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Test countries for Facebook warn of risks

The company is trying to draw attention to content from family and friends while deemphasizing content from publishers.

“We built Facebook to help people stay connected and bring us closer together with the people that matter to us,” Mark Zuckerberg wrote.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

How Facebook plans to change your mind

Mark Zuckerberg thinks we need to improve our relationships — starting online at his social media creation.

FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook is acknowledging something many already know: Passively scrolling through social media can make you feel bad. The social media giant whose platform has become a daily addiction for hundreds of millions of people sheds light on both sides of the issue a blog post Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Facebook wants feeds to be more ‘meaningful’

There will be fewer posts from brands, pages and media companies and more from people.

An electronic advertisement for DraftKings hung on the side of Madison Square Garden in New York.

DraftKings plans hundreds of new hires, move to Back Bay

The daily fantasy sports provider will bring its Boston work force to more than 600.

Globe Magazine

19 new and fun things to do for families, couples, and singles

From public art to virtual reality, baby animals to senior activities, and lots of night life options, here’s where things are happening.

Apple phones dating as far back as the 2014 iPhone 6 are entitled to a new battery for $29 .

TECH LAB

Will Apple’s battery bombshell drain smartphone sales?

Remember when people lined up at Apple stores for new iPhones? These days, the crowds are back, but to get their their used phones a new lease on life.

President Trump shook hands with Senator Ed Markey after signing the bill.

Trump signs Markey-sponsored bill to improve opioid screening technology

President Trump made a point of giving the pen he used to sign the bill to Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

The Boston startup SimpliSafe on Wednesday announced a new line of install-it-yourself home security kits.

With new system, SimpliSafe looks to fend off big-name competition

The Boston startup announced a new line of products for its install-it-yourself home security kits.

Globe Magazine

19 fresh faces and bold new ideas from Boston

Pathbreaking women, a bacterial fountain of youth, mind-controlled video games, and more from 2017.

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 04, 2017 shows people wait in line to enter a Google product launch event in San Francisco, California. Former Google engineer James Damore, who was fired after writing a memo defending the gender gap in Silicon Valley tech jobs as a matter of biology, has sued his former employer for discrimination. The Dhillon Law Group said it was filing a class action law suit on behalf of Damore and others it says were discriminated against due to their

Fired Google engineer’s suit claims reverse discrimination

A Google engineer alleges his ouster was driven by a corporate culture that discriminates against white men and people with conservative views.

The space agency said Mr. Young died Friday night at home in Houston following complications from pneumonia.

John Young, 87, NASA’s conscience, commander of first space shuttle flight

Mr. Young, the first agency astronaut to fly into space six times, walked on the moon in 1972.

An Amazon Echo speaker, which allows access to Alexa.

Tech Nomad | Michael Andor Brodeur

Tech Nomad: At Consumer Electronics Show, the future repeats itself

What to expect from the annual tech fest in Las Vegas.

The weakness uncovered by Google underscored the potential damage wreaked by vulnerabilities in hardware, and affects the most prominent tech companies.

Intel, Microsoft deal with widespread computer-chip weakness

The weakness uncovered by Google underscored the potential damage wreaked by vulnerabilities in hardware, and affects the most prominent tech companies.

CAMBRIDGEW, MA - 5/25/2017: Mark Zuckerberg, Harvard dropout and CEO of Facebook, a company worth nearly $400 billion, got a college degree more than a decade after leaving his classes behind here at the Harvard Commencement. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 26harvard

Facebook CEO’s 2018 challenge: Fix Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg says his “personal challenge” for 2018 is to fix Facebook.

Tech, energy help stocks sustain strong start to 2018

Big gains for technology and health care companies helped stocks set records again Wednesday.

US stocks ring in 2018 with gains as tech leads again

Technology and health care companies jumped as US stocks started the new year the same way they spent the last one: rising steadily.

US stocks slide on final trading day of 2017

Despite the downbeat end to the week, the US stock market finished 2017 with its strongest year since 2013.

