at $31 billion, is trying to go public after its business was crushed by the pandemic.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Apple Reaches $2 Trillion, Punctuating Big Tech’s Grip

Apple is the first U.S. company to hit that value, a staggering ascent that began in the pandemic.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Trump Says He Supports Oracle Owning TikTok

President Trump, who has been pushing for a sale of the Chinese-owned video app, did not say whether Oracle would be a better buyer than Microsoft.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Internet and Power Outage? It’s Storm Season

Bad weather and blackouts now destroy our ability to work, see family and friends, buy things and generally pretend that 2020 is normal.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Big Tech’s Domination of Business Reaches New Heights

As the economy contracts and many companies struggle to survive, the biggest tech companies are amassing wealth and influence in ways unseen in decades.Read MoreNYT > Technology

With Virtual Reality, Caregivers Can Become Patients

Carrie Shaw’s struggle with her mother’s dementia led her to create a company that allows users to experience the struggles of growing older.Read MoreNYT > Technology

How Smartphone Location Tracking Works, and What You Can Do...

Smartphone location data, often used by marketers, has been useful for studying the spread of the coronavirus. But the information raises troubling privacy questions.Read MoreNYT > Technology

Amazon Sticks With Office Expansion Plans in New York and...

The additional space and workers, envisioned before the pandemic, are a sign of how large tech companies continue to prosper.Read MoreNYT > Technology

You Can’t Find a Laptop. Now What?

Why laptops are sold out, and what to do.Read MoreNYT > Technology

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