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Net Neutrality Protests Move Online, Yet Big Tech Is Quiet

Protests to preserve net neutrality, or rules that ensure equal access to the internet, migrated online on Tuesday, with numerous online companies posting calls on their sites for action to stop a vote later this week.<p>Reddit, Etsy and Kickstarter were among the sites warning that the proposal at …

Net Neutrality

This Is How Steve Bannon And Breitbart Tried To Sabotage Twitter

For more than a year before he became Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Steve Bannon sought to wage war against Twitter, tasking Milo Yiannopoulos and other Breitbart News employees to look into editorial, financial, and legal ways they could harm the Jack Dorsey–led social network.<p><b>Steve Bannon and</b> …

Steve Bannon

Most Software Code Will Be Written By Machines By 2040, Researchers Predict

Imagine a scenario where a programmer needs to follow a couple of tried and tested procedures to write code that becomes a part of a bigger program …

How to Reclaim Your Digital Privacy From Online Tracking

<i>In our new series</i> Getting It<i>, we’ll give you all you need to know to get started with and excel at a wide range of technology, both on and offline.</i> …

Privacy

You can log out, but you can’t hide

A new study from Ghostery, an ad-tracking tool, shows that an overwhelming majority (79%) of websites globally are tracking visitors' data — with 10% …

Privacy

Get set: Your internet bill is about to soar, thanks to Trump's FCC

Thursday’s the day that the Trump administration will overturn former President Obama’s rules protecting consumers from greedy telecom companies manipulating internet access and pricing.<p>I got a preview of what’s to come over the weekend as my Spectrum internet bill soared by 20% — and as I …

Net Neutrality

Indiegogo Goes Where Few Companies Dare: Into Initial Coin Offerings

SAN FRANCISCO — Indiegogo helped take crowdfunding mainstream. Now the company is hoping it can do the same for initial coin offerings, the popular but unregulated practice of selling custom virtual currencies to raise money for software projects.<p>Indiegogo started a new service on Tuesday to vet …

Bitcoin

Apple Buys Shazam to Boost Apple Music

Apple Inc. agreed to acquire music-identification service Shazam, taking ownership of one of the first apps to demonstrate the power of the iPhone, …

Apple Music

Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam

As Spotify continues to inch towards a public listing, Apple is making a move of its own to step up its game in music services. Sources tell us that the company is close to acquiring Shazam, the popular app that lets people identify any song, TV show, film or advert in seconds, by listening to an …

Apple Music

Apple responds to latest report claiming the iTunes Music Store is closing

Digital Music News today reports that Apple is “on schedule” to rid the iTunes Store Music Store of downloads by 2019.<p>The report explains that the move to phase out music downloads has been in place since 2016, but in a statement to 9to5Mac, Apple denies the report and simply says “it’s not …

Apple Music

San Francisco to robots: Don’t crowd our sidewalks

Image 1of/7<p>Caption<p>Close<p>Robots that trundle along sidewalks R2D2-style to deliver takeout food or packages are still in early test phases. Few even …

San Francisco

How brands secretly buy their way into Forbes, Fast Company, and HuffPost stories

An Outline investigation found that contributors to prominent publications have taken payments in exchange for positive coverage.<p>In late October,</i> …

Journalism

Sexual harassment: survey reveals how widespread the problem is at startups

Sexual harassment scandals continue to rock the tech industry this year, leading to the resignations of prominent Silicon Valley investors and …

Venture Capital

Person of the Year 2017:TheSilenceBreakers

Movie stars are supposedly nothing like you and me. They're svelte, glamorous, self-­possessed. They wear dresses we can't afford and live in houses …

Feminism

Apple CEO backs China’s vision of an ‘open’ Internet as censorship reaches new heights

BEIJING — Reading headlines from the World Internet Conference in China, the casual reader might have come away a little confused. China was opening its doors to the global Internet, some media outlets optimistically declared, while others said Beijing was defending its system of censorship and …

China

Apple's Tim Cook says developers have earned $17 billion from China App Store

WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - Apple Inc's chief executive Tim Cook said developers using its platform in China number 1.8 million and have earned a total 112 billion yuan ($16.93 billion), representing roughly a quarter of total global App Store earnings.<p>Cook shared the data on Sunday during a speech …

China

China’s A.I. Advances Help Its Tech Industry, and State Security

BEIJING — During President Trump’s visit to Beijing, he appeared on screen for a special address at a tech conference.<p>First he spoke in English. Then he switched to Mandarin Chinese.<p>Mr. Trump doesn’t speak Chinese. The video was a publicity stunt, designed to show off the voice capabilities of …

China

Apple is sharing your face with apps. That’s a new privacy worry.

