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The Future Is Bright for the Video Games of Yesterday

Scott Bachrach remembers playing games like Centipede, Galaga and Pac-Man with his friends at his local arcade in Los Angeles in the 1980s. “It was the spot where we went to on Friday nights,” said Mr. Bachrach, now 50. “We put our quarters on the top of the machines to …

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Bits: The Week in Tech: Facebook’s Three Big Problems

I’m also not the first to point out that many of the worst examples of Facebook’s influence around the world — the way it has facilitated genocide in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, led to deadly riots in India and Nigeria, and helped destabilize democracies around the world through the spread …

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Bits: The Week in Tech: Social Media Faces Another Election Test

Crazy, right? Not so fast, says my colleague Kevin Roose. We shouldn’t be letting Facebook off the hook so easily. It was months of pressure that made Facebook take disinformation issues seriously. Just because we made it through the midterms without a significant impact from disinformation doesn’t mean meddlers won’t …

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He Developed a Video Game Cheat. Then His Home Was Raided.

Mr. Anderson agreed. “They can’t technically protect the software, so they’re using scare tactics,” said Mr. Anderson, 42, standing outside his home in southeast Melbourne, on a porch strewn with broken electronics, a faded shopping basket and a cactus. The raid, Mr. Anderson said, came after weeks of surveillance. Early …

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Mario Segale, Developer Who Inspired Nintendo to Name Super Mario, Dies at 84

Mario A. Segale, a Seattle-area real estate developer who unwittingly lent his name to perhaps the most famous video game character in history — Nintendo’s Mario — died at a local hospital on Oct. 27. He was 84. The death was of natural causes, according to Kim G. Brown, a …

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Tech Tip: Miss Those Video Games of Your Youth? Here’s How to Find Them

Video games hit their 60th birthday in October, if you start counting (as many do) with Tennis for Two, a rudimentary Pong ancestor cobbled together by the physicist William A. Higinbotham at Long Island’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. Games have evolved a lot since then, of course, becoming far more complicated …

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Your Kid’s Apps Are Crammed With Ads

Many developers market apps for children as being educational. So Jenny Radesky, a pediatrician who wrote the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for children and media, wanted to check that out. “One of my big concerns about why apps might not be educational was because of the presence of distracting …

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Senators Call for Federal Investigation of Children’s Apps

Two Democratic senators are calling on federal regulators to investigate whether children’s apps improperly collect personal data and whether app stores are misleading parents by labeling the apps as child-friendly. Senators Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on …

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