At Mars, Jeff Bezos Hosted Roboticists, Astronauts, Other Brainiacs and Me
YouTube to Ban Videos Promoting Gun Sales
YouTube said that it would ban videos that promote either the construction or sale of firearms and their accessories, starting next month.
Bits: Kevin’s Week in Tech: Zuckerberg’s Answers to Privacy Scandal Raise More Questions
Mark Zuckerberg in Barcelona, Spain, in 2016. Switching to a subscription model wouldn’t fix all of Facebook’s problems overnight, but it would make Mr. Zuckerberg’s network harder to exploit.
Welcome to Zucktown. Where Everything Is Just Zucky.
Facebook, which has created a virtual community, is planning to build a real community, with parks, stores and 1,500 apartments near its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
Dropbox Priced at $21 a Share in I.P.O., Valuing Company at $9.2 Billion
Shares of Dropbox are expected start trading Friday on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol DBX.
Beg, Borrow or Steal: How Trump Says China Takes Technology
President Trump on Thursday, when tariffs on about $60 billion worth of Chinese imports were announced.
AT&T Would Use Time Warner as a ‘Weapon,’ Justice Dept. Says
Mr. Stephenson leaving the federal courthouse on Thursday. The Justice Department argues that AT&T would charge its rivals more money for Time Warner content if the merger were approved.
Instagram Is Changing Its Algorithm. Here’s How.
Instagram’s feed ranking is “constantly adapting and improving based on new data,” a company spokesman said.
The Stone: How Democracy Can Survive Big Data
Tech Tip: Chatting Up the Google Assistant
Virtual assistants already have some ability to hold conversations with people, but the technology will get even more talkative.
Wreck of the Juneau Is Found, 76 Years After 5 Brothers Perished
A remotely controlled vehicle captured footage of guns aboard the sunken Juneau, more than two miles beneath the water’s surface in the South Pacific.
Why Leaving Facebook Doesn’t Always Mean Quitting
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which data from over 50 million Facebook profiles was secretly scraped and mined for voter insights, many Facebook users have decided to delete their accounts — but untangling yourself from a site like Facebook is not as easy as pressing “delete.”
Mark Zuckerberg’s Reckoning: ‘This Is a Major Trust Issue’
“Whenever there’s an issue where someone’s data gets passed to someone who the rules of the system shouldn’t have allowed it to, that’s rightfully a big issue and deserves to be a big uproar,” Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said in an interview.
Facebook Made Him a Billionaire. Now He’s a Critic.
Brian Acton, one of the creators of WhatsApp, became a billionaire when Facebook bought the company in 2014. Now he is telling people to “#deletefacebook.”
For Many Facebook Users, a ‘Last Straw’ That Led Them to Quit
Richard H. Perry, a filmmaker in Los Angeles, deleted his Facebook profile this week. “Facebook seems so complicit all the way up and down,” he said, “like it doesn’t care about its users.”
Zuckerberg, Facing Facebook’s Worst Crisis Yet, Pledges Better Privacy
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., in July.
Tech Fix: Want to #DeleteFacebook? You Can Try
The social network may be too large to truly quit. Our personal tech columnist answers questions from readers who are contemplating deactivation.
Trilobites: Robotic Fish to Keep a Fishy Eye on the Health of the Oceans
SoFi, a robotic fish designed by M.I.T. scientists to better observe the lives and habitats of ocean fish.
Missing From Facebook’s Crisis: Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, in 2013. Neither executive has made any public appearances this week since a scandal erupted.
Targeting Tech Giants, Europe Unveils Digital Tax Proposal
Apple’s headquarters in Cork, Ireland. European authorities introduced a new way to tax technology companies that could raise 5 billion euros, or $6.15 billion, annually for European Union member states.
The Shift: Think Cryptocurrency Is Confusing? Try Paying Taxes on It
Tech We’re Using: In India, Everything Can Be Delivered (Except Clean Air)
When getting a ride in heavy traffic, Vindu Goel, a technology reporter based in Mumbai, India, often turns one of his phones into a Wi-Fi hot spot and works on his laptop.
Computer Chip Visionaries Win Turing Award
Dave Patterson, right, and John Hennessy in the early 1990s. The men won the Turing Award for their pioneering work on a computer chip design that is now used by most of the tech industry.
Tech Tip: Sharing Your Story in Instagram
The photo-sharing social network includes a feature for posting and annotating multiple photos and videos in one daily collection.
