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  1. The Law©? Opinion, Yesterday

    No one owns the law, and no one should be able to copyright it.

  2. Regulators Have Doubts About Facebook Cryptocurrency. So Do Its Partners. Technology, Yesterday

    The social media company said it had signed 27 partners to its Libra project. But executives at some of those companies said they were approaching it warily.

  3. How to Prepare for Amazon Prime Day Smarter Living, Yesterday

    Prime Day 2019 will be two days: July 15 and 16. Here are the deals to expect, how to shop if you’re not a Prime member, and how not to regret your purchases.

  4. U.S. Tech Companies Sidestep a Trump Ban, to Keep Selling to Huawei Technology, Yesterday

    Chip makers’ deals underscore how difficult it is to clamp down on companies that the administration considers a national security threat.

  5. Congress Wants Data Transparency, but It Still Doesn’t Understand the Internet Opinion, Yesterday

    Focusing on individual privacy consent does little to dismantle a system that’s clearly broken.

  6. Far From World Cup, Hints of Rebellion Inside U.S. Soccer Sports, Yesterday

    Current and former employees have been excoriating the federation’s top executives online in an effort to alert leaders to what they called a “toxic” culture.

  7. How E-Commerce Sites Manipulate You Into Buying Things You May Not Want Technology, June 24

    Research released this week finds that many online retailers use so-called dark patterns to influence what shoppers decide to purchase. Cracking down on the practice could be difficult.

  8. The Bug That Crashed New York’s Wireless Network New York, June 24

    Despite warnings, New York City’s technology managers were blindsided by the so-called GPS rollover, failing to install simple but necessary upgrades.

  9. I Shouldn’t Have to Publish This in The New York Times Opinion, June 24

    The way we regulated social media platforms didn’t end harassment, extremism or disinformation. It only gave them more power and made the problem worse.

  10. Singapore’s Bill on Online Falsehoods Opinion, June 24

    The country’s ambassador to the United States takes issue with an Op-Ed article.

  11. Chinese Drones Made in America: One Company’s Plan to Win Over Trump Technology, June 24

    The world’s largest drone maker is the latest Chinese technology company scrambling to retain their ability to sell to the United States.

  12. A Machine May Not Take Your Job, but One Could Become Your Boss Technology, June 23

    The goal of automation has always been efficiency. What if artificial intelligence sees humanity itself as the thing to be optimized?

  13. What Happens After Amazon’s Domination Is Complete? Its Bookstore Offers Clues Technology, June 23

    Popular novels, technical tomes and self-published books are pirated and sold on Amazon. That may actually be helping the company extend its grip on the book business.

  14. 5 Lessons From Microsoft’s Antitrust Woes, by People Who Lived It Technology, June 23

    The Microsoft case from the 1990s provides a road map for today’s tech giants and regulators.

  15. The Gender Gap in Computer Science Research Won’t Close for 100 Years Technology, June 21

    Women and men are forecast to produce a similar volume of medical research by 2048, according to a new study. In computer science, that won’t happen until 2137.

  16. The Week in Tech: Facebook’s Crypto Dream Faces Deep Mistrust Technology, June 21

    The social network has ambitious plans to create a universal currency for the internet. Its reputation could get in the way.

  17. The Land Where the Internet Ends Opinion, June 21

    To find real solitude, you have to go out of range. But every year that’s harder to do, as America’s off-the-grid places disappear.

  18. Slack Stock Soars as Messaging Company Goes Public Technology, June 20

    The workplace messaging company’s shares rose in early trading on the stock market on Thursday, following last month’s rocky initial public offering for Uber.

  19. Slack Stock Soars, Putting Company’s Public Value at $19.5 Billion Technology, June 20

    The workplace messaging company’s shares rose on the stock market on Thursday, putting its value at nearly triple that of when it was a private firm.

  20. U.K. Age Checks for Online Porn Sites Are Delayed World, June 20

    Rules requiring users to prove they are over 18 were postponed because officials failed to adequately notify the European Commission about the changes.

