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Tech Tip: Using Twitter’s New Expanded Mute Powers

Q. I thought Twitter already allowed you to mute people who were being obnoxious online, so what exactly have they done that is supposed to make it easier to fight abuse now? A. Twitter has had a mute function since ...

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Trilobites: Your Phone Carries Chemical Clues About You, but There Are Limits to Using Them

Photo Researchers found that we leave, “molecular lifestyle signatures,” on our mobile phones. But some forensic scientists and legal experts question whether such information could ever be used in court. Credit Kiichiro Sato/Associated Press Your phone is pretty much a ...

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On Technology: Is Social Media Disconnecting Us From the Big Picture?

But that’s not what has happened. Zuckerberg’s idealism is belied by his desire to duck responsibility for mediating the content of his site. On Facebook, the political divide has only been entrenched further. It’s the BuzzFeed dress debate, only for ...

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To Snag Snapchat Spectacles in New York, a Long, Cold Wait

Photo Snapchat Spectacles are sunglasses that record short videos. Credit YouTube New Yorkers have been known to queue up for many a hot-ticket item: dinner reservations, iPhones, Cronuts. On Monday, Snapchat Spectacles joined that list as hundreds of people lined ...

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Fact Check: This Pizzeria Is Not a Child-Trafficking Site

“From this insane, fabricated conspiracy theory, we’ve come under constant assault,” said Mr. Alefantis, 42, who was once in a relationship with David Brock, a provocative former right-wing journalist who became an outspoken advocate for Mrs. Clinton. Mr. Alefantis suspects ...

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Global Health: Telling Mosquitoes Apart With a Cellphone

Photo West Nile virus is spread by Culex mosquitoes. Credit James Gathany/C.D.C. Simple cellphones can tell one type of mosquito from another by their hums, which may be useful in fighting mosquito-borne diseases, according to new research from Stanford University. ...

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Bits: Daily Report: At Apple, U.S. Jobs That Go Beyond Manufacturing

Photo Employees eating lunch at Apple’s campus in Austin, Tex. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times President-elect Donald J. Trump said during the campaign that he would push companies to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. ...

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Instagram Introduces New Features That Mimic Twitter and Snap Tools

SAN FRANCISCO — For the last six years, Instagram has been a repository for users’ most picturesque moments. But 2016 has been a year of reinvention for the photo-sharing social network, which has broadened what it lets people do with ...

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Microsoft Spends Big to Build a Computer Out of Science Fiction

Photo Todd Holmdahl will direct Microsoft’s quantum computing efforts. Credit Ian C. Bates for The New York Times SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is putting its considerable financial and engineering muscle into the experimental field of quantum computing as it works ...

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How Apple Empowers, and Employs, the American Working Class

At Apple’s sparkling new complex in northwest Austin, workers who are spread throughout seven limestone-and-glass buildings field about 8,000 customer tech-support calls a day, manage the company’s vast network of suppliers and figure out how to move around millions of ...

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