Photo Facebook and Google may emerge stronger after Europe enacts sweeping new regulations that prioritize people’s data privacy. Credit Tomi Setala/Bloomberg SAN FRANCISCO — In Europe and the United States, the conventional wisdom is that regulation is needed to force Silicon Valley’s digital giants to respect people’s online privacy.But new rules may instead serve to…
Photo YouTube said about 80 percent of the videos it took down in the final quarter of last year for violating content guidelines had initially been flagged by its computer systems, rather than humans. Credit David Paul Morris/Bloomberg SAN FRANCISCO — The vast majority of videos removed from YouTube toward the end of last year…
Photo Alphabet, Google’s parent company, spent big in the first quarter on new data centers and services aimed at businesses. Credit Christie Hemm Klok for The New York Times SAN FRANCISCO — Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is spending like it is beginning to prepare for life after advertising.Currently, Alphabet makes nearly 90 percent of its…
But in February, when Ms. LaBelle tried to check her food stamps balance, she got a message that access to her information was “currently unavailable to the residents of Maine.” That interruption, she said, lasted for nearly a month, in which she also lost the timesaving and meal-planning convenience of the app. Propel, Mr. Chen…
Q. I keep getting these “Congratulations!” messages about winning prizes from Amazon.com, even when I’m not using the site. Why is this? A. Those persistent pop-up messages are not from Amazon, but are part of a wave of malicious display advertisements — also known as “malvertising” — invading desktop, Android and iPhone browsers. The intrusive…
Photo A photograph released by North Korea’s state news agency shows the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, center, at a ruling party meeting in the capital, Pyongyang, on Friday. Credit Korean Central News Agency SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, announced early Saturday that his country no longer needed to test nuclear weapons…
Photo A gas turbine under construction at a G.E. plant in Belfort, France. Despite signs of a turnaround in G.E.’s earnings, its turbine business remains weak. Credit Vincent Kessler/Reuters General Electric reported a first-quarter loss on Friday, but there were also signs that the struggling industrial giant is beginning to stabilize its business.G.E.’s big power-generator…
Photo The offices of SCL Group in London. Its founder, Nigel Oakes, has stayed studiously in the background. Credit Andy Rain/EPA, via Shutterstock LONDON — Nearly three decades ago, an ambitious young London advertising executive named Nigel Oakes fell out with his partners, two psychologists, over a central claim of his new business: That using…
Q. When moving back and forth between laptop and external monitors and generally just having a ton of stuff open, I can’t find certain windows quickly in the clutter, or have trouble resizing them because I can’t reach the bottom corner with the mouse. Is there a quick way to snap these windows in line?…
Photo Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon, released a letter to shareholders that included big numbers: 560,000 employees and more than 100 million Prime members. A smaller one: a median worker salary of $28,446. Credit Amy Harris/Invision, via Associated Press Each week, Kevin Roose, technology columnist at The New York Times, discusses developments in…