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New York Times Tech News

Farhad and Mike’s Week in Tech: Twitter and Reddit Take a Stand

Fri, 2017-10-27 08:00
In this week’s tech newsletter, Twitter bans ads from new Russian new organization, and Reddit shuts sections catering to Nazis and white supremacists.

Twitter Bans Two Kremlin-Backed News Outlets From Advertising

Thu, 2017-10-26 19:43
American intelligence officials have linked the organizations, RT and Sputnik, to the Kremlin effort to disrupt the 2016 election.

What Worries? Big Tech Companies Post Glowing Quarterly Profits

Thu, 2017-10-26 19:25
Some are heading to Washington to explain their role in the 2016 election. Others are facing regulatory scrutiny. Consumers don’t seem to care.

Automakers Build War Chests to Finance a Self-Driving Future

Thu, 2017-10-26 18:17
Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler have revamped their businesses to enhance profitability and lay the foundation to develop high-tech models.

Reddit Bans Nazi Groups and Others in Crackdown on Violent Content

Thu, 2017-10-26 17:03
A new policy banning violent content led to the shutdown of Nazi, racist and far-right forums, among others. Some users challenged the changes.

Russia Fanned Flames With Twitter, Which Faces a Blowback

Thu, 2017-10-26 16:33
A troll account linked to Moscow shows how easily social media fanned the flames of outrage. Unlike other tech giants, Twitter could have a harder time dealing with the fallout.

Amazon’s Latest Way Into Your Life Is Through the Front Door

Thu, 2017-10-26 13:43
With permission, Amazon’s couriers in many cities will unlock homes and drop packages inside. Other companies are trying similar tactics.

Social Q’s: Driving Cross-Country Without — Gasp! — Checking Your Phone

Thu, 2017-10-26 10:40
And: sharing (or not) the story of a stillbirth; a co-worker who criticizes your banter with the boss; resisting a dating temptation.

Tech Tip: Scanning, Converting and Editing Text on the Go

Thu, 2017-10-26 08:36
Several apps can translate photographed type into text you can edit, but if you use Microsoft Word, the Office Lens app simplifies the process.

Twitter Says It Overstated Monthly-User Figures for 3 Years

Thu, 2017-10-26 08:23
The disclosure is another blow to the company as it faces scrutiny over how fast it is adding users, its efforts to fight abuse and its role in Russia’s push to meddle in the presidential race.

F.C.C. to Loosen Rules on Local Media Ownership

Wed, 2017-10-25 20:35
The Federal Communications Commission chairman, Ajit Pai, said in a congressional hearing that the agency would vote to roll back cross-ownership rules.

Square, the Twitter Boss’s Other Company, Could Pass It in Value

Wed, 2017-10-25 17:25
Twitter may be President Trump’s favorite platform, but Square, a payments company also run by Jack Dorsey, has had more success in recent quarters.

Cisco and Google Find Mutual Interest in Cloud Computing

Wed, 2017-10-25 16:32
Two generations of Silicon Valley giants are finding that working together is better than falling behind competitors like Amazon and Microsoft.

Trump to Open Skies to More Drone Testing

Wed, 2017-10-25 16:13
The announcement is a victory for tech companies that have heavily bet that drone deliveries will be a part of retail in the future.

State of the Art: Can Washington Stop Big Tech Companies? Don’t Bet on It

Wed, 2017-10-25 16:11
Why the government seems paralyzed in the face of the power and influence of companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft.

Big Tech’s Rivals Pounce at Chances to Win in Washington

Wed, 2017-10-25 15:53
Media, telecom and other industries struggled to find lawmakers who would be critical of big technology companies. Not anymore.

The Way We Shop Now: You’ll Wear What They Tell You to Wear

Wed, 2017-10-25 14:17
Subscription clothing services should make you feel great. Shouldn’t they? The authors Emily Gould and Rumaan Alam investigate.

Tech Fix: How Google’s Physical Keys Will Protect Your Password

Wed, 2017-10-25 14:12
Google has a new way to safeguard your online accounts. Here’s how the program works, and why it may (or may not) be a better security choice for you.

Tech Tip: How to Free Space on Your Mac, One Way or Another

Wed, 2017-10-25 14:11
Newer versions of the Mac operating system have handy tools for managing your file storage, but you can also clean out your computer manually.

Tech We’re Using: How Australia’s Technology Stands Out

Wed, 2017-10-25 10:14
Damien Cave, Australia bureau chief, found that the average internet connection speed in the country ranked below Kenya’s, but that a local website could teach Craigslist some lessons.