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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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After Yellow Vests Come Off, Activists in France Use Facebook to Protest and Plan

PARIS — Last Saturday, Thomas Mirallès donned a yellow vest in his hometown in southern France and headed out to protest President Emmanuel Macron and high taxes. Afterward, he and other demonstrators around the country returned home, just as they had done every weekend for the past month. But though …

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Dans les écoles françaises, la leçon du jour : à quel tweet se fier ?

VAULX-EN-VELIN, France — Ce mercredi-là au collège Henri Barbusse, près de Lyon, les adolescents de la 3ème G s’apprêtent à assister à un cours un peu particulier. Au tableau sont affichés cinq tweets. La question posée aux élèves : lesquels sont fiables, lesquels sont suspects? Rapidement, ils portent leur attention …

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In France, School Lessons Ask: Which Twitter Post Should You Trust?

“The younger you start, the better,” said Serge Barbet, who heads Clemi, the main program within the Education Ministry coordinating the effort. “That’s why we’ve been pushing for more media education in recent years. It’s become a vital need and a threat.” France saw the need for expanded media and …

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Tech We’re Using: Covering a White House Where News Is Always Just a Tap Away

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Katie Rogers, a White House reporter for The Times, discussed the tech she’s using. How do President Trump and Melania Trump use tech? They’re an Apple couple. Both use their iPhones to interact with …

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A Hot Seat for Facebook, an Empty Chair for Zuckerberg and a Vow to Share Secret Files

LONDON — Officials from nine countries examining Facebook’s business practices have spent weeks trying to get the company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, to face questions at a hearing. On Tuesday in London, Mr. Zuckerberg was represented by an empty chair. He skipped the session, which was organized by a British …

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Tech We’re Using: You Don’t Have to Be a Journalist to Want to Keep Chats Private

I’m horribly cheap, but Spotify is one of the few apps I pay for. Since I’m paying, my expectations are sky high, and yet the app is buggy and slow, and it crashes regularly. I expect it to read my mind and know exactly what I want to hear at …

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11 Things We’d Really Like to Know: How Will We Outsmart A.I. Liars?

During the summer before the 2016 presidential election, John Seymour and Philip Tully, two researchers with ZeroFOX, a security company in Baltimore, unveiled a new kind of Twitter bot. By analyzing patterns of activity on the social network, the bot learned to fool users into clicking on links in tweets …

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Zuckerberg Defends Company in Friday Meeting with Employees

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg fiercely defended Facebook in a question-and-answer session with employees on Friday afternoon, pushing back against criticism of the company in the wake of a New York Times investigation into how it reacted to Russian influence operations. In an hourlong videoconference broadcast to Facebook offices around …

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Facebook Said to Cut Ties With Definers Public Affairs

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has ended its relationship with a Washington-based consulting firm, Definers Public Affairs, which spread disparaging information about the social network’s critics and competitors, according to a person familiar with the decision. The move followed a New York Times article on Wednesday that described the kind of …

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