  21. Queer Dating Apps Are Unsafe by Design Opinion, June 20

    Privacy is particularly important for L.G.B.T.Q. people.

  22. To Take Down Big Tech, They First Need to Reinvent the Law Technology, June 20

    For decades, antitrust regulation has focused on the welfare of the consumer. Now a backlash over Big Tech’s power has regulators and scholars trying to reverse years of established doctrine.

  23. Alaska Teenager Plotted Best Friend’s Murder for $9 Million, Police Say U.S., June 19

    A man who met Denali Brehmer online offered her the money to arrange the killing of Cynthia Hoffman, 19, and document the crime with photos and video, the authorities said.

  24. F.T.C. Said to Be Investigating YouTube Over Child Privacy Claims Technology, June 19

    The video service has been under increasing pressure from parents and consumer groups for the way it handles children’s videos.

  25. Browsing LinkedIn and Instagram to Put Herself in Readers’ Shoes Technology, June 19

    People consume news in many ways, which is why Anna Dubenko’s job — editor of off-platform strategy — takes her to platforms where others go for a break from theirs.

  26. ‘If You’ve Built a Chaos Factory, You Can’t Dodge Responsibility for the Chaos’ Opinion, June 19

    Amazon says it’s not responsible if its creations are abused.

  27. How to Organize Your Messy Contacts List Smarter Living, June 18

    The contacts list on your phone is probably less a list of people you talk to and more a list of everyone you’ve ever talked to. Here’s how to clean it up.

  28. Facebook Under Oath: You Have No Expectation of Privacy Opinion, June 18

    The social media giant thinks privacy is a you problem.

  29. Google Pledges $1 Billion to Ease Bay Area Housing Crisis Business, June 18

    Google is the latest technology company to address the housing problems caused by the tech industry’s success.

  30. Google Pledges to Invest $1 Billion to Ease Bay Area Housing Crisis Technology, June 18

    It’s the latest technology company to address a problem caused by the industry’s success.

  31. Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency Technology, June 18

    Despite skepticism and concern about Facebook’s reach, the company envisions an alternative financial system based on a new cryptocurrency called Libra.

  32. How Libra, Facebook’s Cryptocurrency, Would Work for You Technology, June 18

    We break down the new cryptocurrency and what the company hopes you will be able to do with it, even though it hasn’t quite arrived.

  33. The U.S. Has Its Eye on Big Tech. Will Criminal Inquiries Result? Business, June 17

    Could Facebook, Google or Apple be considered monopolies? Increased government oversight of the technology giants could consider that possibility.

  34. These Influencers Aren’t Flesh and Blood, Yet Millions Follow Them Business, June 17

    From Calvin Klein to KFC, the rise of the computer-generated influencer on social media.

  35. Comedian Wins $4.1 Million in Lawsuit Against The Daily Stormer U.S., June 17

    The neo-Nazi website falsely accused the comedian, Dean Obeidallah, of committing terrorism. He hopes to give money to organizations that fight white supremacy.

  36. California Tests a Digital ‘Fire Alarm’ for Mental Distress Health, June 17

    The state is teaming up with Silicon Valley to make mental health services more available. Promises abound, and so do potential problems.

  37. Huawei Chief Predicts Sales Will Flatline After Trump Crackdown Technology, June 17

    Being cut off from American technology will hurt business at the Chinese company this year and next, Ren Zhengfei said, though he vowed a 2021 recovery.

  38. Huawei Chief Predicts Sales Will Flatline After Trump Crackdown Technology, June 17

    Being cut off from American technology will hurt business at the Chinese company this year and next, Ren Zhengfei said, though he vowed a 2021 recovery.

  39. Exposing the Bias Embedded in Tech Business, June 17

    It’s important to have diverse teams; when it’s just white men doing the programming, artificial intelligence systems are based on how they act.

