WASHINGTON — Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are discussing a settlement over privacy violations that could amount to a record, multibillion-dollar fine, according to three people with knowledge of the talks. The company and the F.T.C.’s consumer protection and enforcement staff have been in negotiations over a financial penalty for claims that Facebook violated…
BEIJING — Call it the Little Red App. Part social platform, part indoctrination tool, a new smartphone app called Study the Great Nation is the latest effort by the Chinese Communist Party to bring its propaganda initiatives into the mobile age. So far, it seems to be working. Study the Great Nation recently became the…
Google and Facebook declined to comment beyond filings made by the industry groups to which they belong. Twitter, which is jousting with India’s Parliament over claims that it suppresses right-wing content, said in a statement that it hoped that any changes to the rules would “strike a careful balance that protects important values such as…
Meet Süss, a math widget after your own heart. (You can also visit the widget on its website here, which you might want to do if you’re reading this on a smartphone.) Like many geometric figures, a heart can be captured in all its curvaceous glory by a single algebraic equation. The equation for a…
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — On Saturday, an Air New Zealand plane bound for Shanghai abruptly turned around in circumstances that remain unclear. Days later, the launch of a much-promoted tourism initiative planned between China and New Zealand was canceled, purportedly because of scheduling issues for Beijing, despite being planned for years. The incidents have raised…
“As a member of the core group of senior Apple insiders entrusted with material nonpublic information, and as an attorney with a sophisticated understanding of securities and corporate law, Levoff knew, or was reckless in not knowing, that he had a duty of trust and confidence to the company and its shareholders,” according to the…
Love is in the air, but don’t let it cloud your judgment — or it might cost you. Americans looking for love lost at least $143 million to scammers last year, according to reports filed with the Federal Trade Commission. While those reports accounted for only 1.5 percent of all fraud tracked by the agency,…
Last month, BuzzFeed laid off more than 220 employees, or 15 percent of its work force. On Tuesday, employees at the company’s news division responded with the announcement that they planned to form a union. “It’s not all fun and memes,” the organizing committee said in a statement. “Our staff has been organizing for several…
How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Melissa Eddy, a Berlin correspondent for The Times, discussed the tech she’s using. What are the most important tech tools for doing your job, and how do you use them? My iPhone X has become my multipurpose portable notebook,…
Got a bunch of home-improvement dreams but you’re not quite sure where to start? Let a free or inexpensive three-dimensional floor plan program be your guide. While making a 3-D model is no substitute for professionally crafted plans and blueprints, it will give you a way to experiment with ideas before you hire a contractor…