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New York Times Technology News

  1. Technophoria: The Government’s Consumer Data Watchdog
    The Federal Trade Commission’s chief technologist fights to ensure that companies keep consumers’ information safe and private.

  2. Standard Deduction: Yahoo’s Tricky Plan for Tax-Free Spinoff of Alibaba Stock
    Yahoo’s spinoff plan for its Alibaba holdings creates a nasty tax risk for shareholders.

  3. National Briefing | West: California: Dating Website Is Hacked
    FriendFinder Networks, the Silicon Valley company that operates the service, said in a statement that it hired a prominent cybersecurity firm to investigate and is telling members to update their user names and passwords.

  4. Cuomo Administration Ends 90-Day Rule on Deleting State Workers’ Email
    The move followed rebukes from watchdog groups and some lawmakers in recent months about the policy.

  5. App City: An App for Solo Soccer Players
    Jogabo allows users to schedule soccer games, invite friends or strangers to play, and to keep track of goals, assists and other statistics.

  6. Economic View: What to Learn in College to Stay One Step Ahead of Computers
    Universities are struggling to figure out how to impart information to students that won’t be overridden in the near future by computers and robots.

  7. Young Saudis, Bound by Conservative Strictures, Find Freedom on Their Phones
    Confronted with an austere version of Islam and strict social codes, they increasingly rely on apps and social media for self-expression and liberation.

  8. Overvalued in Silicon Valley, but Don’t Say ‘Tech Bubble’
    The tech industry’s venture capitalists admit to a certain amount of “frothiness” in start-up investments, but they studiously avoid another word. Bubble.

  9. Bits Blog: Bringing Women Into Tech
    A new prize aims to recognize colleges that succeed in attracting women into information technology, a field where they remain underrepresented.

  10. Obama’s Twitter Debut, @POTUS, Attracts Hate-Filled Posts
    Some Twitter users lashed out in sometimes profanity-laced replies that exhort the president, who is using @POTUS, to kill himself and worse.

  11. Bits Blog: Members of Congress Ask for Review of Dropped Espionage Case
    In a letter to Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, 22 members of Congress are asking if race played a role in the investigation of a Chinese-American hydrologist accused of spying for China.

  12. Goldman Sachs Meeting in Bay Area Shows Appetite for Tech
    The investment bank, eager to court technology businesses while a boom is luring billions of investor dollars, held its annual meeting in San Francisco.

  13. Hewlett-Packard Reports Drop in Profit and Sales
    The computer and printer company plans to split into two entities later this year in hopes of being more nimble, but investors have reservations.

  14. New Approach Trains Robots to Match Human Dexterity and Speed
    Linking several powerful software techniques makes it possible for a robot to learn tasks rapidly with a relatively little training.

  15. Women in Tech: Making Computer Science More Inviting: A Look at What Works
    A new prize aims to recognize colleges that succeed in attracting women into information technology, a field where they remain underrepresented.

  16. Bits Blog: Minecraft Reality Shows, on YouTube
    A group of gamers act as solo tour guides for millions of Minecraft players, gradually creating their own genre of entertainment.

  17. Up to 1.1 Million Customers Could be Affected in Data Breach at Insurer CareFirst
    The hacking of CareFirst, a health insurer, may have some common links to the attacks on Anthem and Premera.

  18. Bankruptcy Judge Approves Sale of RadioShack Name and Data
    The ruling by a Delaware bankruptcy court allows the electronics chain to sell its brand and customer information to a Standard General affiliate for $26 million.

  19. Rough Chic Adds a Glow to Start-Ups
    Lighting by Rich Brilliant Willing is featured at the headquarters of Uber, Yelp, Fitbit, Beats, Zazzle and Nest.

  20. Open Source: Chechen Leader Scolds WhatsApp Users for Spreading ‘Rumors’ About Official’s Wedding
    Chechnya’s Instagram-addicted Ramzan Kadyrov accused citizens of using WhatsApp to spread rumors about a police chief.