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Amazon Angles to Grab Back Customers
After losing some online shoppers to rivals during the pandemic, the retail giant is turning back to faster shipping times and big sales.
Grandmother’s Refusal to Remove Photos From Facebook Tests Privacy Law
A Dutch court ruled a woman violated Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation after refusing to take down photos of her grandchildren from social media.
Facebook Starts Planning for Permanent Remote Work from Home
The move is a stark change from an office-centric culture. But there’s a catch: Salaries are likely to change to match local costs of living.
Why All the Shouting About Google?
Here’s the one question that matters: Does Google rig the system to squash its rivals and hurt us?
Virgin Orbit Pushes Back First Rocket Launch From Jumbo Jet
The company, founded by Richard Branson, aims to show it can send small satellites to orbit from virtually anywhere.
Moderna Vaccine Trial: How Upbeat Coronavirus News Fueled a Stock Surge
The desperate hunt for treatments and vaccines has changed how researchers, regulators, drug companies like Moderna, investors and journalists do their jobs.
The Drones Were Ready for This Moment
While humans hunker below, aerial robots are taking over as cops, street cleaners, medical assistants, delivery workers and soon — friends?
SpaceX Gets Go-Ahead for NASA Astronaut Launch Next Week
The agency confirmed its mission was proceeding smoothly, but made the announcement amid the puzzling departure of a top NASA official.
Can You Gather With God Over Zoom?
Quakerism goes virtual, offering an intimate window into silent worship.
Tech Is a Citadel. Del Seymour Built a Drawbridge.
A former drug dealer whose nonprofit helped transform the Tenderloin district joins the front lines of San Francisco’s coronavirus response.
A Case for Cooperation Between Machines and Humans
A computer scientist argues that the quest for fully automated robots is misguided, perhaps even dangerous. His decades of warnings are gaining more attention.
Robots! (Don’t Get Too Excited.)
Robots are cool. But we should be skeptical of emerging technology.
Bethenny Frankel’s Dark Journey to Find Medical Masks
New York officials tapped the reality television star to find masks for medical workers. She found a global bazaar of ex-cons and exaggerations.
Delayed Moves, Poolside Videos and Postmates Spon: The State of TikTok Collab Houses
Gen Z influencers are settling into life in a shuttered Los Angeles.
Not Everyone Hates Remote Learning. For These Students, It’s a Blessing.
“At home, it seems to be a bit easier to focus on all the work,” said one eighth grader who was struggling in school. “Everything in general is easier.”
You Don’t Need Flying Cars to Save Lives
Technology with potentially the biggest impact is often humdrum stuff that drags businesses and government agencies into the age of Google Maps and Zoom.
3-D Sound and a Zoom Apocalypse: The Plays That Come to Life Online
Watching on a screen can feel like a poor imitation of real-life theater, but some artists are using the communications technology we now rely on to enhance the streaming experience.
How the ‘Plandemic’ Movie and Its Falsehoods Spread Widely Online
Conspiracy theories about the pandemic have gained more traction than mainstream online events. Here’s how.
Poor Americans Face Hurdles in Getting Promised Internet
Broadband companies like Charter and Comcast vowed to help low-income people during the pandemic. But taking them up on the offer hasn’t always been easy.
A City Locks Down to Fight Coronavirus, but Robots Come and Go
Like many other places, a community 50 miles outside London went into quarantine. A fleet of delivery robots has been helping with the groceries.
The Hot New Thing in Clubby Silicon Valley? An App Called Clubhouse
For all the high-minded talk among techies, their new favorite app is an invite-only (so far) social network for mingling with one another.
Tesla Owners Try to Make Sense of Elon Musk’s ‘Red Pill’ Moment
A liberal status symbol now has a founder who is moving to the right.
A Little E-Commerce Has Big Ripples
Online shopping has changed our behavior, reordered the nature of work and challenged our cities.
Where Group Prayer Meets Group Fitness
In the midst of a pandemic, faith-based wellness programs have been grounding for some religious followers.
U.S. Is Using Taiwan as a Pressure Point in Tech Fight With China
The Trump administration is challenging Chinese access to Taiwan’s high-tech supply chain — and, by extension, Beijing’s influence over the island it claims as its territory.
‘Way Too Late’: Inside Amazon’s Biggest Outbreak
A warehouse in the foothills of the Poconos has had more known Covid-19 cases than any of Amazon’s others after missing early opportunities to protect workers.
A.C.L.U. Warns Against Fever-Screening Tools for Coronavirus
A report by the civil liberties group contends that reliance on thermal cameras and temperature-sensing guns to resume work at factories and offices and to encourage travel is flawed and intrusive.
Disney's Head of Streaming, Kevin Mayer, Becomes TikTok C.E.O.
Kevin Mayer will lead the Chinese-owned app for making and sharing short videos, which has exploded in popularity during the pandemic.
Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Brain
What Facebook’s C.E.O. is doing to confront the coronavirus — and what he’s afraid of.
Rooms by the Hour for People Weary of Quarantine
An app offering short-term rentals called Globe says demand is way up.
Coronavirus Contact Tracing Jobs Are on the Rise
Tens of thousands of people across the United States have applied for the job of cold-calling strangers who may have been exposed to Covid-19. Here’s what it’s like.
SoftBank in Crisis Amid Record Losses
Its flagship tech fund is underwater, annual losses are huge and a key board member departed, as the firm faces the coronavirus and a tech slump.