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Washington Post Tech
Jan 14, 2020

Doctored images have become a fact of life for political campaigns. When they're disproved, believers ‘just don't care.'
Viral online disinformation is being used to inflame a politician's base and vilify their enemies: "There's a shared form of apathy in some cases for the fact that it was manipulated at all."

Washington Post Tech
Jan 14, 2020

Final Fantasy VII Remake, Marvel's Avengers delayed
Publisher Square Enix has said these delays will give the development teams more time to polish the titles.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 14, 2020

The Epic Games Store infuriated people. Gamers spent $680 million there anyway.
The Fortnite creators have lured in millions, despite controversy and complaints about "yet another storefront."

Washington Post Tech
Jan 14, 2020

The Technology 202: Tech industry considers other Democrats after Booker's exit from 2020 race
Biden and Buttigieg will likely get a harder look in Silicon Valley.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

The Technology 202: Trump administration's CES message: We're not interested in heavy AI regulation
Tech companies could benefit from this light-touch approach.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

The TikTok invasion of Lego Star Wars is a surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one
Why is this happening? "It's just an awesome game."

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

Trump campaign turns Iran attack into massive Facebook ad blitz, sparking Democratic criticisms
Days after Trump ordered a strike that killed a top Iranian general, the president's 2020 campaign has turned the attack into a political pitch, purchasing more than 1,000 ads on Facebook that tout his military credentials — and seek to raise money for his reelection.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

The Technology 202: At CES, it's robots and rainbow slides. In Washington, tech is under fire.
Tech industry's optimism in Vegas is a jarring split screen to its political woes.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

Ring has terminated employees for abusing access to people's video data, Amazon tells lawmakers
The employees were fired after accessing users' data in a way that "exceeded what was necessary for their job functions," an Amazon official said.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

In Silicon Valley, some men say cosmetic procedures are essential to a career
Women have long felt the pressure of looking the part. Now men are feeling it, too.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

Hoaxers are using the Australia wildfires to spread misinformation — sometimes for profit
One Twitter user lifted video of a woman hugging a kangaroo and mischaracterized it — then tried to profit off the deception.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

Pokémon Sword and Shield expansions bring back over 200 existing Pokémon
Isle of Armor and The Crown of Tundra are two expansions that will widen the world of Galar.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

From surgery simulators to medical mishaps in space, video game tech is helping doctors at work
Contemporary surgery training is primitive. Video game technology is changing that.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

Facebook won't limit political ad targeting or stop false claims under new ad rules
Facebook has defied public calls to adopt significant limits on political advertising ahead of the 2020 presidential election, opting instead to introduce changes that allow users to control more of the ads they see.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

A tech billionaire has fought for a decade to block access to a public beach. Now California is suing.
Vinod Khosla, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems, has claimed he's battling to block access to the beach based on principle alone.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

A teenager discovered a new planet on the third day of his NASA internship
Seventeen-year-old Wolf Cukier found a rare planet with two stars only three days into his internship.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

After mishap with Boeing spacecraft, NASA faces a dilemma
After Boeing's Starliner spacecraft suffered a serious setback during a test last month, the space agency has to decide whether to require the company to repeat the uncrewed test flight or allow the next planned flight to proceed with astronauts aboard.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

CES shows us a future with flying cars — but can't avoid the reality of climate change, pollution and war
CES shows us a happy, optimistic vision of our relaxing robot-filled future. But the stresses and concerns of the real world are increasingly finding their way in.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

Google parent company's top lawyer to leave following scrutiny for potentially inappropriate relationships
Google's chief legal officer, David Drummond, will step down this month after a string of controversies and an executive shuffle.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

PlayStation is skipping E3 2020
This is the second straight year that Sony will sit out the software mega-convention.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

Teslas still go much farther on a single charge than their competitors. But the strategy carries risks.
Tesla has maintained its grip on the market with the most obvious tool at its disposal: range.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

