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Stocks post first loss of the week as tech companies drop

Losses among technology and consumer products companies weighed on stocks Thursday, snapping a three-day winning streak for the market.

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Tech Nomad

HQ Trivia and the honing of our online instincts

Questions and answers about the runaway hit game.

Boston, MA - 4/18/2018 - An Embr Wave, a device that straps to your wrist like a watch to help change the feel of your body's temperature, is displayed in Boston, MA, Apr. 18, 2018. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Climate control on your wrist

The Embr Wave functions like a personal thermostat, to cool you off or warm you up.

Facebook adds privacy settings to comply with European rules

Facebook is enhancing privacy safeguards for users around the world as it complies with new European rules designed to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data.

Iran bans government bodies from using foreign message apps

Iran’s presidency has banned all government bodies from using foreign-based messaging apps to communicate with citizens, state media reported Wednesday, after economic protests organized through such apps shook the country earlier this year.

Stocks end modestly higher as earnings come in

Energy companies rose more than the rest of the market, riding a big upturn in crude oil prices.

Part of the stern section of the light cruiser USS Helena.

Team backed by Microsoft co-founder locates wreck of USS Helena

Paul Allen’s mission to locate sunken warships in the South Pacific has chalked up another victory with the discovery of the USS Helena nearly 75 years after it was sunk.

Drift plans to grow its team this year.

This startup already had plenty of money. Then the VCs showed up again

The Boston business sales startup Drift found that it’s hard to say no to Sequoia Capital.

China networking site backtracks on gay censorship after outcry had said that cartoons and short videos with pornographic, violent, or gay subject matter would be investigated.

“A marathon is very much a psychological game as much as it is a physical challenge, and you start having voices in your head saying, ‘You can’t do this. You should stop,’ ” said Myla Green, a 34-year-old manager at a nonprofit. “Being with people, whether I’m running with a group, or calling people on the phone if I’m running solo, helps.”

Some Boston Marathon runners can’t leave their phones behind

A motivating song or a supportive word from a family member can mean the difference between continuing on and giving up.

Tech, industrial, and bank stocks lead a rally on Wall Street

Investors got ready for big banks to announce first-quarter results and let go of some of their concerns about the US-China trade dispute.

Zuckerberg’s second day of testimony is more tense than first day

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his Facebook data was included in the personal information sold to malicious third parties.

Vietnam activist sentenced to 13 years on subversion charges

A court in northern Vietnam sentenced a dissident to 13 years in prison on Tuesday after finding him guilty of attempting to overthrow the government. He was the seventh activist to be jailed in the past week as Communist authorities step up a crackdown on dissent.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by SHAWN THEW/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9623182by) Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate, Washington, USA - 10 Apr 2018 CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing on 'Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 10 April 2018. Zuckerberg is testifying before two Congressional hearings this week regarding Facebook allowing third-party applications to collect the data of its users without their permission and for the company's response to Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.


In Mark Zuckerberg we trust? Not yet

CEO founder Mark Zuckerberg said he wants to be the one to decide just how far to go in protecting our data. I don’t trust him.

An aide to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg closes a binder of notes left on the table as Zuckerberg takes a short break from testifying before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Here’s what some of Zuckerberg’s notes said as he testified before senators Tuesday

If his notes are any indication, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expected senators to ask whether he’d resign.

Stock indexes rally as China’s president eases trade fears

Stocks jumped Tuesday after Chinese President Xi Jinping said Beijing would reduce tariffs on imported cars and improve intellectual property protection.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

‘I am sorry’: Zuckerberg faces congressional inquisition

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized many times already, to users and the public, but it is the first time in his career that he has gone before Congress.

President Xi Jinping of China prepared to speak Tuesday at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference in Boao, China.

China appears to offer United States trade concessions

President Xi Jinping promised to cut China’s auto tariffs and improve intellectual property protection.

In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian presidency, President Hassan Rouhani listened to explanations on new nuclear achievements.

Iranian president lashes out at US as Iran marks Nuclear Day

Iran on Monday marked “National Nuclear Day,” dedicated to its achievements in nuclear technology.

Stocks rise a bit, but biggest gains fade as market stays volatile

US stock indexes finished a bit higher Monday as investors let go of some of their fears about a possible trade war.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg will face the outrage of Congress, but how much will change?

The study of social media influence on elections is partly funded by the conservative Koch Foundation, among others.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Hey Facebook users, want online privacy? Put your money where your mouth is

There are alternative social networks to Facebook. But no one seems to want to pay for them.

YouTube is improperly collecting children’s data, groups say

More than 20 consumer advocacy groups are expected to file a complaint with federal officials Monday.

Facebook to inform users whose data was taken

Few Facebook users know whether their data was among the information swept up for Cambridge Analytica.

Best Buy warns of data breach

The electronics chain says that some of its customers’ payment information may have been compromised.

The changes to Facebook came just days before Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive, is to testify before Congress.

Facebook to require verified identities for future political ads

Facebook on Friday announced a series of moves meant to improve the transparency of political ads and pages on its social media service.

The MIT Media Lab.

Brain freeze: scientist’s idea to preserve human brains too much for MIT

The former Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher believes he can preserve a brain well enough that someday its memories could be recovered.

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2017 file photo, children discuss their thoughts about Hurricane Maria at Ramon Marin Sola Elementary School in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico's governor signed an education reform bill Thursday, March 29, 2018, to create charter schools and vouchers and help turn around a system long known for its bureaucracy and failure to administer dwindling resources. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File)

Puerto Rico to close 283 schools amid sharp enrollment drop

After the closures, 828 public schools will remain operational.

