‘Zoombombing’ Becomes a Dangerous Organized Effort

In recent weeks, as schools, businesses, support groups and millions of individuals have adopted Zoom as a meeting platform in an increasingly remote world, reports of “Zoombombing” or “Zoom raiding” by uninvited participants have become frequent. While those incidents may have initially been regarded as pranks or trolling, they have since risen to the level […]

How Tech’s Lobbyists Are Using the Pandemic to Make Gains

WASHINGTON — Last month, lobbying groups representing advertising giants like Google and Facebook asked California’s attorney general to wait to enforce the state’s new online privacy rules given the coronavirus ripping around the world. In Washington, lobbyists representing cloud computing giants like Amazon pushed for more money to help federal employees work remotely. And Uber […]

‘A Seismic Shock’: Jittery Companies Pull Back on Ads During Pandemic

The billboard was blank. In all the times Takeshi Sato had walked through Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo’s answer to Times Square, he had been more or less surrounded by ads. But on March 23, he noticed something strange looming over the pedestrians: an empty sign. “I thought, ‘Oh, this is not normal,’ and I remember feeling […]

Touting Virus Cure, ‘Simple Country Doctor’ Becomes a Right-Wing Star

Last month, residents of Kiryas Joel, a New York village of 35,000 Hasidic Jews roughly an hour’s drive from Manhattan, began hearing about a promising treatment for the coronavirus that had been rippling through their community. The source was Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, 46, a mild-mannered family doctor with offices near the village. Since early March, […]

Under Modi, India’s Press Is Not So Free Anymore

NEW DELHI — The Media One anchorman Vinesh Kunhiraman went on air as usual on March 6, ready to tell the station’s five million viewers in India’s Kerala State about the death anniversary of a beloved comedian and the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. Just a few minutes into the broadcast, he saw the […]

Amazon Pushes Into Making Video Games, Not Just Streaming Their Play

Opening a new front in the campaign to dominate digital entertainment, Amazon is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into becoming a leading creator and distributor of video games. The internet giant said it intended to release its first original big-budget game, an ambitious science-fiction shooter called Crucible, in May after several coronavirus-related delays. It […]

Alarm, Denial, Blame: The Pro-Trump Media’s Coronavirus Distortion

On Feb. 27, two days after the first reported case of the coronavirus spreading inside a community in the United States, Candace Owens was underwhelmed. “Now we’re all going to die from Coronavirus,” she wrote sarcastically to her two million Twitter followers, blaming a “doomsday cult” of liberal paranoia for the growing anxiety over the […]

T-Mobile Closes Merger With Sprint, and a Wireless Giant Is Born

A new wireless giant has entered the scene. T-Mobile and Sprint announced the closing of their $30 billion merger on Wednesday, the result of a long-in-the-works effort by both companies to speed the progress of wireless technology and put up a fight against AT&T and Verizon, the two companies that have long dominated the industry. […]

Cuomo Is a Media Hero in the Pandemic. De Blasio Is a Scapegoat.

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York called me this morning a little out of breath, feet pounding in the background, on his daily walk in Prospect Park. It’s the kind of stubbornly pointless personal ritual his critics in the media find incredibly annoying — couldn’t he just stay home at Gracie Mansion and clap […]

Pokémon, Stay

I am a little figure on a big green map. I’m wearing an orange jacket and a luchador-style wrestling mask with pointy ears, the outfit of my avatar in Pokémon Go, the augmented-reality smartphone game in which you catch, collect and evolve tiny monsters for points and prestige. All around me, stretching to the horizon, […]

Warner Media Shake-Up: Jason Kilar Replaces John Stankey as Chief Executive

Jason Kilar will replace John Stankey as the chief executive of Warner Media next month, the company announced on Wednesday. Mr. Kilar, the founding chief executive of Hulu, will report to Mr. Stankey, who will remain AT&T’s president and chief operating officer. Warner Media, a division of AT&T that includes HBO, CNN and the Warner […]

