Tech We’re Using: How a News Junkie Stays Plugged In: Newsletters and Her Kids

How a News Junkie Stays Plugged In: Newsletters and Her Kids How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Rebecca Blumenstein, a deputy managing editor for The Times, discussed the tech she’s using.
What are your favorite tech tools for spotting breaking news and trend stories?
I’ve always been a news junkie, and technology makes that much easier. I reach for my phone the moment I get up and scroll through the headlines of the major sites.
I’m a big fan of email newsletters, and they’re often the first thing I dive into every day. Politico’s Morning Media, The Times’s DealBook and morning news briefings, The Wall Street Journal’s morning email, and Ben Thompson’s Stratechery Daily Update are among my regular reads.
I also check Facebook and Twitter throughout the day. Facebook keeps me connected with a range of people, from my high school friends in Michigan to an extended community of people I know from working in Beijing. I find much mor..

Twitter Stays on an Upswing, With Second Straight Quarter of Profit

Twitter Stays on an Upswing, With Second Straight Quarter of Profit
When Twitter posted its first quarterly profit a few months ago, many wondered if the result was a one-off or a repeatable feat.
The social media company answered on Wednesday with its latest quarterly earnings that showed it was still on an upswing.
For the first quarter, Twitter reported a profit of $61 million and said revenue rose 21 percent to $665 million. User numbers rose slightly to 336 million per month.
The results surpassed the expectations of financial analysts, and show that even as regulators worldwide turn a more skeptical eye toward social media companies like Twitter and Facebook over privacy concerns and for not doing enough to prevent the spread of misinformation and hate speech, their core advertising-driven businesses are in good shape.

Twitter’s stock has more than doubled in value in the past 12 months as the company has undergone a perception shift on Wall Street. While Twitter once struggled..

The Shift: Workers of Silicon Valley, It’s Time to Organize

Workers of Silicon Valley, It’s Time to Organize Photo Credit Glenn Harvey Dear tech workers,
Long year, huh?
I get it. Your industry is under siege. Whether you work at an established giant like Facebook or Google, a private company like Uber or Palantir, or a lesser-known start-up, it feels like you’re being attacked from a thousand directions. People are comparing your companies to Big Tobacco, and Congress is accusing your executives of undermining democracy, poisoning users’ brains and censoring content.
All of a sudden, Silicon Valley — once the golden child of American industry — has become a villain.
Some of the backlash probably feels excessive. After all, the tech industry still creates useful things and employs lots of decent and ethical people. But I’ve talked to a number of tech workers recently, and I’ve seen you wrestling with your consciences. Some of you have stopped wearing your company T-shirts around town, fearing dirty looks from strangers. Others have taken extend..

Wanted at Chinese Start-Ups: Attractive Women to Ease Coders’ Stress

Wanted at Chinese Start-Ups: Attractive Women to Ease Coders’ Stress BEIJING — China’s vibrant technology scene is searching for people like Shen Yue. Qualifications: Must be attractive, know how to charm socially awkward programmers and give relaxing massages.
Ms. Shen is a “programmer motivator,” as they are known in China. Part psychologist, part cheerleader, the women are hired to chat up and calm stressed-out coders. The jobs are proliferating in a society that largely adheres to gender stereotypes and believes that male programmers are “zhai,” or nerds who have no social lives.
“They really need someone to talk to them from time to time and to organize activities for them to ease some of the pressure,” said Ms. Shen, a 25-year-old who has a degree in civil engineering from a university in Beijing.
Chinese women have made great strides in the workplace. The country has the world’s largest number of self-made female billionaires, while many start-ups have women in senior roles. But..

European Regulators Ask if Facebook Is Taking Too Much Data

European Regulators Ask if Facebook Is Taking Too Much Data Data. It is the gasoline that fuels advertiser-supported internet giants like Facebook and the gold that companies mine for their algorithms.
Now regulators in Europe are asking whether Facebook is excessively collecting details about the online activities of internet users — in effect, forcibly extracting a valuable commodity from consumers.
The authorities in a number of European countries contend that Facebook has unfairly used its leverage to collect details about the activities of both Facebook users and nonusers on millions of third-party sites that use tools like Facebook’s “like” button and analytics service. Some of those regulators have developed a novel argument: data coercion.
This month, Italy’s Competition Authority said Facebook was using “undue influence” to get consumers to “consent to the collection and use of all the information concerning them.” In February, a court in Belgium found that Facebook had collec..

Amazon Tries a New Delivery Spot: Your Car

Amazon Tries a New Delivery Spot: Your Car Photo Starting Tuesday, Amazon customers with certain vehicles can have their orders delivered to a parked car in dozens of cities across the United States. Credit Matt Edge for The New York Times SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon packages get delivered to all sorts of places.
Front porches? Naturally. Cubicles? Of course. Inside locked homes? Yes, that, too.
Now add a new one: The trunk of your car.
Starting Tuesday, people in dozens of cities across the United States can start getting their Amazon orders delivered to a parked car, provided their vehicle has the proper technology. With a few taps on a smartphone screen, the courier can unlock the car and drop the box inside the trunk or on the back seat.
The new service is aimed at anyone who doesn’t want to risk having their package swiped from their front porch or who can’t receive an Amazon order at work, perhaps because an employer doesn’t allow it or because the company mailroom is not secure.
Pho..

3 Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed, but Are Worth Buying

3 Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed, but Are Worth Buying Photo Credit Manu Fernandez/Associated Press It’s easy to forget how far technology has come within a few years. We went from praying our CD players wouldn’t skip to streaming music wirelessly to AirPods in our ears. But even some recently introduced devices have made the jump from being high-end, enthusiast tech to at-home must haves. Here are a few of them.
Photo Amazon Echo Dot . Credit Elaine Thompson/Associated Press The assistant we didn’t ask for, but can’t live without“Weird.” “Curious.” “Baffling.” “Quite Stupid.” These words all once described Alexa, the voice-activated digital assistant on Amazon’s Echo device. Now, according to Amazon, the Echo Dot, a smaller, less expensive version of the Echo was the “#1 selling Amazon Device” during the holidays last year.
Back in 2014, it was odd to consider even owning an Echo (and you needed an invite from Amazon to actually purchase one). Today, you can pick from five differ..