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Judge Denies Bernie Madoff’s Request for Early Release

A federal judge says Bernard L. Madoff should die in prison. Mr. Madoff, who stole billions of dollars in history’s largest Ponzi scheme, asked for his freedom in February after he learned he has kidney disease. On Thursday, Judge Denny Chin — who had handed down Mr. Madoff’s 150-year sentence more than a decade ago […]

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Google’s European Search Menu Draws Interest of U.S. Antitrust Investigators

OAKLAND, Calif. — For the last few months, some people who bought a new smartphone in Europe with Google’s Android software were presented with an extra option while setting up the device: choosing a search engine other than Google. This so-called choice menu started appearing on new smartphones and tablet computers running Google software after […]

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Chinese Hackers Target Email Accounts of Biden Campaign Staff, Google Says

WASHINGTON — Chinese hackers are targeting the personal email accounts of campaign staff members working for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Google said on Thursday, while confirming previous reports that Iran has targeted President Trump’s campaign. In disclosing the attempts, Google’s chief of threat analysis, Shane Huntley, who oversees the tracking of state-sponsored, […]

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2,000 Free Meals a Night, Seasoned by Silicon Valley Chefs

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Andres Pantoja, an up-and-coming Silicon Valley sous chef, spent his pre-pandemic evenings delicately preparing the $115 plate of lamb chops and deboning the $42 Psari Plaki whole fish at a fashionable restaurant here. It is frantic work serving 200 upscale meals a night. His new gig is proving way more chaotic, […]

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Tech Is Global. Right? – The New York Times

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. We’ve gotten used to thinking of the internet as a unified language across the world. Whether we live in Mumbai or Miami, we have Facebook and YouTube in common. Spotify, Netflix, TikTok and Uber are popular in […]

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Contact Tracing With Your Phone: It’s Easier but There Are Tradeoffs

Now, the country is considering expanding the use of QR codes. In May, Dr. Ki met with Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun to recommend expansive use of the technology for contact tracing. In an interview, Dr. Ki said she described how it would scan visits by people to larger gatherings at restaurants, churches and night clubs, […]

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Pilgrim’s Pride Chief Executive Is Accused of Price Fixing

The chief executive of one of the country’s largest chicken producers was indicted on a price-fixing charge on Wednesday along with three other current and former executives at companies that supply chicken to groceries and restaurants across the United States. The indictment, by a federal grand jury in United States District Court in Denver, alleges […]

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Early Facebook Employees Disavow Zuckerberg’s Stance on Trump Posts

Facebook did not immediately have a comment on the new letter. Facebook’s leadership must reconsider their policies regarding political speech, beginning by fact-checking politicians and explicitly labeling harmful posts. As early employees on teams across the company, we authored the original Community Standards, contributed code to products that gave voice to people and public figures, […]

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TikTok (Yes, TikTok) Is the Future

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. I had mostly avoided TikTok; it made me feel old. But for me and many of you, TikTok has become a needed dose of silliness during the pandemic — and more recently, a unique home for grieving […]