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Patreon Bars Anti-Feminist for Racist Speech, Inciting Revolt

Mr. Benjamin did not respond to attempts to engage him in the reform process, Ms. Hart said. “His response to us when we told him about the reform process was to nitpick and say, ‘I was being anti-Nazi,’” Ms. Hart said. “You cannot say those words on our platform. It …

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Advertising: Sharing Data for Deals? More Like Watching It Go With a Sigh

The diapers ad that shows up on your computer when you are expecting a child. The coupon on your smartphone for a fast-food chain you just walked past. The sneaker offer appearing in your mailbox after you sign up to run a race. For years, marketers and technology companies have …

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The Shift: The 2018 Good Tech Awards

To Joy Buolamwini, Timnit Gebru and Anima Anandkumar, for calling out A.I. bias. Artificial intelligence will be one of the most important areas of computer science in the coming years. It’s also one of the least diverse. Just 12 percent of A.I. researchers are women, and the number of black …

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Facebook Rebuked for Failing to Disclose Data-Sharing Deals

Facebook and some of the other largest technology firms in the world faced sharp criticism on Wednesday for failing to disclose the extent of its data-sharing deals, many of which went back to the social network’s early years. Details of the deals, revealed in a New York Times report on …

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Tech We’re Using: ‘The Effects Cannot Be Overstated’: When Tech Invaded Media

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Jim Rutenberg, media columnist for The Times, discussed the tech he’s using. Tech and media have long been converging. What are the biggest effects on the media industry, and how has it had to …

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How to Delete Facebook

You may have decided enough is enough: It’s time to delete Facebook. There have been months — or is it years now? — of bad news about the social network. In October, Facebook revealed that a security vulnerability exposed up to 50 million accounts to being hijacked by hackers. Through …

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Google’s Marketing of Children’s Apps Misleads Parents, Consumer Groups Say

A group of 22 children’s and consumer organizations is calling for a federal investigation into Google’s marketing of children’s apps in its Google Play store, just the latest in a series of rebukes by experts about how the company handles technology aimed at youngsters. Google has promoted the “Family” section …

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Tech Tip: How to Rescue, Repair and Revive Old Family Photos

If you see your family pictures starting to fade away in their shoe boxes, crumbling photo albums or moldering slide carousels, fear not. There are easy ways to save your valuable images — and maybe even make them better. Shipping them off to a professional scanning company for digital conversion …

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France, Not Waiting for European Union, to Tax U.S. Tech Firms as ’19 Starts

PARIS — With the so-called Yellow Vest movement forcing concessions that have widened the country’s budget shortfall, the French government is accelerating a plan to place hefty taxes on American technology giants that have long maneuvered to keep their bills low while reaping huge sums of money. France has been …

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The Shift: Russian Trolls Came for Instagram, Too

In the wake of the 2016 election, Instagram — known as the home of preening influencers, artfully arranged grain bowls and Icelandic vacation photos — somehow escaped much of the scrutiny of other social networks. But two new reports suggest that may have been a mistake. The reports, conducted by …

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