Poop that mimics your facial expressions was just the beginning.<p>It’s going to hit the fan when the face-mapping tech that powers the iPhone X’s cutesy “Animoji” starts being used for creepier purposes. And Apple just started sharing your face with lots of apps.<p>Beyond a photo, the iPhone X’s front …

Apple

Uber's use of encrypted messaging may set legal precedents

(This version of the Nov. 20 story corrects to show Uber used a business version of Wickr since October last year, not for the last two years, in paragraph 9)<p>FILE PHOTO: Uber's logo is pictured at its office in Tokyo, Japan, November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo<p>By Paresh Dave and …

Anthony Levandowski

Judge overturns Trump administration’s delay of Obama-era ‘startup visa,’ siding with venture capital group

A federal judge has ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to begin accepting applications for foreign entrepreneurs to enter the U.S. …

Immigration

CVS agrees to buy Aetna in $69 billion deal that could shake up health-care industry

Pharmacy giant CVS Health has agreed to buy Aetna in a $69 billion blockbuster acquisition that could rein in health care costs and transform its 9,700 pharmacy storefronts into community medical hubs for primary care and basic procedures, the companies announced Sunday afternoon.<p>The pharmacy chain …

Health Care

Where Silicon Valley Is Going to Get in Touch With Its Soul

BIG SUR, Calif. — Silicon Valley, facing a crisis of the soul, has found a retreat center.<p>It has been a hard year for the tech industry. Prominent figures like Sean Parker and Justin Rosenstein, horrified by what technology has become, have begun to publicly denounce companies like Facebook that …

Silicon Valley

With $1M in funding, Phase Genomics looks to crack genetic codes and discover unknown bacteria

Bacteria lurk pretty much anywhere you look, in numbers and varieties worthy of a horror movie. The challenge for scientists who actually want to pry …

Biology

‘The Woebot will see you now’ — the rise of chatbot therapy

My therapist wanted to explain a few things during our first online session:<p>“I'm going to check in with you at random times. If you can't respond straight away, don't sweat it. Just come back to me when you're ready. I'll check in daily.”<p>“Daily?” I asked.<p>“Yup! It shouldn't take longer than a couple …

Mental Health

Surveillance Capitalism thinks it won, but there's still time to unplug it

On a walk across the show floor at January's Consumer Electronics Show, a friend working in technology for nearly thirty years expressed unease at …

Emotions

Return of the Dragnet

As Americans have adopted new technologies to make life more efficient, the government has devised ways to use that technology to curtail the Fourth …

Surveillance

Facebook's AI Scan Of Your Posts For Suicide Prevention Can't Be Disabled

Facebook has rolled out a new technology called “proactive detection” artificial intelligence (AI) that would scan all of a user’s posts seeking …

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Americans could be sitting on $33 billion of unused tech, report says

Do you have a junk drawer full of old cell phones, or maybe a few boxes of old CDs or DVDs laying around? Well, you’re not alone—and according to a new report, that outdated tech could be worth some serious cash.<p>Tech buy-back site Decluttr.com found that the average U.S. household could be holding …

Nintendo Switch

A bombshell letter reveals how Uber could have concealed 14,000 stolen documents in a high-profile trade secrets case

The Uber-Waymo trial scheduled to begin Dec. 4 has been postponed, after a bombshell allegation that Uber operated a covert unit tasked with stealing code and trade secrets from its competitors.<p>Three Uber employees testified today (Nov. 28) in a tense, hours-long hearing that was supposed to be the …

Anthony Levandowski