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Jul 01, 2020

'The Last of Us Part II': The Evolution of Ellie
The creators discuss Ellie's transformation from a wide-eyed girl to a woman fueled by vengeance.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 01, 2020

Lawmakers call for more transparency in health agency's pandemic data collection practices
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is raising privacy concerns over a Health and Human Services program to gather data that involves tech company Palantir.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 01, 2020

The Technology 202: IBM and Notre Dame team up on new tech ethics lab
Universities are evolving their approach as the industry's troubles pile up.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 01, 2020

Tesla fires three more, overriding guidance allowing workers to stay home during pandemic
The firings come after multiple workers who took leave said they received termination letters earlier this month.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 01, 2020

California begins enforcing digital privacy law, despite calls for delay
The California privacy law took effect in January, but the attorney general had to wait until July to enforce.

Washington Post Tech
Jul 01, 2020

Alexa, just shut up: We've been isolated for months, and now we hate our home assistants
For those of us without boxing equipment lying around, Alexa, Siri and the Google "assistant" make great punching bags.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 30, 2020

Shane Dawson will not be able to make money on YouTube, after his apology for offensive content
Target has stopped carrying Dawson's books, and beauty vlogger Tati Westbrook accused him and his friend Jeffree Star of telling her "poisonous lies" about fellow YouTuber James Charles.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 30, 2020

The last days of Mixer
Mixer was a punchline to some, a home to others. Now, Facebook is vying for its streamers.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 30, 2020

Facebook removes hundreds of boogaloo accounts for ‘promoting violence' in coordinated takedown
Facebook said it would also remove hundreds of accounts that supported or praised the violent network within the far-right boogaloo movement.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 30, 2020

Editor-in-Chief Andy McNamara leaves Game Informer after 29 years
The gaming magazine, which has over six million subscribers, is undergoing a big change as its long-time leader steps down.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 30, 2020

Biden campaign assails Facebook for 'haggling' with Trump over his online posts
In a letter, the Biden campaign complains to Facebook about the way it enforces its policies when Trump's posts are involved.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 30, 2020

The Technology 202: Silicon Valley's inconsistent crackdown on Trump's rhetoric could help more than it hurts him
Trump can still find an online audience -- and his campaign is collecting app downloads in response.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 29, 2020

Streaming site Twitch suspends Trump's account for ‘hateful conduct'
The Amazon-owned platform said the president's account has been banned temporarily for violating its policy.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 29, 2020

Reddit closes long-running forum supporting President Trump after years of policy violations
Moderators and participants fled the subreddit months ago over complaints that Reddit was too strict on speech.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 28, 2020

Zuckerberg once wanted to sanction Trump. Then Facebook wrote rules that accommodated him.
Starting as early as 2015 when Trump was still a candidate, Facebook executives started crafting exceptions for the president and making changes to the company's products to accommodate him. Those changes have transformed the company and the world's information battlefield for years to come.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 28, 2020

Shane Dawson apologizes for his offensive YouTube content, from blackface to murder fantasies
"Inspired" by Jenna Marbles, some found the apology by Shane Dawson to be lacking — including Jaden and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 28, 2020

