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Bits: The Week in Tech: Hostages in the U.S. and China Tech Cold War

He declined to discuss the detained Canadians or Ms. Meng’s arrest. In a way, Huawei is itself a hostage of larger conflicts. The company has built a globally respected brand. It has won customers by investing in research and development, providing attentive service — and driving its employees really, really …

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The Shift: Is Tech Too Easy to Use?

“The internet’s lack of friction made it great, but now our devotion to minimizing friction is perhaps the internet’s weakest link for security,” Justin Kosslyn, a product manager at Jigsaw, wrote last month in an essay for the technology site Motherboard. Over the past several weeks, I’ve spoken to more …

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How The Times Analyzed Location Tracking Companies

To examine the practices of the location tracking industry, The New York Times tested apps on the Google Android and Apple iOS platforms, and evaluated data from a company that analyzed thousands of mobile apps. Testing Individual Apps Reporters tested both the Android and iOS versions of 10 apps: nine …

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Bits: The Week in Tech: Facebook Is in the News. Again.

The stolen data included names, addresses and encrypted credit card details of hotel customers. Hackers also stole travel histories and passport numbers of a smaller group of guests. It’s one of the bigger cybersecurity breaches in history. (Then again, the Facebook breach affecting 30 million accounts, announced last September, was …

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Australian Government Passes Contentious Encryption Law

CANBERRA, Australia — The Australian Parliament passed a contentious encryption bill on Thursday to require technology companies to provide law enforcement and security agencies with access to encrypted communications. Privacy advocates, technology companies and other businesses had strongly opposed the bill, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government said it was …

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Quora, the Q. and A. Site, Says Data Breach Affected 100 Million Users

Users of Quora, the question-and-answer site, are asking today: Did my personal data just get stolen? The social platform said late Monday that the account information and private messages of around 100 million users may have been exposed when its computer systems were compromised by “a malicious third party.” Quora …

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Your Money: Marriott Hack Adds Passport Headache, but Its Intensity Is in Dispute

It has become a familiar dance: A company reports a data breach, and you dutifully change your passwords, ask for a new credit card and hope your information doesn’t end up for sale on the dark web. But the hack that last week engulfed Marriott — and 500 million of …

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Race Is On to Protect Data From Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead.

SAN FRANCISCO — The world’s leading technology companies, from Google to Alibaba in China, are racing to build the first quantum computer, a machine that would be far more powerful than today’s computers. This device could break the encryption that protects digital information, putting at risk everything from the billions …

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Marriott Hacking Exposes Data of Up to 500 Million Guests

LONDON — The Marriott International hotel chain said on Friday that the database of its Starwood reservation system had been hacked and that the personal details of up to 500 million guests going as far back as 2014 has been compromised. The hotel group, which runs more than 6,700 properties …

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That Virus Alert on Your Computer? Scammers in India May Be Behind It

MUMBAI, India — You know the messages. They pop up on your computer screen with ominous warnings like, “Your computer has been infected with a virus. Call our toll-free number immediately for help.” Often they look like alerts from Microsoft, Apple or Symantec. Sometimes the warning comes in a phone …

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