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Bits | The Business of Technology - June 1, 2016: American Tech Giants vs. the Nation-State

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Daily Report American Tech Giants vs. the Nation-State | Virtual reality is all fun and games, until your avatar gets strip-searched at the border.

Bits | The Business of Technology Daly Report on November 17, 2015: Microsoft, Once Infested With Security Flaws, Does an About-Face.

nytimes.com Microsoft, Once Infested With Security Flaws, Does an About-Face Nick Wingfield Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer. Evan McGlinn for The New York Times REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft was once the epitome of everything wrong with security in technology. Its products were so infested with vulnerabilities that the company’s co-founder, Bill Gates, once ordered all of Microsoft engineers to stop writing new code for a month and focus on fixing the bugs in software they had already built. But in recent years, Microsoft has cleaned up its act, even impressing security specialists like Mikko Hypponen, the chief research officer for F-Secure, a Finnish security company, who used to cringe at Microsoft’s practices. “They’ve changed themselves from worst in class to the best in class,” Mr. Hypponen said. “The change is compl

Bits | The Business of Technology Daily Report - October 26, 2015: Daily Report: Facebook Goes to India ....Again

bits.blogs.nytimes.com Daily Report: Facebook Goes to India … Again Jim Kerstetter   Facebook is not the only big tech company looking at ways to connect to the many people in the world who do not have access to the Internet. Google, for example, has discussed using drones, high-flying balloons and even low-cost satellites to beam Internet signals to remote parts of the world. But perhaps no other company has managed to stir up as much controversy as Facebook. This week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive and co-founder, will visit New Delhi and is expected to discuss the Internet.org project.

Bits | The Business of Technology - October 21, 2015: A Scandal at Stanford University

Daily Report Wednesday, October 21, 2015   A Scandal at Stanford University | Stanford University has long been a bedrock part of Silicon Valley, feeding talent and ideas to the tech industry. But its business school has recently been engulfed in a well-chronicled scandal that led to the resignation of the school's dean last month, and now David Streitfeld finds that the hubbub has revealed issues at another part of Stanford , the Hoover Institution. The business school and Hoover incidents both involve management issues with women. They come against a backdrop where Silicon Valley has been debating - and flagellating itself - for the lack of gender diversity in tech. Over the past few years, Silicon Valley technology companies have reported data on the diversity of their workforce. The numbers have shown the lack of women in technology roles and little progress has been achieved in closing the gap. Add to that a number of o

China Promises to Work With U.S. to Prevent Cybercrime: Bits | The Business of Technology - September 24, 2015.

  Daily Report   Thursday, September 24, 2015 China Promises to Work With U.S. to Prevent Cybercrime | In Seattle, the talk was of cooperation. In a speech to American business leaders Tuesday night, China's president, Xi Jinping, pledged to work with the United States to prevent cybercrime. Mr. Xi's long-anticipated visit comes over increased tensions over what White House officials say has been a concerted effort by China to attack the computer networks of businesses and government agencies. "The Chinese government will not in whatever form engage in commercial theft, and hacking against government networks are crimes that must be punished in accordance with the law and relevant international treaties," Mr. Xi said. But in Washington, the talk was all about cybertheft . The Office of Personnel Management said on Wednesday that the hackers who stole a large amount of data from the agency also got the fingerprints

Bits | The Business of Technology - November 24, 2014.

Monday, November 24, 2014 For the latest updates, go to  nytimes.com/bits » Morning Report Silicon Valley Responds to Obama's Immigration Order   |   Silicon Valley's constant stream of new apps and services depends on hundreds of thousands of foreign-born engineers to help create them. So the technology industry has been pushing for changes to the nation's immigration policy for more than a decade to allow more skilled workers into the country,  Vindu Goel reports . President Obama's executive order on immigration last week falls well short of what both immigrants and industry leaders were seeking. The most vexing issues they face, like speeding up the process for obtaining permanent residency and getting more visas for high-skilled technology work, would require an act of Congress. Nonetheless, some immigrants working in technology were heartened by the president's actions and said they could potentially make life and work in the

Bits | The Business of Technology - July 3, 2014: London Transport Regulator Says Uber Can Legally Operate

Technology  |   Business Day   |   Personal Tech Thursday, July 3, 2014 For the latest updates, go to  nytimes.com/bits » Afternoon Report London Transport Regulator Says Uber Can Legally Operate   |   In the battle between Europe's taxi drivers and the ride-sharing service Uber, score one for Uber. On Thursday , London's transport regulator said that the start-up can legally operate in the British capital, a move that follows protests that Uber has faced in major cities across Europe from London to Madrid. The British capital's licensed taxi drivers have argued that Uber's technology, which uses a smartphone-based technology to charge customers at the end of the journey based on the length of their trip, broke a regulation that only licensed black taxis can use meters in their vehicles to charge customers based on distance and time. The regulator, Transport for London, or TfL, disagreed. "Smartphones that transmit location inform

Bits | The Business of Technology - July 2, 2014: The Bright Side of Facebook's Social Experiments on Users.

Technology  |   Business Day   |   Personal Tech Wednesday, July 2, 2014 For the latest updates, go to  nytimes.com/bits » Afternoon Report The Bright Side of Facebook's Social Experiments on Users   | Facebook's disclosure last week that it had tinkered with about 700,000 users' news feeds as part of a psychology experiment conducted in 2012 inadvertently laid bare what too few tech firms acknowledge: that they possess vast powers to closely monitor, test and even shape our behavior, often while we're in the dark about their capabilities,  Farhad Manjoo writes in his State of the Art column . The publication of the study, which found that showing people slightly happier messages in their feeds caused them to post happier updates, and sadder messages prompted sadder updates, sparked a torrent of outrage from people who found it creepy that Facebook played with unsuspecting users' emotions. Because the study was conducted in partner