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The Millions Silicon Valley Spends on Security for Execs

1/18/2019
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Prominent Silicon Valley companies spend liberally to protect their intellectual property. Some also shell out considerable amounts to protect their executives. Apple’s most recent proxy statement, filed earlier this month, shows the company spent $310,000 on personal security for CEO Tim Cook. But that’s a fraction of other tech giants’ expenditures. Amazon and Oracle spent about $1.

Duration:00:05:38

Huawei's Many Troubles: Bans, Alleged Spies, and Backdoors

1/18/2019
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Bad news keeps piling up for Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. Last week an employee was arrested in Poland on espionage charges. This week, the company's products, which include both phones and network gear, were banned from Taiwanese government systems, the South China Morning Post reported, over concerns that Huawei could build backdoors into its products on behalf of the Chinese government.

Duration:00:05:58

The Unbearable Untidiness of Our Digital Lives

1/17/2019
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Earlier this month, I spent my last days of notification-free vacation by KonMari-ing my closets. The sun was hiding, burnout was in the air, and the winds of change shoved me toward self-optimization---pack light for the apocalypse, purge my way to an uncluttered mind. Marie Kondo’s maxim---keep only items that spark joy–promised a sense of agency. Unlike anxiety baking, bath bombs, sheet masks, it was a not retreat from the world, but a chance to prep for some inevitable fight.

Duration:00:03:43

Anti-TrumpActivists Defend Fake-Washington Post Stunt

1/17/2019
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On Wednesday, a group of hoaxsters affiliated with the progressive non-profit group The Yes Men circulated fake versions of The Washington Post, dated May 1, 2019, imagining a world in which President Trump has suddenly left office. Throughout the morning, the activists distributed print copies of the edition in front of the White House and debuted a website called My-WashingtonPost.

Duration:00:04:52

A Poker-Playing Robot Goes to Work for the Pentagon

1/16/2019
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In 2017, a poker bot called Libratus made headlines when it roundly defeated four top human players at no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em. Now, Libratus’s technology is being adapted to take on opponents of a different kind—in service of the US military. Libratus—Latin for balanced—was created by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University to test ideas for automated decision-making based on game theory.

Duration:00:06:55

Virtual Reality’s Latest Use? Diagnosing Mental Illness

1/16/2019
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Diagnosing psychiatric and neurological conditions is tricky. Physicians have long reported that diagnoses are fraught with complications and subtleties. Anywhere from 35 percent to 85 percent of mental health conditions go undetected and undiagnosed, according to the World Health Organization, depending on where you live in the world. Needless to say, in order to treat depression, Alzheimer's, or autism, it must first be detected.

Duration:00:08:13

Tech Workers Unite to Fight Forced Arbitration

1/15/2019
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Tech workers may be new to labor organizing, but they’re learning quickly. When a November walkout by 20,000 Google employees protesting the company’s mishandling of sexual harassment claims led to small changes that fell short of the organizers’ demands, some activists inside Google decided to broaden the fight.

Duration:00:04:26

MacKenzie Bezos and the Myth of the Lone Genius Founder

1/15/2019
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When award-winning novelist MacKenzie Bezos and her husband Jeff Bezos, the chief executive and founder of Amazon, announced on Twitter Wednesday they were getting divorced, public discussion over the uncoupling quickly centered on the impact it might have on Jeff’s company, and on each sides’ net worth.

Duration:00:07:39

The FTC Thinks You Pay Too Much for Smartphones. Here’s Why

1/14/2019
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The Federal Trade Commission thinks you're paying too much for smartphones. But it doesn’t blame handset makers like Apple and Samsung or wireless carriers. Instead, the agency blames Qualcomm, which owns key wireless-technology patents and makes chips that can be can be found in most high-end Android phones and many iPhones.

Duration:00:05:36

Attack on an Ethereum Currency Highlights a Crypto Weakness

1/10/2019
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The promise of digital cryptocurrencies like bitcoin is that you don't need to trust the people you send or receive money from because the software makes it technically impossible for anyone to cheat the system. Instead of relying on humans and their flawed judgment, you rely on the laws of mathematics. But a recent attack on the cryptocurrency Ethereum Classic---not to be confused with the original Ethereum project---shows once again how hard it is to remove human frailty from digital...

