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F.T.C. Investigating Facebook in Use of Personal Data by Firm Tied to Trump
The Federal Trade Commission is examining whether Facebook violated a 2011 agreement with the agency on data privacy, a person with knowledge of the inquiry said.... More >>

Up, Up, Up Goes the Economy. Here’s What Could Knock It Down.
Some economists say the recovery could continue for years. But many see the seeds of the next crisis being sown in government policy choices.... More >>

Hundreds of Start-Ups Tell Investors: Diversify, or Keep Your Money
Leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are forming a Founders for Change coalition to deliver a message to the white- and male-dominated world of venture capital.... More >>

The Shift: How Facebook’s Data Sharing Went From Feature to Bug
Sure, third-party Facebook apps collected data about users’ lives. But they seemed convenient and harmless, and, really, what could go wrong?... More >>

Facebook Exit Hints at Dissent on Handling of Russian Trolls
The social network was said to have reached a deal with the executive to depart after disagreements over how to address its role in spreading disinformation.... More >>

Cambridge Analytica, Trump-Tied Political Firm, Offered to Entrap Politicians
A British TV station sent a reporter to pose as a prospective client, and secretly filmed Cambridge Analytica’s chief executive offering to engage in dirty tricks.... More >>

Weinstein Company Files for Bankruptcy and Revokes Nondisclosure Agreements
As part of the filing, the studio said it released anyone “who suffered or witnessed any form of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein” from nondisclosure agreements.... More >>

What to Expect From Powell’s First Fed Meeting: DealBook Briefing
Fed policymakers conclude their March rate-setting meeting on Wednesday. It is the first such session with Jerome H. Powell as the central bank’s new chairman.... More >>

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona, Where Robots Roam
A woman in Tempe, Ariz., died after being hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber, in what is believed to be the first fatality of a pedestrian from an autonomous vehicle on public roads.... More >>

How Driverless Cars See the World Around Them
On Sunday, a woman in Arizona died after being struck by a self-driving car operated by Uber. Here is a guide to how autonomous vehicles operate.... More >>

A Curveball From the New Tax Law: It Makes Baseball Trades Harder
The change of a single word in the new tax law means baseball, basketball and other sports franchises could now face capital gains taxes every time they exchange players.... More >>

Europe’s Planned Digital Tax Heightens Tensions With U.S.
A European Union plan would hit Silicon Valley’s technology giants especially hard, further straining relations with the United States over taxes and trade.... More >>

Push to Settle McDonald’s Case, a Threat to Franchise Model
The National Labor Relations Board’s chief lawyer, a Trump appointee, is moving to reach a settlement to avert a landmark ruling against the company.... More >>

Wall Street Advances on Energy Bump; Facebook Woes Continues
U.S. stocks advanced modestly on Tuesday as higher oil prices lifted the energy sector, but another slump in Facebook Inc shares curbed gains.... More >>

Google Pledges $300 Million to Clean Up False News
After enduring criticism for allowing the rapid spread of conspiracy theories, the tech giant opened up its checkbook to support reliable journalism over the next three years.... More >>

Francis Bator, Influential White House Economist, Dies at 92
His proposals found their way into Lyndon B. Johnson’s overtures to the Soviet Union, his collaboration with Western Europe and his War on Poverty.... More >>

White Collar Watch: Defendants Like Shkreli Find Saying Sorry Is No Longer Enough
A longstanding criticism of sentences for white-collar criminals was that they got off easy. The prison terms for Martin Shkreli and Jeffrey A. Wertkin show how that has changed.... More >>

BMW Offices Raided by Authorities in Emissions-Cheating Investigation
Munich prosecutors targeted BMW’s headquarters in search of evidence of possible emissions cheating, further tarnishing the reputation of German carmakers.... More >>

Once an S.E.C. Regulator, Now Thriving as a Lawyer for Whistle-Blowers
Jordan A. Thomas helped create an S.E.C. program to encourage employees to alert authorities to corporate wrongdoing. Now his firm is sharing in the proceeds.... More >>

Cropped Cuts for Everyone
At Barberette, Klara Vanova offers a catalog of hairstyles that renounce gender conformity.... More >>

Peter G. Peterson, a Power From Wall St. to Washington, Dies at 91
Captain of business, financier, philanthropist and public-policy watchdog, Mr. Peterson rose from humble Nebraska roots to be a force in American life.... More >>

Former Playboy Model Karen McDougal Sues to Break Silence on Trump
Ms. McDougal is the second woman this month to challenge Trump associates’ efforts to bury stories of extramarital affairs.... More >>

