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  • Activision Blizzard to lay off 8% of workforce – more than 780 employees February 13, 2019
    There were signs of trouble at Activision Blizzard. Fans turned against major new releases in 2018. Top executives fled the Santa Monica video game giant, which publishes flagship titles such as “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft.” Bungie, a legendary studio, suddenly broke off a long-term deal...
    Sam Dean
  • Bill and Melinda Gates think there’s a ‘nationalist case for globalism’ February 12, 2019
    Bill Gates has spent the last five years working alongside his wife Melinda at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pouring the ocean of cash he made cornering the market on desktop computer software into projects that improve the health of the world’s poorest people. Alongside Warren Buffett,...
    Sam Dean
  • What Jeff Bezos’ intimate-message breach teaches us about digital security February 9, 2019
    Last month, the National Enquirer shared the intimate texts that Jeff Bezos — Amazon founder, Washington Post owner and richest man in the world — had sent to Lauren Sanchez, a former television host, over the course of their months-long extramarital affair. “I love you, alive girl,” the tabloid...
    Sam Dean
  • Sprint sues AT&T over ‘5G E’ marketing, calling it deceptive and misleading February 8, 2019
    AT&T faces a lawsuit in federal court after promoting what some rivals and consumers have derided as “fake 5G” technology. The suit, filed by Sprint on Thursday night, accuses AT&T of marketing that “deceives consumers” into thinking AT&T already offers a next-generation, 5G wireless network when...
    Brian Fung
  • Where does a tip to an Amazon driver go? In some cases, toward the driver's base pay February 8, 2019
    Amazon at times dips into the tips earned by contracted delivery drivers to cover their promised pay, a Times review of emails and receipts reveals. Amazon guarantees third-party drivers for its Flex program a minimum of $18 to $25 per hour, but the entirety of that payment doesn’t always come...
    Johana Bhuiyan
  • Twitter reveals daily active user numbers for first time February 8, 2019
    Twitter Inc. on Thursday disclosed the number of users who compose and read tweets on its service each day — the first time it has revealed that information. The company showed growth in its number of daily active users and posted its fifth quarterly profit in a row, but it also said its monthly...
    Hamza Shaban
  • German ruling could impede Facebook’s data-combining moves February 7, 2019
    Facebook Inc. is pushing back against a German ruling that could make it harder for the social media giant to combine data from all the services it runs in order to target ads even more precisely. Thursday’s ruling, though aimed at current practices, hints at potential troubles ahead if Facebook...
    Associated Press
  • Snapchat halts decline in users; stock surges in after-hours trading February 6, 2019
    Snap Inc. has been facing crumbling investor confidence for months amid a decline in the number of users on its Snapchat platform and a series of high-profile executive departures. But in its fourth-quarter earnings statement, released Tuesday, the company showed some signs a turnaround might be...
    Sam Dean
  • Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts is leaving the company February 5, 2019
    Apple Inc. said Angela Ahrendts, the head of retail operations, is leaving the company in April after serving in the role since 2014. Ahrendts had been floated by some Apple watchers as a potential successor to Chief Executive Tim Cook. The iPhone maker said Tuesday afternoon that Ahrendts is taking...
    Bloomberg
  • Alphabet profit margins slide as Google costs march upward February 4, 2019
    Google parent Alphabet Inc. reported thinner profit margins as the internet giant spent heavily to expand its cloud and YouTube businesses. The tech giant reported its fourth-quarter results after the close of markets, and its shares slipped in after-hours trading. Google’s fourth-quarter capital...
    Bloomberg
  • Apple could try to buy Netflix, Activision Blizzard or Sonos, JPMorgan suggests February 4, 2019
    Apple Inc. investors likely want the tech giant to use its massive cash pile to make acquisitions, and Netflix Inc., Activision Blizzard Inc. and Sonos Inc. are among the companies that JPMorgan sees as a strong strategic fit. Shares of Apple are down more than 25% from an October record, dropping...
    Bloomberg
  • Is big tech ready to spawn a Netflix for video gamers? February 2, 2019
    When Cory Burdette awoke recently to learn that Winter Storm Gia had caused a two-hour school delay in Reston, Va., he seized the chance to do a little family bonding. Plopping down in front of the TV, Burdette and his 5-year-old daughter spent the morning together playing “Minecraft,” the Lego-like...
    Brian Fung
  • Immigrant tech workers struggle to get H-1B visas under Trump: ‘I’ve never felt so helpless’ February 1, 2019
    Leo Wang thought a promising career in the United States was within his grasp. After leaving home in China in 2015, he earned a graduate degree in entrepreneurship and innovation at USC and was hired at a Silicon Valley data storage company. But after his first year on the job, Wang, 32, found...
    Johana Bhuiyan, Andrea Castillo
  • Twitter removed accounts from overseas that targeted U.S. midterm election January 31, 2019
    Twitter Inc. revealed Thursday that it had removed thousands of malicious accounts — thought to have originated in Iran, Russia and Venezuela — for spreading disinformation online, including previously undisclosed efforts to target the 2018 U.S. midterm election. In the months before American voters...
    Tony Romm
  • Net neutrality heads to court again: FCC will defend scrapping the rules January 31, 2019
    The fate of the internet will once again rest in the hands of three federal judges when they hear oral arguments Friday in a pivotal challenge to the Federal Communications Commission. From a sixth-floor courtroom in Washington, FCC lawyers will argue that the agency acted correctly last year when...
    Brian Fung
  • Facebook paid kids to download app that monitors their online activity January 30, 2019
    Facebook Inc. has faced congressional panels, government fines and mounting public pressure over its use and handling of private user data. On Wednesday, after a report said the company had been paying people — some as young as 13 — $20 a month to install a research app on their phones that collects...
    Sam Dean
  • Apple is hurrying to fix FaceTime bug that allowed eavesdropping January 30, 2019
    The FaceTime video-chat app on your iPhone may have let people eavesdrop on you — an embarrassment to Apple Inc., which yanked the flawed feature and said Tuesday that it’s hurrying to fix the underlying problem. An apparent bug in FaceTime’s new group chat function allowed callers to remotely...
    Jim Puzzanghera, Johana Bhuiyan
  • YouTube is tweaking its algorithms to stop recommending conspiracy theories January 25, 2019
    YouTube said Friday it was retooling its recommendation algorithm, which suggests new videos to users, to prevent the promotion of conspiracy theories and false information, reflecting a growing willingness by the company to quell misinformation on the world’s largest video platform after several...
    Elizabeth Dwoskin
  • Zwift’s new esports league is like pro cycling. Only without crashes. Or turning January 25, 2019
    Fifty-two cyclists assembled at the starting line for a 40-kilometer road race under a perfect blue sky. In the distance, beyond an Italian village loomed the active volcano they would climb in the brutal mountain-top finish. Forty-four of the competitors were professional racers on teams like...
    Sam Dean
  • Bing comes back online in China, but there are more questions than answers January 25, 2019
    Access to Microsoft Bing has been restored in China a day after users reported the site was down — sparking fears that it had been blocked by the government amid a crackdown on popular streaming platforms and news sites. The search engine’s Chinese site, cn.bing.com, went down Wednesday, but Microsoft...
    Robyn Dixon, David Pierson