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Ninja Played Fortnite on YouTube, and the Gaming World Lost Its Mind

New York Times
When Tyler Blevins, who is better known in the video gaming world as Ninja, posted a cryptic tweet on Wednesday that seemed to hint at some sort of announcement, his ardent fans thought he might reveal the kind of big-dollar contract one would expect from baseball or basketball stars. Instead,......
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Facebook Removes Roger Stone for Ties to Fake Accounts

New York Times
Facebook on Wednesday said it was removing the personal accounts of Roger J. Stone Jr., President Trump’s friend and ally, because they had ties to numerous fake accounts that were active around the 2016 presidential election. The company made the announcement as part of its monthly report on removing disinformation.......
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Robinhood Has Lured Young Traders, Sometimes With Devastating Results

New York Times
Richard Dobatse, a Navy medic in San Diego, dabbled infrequently in stock trading. But his behavior changed in 2017 when he signed up for Robinhood, a trading app that made buying and selling stocks simple and seemingly free. Mr. Dobatse, now 32, said he had been charmed by Robinhood’s one-click......
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How to Buy Tech That Lasts and Lasts

New York Times
Is the product reliable? Like household appliances, tech products have failure rates — the ratio of working to defective units. These rates can give you a sense of a brand’s reliability. Consumer Reports, well known for publishing reliability ratings for household appliances, compiles similar reliability data for smartphones, laptops, tablets,......
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What Counts as a Streaming Hit? A Start-Up May Have Answers

New York Times
Nielsen has umpired television’s winners and losers since the medium was new. Who won the West Coast? Who lost in late night? For decades, the entertainment industry has relied on the ratings giant to measure the value of everything from “All in the Family” to “Young Sheldon.” But how do......
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Virus-Tracing Apps Are Rife With Problems. Governments Are Rushing to Fix Them.

New York Times
In April, Norway released a smartphone app, Smittestopp or “stop infection,” that records users who come into close contact for more than 15 minutes and sends alerts if they have been exposed to the coronavirus. “We can all help stop the spread of infection and save lives,” Prime Minister Erna......
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A Fashion Model For the Moment

New York Times
A headline in Teen Vogue blared: “Hanifa’s 3-D Digital Fashion Show Just Changed the Game.” CNN, Harper’s Bazaar and Essence also celebrated the virtual collection presentation. Then, less than two weeks after that, Forbes excluded Ms. Mvuemba from a related story that claimed a Prada-backed start-up, called Bigthinx, was making......
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Facebook Decisions Were ‘Setbacks for Civil Rights,’ Audit Finds

New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has not done enough to fight discrimination on its platform and has made some decisions that were “significant setbacks for civil rights,” according to a new independent audit of the company’s policies and practices. In a 100-page prepublication report, which was obtained by The New York......
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Scrutinizing SpaceX, NASA Overlooked Some Boeing Software Problems

New York Times
Kathy Lueders, who was recently appointed associate administrator of the agency’s human exploration and operations directorate, said that NASA, as part of efforts to reduce costly bureaucratic overhead, had not asked Boeing or SpaceX for a high-level management plan for how complex pieces of engineering would be put together and......
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Facebook Fails to Appease Organizers of Ad Boycott

New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s two top executives, met with civil rights groups on Tuesday in an attempt to mollify them over how the social network treats hate speech on its site. But Mr. Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and Ms. Sandberg, the chief operating officer, failed......
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Internet Powers Collide in Hong Kong

New York Times
This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Here we are again, facing a collision between America’s online superpowers and China. My colleague Paul Mozur wrote about Facebook, Google, Facebook-owned WhatsApp, Twitter and some other digital companies’ saying they would......
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A Bird? A Plane? No, It’s a Google Balloon Beaming the Internet

New York Times
NAIROBI, Kenya — A fleet of high-altitude balloons started delivering internet service to Kenya on Tuesday, extending online access to tens of thousands of people in the first-ever commercial deployment of the technology. The balloons, which hover about 12 miles up in the stratosphere — well above commercial airplanes —......
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In Hong Kong, a Proxy Battle Over Internet Freedom Begins

New York Times
Individuals, as well, have taken to self-censoring. Many have taken down posts, removed “likes” for some pro-democracy pages and even deleted accounts on platforms like Twitter, according to activists. Fears that WhatsApp would hand over data drove a spike in downloads of the encrypted chat app Signal. WhatsApp, though, had......
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TikTok to Withdraw From Hong Kong as Tech Giants Halt Data Requests

New York Times
“We believe freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and support the right of people to express themselves without fear for their safety or other repercussions,” the statement added. The suspension of data reviews also applies to the messaging app WhatsApp, the company said. On Monday, a Google spokesman......
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Facebook Temporarily Stops Hong Kong Data Requests

New York Times
Facebook said on Monday that it would temporarily stop processing Hong Kong government requests for user data as the company reviews a sweeping national security law that has chilled political expression in the city. The social network’s assessment of the law, which has already been used to arrest people who......

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