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Power, Corruption and Murder Roil Little Guyana

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Photo A shop in Richmond Hill, Queens, home to more than 80,000 Indo-Guyanese immigrants. ... Read More
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A Replacement Home Arrives, Little Assembly Required

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City officials said that more than 20,000 people initially registered for Build It Back, most of whom lived in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Of those, about half never finished the application process and program workers were later dispatched to reach out to them. In 2015, they contacted 4,000 homeowners, 599 of whom returned to the program. Continue reading the main story ... Read More
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Grace Notes: Sorting Through All the Laughs Joan Rivers Left Behind

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The exploration of all those items was done by her daughter Melissa and by Scott Currie, a publicist whose first job was as an associate producer on Joan Rivers’s talk show in the early 1990s. He bonded with her — “It was love at first sight,” Melissa Rivers said of her mother and Mr. Currie. “They became incredibly, incredibly close on many levels. She really became a mother figure and he really became a son-slash-confidant-slash-good friend.” Continue readin... Read More
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Feature: How the Appetite for Emojis Complicates the Effort to Standardize the World’s Alphabets

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Now a computational linguist and motivated by a desire to put his historical knowledge to use, Pandey knows how to get obscure alphabets into the Unicode standard. Since 2005, he has done so for 19 writing systems (and he’s currently working to add another eight). With Noor’s help, and some financial support from a research center at the University of California, Berkeley, he drew up the basic set of letters and defined how they combine, what rules govern punctuation and whether spaces exist between words, then submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium, the organization that maintains the standards for digital scripts. In 2... Read More
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Bits: Farhad and Mike’s Week in Tech: Regulation Is Looming

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I guess that’s cool, but also sort of freaks me out? I do wonder if Torontans — Torontonians? Toronti? — are O.K. with the whole thing.Farhad: No surprise, I’m going to disagree with you. We worry about techies for the way they stick in their West Coast bubbles and send their software out into the world, often not pausing to think of its real-world effect.From what I can tell, Sidewalk is doing just the opposite here. Alphabet is... Read More
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Mind: How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media

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Agents with links to the Russian government set up an endless array of fake accounts and websites and purchased a slew of advertisements on Google and Facebook, spreading dubious claims that seemed intended to sow division all along the political spectrum — “a cultural hack,” in the words of one expert.Yet the psychology behind social media platforms — the dynamics that make them such powerful vectors of misinformation in the first place — are at least as important, experts say, especially for those who think they’re immune to being duped. For all the suspicions about social media companies’ motives and ethics, it is th... Read More
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Tech Tip: Taking Your iTunes Library to Android

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Q. Is it possible to move or play my iTunes songs on an Android phone? I thought iTunes locked you into an Apple device, but maybe there are ways to do it?A. When Apple’s iTunes Music Store arrived in 2003, it sold songs and albums as digital files in the Advanced Audio Coding format (instead of the then-common MP3 format) with digital rights management, or D.R.M., restrictions built in to prevent the files from playing on unauthorized hardware. In early 2009, however, Apple announced that it was ... Read More
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Inside Amazon, Diversity Concerns Flare Up After Harassment Accusations

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Drew Herdener, an Amazon spokesman, declined to comment.The incident involving Mr. Price occurred in 2015 when he was in a car with Isa Dick Hackett, a Hollywood producer. She told investigators for Amazon shortly after the car ride that Mr. Price made unwanted sexual advances toward her.Mr. Price’s career at Amazon continued until last week, when Ms. Hackett shared the details of the incident publicly for the first time, ... Read More
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The Woman Who Created #MeToo Long Before Hashtags

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If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n Tomorrow (Friday the 13th) will be the first day in over 10 years that I won’t tweet. Join me. #WomenBoycottTwitter pic.twitter.com/xoEt5Bwj5s I'm wary of #WomenBoycottTwitter. Folks looking funny in the light. Picking when we stand... Read More
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Meet the People Who Will Defend Google, Facebook and Twitter Before Lawmakers

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AdvertisementFacebook, Google and Twitter have a lot at stake when they show up in Washington on Nov. 1 to testify at congressional hearings about the role their technologies played in Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential elections.... Read More
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In New York, an Influential First Lady Redefines the Position

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At City Hall staff meetings, Ms. McCray often remains quiet, presumably preferring to wield her opinion in private. But while professional staff often chafe at the sight of influential political spouses, many mayoral aides said Ms. McCray is typically welcomed. “There’s no one better at keeping his volatile personality in check than her,” said one of the aides, granted anonymity to candidly discuss internal City Hall dynamics.Her public image is not haphazard. She has occasionally consulted with Ebs Burnough, a former adviser to Michell... Read More
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Power, Corruption and Murder Roils Little Guyana