How the founder of the Telegram messaging app stood up to the Kremlin — and won
Russia's surrender to Telegram's Pavel Durov shows the increasing challenges for states seeking to control social media.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Bowing to pressure, Facebook will start labeling violating posts from politicians. But critics say it's not enough.
Facebook has received harsh criticism for leaving two of President Trump's posts unlabeled.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Facebook will label violating posts from public figures going forward
Facebook has received harsh criticism for leaving two of President Trump's posts unlabeled.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Mixwell, one of Europe's best ‘Valorant' players, wants to break the game
The 24-year-old G2 captain opens up about burnout — and why he plays Viper.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Tech companies are asking their black employee groups to fix Silicon Valley's race problem — often for free
Black employee resource groups at tech companies find themselves putting in more hours at their unpaid second job in order to help their employers fix systemic issues with race.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Trump administration tells Facebook, Twitter to act against calls to topple statues, commit violent acts
The Trump administration is calling on Facebook, Twitter and other tech giants to take action against posts that call for people to break curfews, commit violent acts and topple statues in connection with racial-justice protests nationwide, describing such content as "criminal activity" that puts Americans' security at risk.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Trump administration tells Facebook, Twitter to take action against calls to topple statues, commit ‘violent' acts
The Trump administration is calling on Facebook, Twitter and other tech giants to take action against posts that call for people to break curfews, commit violent acts and topple statues in connection with racial justice protests nationwide, describing such content as "criminal activity" that puts Americans' security at risk.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Facebook faces a growing advertising boycott after consumer goods giant Unilever joins
Unilever will pull its advertising from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the rest of 2020 in response to hate speech on the social media sites.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

‘The Last of Us Part II' points toward a more honest portrayal of religion in gaming
What if games had more honest depictions of believers?

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Amazon buys self-driving car firm Zoox, suggesting a future of automated deliveries
The deal provides Amazon with a new piece of technology as it reduces its dependence on shipping companies to get packages to customers.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

Tech companies are asking their black employee groups to fix Silicon Valley's race problem--often for free
Black employee resource groups at tech companies find themselves putting in more hours at their unpaid second job in order to help their employers fix systemic issues with race.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

The Technology 202: Black tech leaders share reading recommendations for the industry
Their recommendations include "Beloved" and "It's About Damn Time"

Washington Post Tech
Jun 26, 2020

When tech companies want to fix their race problem, the work often falls on unpaid employee groups
Black employee resource groups at tech companies find themselves putting in more hours at their unpaid second job in order to help their employers fix systemic issues with race.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 25, 2020

The Technology 202: Lawmakers unveil bipartisan proposal to make social media moderation more transparent
It's one of several proposals to reform the tech industry's prized legal shield.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 25, 2020

Summer brings ocean swimming to ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons'
The free update also includes new DIY recipes and encounters with an otter named Pascal.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 25, 2020

Tesla gave workers permission to stay home rather than risk getting covid-19. Then it sent termination notices.
A day before their employment was terminated, the workers had spoken out on their concerns about conditions inside the plant.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 24, 2020

NASA to rename headquarters for Mary W. Jackson, agency's first female African American engineer
One of the "Hidden Figures," Jackson helped promote women and minorities at the agency.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 24, 2020

NASA to rename headquarters for Mary W. Jackson, agency's first female African-American engineer
One of the "Hidden Figures," Jackson helped promote women and minorities at the agency.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 24, 2020

The storylines, characters and levels cut from ‘The Last of Us Part II'
Details of cut features show how the game could have been different.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 24, 2020

Segway stops production, marking the end of a scooter era
Segway manufacturing will halt in July, marking the end of the innovative scooter.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 24, 2020

The Technology 202: Facebook struggles to keep violent ‘boogaloo' content off its platform
Researchers say the online anti-government movement has a direct connection to recent IRL violence.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 23, 2020

Pokémon's ‘Isle of Armor' expansion outshines the base game
Game Freak is really pushing against its limits.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 23, 2020

Twitter slaps another warning label on Trump tweet about force
Twitter put a "public interest notice" on President Trump's tweet Tuesday.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 23, 2020

The Technology 202: Tech leaders say Trump's immigration crackdown will be bad for business
Leaders from Microsoft, Amazon, Twitter and many other companies pushed back on the action.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

Yes, NASA would be happy to have you aboard the space station. But it'll cost some $50 million.
NASA announced that it is well on its way to transforming the International Space Station into a commercial hub.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

Seeing isn't always believing: Google starts fact-checking images
Google will label some images with a fact-check label, expanding the feature from search and YouTube.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

New from Apple at WWDC: Hand-washing alerts, iPhone widgets and privacy ‘nutrition labels'
Apple hosted its WWDC keynote online this year, sharing the latest details about its software updates and products from the Steve Jobs Theater.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

