Technology

When Trading in Bitcoin, Keep the Tax Man in Mind

For the most part, that means Bitcoin and other digital currencies will be treated similarly to an investment like stocks — but not always. Given the speed at which these currencies have caught on — Bitcoin was released only in 2009 — regulators haven’t quite kept pace. The I.R.S. issued basic guidelines in 2014 for digital currencies, but tax experts ...

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Farhad’s Week in Tech: Big Tech Is Pouring Love on America. Thank Trump?

Photo Outside an Amazon building in Seattle. Credit Elaine Thompson/Associated Press Each Friday, Farhad Manjoo, technology columnist at The New York Times, reviews the week’s news, offering analysis and maybe a joke or two about the most important developments in the tech industry. Want this newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here. Good morning, readers! It was an interesting week ...

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Amazon Chooses 20 Finalists for Second Headquarters

According to people briefed on the process who would speak only anonymously because the deliberations were private, the process was conducted by a team of about a dozen people within Amazon, including economists, human resources managers and executives who oversee real estate. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive who was the mastermind behind turning the search into a public process and ...

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How Technology Is (and Isn’t) Changing Our Reading Habits

How is technology affecting the publishing industry? About a decade ago, when Amazon introduced its first e-reader, publishers panicked that digital books would take over the industry, the way digital transformed the music industry. And for a while, that fear seemed totally justified. At one point, the growth trajectory for e-books was more than 1,200 percent. Bookstores suffered, and print ...

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Sharing High-Resolution Photos by Email

Q. How do I make sure I am sending a photo at the highest possible resolution when I attach it to an email message on my phone? A. Before you send the photo, check the image-size settings when you attach the image to the message so you know you have selected a high-resolution picture. If you pick a low-resolution photo ...

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Graydon Carter, Ex-Editor of Vanity Fair, Invests in an App

Zig, an app that aims to simplify users’ consumption of news, is Mr. Carter’s first public project since he left Vanity Fair last month. It resembles an Instagram of news: a feed of photographs culled from stories around the web, with the material tailored to a user’s interests. Photo Graydon Carter, left, spent 25 years at Vanity Fair, but his ...

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In Some Countries, Facebook’s Fiddling Has Magnified Fake News

The changes are being made as the company finds itself embroiled in a larger debate over its role in spreading fake news and misinformation aimed at influencing elections in the United States and other nations. Facebook said these News Feed modifications were not identical to those introduced last fall in six countries through its Explore program, but both alterations favor ...

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Mr. Amazon Steps Out – The New York Times

The appearances and actions are a new look for Mr. Bezos. Photo Mr. Bezos with, from left, the actors Matt Damon, Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth after the Golden Globes last Sunday. Credit Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images As he was shaping Amazon into one of the world’s most valuable companies, Mr. Bezos developed a reputation as a brilliant but mysterious ...

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Jeff Bezos Jumps Into ‘Dreamer’ Fight With Gift for Scholarships

Photo Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, made a donation to provide college scholarships to 1,000 so-called Dreamers. Credit Emma Mcintyre/Getty Images SEATTLE — Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, on Friday injected himself into one of the most contentious political debates in the United States, announcing that he and his wife had donated $33 million to a college scholarship ...

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House Votes to Renew Surveillance Law, Rejecting New Privacy Limits

Before approving the extension of the law, known as Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, the House voted 233 to 183 to reject an amendment that proposed a series of overhauls. Among them was a requirement that officials get warrants in most cases before hunting for and reading emails and other messages of Americans swept up under the program. ...

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