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The Computer Part People Are Hoarding: 'I Felt Like I Was Buying Drugs'

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:30:58 EST

There’s also lying and price gouging, prompted by the race to create cryptocurrencies, which is driving up cost of one specific type of hardware that’s also prized by PC gamers.

The New Robot Revolution in Manufacturing

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:05:24 EST

Hundreds of millions of jobs affected. Trillions of dollars of wealth created. These are the potential impacts of a coming wave of automation. We traveled to Asia to see the next generation of industrial robots, what they’re capable of, and whether they’re friend or foe to low-skilled workers.

Jihadists See a Funding Boon in Bitcoin

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:07:19 EST

When a group that says it provides financial assistance “relating to the jihad” sought to improve conditions for fighters in a squalid, sandbag-fortified trench in Syria late last year, it turned to a new funding conduit: bitcoin.

SpaceX Indicates Internet System Will Take Longer Than Anticipated

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:28:25 EST

SpaceX’s proposed internet-via-space project is slated to launch two experimental satellites on Thursday, even as the company tamps down expectations such prototypes will quickly evolve into a functioning global system.

Fox News to Launch Streaming-Video Service With Opinion Fare

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:51:28 EST

Fox News said it is launching a streaming-video service aimed at the news channel’s biggest fans, the latest move by a media company to seek growth outside of traditional cable TV.

Publishers Warm to Google's Ad Blocker, but Chafe at Company's Power

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:26:10 EST

Publishers are greeting the launch of Google’s ad blocker with a mixture of relief and unease, pleased that it is purging intrusive ads but worried over the internet giant’s power to quickly overhaul the industry.

The iPhone Is Losing Out to Chinese Devices in Asia

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:29:23 EST

The iPhone X’s steep price opens the door to cheaper options in Asian markets, and Chinese smartphone brands Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are grabbing market share.

Sexual Harrassment: There's an App to Report That

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:39:00 EST

To encourage people to speak up about sexual-misconduct allegations at work, some companies are experimenting with apps designed to make reporting easier.

As Online Schools Expand, So Do Questions About Their Performance

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:26:48 EST

After years of steady growth, virtual schools are experiencing a blip as some states attempt to claw back public funds, citing student inactivity online, or force schools to close due to habitual poor performance.

Broadcom Cuts Offer for Qualcomm Over New NXP Deal Price

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:23:57 EST

Broadcom knocked more than $4 billion off its bid to acquire Qualcomm, firing back a day after Qualcomm sweetened its own offer to acquire NXP Semiconductors by billions.

YouTube Says It Mistakenly Promoted a Conspiratorial Video on Florida Shooting

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:56:02 EST

Google’s video site and other social media struggle to suppress misleading and false content on their platforms.

Commerce Secretary Becomes Point Man For Commercial Space Projects

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:58:53 EST

Responding to industry complaints that federal rules increasingly hamper private ventures in space, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has emerged as the deregulation czar of the heavens.

How 'Fortnite' Defied Convention and Became a Hit

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:12:50 EST

“Fortnite” wasn’t a big hit when it first came out as a $40 game. To attract players, Epic Games made an unusual decision: create a free version.

The Man Who Bets Tencent's 'Moonshot' Money

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:21:41 EST

Chinese internet giant Tencent says it wants to improve the world through technology. David Wallerstein, its chief exploration officer, is on it.

South Korean Cryptocurrency Regulator Found Dead at Home

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:20:06 EST

An official who guided South Korea’s regulatory clampdown on cryptocurrencies was found dead at his home. Colleagues said he had been under heavy stress in recent months.

Judge Is Asked to Disallow Trump Bias Claims in AT&T Merger Trial

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:18:55 EST

The Justice Department asked a federal judge not to allow AT&T Inc.’s defense of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Inc. to include a claim that the Trump administration improperly challenged the deal for political reasons.

Like Peter Thiel, Tech Workers Feel Alienated by Silicon Valley 'Echo Chamber'

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:32:04 EST

Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel has said he plans to leave Silicon Valley in part because of its perceived cultural uniformity, joining other investors who have defected from the nation’s high-tech cradle.

Qualcomm Raises Bid for Chip Maker NXP to $44 Billion

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:23:11 EST

Qualcomm raised its bid for NXP Semiconductors to about $44 billion and locked up support from key investors, as the chip maker seeks to fend off a $121 billion hostile takeover approach by Broadcom.

Facebook Battles New Criticism After Indictment Against Russians

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:49:50 EST

Facebook is contending with a new wave of criticism prompted by the U.S. indictment alleging that Russia manipulated social-media platforms—and by a Facebook executive’s attempts to address the issue.

Mandates, Not Market Prices, Likely to Keep U.S. Solar Growing

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:52:18 EST

Government mandates requiring utilities to procure renewable energy should keep U.S. solar power growing, despite new Trump administration tariffs on imported solar panels that are poised to raise prices.

House Backs Bill That Would Benefit Fintech Partnerships With Banks

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:22:08 EST

The House approved a bill that would make the resale of high-interest loans more attractive to third-party buyers such as debt collectors—and bolster fintech firms’ partnerships with banks.

Amazon Is Taking Over the Stock Market, Too

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:13:15 EST

Three technology titans have powered nearly half of the S&P 500’s advance this year, a worrying sign for investors expecting a strengthening economy to lift shares of manufacturers, oil companies and other firms whose fortunes typically improve with growth.

Vox Media Cuts 50 Employees, Scales Back on Social Video

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:44:18 EST

Vox Media is cutting 5% of staff as industry changes, like Facebook’s adjustment to its news feed, makes it harder to make money from social video.

Victoria's Secret Boss Bets on a Radical Idea: Smartphones Will Fade

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:36:31 EST

Leslie Wexner, an icon of 20th-century retailing, is the last man standing from a generation of merchants who brought fashion to the masses.

Twitter Faces Conservatives' Ire After Moves to Curb Automated Accounts

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:49:55 EST

Twitter banned some kinds of automated accounts and placed restrictions on posting simultaneously from multiple accounts, curbs that drew complaints from conservative members who claim they are being unfairly targeted.

Using Yelp to Find the Next Hot Neighborhood

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:20:28 EST

Research shows Yelp reviews might offer clues as to when a neighborhood is about to start gentrifying.

Florida Shooter: When Social Media Foretells a Mass Shooting

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:30:55 EST

Disturbing social-media posts apparently made by Nikolas Cruz before a deadly shooting spree have rekindled questions about what responsibilities and capabilities technology companies and law-enforcement authorities have for detecting threats among the billions of words, images and videos online.

The Corporate Giant Lurking Behind the Winter Olympics

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 23:26:02 EST

Lee Kun-hee, Samsung’s chairman and an Olympics bigwig, got out of prison just in time to launch a global lobbying campaign to secure the 2018 Winter Games for South Korea. The company is now ubiquitous.

Airbnb's Push Into 'Experiences' Has Been a Slog

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:33:26 EST

Airbnb’s Experiences service, where travelers book outings with local experts, has been off to a sluggish start as the company hunts for new revenue sources beyond home rentals.

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