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The Shift: Why Napalm Is a Cautionary Tale for Tech Giants Pursuing Military Contracts

Over the past few months, a fierce debate has erupted in Silicon Valley over whether large technology companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft should join forces with the United States military, along with agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement.The debate has largely been conducted along ethical lines.On one side are tech executives and many government officials, who argue that at a time when advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning are poised to reshape top issues like drone warfare or border security, American tech giants have a patriotic duty to pitch in.Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, summed up this view last year: “If big tech companies…

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Turkish President Calls for Boycott of U.S. Electronics Including the iPhone

When Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, sought to fend off a coup attempt two years ago, he appealed to his supporters via FaceTime, the Apple video chat app.On Tuesday, though, he turned against Apple, delivering a nationalist broadside in calling for a boycott of American electronics products, the latest salvo in a widening dispute between Washington and Ankara.The tension between the two countries initially centered on the detention of Andrew Brunson, an American pastor, but it has since expanded considerably, heightening trade tensions and raising fears about the possible effects on other emerging markets.The clash has coincided with a worsening economic crisis in Turkey. The country’s…

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Steam, After Pulling School Shooter Game, Says It Will Sell Nearly Everything

Some of the titles available from the online video game marketplace Steam have names — like Suicide Simulator — that are fairly self-explanatory. Others have more innocuous titles that conceal the darker thrust of their game play: In the forthcoming Kindergarten, for instance, cartoon children are shot in the head by the school principal or hacked apart by the janitor.It was a role-playing game called Active Shooter, however, that recently inspired broad protest, including condemnation from the parents of victims of the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. Last week, the game, in which players prowl a school campus from the point of view of an attacker, had…

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