Spoofing The Times: When Editors, Designers and a Copy Boy Went Rogue

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. In mid-October 1978, two months after a strike by pressmen shut down New York’s major newspapers, a broadsheet bearing the words “New York Times” appeared on newsstands. Newsstand shoppers found some peculiarities. “Sleepy Village’s Dull […]

When All the Zingers Were Fit to Print

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. In September 1978, a living room full of New York writers hatched a scheme. For around a month, they put their lives on hold and devoted their imaginative powers to a secret. During a strike […]

Chloe Aaron, a Top PBS Executive, Is Dead at 81

Chloe Wellingham Aaron, who, when she became senior vice president for programming at PBS in 1976, was “believed to be the highest-ranking woman executive at the network level in the history of television,” as the announcement of her hiring put it, died on Feb. 29 at her home in Washington. She was 81. Emily Eliza […]

CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Brother of Governor, Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Chris Cuomo, the CNN anchor and younger brother of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the network said on Tuesday. Mr. Cuomo, 49, is “feeling well,” according to a memo distributed by CNN to staff members, and he plans to continue hosting his prime-time program from a studio […]

The Medical News Site That Saw the Coronavirus Coming Months Ago

On New Year’s Eve, Helen Branswell, a reporter at the science and medical news website Stat, was finishing an article about the development of an elusive Ebola vaccine when she got an inkling of her next big story. “Hopefully this is nothing out of the ordinary,” she wrote on Twitter, adding a link to a […]

Facebook Aims $100 Million at Media Hit by the Coronavirus

Facebook announced on Monday that it would dole out $25 million in grants to local news outlets and spend $75 million in a marketing drive aimed at news organizations internationally in response to the coronavirus-prompted economic downturn, which has caused advertising to plummet and has threatened media industry revenues. Despite huge interest in news that […]

Bail Out Journalists. Let Newspaper Chains Die.

Elizabeth Green was musing the other day about buying 261 newspapers. You could, this Sunday, purchase Gannett, the biggest newspaper chain in the country, for a mere $261 million — about a quarter of what Michael R. Bloomberg spent on his presidential campaign. And Ms. Green, a founder of the nonprofit education news organization Chalkbeat, […]

Facebook, Google and Twitter Struggle to Handle November’s Election

SAN FRANCISCO — The day after the New Hampshire primary last month, Facebook’s security team removed a network of fake accounts that originated in Iran, which had posted divisive partisan messages about the U.S. election inside private Facebook groups. Hours later, the social network learned the campaign of Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire former New […]

Community Radio Fights to Stay Live (and Weird) Despite Coronavirus

“Greetings, virus people!” The on-air patter was hardly what you would expect from a radio D.J. addressing his listeners during a pandemic last week. But Ken Freedman, the station manager and program director at Jersey City’s WFMU 91.1 and 91.9 FM — broadcasting to the greater New York City area, “Your station from the epicenter!” […]

How Russia’s Troll Farm Is Changing Tactics Before the Fall Election

Ahead of November’s election, American intelligence officials and others are on high alert for mischief from Russia’s Internet Research Agency. Remember it? The Kremlin-backed group was identified by American authorities as having interfered in the 2016 election. At the time, Russians working for the group stole the identities of American citizens and spread incendiary messages […]

A Single Gesture Behind Trump Fuels an Online Conspiracy Theory

At a White House briefing on the coronavirus on March 20, President Trump called the State Department the “Deep State Department.” Behind him, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, dropped his head and rubbed his forehead. Some thought Dr. Fauci was slighting the president, leading to […]

Alan Finder, 72, Unflappable Newspaper Journalist, Dies

This obituary is part of a series about people who died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. Alan Finder, an unflappable eye in the storm of daily newspapering, reported on or oversaw coverage of New York City government, education, urban affairs, sports and international news during nearly three decades at The New York […]

