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My first day working at Pixar was simultaneously one of the most thrilling and scary days of …

'Battlestar Galactica' movie starts coming together

Three high-profile producers have signed on to tackle humanity's fight against the Cylons.

There has long been talk of a Battlestar Galactica movie (supposedly as far back as 1999), but it looks like the flick is becoming more than just a bunch of whispers. Universal has signed on well-known …

Battlestar Galactica

Moving to the Cloud, Netflix Closes Its Last Data Center

At least for its streaming media busiess.

After a seven-year migration to the cloud, Netflix revealed on Thursday that as io January had moved the rest of its video business to the cloud.

Since Netflix’s off-site initiative began, the streaming video company has become the poster child for cloud …


Gravitational Waves Detected, Confirming Einstein’s Theory

A team of scientists announced on Thursday that they had heard and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light-years away, a fleeting chirp that fulfilled the last prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

That faint rising tone, physicists say, is the first direct …


Once Ubiquitous, Daily Fantasy Sports Now Seems Vulnerable

Just four months ago, daily fantasy sports companies seemed like a sure bet.

With no government oversight, the companies recruited players by the millions, many of them young, lured by an ever-expanding buffet of online contests as well as a costly and inescapable advertising campaign that made …


New York real estate developer John Tishman dies at age 90

BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A builder whose company worked on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Century City complex in Los Angeles and Walt Disney's EPCOT center in Florida among other high-profile developments has died. John Tishman was 90.

Tishman died Saturday morning at his home in Bedford, …

Real Estate

Here's how Twitter's new algorithmic timeline is going to work

Twitter went into an uproar Friday after a BuzzFeed report that the social network was on the brink introducing an algorithmic, more Facebook-style feed. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tried to calm fears this morning in a series of tweets, but he did not deny the substance of the report. High-profile …

Social Media

Rose Gold coming to iPhone 5se like iPhone 6s, not ‘bright pink’, plus next iPads & MacBooks

In January, we reported that the upcoming 4-inch iPhone 5se would be released in the same colors as the iPhone 6s: Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold. That is still the case, according to sources. This weekend, reports have emerged with claims that the new device will be offered in a new …


Why Google’s Artificial Intelligence Boss Is Taking Over the Search Empire

As it ballooned, Google’s research group has nabbed a shocking number of computing’s biggest brains. Geoffrey Hinton. Peter Norvig. Ray Kurzweil. Titans of the field. And it held onto its homegrown talent younger minds, like Jeff Dean, a fabled technician.

All of them worked the tech and research …


Donald Trump’s Campaign, Billed as Self-Funded, Risks Little of His Fortune

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Donald J. Trump once boasted that he could someday be the only person to turn a profit running for president. He may be closer than anyone realizes.

Mr. Trump’s campaign spent just $12.4 million in 2015, according to disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission, millions …

New Hampshire Primary

Amazon Echo is a sleeper hit, and the rest of America is about find out about it for the first time

It was a weird surprise when Amazon unveiled Echo, an internet-connected speaker that listens and talks, in late 2014.

Amazon’s track record creating hardware had been inconsistent. While the Kindle e-reader was a long-time success and its Fire TV streaming media device was looking good, the …


Who’s Got It Better Than Us?

When I was growing up, there was a local car dealer in Ann Arbor that had a program where the coaches at Michigan got to drive the extra dealer cars. …


Sabermetrics Is Killing Bad Dugout Decisions

How would a baseball fan from the 1980s, awoken from “Futurama”-style suspended animation, be able to tell that teams evaluate data differently in …


When Oil-Rich Countries Need More Cash

The long slide in oil prices, which reached a 13-year low this week of less than $30 a barrel, means that oil-rich nations are not so rich anymore. And that is potentially a big problem for investors and policy makers in the United States and abroad.

Falling oil revenues will increase the need for …


SpaceX rocket stage fails to land on drone ship

Elon Musk's SpaceX managed to launch a satellite into orbit Sunday, but suffered another setback in its attempt to retrieve a rocket stage by landing it on a sea-going platform.

SpaceX officials said the Falcon 9 rocket first stage experienced a "hard landing" and broke one of its stabilizer arms …

Elon Musk

At Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Slips and Stumbles

The lady had dropped her napkin.