Toyota Takes Self-Driving Cars Off Road After Uber Accident
An autonomous concept car from Toyota at the International CES expo in Las Vegas in January. Toyota temporarily halted its tests of self-driving vehicles on public roads after a crash involving an Uber autonomous car killed a pedestrian.
The End for Facebook’s Security Evangelist
Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief information security officer, has publicly challenged the National Security Agency director, sparred with the media on Twitter and taken his bosses at Yahoo and Facebook to task over security issues.
AT&T-Time Warner Case: How the Biggest Antitrust Trial in Years Could Play Out
The chief executives of AT&T and Time Warner, Randall Stephenson, left, and Jeffrey Bewkes, testified to a Senate subcommittee in 2016 about the proposed merger of their companies.
Google Pledges $300 Million to Clean Up False News
The Google News Initiative, which was announced Tuesday, is Google’s most ambitious attempt yet to improve the quality of information it shows to users.
How Researchers Learned to Use Facebook ‘Likes’ to Sway Your Thinking
Your interest in Kim Kardashian West can tell researchers how extroverted (very), how conscientious (more than most) and how open-minded (only somewhat) you are.
Tech Tip: Connecting Hardware to an iPad
Apple’s tablet has a headphone jack and a Lightning port to plug in external devices, but you can also pair gadgets and sling files wirelessly.
Hundreds of Start-Ups Tell Investors: Diversify, or Keep Your Money
The Founders for Change coalition includes, from left, Howie Liu of Airtable, Andre Haddad of Turo, Todd Berman of Loom, Sarah Leary of Nextdoor, Jason Brown of Tally, Sarah Nahm of Lever, Eddie Medina of BetterUp, Amit Sharma of Narvar and Rosanna Myers of Carbon Robotics.
California Housing Problems Are Spilling Across Its Borders
Californians and companies like Tesla have migrated to Reno to take advantage of cheap land and comparatively low home prices.
What’s Next for Humanity: Automation, New Morality and a ‘Global Useless Class’
In an event organized by The New York Times and How To Academy, the historian and author Yuval Noah Harari offered his predictions for the future.
Yuval Noah Harari on the Future of Humanity
Humans, Mr. Harari warned, “have created such a complicated world that we’re no longer able to make sense of what is happening.”
Op-Ed Columnist: Trump’s High-Tech Dirty Tricksters
Alexander Nix, head of Cambridge Analytica, at an event in Germany last year.
Editorial: Facebook Leaves Its Users’ Privacy Vulnerable
The Shift: How Facebook’s Data Sharing Went From Feature to Bug
Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators in November. He has encouraged developers to connect apps and programs to Facebook’s platform.
Tech Fix: How to Protect Yourself (and Your Friends) on Facebook
A voter-profiling company was able to harvest data of 50 million Facebook profiles even though only about 270,000 users agreed to hand over their information. So maybe now is a good time to check your privacy settings and take a few other steps to safeguard your data.
Op-Ed Contributor: Avoiding Collisions in Outer Space
White House Bans Venezuela’s Digital Currency and Expands Sanctions
The sanctions were intended to send a message to Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, that the United States holds him directly responsible for his country’s economic devastation, the White House said.
Facebook Exit Hints at Dissent on Handling of Russian Trolls
Alex Stamos, the chief information security officer for Facebook. He has urged more disclosure over Russian activity on Facebook.
How Driverless Cars See the World Around Them
A rooftop lidar system, which measures distances using pulses of light, on a Ford test car.
Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: What You Need to Know as Fallout Widens
Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm hired by President Trump’s 2016 election campaign, gained access to information on 50 million Facebook users as a way to identify the personalities of American voters and influence their behavior.
Cambridge Analytica, Trump-Tied Political Firm, Offered to Entrap Politicians
Alexander Nix, head of Cambridge Analytica, speaking in New York City in 2016.
Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Facebook’s Surveillance Machine
Facebook users go to the site for social interaction, only to be quietly subjected to an enormous level of surveillance.
Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona, Where Robots Roam
A woman crossing Mill Avenue at its intersection with Curry Road in Tempe, Ariz., on Monday. A pedestrian was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle at the intersection a night earlier.
YouTube May Add to the Burdens of Humble Wikipedia
At South by Southwest last week, YouTube’s chief executive, Susan Wojcicki, announced that the company would enlist Wikipedia’s help to deal with the proliferation of conspiracy theories and misinformation on its platform.