The unique, unlikely celebrity of Tfue
"Gamer, esports athlete, social media influencer ... I'm just me, dude." Meet Turner Tenney.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

The Technology 202: Instagram faces backlash for removing posts supporting Soleimani
Observers fear its parent company, Facebook, went too far.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 13, 2020

YouTube signs on exclusive streaming deals with 3 big gaming creators: LazarBeam, Muselk and Valkyrae
There's been another salvo fired in the streaming wars.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 03, 2020

Xbox Game Pass makes a strong case for Microsoft's game subscription service
With an impressive catalogue and a low-cost incentive to try new titles, Game Pass could be a glimpse into the future of gaming.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

We picked the 10 most-influential technologies of the decade. It isn't all bad.
This is the decade that computers became the boss of you.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

U.S. Army bans TikTok on military devices, signaling growing concern about app's Chinese roots
The U.S. Army has banned military personnel from using the popular video app TikTok on government phones, following guidance from the Pentagon and highlighting growing tensions over the app's Beijing-based parent firm.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

Uber co-founder and former chief executive Travis Kalanick to resign from company's board
Kalanick became one of the most visible executives in Silicon Valley by starting a company that has transformed urban transit. But he stepped down as CEO 2 1/2 years ago amid a clash with shareholders over the company's culture. This is a developing story. It will be updated.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

Uber knows more about its rape problem than anyone else. What should it do with that data?
Critics say Uber's survivor-centric policies shield it from responsibility when it comes to rape and sexual assault on the platform.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

Tuvalu is a tiny island nation of 11,000 people. It's cashing in thanks to Twitch.
A stroke of luck at the dawn of the internet era is paying big dividends for the country in the streaming era.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

R.I.P. the first meme of the decade, which has already lived and died
The Internet still exists, and so do you.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

The 24 most important viral reactions on the Internet in the past 20 years
Reactions have shaped the participatory Internet for two decades. Let's review.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

The most anticipated video games of 2020
2020 marks a year of long-awaited releases like Cyberbunk 2077 and the Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

The most disappointing technologies of the decade: Face computers, space tourism and Juicero
The decade was filled with successful new technology that changed the way we communicate, find love and get around. But it was also chock-full of failures, disappointments and delays.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

How we survive the surveillance apocalypse
There is no such thing as "incognito," and other lessons from our tech columnist's year of wrestling data back from corporate America.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

Instagram influencers partied at a Saudi music festival — but no one mentioned human rights
Posts from MDL Beast's high-profile attendees used the hashtag #ad or MDL Beast partners or brand ambassadors.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

Livestreams are the new telethons, and they're raising millions for charities
Thousands flock to watch Internet stars play games for a good cause.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

Months of controversy preceded Boeing CEO's firing
Key events that preceded Muilenberg's firing.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

Geoff Keighley wants The Game Awards to be ‘a prototype' for ‘a new era of programming'
Gaming's biggest show drew more eyes than ever and featured several innovative stunts, like a live interview with a character from the game Apex Legends.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

Facebook disables some misleading ads on HIV prevention drugs, responding to growing outcry
Facebook has quietly started removing some misleading ads about HIV prevention medication, responding to a deluge of activists, health experts and government regulators who said the tech giant had created the conditions for a public-health crisis.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

China's top quantum scientist has ties to the country's defense companies
Pan Jian-Wei, a physicist known in China as the "father of quantum," helps oversee the country's efforts to harness quantum particles to build powerful computers and tools for processing information. Western countries are also hotly pursuing quantum research.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

Colleges are turning students' phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands
The systems highlight how widespread surveillance has increasingly become a fact of life: Students "should have all the rights, responsibilities and privileges that an adult has. So why do we treat them so differently?"

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

Colleges want freshmen to use mental health apps. But are they risking students' privacy?
Experts attribute the growth of wellness apps on college campuses to digital-savvy millennials. Yet students may be giving up more information than they realize.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

Amazon threatens to fire critics who are outspoken on its environmental policies
The e-commerce giant warned workers who participated in environmental protests that future comments regarding company business practices could lead to termination.