Microsoft shuts down streaming service Mixer to team up with Facebook
The service failed to move the needle, even with Ninja on its side.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

Apple's new processors give it more power over developers on the Mac
Apple announced Monday that it was ditching Intel microprocessors in favor of custom-designed chips built around Arm processors. Arm, a British microprocessor design company, is behind many of the small, power-efficient mobile devices that have proliferated in recent years and Apple already uses Arm designs in iPhones, iPads and watches. While Apple says Arm processors will improve speed, battery life and security, developers worry Apple could use the transition to wrest more control away from developers on the Mac platform.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

New from Apple at WWDC: Hand washing alerts, iPhone widgets and privacy ‘nutrition labels'
Apple is hosting its WWDC keynote online this year, and will share the latest details about its software updates and products from the Steve Jobs Theater.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

The Technology 202: Major brands announce temporary Facebook ad boycott
Companies including The North Face and Patagonia are protesting Facebook's handling of hate speech and disinformation.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

What to expect at Apple's WWDC announcement
Apple is hosting its WWDC keynote online this year, and will share the latest details about its software updates and products from the Steve Jobs Theater.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 22, 2020

Small businesses turned to technology to survive the pandemic. But it may not be enough.
Forced to close their restaurants, shops, bookstores and yoga studios, small business owners have had to find new ways to make money online by embracing technology at a record fast pace.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 21, 2020

Did TikTokers and K-pop fans foil Trump's Tulsa rally? It's complicated.
The story that TikTokers and K-poppers are the sole reason the rally was poorly attended has also drawn its fair share of skeptics, who point out that the reality is likely much more complex.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 21, 2020

Dad of War: What Kratos taught me about being a father
What Kratos tells Atreus "You are not ready," I wondered if he was talking to the boy or me.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 20, 2020

Boeing tried to amend bid after guidance from NASA official, raising concerns it received inside information
After a top NASA official improperly contacted a senior Boeing executive about its bid to win a contract potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, Boeing tried to change its bid, alarming NASA officials.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 19, 2020

Twitter labels Trump video tweet as manipulated media as it cracks down on misinformation
Twitter continued its crackdown on Trump's tweets, this time labeling one for a manipulated video.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 19, 2020

LCS projects a profitable 2021 season, despite navigating covid-19 crisis
The transition of the League of Legends Championship Series to an online format during the pandemic has not been without bumps, but the esports league still figures to reach a milestone achievement next season.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 19, 2020

Naughty Dog explains meaning behind Ellie's tattoo in ‘The Last of Us Part II'
Co-director and writer Neil Druckmann explains the symbolism behind the tattoo on the protagonist's forearm.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 19, 2020

These best friends created a wildly popular Google doc about how to be an ally to the black community
A conversation led to a guide that companies are now using to teach diversity.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

Twitter labels Trump video tweet as manipulated media, continuing its crackdown on misinformation
Twitter continued its crackdown on Trump's tweets, this time labeling one for a manipulated video.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

EA Play 2020: ‘Apex Legends' cross play, ‘Star Wars: Squadrons' gameplay, new ‘Skate' coming
A look at the latest game reveals from Electronic Arts.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

Watch live: EA Play 2021 to showcase new games, services
A look at the latest game reveals from Electronic Arts.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

The ‘Saints Row 3' remaster is so good, it's almost a remake
It went above and beyond a typical remaster.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

‘Cyberpunk 2077' delayed again, fueling speculation around next-gen console release dates
The change in date has raised questions around the release date of upcoming next generation consoles.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

The Technology 202: Twitter's voice tweets raise concerns about disinformation and abuse that's harder to police
Content moderation is about to get harder.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

Black creators sue YouTube, alleging racial discrimination
A lawsuit alleges that YouTube's software has been systematically removing videos by black YouTube creators without explanation and taking away advertising revenue