President Trump.

Trump criticizes Post Office, Amazon over shipping rates

President Trump said the Postal Service is “losing many billions of dollars” and asked why it is “charging Amazon and others so little.”

Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung, entered the Seoul High Court last month to stand trial on charges of bribery.

Prosecutors demand 12-year prison term for Samsung heir Lee

Lee Jae-yong maintained his innocence during an appeal of his conviction on bribery and other charges.

Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus during an Apple event in 2015. Battery performance in older phones has put the company on the hot seat recently.

TECH LAB

Apple is testing customers’ trust with secrecy about slowing older iPhones

What bothers me isn’t the trivial slowdown; it’s the fact that I learned about it through some dedicated smartphone geeks, rather than from Apple.

Stock indexes eke out slight gains on a quiet day

US stock indexes capped another quiet day on Wall Street Wednesday with slight gains.

US stocks slightly lower after a light day of trading

A listless day of trading ended with major indexes slightly lower and losses at some big tech companies.

Yale University graduate students Michael Lopez-Brau (left) and Stefan Uddenberg created the browser extension.

College students come up with plug-in to combat fake news

The team’s software, designed as an extension for Google’s Chrome browser, will display a warning screen when someone enters a site known to disseminate fake news.

Off Cape Cod, OCEARCH researchers tag Mary Lee, a Great White Shark.

Tracker on Twitter shark ‘Mary Lee’ falls silent in Atlantic

Founding chairman Chris Fischer and his crew caught and tagged the 16-foot shark off Massachusetts in 2012.

iPhone owners file suit over slowdowns

iPhone owners from several states are suing Apple for not disclosing sooner that it had issued software updates deliberately slowing older-model phones.

Russian hackers hunted journalists in years-long campaign

Journalists made up the third-largest group on a hacking hit list obtained from cybersecurity firm Secureworks.

hiawatha bray | tech lab

The software that runs our lives can be bigoted and unfair. But we can fix it

Automated decision systems are in wide use. But what if the computer relied on data that was tilted against certain races or nations of origin?

Andover-based Immedia Semiconductor unveiled its battery-powered, Internet-connected Blink surveillance cameras in 2016.

Maker of Blink home security cameras bought by Amazon

Immedia Semiconductor Inc. invented a chip that could run for up to two years on two AA batteries and could process high-resolution video.

Eric Schmidt will step down as executive chairman of the Google’s parent, Alphabet, in January.

Schmidt resigning as exec chair at Google parent Alphabet

The company says he will become a technical adviser and will continue to sit on the board.

Banks, energy companies lead a rebound in US stocks

Stock indexes are all on course to finish the month with solid gains.

Anooha Dasari, 16, a high school junior who said the repeal of Net neutrality is “dangerous,” at home in Round Lake, Ill.

In protests of Net neutrality repeal, teenage voices stood out

When Anooha Dasari, 16, heard the federal government was about to kill rules that guaranteed an open Internet, she contacted her US representatives for the first time, asking them to stop the action.

Investigators have said they will look into whether having a conductor in training in the locomotive may have distracted the Amtrak train engineer.

Expert: New route may have distracted engineer before crash

Experts say it’s possible the engineer on an Amtrak train that derailed as it hurtled into a curve at more than twice the speed limit was distracted for an extended period of time before the train plunged off an overpass and onto a busy interstate, a key factor in the investigation.

Uber taps Barney Harford as COO

Uber has named Barney Harford its new COO, the same day the European Union’s top court dealt it a serious blow.

Ride-hailing service Uber suffered a blow when the EU’s top court ruled that it should be regulated like a taxi company and not a technology service.

In a big loss for Uber, European Union court says it must follow taxi company rules

The decision takes aim at a central tenet of Uber’s business model: that it is a technology platform for independent drivers, and not a transportation company.

