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The New York Times: Technology

‘Weaponized Ad Technology’: Facebook’s Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye

‘Weaponized Ad Technology’: Facebook’s Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye

Government officials, researchers and advertising executives have warned that microtargeting tools, like the kind Facebook offers, can be exploited to polarize and manipulate voters.
Netflix and Kenya Barris, Creator of ‘Black-ish,’ Reach a Deal

Netflix and Kenya Barris, Creator of ‘Black-ish,’ Reach a Deal

Kenya Barris and his wife, Dr. Rainbow Edwards-Barris, at the Emmys last year.

ScienceTake: The Secret to Ant Efficiency Is Idleness

To dig a nest tunnel quickly and get the most out of their efforts, 30 percent of fire ants do 70 percent of the work.
Settling Arguments About Hydrogen With 168 Giant Lasers

Settling Arguments About Hydrogen With 168 Giant Lasers

Liquid metallic hydrogen does not occur naturally on Earth, except possibly at the core, but scientists believe the interiors of Jupiter and Saturn are awash in hydrogen in that state.
Google Employees Protest Secret Work on Censored Search Engine for China

Google Employees Protest Secret Work on Censored Search Engine for China

Google employees have signed a letter protesting the company’s building of a censored search engine for China.

Tech Tip: Create Your Own Emoji Characters, One Way or Another

Your mobile device and computer already have thousands of those colorful pictographs available. But if you can’t find the exact one to communicate your mood, make your own.
For 9 Hours, Cubans Got Internet in an Unusual Place: Everywhere

For 9 Hours, Cubans Got Internet in an Unusual Place: Everywhere

A young Cuban checking his phone at an internet hot spot on a street in Havana. On Tuesday, Cubans were able to surf the internet beyond the confines of designated public hot spots.
Uber’s Losses Continue in Its March Toward an I.P.O.

Uber’s Losses Continue in Its March Toward an I.P.O.

Last week, New York passed legislation to halt new vehicle licenses for ride-hail services, potentially capping Uber’s growth in one of its biggest markets.
Tencent, the Chinese Internet Giant, Stumbles. Beijing Gets the Blame

Tencent, the Chinese Internet Giant, Stumbles. Beijing Gets the Blame

Tencent was among the companies at an internet conference in Wuzhen, China, in December. On Wednesday, the company stumbled, missing earnings targets and posting a slowdown in profit growth for the
Tech We’re Using: When You Track Oreos, Exercise and Everything Else

Tech We’re Using: When You Track Oreos, Exercise and Everything Else

Tim Herrera, the editor of Smarter Living, at Kaffe 1668 South in Manhattan. “If nutrition and fitness are your goal,” he said, “a food-tracking app like Lose It! or MyFitnessPal can be really
For Online Daters, Women Peak at 18 While Men Peak at 50, Study Finds. Oy.

For Online Daters, Women Peak at 18 While Men Peak at 50, Study Finds. Oy.

Pablo Picasso on the French Riviera in 1940. He began a relationship with Marie-Thérèse Walter in the 1920s, when she was a teenager.

Tech Tip: The Mobile Virtual Network Operator Will Connect You Now

What’s a M.V.N.O.? It’s typically a smaller wireless carrier that offers inexpensive service plans but gets its network signals from a bigger company.
Twitter Suspends Alex Jones and Infowars for Seven Days

Twitter Suspends Alex Jones and Infowars for Seven Days

Alex Jones was barred from tweeting or retweeting from his personal Twitter account for seven days. His media website, Infowars, was also suspended.
How a Fake Group on Facebook Created Real Protests

How a Fake Group on Facebook Created Real Protests

The Facebook page Black Elevation was part of a complex influence campaign that organized real-world events before it was spotted and taken down by Facebook.
Tesla Directors, in Damage Control Mode, Want Elon Musk to Stop Tweeting

Tesla Directors, in Damage Control Mode, Want Elon Musk to Stop Tweeting

Some members of Tesla’s board of directors are said to have sent a stern message to the chief executive Elon Musk: Stop tweeting.
Uber Picks N.S.A. Veteran to Fix Troubled Security Team

Uber Picks N.S.A. Veteran to Fix Troubled Security Team

Former National Counterterrorism Center Director Matt Olsen testifying before the House Intelligence Committee in 2011. Mr. Olsen was named Uber’s new chief security officer on Tuesday.
Elon Musk’s Effort to Take Tesla Private to Get Board Oversight

Elon Musk’s Effort to Take Tesla Private to Get Board Oversight

Tesla announced Tuesday that three independent board members would supervise any potential proposal by the chief executive, Elon Musk, to take the company private.