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[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] HOMER, N.Y. — The fears weigh on Mike McMahon: If one of his undocumented workers gets a traffic ticket, it could prompt an immigration audit of his entire farm. If another gets detained by immigration agents at a roadside…


Amazon Pulls 2 Books That Promote Unscientific Autism ‘Cures’

Amazon has removed the online listings for two books that claim to contain cures for autism, a move that follows recent efforts by several social media sites to limit the availability of anti-vaccination and other pseudoscientific material. The books, “Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism” and “Fight Autism and Win,” which had previously been listed…

As Mark Zuckerberg Tightens Grip on Facebook, 2 Top Deputies Leave

Mr. Daniels, who previously ran Facebook’s business development team and had other roles, was appointed head of WhatsApp last May. He disagreed with some of the choices that were being made to connect the apps, said people familiar with his thinking. He was also concerned that Mr. Zuckerberg’s plan would harm the success of WhatsApp,…

Bits: The Week in Tech: How Much Regulation Is Too Much?

But it may ultimately become a question of balancing ambition with need. Is it better to gamble on breaking up big companies, or guarantee that new rules curb some of their behavior? That’s something that lawmakers are going to have to wrestle with. Trading off trust for profit to build A.I. When OpenAI was founded…

Facebook’s Daylong Malfunction Is a Reminder of the Internet’s Fragility

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Thursday that it had repaired a technical error that led to long lapses in service at its various properties, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. The interruption lasted nearly 24 hours on some of the services and was the longest in Facebook’s recent history. It was an eye-opening reminder that…