How Frustration Over TikTok Has Mounted in Washington

National security concerns over the Chinese-owned viral video app remain unresolved. Lawmakers and regulators are increasingly pushing for action.

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The Summer of NIMBY in Silicon Valley’s Poshest Town

Moguls and investors from the tech industry, which endorses housing relief, banded together to object to a plan for multifamily homes near their estates in Atherton, Calif.

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Why the CHIPS Act Exists and What It Could Mean for the U.S.

What a $280 billion law signed by President Biden this week might mean for Americans.

#computer-chips, #computers-and-the-internet, #intel-corporation, #internal-sub-only-nl, #united-states-economy

Hunting for Voter Fraud, Conspiracy Theorists Organize ‘Stakeouts’

A nascent effort to surveil drop boxes for potential fraud is taking shape in at least 10 states, worrying election officials and law enforcement.

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Snapchat Introduces Its First Parental Controls

The messaging app, which is popular with teenagers, has faced legal pressure to roll out tools so parents can keep an eye on their children’s social media activity.

#children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #parenting, #snap-inc, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #youth, #youtube-com

I Didn’t Want It to Be True, but the Medium Really Is the Message

How we look matters as much as what we see.

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Why Don’t Expect Alex Jones’s Comeuppance to Stop Lies

His success has inspired a new generation of conspiracy theorists, who have learned how to stay away from legal trouble.

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Don’t Expect Alex Jones’s Comeuppance to Stop Lies

His success has inspired a new generation of conspiracy theorists, who have learned how to stay away from legal trouble.

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The Humbling of Coinbase

In just over a year, the United States’ largest cryptocurrency exchange went from a triumphant public offering to a “crypto winter” of cost cutting and layoffs.

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A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?

Robots can’t think or feel, despite what the researchers who build them want to believe.

#altman-samuel-h, #artificial-intelligence, #cerebras-systems, #computers-and-the-internet, #deepmind-technologies-ltd, #google-inc, #internal-sub-only, #lemoine-blake, #mitchell-margaret-researcher

How Changing One Law Could Protect Kids From Social Media

Raising the age requirement for social media use could empower parents.

#children-and-childhood, #childrens-online-privacy-protection-act, #computers-and-the-internet, #parenting, #privacy, #social-media, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states

YouTube Automation Sprouts Cottage Industry That Promises Fast Money

A cottage industry is persuading people to spend thousands to create video businesses on YouTube. Disclaimer: It is harder than it looks.

#celebrities, #computers-and-the-internet, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

The Crypto Market Crashed. They’re Still Buying Bitcoin.

Hard-core Bitcoin evangelists are making the case that Bitcoin differs from the unstable crypto projects that sent the market into a tailspin.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #bitcoin-currency, #computers-and-the-internet, #cory-klippsten, #currency, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #swan-bitcoin, #virtual-currency

The Abandoned Children of Egypt’s Arab Spring

The world needs to let the Egyptians know it hasn’t forgotten how it once admired those courageous young people who dared to dream of a better future.

#alaa-abd-el-fattah, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #egypt, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #political-prisoners

A Cyberattack Illuminates the Shaky State of Student Privacy

At a moment when education technology firms are stockpiling sensitive information on millions of school children, safeguards for student data have broken down.

#balderas-hector-h-jr, #childrens-online-privacy-protection-act, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #education-k-12, #education-department-nyc, #federal-trade-commission, #illuminate-education, #pearson-plc, #privacy

Does Twitch Fame Have to Come With a Stalker?

Stars on the video game streaming platform invite viewers into their homes virtually. What happens when one shows up in person?

#amazon-com-inc, #celebrities, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #security-and-warning-systems, #swatting-crime, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #twitch-interactive-inc, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

The Word of the Year Is ‘Uncertainty’

Did tech win the pandemic or not? We likely won’t be able to tell for a while.

