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February, 2018

  • 24 February

    U.S. Blocks a Chinese Deal Amid Rising Tensions Over Technology

    Chinese deal makers may soon find it even harder to get investments and acquisitions through. Lawmakers in Washington introduced a bill late last year that would widen Cfius’s remit, giving it oversight over more types of deals and, in particular, those that move advanced technologies into foreign hands. The intensified …

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  • 22 February

    In an Era of ‘Smart’ Things, Sometimes Dumb Stuff Is Better

    While riding a bicycle, for example, you often have to let go of the handle bar and lift the watch toward your face to check the time. When you’re standing on a bus or Subway train and holding onto a pole, it is difficult to tilt your wrist at the …

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  • 22 February

    Why We May Soon Be Living in Alexa’s World

    Something bigger is afoot. Alexa has the best shot of becoming the third great consumer computing platform of this decade — next to iOS and Android, a computing service so ubiquitous that it sets a foundation for much of the rest of what happens in tech. It is not a …

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  • 21 February

    Why A.I. Researchers at Google Got Desks Next to the Boss

    A growing number of tech companies are pushing research labs and other far-reaching engineering efforts closer to the boss. The point is unmistakable: What they are doing matters to the chief executive. It may even be the future of the company. “The world is moving faster and faster. It is …

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  • 21 February

    After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced

    Those automated Twitter accounts have been closely tracked by researchers. Last year, the Alliance for Securing Democracy, in conjunction with the German Marshall Fund, a public policy research group in Washington, created a website that tracks hundreds of Twitter accounts of human users and suspected bots that they have linked …

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  • 19 February

    Yevgeny Prigozhin, Russian Oligarch Indicted by U.S., Is Known as ‘Putin’s Cook’

    “The Americans are very impressionable people; they see what they want to see,” the Russian state news agency Ria Novosti quoted Mr. Prigozhin as saying on Friday. “I have a lot of respect for them. I am not upset at all that I ended up on this list. If they …

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  • 19 February

    To Stir Discord in 2016, Russians Turned Most Often to Facebook

    Jonathan Albright, research director at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, said the indictment laid bare how effectively Facebook could be turned against the country. Photo Russians used inflammatory posts and ads on Facebook ahead of the 2016 election. “Facebook built incredibly effective tools which let Russia profile citizens …

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  • 16 February

    As the Streaming Wars Heat Up, Ryan Murphy Cashes In

    Mr. Murphy was in an ideal bargaining position not only because he possesses a fecund imagination able to spin out one successful series after another, but because Apple and Amazon have lately proved themselves willing to spend their way into rivalries with the old-line movie studios and television networks. Photo …

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  • 16 February

    F.C.C. Watchdog Looks Into Changes That Benefited Sinclair

    Sinclair’s chief executive, Chris Ripley, has called Mr. Pai’s relaxation of media ownership rules a “landmark” development for his company and the industry. A union of Sinclair and Tribune would create the nation’s biggest television broadcaster, reaching seven out of 10 American homes. The F.C.C. and Justice Department are widely …

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  • 15 February

    Bill and Melinda Gates Tackle ‘Tough Questions’ and Trump

    Mr. and Ms. Gates are badgered about Mr. Trump so often that they made the topic part of the annual letter they published early Tuesday, a digest the couple releases about the philanthropic activities of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Believed to be the largest in the world, the …

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