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SAN FRANCISCO — Apple once had grand aspirations to build its own electric self-driving car and lead the next generation of transportation. Over time, the tech giant’s ambitions ran into reality. So Apple curtailed its original vision, first by focusing on software for self-driving cars and then by working solely on an autonomous shuttle for…

LISBON — Not long ago, Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, was a backwater of Europe. Its historical center was dotted with decrepit and semi-abandoned buildings. Some downtown squares were the domain of prostitutes and drug dealers. The city served as a display case for the devastation of Europe’s debt crisis. Then, in 2011, the country embarked upon…

GEBENG, China — When armed bandits prowled this remote, mountainous stretch of the southwestern province of Guizhou in the chaotic years before the founding of modern China, the ethnic Miao villagers hid in the region’s enormous caves. And there they have remained, even after China was united under Communist rule, grinding out an existence of…

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google’s annual conference for software developers is usually a celebration of technology, an event that highlights how tech advancements — no matter how mundane — are good for the world. But in a year when some of its most popular products have been used to propagate misinformation, spread conspiracy theories and…

Microsoft Tries a New Role: Moral Leader

SEATTLE — Facebook and Google are under the microscope for the ways their technologies can spread misinformation, while Amazon’s growing market power is a regular target of President Trump. And Apple pioneered the modern smartphone, a device increasingly seen as too addicting. Then there’s Microsoft, a giant that spent most of the 1990s and early…

A little skepticism is in order when you hear about the work history of a chef running a kitchen for the first time. As frequent diners know from sad experience, it is, in fact, possible to cook in an acclaimed restaurant without picking up any of the qualities that it’s acclaimed for. Even when actual…



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GALINHOS, Brazil — At night, blinking red dots fill the sky, and the sound of whooshing rotating blades is everywhere — constant reminders of the wind’s abundant presence here on Brazil’s Atlantic coast and its harvesting as a natural resource. At daybreak, towers rising nearly 400 feet peek out high above the canopy of palm…

DealBook Briefing: Elon Musk Declares War on the Media

Good Thursday morning. We’re watching Deutsche Bank’s annual shareholder meeting to see if the troubled lender’s chairman, Paul Achleitner, receives a vote of no-confidence from investors. The bank already said today that it will cut 7,000 jobs. The Tesla C.E.O. wants to become a professional media critic, outlining a plan on Twitter to create a…

Good Wednesday. Here’s what we’re watching: • What Congress could achieve with a ZTE deal revolt • How Mark Zuckerberg gamed his E.U. hearing • Why would Barclays acquire Standard Chartered? Want this in your inbox each morning? Sign up here. The cable giant said on Wednesday what we and others have reported: that it…

Good Tuesday. Here’s what we’re watching: • Tesla has a new batch of problems to worry about. • What the Supreme Court’s arbitration ruling means for Uber and others. • Sony strikes a deal for the Spotify era. Want this in your inbox each morning? Sign up here. There are a couple of reasons why…

Good Monday. Here’s what we’re watching: • Can investors now strike a trade war from their list of worries? • G.E. announced a big deal for a transportation unit. • Our take on the new Theranos book. • Banks are using military tricks to fight cybercrime. Get this in your inbox each morning. Sign up…

Good Friday morning. Here’s what we’re watching: • CBS continues its insurrection against its controlling shareholder. • Why to be skeptical of China’s reported trade concession. • The issues behind a bailout of 666 Fifth Ave. Get this in your inbox each morning. Sign up here. Even after a Delaware judge denied CBS’s move to…

Good Thursday morning. If you’re not watching the NBA Conference Finals, why not? Some links require subscriptions. “I’ve never seen anything like what’s transpired here today,” Andre Bouchard of Delaware’s Court of Chancery said at a hearing yesterday that became the battleground between CBS and its controlling shareholder, Shari Redstone. CBS had sued Ms. Redstone…

WASHINGTON — Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday and fielded questions from lawmakers about allegations of ethical abuses and excessive spending. The hearing, before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the environment, was Mr. Pruitt’s third congressional appearance in a month. It is the first opportunity, though, for senators…

Good Wednesday morning. Asian stocks dropped as North Korea threatened to walk away from a summit with the U.S. Are you a Yanny or a Laurel? Some links require subscriptions. As the Trump administration wages multiple trade battles, it has met several big hurdles. Negotiators on Nafta appear unlikely to hit an informal deadline that…

Good Tuesday. Here’s what we’re watching: • The yield on the 10-year is back above 3 percent. • Apple’s Tim Cook talks tariffs, taxes, immigration and Apple Music • What gun control advocates could do with Remington. • Uber changes its policies on mandatory arbitration and sexual misconduct cases. • What’s next in CBS’s war…

Good Monday morning. On the calendar: Upfront Week, where the traditional TV industry is still grappling with its advertising problem. (But hey, NBC picked up “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”) Some links require subscriptions. President Trump surprised many when he called on the Commerce Department to lift sales penalties that the Chinese telecom equipment maker said had threatened…

Good Friday morning. Here’s what we’re watching: • AT&T’s C.E.O. said he regretted hiring Michael Cohen. • What China’s crackdown on debt means. • The latest on potential economic warning signs. Get this in your inbox each morning. Sign up here. Add Randall Stephenson, the telecom giant’s C.E.O., as another corporate chieftain who regretted getting…