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Photo A shop in Richmond Hill, Queens, home to more than 80,000 Indo-Guyanese immigrants. Credit Elias Williams for The New York Times Photo... Read More
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Hundreds of Mysterious Stone ‘Gates’ Found in Saudi Arabia’s Desert

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Since 1997, Dr. Kennedy has flown planes and helicopters over Saudi Arabia’s neighbor Jordan, photographing the angular and wheel-like structures scattered over its lava field or harrat. Not much is known about the people who built the edifices, but they are thought to haveconstructed them at least 2,000 years ago and maybe as far back as 9,000 years ago, according to Dr. Kennedy has dated. They are believed to be the ancestors of the modern-day Bedouin people in the region.... Read More
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What May Seem Good for New York Is Not Always Good for Its Mayor

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On Wednesday, Mr. de Blasio dug in even further; the mayor, who said recently that he had never shopped on Amazon, urged the audience to follow his example — casually throwing Starbucks under the bus for good measure.Photo ... Read More
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Native American Secrets Lie Buried in Huge Shell Mounds

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Seas have generally been rising in Maine since the glaciers retreated 15,000 years ago. Rising waters had transformed the Damariscotta estuary into an optimal oyster habitat by the time this midden, and another across the river, were created. Continue reading the main story The middens around Damariscotta are the largest examples north of South Carolina, said Arthur Spiess, senior archaeologist with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.... Read More
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Dogs Pay Attention to Your Looks

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“This is a delightful finding that provides more evidence of how dogs draw us closer to them with their eyes,” Dr. Hare said in an email. Humans have evolved to be much more sensitive to eye contact and facial expressions that exaggerate eye contact. “This research shows that the facial expressions that we find attractive in dogs are made when we can see them — not when we are wandering around the kitchen looking for a treat for them.” Continue reading the main ... Read More
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Using DNA to Sketch What Victims Look Like; Some Call It Science Fiction

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Parabon’s tests revealed that Monique was primarily of sub-Saharan African descent, and not white as investigators had believed based on the color of the skin found on her remains.Analysts used her sex and ancestry to create a generic sketch of a face from a database of demographic information, which they overlaid with traits gleaned from her genes: a deep brown complexion and brown eyes above a round nose.As murder rates hover at historic lows, the Police Department is looking to emerging technologies like phenotyping to help solve old cases. The hope is that seeing a victim’s likenes... Read More
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In Amazon Bid, New York Brags About, Well, Everything

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New York City is not offering special subsidies or tax breaks for Amazon beyond the incentives available to any company.“We see this as a competition for 50,000 new job openings — jobs we want New Yorkers to land,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday. “We win it based on the talent of our workers and the incredible diversity of industries in this town. Those are the strengths you can’t buy with tax breaks.”Chicago tried to get a jump on the competition by submitting its proposal on Monday, three days early. The same day, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey dangled $7 billion in s... Read More
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New York City’s Libraries Will Forgive All Children’s Fines

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At the Hamilton Grange Library in Hamilton Heights, a Manhattan neighborhood where around half the school-aged card holders have their borrowing privilege suspended because of fines, Venice Beckford, 36, a child care provider, rejoiced at the news.All three of her children — Amelia, 3, Makayla, 12, and Rohan, 16 — have had their library borrowing privileges suspended. She estimates that they owe at least $180 in unreturned book fees and fines.Ms. Bec... Read More
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Harlem School of the Arts, Once Shuttered and in Debt, Now Dreams Big

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“However, when children are available to you after school and on Saturdays, what are you doing weekdays?” Mr. Pryor said. “What are you doing after 6 p.m. on weekends? Who are you during those moments?” Continue reading the main story The leaders of the school whisper phrases like “Harlem’s Lincoln Center” and “cultural hub” and aspire to be a place for artistic and cultural enrichment for a broad audience.... Read More
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Neighborhood Joint: A Hole-in-the-Wall Graffiti Store in Sleek SoHo

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“Everybody used to come here, meet people, have beefs,” Shaz said. “Kids used to come down with black books every Saturday,” referring to the term used for graffiti artists’ sketchbooks. Continue reading the main story James Espino, 35, Scrap Yard’s new co-owner, said that he intends to keep the store’s worn aesthetic and continue to sell graffiti supplies, but that he also wants to expand his customer base to include other artis... Read More
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Bookshelf: An Unexpected President, and Expressions of Subway Therapy

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The corruption refers to the spoils system, the pattern of political patronage and kickbacks from employees to the New York Republican machine that Roscoe Conkling and his cronies dominated after the Civil War.Garfield was a victim of that system because he was assassinated by a disgruntled job-seeker. Arthur was an instrument and major beneficiary of the system as the federal customs collector of the Port of New York until he was sacked in 1878 by his reform-minded fellow Republican, Rutherford B. Hayes.... Read More
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Little Terror of the Flyway