Overlooked No More: Kate Worley, a Pioneer Writer of Erotic Comics

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. In the comic book series Omaha the Cat Dancer, Susie Jensen is a tall, curvy anthropomorphic feline stripper with a large bosom and the stage name “Omaha.” She has an on-again, off-again relationship with the equally […]

I Was an Accidental Playboy Pinup

The makeup artist spends two hours perfecting your makeup — MAC’s Blankety and Faux lipstick over Spice lip liner, the 1990s nude-lip bombshell trifecta, then tops it all with shimmering crystal gloss. The hairstylist spends an hour fussing over your coiffure — foaming mousse squirted at the roots, then hot rollers, then merciless teasing to […]

Surging Traffic Is Slowing Down Our Internet

WASHINGTON — In late January, as China locked down some provinces to contain the spread of the coronavirus, average internet speeds in the country slowed as people who were stuck inside went online more and clogged the networks. In Hubei Province, the epicenter of infections, mobile broadband speeds fell by more than half. In mid-February, […]

W Magazine Goes on Hiatus, Furloughs Much of Its Staff

ImageSara Moonves, the editor in chief of W, in Sept. 2019.Credit…Tom Jamieson for The New York Times W, the hefty fashion bible known for publishing the adventurous work of top-tier photographers, had long been one of the magazine industry’s most august titles. While it costs less to run than Vogue, it is nevertheless expensive. Now, […]

Richard Reeves, Columnist and Author on Presidents, Dies at 83

Richard Reeves, a journalist and author who explored the presidency, the internment of Japanese-Americans during World II, the role of the media and other aspects of American history in muscular, passionate and occasionally acerbic prose, died on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83. His son, Jeffrey, said the cause was cardiac […]

Richard Marek, Editor of Hemingway, Baldwin and Ludlum, Dies at 86

When Richard Marek was a young editor at Scribner’s in Manhattan in the early 1960s, he was entrusted with one of the literary world’s most important manuscripts, “A Moveable Feast,” Ernest Hemingway’s intimate portrait of his life as an unknown writer in Paris in the 1920s. Hemingway had scrawled his edits in the margins of […]

Nurses Share Coronavirus Stories Anonymously in an Online Document

More than 1,200 health care workers have used a private online document to share their stories of fighting the coronavirus pandemic on the front lines. In their accounts, they say the outbreak has turned American hospitals into “war zones.” They talk about being scared to go to work and anxious that they will become infected. […]

The Dos and Don’ts of Online Video Meetings

In the age of coronavirus, many of us have transformed overnight from office workers into telecommuters. And we are increasingly relying on videoconferencing apps like Zoom and FaceTime to correspond with our peers. But inevitably, with our homes and workplaces merging into one, the boundaries between our personal and professional lives are beginning to erode […]

The ‘Blurred Lines’ Case Scared Songwriters. But Its Time May Be Up.

In the five years since a federal jury decided that Robin Thicke’s hit song “Blurred Lines” had copied Marvin Gaye’s disco-era standard “Got to Give It Up,” the music industry has been in an anxious state about copyright. That case and others raised serious questions about the legal protections available for music: When does homage […]

The Evening News Is Back

Ten million people watched “The Voice” last week, the biggest audience for the NBC reality show in a year. It was no match for another nonfiction program: the nightly newscast. As Americans, housebound because of the coronavirus crisis, watch more TV than usual, they have returned to the network news programs that have not been […]

3 Newspapers Ask China to Reverse Decision to Expel American Journalists

The publishers of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post on Tuesday released a statement critical of the Chinese government’s decision to bar American journalists for the three publications from working in China. The unusual statement, signed by A.G. Sulzberger of The Times, William Lewis of The Journal and Fred […]

Local News Outlets Dealt a Crippling Blow by This Biggest of Stories

Once the Chocolate Pig closed, the paper was in trouble. Doyle Murphy, the editor in chief of Riverfront Times, a 43-year-old weekly in St. Louis, knew how much the publication depended on ads from the Chocolate Pig, Beast Butcher & Block, the Pat Connolly Tavern and many other restaurants not far from the paper’s headquarters […]

