Technology

Mother of Uber Chief Executive Killed in Boating Accident

Photo Travis Kalanick, chief executive of Uber, in May 2016. Credit via Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — The mother of Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of Uber, was killed and his father was seriously injured in a boating accident on Friday near Fresno, Calif., the company said on Saturday. Bonnie Kalanick, 71, was a veteran of the newspaper industry who ...

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Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?

Beijing is backing its artificial intelligence push with vast sums of money. Having already spent billions on research programs, China is readying a new multibillion-dollar initiative to fund moonshot projects, start-ups and academic research, all with the aim of growing China’s A.I. capabilities, according to two professors who consulted with the government on the plan. Continue reading the main story ...

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Great American Road Trip

“As I’ve traveled around, I’ve sat with children in juvenile detention and opioid addicts, who told me their lives could have turned out differently if they just had something to do, an after-school program or somewhere to go,” said Mr. Zuckerberg, who also received an honorary doctoral degree at the ceremony. “I’ve met factory workers who know their old jobs ...

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Daily Report: From Lean to Fat Start-Ups

Photo Eric Wu, a founder and the chief executive of Opendoor, at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco. Credit Christie Hemm Klok for The New York Times Lean start-ups were once all the rage in Silicon Valley. Now, here comes the fat start-up. So writes Farhad Manjoo, the technology columnist for The New York Times. First, a step back to ...

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The Rise of the Fat Start-Up

For much of the past decade, tech investors have been enamored of software companies that could grow very quickly for little money — like Instagram, which raised less than $60 million before it was bought by Facebook for $1 billion. Even Uber, which has raised billions of dollars for expansion, has attracted investors on the promise of eventual low operational ...

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How to Make It Known There’s a Problem With an App

Q. Is there any way to report problems or get technical support for a mobile app? A. Apps are software, so if you need help or want to report an issue with the program’s developer, there are a couple of places to look for the contact information. Open the problematic app on your device and check its menus for a ...

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Daily Report: Europe Gets Tough on Facebook

Photo The Facebook Innovation Hub in Berlin last year. Facebook faces increased scrutiny in Europe. Credit Tobias Schwarz/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images It has been some time since a technology company ran afoul of antitrust investigators in the United States. But in Europe, it’s an entirely different story. On Thursday, the European Union’s antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, fined Facebook 110 ...

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‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It

“I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” Mr. Williams says. “I was wrong about that.” Continue reading the main story The Silicon Valley entrepreneur first drew notice during the dot-com boom, for developing software that allowed users to easily set up a website for broadcasting ...

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Julian Assange Rape Investigation Is Dropped in Sweden

As reporters thronged outside the Ecuadorean Embassy on Friday morning, Fidel Narváez, an embassy spokesman, said the country’s officials in London would have no comment; they were awaiting instructions from their Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Continue reading the main story Marianne Ny, the chief prosecutor in Sweden, made clear that the authorities were not pronouncing Mr. Assange innocent. “I can ...

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