New York Times Technology News

  1. Tech has fought online ad regulations, but three senators will introduce a bipartisan bill to force the industry to disclose who buys political ads.
  2. The ride-hailing company is exploring a 2018 initial public offering, as it added fresh capital to its coffers from investors including a venture arm spun out of Google.
  3. In Silicon Valley, small companies used to unseat big ones. Now the clutches of the five biggest tech companies are hard to escape.
  4. A WeChat app lets users show appreciation for the Chinese leader’s words by mashing their screens. The game says players have clapped a billion times so far.
  5. With Google Earth, archaeologists have uncovered strange stone structures that may have been built by nomadic tribes in ancient lava fields.
  6. The choice comes at a time of broad bipartisan concern over corporate consolidation and big deals in the waiting.
  7. The shopping site keeps a record of the products you browse in the hope you’ll return to close the deal, but you can turn off the tracking.
  8. Here’s an opportunity to develop “the world’s first neighborhood built from the internet up,” but will humans be put first?
  9. Marcelle Hopkins, deputy video editor and co-director of virtual reality, traces The Times’s push into V.R. and other visual technologies.
  10. With the latest updates for its Macs and mobile devices, Apple has added support for new image and video formats while keeping things compatible.
  11. Two months after a scion of the conglomerate’s controlling family was sent to prison, investigators were looking into an alleged misappropriation of company funds.
  12. The ratings company is using audio-recognition software to crack a closely guarded trade secret.
  13. Do the volunteers behind Unicode, whose mission is to bring all human languages into the digital sphere, have enough bandwidth to deal with emojis too?
  14. Pilots are filing reports of drones flying too high on a weekly, almost daily basis, despite new rules and fines.
  15. Google placed ads linking to blatantly bogus stories on Snopes and PolitiFact, sites created precisely to dispel such falsehoods.
  16. The app told users how many calories they would burn by walking instead of driving, but was criticized as dangerous to people with eating disorders.
  17. Like previous versions of the system, Windows 10 lets you move the taskbar to where you want it.
  18. Google’s new Pixel 2 phone is clearly impressive, according to our reviewer. But whether that makes the device worth buying is another matter.
  19. The company beat expectations by adding 5.3 million subscribers in the third quarter and said it would ramp up its spending on original content.
  20. Trying to improve the nation’s diet, he’s hatching food projects the way his brother, Elon, launches rockets — and drawing some friendly fire.