More accurately, she had hurled it to the floor in a fit of disillusionment, her small protest against the slow creep of mediocrity and missed cues during a four-hour dinner at Per Se that would cost the four of us close to $3,000. Some time later, a passing server …

Thomas Keller

New iPhone Feature Helps You Sleep Better at Night - Night Shift

Apple's upcoming iOS 9.3 release could change a lot of things in your daily routine, including how you fall asleep at night. The company's latest iPhone update includes a new feature called Night Shift, which automatically adjusts the colors of your device's screen, reducing lights that negatively …


A NASA Astronaut Has Shared A Photo Of The First Flower Grown In Space

Science is cool!

The astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station have grown a flower in space for the first time ever — and it looks good enough to eat.

Yes, you can literally eat it. The flower is an edible orange Zinnia. It was selected by NASA because it is a harder plant to grow …


Theatergoers, Desperate to See ‘Hamilton,’ Fall Prey to Ticket Forgers

Jason arranged to meet the seller on a Manhattan street corner on Dec. 31. He bought two tickets for $600 as an anniversary gift for his wife. You’re going to love the show, the seller told him. It’s as good as everyone says.

Jason and his wife arrived at the Richard Rodgers Theater lobby on Jan. 2. …


Driverless Cars’ Limits Include Human Nature

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Car enthusiasts, after hearing industry executives discussing the self-driving technology being built into their vehicles, might be forgiven for thinking robotic cars will soon drive themselves out of auto showrooms.

Carlos Ghosn, the chairman and chief executive of the …


What Donald Trump’s Plaza Deal Reveals About His White House Bid

The day Donald Trump called and asked for a one-on-one meeting in the winter of 1988, Tom Barrack was a relative newcomer to the high-stakes poker game of New York real estate. He had worked for nearly two years for Robert Bass, the Texas billionaire investor, and had played an important role in …

Donald Trump

Gravitational wave rumors ripple through science world

###### *Arizona State University cosmologist Lawrence Krauss (R), pictured on January 14, 2010, sparked a firestorm of speculation and excitement by …


Is bitcoin broken? Prominent developer cashes out

A prominent bitcoin developer has labeled the currency a failed experiment, widening the rift over an arcane but critical technical issue that has divided the community for nearly a year.

Cybercurrency roiled by network congestion issues

A prominent bitcoin developer has labeled the currency a failed …


The Bill Clinton Question

IN 2014 Matt Bai published a book called “All the Truth Is Out,” a history of Gary Hart’s scandal-driven downfall that doubled as a lament for political journalism’s surrender to the lure of tabloid culture.

Bai’s book was a great read, and nobody would dispute his point that there’s far less …


A Picasso’s Economics Lesson

QATAR, it seems, was gazumped.

Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz al-Thani of Qatar thought he’d bought a Picasso masterpiece in November 2014. That was when he agreed, through his agents, to pay $42 million for the spectacular “Bust of a Woman (Marie-Thérèse).” The seller was Picasso’s daughter Maya …


The Tennis Racket: Secret Files Expose Evidence Of Match Fixing

Betting worth billions. Elite players. Violent threats. Covert messages with Sicilian gamblers. And suspicious matches at Wimbledon. Leaked files expose match-fixing evidence that tennis authorities have kept secret for years.

Secret files exposing evidence of widespread match-fixing by players at …


Bowie Hits No. 1, a First

David Bowie’s death has brought the legendary rocker a trophy he never had in life: a No. 1 album on the American chart.

Mr. Bowie’s latest album, “Blackstar” (ISO/Columbia), was released just two days before his death, and by the end of its first week on sale it sold 174,000 copies in the United …

David Bowie

Listen — 500ish Words

Have almost anything on your iPhone read *to* you

Sometimes I feel like I hold a bit of a secret weapon. A “life hack” as it were. I not only read a …


Super Bowl 50 Commercials Are Expected to Have a Lighter Tone

For this year’s Super Bowl, marketers want to have fun again.

On the heels of last year’s somber string of ads — particularly a Nationwide Insurance commercial that featured a child who turned out to be dead and elicited almost immediate mockery and criticism online — some advertisers have already …