Akamai Technologies, which has its headquarters in Cambridge, has come under threat by Elliott Management Corp., which has a history of aggressive tactics as an activist investor.

For Boston area stalwart Akamai, activist investor brings new questions

Elliott Management Corp., which now owns about 6.5 percent of Akamai’s stock, may use that leverage to push the company to cut costs in order by letting people go.

Scott Pruitt, director of the Environmental Protection Agency, has implemented a high level of security in his office, including biometric locks, a soundproof privacy booth, and a sweep for listening devices.

EPA chief sweeps office for bugs, installs high-tech locks

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency used public money to have his office swept for hidden listening devices and bought sophisticated biometric locks for additional security.

Tom Bossert, White House homeland security adviser, and Jeanette Manfra, chief of cybersecurity for the Department of Homeland Security, briefed reporters Tuesday on the WannaCry cyberattack earlier this year.

US makes case North Korea was behind WannaCry cyberattack

The ransomware attack affected hundreds of thousands of computers globally this year.

Chinese and Russian officials on Tuesday pushed back against President Trump’s characterization of their countries as threats to the United States in his national security address in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

Russia and China object to new ‘America First’ security doctrine

A Kremlin spokesman criticized the strategy as having an “imperialist character.”

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt.

EPA chief sweeps office for bugs, installs high-tech locks

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency used public money to have his office swept for hidden listening devices and bought sophisticated biometric locks.

Mary Derr, 93, held her robotic cat in her South Kingstown, R.I., home. Hasbro wants to enhance its “Joy for All” cat to assist seniors, and the toymaker and Brown University have received a three-year, $1 million grant.

Hasbro, Brown want to enhance robo-cat so it can help seniors

The R.I.-based toymaker and the university have received a three-year, $1 million grant to conduct research.

Boston-based payment tech firm Cayan acquired for $1b

Cayan, which was formerly called Merchant Warehouse, said it works with more than 70,000 merchants.

Deals and hopes for corporate tax cuts drive stocks higher

US stocks climbed again Monday and set more records as investors grew more certain Republicans will pass their tax plan this week.

Kaspersky sues US over software ban

Russian software company with Massachusetts offices says alleged links to Putin government unfounded.

A bank of displays at Akamai, a computer security firm in Kendall Square.

Hedge fund Elliott takes aim at Akamai

The hedge fund is known for pressuring companies into cost reductions and sales.

Rapes, other new allegations in Kenya’s election unrest

Kenya’s opposition leader was targeted in an omline campaign while a rights group reported multiple gang-rapes by men in uniform in opposition strongholds.

“It’s time, I think, for somebody new to come in,” Jascha Franklin-Hodge said. “I took this job with a long list of ideas and plans. We’ve gotten a lot of that stuff done.”

Boston tech chief to step down

As chief information officer, Jascha Franklin-Hodge helped digitize City Hall.

Laura Fitton (far left) decided to go public with her account of an incident years earlier in which she said a prominent venture capitalist forcibly kissed her and made unwanted advances.

Here’s what it took for this executive to speak out about sexual misconduct in tech

It was just before Thanksgiving when Laura Fitton decided to go public with her allegation that prominent venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar forcibly kissed her.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is escorted out from the FCC hearing for security reasons.

FCC votes to repeal Obama-era Net neutrality rules

The FCC has voted along party lines to undo sweeping Obama-era “Net neutrality” rules that guaranteed equal access to the Internet.

By purchasing Fox, Disney will be able to flesh out its Internet service with thousands of Fox titles, making it far more attractive to video buffs.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

What Net neutrality has to do with the Fox-Disney deal and Netflix

Disney and Fox plan a big push into streaming video, and they need a free, unimpeded Internet to make sure everyone can watch their programs.

The debate over Net neutrality has been a long-running one.

Hiawatha Bray | TECH LAB

On Net neutrality, it’s time for Congress to act

Ferocious backlash against the FCC could spur Congress to settle the long-running Net neutrality debate.