Technology

Jeff Bezos Becomes World’s Richest Person, Surpassing Bill Gates

Photo Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon. Credit Nick Cote for The New York Times SEATTLE — Jeff Bezos on Thursday took something away from a billionaire neighbor in the Seattle area, Bill Gates — the mantle of world’s richest person. A 1 percent pop in the shares of Amazon.com — the internet company Mr. Bezos founded, ...

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Packing Google Maps, but Not an Internet Connection

Q. I will use only my Verizon plan iPhone and Google Maps for driving directions in Europe. What plans or workarounds can I use to minimize data use? A. If you have access to a Wi-Fi connection and space on your phone to store around 300 to 500 megabytes, you can download maps before you go and avoid cellular data ...

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Finding Your Roots, Free – The New York Times

Q. Why do genealogy sites charge money for access to public records that are supposedly free? Is there any easy way to get to this information anyway? A. Viewing public records is typically free if you go to the municipal or religious archives and look them up yourself, or the organization has digitized and posted them. However, if a genealogy ...

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Sensing Weakness, Uber’s Asian Rivals Make $2.5 Billion Play

Photo The ride-hailing company Grab is competing with Uber for dominance in Southeast Asia. Credit Edgar Su/Reuters HONG KONG — In East Asia, Uber’s biggest rivals smell blood. Grab, the Singapore-based ride-sharing company competing with Uber for dominance in Southeast Asia, said on Monday that it expected to raise $2.5 billion in a new fund-raising round, in part with the ...

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Abuses Hide in the Silence of Nondisparagement Agreements

Nondisparagement clauses are not limited to legal settlements. They are increasingly found in standard employment contracts in many industries, sometimes in a simple offer letter that helps to create a blanket of silence around a company. Their use has become particularly widespread in tech employment contracts, from venture investment firms and start-ups to the biggest companies in Silicon Valley, including ...

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One Family, Many Revolutions: From Black Panthers, to Silicon Valley, to Trump

During Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearings as attorney general in January, Democrats raised the issue of the long and admiring relationship between David and the nominee. Statements by David like “too many blacks are in prison because too many blacks commit crimes” were cited as evidence that Mr. Sessions kept unsavory company and had racist leanings. Photo Ben Horowitz uses rap ...

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Preparing for the Jump to a New Operating System

Q. I have been a dedicated PC user since the mid-1980s and have only used Windows-based computers, but I am now contemplating a switch to Apple and have concerns. Will my external backup drives be accessed smoothly once connected to a Mac? I don’t use the cloud because I don’t want my stuff out there and don’t want any additional ...

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Daily Report: Can Facebook Woo Back Publishers?

Photo Facebook’s Instant Articles product allows publishers to post news articles that can be read within Facebook rather than on the publisher’s website. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times The publishing industry’s relationship with Facebook has always had a certain scorpion-and-frog quality to it. First, a quick recap of the fable of the scorpion and the frog: A ...

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How Y2K Offers a Lesson for Fighting Climate Change

People tend to remember Y2K as a joke, and not a good one. Way back in the last century, computer scientists and I.T. guys began warning that a strange computer bug lay dormant in just about every computer in the world. When the date turned over from 1999 to 2000, computers would go haywire, they said, leading to all manner ...

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Switching to the Sound of Silence for Facebook Videos

Q. Facebook starts to play videos automatically and loudly when I use the Android app. How do I make it stop? Photo To disable the audio in a video that plays automatically when you browse your news feed, go into the Facebook app’s settings and flip the appropriate button from the on position (shown here) to off. Credit The New ...

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