Washington Post Tech
Jan 02, 2020

A top Google exec pushed the company to commit to human rights. Then Google pushed him out, he says.
Google's shifting moral calculus around China illustrates the tech giant's transformation from an organization that portrayed itself as an exception to corporate norms into one driven by business imperatives and market opportunities.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

Another fired Google engineer alleges retaliation for union activity
Google has fired another software engineer who alleges that the tech firm fired her for involvement in union activism.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

Amazon prohibits CBD sales, but it's still easy to buy on the site
Amazon prohibits CBD sales on its site, but some sellers ignore the rule. To test the e-commerce giant's ability to police its marketplace, The Washington Post bought 13 products to see if they included CBD. Eleven did.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

Boeing Starliner launch on Friday comes at critical time for company amid 737 Max controversy
Boeing's Starliner space capsule is scheduled to make its first flight at 6:36 a.m. Friday from Cape Canaveral, and although no astronauts will be on board, it's a must-succeed test for Boeing, besieged by questions over its 737 Max aircraft.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

Texas, Google battle over experts in states' antitrust probe
Texas investigators are defending their decision to hire some of Google's longtime foes as part of an antitrust probe into the search giant, saying that the company's recent legal objections threaten to "severely compromise" states' scrutiny.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

Russian disinformation network is said to have helped spread smear of U.S. ambassador to Ukraine
Five days after false reports of a "do not prosecute list," a fake image of the list appeared online. It was spread by a campaign attributed to Russia.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

The Technology 202: Instagram is going global with its fact-checking program to limit misinformation
But the Facebook entity won't scrutinize politicians.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

The Technology 202: Trump leverages Facebook's powerful ad tools to push anti-impeachment message
The effort is an attempt to energize his base.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

Uber to pay up to $4.4 million to alleged gender discrimination victims after EEOC investigation
An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation found "reasonable cause to believe that Uber permitted a culture of sexual harassment and retaliation," officials said.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

What does your car know about you? We hacked a Chevy to find out.
Our privacy experiment found hundreds of sensors and an always-on Internet connection. Driving surveillance is becoming very hard to avoid.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

The Technology 202: 2019 brought new challenges to Silicon Valley. Here's how the Post covered it.
Data privacy, disinformation, content moderation, employee protests all made headlines.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

Senate passes new limits on robocalls, sending legislation to Trump
With the TRACED Act, lawmakers hope that new federal powers and key changes targeting the telecom industry will spell relief against spam calls that continue to harass Americans at record rates.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

The 10 most influential video games of the decade
Over the past 10 years, gaming became the dominant entertainment medium, and these are the titles that left the biggest impact on both players and the industry.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

J.K. Rowling tried to make her work more inclusive. Then she tweeted support for an anti-trans researcher.
"I think the queer Potter community is tired," said a longtime fan of Rowling's Harry Potter series.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

Possible software issue forces NASA to cancel Boeing Starliner's attempt to dock with space station
NASA says that the spacecraft is stable after the engine did not fire as expected and that the agency is assessing its next move.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

Facebook, Twitter disable sprawling inauthentic operation that used AI to make fake faces
Facebook and Twitter on Friday disabled a massive, global network of fake accounts that targeted U.S. users, pushed pro-Trump political messages and at times covered its tracks using profile photos generated with the aid of artificial intelligence.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

Federal study confirms racial bias of many facial-recognition systems, casts doubt on their expanding use
Researchers found that most facial-recognition algorithms exhibit "demographic differentials" that can worsen their accuracy based on a person's age, gender or race.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

Facebook will bar posts, ads that spread disinformation about the U.S. census
Facebook will remove posts, photos and other content that mislead people about the U.S. census starting next year, seeking to prevent malicious actors from interfering in a critical, once-in-a-decade process that determines political representation.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

