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How China Is Policing the Future

Vast surveillance data allows the state to target people whose behavior or characteristics are deemed suspicious by an algorithm, even if they’ve done nothing wrong.

The Leader of the QAnon Conspiracy Theory Returns

Three posts on Friday night signaled the resurfacing of a figure who used a variety of conspiracy theories to marshal support for Donald J. Trump.

Ken Knowlton, a Father of Computer Art and Animation, Dies at 91

His work at Bell Labs in the 1960s laid the groundwork for today’s computer-generated imagery in film and on TV.

The Rise of the 0.5 Selfie

These selfies, taken with an ultra-wide-angle lens, aren’t fussed over. Sometimes they are just “distorted and crazy.”

Can Dual-Use Solar Panels Provide Power and Share Space With Crops?

Companies like BlueWave are betting on it. But the technology has its critics.

Icons of Italian Automotive Style Struggle to Go Electric

Ferrari and Lamborghini are trying to design battery-powered cars that inspire the same devotion as their costly internal combustion models.

NASA to Launch Capstone, a 55-Pound CubeSat to the Moon

NASA has grandiose plans for sending astronauts back to the moon. Those start with a microwave-size private spacecraft about to lift off.

“一个无形的牢笼”:中国如何管控未来

各地警方正在采购能够收集大量监控数据的技术,以预测犯罪和提前干预。相关系统和软件针对的是那些在算法和当局看来行为或特征可疑的人士,即便他们是无辜的。

With Roe v. Wade Overturned, Companies Stay Silent on Abortion

The corporate response to the Supreme Court’s Friday decision was more muted, and the companies that did speak out mostly talked about their health care policies.

Meta Clamps Down on Internal Discussion of Roe v. Wade’s Overturning

Juul Users Prepare to Say Goodbye to Their Vape of Choice

After a Food and Drug Administration ruling against the company, fans of the brand said they appreciated its simple design. “I definitely will miss the Juuls,” a leather worker in Detroit said.

App Rules Are Twisted to Absurdity

It’s not just you — what you can buy on your phone makes less and less sense.

As Midterms Loom, Mark Zuckerberg Shifts Focus Away From Elections

Mark Zuckerberg, who once said securing elections was “the most important thing,” has shifted Meta’s focus to the metaverse. That may have real-world implications.

Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says

A report published by Microsoft also found that Moscow’s disinformation campaign to establish a narrative of the war favorable to Russia was doing better than expected.

Gadgets Were Hot. Now They’re Not.

Not long ago, it seemed impossible to find a laptop. The pandemic has upended that, too.

Should You Buy Now, Pay Later? Tread Carefully.

Afterpay, Apple and other financial tech companies are popularizing installment plans for paying off shopping splurges. These programs can also cause confusion and a loss of control.

Fusion Energy Advance Is Hailed by a Seattle Start-Up

Zap Energy said its experimental reactor core was ready for a milestone test. Skeptics routinely question whether the technology is currently possible.

The Avatars Wear Prada

And Balenciaga and Thom Browne. Meta opens a new fashion store for the metaverse. Should you shop?

Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement With U.S.

The Justice Department had accused Meta’s housing advertising system of discriminating against Facebook users based on their race, gender, religion and other characteristics.

Closing Statements Begin in Trial of Sunny Balwani

The fraud trial of Ramesh Balwani, the chief operating officer of the failed blood testing start-up Theranos, is heading to a verdict soon.

MapQuest and Other Internet Zombies

Some online stars from our past just won’t die.

Microsoft Plans to Eliminate Face Analysis Tools in Push for ‘Responsible A.I.’

The technology giant will stop offering automated tools that predict a person’s gender, age and emotional state and will restrict the use of its facial recognition tool.