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  1. What Happens After Amazon’s Domination Is Complete? Its Bookstore Offers Clues
    Popular novels, technical tomes and self-published books are pirated and sold on Amazon. That may actually be helping the company extend its grip on the book business.
  2. 5 Lessons From Microsoft’s Antitrust Woes, by People Who Lived It
    The Microsoft case from the 1990s provides a road map for today’s tech giants and regulators.
  3. A.I. May Not Take Your Job, but It Could Become Your Boss
    The goal of automation has always been efficiency. What if artificial intelligence sees humanity itself as the thing to be optimized?
  4. The Gender Gap in Computer Science Research Won’t Close for 100 Years
    Women and men are forecast to produce a similar volume of medical research by 2048, according to a new study. In computer science, that won’t happen until 2137.
  5. In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in the Metadata
    Has music streaming ignored aficionados of Mozart and Beethoven? Two new services, Idagio and Primephonic, address the needs of the genre’s discerning listeners.
  6. L.A. to Vegas and Back by Electric Car: 8 Hours Driving; 5 More Plugged In
    You’ll need to charge your vehicle more often than filling a gas tank, it takes longer, and the chargers can be scarce. Here’s how one road trip went.
  7. U.S. Blacklists More Chinese Tech Companies Over National Security Concerns
    The addition of five to the “entity list” heightens tensions just as American and Chinese officials try to get trade talks back on track.
  8. The Week in Tech: Facebook’s Crypto Dream Faces Deep Mistrust
    The social network has ambitious plans to create a universal currency for the internet. Its reputation could get in the way.
  9. Taiwan’s iPhone Tycoon Walks a Fraught U.S.-China Line in His Presidential Run
    Terry Gou, who stepped back from his electronics empire on Friday, must strike a balance between the Washington and Beijing as the trade war simmers.
  10. Want the Robocalls to Stop? Congress Does, Too
    A bipartisan bill introduced by House members would require phone carriers to offer screening technology to customers at no additional cost.
  11. In Hawaii, Construction to Begin on Disputed Telescope Project
    Work on the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, bitterly opposed by Hawaiian activists, could start soon.
  12. Driverless Cars May Be Coming, but Let’s Not Get Carried Away
    “We’ve tried to turn down the hype and make people understand how hard this is,” says Gill Pratt, an expert in robotics and head of the Toyota Research Institute.
  13. Slack Stock Soars, Putting Company’s Public Value at $19.5 Billion
    The workplace messaging company’s shares rose on the stock market on Thursday, putting its value at nearly triple that of when it was a private firm.
  14. DNA Microscope Sees ‘Through the Eyes of the Cell’
    A new imaging tool works more like Google Maps than a traditional microscope.
  15. U.K. Age Checks for Online Porn Sites Are Delayed
    Rules requiring users to prove they are over 18 were postponed because officials failed to adequately notify the European Commission about the changes.
  16. To Take Down Big Tech, They First Need to Reinvent the Law
    For decades, antitrust regulation has focused on the welfare of the consumer. Now a backlash over Big Tech’s power has regulators and scholars trying to reverse years of established doctrine.
  17. F.T.C. Said to Be Investigating YouTube Over Child Privacy Claims
    The video service has been under increasing pressure from parents and consumer groups for the way it handles children’s videos.
  18. Slack Wants to Replace Email. Is That What We Want?
    As the office chat start-up prepares to go public, some of us are still figuring out how available we want to be — and whether it’s O.K. to ping the C.E.O.
  19. Hypersonic Missiles Are Unstoppable. And They’re Starting a New Global Arms Race.
    The new weapons — which could travel at more than 15 times the speed of sound with terrifying accuracy — threaten to change the nature of warfare.
  20. BuzzFeed News Is Part of a Union Wave at Digital Media Outlets
    The site’s journalists took part in an IRL protest after a series of tweets criticized the company’s refusal to recognize their affiliation with the News Guild.
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