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Eric Schmidt to Step Down as Alphabet’s Executive Chairman

Eric Schmidt to Step Down as Alphabet’s Executive Chairman

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, will become a technical adviser to the company.

How Technology Is Changing Visual Art

How Technology Is Changing Visual Art

Minh Uong, a visual editor for The Times’s business section, uses a pen and a notebook to sketch early ideas for illustrations.

In an Era of ‘Smart’ Things, Sometimes Dumb Stuff Is Better

In an Era of ‘Smart’ Things, Sometimes Dumb Stuff Is Better

There are times an old-fashioned alarm clock may be a better choice than an Amazon Echo Spot. When you don’t want someone taking a picture of what you do in bed, for example.

Bird, the Electric Scooter Start-Up, Is Said to Draw an Investment Frenzy

Bird, the Electric Scooter Start-Up, Is Said to Draw an Investment Frenzy

Electric scooters have burst onto the streets of several American cities and are setting off an investor frenzy.

Can Sweatcoin, a Hot Fitness App, Keep You Off the Couch?

Can Sweatcoin, a Hot Fitness App, Keep You Off the Couch?

The Sweatcoin app uses an algorithm to verify users’ outdoor steps and issue points called “sweatcoins.” But the app often gives less credit than many people expect. When a reporter walked 3,559 steps, most of them outside, the app converted only 1,319 into sweatcoins.

Trump Tried to Protect Qualcomm. Now His Trade War May Be Hurting It.

Trump Tried to Protect Qualcomm. Now His Trade War May Be Hurting It.

Steve Mollenkopf, the chief executive of Qualcomm, which the Trump administration shielded from a hostile takeover bid. Months later, Mr. Mollenkopf is waiting for China to weigh in on a $44 billion deal with NXP.

Venture Capitalists Seek ‘Safe Harbor’ for Virtual Currencies

Venture Capitalists Seek ‘Safe Harbor’ for Virtual Currencies

A virtual currency mining site in Gondo, Switzerland. Some large virtual currencies are distributed on a daily basis to computers helping to maintain the network, while some are created through so-called initial coin offerings.

How Russian Spies Hid Behind Bitcoin in Hacking Campaign

How Russian Spies Hid Behind Bitcoin in Hacking Campaign

A Justice Department indictment revealed how Russian operatives used Bitcoin to facilitate a 2016 hacking campaign. Bitcoin is mined by hundreds of computers, as shown here.

What a $4,000 Treadmill Means for the Future of Gadgets

What a $4,000 Treadmill Means for the Future of Gadgets

At the International CES show on Tuesday, Peloton unveiled a $3,995 treadmill. It includes a 32-inch screen for viewing the company’s on-demand fitness classes.

Apple, Spurned by Others, Signs Deal With Volkswagen for Driverless Cars

Apple, Spurned by Others, Signs Deal With Volkswagen for Driverless Cars

A Volkswagen T6 Transporter van being assembled in Hanover, Germany. Apple has signed a deal under which Volkswagen is to produce self-driving versions of the van to serve as shuttles for the tech giant’s employees.

Judge in Apple Case Seen as Unfazed by Stress, Even a Plane Crash

Judge in Apple Case Seen as Unfazed by Stress, Even a Plane Crash

Firemen working through the remains of a twin engine Cessna that crashed into the home of Judge Sheri N. Pym in Claremont, Calif, in 2003.

Democratic Party Says It Thwarted Attempted Hack of Voter Database

Democratic Party Says It Thwarted Attempted Hack of Voter Database

A Democratic Party official said the unsuccessful hack targeted the organization's voter file, known as Votebuilder.

The Latest Hot E-Commerce Idea in China: The Bargain Bin

The Latest Hot E-Commerce Idea in China: The Bargain Bin

Li Tianqiang with some of the items he bought from Pinduoduo, including an inflatable paddle boat, a fishing bag and a cherry-red motorized car for his young daughter. He said he has spent $1,000 — around two months’ income for him — on the site in the last two years.

Who Wants a Market Downturn? These Investors Actually Do

Who Wants a Market Downturn? These Investors Actually Do

Vini Letteri, a managing director at KKR, has a “downturn list” of 150 companies his firm wants to invest in if start-up valuations decline.

The Week in Tech: Infowars and China’s Great Firewall

The Week in Tech: Infowars and China’s Great Firewall

“The Chinese apps have got everything,” said Shen Yanan, 28, who works in Baoding, China, and has no interest in politics.

Facebook and YouTube Give Alex Jones a Wrist Slap

Facebook and YouTube Give Alex Jones a Wrist Slap

On Friday, Facebook barred Alex Jones, who runs the Infowars website, from posting for 30 days because of repeated policy violations. YouTube has placed a first strike against his account; two more within 90 days would mean termination.


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