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Photo The sharp-shinned hawk. Credit Johann Schumacher The bird migration south along the Atlantic Flyway, one of nature’s most remarkable and ancient journeys, is nothing less than astounding. Every autumn, tens of thousands may pass through the city and vicinity in hours if conditions are right – ce... Read More
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Character Study: The Community Newspaper Queen, of Queens

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“People still want to read about their neighborhood — they want to see their kid’s picture in the paper,” she said. “That’s our niche: local.’’ When a bank in Whitestone had a surveillance image of a robber, she put it on the front page of The Courier. A reader helped identify the thief, she said, “and the next week we ran it on the cover: ‘Courier Reader Nabs Bank Robber.’”As Ms. Schneps-Yunis spoke, she sat in her office on Bell Boulevard in Bayside. She was dressed in a hot pink blazer trimmed with pearls and taking ... Read More
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In the Running: She’s a Conservative Who Loves Cher. Could She Be New York’s Next Mayor?

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And her conservative record is not likely to pull Democratic voters to her side. She has sued the city over a program that provides identification cards to residents, trying to block officials from destroying records that might be used to identify people for deportation.And she has repeatedly spoken out against a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to be eligible for state financial ai... Read More
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Senators Demand Online Ad Disclosures as Tech Lobby Mobilizes

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That attitude has many fewer adherents after the revelations that, in the run-up to the 2016 election, Facebook sold more than $100,000 worth of ads to a Russian company linked to the Kremlin, while Google sold at least $4,700 worth of ads to accounts believed to be connected to the Russian government.Federal election law bars foreigners from spending money to attempt to influence United States elections.... Read More
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New York Today: New York Today: From North Korea to New York

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Photo Seongmin Lee, from Hyesan, North Korea, at Columbia University on Monday. Credit Caitlin Ochs for The New York Times Good morning on this blustery Wednesday.I... Read More
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In the Running: Nicole Malliotakis, a Child of Immigrants and Conservatism

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And her conservative record is not likely to pull Democratic voters to her side. She has sued the city over a program that provides identification cards to residents, trying to block officials from destroying records that might be used to identify people for deportation.And she has repeatedly spoken out against a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to be eligible for state financial aid.“My father is from Greece, my mother is... Read More
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Self-Driving Cars Could Come to Manhattan

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The driverless trials will include two passengers: an engineer sitting behind the wheel to monitor and evaluate performance, and a second person in the passenger seat, according to the governor’s announcement. Such tests were recently made legal with legislation passed as part of New York’s 2018 budget.“Autonomous vehicles have the potential to save time and save lives,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement. “The spirit of innovation is what defines New York, and we are positioned on the forefront of this emerging industry.”Driverless cars have zipped around New York a handful of time... Read More
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State of the Art: How the Frightful Five Put Start-Ups in a Lose-Lose Situation

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Because today’s giants are nimbler and more paranoid about upstart competition than the tech behemoths of yore, they have cleverly created an ecosystem that enriches themselves even when they don’t think of the best ideas first. The Five run server clouds, app stores, ad networks and venture firms, altars to which the smaller guys must pay a sizable tax just for existing. For the Five, the start-up economy has turned into a heads-I-win-tails-you-lose proposition — they love start-ups, but in the same way that orcas love baby seals.There ... Read More
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Volcanoes Helped Violent Revolts Erupt in Ancient Egypt

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As less water is absorbed into the clouds, less rain falls into seas and lakes. And if a volcano erupts in the Northern Hemisphere, especially at high latitudes, the cooling effect may tamper with the summertime heating that controls monsoon winds over Africa.When rainfall is reduced and monsoons are suppressed, the Nile fails to flood as usual, starving the crops that depend on its water.“We guess there was a lot of fear when the Egyptians see the Nil... Read More
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Trilobites: A Mushroom Out of a Fairy Tale That You Might Find in the Forest

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A few times a month, he wanders the forest looking for fungal beauty and shows his children the best finds. Between September and November in his area, Mr. Reisz often finds the fly agaric, scientifically known as Amanita muscaria, like this patch discovered on Oct. 9.... Read More
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New York Today: New York Today: A Bull Runs Free in Brooklyn

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Photo A cock and bull story. Credit Holly Pickett for The New York Times Good morning on this fresh Wednesday.A brown bull put on a quite a show in Prospect Park ye... Read More
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At Core of 5Pointz Trial: Is Graffiti Art Protected by Law?