  40. Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Approval, Said to Be Near, Could Undercut Challenge by States Technology, June 14

    Provisions set by the Justice Department, described by people familiar with the plan, could weaken a lawsuit that 10 attorneys general filed to try to block the $26 billion deal.

  41. Algorithms Won’t Fix What’s Wrong With YouTube Opinion, June 14

    What seems like a sensible decision to an algorithm can be a terrible misstep to a human.

  42. The Week in Tech: Big Trouble With Trustbusters and China Technology, June 14

    The tech industry is caught in the middle of escalating trade tensions with China. And at home, regulators are getting serious about cracking down on Big Tech.

  43. When Rohingya Refugees Fled to India, Hate on Facebook Followed Technology, June 14

    After posts on the social network contributed to Myanmar’s genocide of Rohingya Muslims, Facebook vowed to fix the problem. Then the vitriol moved to India.

  44. Stanford Team Aims at Alexa and Siri With a Privacy-Minded Alternative Technology, June 14

    A handful of companies already dominate the market for digital assistants. The implications for consumer privacy are a serious concern, researchers say.

  45. That Sleep Tracker Could Make Your Insomnia Worse Health, June 13

    Apps and trackers can flood users with confusing data, doctors say. Some warn against orthosomnia, an obsession with “perfect” sleep.

  46. Chinese Cyberattack Hits Telegram, App Used by Hong Kong Protesters World, June 13

    An attack against the messaging app Telegram and the arrest of a user show how the Hong Kong clash is unfolding digitally, with growing sophistication on both sides.

  47. Huawei Is Said to Demand Patent Fees From Verizon Technology, June 12

    The demand, which could amount to a billion dollars, represents a new wrinkle in the tensions between the Trump administration and China.

  48. Why a Digital Diary Will Change Your Life Opinion, June 12

    I found something so rare it feels sacred — a digital space that values private, quiet contemplation.

  49. We Read 150 Privacy Policies. They Were an Incomprehensible Disaster. Interactive, June 12

    The average policy took 18 minutes to finish and required a college-level reading ability.

  50. Get More From Your Letters With Custom Stationery for Print or Pixels Technology, June 12

    Even in today’s digital world, notes sent under a formal letterhead can help get the right message across. Here’s how to make your own powerful design with just a few keystrokes.

  51. ‘Oversharing’ on Google Calendar, and Making Sure Readers Come Back for More Technology, June 12

    What are Times readers hungriest for? Here’s how Jodi Rudoren, associate managing editor for audience, finds out and then works to serve them.

  52. A Fake Zuckerberg Video Challenges Facebook’s Rules Technology, June 11

    Last month, the social media company would not remove a doctored video of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Facebook said the video of Mr. Zuckerberg will get the same treatment.

  53. House Opens Tech Antitrust Inquiry With Look at Threat to News Media Technology, June 11

    Local journalism has been pushed “to the verge of extinction,” said a member of a committee that plans 18 months of hearings and other scrutiny of the big technology platforms.

  54. The Faults Beyond Our Algorithms Opinion, June 11

    The offline roots of online radicalization.

  55. Letter of Recommendation: Bug Fixes Magazine, June 11

    It’s a pleasure to watch software improve. I read the change logs, and I think: Humans can do things.

  56. Dark Web Drug Sellers Dodge Police Crackdowns Technology, June 11

    The notorious Silk Road site was shut down in 2013. Others have followed. But the online trafficking of illegal narcotics hasn’t abated.

  57. Huawei Tells Parliament It’s No Security Threat, Aiming to Avoid a Ban Technology, June 10

    British lawmakers questioned a Huawei executive on Monday about American allegations that the company poses a risk to national security.

  58. Anger at Big Tech Unites Noodle Pullers and Code Writers. Washington Is All Ears. Technology, June 10

    A wide range of companies are lining up to complain about Silicon Valley’s power as lawmakers and regulators step up their scrutiny of Big Tech.

  59. Making Data Coherent Drives Salesforce’s $15.3 Billion Deal for Tableau Technology, June 10

    Salesforce’s deal to buy the business tools maker Tableau, its largest ever acquisition, was pushed by the need to make business information understandable.

