FBI says it dismantled a botnet that hacked hundreds of thousands of computers

The FBI said the action disabled the infamous Qakbot network that had been used by cybercriminals to commit ransomware schemes, financial fraud, and other criminal activity.

By David DiMolfettaAugust 29, 2023

7 amazing tech products we’re embarrassed to love

These products are not the best for everyone. They are the perfect things for a handful of peculiar people — one of whom might be you.

By Shira OvideAugust 29, 2023

The nonstop podcast listeners are on to something

Some people leave podcasts or shows running while they eat, sleep and work. Nonstop listeners say the habit is helpful, but is it bad for our brains?

By Tatum HunterAugust 29, 2023

Can AI summaries save you from endless virtual meetings?

We put meeting AI features from Zoom and Otter.ai to the test to discover how well they work and how to think about using them in the future.

By Danielle AbrilAugust 29, 2023

AI images are getting harder to spot. Google thinks it has a solution.

The tech giant unveiled a new watermark for AI-generated images, aiming to curb the spread of misinformation during the 2024 presidential campaign.

By Gerrit De VynckAugust 29, 2023

Schumer to host AI forum with CEOs including Musk and Zuckerberg

Sen. Charles Schumer has said the AI Insight Forums will convene tech experts with different perspectives, “doing years of work in a matter of months.”

By Cat ZakrzewskiAugust 28, 2023

ChatGPT breaks its own rules on political messages

ChatGPT can be used to generate tailored political messages, a capability that could be abused spread tailored disinformation in the 2024 election.

By Cat ZakrzewskiAugust 28, 2023

Ignored by police, twin sisters took down their cyberstalker themselves

The Conradis twins were two of several women in the clutches of the same man who spread their nude photos on the internet — and were told that what they were experiencing was not criminal.

By Ari SchneiderAugust 26, 2023

In a record year, SpaceX launches another crew to the space station

Elon Musk’s company is launching rockets at an unprecedented rate.

By Christian DavenportAugust 26, 2023

Donald Trump marks return to X, formerly Twitter, with mug shot tweet

With 1 million ‘likes,’ the tweet still is not Trump’s most popular. That record is held by the tweet that announced his positive covid diagnosis.

By Niha Masih, Jonathan Edwards, Drew Harwell and Cat ZakrzewskiAugust 25, 2023

The completely correct guide to the best social media app for you

Want the best social app for soothing scrolling? Do you love TikTok but your vibe is more Facebook? This expert advice can help you pick the best social app.

By Shira OvideAugust 25, 2023

Following Elon Musk’s lead, Big Tech is surrendering to disinformation

Social media companies are receding from their role as watchdogs against conspiracy theories ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

By Naomi Nix and Sarah EllisonAugust 25, 2023

Judge tosses Republicans’ lawsuit accusing Google’s spam filters of bias

A federal judge tossed a Republican National Committee lawsuit accusing Google of illegally suppressing its campaign emails.

By Cristiano LimaAugust 24, 2023

Justice Department accuses SpaceX of hiring bias against refugees

Lawsuit says firm is wrong when it claims it can hire only certain people under export control laws.

By Christian DavenportAugust 24, 2023

India’s lunar landing leaves a nation enthralled and briefly unified

Whatever India’s domestic challenges, the world’s most populous nation enjoyed its moment in the limelight on the world’s center stage.

By Gerry ShihAugust 24, 2023

These are some of the notable companies laying off workers

The tech, mortgage and auto industries are among the hardest hit with layoffs going into 2023. Among the giant companies are Amazon, Meta and Twitter.

By Julian Mark, Hamza Shaban, Aaron Gregg and Jacob BogageAugust 24, 2023

India lands a spacecraft softly on the moon’s surface

Days after a Russian vehicle crashed into the moon’s surface, India’s Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft became the first to touch down near the moon’s south pole.

By Christian DavenportAugust 24, 2023

AI is so hot even KFC and Williams-Sonoma execs are talking about it

More than 1,000 companies mentioned AI in their quarterly reports this summer, up from just 36 a decade ago, according to a Washington Post analysis.

By Hanna ZakharenkoAugust 24, 2023

As fires and floods rage, Facebook and Twitter are missing in action

Natural disasters in Canada and California highlight how Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk have pulled back from the news, complicating emergency responses.

By Will OremusAugust 24, 2023

Folding phones are suddenly everywhere. Are they any good?

Foldable smartphones are having a mainstream moment this summer — but are they worth it? Here’s what you should know.

By Chris VelazcoAugust 24, 2023