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James Simons’s Foundation Starts New Institute for Computing, Big Data

Photo James and Marilyn Simons. Credit Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times A new private research institute financed by the billionaire James H. Simons in New York will develop software tools and apply cutting edge computing techniques to science often ...

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James Simons’s Foundation Starts New Institute for Computing, Big Data

A new private research institute financed by the billionaire James H. Simons in New York will develop software tools and apply cutting edge computing techniques to science often not possible in academia and industry. Researchers this week will start moving ...

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Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China

The current and former Facebook employees caution that the software is one of many ideas the company has discussed with respect to entering China and, like many experiments inside Facebook, it may never see the light of day. The feature, ...

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Bits: Anti-Clinton Fake News Casts Pizzeria as Front for Crime

Photo The Comet Ping Pong pizzeria. Credit Chad Bartlett for The New York Times The proliferation of fake news online has roiled the American presidential election, politicians around the world and internet companies including Facebook and Google. So what happens ...

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Tech Tip: Using Twitter’s New Expanded Mute Powers

Q. I thought Twitter already allowed you to mute people who were being obnoxious online, so what exactly have they done that is supposed to make it easier to fight abuse now? A. Twitter has had a mute function since ...

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Trilobites: Your Phone Carries Chemical Clues About You, but There Are Limits to Using Them

Photo Researchers found that we leave, “molecular lifestyle signatures,” on our mobile phones. But some forensic scientists and legal experts question whether such information could ever be used in court. Credit Kiichiro Sato/Associated Press Your phone is pretty much a ...

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On Technology: Is Social Media Disconnecting Us From the Big Picture?

But that’s not what has happened. Zuckerberg’s idealism is belied by his desire to duck responsibility for mediating the content of his site. On Facebook, the political divide has only been entrenched further. It’s the BuzzFeed dress debate, only for ...

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To Snag Snapchat Spectacles in New York, a Long, Cold Wait

Photo Snapchat Spectacles are sunglasses that record short videos. Credit YouTube New Yorkers have been known to queue up for many a hot-ticket item: dinner reservations, iPhones, Cronuts. On Monday, Snapchat Spectacles joined that list as hundreds of people lined ...

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Fact Check: This Pizzeria Is Not a Child-Trafficking Site

“From this insane, fabricated conspiracy theory, we’ve come under constant assault,” said Mr. Alefantis, 42, who was once in a relationship with David Brock, a provocative former right-wing journalist who became an outspoken advocate for Mrs. Clinton. Mr. Alefantis suspects ...

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Global Health: Telling Mosquitoes Apart With a Cellphone

Photo West Nile virus is spread by Culex mosquitoes. Credit James Gathany/C.D.C. Simple cellphones can tell one type of mosquito from another by their hums, which may be useful in fighting mosquito-borne diseases, according to new research from Stanford University. ...

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