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New York Times Technology News

  1. Governments Turn to Commercial Spyware to Intimidate Dissidents
    Surveillance and hacking tools are becoming increasingly popular among a wide range of nations, many of which use the methods to monitor, silence and punish their critics.
  2. Bits: Farhad and Mike’s Week in Tech: Techies vs. the Media
    Do tech venture capitalists really want to support a system in which moving fast results in company-ending lawsuits?
  3. Thiel-Gawker Fight Raises Concerns About Press Freedom
    The bankrolling of a lawsuit against the Gawker website by the Silicon Valley figure Peter Thiel has led to a debate encompassing broader themes.
  4. Nick Denton, Gawker Founder, Assails Peter Thiel as ‘Vindictive’ Foe
    Gawker Media also hired an investment banker to help explore its options for a possible sale.
  5. Op-Ed Contributor: Don’t Hand Our TVs Over to Google
    Allowing the tech giant to get access to viewers’ data could end up hurting innovation and competition.
  6. Dakar Journal: A Mission to Bring STEM Skills, and Robots, to Children in West Africa
    A Nebraska professor who returns home to Senegal to start a robotics competition hopes to instill a drive in schoolchildren to improve their world.
  7. Dutch Firm Trains Eagles to Take Down High-Tech Prey: Drones
    When small, off-the-shelf models pose security or other threats, birds have the advantage of grounding them without a potentially dangerous crash.
  8. Tech Companies Take Their Legislative Concerns to the States
    As they create increasingly sophisticated voice and face recognition products, technology firms are lobbying state lawmakers to discourage restrictive new laws that critics call necessary to prevent the violation of user rights.
  9. Silicon Valley Journal: Tech Titans Raise Their Guard, Pushing Back Against News Media
    The leaders of Silicon Valley are becoming more cautious and elusive, even as their products make the world more transparent.
  10. Born in the VCR Era, Great Courses Seeks to Evolve
    With a new streaming service aimed at broadening its customers base, the company says it can be “the Netflix of learning.”
  11. Questions and Answers on the New Study Linking Cellphones and Cancer in Rats
    A look at federal research on the effects of radiation emitted by cellphones in rats. Some experts debunk the findings; others say don’t discount them.
  12. Verizon and Unions Reach an Agreement That May End Strike
    The accord, after a walkout by nearly 40,000 workers that begin in mid-April, is said to include two key concessions by the company.
  13. Mediator: Behind the Scenes, Billionaires’ Growing Control of News
    Today’s quiet maneuvering by the ultrawealthy is very different from — and can be more dangerous than — the undisguised views of moguls like William Randolph Hearst.
  14. Modern Love: Putting Love to the Stress Test
    When two self-described tech geeks slide into a relationship that seems too easy, they design a monthlong trial to expose its flaws.
  15. First Words: How ‘Everything’ Became the Highest Form of Praise
    How do you distinguish a photo, video or new product from the rest when they’re all hailed as the epitome of achievement?
  16. Talk: B.J. Novak Thinks Actors Are Bad at Playing Writers
    The actor and app developer on democratizing writing, why Ethan Hawke is too hot to be a writer and avenging his ghostwriter father’s anonymity.
  17. Bits: Google Bests Oracle in Court, but the Fight Isn’t Over
    The companies have been fighting for six years over the use of Java, which Oracle acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems.
  18. What in the World: How Many Hours Does an iPhone Cost?
    The cash price of a new iPhone may be roughly the same everywhere, but the amount of work you’d have to put in to afford one can be all over the place.
  19. Sinosphere: Bus Project Finds a Way Around China’s Traffic Jams: Gliding Above Them
    The designer of the vehicle, Song Youzhou, says that prototypes are being constructed and that five cities have signed contracts with his company for pilot projects.
  20. A 32-Hour Webcast of Norwegians Reading the Fine Print
    A government agency staged the reading of the terms and conditions of 30 downloadable apps to point out their absurdity and possible illegality.