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Pokemon trading has finally come to Pokemon Go – but there's a huge catch and players are frustrated

The good news is that, as promised, Pokémon Go rolled out a new set of social features on Thursday that finally bring the ability to trade Pokémon with your friends, among other perks.  The bad news is that, at least at launch, the feature is only available for players at the game’s maximum level of […]

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Facebook Fundraiser To Reunite Families Separated At Border Brings In Millions

A fundraiser organized on Facebook to help immigrant families separated at the border has raised millions of dollars in just a few days. By midday Wednesday, more than 250,000 people, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, had donated more than $ 10 million to the “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child” fundraiser, […]

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Is There a Smarter Path to Artificial Intelligence? Some Experts Hope So

Is There a Smarter Path to Artificial Intelligence? Some Experts Hope So ImageBenjamin Grosof is the chief scientist at Kyndi, a Silicon Valley start-up that is using a decades-old programming language to develop software that can generate facts, concepts and inferences from small amounts of data.CreditJason Henry for The New York Times By Steve Lohr […]

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Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE, as Tech Industry Mobilizes Over Immigration

Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE, as Tech Industry Mobilizes Over Immigration ImageAt Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft employees posted an open letter on Tuesday protesting the software maker’s work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.CreditStuart Isett for The New York Times By Sheera Frenkel June 19, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — In an open […]

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IBM Unveils System That ‘Debates’ With Humans

IBM Unveils System That ‘Debates’ With Humans ImageBefore a big debate, even an artificial intelligence system gets a rehearsal. Noa Ovadia, a college senior who won an Israeli championship in 2016, helped put the IBM Debater through its paces Sunday in San Francisco.CreditJason Henry for The New York Times By Cade Metz and Steve Lohr […]

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YouTube's paid music and video services come to UK

YouTube is expanding its subscription-based music and video services to the UK and a further 11 countries. The “premium” facilities strip ads from the platform’s content and allow it to be downloaded rather than just streamed. The music service is priced at the same rate as Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal’s basic service. However, the […]

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Pokemon Go is adding a feature it promised since day one – and it's the perfect time to return to the game

NianticPokémon Go trading in action. Pokémon Go is finally getting Pokémon trading – a feature that was promised when it first came out in July 2016. It’s also getting a Friends list, so you can fight alongside or trade with your friends. It just highlights how now is the perfect time to come back to […]

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company To Build High-Speed Transit Network In Chicago

Elon Musk’s Boring Company will soon have some boring to do. The tech billionaire’s tunnel-building endeavor confirmed to HuffPost late Wednesday that it had been selected to construct an express transit network between downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport. The company claims the trip through its futuristic tunnels will ferry up to 16 passengers in […]

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Bits: Farhad’s Week in Tech: Bitcoin and the Scams Under Everything

Bits Farhad’s Week in Tech: Bitcoin and the Scams Under Everything ImageThe technology behind Bitcoin was supposed to eliminate the kind of fraud that people associated with a trading service are accused of committing.CreditKin Cheung/Associated Press By Farhad Manjoo June 15, 2018 Each week, Farhad Manjoo, technology columnist at The New York Times, reviews the […]

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A 32-year-old startup CEO threw up the first time she tried to negotiate a raise – and it inspired her to launch her own company

Kathryn MinshewKathryn Minshew, pictured, wanted to give people a leg up in their careers. The Muse CEO Kathryn Minshew started the company to give people the kind of career guidance she wished she’d had early on. For example, the first time she tried to negotiate a raise, she felt extremely uncomfortable – and threw up […]

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Facebook’s Head of Communications and Policy Is Leaving Company

Facebook’s Head of Communications and Policy Is Leaving Company ImageElliot Schrage, a Facebook vice president and confidante of chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, said on Thursday that he was leaving the social network.CreditJames Lawler Duggan/Reuters By Sheera Frenkel June 14, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is losing a top executive who was a confidant of […]

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Facebook’s New Political Algorithms Increase Tension With Publishers

Facebook’s New Political Algorithms Increase Tension With Publishers ImageMark Thompson, left, the chief executive of The New York Times Company, with Thomas Friedman, a Times columnist, in 2016. At a panel discussion on Thursday, Mr. Thompson said Facebook uses algorithms that can mischaracterize news as partisan political content.CreditJohn Lamparski/Getty Images for Advertising Week New York […]