Boeing spacecraft lands safely in New Mexico desert, a successful end to a flawed test mission
The Starliner capsule's soft landing in the desert Sunday morning was a first, but the reason for the failure of its main engine to fire and place it on a path to rendezvous with the International Space Station Friday awaits further investigation.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

Apple suppressed competitors in its App Store — until it got caught, a lawsuit alleges
Several apps, such as BlueMail from the company Blix, saw dramatic spikes in their rankings in App Store search results after a news article examined how Apple ranked its own apps higher than competitors'.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 22, 2019

‘Rise of Skywalker' embraces all the worst parts of video game storytelling
The final film of the Skywalker saga is just a series of fetch quests and DLC fertilizer.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 11, 2019

Facebook's ad tools subsidize partisanship, research shows. And campaigns may not even know it.
For the first time, researchers have demonstrated a skew in the delivery of political ads based on the content of those ads alone.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 11, 2019

Facebook rebuffs Justice Department request to abandon plans to encrypt chats
The tech giant delivered the message in a letter dated Monday, roughly two months after Barr and his foreign counterparts said that Facebook's efforts would hamstring law enforcement around the world, particularly as they seek to investigate crimes including child sexual abuse.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 11, 2019

She was Instacart's biggest cheerleader. Now she's leading a worker revolt.
Vanessa Bain was once an Instacart evangelist, but after drastic pay changes she became one of the most effective agitators against the grocery delivery startup, in what has become a stark test of how much leverage blue-collar on-demand workers can amass to win better treatment from technology companies that keep them at a distance.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 11, 2019

The Technology 202: Bernie Sanders just made Internet providers a new 2020 target
AT&T and Comcast are not immune from growing techlash.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 11, 2019

The Technology 202: Experts want to help heartland cities compete for tech jobs. Their plan costs $100 billion.
It might just gain traction in today's political environment.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 11, 2019

TikTok leader postpones trip to Washington to meet with members of Congress
TikTok chief Alex Zhu has canceled a scheduled trip to Washington to meet with members of Congress, lawmakers said, a move that stoked fresh criticism of the social-media app at a moment when it's trying to repair its relationships with U.S. officials.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 11, 2019

Twitch signs three major streamers to exclusive contracts
The market leader in streaming is shelling out to keep three of its stars.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 11, 2019

These crusaders want to preserve ‘human culture' online. Their latest target: Yahoo Groups.
Yahoo Groups forums are shutting down. Digital preservationists insist that we will one day wish we had been better record keepers of a world increasingly lived online.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 11, 2019

Attorney General Barr says DOJ is rethinking law that protects tech companies from liability
Attorney General William P. Barr said that the U.S. government has embarked on a wide-ranging review of top technology giants, signaling that the Department of Justice could play a more aggressive role in penalizing companies for their privacy abuses or the way they police their Web sites.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

General Motors teams up with LG Chem to jump-start its clean-tech future
The companies say the $2.3 billion electric battery operation will create 1,100 jobs near Lordstown, Ohio.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

Last year's YouTube ‘Rewind' was the most disliked video in the site's history. This year they put PewDiePie in it.
YouTube abandoned its cameo-filled approach to "Rewind" and got out of the way instead.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

New lawsuit challenges Trump administration policy to collect foreigners' social media accounts
Free-speech advocates are challenging the Trump administration over its efforts to collect social-media accounts from foreigners entering the United States, alleging in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the policy violates federal law and runs afoul of the Constitution.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

OK Beemer: Why European luxury sedans are becoming a relic of the past and electric SUVs are on the rise
The sheen has worn off on luxury automakers' entry-level offerings as Tesla grows.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

Oracle allegedly underpaid women and minorities by $400 million. Now the details are set to come out in court.
The Department of Labor is bringing one of the largest federal anti-discrimination cases to go before a judge.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

The Technology 202: Facebook issues disclaimer demanded by Singapore government
Critics are worried it could be a very slippery slope.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