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

Nobody reads privacy policies. This senator wants lawmakers to stop pretending we do.
Sen. Sherrod Brown wants to upend years of debate over a potential federal privacy law by shifting the burden away from consumers and onto companies.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 18, 2020

‘Cars That Go Boom' has made a comeback, thanks to TikTok. The '80s duo L'Trimm says it's ‘surreal.'
"I have 29 nieces and nephews, so I was getting a couple of calls or texts a day. It's just the cutest thing," said Bunny D, one half of L'Trimm.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 17, 2020

As Trump warns of leftist violence, a dangerous threat emerges from the right-wing boogaloo movement
At a time when President Trump and other top U.S. officials have alleged — with little evidence — that leftist groups were fomenting violence, supporters of an extreme right-wing group calling itself "the Boogaloo Bois" have een charged with plotting to firebomb a U.S. Forest Service facility, bringing explosives to a peaceful demonstration, killing a security officer at a federal courthouse and calleing for the shooting of looters at a protest.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 17, 2020

NASA rushing to complete Mars launch before planet moves out of range. Mission to include first-ever helicopter exploration.
Mars and Earth are only on the same side of the sun every 26 months, meaning NASA has a limited window to launch the spacecraft to the Red Planet.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 17, 2020

Zoom works to make service more secure, even for free users
Zoom will make end-to-end encryption available to all customers, including nonpaying users, after pressure to expand security.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 17, 2020

Flooded ‘Fortnite' map brings the biggest changes in a long time
The flood is finally here.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 17, 2020

Justice Department recommends new legislation holding Facebook, Google and Twitter liable for some online content
The Justice Department urged Congress to adopt new legislation that would punish Facebook, Google and Twitter for harmful content posted online, threatening to erode a long-cherished legal immunity that Silicon Valley says is critical to the future of the Internet.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 17, 2020

Justice Department to recommend legislation holding Facebook, Google and Twitter liable for some online content
The Justice Department is preparing to recommend to Congress that lawmakers adopt new legislation that holds Facebook, Google and Twitter liable for a wide array of content posted online, eroding a long-cherished legal immunity that Silicon Valley says is critical to the future of the internet.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 17, 2020

‘New Pokémon Snap' is coming to Nintendo Switch
The classic photo-taking Pokémon game is getting the follow-up its fans have been waiting for.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 17, 2020

The Technology 202: Apple in the antitrust spotlight as coronavirus pandemic boosts mobile payments
The European Commission announced two new probes into the smartphone maker.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 17, 2020

WhatsApp, Instagram surge in popularity as people search for coronavirus news
Young people in the U.S. have especially turned to Instagram as a source of news during the coronavirus pandemic.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 17, 2020

Gig workers face arrest and charges while delivering during pandemic and curfews
The pandemic and nationwide demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd highlight a new risk for gig workers: being arrested by authorities or slapped with a misdemeanor offense for carrying out orders exactly as the companies advise.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 16, 2020

Tinder and Fortnite criticize Apple for its 'App Store monopoly'
Apple faced harsh criticism on Tuesday from regulators and the companies behind some of the most popular apps in its App Store, a sign of the growing discontent with Apple's grip on the mobile economy.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 16, 2020

Instagram is becoming a go-to news source for younger readers
Young people in the U.S. especially turned to Instagram as a source of news during the coronavirus pandemic.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 16, 2020

Video game companies vow to fight racism in their communities, but offer few details
Some players wondered what took so long for companies to confront blatant racism in their games. Others are curious if companies will back up social media statements with action.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 16, 2020

Facebook, Google chiefs open to testifying to Congress on antitrust, while Apple's participation remains unclear
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai signaled they are open to testifying to Congress as part of lawmakers' ongoing antitrust probe into the tech industry, while Apple has not explicitly agreed to send its leader.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 16, 2020

Apple faces new antitrust probes in Europe
The European Commission is investigating whether Apple used its power on the iOS App Store to unfairly hurt competitors to the company's own services, including music and payments.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 16, 2020