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Photo A group of artists filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Brooklyn in 2013 after the developer, Jerry Wolkoff, had their work at 5Pointz in Long Island City, Queens, erased before the building was demolished. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times Graffiti has come a long way since the 1970s w... Read More
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Google Serves Fake News Ads in an Unlikely Place: Fact-Checking Sites

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The Snopes and PolitiFact ads show how broad the problem of online misinformation can be, said David Letzler, research scientist at Impact Radius, a digital marketing intelligence firm. “Even websites whose mission is to promote accountability can inadvertently wind up getting used by snake oil salesmen,” he said.Google declined to explain the specifics of how the fake news ads appeared on the fact-checking sites. The accounts that advertised on Snopes and PolitiFact were terminated from Google’s ad platform after The Times asked about t... Read More
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Obama’s Visit to New Jersey Caps Tour of Democrats Supporting Murphy

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“Here’s the deal, that mandate is going to fall on the governors,” Mr. Biden told voters. “You saw when he walked out of the Paris accord. It was the governors led by Jerry Brown and others – it was the mayors who said we are not going to go back.”Former Vice President Al Gore echoed that sentiment when he showed up in New Jersey last weekend to support Mr. Murphy.“If you want to create the jobs of the future, if you want a governor and a f... Read More
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The Answer for Standing-Room-Only Subways? More Standing Room

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So the master controllers were redesigned before their scheduled 14-year maintenance cycle, Mr. Eng said. He added that problems with doors had also emerged as a major contributor to delays and that doors on other types of cars in the subway fleet were being refurbished early.The E line carries 550,000 passengers a day, making it the fifth busiest in the system. Mitchell L. Moss, a professor at New York University and the director of its Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, said the extra standing room would do what was neede... Read More
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Google’s Pixel 2 Smartphone Is a Powerful Extravagance

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Now comes the Pixel 2. After testing the gadget for nearly a week, I found I prefer it to the iPhone — though this is mostly because I have always carried Android phones. Android is what I’m used to, and all my digital data is stored with Google, even though my daughters think I’m silly for not buying an iPhone.Compared with other Android devices, the Pixel 2 XL, the model I tested and the larger of the two versions of the device, was also a big improvement. I own a Samsung Galaxy S7, widely considered the best Android phone on the marke... Read More
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Running Unopposed, Vance Is Suddenly on the Defensive

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“That’s why I’ve asked an independent group to help us radically reduce the appearance of influence of money in our work,” he wrote. He added: “I am prepared to dramatically restrict who can donate money to our campaign — including lawyers — and the amounts that our contributors are able to make.”Mr. Vance has raised roughly $6.1 million for three campaigns, starting in 2009, and some of his most generous donors have been criminal lawyers and law firms who have also represented clients against his office. Such donations are leg... Read More
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As U.S. Confronts Internet’s Disruptions, China Feels Vindicated

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At the same time, China anticipated many of the questions now flummoxing governments ranging from the United States to Germany to Indonesia. Where the Russians have succeeded in turning the internet into a political weapon, China has created an effective shield.In fact, when it comes to technology, China has prospered. It has a ... Read More
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The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More.

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And just as Western analysts once scoffed at the potential of the North’s nuclear program, so did experts dismiss its cyberpotential — only to now acknowledge that hacking is an almost perfect weapon for a Pyongyang that is isolated and has little to lose.The country’s primitive infrastructure is far less vulnerable to cyberretaliation, and North Korean hackers operate outside the country, anyway. Sanctions offer no useful response, since a raft... Read More
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Executive Mentors Wanted. Only Millennials Need Apply.

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“It’s like reconnecting with your lost youth,” said David Watson, 38, a managing director at Deutsche Bank who has been mentored by Fernando Hernandez, 29, an engineer in the Wall Street bank’s global markets technology division. He credited Mr. Hernandez with good tips for retaining young employees, like giving them more flexible work-from-home arrangements, and with helping him spot trends in the financial tech industry.“It’s valuable information,” Mr. Watson said. “When you’re making decisions about budgets, or priorities,... Read More
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#MeToo Floods Social Media With Stories of Harassment and Assault

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If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n #MeTooAnd I was blamed for it. I was told not to talk about it.I was told that it wasn't that bad.I was told to get over it. Men,Don't say you have a mother, a sister, a daughter...Say you have a father, a brother, a son who can do better.We all can.#MeToo ... Read More
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A Bot That Makes Trump’s Tweets Presidential

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For context - because he's President - all of Trump's Tweets should be mocked up in the correct Presidential statement format. It's telling. pic.twitter.com/UZ7d2WJRs4 A statement by the President: pic.twitter.com/pIqeQff8h1 ... Read More
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China Seeks Small Stakes in, and More Sway Over, Online Firms

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“As these companies have grown both in size and influence,” he said, “that model is no longer comfortable for the authorities.”The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources, reported this week that Chinese internet regulators have discussed taking 1 percent stakes in Tencent Holdings, maker of the popular WeChat messaging service, and Youku Tudou, a video platform owned by the Alibaba Group, the e-commerce ... Read More
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Bits: Farhad and Nicole’s Week in Tech: Russia, Russia Everywhere

