FTC will appeal court’s decision allowing Microsoft to buy Activision
A federal judge ruled that Microsoft can continue with its acquisition of video game maker Activision, but federal antitrust regulators are appealing the decision.By Caroline O'Donovan and Cat Zakrzewski
Five features iPhone users can test now in the iOS 17 public beta
Apple's latest iPhone software update, iOS 17, is now available as a public beta for anyone brave enough to test it. Here are five notable changes to check out.By Heather Kelly
Elon Musk talks xAI, AI superintelligence, aliens and more on Twitter
Elon Musk unveiled a team of 11 employees, drawn from OpenAI, DeepMind and the University of Toronto, a center of academic AI research, to form xAI.By Gerrit De Vynck
What we love and hate about Threads, Meta’s new Twitter clone
The new social media app Threads is Instagram’s version of a Twitter clone. It has burst onto the scene.By Geoffrey A. Fowler and Naomi Nix
You can say no to a TSA face scan. But even a senator had trouble.
Some airport travelers, including a U.S. senator, are having trouble saying no to security technology that's supposed to be voluntary.By Shira Ovide
Judge rejects FTC’s attempt to block Microsoft’s $69 billion Activision deal
A federal judge ruled on the government's case to block Microsoft's acquisition of Activision, a closely watched suit widely seen as a bellwether of the Biden administration’s ambition to rein in Big Tech.By Cat Zakrzewski and Caroline O'Donovan
We hate printers as much as you do. Printer Week is here to help.
The Help Desk’s series of stories and investigations into the state of printers is happening July 10 to 14.By Geoffrey A. Fowler
They’re chained to their printers. Why the paperless office hasn’t fully caught on.
Despite the push to go paperless, many workers still consider printers valuable —even if they’re frustrating.By Danielle Abril
Group forms to pressure 2024 candidates to turn down Big Tech money
The organizers hope to persuade candidates not to take money from Big Tech companies for their 2024 campaigns.By Cat Zakrzewski
Justice Dept. asks 5th Circuit to delay judge’s social media order
In its request the Justice Department called the ruling overbroad and vague.By Cat Zakrzewski and Tim Starks
Meta’s Threads tops 100 million users in just 5 days, Zuckerberg says
In less than a week, the Twitter competitor has become one of the most downloaded social media apps in the United States.By Eli Tan
People are paying to break printers with sledgehammers in smash rooms
Americans hate printers so much we're paying money to destroy them in smash rooms. It's good for our emotions, but bad for human health and the environment.By Tatum Hunter
Your printing service might read your documents. Here’s what to know.
Some printers and printing services are snooping on your documents. Here's a quick guide to printer privacy for people in a rush.By Tatum Hunter
Employees want ChatGPT at work. Bosses worry they’ll spill secrets.
Companies know the AI tool could be a game-changer, but fears about security and privacy are holding them back.By Taylor Telford and Pranshu Verma
Will China overtake the U.S. on AI? Probably not. Here’s why.
As Congress considers how to regulate the use of artificial intelligence, some worry that constraints on American companies will allow Chinese ones to get ahead.By Meaghan Tobin
Tech firms hope sweaty workouts can sell women on VR headsets
Makers of virtual reality headsets move away from gaming in a bid to broaden their customer base.By Naomi Nix
A viral left-wing Twitter account may have been fake all along
For months, the Erica Marsh account had raised suspicions among online misinformation experts due to her lack of a real-world footprint and her devotion to attention-grabbing viewpoints one called “cartoonishly liberal.”By Drew Harwell
Social media injunction unravels plans to protect 2024 elections
The companies and the government spent years expanding efforts to combat election interference after the 2016 vote; the ruling undoes much of that.By Cat Zakrzewski, Naomi Nix and Joseph Menn
How an AI-written Star Wars story created chaos at Gizmodo
A Gizmodo story on Star Wars, generated by artificial intelligence, was riddled with errors. The irony that the problem happened at a tech publication was undeniable.By Pranshu Verma