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Bits: The Week in Tech: Sundar Pichai Has a Chat With Congress

■ An argument often made against antitrust action is that the technology industry is dynamic, and that today’s dominant predator can become tomorrow’s prey. Nokia once dominated mobile phones but lost its standing to Samsung and Apple in the smartphone era. Similarly, Intel, once so overwhelming a force in the …

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Tech C.E.O.s Are in Love With Their Principal Doomsayer

Mr. Harari, who has a Ph.D. from Oxford, is a 42-year-old Israeli philosopher and a history professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The story of his current fame begins in 2011, when he published a book of notable ambition: to survey the whole of human existence. “Sapiens: A Brief History …

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Google Workers Reject Silicon Valley Individualism in Walkout

The most remarkable aspect of the walkout at Google last week may not have been that an estimated 20,000 people participated or that it had global reach, or even that it came together in less than a week. It was the way the organizers identified their action with a broader …

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Google Employees Stage Walkouts Over Handling of Harassment

Employees at Google offices around the world held a wave of walkouts on Thursday to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment. The walkouts, which started in Asia and spread across continents, were planned for around 11 a.m. in their time zones. Protests were expected through the day in Google …

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Urban Planning Guru Says Driverless Cars Won’t Fix Congestion

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Peter Calthorpe thinks Silicon Valley has it all wrong. He rejects the ideas of tech industry visionaries who say personal autonomous vehicles will soon be the solution to urban problems like traffic congestion. Mr. Calthorpe is a Berkeley-based urban planner who is one of the creators …

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A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO — The people who are closest to a thing are often the most wary of it. Technologists know how phones really work, and many have decided they don’t want their own children anywhere near them. A wariness that has been slowly brewing is turning into a regionwide consensus: …

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Yesterday in Styles: 2001: When the Internet Was, Um, Over?

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over: So far, history has proved Mr. Frank half-correct. The Dow Jones index, which had peaked around 17,000 at the height of the ’90s boom, has merely passed 26,000, not 36,000. But the dot-coms, as you might have noticed, did not exactly vanish. That old …

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