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Nicole: Did we really think Russia was going to try to hack election databases in 21 states, and pour that many resources into Facebook and not touch Google, the No. 1 source of information for most Americans?It’s frustrating that this is only coming out now, but to be fair, much of the Russian activity was not exactly obvious. The silver lining is that we may finally be getting some answers. This week, the House Intelligence Committee said it would turn over Russian Facebook ad content, after ... Read More
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Tech Tip: How to Get Cortana to Keep Track of Your Favorite Teams

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Q. How do I make the Windows Cortana program on my PC collect news and scores for specific sports teams?A. You can set Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant for Windows 10 desktop and mobile systems, to keep track of your favorite teams — but you first need to tell the program which teams to follow. You can provide this information in the Cortana's Notebook. In addition t... Read More
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Corner Office: Bryan Roberts of Venrock on Seeing Problems as Opportunities

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I loved problem solving as a kid. That’s probably the thread through most of my life. How do you build this? How do I get from here to there? The actual content of the problem matters less than the need to puzzle through something.Tell me more about your parents.My dad is an infectious-disease doctor, and my mom is in theater. They’re the two most polar-opposite people in the universe. My mom’s broadly intelligent, and my dad is just deeply awesome at diagnosing diseases.How have they influenced your leadership sty... Read More
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Richard Branson’s Virgin and Hyperloop One Transit Pods Become Fast Friends

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Virgin Group companies include Virgin Trains, a railroad operator in Britain, and Virgin Galactic, which is dedicated to commercial spaceflight.Hyperloop One employees do not call their project a train — after all, it does not use tracks. Instead, magnetically levitating passenger pods use electric propulsion to zip through low-pressure... Read More
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Google Unveils Job Training Initiative With $1 Billion Pledge

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Google plans to donate $1 billion to nonprofits through its charitable arm, Google.org, with the aim of addressing the gap between the skills required by modern companies and the skills that are taught in schools. Google said it was donating $10 million to Goodwill Industries, for example, for digital job training programs. Company employees also will volunteer one million hours at those nonprofits.Much like a political campaign, Google will go on the road to spread the message about its new pr... Read More
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How Facebook’s Ad System Works

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Facebook was part of a gradual but significant change in online advertising over the past decade. As more people have moved more of their online activity from PCs to mobile phones, the lines between ads and organic content have continued to blur, particularly on popular social networking service like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.Why did mobile phones encourage this change?Mobile phones offer less room on their screens for ads. Usually, there is only space for a single column of information, and that must accommodate both ads and other content. The result is that ads have moved into a... Read More
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Kitchen of the Future: Smart and Fast but Not Much Fun

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Your power blender may be able to link to a device on your wrist that’s been tracking your diet, then check in with your freezer and your kitchen scale. It could set up the right smoothie recipe based on what’s on hand, how much weight you’ve gained and which fruit you prefer.Photo The crowd at the Smart Kitchen Summit in Seattle. Can you spot anyone wearing an apron? ... Read More
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LIGO Detects Fierce Collision of Neutron Stars for the First Time

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But neutron stars are full of stuff, matter packed at the density of Mount Everest in a teacup. When neutron stars slam together, all kinds of things burst out: gamma rays, X-rays, radio waves. Something for everyone who has a window on the sky. Continue reading the main story “Joy for all,” said David Shoemaker, a physicist at the Massachusetts Ins... Read More
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Tech Tip: Leaping Into a System Upgrade

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Q. I have a three-year-old MacBook Air running OS X 10.9.5 and it has never been upgraded. Can I upgrade to the newest operating system, skipping all the previous upgrades?A. You should be able to upgrade to macOS High Sierra, Apple’s latest operating system for its Mac laptops and desktops, without having to download and install the three upgrades that were released in the interim. The company says ... Read More
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New York Today: New York Today: Pressure Is On for the Yankees

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Photo A lousy start for the Bronx Bombers. Credit Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports, via Reuters Good morning on this brisk Monday.After losing the first two games to ... Read More
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For Weinstein, a Brush With the Police, Then No Charges

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In the end, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., announced he would not press charges. Once the criminal case was closed, Mr. Weinstein silenced Ms. Battilana with a substantial payment.The case demonstrates how Mr. Weinstein, with ample funds and influence, was able to assemble a counterstrike against the sex crime investigation using the weapons available to the powerful. It also highlights the challenges such cases pose, even for the v... Read More
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Menendez Trial May Hinge on a New Definition of Bribery

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The defense is scheduled to begin its case on Monday, but first Judge William H. Walls is expected to rule on a motion to dismiss it, a motion that he hinted he was considering during arguments in court about the Supreme Court’s decision overturning the corruption conviction of Bob McDonnell, a former governor of Virginia.In fact, the McDonnell decision has loomed over prosecutors throughout the Menendez trial, and Judge Walls suggested that he was leaning toward interpreting the ruling as invalidating a theory o... Read More
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Side Street: A Life of Service Ends in Puerto Rico, but Lives On in the Bronx

