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How Smartphone Location Tracking Works, and What You Can Do About It

As researchers and journalists try to understand how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting people’s behavior, they have repeatedly relied on location information from smartphones. The data allows for an expansive…

Uber and Lyft Consider Franchise-Like Model in California

OAKLAND, Calif. — Uber and Lyft, which are facing mounting pressure to classify their freelance drivers as employees in California, are looking for another way. One option that both companies…

Amazon Sticks With Office Expansion Plans in New York and Elsewhere

SEATTLE — The pandemic has upended many companies’ expansion plans. Not Amazon’s. The tech giant said on Tuesday that it would hire 3,500 white-collar employees across the country, including 2,000…

Coronavirus: Romance scams, the Yahoo boys and my friend Beth

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scammers often pretend to be military men You may well think you’d never fall for a romance scam, that they’re cheesy, inauthentic and very…

America Has Two Feet. It’s About to Lose One of Them.

How big is a foot? In the United States, that depends on which of the two official foot measurements you are talking about. If it comes as a surprise that…

What Is QAnon, the Viral Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theory?

If you’re spending a lot of time online these days — and thanks to the pandemic, many of us are — you’ve probably heard of QAnon, the sprawling internet conspiracy…

You Can’t Find a Laptop. Now What?

Hello! On Tech is going on a summer break. We’ll be back again on Thursday, Aug. 27. You can sign up here to receive the On Tech newsletter once we’re…

A Steal Might Actually Be a Raw Deal

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. It feels awesome to get a good deal. Unless you realize that…

Fortnite: Epic files new injunction against Apple

Image copyright Epic/Fortnite Image caption Epic released a defiant video about its fight against Apple Fortnite-maker Epic Games has filed a fresh injunction against Apple in its continuing dispute with…

Newsbeat has been investigating how social media is being used to sell drugs

Over the past six months Radio 1 Newsbeat has been investigating how social media is being used to sell drugs. Britain’s most senior police officer when it comes to drugs…