New York Times

Internet Giants Face New Political Resistance in Washington

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

After years of largely avoiding regulation, businesses like Facebook, Google and Amazon are a focus of lawmakers, some of whom are criticizing the expanding power of big tech companies and their role in the 2016 election.

Google Is Buying HTC’s Smartphone Expertise for $1.1 Billion

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

Google is spending $1.1 billion to hire a team of engineers from the smartphone business of the struggling Taiwanese manufacturer HTC in a bid to bring more hardware expertise to its own mobile technology operations.

How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes

Location:
Miami, FL, United States

For all their seeming immateriality, the internet and the cloud rely on a vast industrial infrastructure consisting of data centers linked through a sprawling network of fiber optics.

How to Fight ‘Fake News’ (Warning: It Isn’t Easy)

Location:
USA, United States

In a report published recently in Psychological Science, a team of academics reviewed two decades of research to better understand how to effectively debunk misinformation.

Fox News Contributor Says Rape Allegation Blacklisted Her

Location:
FOX News Channel, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States

Fox News, which for more than a year has dealt with the fallout from an embarrassing sexual harassment scandal, was sued on Sept 18 by the political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes, who claimed that she had been raped by the longtime anchor Charles Payne and was then retaliated against by the network after she came forward with her allegation.

Facebook Navigates an Internet Fractured by Governmental Controls

The internet is Balkanizing, and the world’s largest tech companies have had to dispatch envoys to, in effect, contain the damage such divisions pose to their ambitions.

RT, Sputnik and Russia’s New Theory of War

Location:
Russian Federation, Russia

How the Kremlin built one of the most powerful information weapons of the 21st century — and why it may be impossible to stop.

Facebook Moves to Keep Ads From Running on Objectionable Videos

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Facebook’s enormous audience has long been catnip to advertisers. But the company’s vast ecosystem has come under scrutiny in 2017 from major brands, which are increasingly sensitive to the possibility of inadvertently showing up next to objectionable content.

The Terrifying Power of Internet Censors

Location:
Yale Law School, 40 Ashmun Street Information Society Project, New Haven, CT, United States

Generally speaking, there are two kinds of corporate players on the internet: companies that build infrastructure through which content flows, and companies that seek to curate content and create a community. Internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast, domain name servers, web hosts and security services providers like Cloudflare are all the former — or the “pipe.” They typically don’t look at the content their clients and customers are putting up, they just give them the means to do it and let it flow.

Murdoch Bid for Sky Control Hits New Bump as UK Official Hints at Inquiry

Location:
BSkyB, London, TW7, United Kingdom

Britain’s culture minister said that she was inclined to ask the country’s competition regulator to carry out a detailed review of a bid by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox to take full control of the British satellite television giant Sky.

The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election

Location:
USA, United States

The Russian information attack on the election did not stop with the hacking and leaking of Democratic emails or the fire hose of stories, true, false and in between, that ...

Silicon Valley’s Politics: Liberal, With One Big Exception

Location:
Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Drive Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford, CA, United States

A politically awakened Silicon Valley, buttressed by the tech industry’s growing economic power, could potentially alter politics long after President Trump has left the scene.

At CNN, Retracted Story Leaves an Elite Reporting Team Bruised

Location:
CNN, 1 CNN Center, Atlanta, GA, 30303, United States

Late on a Monday afternoon in June, members of CNN’s elite investigations team were summoned to a fourth-floor room in the network’s glassy headquarters in Midtown Manhattan.

The Daily News, a Distinctive Voice in New York, Is Sold

Location:
New York Daily News, 4 New York Plaza, New York, NY, 10004, United States

Tronc, the publisher of The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune, announced Sept 5 that it had acquired The Daily News, the nearly 100-year-old tabloid that for decades set the city’s agenda with its gossip, sports and city coverage.

Mueller Has Early Draft of Trump Letter Giving Reasons for Firing Comey

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has obtained a letter that President Donald Trump and a top political aide drafted in the days before President Trump fired the FBI director, James B. Comey, which explains the president’s rationale for why he planned to dismiss the director.

Software Glitch or Russian Hackers? Election Problems Draw Little Scrutiny

Location:
USA, United States

After a presidential campaign scarred by Russian meddling, local, state and federal agencies have conducted little of the type of digital forensic investigation required to assess the impact, if any, on voting in at least 21 states whose election systems were targeted by Russian hackers, according to interviews with nearly two dozen national security and state officials and election technology specialists.