  60. Deepfakes Are Coming. We Can No Longer Believe What We See. Opinion, June 10

    It will soon be as easy to produce convincing fake video as it is to lie. We need to be prepared.

  61. I Needed to Save My Mother’s Memories. I Hacked Her Phone. Opinion, June 10

    After she died, breaking into her phone was the only way to put together the pieces of her digital life.

  62. Fiat Chrysler in Deal for Self-Driving Car Technology Business, June 10

    The agreement, with Aurora Innovation, underscores the heavy emphasis automakers are placing on autonomous cars.

  63. Google Made $4.7 Billion From the News Industry in 2018, Study Says Business, June 9

    Journalists create the content, and big tech companies are profiting off it, according to a new analysis. “We need to share the revenue,” a news publisher says.

  64. YouTube Is a Very Bad Judge and Jury Opinion, June 8

    Nobody knows how to run YouTube. Especially not YouTube.

  65. The Making of a YouTube Radical Interactive, June 8

    Caleb Cain was a college dropout looking for direction. He turned to YouTube, where he was pulled into a world filled with conspiracy theories, misogyny and racism.

  66. A Tech Columnist on How He Avoids Twitter Trolls and Finds Screen-Free Escapes Reader Center, June 8

    Kevin Roose gets into the future of technology, the anxiety of publishing a huge story and his newest hobby (no screens involved).

  67. Two Top Uber Executives Are Out as C.E.O. Consolidates Power Technology, June 7

    A month after Uber’s rocky I.P.O., its chief executive laid off two members of his executive team: the chief operating officer and the chief marketing officer.

  68. How A.I. Could Be Weaponized to Spread Disinformation Interactive, June 7

    The world’s top artificial intelligence labs are honing technology that can mimic how humans write, which could one day help disinformation campaigns go undetected by generating huge amounts of subtly different messages.

  69. The Week in Tech: What Not to Expect From Big Tech’s Antitrust Showdown Technology, June 7

    The legal action against Silicon Valley’s giants will be long, difficult, uncertain and, for some people, disappointing.

  70. Australian Who Tested Rockets on His Farm for ISIS Gets 9-Year Sentence World, June 7

    Prosecutors said Haisem Zahab sent his findings to the Islamic State through an encrypted messaging app.

  71. Short-Term Programs for Long-Term Success Education, June 7

    A growing number of intensive programs offered online, or on campuses around the world, can help workers at all stages become more globally minded.

  72. Google to Buy Data Analytics Company Despite New Antitrust Scrutiny Technology, June 6

    Google said it would acquire Looker for $2.6 billion in a bid to catch rivals in the cloud-computing industry.

  73. Election Rules Are an Obstacle to Cybersecurity of Presidential Campaigns Technology, June 6

    Security experts warn that time is running out for campaigns to create protections against the cyberattacks and disinformation seen in recent elections.

  74. Craig Newmark, New Friend to Journalism, Gives $6 Million to Consumer Reports Business, June 6

    He is funding a new initiative to monitor digital products and platforms by the nonprofit organization that warned you about cigarettes in the ’50s.

  75. Tech Giants Amass a Lobbying Army for an Epic Washington Battle U.S., June 5

    Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, facing the growing possibility of antitrust action and legislation to rein in their power, are spending freely to gain influence and access.

  76. Overlooked No More: Alan Turing, Condemned Code Breaker and Computer Visionary Obituaries, June 5

    His ideas led to early versions of modern computing and helped win World War II. Yet he died as a criminal for his homosexuality.

  77. The Age of the Internet ‘Wife Guy’ Arts, June 5

    He’s not just a husband. The wife guy married a woman, and now that is his personality — perhaps even his job.

  78. Outside the U.S., It’s All About WhatsApp Technology, June 5

    Adam Satariano, who covers technology in Europe, became a frequent user when he moved to London.