How Researchers Learned to Use Facebook ‘Likes’ to Sway Your Thinking
Your interest in Kim Kardashian West can tell researchers how extroverted (very), how conscientious (more than most) and how open-minded (only somewhat) you are.... More >>

Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions
Recent commercial real estate transactions in New York City.... More >>

Judd Apatow Puts Garry Shandling Under the Microscope
Mr. Shandling, the influential comedian who died in 2016, gets his due in a sprawling new HBO documentary.... More >>

World Economic Leaders Warn of Trade War as Mnuchin Defends Policies
As global finance ministers gather in Argentina, the United States’ protectionist position on trade has consumed the discussions.... More >>

California Housing Problems Are Spilling Across Its Borders
Reno is among several Western cities experiencing congestion and new tensions as California residents and businesses seek more affordable locations.... More >>

Robert Grossman, Illustrator With a Brash Touch, Dies at 78
On hundreds of magazine covers and in newspaper pages, Mr. Grossman caricatured all manner of politicians and made puns on their names.... More >>

White House Bans Venezuela’s Digital Currency and Expands Sanctions
The Trump administration also blacklisted four associates of President Nicolás Maduro, pressuring a government it has accused of graft and repression.... More >>

Prosecutors Investigate Firms That Offer Plaintiffs Early Cash
The federal authorities are looking into the relationship between trial lawyers and companies that provide high-interest advances on settlements or jury awards.... More >>

Breakingviews: Is It Time for More Adult Supervision at Facebook?
As the social network’s list of woes grows, its 33-year-old founder, Mark Zuckerberg, will have to prove somehow he is not in way over his head.... More >>

Facebook and Other Tech Companies Drag Down Stock Markets
Shares of technology companies plunged as investors fretted that tougher government oversight could hurt the sector’s profits.... More >>

‘Bobby Tarantino II’ Gives Logic His Second No. 1 in Less Than a Year
The latest mixtape by Logic, the Maryland-born rapper, opened with 123 million streams and 32,000 copies sold. He hit No. 1 with “Everybody” last May.... More >>

Claire’s, the Teen Jewelry Chain, Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
The mall staple, known for its ear piercing service, is trying to shed $1.9 billion in debt and close underperforming stores.... More >>

Michael Ferro Steps Down as Tronc’s Chairman; Accused of Unwanted Advances
Hours after Mr. Ferro’s move was announced, Fortune published an article in which two women separately accused him of inappropriate conduct.... More >>

YouTube May Add to the Burdens of Humble Wikipedia
In a surprise announcement, Google says it will hand off a knotty problem — fact-checking its videos — to the online encyclopedia’s volunteer army.... More >>

U.K. Reaches Brexit Transition Deal With E.U.
The two sides have negotiated a 21-month transition period after the withdrawal next March. But the deal depends on a solution to the Irish border question.... More >>

Sketch Guy: Resistance Is Futile. To Change Habits, Try Replacement Instead.
An inconvenient bit of neuroscience: The more you try not to think about a bad habit, the harder it gets to resist. So think about something else.... More >>

Dior Confirms Kim Jones as Men’s Wear Artistic Director
The British designer will replace Kris Van Assche and show his first collection in June. His appointment comes two months after his surprise departure from Louis Vuitton.... More >>

Oracle’s Ellison Unveils Hydroponic Farming Start-Up: DealBook Briefing
Larry Ellison is teaming up with Dr. David Agus to start a hydroponic farming firm focused on creating more healthful food.... More >>

Xi Taps Harvard-Educated Adviser to Tighten Grip on China’s Economy
Liu He, long seen as a leader in Beijing’s effort to cure the country’s debt addiction, has been given unprecedented sway over its financial levers.... More >>

‘I Feel Like I Am Part of a Great Moment’
This season, dark-skinned models helped diversify the runways.... More >>

The Week Ahead: Tech Tax in Europe, Dropbox I.P.O and Tariffs
A plan to revamp how digital revenue is taxed in Europe is expected. Dropbox is poised to go public, and tariffs on steel and aluminum will go into effect.... More >>

Harassment and Tipping in Restaurants: Your Stories
After we published an article on tipping and the power imbalance it creates between customers and servers, hundreds of readers wrote in with their own experiences — on both sides of the equation.... More >>

‘World Upside Down’: As Trump Pushes Tariffs, Latin America Links Up
The Trump administration’s protectionist policies are prompting governments from Chile to Canada to forge closer ties with one another, and to seek more trade with China and Europe.... More >>

FedEx Follows Amazon Into the Robotic Future
Humans will have to get used to their machine co-workers. But the robot next to you may not be ready to be your replacement. At least, not yet.... More >>

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