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Tech Tip: Change Safari’s Search Engine Under the Hood

Q. When I type in web searches in the box at the top of the Safari program on my Mac, the browser always brings me Google results. Is there a way to use Bing without having to first go to ...

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Op-Ed Contributor: Silicon Valley Helped Create Trump, and That’s Bad for It

Photo Credit Matt Chase After the election of Donald J. Trump, technology companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google have been called to account for magnifying the anger and misinformation of the voters who helped propel him to the presidency. Facebook ...

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Jay W. Forrester Dies at 98; a Pioneer in Computer Models

“Simulations of dynamic systems are now indispensable throughout the physical and social sciences,” said John Sterman, the Jay W. Forrester professor of management at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. “Not just in management, but also, for example, in astrophysics, ...

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McDonald’s Introduces Screen Ordering and Table Service

Photo Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s chief executive, demonstrating how ordering is done at a self-service kiosk in New York on Thursday. Credit Shannon Stapleton/Reuters Welcome to McDonald’s! May I take your order — and bring it to your table? McDonald’s on ...

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Fake News on Facebook? In Foreign Elections, That’s Not New.

“They should have done this way earlier,” said Richard Heydarian, a political analyst in the Philippines, one of Facebook’s fastest-growing markets. “We already saw the warning signs of this years ago.” On Thursday, President Obama, speaking in Berlin and standing ...

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Tech Tip: Turn an iPad-Made Movie Into a DVD

Q. When I retired from teaching, the school made a lovely tribute movie on an iPad. I would love a copy of the movie as a keepsake, but no one can figure out how to make a DVD for me. ...

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Bits: Daily Report: Facebook Does Some Explaining on Metrics

Photo Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief, at a conference last year. The company said it would increase its use of outside measurement services for display and video ads. Credit Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Facebook had a message for advertisers ...

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Automated Pro-Trump Bots Overwhelmed Pro-Clinton Messages, Researchers Say

Photo Chatbots supporting Donald J. Trump outdid similar programs supporting Hillary Clinton, a report from Oxford University found. “A lot of what they pass around is false news,” a researcher said of the bots. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times ...

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A New Payroll System Misfires, and Canadians Ask: Where’s My Pay?

“It makes you feel pretty helpless, being 300 or 400 miles offshore when I have poor communications, and my wife is at home worried,” Mr. Ryan said. “It was an awful lot of worry and strain.” Unwelcome payday surprises like ...

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Bits: Daily Report: The Increasingly Tectonic Force of Social Media

Social media has been in the glare since the election for its perceived harmful qualities, such as the spreading of hate speech and the false information. But the effect of social media on world affairs is much larger than just ...

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