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The agency — which provided educational services to children and families, supportive housing that allowed mothers in recovery to live with their children, as well as services to older people — emerged when New York City had little interest and even less money to tackle the blight that devastated the South Bronx.Her death comes at another time of crisis and abandonment after the storm flattened the island, reducing trees to skeletal piles ... Read More
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Amid Midtown’s Bustle, a Street-Level Tea Party for All

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“We have no rules, we welcome everyone,” Ms. Gannon-Graydon said. “You don’t even have to drink tea.”One thing new guests can expect is to field an ice-breaking question or two from Ms. Gannon-Graydon, who typically asks newcomers: What’s the best thing I should know about you?On a recent Thursday, about a dozen people crowded around the tables. Ms. Gannon-Graydon served both pomegranate and caramel-flavored teas, and she set out her usual fare of fruit, snacks and baked goods — on this day she was offering brownies and banana bread.... Read More
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Can Gowanus Survive Its Renaissance?

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Getting everything done will be difficult. Doing it while preserving the neighborhood’s patchwork charms — the artist studios and craft-makers, the surviving heavy industry, the hypnotic, sulfur-scented quiet of the canal on a Sunday morning — might be impossible.“There’s something compelling happening in this place, the mix is interesting and creative and we want to preserve it,” said Brad Lander, the city councilman for most of the canal zone, who led an earlier two-year public... Read More
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Big City: In a Superstar City, Lackluster Politics

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New York City may be more lamentably dull than it was 20 years ago, but it remains a magnet for exceptional talent — in many parts of Brooklyn it is easier to trip over Rhodes scholars than it is to find a half-gallon of milk with additives. Recent economic studies also suggest that as knowledge fields have become increasingly concentrated in the country’s biggest cities, New York has become even more attractive to the brilliant and prestigiously educated.... Read More
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Roz Chast Is New Yorkier Than You

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Since 1978 she has written fuzzy, anxiety-fueled cartoons for The New Yorker about the insecurities of New York life: the “Bad Mom” trading cards (“#61: Deborah Z. Has never even TRIED to make Play-Doh from scratch”), the Cab of Guilt taxi recording (“This is your mother, reminding you that if you don’t buckle up I will kill myself”). Equal parts schadenfreude and inadequacy, with a seasonin... Read More
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I Was Misinformed: Cold Carriers, You’ve Been Busted

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Certainly. Simply swipe the tissue across your running nose. Or the back of your hand. Or the kitchen counter or actually anywhere in your house. Are you the last person in America to sneeze in the crook of your elbow? Did you grow up in a barn? If you’re not sure, we have a test for that.In my office colds go around for months. How can you tell who started it?That was indeed once a problem. But now, having partnered with GermAncestry.c... Read More
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Fit City: It’s Marathon Season, and Physical Therapists Are Busy

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At Integrative Physical Therapy of NYC in Midtown Manhattan, Frank Ruggiero estimates that he is treating about 10 people right now for injuries related to the marathon, which he has run twice. “There are always a lot more injuries now, as you get closer to the race and people bump their mileage up,” he said. Continue reading the main story “We try our hardest – and often it... Read More
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Neighborhood Joint: The Secret Zen Master of Guitar Repair

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Mr. Baxt also makes his own “Richie’s” brand guitars. He’s known for collecting “used, castoff pieces that no one thought was good enough to be a guitar” and resurrecting them as instruments that even the snobbiest aficionados swear by. He sells about one a week.One of Mr. Baxt’s most famous clients was the Strokes, who used him constantly in their early years, well before the days of worldwide fame and platinum records. In fact, the only way the band got in to see Mr. Baxt was because a record producer vouched for them.... Read More
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William Lombardy, Chess Grandmaster Turned Priest, Dies at 79

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But he came of age in the shadow of Bobby Fischer, the phenomenon out of Brooklyn six years his junior. Virtually all the sponsorship money and support available for American players went to Mr. Fischer.Photo Mr. Lombardy, left, at a news conference at the world championship in 1972, with Paul Marshall, center, lawyer for the United States chess team, and Fred Cramer, Bobby Fischer’s representative.... Read More
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Deaths of Dozens of Canada Geese Linked to Moldy Bread or Grain

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Photo New York State environmental officials say dozens of Canada geese at a pond in Malone, N.Y., died from a fungal disease linked to moldy grain. Credit New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Malone, N.Y., near the Canadian border, is a familiar name in the birding community.... Read More
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The Neediest Cases Fund: Tradition of Helping Neediest Cases Inspires Readers to Give Back

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Sunday is the start of the 106th annual New York Times Neediest Cases Fund campaign. The fund began the year after Adolph S. Ochs, the publisher of The New York Times, gave money to a homeless man for shelter and new clothes on Dec. 25, 1911. The ... Read More
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Caught Sleeping or Worse, Teachers Will Return to New York Classrooms

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Among the teachers available is a science teacher who, in her last permanent job, did not bother to regularly enter students’ grades, according to the arbitrator’s decision. She gave one student in her earth science class a grade of 83 percent, despite the fact that the girl had never come to school. Administrators who observed her classes often found students talking, listening to music on their headphones, or even asleep.Also in the pool: a special-education teacher said to have disciplined autistic students by making them stand for 45 m... Read More
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Wolf Puppies Are Adorable. Then Comes the Call of the Wild.

