Thursday, August 5, 2021

Technology

Lina Khan, a critic of Big Tech, wins confirmation to the F.T.C.

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Lina Khan, a prominent critic of the nation’s largest tech companies, to the Federal Trade Commission, giving her a central position at the agency that investigates antitrust violations, deceptive trade practices and data...

Apple Says It Turned Over Data on Donald McGahn in 2018

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for information in February 2018 about an account that belonged to Donald F. McGahn II, President Donald J. Trump’s White House counsel at the time, and barred the company from telling...

Justice Dept. Watchdog to Investigate Seizure of Democrats’ Data

The Times also reported that prosecutors had struggled to develop information tying members of the Intelligence Committee or their aides to the leaks, but Mr. Barr, after he was sworn in in 2019, objected to closing the inquiry....

Bitcoin and Encryption: A Race Between Criminals and the F.B.I.

Law enforcement also has an advantage when it gets ahold of digital devices. Despite claims from Apple, Google and even the Justice Department that smartphones are largely impenetrable, thousands of law enforcement agencies have tools that can infiltrate...

Are Tech’s Wealthiest Men Worth Their Pay?

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays.Apple paid its chief executive, Tim Cook, $1.4 billion in total since 2007. Oracle’s chairman, Larry Ellison, racked up stock and...

Tech Forgets About the Needs of the 99%

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays.I apologize for sounding like a grumpy old man. But I’m going to go full Andy Rooney and complain about gadgets...

An Interview With Hito Steyerl About Her Pompidou Center Show

If any artist can make sense of this sense-defying period, it would be Hito Steyerl: poet laureate of digital dislocation and social upheaval.In her video installations, essays and lecture-performances, the German artist has dismantled the boundaries between the...

YouTube Isn’t the Music Villain Anymore

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays.YouTube has long been the most popular music service in the world. What’s changed is that YouTube isn’t the Darth Vader...

New York Turns to Smart Thermometers for Disease Detection in Schools

And then, of course, there are the inevitable privacy concerns. Kinsa emphasizes that all data provided to the city will be aggregated and anonymized. “None of the individual data is going to anyone other than to that individual,”...

Graeme Ferguson, Filmmaker Who Helped Create Imax, Dies at 91

Graeme Ferguson, a Canadian documentarian who cocreated Imax, the panoramic cinema experience that immerses audiences into movies, and was the chief creative force of the company for years, died on May 8 at his home in Lake of...
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WHO recommends masks — even for vaccinated people — because of delta variant

As the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus gained traction around the world, the World Health Organization urged vaccinated people to continue to wear masks...
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‘Freaky bad accident’ could derail Hawks

Trae Young hopes to play through pain. The Hawks point guard suffered a right ankle sprain in the third quarter of Atlanta’s Game...

U.S. Carries Out Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

WASHINGTON — The United States carried out airstrikes early Monday morning in Iraq and Syria against two Iranian-backed militias that the Pentagon said...

Kristen Schaal enters ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’

Comedy veteran Kristen Schaal had a new experience in “The Mysterious Benedict Society.” “This is the first time I’ve done something where I have...

Are Black Creators Really on ‘Strike’ From TikTok?

Black creators’ concerns run deeper than simply obtaining dance credits or more brand deals. “We are being exploited, and that’s the core issue...