Stocks jump as trade war fears ease; Amazon and Facebook rally

Global stock indexes kept climbing Thursday as investors around the world grew more optimistic that a US-China trade dispute will be resolved.

Radishes in the EDEN-ISS greenhouse at the Neumeyer-Station III on Antarctica.

Scientists harvest first vegetable crop in Antarctic greenhouse

The vegetables were grown without earth, daylight, or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets.

Patients at Dharmais Cancer Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, waited near a banner Monday informing about the delay in service.

As week begins, ‘ransomware’ makes its impact known

Global cyber chaos was spreading as companies booted up computers following the weekend’s cyberattack.

Stocks surge as market escapes early plunge on trade fears

After an early jolt, stocks rallied and finished higher Wednesday as investors bet that back-and-forth tariff threats between the U.S. and China won’t blossom into a bigger dispute.

Police tape was visible outside of a YouTube office building in San Bruno, Calif., Wednesday.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

YouTubers angry with ad restrictions shouldn’t be able to dictate company policy

Do you have a right to be seen on YouTube? The suspect in Tuesday’s shooting, Nasim Aghdam, seems to have thought so.

FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify before a House oversight panel on April 11 as Congress and U.S. regulators consider how to deal with the social media giant amid a privacy scandal. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Facebook privacy scandal grows: Up to 87 million affected

As many as 87 million people may have had their data accessed in the Cambridge Analytica scandal — an increase from the 50 million previously disclosed.

A soybean farm in Iowa. Chinese tariffs announced on Wednesday include a levy on soybeans, the biggest US export to China.

5 facts about the US-China tariff battle

Beijing has announced a $50 billion list of US goods for possible tariff hikes in a spiraling technology dispute with Washington.

Police vehicles lined the street outside YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, Calif.

Woman opens fire at YouTube, wounds 3 before killing herself

A woman opened fire Tuesday at YouTube headquarters, wounding three people before fatally shooting herself as terrified employees huddled inside, police and witnesses said.

Stocks jump late in the day, clawing back ground lost on trade fears

Banks, retailers, health care and energy companies climbed as stocks regained much of what they lost in a steep drop Monday.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos — and the Washington Post, which he personally owns — have come under a barrage of criticism from President Trump.


Is there room for Amazon in Trump’s Washington?

Here’s how the president’s criticism of the company may play a role in where it decides to locate a second headquarters.

Gay dating app Grindr shared HIV status with other companies

The gay dating app Grindr has acknowledged sharing its users’ HIV status with two companies.

Fact check: Is the postal service losing a fortune to Amazon?

President Donald Trump won’t let up on Amazon. In another tweet on Tuesday, Trump again claimed the postal service is losing “massive amounts of money.”

Hiawatha Bray

How to defend your privacy, bit by bit

It seems like we’re under attack from all directions — online, that is. But there are many things you can do to keep at least some of your secrets safe.

Traders at the New York Stock Exchange saw the Dow drop more than 700 points at one time Monday, before rebounding and ending down 459 points.

Dow drops 459 points on worries about tech stocks, trade

At one point, the index was down 700 points before regaining some of those losses.

FILE- In this July 29, 2013, file photo, a shopper uses a Fifth Avenue entrance to Saks, in New York. A data breach at department store chains Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off Fifth and Lord & Taylor has compromised the personal information of customers who shopped at the stores. The chains' parent company, Canada-based Hudson's Bay Co., announced the breach of its store payment systems on Sunday, April 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Data breach hits Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor stores

Customers who shopped at the retailers are the latest to be affected by stolen data.

Trump EPA expected to roll back auto gas mileage standards

The automobile gas mileage and pollution standards were a pillar in the Obama administration’s plans to combat climate change.

Researchers find many of the apps we use on our smartphones increasingly invasive.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Facebook is just the tip of the iceberg. Thousands of apps can take your data

Researchers find many of the apps we use on our smartphones increasingly invasive.

China’s defunct space lab hurtling toward Earth for re-entry

China’s defunct and reportedly out-of-control Tiangong 1 space station is expected to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere sometime this weekend. It poses only a slight risk to people and property on the ground, since most of the bus-size, 8.5-ton vehicle is expected to burn up on re-entry, although space agencies don’t know exactly when or where that will happen.

Tech gains help US stocks end a rocky quarter with a bang

Technology companies powered US stocks to solid gains Thursday, snapping the market’s two-day losing streak.

Associates moved bins at the loading dock of Amazon's new fulfillment center in Livonia, Mich.

President Trump goes after a favorite target, Amazon

Amazon shares dropped 4.4 percent Wednesday after Axios reported that Trump has wondered if there was a way to ‘‘go after’’ the company.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 13, 2016, pilot models of the Uber self-driving car are displayed at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Uber said on March 19, 2018, it is cooperating with police following a deadly accident involving one of the ride-share company's self-driving cars in Arizona. The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode, with an operator behind the wheel, when it hit a woman walking in the street in the city of Tempe, according to the San Francisco-based company. / AFP PHOTO / Angelo MerendinoANGELO MERENDINO/AFP/Getty Images

Emails show Arizona governor’s tight connection with Uber

Emails released Wednesday between Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s staff and Uber executives shed new light on a cozy relationship between the first-term Republican and the company whose autonomous vehicle recently was involved in a fatal crash.

Equifax hires financial executive Mark Begor as new CEO

Equifax tapped longtime financial industry executive Mark Begor as its new permanent CEO, the company said Wednesday, as Equifax continues to try to recover from fallout surrounding the company’s massive data breach.