  79. The Problem With ‘Sharenting’ Opinion, June 5

    Fears about troubling videos and excessive screen time are legitimate. But the real threat is adults’ disregard for their children’s rights and best interests.

  80. How Updates in iOS 13 and Android Q Will Change Your Smartphone Technology, June 5

    New versions of the Apple and Google operating systems are packed with hundreds of new features. Here are the few you should know about.

  81. Becoming a Digital Grandparent Well, June 5

    When it comes to warnings about limiting kids’ screen time, grandparents are, well, grandfathered in.

  82. Your Instagram Feed Is About to Have More Ads From Influencers Technology, June 4

    On Tuesday, the photo platform announced that advertisers could promote influencer-created content in people’s feeds, even if those people do not follow the influencer.

  83. Why Does Google Know Everything You’ve Bought on Amazon for the Past Six Years? Opinion, June 4

    Sometimes it’s worth pausing to ask the simplest questions.

  84. The People Screaming for Blood Have No Idea How Tech Actually Works Opinion, June 4

    Suddenly regulators’ guns are blazing, but it looks thoughtless and is likely to prove pointless.

  85. DealBook Briefing: Big Tech Enters Antitrust Purgatory Business, June 4

    Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are all facing federal antitrust inquiries — a potentially long and painful period in their corporate lives.

  86. Inside Apple’s Earthquake-Ready Headquarters U.S., June 4

    Apple’s “spaceship” headquarters are in one of the few Silicon Valley buildings that use seismic technology to protect against earthquake damage.

  87. Apple Backs Off Crackdown on Parental-Control Apps Technology, June 3

    The iPhone maker acted as tech giants faced more scrutiny over what critics argue is anticompetitive behavior.

  88. A Farewell for iTunes Technology, June 3

    Apple’s software changed the way we listen to music. And though it got a little bloated over the years, we will miss it.

  89. Elizabeth Warren Sticks Her Message in Big Tech’s Face Technology, June 3

    The “Break Up Big Tech” billboard, paid for by the Democrat’s presidential campaign, doesn’t sit well with all San Franciscans who work in the industry.

  90. Antitrust Troubles Snowball for Tech Giants as Lawmakers Join In Technology, June 3

    Intense new scrutiny on companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon could last years and lead to the first overhaul of antitrust rules in decades.

  91. Apple W.W.D.C. 2019: Live Updates Technology, June 3

    Apple plans to unveil software enhancements for its iPhone and other products at its annual developer conference, plus potential new features that address issues that its technology has wrought.

  92. Apple’s WWDC Highlights: the Death of iTunes and $6,000 Macs Technology, June 3

    Apple rolled out ambitious updates to its apps and smartwatch at its annual developer conference.

  93. Google Disruptions Affect Gmail, YouTube and Other Sites Technology, June 2

    The errors appeared to affect services that rely on Google’s technology. Google said the problems were not caused by a cyberattack.

  94. Google Disruptions Affect Gmail, YouTube and Other Sites Technology, June 2

    The errors also affected businesses that rely on Google’s technology. Google said the problems were not caused by a cyberattack.

  95. As Slack Prepares to Go Public, Its C.E.O. Is Holding His Tongue Technology, June 2

    Stewart Butterfield, Slack’s chief executive, has been outspoken. Maybe too outspoken for a business software company that is about to go public.

  96. The Week in Business: A Surprise Tariff War, and the Future of iPhone Screens Business, June 1

    Plus, Uber will give rude customers the boot, and a victory for gender-neutral parental leave.

  97. Twitter Takes Down Accounts of China Dissidents Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary Business, June 1

    The company said the suspensions were an accident. But the move showed starkly the global political ramifications of Silicon Valley slip-ups.

  98. After SpaceX Starlink Launch, a Fear of Satellites That Outnumber All Visible Stars Science, June 1

    Images of the Starlink constellation in orbit have rattled astronomers around the world.

  99. As China Takes Aim, Silicon Valley Braces for Pain Technology, May 31

    The tech cold war is heating up. U.S. companies that depend on the giant China market are preparing themselves for the fallout.

