Technology

Should the Internet Be Regulated?

The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to roll back net neutrality has sparked intense debate; those in favor worry that deregulation would limit access to information in a way that disproportionally affects vulnerable populations, while opponents argue that the market naturally regulates itself without government interference. Here are three books that examine both arguments and their historical precedents. Photo THE VICTORIAN ...

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China’s Next Potential Boom Spot: The Places People Overlook

In the prefecture that contains Liangduo, Yancheng, locals’ wallets are fattening more quickly than the national rate, and their household spending — which surged 8 percent per person in 2016 — outpaced the rises in Beijing and Shanghai. Signs of that new prosperity can be seen at Auto City, a jumble of ramshackle, boxy buildings in Yancheng where Toyota, Ford ...

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Stay Updated on Software Updates

Q. Most technical advice always seems to include “make sure you’re running the latest version of the operating system,” but I’ve sometimes done just that and the update has rendered my device inoperable. How does this happen, and is there a way to tell what updates aren’t going to hurt my system? A. Software updates are released to plug up ...

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How to Create Windows 10 Start Menu Folders

Q. My Windows 10 Start menu is too full. Is there a way to condense the tiles so they don’t take up as much space? A. Windows 10 allows you to choose different sizes for the tiles on the Start menu, and you can resize the menu itself to suit your needs. If neither of those options appeals to you, ...

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Amazon, in Hunt for Lower Prices, Recruits Indian Merchants

The India program is quite lucrative for Amazon’s bottom line. A merchant who chooses the full array of Amazon services, including buying advertising and contracting with the company to store and deliver the products from Amazon’s American warehouses, typically hands over about one-third of the item’s sale price in fees and commissions. These third-party sellers are crucial to Amazon’s business, ...

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Managing Multiple Identities on Twitter

Q. I have two Twitter accounts — a personal one and a more professional one I just created for my job. Can I use them both on the same phone? A. The Twitter apps for Android and iOS allow you to be logged into multiple accounts on the same device. If you are using the Twitter app with your original ...

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Twitter Says Blocking a New York Times Account Was ‘an Error’

SAN FRANCISCO — As Twitter has tried to draw bright lines between what is acceptable and not acceptable on its platform, it has stumbled over them itself. The company was criticized after it froze the account of the actress Rose McGowan in October, when she included a phone number in one of her tweets about misconduct by the movie producer ...

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If No One Owns the Moon, Can Anyone Make Money Up There?

Back in April, Luxembourg’s crown prince, his wife and government officials paid a visit to Planetary Resources, putting on white gowns, gloves, wispy caps and baby blue bootees — a distinctly unroyal outfit sometimes called a “bunny suit” — to take a close look at where the company is assembling small satellites. In June, Mr. Schneider returned to the United ...

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Hacks That Help: Using Tech to Fight Child Exploitation

Thorn has software with the ability to search through text ads, but wants to be able to better search through images. Engineers and law enforcement agencies focus on information from the solicitation ads posted on sites like Night Shift, Erotic Monkey and Backpage. Photo About 100 engineers gathered to help Thorn hone its tools to fight adolescent and child sexual ...

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What Was the Two-Way Pager?

You can type pretty fast on these doohickeys. CreditTony Cenicola for the New York Times The New York Times headline: “A World Divided Into Two-Way Pager Camps” (see it in context). Published on: January 14, 2001. The story: Near the dawn of the texting era, we noted that a tech-device culture war broke out between establishment types (Al Gore, Bill ...

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