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China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise
The Chinese authorities turned to a Massachusetts company and a prominent Yale researcher as they built an enormous system of surveillance and control.... More >>

Made on the Inside, Worn on the Outside
Brands are using prison labor to provide inmates with jobs and training. But is it possible — and ethical — to build a profitable fashion business behind bars?... More >>

U.S. Wrangles China for Firm Commitments as Trade Talks Continue
As a March deadline approaches, American negotiators are struggling with how to ensure China, which has reneged on promises to past administrations, follows through on any agreement.... More >>

Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder at Issue as U.S. Subpoenas Company
Johnson & Johnson said in a regulatory filing that it had received subpoenas from the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission amid inquiries into its talc-based products.... More >>

Huawei Is Expanding in Canada, Despite U.S. Pressure
The Chinese technology company, accused by American authorities of posing a security risk, will add to its research and development group in Canada.... More >>

Google Ends Forced Arbitration for All Employee Disputes
The company had pledged to do away with the controversial practice for sexual harassment claims, but expanded it to all disputes.... More >>

Wheels: Luxury Vehicles Are Eclipsed in Dependability by Workaday Brands
The 2019 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study finds that mass-market autos are outperforming more expensive brands, largely thanks to simpler technology.... More >>

Consumer Groups Accuse Facebook of Duping Children
The groups called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Facebook violated consumer protection and child privacy laws.... More >>

Wall St. Breaks Run of Gains as Economic Data Disappoints
Weak economic reports pressured U.S. stocks on Thursday after the market's recent run of gains, and a drop in healthcare shares added to the bearish momentum.... More >>

Kraft Heinz Loses Billions as Tastes Shift and S.E.C. Investigates
A huge write-down, disappointing results and a regulatory inquiry pose big challenges for the owner of the Jell-O and Oscar Mayer brands.... More >>

$400 Million Bet on DoorDash Heats Up Delivery Wars
The on-demand delivery company aims to reach every ZIP code in America before its competitors.... More >>

Sackler Testimony Appears to Conflict With Federal Investigation
Publication of a sealed deposition by Richard Sackler of Purdue Pharma shows inconsistencies between his statements about OxyContin and evidence presented in a Justice Department report.... More >>

Ford Is Investigating Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Data
The company has hired a law firm to look into how it tested vehicles after employees reported possible flaws with its computer models.... More >>

Trump Administration, Getting Set for a Major Rollback, Ends Clean Air Talks With California
The administration said it had decided to scrap negotiations over the president’s plan to undo Obama-era fuel efficiency standards.... More >>

Looking to Technology to Avoid Doctors’ Offices and Emergency Rooms
New medical and diagnostic tools could put patients more in charge of their own care — eventually.... More >>

Matter: DNA Gets a New — and Bigger — Genetic Alphabet
DNA is spelled out with four letters, or bases. Researchers have now built a system with eight. It may hold clues to the potential for life elsewhere in the universe and could also expand our capacity to store digital data on Earth... More >>

USA Today Searched Old Yearbooks for Blackface Photos. It Found One Published by Its Editor.
Nicole Carroll, the newspaper’s editor in chief, apologized for a racist photo that appeared in a college yearbook in the late 1980s, when she was the yearbook’s editor.... More >>

Norman Orentreich, 96, Force Behind Hair Transplants, Dies
In the 1950s, Dr. Orentreich took hair from the back of the head and planted it in the scalp, and lo, it grew. He also helped establish the Clinique skin-care line.... More >>

Plague Water, Anyone? A Distillery Delves Into Medieval Mixology
Historians and craft liquor companies are collaborating to bring back recipes that began as medicines and ended up in punches and cocktails.... More >>

Corner Office: Delta C.E.O. Ed Bastian: ‘Leadership Is Not a Popularity Contest’
He helped steer Delta though 9/11 and a bankruptcy. Then he had to tangle with the National Rifle Association.... More >>

How Israel’s Moon Lander Got to the Launchpad
With $100 million and a lot of volunteer labor, SpaceIL’s Beresheet spacecraft could be the first privately built vessel to reach the lunar surface.... More >>

