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Hypersonic Superweapons Are a Mirage, New Analysis Says

New York Times
Military experts call hypersonic warheads the next big thing in intercontinental warfare. They see the emerging arms, which can deliver nuclear or conventional munitions, as zipping along at up to five miles a second while zigzagging through the atmosphere to outwit early-warning satellites and interceptors. The superfast weapons, experts say,......

As Trump Clashes With Big Tech, China’s Censored Internet Takes His Side

New York Times
After Twitter and Facebook kicked President Trump off their platforms, and his supporters began comparing his social media muzzling to Chinese censorship, the president won support from an unexpected source: China. “Legally he’s still the president. This is a coup,” said one comment, which included an expletive, that was liked......

TikTok Is Poised to Outlast Trump, and to Test Biden

New York Times
TikTok is about to outlast President Trump. Now, the company could become an early test of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s stance toward Chinese tech companies. Mr. Trump demanded last year that TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, sell the viral video app. He said TikTok raised urgent national security concerns, on......

Consumer Groups Target Amazon Prime’s Cancellation Process

New York Times
LONDON — Those who have tried ending a membership in Amazon Prime, the technology giant’s digital subscription service, may be familiar with the multi-click process: warnings that cancellation will mean losing “exclusive benefits,” and prompts to reverse course, or switch to an annual membership instead. Consumer rights groups in Europe......

After Barring Trump, Facebook and Twitter Face Scrutiny About Inaction Abroad

New York Times
LONDON — In Sri Lanka and Myanmar, Facebook kept up posts that it had been warned contributed to violence. In India, activists have urged the company to combat posts by political figures targeting Muslims. And in Ethiopia, groups pleaded for the social network to block hate speech after hundreds were......

Connecticut is investigating Amazon’s practices in the e-books market.

New York Times
Connecticut’s top law enforcement official said on Wednesday that he was conducting an antitrust investigation into how Amazon runs its e-books business. William Tong, Connecticut’s attorney general, said in a statement that the state “has an active and ongoing antitrust investigation into Amazon regarding potentially anticompetitive terms” in the distribution......

Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

New York Times
Neeraj Agrawal, a spokesman for a cryptocurrency think tank, has typically used the encrypted messaging app Signal to chat with privacy-minded colleagues and peers. So he was surprised on Monday when the app alerted him to two new users: Mom and Dad. “Signal still had a subversive shine to it,”......

Intel, Under Pressure to Rethink Its Business, Ousts Its Chief Executive

New York Times
Intel declined to make Mr. Swan and Mr. Gelsinger available for interviews. Many of Intel’s key leadership departures in recent years occurred under Brian Krzanich, the chief executive who was forced out in 2018 after a consensual affair with a subordinate. But Intel suffered a blow last year when Jim......

4 Ways to Do More With Your Smartphone Camera

New York Times
Even if you don’t have the latest and greatest smartphone, the tools for your photography can go beyond the more commonly used ones like the portrait and lowlight modes. With a reasonably up-to-date operating system, you can have voice-activated photo sessions, create wide-screen images, record video at different playback speeds......

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