As Fox News Played Down the Coronavirus, Its Chief Protected Himself

If you were watching some of the commentators on Fox News and Fox Business in the first 10 days of March, you wouldn’t have been too worried about the coronavirus — it would be no worse than the flu, and the real story was the “coronavirus impeachment scam.” Many of the networks’ elderly, pro-Trump viewers responded […]

The Coronavirus Revives Facebook as a News Powerhouse

Until recently, Facebook could feel at times like the virtual equivalent of a sleepy bingo parlor — an outmoded gathering place populated mainly by retirees looking for conversation and cheap fun. That was before the coronavirus. Now, stuck inside their homes and isolated from their families and friends, millions of Americans are rediscovering the social […]

Lil Uzi Vert Holds at No. 1, and Streaming Habits Are Shifting

During the coronavirus pandemic, millions of people are turning to streaming music services for entertainment and distraction — but how are streaming numbers holding up? At first glance, they seem strong. This week, the Philadelphia rapper Lil Uzi Vert’s “Eternal Atake” holds the top spot on Billboard’s album chart for a second week, with the […]

As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets

In South Korea, government agencies are harnessing surveillance-camera footage, smartphone location data and credit card purchase records to help trace the recent movements of coronavirus patients and establish virus transmission chains. In Lombardy, Italy, the authorities are analyzing location data transmitted by citizens’ mobile phones to determine how many people are obeying a government lockdown […]

Rupert Murdoch Put His Son in Charge of Fox. It Was a Dangerous Mistake.

The chief executive of Fox News, Suzanne Scott, reacted swiftly to the threat of the coronavirus in late February: She ordered the bright, open new offices disinfected, installed hand sanitizer stations around the office and boldly canceled the company’s major ad sales event. But her influence doesn’t extend to the most important part of Fox […]

With Live Sports Gone, Announcer Offers Play by Play of the Everyday

The narration begins customarily, with the play-by-play announcer enthusiastically welcoming his audience live to a competition unfolding on the screen. But this is no ordinary competition. “It’s the final of the two lonely blokes in a park contest,’’ the announcer, Nick Heath, begins, setting the scene of two men idly kicking a ball in a […]

Daniel S. Greenberg, Science Journalist and Iconoclast, Dies at 88

Daniel S. Greenberg, a writer and editor who broke ground in science journalism by reporting on the research enterprise not with reverence but with journalistic rigor, died on March 9 at his home in Washington. He was 88. His death was confirmed by his wife, Wanda Reif, who said he had been in ill health […]

The Hottest Parties in Town Are Now Online

On Friday night there was one place in the country where you could take part in a social gathering and not be afraid of spreading or contracting the coronavirus. Over 4,000 people were in attendance, including headliners like Jennifer Lopez, Drake, Naomi Campbell, Diddy, Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled, T.I., Queen Latifah and Tracee Ellis […]

Boris Yaro, Whose Photo of an Assassination Endures, Dies at 81

Boris Yaro, a photographer for The Los Angeles Times, wasn’t on assignment on June 5, 1968. But he decided to stop by the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles when he heard that Senator Robert F. Kennedy was about to give his victory speech in the hotel’s ballroom after winning the California Democratic presidential primary. As […]

‘Today’ Show Goes On, With a Homebound Savannah Guthrie

On Thursday at 7 a.m., Hoda Kotb welcomed viewers to NBC’s “Today” show, as she does every weekday morning. This time, however, she was alone at the desk, without her co-anchor. “We are so happy you are with us this morning, and like a lot of you, we are all kind of adjusting to our […]

Coronavirus Layoff Surge Overwhelms Unemployment Offices

The best place to get a job right now might be the unemployment office. In Washington State, where the coronavirus outbreak found its first foothold in the United States, officials are trying to fill multiple positions processing jobless claims. “Due to the temporary closure of some businesses here in Washington State we are anticipating the […]