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Charles Kao, Nobel Laureate Who Revolutionized Fiber Optics, Dies at 84

New York Times - Mon, 24/09/2018 - 10:24pm
In the 1960s, Dr. Kao outlined the potential capacity of fiber optic cables for storing information, laying the technical groundwork for modern communications.

Get in Bed With Skynet

New York Times - Mon, 24/09/2018 - 9:00pm
Robot furniture is happening. This is the single greatest thing to happen to humanity ever, the robots told us to say.

INTERNETTING WITH AMANDA HESS: Why the Internet Wants Your Baby to Fail

New York Times - Mon, 24/09/2018 - 9:00pm
How YouTube family vlogs are remaking childhood itself to fit the algorithm. Episode 7 of our video series.

News Site to Investigate Big Tech, Helped by Craigslist Founder

New York Times - Mon, 24/09/2018 - 11:00am
The Markup, dedicated to investigating technology and its effect on society, will be led by two former ProPublica journalists. Craig Newmark gave $20 million to help fund the operation.

Want to See What’s Up Amazon’s Sleeve? Take a Tour of Seattle

New York Times - Mon, 24/09/2018 - 9:00am
The e-commerce giant uses its headquarters city as a living laboratory, trying out new retail and logistics models.

App-Only Banks Rise in Europe and Aim at Traditional Lenders

New York Times - Mon, 24/09/2018 - 8:44am
Favorable regulations and an influx of venture capital have made London a testing ground for banks without physical branches.

news analysis: Just Don’t Call It Privacy

New York Times - Sun, 23/09/2018 - 6:30am
Amazon, Google and Twitter executives are heading to Congress. Should legislators give consumers control over the data companies have on them?

Surfacing: For Hackers, Anonymity Was Once Critical. That’s Changing.

New York Times - Sat, 22/09/2018 - 9:01pm
At Defcon, one of the world’s largest hacking conferences, new pressures are reshaping the community’s attitudes toward privacy and anonymity.

These Robots Run, Dance and Flip. But Are They a Business?

New York Times - Sat, 22/09/2018 - 7:00pm
Boston Dynamics often makes a splash with videos of its anthropomorphic robots. But after years of work, it is not clear who would buy them or what they would be used for.

Google C.E.O. Denies Allegations of Political Bias in Search Results

New York Times - Sat, 22/09/2018 - 2:01pm
Sundar Pichai said in an email to staff on Friday that the company does not alter search results for political gain.

PayPal Cuts Off Alex Jones’s Infowars, Joining Other Tech Giants

New York Times - Sat, 22/09/2018 - 11:12am
PayPal will stop processing all payments for the conspiracy website, its online store and its subsidiaries.

Hey, Alexa, Why is Amazon Making a Microwave?

New York Times - Sat, 22/09/2018 - 9:48am
Amazon announced more than a dozen devices and tools for its Alexa voice assistant, including a microwave.

Bits: The Week in Tech: Are Robots Coming for Your Job? Eventually, Yes.

New York Times - Sat, 22/09/2018 - 8:47am
In the next few years, it doesn’t appear that technology will replace many jobs. But that could change 10 years from now.

Jeff Bezos Cites a Big Number, but Few Details, in Plan for Low-Income Montessori Preschools

New York Times - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 10:40pm
The announcement that Mr. Bezos would start a network of Montessori preschools has made some in the education world wary.

France Bans Smartphones in Schools Through 9th Grade. Will It Help Students?

New York Times - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 4:11pm
The government hopes the move will get students to pay more attention in class and talk more to each other. But some doubt whether the ban can be enforced.

New Pressure on Google and YouTube Over Children’s Data

New York Times - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 10:58am
Two members of Congress asked for details of practices concerning the personal data of viewers younger than 13.

Sloan Kettering’s Cozy Deal With Start-Up Ignites a New Uproar

New York Times - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 10:04am
A for-profit venture with exclusive rights to use the center’s vast archive of tissue slides has generated concerns at the nonprofit cancer center.

Parts of a ‘Virtual’ Border Wall, Built With the Tech Behind Driverless Cars

New York Times - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 5:28pm
In a rural Texas county, lidar sensor technology is being tested as a way to spot illegal intruders from Mexico. That use could divide workers in Silicon Valley.

The Most Fun (and Useful) Things You Can Do With an Amazon Echo or Google Home

New York Times - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 4:24pm
Smart home devices will tell you the weather and answer trivia questions, sure, but they can do so much more. Try these tips to streamline your day, relax a little or just have some fun.

State of the Art: Why Jeff Bezos Should Push for Nobody to Get as Rich as Jeff Bezos

New York Times - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 11:23am
Here’s what the Amazon founder’s vast fortune tells us about the economic concentration of the tech industry — and how he might help unravel that for the world.