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Big Tech Is Proving Resilient as the Economy Cools

Tech companies are slowing their frenetic hiring, but a combination of dominance and diversity is turning out to be — yet again — an overwhelming asset.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #nadella-satya, #pichai-sundar

F.T.C. Chair Lina Khan Upends Antitrust Standards by Suing Meta

Lina Khan may set off a shift in how Washington regulates competition by filing cases in tech areas before they mature. She faces an uphill climb.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporations, #entrepreneurship, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #khan-lina, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #mobile-applications, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #start-ups, #supernatural-mobile-app, #virtual-reality-computers

3 Senate Hopefuls Denounce Big Tech. They Also Have Deep Ties to It.

Blake Masters, J.D. Vance and Mehmet Oz, all Republicans, have a history with the industry that involves uses of consumer data they now criticize.

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Meta Reports First Revenue Decline and 36 Percent Profit Drop

It was the first time the social media giant’s revenue had fallen since it went public a decade ago, as it confronts increased regulatory scrutiny and a turbulent economy.

#advertising-and-marketing, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers

Will Streaming Save Sports or Kill It?

Sports are the lifeblood of TV but also choking it. Big Tech is following a similar playbook.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #internal-sub-only-nl, #television, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

How Mark Zuckerberg Is Leading Meta Into Its Next Phase

Facebook’s founder is setting a relentless pace as he pushes his company through a tech transformation during a global economic slowdown.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

The Mid-Century Media Theorists Who Saw What Was Coming

The journalist Sean Illing explains how TV, Twitter and TikTok shape our brains — and our politics.

#audio-neutral-informative, #computers-and-the-internet, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #mcluhan-marshall, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

Gen Z Designers Made It Big on Depop. Now They’re Graduating.

Depop, a social shopping app, was a springboard for many young designers during the pandemic. Some are now taking their success elsewhere.

#computers-and-the-internet, #depop-mobile-app, #e-commerce, #emergingtech, #etsy-inc, #fashion-and-apparel, #generation-z, #millennial-generation, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media

Why Big Tech Is Making a Big Play for Live Sports

Competing for rights to broadcast games from the N.F.L. and other leagues could be hard for broadcast and cable companies that “aren’t playing by the same financial rules.”

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #apple-tv-plus, #athletics-and-sports, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #football, #formula-one, #iger-robert-a, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #television, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

Comics That Read Top to Bottom Are Bringing in New Readers

The explosion of web comics has been driven by tapping into an audience the industry had long overlooked: young, female readers.

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Meta tweaks Facebook app to act more like TikTok.

An update will highlight a new Home tab that will serve content from people outside a user’s Facebook connections as well as from friends and family.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Streaming Is Sadder Now

When Netflix and other companies face a loss of faith in the growth potential of streaming, we all will feel it.

#computers-and-the-internet, #netflix-inc, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Loans Could Burn Start-Up Workers in Downturn

Tech workers took out loans based on the value of their start-up stock in recent years. That may come back to haunt them.

#bolt-financial-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #credit-and-debt, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #quid-troy-capital-group-intermediate-spv-llc, #secfi-inc, #start-ups, #stock-options-and-purchase-plans

Fighting a Brutal Regime With the Help of a Video Game

Opponents of the coup in Myanmar have flocked to a new online game that lets players shoot virtual soldiers while raising money for the real-life resistance.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #myanmar, #peoples-defense-force-myanmar, #tatmadaw-myanmar

Mourning Technoblade: Fans Grieve a Minecraft Star They Never Met

The expert gamer built a following of millions of mostly young players on YouTube, without revealing his name or face.

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Bolsonaro Gathers New Audience for Old Claim: Brazil’s Elections Could Be Rigged

President Jair Bolsonaro elevated his vote-fraud claims from a matter of domestic politics to foreign policy, heightening international fears that he would dispute the coming election.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #computers-and-the-internet, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #elections, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-machines

Amazon C.E.O. Andy Jassy Breaks From the Bezos Way

Jeff Bezos’ successor has set himself apart with a hands-on approach in Washington.