  100. ‘Screen Time’ Is Over Health, May 31

    The phrase can’t remotely capture our ever-shifting digital experience, social scientists say. Say hello to the “screenome.”

  101. The Week in Tech: Disinformation’s Huge Inaction Problem Technology, May 31

    Almost everybody wants something done about disinformation. So why does it seem that nothing is changing?

  102. China Steps Up Trade War and Plans Blacklist of U.S. Firms Business, May 31

    Without disclosing details, officials say they plan to retaliate against those who blockade Chinese companies, in an apparent response to Huawei’s problems.

  103. The Hacking Supergroup That Counts Beto O’Rourke as One of Its Own Books, May 31

    Joseph Menn’s “Cult of the Dead Cow” is a narrative history of a group of hackers who went from apolitical hobbyists to security advisers for the world’s most powerful institutions.

  104. When Trolls and Crybullies Rule the Earth Opinion, May 30

    How technology reshapes consciousness.

  105. Uber’s First Results After I.P.O. Show Slowing Growth and $1 Billion Loss Technology, May 30

    The ride-hailing giant’s earnings report raised questions about where the company will find new growth and if it can ever make money.

  106. Uber’s First Earnings Report After I.P.O.: $1 Billion Loss Technology, May 30

    The ride-hailing giant’s quarterly report raised questions about where the company would find new growth and whether it could ever make money.

  107. This ‘Fake News’ Law Threatens Free Speech. But It Doesn’t Stop There. Opinion, May 30

    Singapore’s new legislation could force companies to tell the government what websites users have viewed.

  108. Pelosi Criticizes Facebook for Handling of Altered Videos Technology, May 29

    Ms. Pelosi said the company’s decision to leave up manipulated videos of her demonstrated how the social network contributed to Russian manipulation of the 2016 election.

  109. Nancy Pelosi Criticizes Facebook for Handling of Altered Videos Technology, May 29

    Ms. Pelosi said the company’s decision to leave up manipulated videos of her demonstrated how the social network contributed to Russian manipulation of the 2016 election.

  110. Nancy Pelosi Criticizes Facebook for Handling of Altered Videos Technology, May 29

    Ms. Pelosi said the company’s decision to leave up manipulated videos of her demonstrated how the social network contributed to Russian manipulation of the 2016 election.

  111. On Migrant Journeys With WhatsApp and Google Translate Technology, May 29

    Miriam Jordan, who covers immigration for The Times, says that migrants crossing the border often use WhatsApp and that Google Translate can break the ice.

  112. Apps That Blast Out Crime Alerts Don’t Have to Rattle You Technology, May 29

    Neighborhood-watch networks are on the rise, even though crime is not. Here’s how to put the data into perspective.

  113. Your Kids Think You’re Addicted to Your Phone Technology, May 29

    While parents are, of course, worried about their teenagers’ phone use, that concern goes both ways, a new study found.

  114. Huawei Revs Up Its U.S. Lawsuit, With the Media in Mind Business, May 29

    The Chinese telecommunications giant has filed for summary judgment against the White House as it challenges limits against it via the courts and public opinion.

  115. The Reason You Hate Online Ads Opinion, May 28

    The algorithms know what we’ll do, but not why we do it. At least not yet.

  116. Food Delivery Apps Are Drowning China in Plastic Technology, May 28

    The noodles and barbecue arrive within 30 minutes. The containers they come in could be around for hundreds of years thereafter.

  117. Google’s Shadow Work Force: Temps Who Outnumber Full-Time Employees Technology, May 28

    The tech company has long used contractors, but some employees worry that a growing reliance on them represents a shifting, less admirable work culture.

  118. Trump Wants to Wall Off Huawei, but the Digital World Bridles at Barriers U.S., May 27

    Washington argues that global leaders must choose between an internet of Western values and one based on an authoritarian regime. If they do, how will data be divided? And would a self-reliant China be an even greater threat?