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Photo Warren Buffett’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholders dispenses investment advice, folksy wisdom and a few corny jokes along with an update on the company’s business. Credit Nati Harnik/Associated Press Here’s what to expect in the week ahead:MARKETSMarkets will be closed for Presidents’ Day.In observance of Presidents’ Day, financial markets and most banks in…


Yevgeny Prigozhin, Russian Oligarch Indicted by U.S., Is Known as ‘Putin’s Cook’

Photo Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, left, serving dinner to President Vladimir V. Putin in Moscow in 2011, when Mr. Putin was prime minister. Credit Pool photo by Misha Japaridze ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Long before he was indicted by the United States in a case involving the troll factory that spearheaded Russian efforts to meddle in…

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Tyranny of Convenience

Photo Credit Hudson Christie Convenience is the most underestimated and least understood force in the world today. As a driver of human decisions, it may not offer the illicit thrill of Freud’s unconscious sexual desires or the mathematical elegance of the economist’s incentives. Convenience is boring. But boring is not the same thing as trivial.In…

Tech Tip: Creating a Point of Return for Windows

Q. Is a System Restore the same as a backup in Windows?A. While System Restore and backups can both help get your computer back to normal if something goes wrong, the two are different things. (The common technical advice to “restore the system from a backup” can also lead to confusion.)System Restore, which was introduced…

Bits: Farhad’s Week in Tech: Netflix Gets a Star, and Google’s Conflicted Ad Blocker

Photo As Netflix lures top producers like Ryan Murphy, cable viewers — and not the cord cutters — are the ones missing out, more and more, on television’s biggest shows. Credit Jesse Dittmar for The New York Times Each Friday, Farhad Manjoo, technology columnist at The New York Times, reviews the week’s news, offering analysis…