The Technology 202: Two former Pinterest employees allege racial discrimination at the company
They're taking complaints public as the company states its support for Black Lives Matter.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 15, 2020

Former eBay executives charged with cyberstalking after allegedly sending bloody pig mask to bloggers
The Justice Department announced the charges in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts on Monday.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 15, 2020

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos signals openness to testify at congressional antitrust hearing
Amazon has agreed to make its chief executive, Jeff Bezos, available to testify to Congress as part of lawmakers' wide-ranging antitrust probe into the tech industry.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 15, 2020

The Technology 202: New study reveals extent of hate speech on Reddit in right-leaning forums
Sentropy found those forums more racist, sexist, religious and homophobic attacks than left-leaning forums.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 12, 2020

PlayStation and Xbox are not in a ‘console war.' They're racing in different directions.
Sony and Microsoft almost seem like they're talking past each other.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 12, 2020

Social media influencers are balancing ‘authentic' messaging during protests and the pandemic
Social media influencers are walking a tightrope to keep brands and communities engaged during the crises of 2020.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 12, 2020

Black Lives Matter could change facial recognition forever — if big tech doesn't stand in the way
Publicity stunts from IBM, Amazon and Microsoft won't be enough to stop police from using facial recognition.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 12, 2020

I saw the leaks and thought I knew. I was still not prepared for ‘The Last of Us Part II'
The spring leaks about the game's plot didn't ruin the sequel. This spoiler-free article won't either.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 12, 2020

The Technology 202: Biden targets Zuckerberg as his campaign mounts a Facebook ad blitz
The former vice president has a petition calling for Facebook to change its rules as he outspends President Trump on ads on the platform.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 12, 2020

Advertisers look for influencers with ‘authentic' messaging during protests and the pandemic
Social media influencers are walking a tightrope to keep brands and communities engaged during the crises of 2020.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 12, 2020

Tinder, TikTok and more: Online activists are finding creative new ways to say Black Lives Matter
From Zoom video protests to documenting police violence to sharing personal experiences on YouTube.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 11, 2020

PS5 games event debuts new Spider-Man, Horizon, Demon's Souls remake and console design
Sony rolls out its planned PS5 titles via live stream. The event begins at 4 p.m. ET.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 11, 2020

IBM's decision to abandon facial recognition technology fueled by years of debate
For digital rights advocates, the company's move is a step toward ‘algorithmic justice'

Washington Post Tech
Jun 11, 2020

Watch live: PS5 event debuts new Spider-Man, Ratchet & Clank, Demon's Souls remaster
Sony rolls out its planned PS5 titles via live stream. The event begins at 4 p.m. ET.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 11, 2020

PlayStation 5 game reveal event: Watch live
Sony rolls out its planned PS5 titles via live stream. The event begins at 4 p.m. ET.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 11, 2020

NASA is sending a rover to the moon to prospect for water and help astronauts ‘live off the land'
NASA awarded the contract, worth nearly $200 million, to a Pittsburgh-based company as part of a program to hire private-sector companies to deliver cargo and science experiments to the lunar surface.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 11, 2020

Microsoft won't sell police its facial-recognition technology, following similar moves by Amazon and IBM
Microsoft will ban police use of its controversial facial-recognition systems, as the company awaits regulatory rules for how law-enforcement agencies deploy the technology.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 11, 2020

‘Valorant' plays like a finely tuned instrument. Is it really the next big thing?
"Valorant" is like a high-level game of chess, or the work of a prestigious, luxury watchmaker. But does it have enough to take over as the next big first-person shooter game?

Washington Post Tech
Jun 11, 2020

A child in a dangerous world: Inside the creation of Ellie
Co-director Neil Druckmann, among others from Naughty Dog, give insight into an iconic video game character.

Washington Post Tech
Jun 11, 2020

The Technology 202: Amazon's move to temporarily bar police from using its facial recognition software could have long-term consequences
Law enforcement's use of facial recognition was always controversial. Now it's politically toxic.

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