Duration:00:05:16

Juul’s Answer to Its PR Crisis? The Millennial Marlboro Man

1/10/2019
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Say you were a villainized e-cigarette startup, with a $13 billion cash investment from the tobacco giant that owns Marlboro, and blamed for kicking off a vaping epidemic among teens. You’d lay low, right? Maybe play nice with the FDA. Log off Instagram. Throw a few coins at a youth prevention campaign. Juul, however, is opting for a more aggressive route. Juul Tuesday confirmed that it plans a national TV ad campaign, featuring ex-smokers who used Juul to help them quit traditional...

Duration:00:06:03

Here's What Happens When News Comes With a Nutrition Label

1/9/2019
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As tech giants figure out how to keep users from engaging with fake and misleading news online, a new Gallup poll suggests one potentially effective approach. In the survey, which was commissioned by journalism startup NewsGuard and its investor, the Knight Foundation, more than 60 percent of respondents said they were less likely to share stories from sites that were clearly labeled as unreliable. They were also more likely to trust stories from websites marked as credible.

Duration:00:08:42

The Buzz Behind an App That Can Monitor Beehives Remotely

1/9/2019
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You've probably heard by now that bees are dying in record numbers. They're being poisoned by pesticides while urbanization encroaches on bees' natural habitats, leaving them with fewer places to live and fewer wildflowers to feed on, says Harvard biologist James Crall, who studies bumblebees. The die-off comes as the world’s human population is expected to grow from 7 billion in 2010 to 9.

Duration:00:05:42

How Health Care Data and Lax Rules Help China Prosper in AI

1/8/2019
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At Wake Radiology in North Carolina, roughly 50 doctors scrutinize x-rays and other images for local medical providers. Within a few weeks, they should start to get help on some lung CT scans from machine-learning algorithms that highlight potentially cancerous tissue nodules. Although Wake is based in a region known as the Research Triangle, for its intensity of high-tech R&D, the lung-reading software hails from elsewhere—China.

Duration:00:06:37

Blockchain Can Wrest the Internet From Corporations' Grasp

1/7/2019
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As the internet has evolved over its 35-year lifespan, control over its most important services has gradually shifted from open source protocols maintained by non-profit communities to proprietary services operated by large tech companies. As a result, billions of people got access to amazing, free technologies. But that shift also created serious problems.

Duration:00:05:51

Forget the iPhone Shortfall. Apple's All About Services Now

1/4/2019
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Only a few months ago, Apple was crowned the first company to be valued at more than $1 trillion. Now, in the wake of a surprise profit warning, its entire future is being questioned. Both reactions are extreme. A victory lap wasn’t warranted last summer, nor is a eulogy now. The company is at an inflection point. Apple, like others before it, is attempting to navigate the shift. It’s fair to wonder if it can; it’s premature to conclude that it can’t.

Duration:00:05:59

The Silver Lining in Apple’s Very Bad iPhone News

1/3/2019
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Apple Wednesday warned investors that its revenue for the last three months of 2018 would not live up to previous estimates, or even come particularly close. The main culprit appears to be China, where the trade war and a broader economic slowdown contributed to plummeting iPhone sales.

Duration:00:06:09

The Best Tech Quotes of the Year

12/31/2018
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Most years, I round up the news of the year in technology through a collection of quotes, arranged roughly by some combination I make up of their importance and how much I like them. Here they are for 2018. 14. “He was that kind of guy. You know, an asshole. But a really gifted one. Our asshole, I guess.” —A coworker at Google about Anthony Levandowski, the controversial self-driving car engineer. Published October 22 13.

Duration:00:04:09

California Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the Internet

12/31/2018
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The Chinese internet is not like the internet in the rest of the world. More than 150 of the world’s 1,000 most popular internet sites are blocked in China, including Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Instead, domestic platforms like Baidu, WeChat, and Sina Weibo thrive.

Duration:00:05:44

2018 Was the Year That Tech Put Limits on AI

12/27/2018
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For the past several years, giant tech companies have rapidly ramped up investments in artificial intelligence and machine learning. They’ve competed intensely to hire more AI researchers and used that talent to rush out smarter virtual assistants and more powerful facial recognition. In 2018, some of those companies moved to put some guardrails around AI technology.

Duration:00:07:02