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Google to Limit Targeting of Political Ads

SAN FRANCISCO — Google will restrict how precisely political advertisers can target an audience on its online services, the company announced on Wednesday in...

What Ads Are Political? Twitter Struggles With a Definition

SAN FRANCISCO — The Alzheimer’s Association, a health care advocacy group, recently spent $84,000 on ad campaigns on Twitter. One campaign had a singular...

The Razr’s Back, Flipping Open an Old Love Story

Everything old is new again, sort of. Television shows from decades ago are getting the reboot treatment. Animated films from yesteryear are back in...

Amazon Protesting Pentagon’s $10 Billion JEDI Contract

Amazon on Thursday said it planned to officially challenge the Pentagon’s surprise decision last month to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft,...

Whistle-Blower’s Purported Name Keeps Evading Facebook and YouTube Defenses

SAN FRANCISCO — A week ago, YouTube and Facebook said they would block people from identifying the government official thought to be the whistle-blower...

We Teach A.I. Systems Everything, Including Our Biases

SAN FRANCISCO — Last fall, Google unveiled a breakthrough artificial intelligence technology called BERT that changed the way scientists build systems that learn how...

Singles Day: Alibaba Says A Lot of People in China Bought Stuff Online

The planet’s biggest shopping day has come and gone, and Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce behemoth, again showed the world how many mountains of stuff...

Spyware Maker NSO Promises Reform but Keeps Snooping

MUMBAI, India — Bela Bhatia, a human rights lawyer in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, is accustomed to surveillance. She works in a region...

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