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That’s very important, because both wolves and dogs go through a critical period as puppies when they explore the world and learn who their friends and family are.With wolves, that time is thought to start at about two weeks, when the wolves are deaf and blind. Scent is everything.In dogs, it starts at about four weeks, when they can see, smell and hear. Dr. Lord thinks this shift in development, allowing dogs to use all their senses, might be key to ... Read More
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Can the Gowanus Canal Survive Its Renaissance?

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Getting everything done will be difficult. Doing it while preserving the neighborhood’s patchwork charms — the artist studios and craft-makers, the surviving heavy industry, the hypnotic, sulfur-scented quiet of the canal on a Sunday morning — might be impossible.“There’s something compelling happening in this place, the mix is interesting and creative and we want to preserve it,” said Brad Lander, the city councilman for most of the canal zone, who led an earlier two-year public... Read More
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New York Today: New York Today: Farewell to a ‘Jeopardy!’ Favorite

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Photo Austin Rogers, center, watched an episode of his performance on “Jeopardy!” with friends and family at The Waylon in Hell’s Kitchen on Wednesday. Credit Nicole Craine for The New York Times Good morning... Read More
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Uber, Surging Outside Manhattan, Tops Taxis in New York City

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“It gives safe transportation to people in communities where the cabs don’t stop, where the color of your skin prohibits you from access,” said the Rev. W. Franklyn Richardson, 68, who is African-American and a senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Westchester County. Many of his church members live in the city, and now arrive for service in Uber cars.Reverend Richardson said that drivers of yellow taxis have sometimes refused to pick him up because they assume the worst about blacks — that they will rob a driver or jump out without paying. He said he has yet to be turned away by an Uber driver. (Nonetheless, Uber and othe... Read More
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Tech Giants, Once Seen as Saviors, Are Now Viewed as Threats

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“For 10 years, the arguments in tech were about which chief executive was more like Jesus. Which one was going to run for president. Who did the best job convincing the work force to lean in,” said Scott Galloway, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business. “Now sentiments are shifting. The worm has turned.”News is dripping out of Facebook, Twitter and now Google about how their ad and publishing systems were harnessed by the Russians. On Nov. 1, the Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing on the m... Read More
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Matter: Genes for Skin Color Rebut Dated Notions of Race, Researchers Say

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The widespread distribution of these genes and their persistence over millenniums show that the old color lines are essentially meaningless, the scientists said. The research “dispels a biological concept of race,” Dr. Tishkoff said.Humans develop color much as other mammals do. Special cells in the skin contain pouches, called melanosomes, packed with pigment molecules. The more pigment, the darker the skin.Skin color also varies with the kind of pigments: Melanosomes may contain mixtures of a brown-black called eumelanin and a yellow-red called pheomelanin.... Read More
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Sheryl Sandberg Says Facebook Will Hand Over More Data on Russia-Linked Ads

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On Wednesday, Ms. Sandberg met with top lawmakers, including those involved in the House investigation. On Thursday, she is to meet with members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Facebook has hired three crisis communications firms and has bought digital and newspaper ads — including full-page print ads in The New York Times and The Washington Post — to counter criticism of its role in the election. Google searches for “Russia” and “Facebook” often return ads bought by Facebook that link to expla... Read More
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The Bronx’s Quiet, Brutal War With Opioids

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Adriana Pericchi sat in the blue tent, training passers-by how to administer naloxone to someone suffering an overdose. Slipping back and forth between conversational Spanish and English with a man seeking naloxone and fentanyl test strips, she moved methodically step-by-step, beginning with an overview of the physical symptoms of overdose: blue nails or lips, skin discoloration and shallow breaths. She jammed naloxone into a test dummy’s nose before playacting chest compressions and rescue breathing.“First the breathing stops, then the b... Read More
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Trilobites: Solitary Pumas Turn Out to Be Mountain Lions Who Lunch

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The findings challenge conventional wisdom not just about pumas, but about supposedly solitary mammals in general, said Mark Elbroch, lead scientist for the puma program at Panthera, a wildcat conservation group, and an author of the study. Perhaps, he said, researchers simply had to take the longer view when deciding just how gregarious less-social animals really are.... Read More
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ScienceTake: How Kangaroo Rats Escape Rattlesnakes