Stadia's performance has improved since launch. The case for the service hasn't.
The promise of the service's hiqh-quality game streaming too often requires compromise instead.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

General Motors teams up with LG Chem to jumpstart its clean tech future
The companies say the $2.3 billion electric battery operation will create 1,100 jobs near Lordstown, Ohio.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

Google co-founders cede control of parent company Alphabet to Sundar Pichai
Pichai, the current CEO of Google, is being elevated to the top job at the Alphabet, the holding firm overseeing the search giant and other well-known brands like YouTube, marking a major shift for one of the world's most valuable companies.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

Facebook has floated limiting political ads and labeling that they aren't fact-checked, riling 2020 campaigns
The possible disclaimer is among a series of changes the company has mentioned to Democratic and Republican operatives.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

An Uber office segregated bathrooms for drivers and ‘employees'
"This was a mistake and we regret it," Uber told Vice, following renewed criticism that Uber goes to great lengths to distance itself from its contracted workforce.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

Amazon cloud boss chides Pentagon for awarding Microsoft lucrative contract
Amazon's Andy Jassy criticized the decision by the Defense Department to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft as biased.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

This decade taught us to love viral pets. Now we have to grieve their deaths.
R.I.P.: Lil Bub, Grumpy Cat, Boo and Buddy, Keyboard Cat, Colonel Meow, Bandito, Gabe the Dog, Tillman the Skateboarding Dog....

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

Twenty additional women sue Lyft alleging rape, sexual assault on the ride-hailing app
The lawsuit filed in California says Lyft failed to protect passengers and didn't take its duty to screen drivers seriously enough.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

The Technology 202: Lawmakers are ready to crack down on robocalls. You're welcome.
The TRACED Act is headed to the Senate.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

The Technology 202: Researchers uncover Russian-style information operation ahead of U.K. elections
The campaign seeks to weaponize U.S.-British trade documents.

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

The Technology 202: Sundar Pichai is now officially Alphabet's CEO
But he's already been playing the part for more than a year in Washington

Washington Post Tech
Dec 05, 2019

YouTube says viewers are spending less time watching conspiracy videos. But many still do.
YouTube claims that U.S. viewers watched a lot fewer conspiracy videos, but the company left out lots of detail in its own data.

Washington Post Tech
Nov 30, 2019

The unconventional guide to buying wireless ear buds
Ear buds aren't just about audio quality. Consider how they fit, whether they're fashionable and the potential impact to your finances.

Washington Post Tech
Nov 29, 2019

The unconventional guide to buying wireless earbuds
Earbuds aren't just about audio quality. Consider how they fit, whether they're fashionable and the potential impact to your finances.

Washington Post Tech
Nov 28, 2019

TikTok admits error after penalizing 17-year-old user who posted political videos
TikTok on Wednesday acknowledged it had erred in penalizing a 17-year-old who had posted witty but incisive political videos, promising it would restore her ability to access her account on her personal device.

Washington Post Tech
Nov 28, 2019

A short journey into the MAGA Internet's obsession with Swole Trump
The president tweeted a photo of himself with Sylvester Stallone's body, and here we are.

Washington Post Tech
Nov 28, 2019

The NES console was discontinued in 1995. These developers are still making games for it.
Thanks to crowd-funding, some developers are fueling Nintendo nostalgia eight bits at a time.

Washington Post Tech
Nov 28, 2019

Opponents of Elizabeth Warren spread a doctored photo on Twitter. Her campaign couldn't stop its spread.
Homespun disinformation campaigns on social media represent a rising threat, capable of stoking conflict among voters and turning unwitting users into agents of online deception.

Washington Post Tech
Nov 27, 2019

PlayStation Black Friday deals: Consoles, games, peripherals and more
We've compiled the best PlayStation Black Friday deals to make shopping easier for you.

Washington Post Tech
Nov 27, 2019

Pokémon Sword and Shield show the turbulent road to Internet and esports stardom
The quest to be the best comes with a cost.

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