Tag: Inventions and Patents

Seven Black Inventors Whose Patents Helped Shape American Life

Garrett A. Morgan, born to former slaves in the post-bellum South, designed an improved gas mask.CreditIanDagnall Computing/Alamy Mr. Morgan after putting his invention into practice in 1916, when he helped rescue injured workers from a tunnel after an explosion under Lake Erie.CreditLisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer, via Associated Press Black inventors’ […]

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Don’t Abolish Billionaires

Billionaires are in notably bad odor with many people on the left. Socialists have long held that large stores of private wealth are tantamount to violence against those in need. But regular nonradical folks not on the left are fed up, too. Howard Schultz’s potential independent White House bid is […]

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The Deadly Soul of a New Machine

Try to imagine the last 11 minutes of Lion Air Flight 610 in October. The plane is a new machine, Boeing’s sleek and intelligent 737 Max 8, fitted with an advanced electronic brain. After takeoff, this cyberpilot senses that something is wrong with the angle of ascent and starts to […]

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Whitaker’s Ascent at Justice Dept. Surprised Investigators of Firm Accused of Fraud

WASHINGTON — As Federal Trade Commission lawyers investigated a Miami company accused of defrauding thousands of customers last year, they were stunned to learn about a new job for a figure in their inquiry, Matthew G. Whitaker: He had been named chief of staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “You’re […]

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Acting Attorney General Sat on Board of Company Accused of Bilking Customers

WASHINGTON — Matthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general, served on the advisory board of a Florida company that a federal judge shut down last year and fined nearly $26 million after the government accused it of scamming customers. The company, World Patent Marketing, “bilked thousands of consumers out of […]

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Overlooked No More: Bette Nesmith Graham, Who Invented Liquid Paper

Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. With Overlooked, we’re adding the stories of remarkable people whose deaths went unreported in The Times. By Andrew R. Chow Bette Nesmith Graham didn’t tell anyone about the first few bottles. She mixed the whitish concoction in her kitchen blender and […]

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Facebook’s Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms

When Facebook rolled out facial recognition tools in the European Union this year, it promoted the technology as a way to help people safeguard their online identities. “Face recognition technology allows us to help protect you from a stranger using your photo to impersonate you,” Facebook told its users in Europe. It was a risky […]

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Apple and Samsung End Smartphone Patent Wars

SAN FRANCISCO — The smartphone patent wars are finally over. Apple and Samsung settled a seven-year legal fight on Wednesday, ending the most prominent case in a series of lawsuits over smartphone patents over the last decade. The companies did not disclose the settlement amount. A jury in May ordered Samsung to pay Apple $539 […]

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Chicago Says Elon Musk’s Company Will Build Tunnels, Electric Cars, to Go to O’Hare

City officials hope for construction to begin within a year, and to last less than three years. But much remains uncertain. Mr. Emanuel’s administration must still negotiate a contract with the company. The Chicago City Council must give its blessing. Even if the project comes at no cost to taxpayers, it is unclear how extensive […]

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