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Other animals engage in the same kind of show off maneuvers, some biologists argue, like antelope engaging in exaggerated jumping, called stotting.When predator and prey have evolved together over eons, it may even be that this kind of display benefits a predator as well as the prey. If even a clueless, unaware kangaroo rat is fast enough to beat a sidewinder, why should the snake waste its energy on an alert, aware rat?Malachi Whitford and other researc... Read More
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Cy Vance Defends Decision Not to Pursue Case Against Harvey Weinstein

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Within hours, she walked into a police station, telling officers Mr. Weinstein had grabbed her breasts after asking if they were real, then put his hand up her skirt, according to the police report.Detectives from the special victims unit had her set up a meeting with Mr. Weinstein the following night at the bar of the Tribeca Grand Hotel. She recorded the conversation for the police.During the meeting, Mr. Weinstein invited Ms. Battilana up to his room ... Read More
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College Websites Must Accommodate Disabled, Lawsuits Say

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“As more and more students are aware of their rights, and as websites have become so much of what universities now focus on, in their marketing materials for example, it’s not surprising to me that there will be an increase in these types of lawsuits,” said Arlene Kanter, director of the Disability Law and Policy Program at Syracuse University’s law school.Whether the plaintiffs will prevail is unclear. The Americans with Disabilities Act, written in 1990, makes no mention of the internet. The Department of Justice, which enforces the ... Read More
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Trilobites: The Dirty Secrets Saved in Dead Birds’ Feathers

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As early as the 1930s, scientists noted the darker feathers of birds collected in the early 20th century. Some wondered if they were an adaptation to pollution — like the peppered moths of Britain’s Industrial Age. But Mr. DuBay and Carl Fuldner, a graduate student in art history at the University of Chicago and a co-author, used a special microscope to look closely at the feathers. They were just dirty — dusted in the same tiny particles of black carbon that were there a hundred years ago.... Read More
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State of the Art: The Frightful Five Want to Rule Entertainment. They Are Hitting Limits.

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Why start with the culture industries? The Five elicit worries of total social control. Many people fear the companies will be able to translate their hold on key digital platforms into wholesale ownership of adjacent industries that depend on those platforms, giving them wider economic and social power.The entertainment industry is a good place to assess those claims because in different ways, the Five have spent years building platforms for the distribution of art, culture and media. Facebook runs the news; Google’s YouTube has videos and music; Microsoft’s Xbox has games; Amazon runs books, movies and TV (and, through its web-... Read More
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Trilobites: A Surprise From the Supervolcano Under Yellowstone

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Ms. Shamloo later analyzed trace crystals in the volcanic leftovers, allowing her to pin down changes before the supervolcano’s eruption. Each crystal once resided within the vast, seething ocean of magma deep underground. As the crystals grew outward, layer upon layer, they recorded changes in temperature, pressure and water content beneath the volcano, much like a set of tree rings.“We expected that there might be processes happening over thousands of years preceding the eruption,” said Christy Till, a geologist at Arizona State, and M... Read More
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New York Today: New York Today: Who Won the Mayoral Debate?

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Photo It wasn’t pretty.... Read More
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Sparks Fly at Mayoral Debate, as de Blasio Fends Off 2-Pronged Attack

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Mr. de Blasio was mostly even-keeled, generally looking straight ahead, as if he was pretending that he was alone on the stage — a strategy meant to make him look mayoral and allowing him to exhibit his deeper command of the issues acquired through four years on the job.Ms. Malliotakis seemed to benefit from her placement at the center podium, which put her next to the mayor and allowed her to engage him directly, while Mr. Dietl, a former police detective who now runs a private investigation firm, often appeared to be on the fringe of their exchanges.“What are you talking about?” Ms... Read More
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How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets

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Like most security software, Kaspersky Lab’s products require access to everything stored on a computer in order to scour it for viruses or other dangers. Its popular antivirus software scans for signatures of malicious software, or malware, then removes or neuters it before sending a report back to Kaspersky. That procedure, routine for such software, provided a perfect tool for Russian intelligence to exploit to survey the contents of computers and retrieve whatever they found of interest.The National Security Agency and the White House declined to comment for this article. The Israeli Embassy declined to comment, and the Russian... Read More
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Live Highlights: Highlights From the New York City Mayoral Debate

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Photo From left, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Bo Dietl and Mayor Bill de Blasio. The three will be participating in tonight’s mayoral debate. Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times, Benjamin Norman for The New York Times, Sam Hodgson for The New York Times In the first general election debate of hi... Read More
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He Excelled as a Detective, Until Prosecutors Stopped Believing Him

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But the phenomenon of false or misleading police statements has not been confined to high-profile cases in which officers try to justify the use of deadly force. In New York, the practice of routinely making up facts to justify a dubious arrest was entrenched enough that it got its own nickname more than 20 years ago — “testilying.”There is a long string of gun arrests over ... Read More