Meanwhile: An Ollie for Ortega: The Skateboarder Trying to Build a Market in Nicaragua
President Daniel Ortega's regime is devastating the country's economy — even the fledgling skateboarding industry.... More >>

Wheels: The Auto Show of the Future Is Already Here
Shiny new models still glitter from the carpets, but today’s auto extravaganzas mix in high tech and topics like human mobility.... More >>

DealBook Briefing: Could Trump Cave Too Easily on a China Trade Deal?
As the talks wear on, key demands could be softened in order to seal an agreement.... More >>

It Was the Hottest Oscar Night Party. What Happened?
Vanity Fair has ruled the roost, but its guest list is bloated by corporate sponsorships. And now there’s competition from Jay-Z.... More >>

With 2020 in Sight, de Blasio Turns Against Amazon
The mayor went from Amazon booster to critic when the company scuttled plans for a Queens campus; the shift may please progressives if he runs for president.... More >>

Advertisers Boycott YouTube After Pedophiles Swarm Comments on Videos of Children
Google said it had deleted the accounts and channels of people leaving the comments in question, but acknowledged “there’s more to be done.”... More >>

Lyft Sets Crucial Date in Race to I.P.O.
Hoping to beat Uber to the market, Lyft plans to talk up its offering to investors, known as the roadshow, in mid-March and go public in early April.... More >>

CNN Is Criticized for Hiring Trump Administration Aide as a Political Editor
Sarah Isgur Flores, a Republican spokeswoman who worked for Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department, is making the leap to a news role with the network.... More >>

The Medical Tech that Helps You When Your Doctor Can’t
A new breed of tech company wants to fill the gaps between you, your doctor and your health insurance.... More >>

French Court Fines UBS $4.2 Billion for Helping Clients Evade Taxes
The banking giant said it would appeal the ruling, which found that lavish perks had been used to entice wealthy French clients into opening Swiss accounts.... More >>

Estonia Orders Danske Bank Out After Money-Laundering Scandal
Regulators said the uproar over the Danish lender, centered on its branch in Tallinn, had tarnished Estonia’s financial market.... More >>

Huawei Risks to Britain Can Be Blunted, U.K. Official Says, in a Rebuff to U.S.
A top security official outlined an alternative approach to the Trump administration’s call to keep the Chinese company Huawei out of 5G networks.... More >>

Fed Explains Pause as Officials Debate Future Rate Increases
The Fed released minutes of its January meeting showing officials continued to express confidence in the economy but saw enough warning signs to warrant a pause in rate increases.... More >>

Tech Fix: What’s Next for Smartphones? Samsung’s New Galaxy Line Offers a Few Answers
One of the company’s newly unveiled models works with 5G wireless networks. Another folds up like a book.... More >>

Oil Companies May Be Complicit in Atrocities in South Sudan, U.N. Panel Says
Despite a peace agreement, war crimes continue, including mass rape and forcible displacement of thousands of people, a rights commission reported.... More >>

Work Friend: Everything Is Temporary
Life is short. Work is long. Now go and get some beauty rest.... More >>

Do Writers Deserve Respect? Some Say Yes
The New York Public Library celebrated the foundational texts of the American gay rights movement, and also writers were rewarded with awards for writing at the 71st Annual Writers Guild Awards.... More >>

Tesla’s Top Lawyer Is Leaving. His Tenure at the Company: Two Months.
The departure, one of dozens by senior executives in recent years, is the latest turbulence in the months since federal regulators sued the carmaker.... More >>

Wall Street, Seeking Big Tax Breaks, Sets Sights on Distressed Main Streets
Hedge funds and other wealthy investors are plowing money into so-called opportunity zone funds, a creation of the 2017 tax law that provides incentives for spending on projects in poor areas.... More >>

This Legislation Could Force Stores to Take Your Cash
The bills come amid a trend toward “cash-free” stores, which supporters say are more convenient. Critics counter that they discriminate against the poor.... More >>



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