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As Biden Reaches Out to Mideast Dictators, His Eyes Are on China and Russia

Trying to make Moscow pay for its Ukraine war, and box China out of Mideast tech deals, the U.S. president tries to fall back on old Gulf alliances.

#5g-wireless-communications, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gulf-cooperation-council, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #israel, #khashoggi-jamal, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #political-prisoners, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #saudi-arabia, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

The Tech Magic That Unleashed Your Best

Our readers tell us about the surprising ways in which tech has helped them discover new worlds.

#computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mobile-applications

Elon Musk Responds to Twitter’s Lawsuit Over $44 Billion Deal

Mr. Musk formally responded to Twitter’s attempt to force him to buy the company, arguing that there was no reason to hurry the case.

#computers-and-the-internet, #courts-of-equity, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #musk-elon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #twitter

China’s Surveillance State Encounters Public Resistance

Beijing’s swift move to censor news about one of the largest known data breaches shows keen awareness of how major security lapses can harm its credibility.

#beijing-china, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #facial-recognition-software, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

For Blind Internet Users, the Fix Can Be Worse Than the Flaws

Companies say their A.I.-powered tools are the best way to fix accessibility problems online, but many blind people find they make websites harder to use.

#americans-with-disabilities-act, #blindness, #computers-and-the-internet, #disabilities, #e-commerce, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Why Elon Musk Can’t Back Out of Buying Twitter, According to Twitter

Here are some of the company’s main legal arguments.

#computers-and-the-internet, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #musk-elon, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #twitter

Twitter Sues Musk After He Tries Backing Out of $44 Billion Deal

The question of whether Elon Musk must buy Twitter, as he agreed to do in April, is headed to a court in Delaware.

#computers-and-the-internet, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #musk-elon, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #twitter

How Elon Musk Damaged Twitter and Left It Worse Off

Mr. Musk swooped in and exposed Twitter’s lack of business and financial prospects. After criticizing the company’s weaknesses, he now wants to back out of buying it.

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What Is Delaware’s Court of Chancery and Its Role in Elon Musk’s Twitter Deal?

If Twitter sues Mr. Musk to force a sale of the company, the case is likely to end up at a 230-year-old court in Delaware.

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Could Twitter Force Musk to Close the Deal? Here’s What We Know

Twitter is in a good position to sue under a legal doctrine called specific performance, which allows courts to force a transaction to be completed, even if one of the parties wants out.

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Why South Korea Can’t Quit Internet Explorer

Why a country known for blazing broadband and innovative devices remains tethered to a browser abandoned by most of the world long ago.

#chrome-browser, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #software, #south-korea, #web-browsers

No. 2 Theranos Executive Found Guilty of 12 Counts of Fraud

Ramesh Balwani, who helped his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Holmes lead the failed blood testing start-up, was convicted on Thursday. They will likely be sentenced together.

#balwani-ramesh, #balwani-sunny, #computers-and-the-internet, #decisions-and-verdicts, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc

Chinese Police Database Was Unsecured Long Before It Was Seized

The breach is “a big black eye” for the Chinese security apparatus, one expert says, exposing the risk of the state’s vast effort to amass citizens’ personal data.

#china, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #privacy, #shanghai-china, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Tech Is Not Representative Government

And yet, we demand that it protect us.

#computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #internal-sub-only-nl, #politics-and-government, #social-media

Start-Up Funding Falls the Most It Has Since 2019

The drop was another fallout of rising inflation and widespread economic uncertainty, and a retreat after years of a funding boom.

#computers-and-the-internet, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #mobile-applications, #shutdowns-institutional, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #two-thousand-eighteen, #venture-capital

Disinformation Has Become Another Untouchable Problem in Washington

Numerous federal agencies agree that widely promoted falsehoods threaten the nation’s security. Doing something about them is another matter.

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