UN Human Rights Chief Condemns Trump’s Attacks on Media

Location:
United Nations, First Avenue at 46th Street, New York, NY, 10017, United States

The United Nations human rights chief said Aug 30 that President Donald Trump’s repeated denunciations of some media outlets as “fake news” could amount to incitement to violence and had potentially dangerous consequences outside the United States.

Google Critic Ousted From New America, a Think Tank Funded by the Tech Giant

Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

In the hours after European antitrust regulators levied a record $2.7 billion fine against Google in late June, an influential Washington think tank learned what can happen when a tech giant that shapes public policy debates with its enormous wealth is criticized.

Sarah Palin’s Defamation Suit Against The New York Times Is Dismissed

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States

A federal judge on Aug 29 dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by the former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin against The New York Times, saying Palin’s complaint failed to show that a mistake in an editorial was made maliciously.

‘The President Speaks For Himself’

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States

It should be among the easier tasks of a cabinet member to affirm, without hesitation, that the president he or she serves represents the values of the American people.

Apple's Tim Cook Barnstorms for 'Moral Responsiblity'

Location:
Apple, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States

“The reality is that government, for a long period of time, has for whatever set of reasons become less functional and isn’t working at the speed that it once was. And so it does fall, I think, not just on business but on all other areas of society to step up.” That was Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, across the table from me over breakfast here in downtown Austin (TX).

President Trump Hotel at Night: Lobbyists, Cabinet Members, $60 Steaks

Location:
Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. , 1100 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington, DC, 20004, United States

In this first tumultuous summer of the Trump Administration, the Trump International Hotel has cemented its status as a gathering spot for prominent conservatives and a place for the president’s supporters to see, be seen and curry favor with people in power, one $24 chocolate cigar at a time. (The selfies are free.) The hotel — a melting pot for Trump family members, Trump surrogates, tourists, YouTube celebrities, journalists and the occasional white nationalist — has earned that status in no small part because it is home to the only Washington restaurant that President Trump visits.

President Trump Takes Aim at the Press, With a Flamethrower

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States

] Yes, mistrust of the media was growing even before President Donald Trump emerged on the political scene. But this much is unmistakable: The president is significantly adding to what is, without question, the worst anti-press atmosphere I’ve seen in 25 years in journalism, and real, chilling consequences have surfaced, not just in the United States, but around the world.

We’re Journalists, Mr. Trump, Not the Enemy

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States

President Donald Trump’s caricature of journalists as dishonest is hypocritical, and it insults the courage and professionalism of my colleagues who sometimes risk their lives trying to get a story.

President Trump, Calling Journalists ‘Sick People,’ Puts Media on Edge

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

President Donald Trump’s angry condemnation of the news media during a campaign-style rally heightened the fear among journalists that verbal attacks on the profession could lead to physical attacks.

At Rally, President Trump Blames Media for Country's Deepening Divisions

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

President Donald Trump, stung by days of criticism that he sowed racial division in the United States after deadly clashes in Charlottesville (VA), accused the news media on Aug 22 of misrepresenting what he insisted was his prompt, unequivocal condemnation of bigotry and hatred.

A Hunt for Ways to Combat Online Radicalization

Location:
USA, United States

Several research groups in the United States and Europe now see the white supremacist and jihadi threats as two faces of the same coin. They’re working on methods to fight both, together — and slowly, they have come up with ideas for limiting how these groups recruit new members to their cause.

How Hate Groups Forced Online Platforms to Reveal Their True Nature

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States

These platforms draw arbitrary boundaries constantly and with much less controversy — against spammers, concerning profanity or in response to government demands. These fringe groups saw an opportunity in the gap between the platforms’ strained public dedication to discourse stewardship and their actual existence as profit-driven entities, free to do as they please.

Behind the Bluster of Steve Bannon’s War Cry

Location:
Breitbart News, Los Angeles, CA, United States

In a conversation with Peter J. Boyer of The Weekly Standard, Steve Bannon said, “I have my hands back on my weapons,” the most important being his conservative website, Breitbart News — a “machine” he promised to “rev up” for what the site’s editor-at-large Joel Pollak described in a hashtag on Twitter as “#War.”

Bannon Returns to Breitbart News

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

Stephen K. Bannon, who left his post on Aug 18 as President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, has resumed his role as chairman of Breitbart News, the provocative right-wing website that propelled him to national fame.