A Forgotten Italian Port Could Become a Chinese Gateway to Europe

ImageTourists in Trieste, Italy, this month. A brand-new cruise ship, built in nearby shipyards expressly for Chinese passengers, is docked in the central waterfront piazza, preparing to set sail on Marco Polo’s path to the Far East.CreditCreditNadia Shira Cohen for The New York TimesTRIESTE, Italy — For centuries, this cosmopolitan port city at the northern… Read More

Racing Against China, U.S. Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer

Technology|Racing Against China, U.S. Reveals Details of $500 Million SupercomputerImageThe Aurora supercomputer is scheduled to be delivered to the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago in 2021.CreditCreditLyndon French for The New York TimesSAN FRANCISCO — The Department of Energy disclosed details on Monday of one of the most expensive computers being built: a $500 million machine… Read More

Boeing’s C.E.O. Speaks: ‘Our Hearts Are Heavy’

Business|Boeing’s C.E.O. Speaks: ‘Our Hearts Are Heavy’ImageDennis A. Muilenburg, Boeing’s chief executive. “Our hearts are heavy,” he said in a statement on Monday, “and we continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of the passengers and crew on board” the two flights that crashed.CreditCreditLindsey Wasson/ReutersAfter more than a week of near silence,… Read More

Alan B. Krueger, Economic Aide to Clinton and Obama, Is Dead at 58

ImagePresident Barack Obama introduced Alan B. Krueger as the next chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers in a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House in August 2011.CreditCreditLarry Downing/ReutersAlan B. Krueger, who advised two presidents and helped lead economics toward a more scientific approach to research and policymaking, was found dead on Saturday at… Read More

A Mar-a-Lago Weekend and an Act of God: Trump’s History With Deutsche Bank

ImageThe headquarters of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt. The bank has sought to distance itself from President Trump since his election in 2016.CreditCreditKai Pfaffenbach/ReutersAs President Trump delivered his inaugural address in 2017, a slight woman with feathered gray hair sat listening, bundled in a hooded white parka in a fenced-off V.I.P. section. Her name was Rosemary… Read More

Bits: The Week in Tech: How Much Regulation Is Too Much?

BitsImageA screen demonstrating facial recognition using artificial intelligence at the CES tech conference in Las Vegas this year.CreditCreditDavid McNew/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesHi. I’m Jamie Condliffe. Greetings from London. Here’s a look at the week’s tech news.You say antitrust. I say: How much?There is little as fashionable in 2019 as the desire to curb Big… Read More

Trade Fight With China Enters Overtime, With Tariffs a Costly Sticking Point

ImageThe United States and China are pushing toward a summit meeting this April between President Trump and President Xi Jinping.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York TimesWASHINGTON — The United States and China are pushing for a summit meeting in late April to complete a trade deal, while negotiators are still grappling over its terms and how they… Read More

Apple’s Big Spending Plan to Challenge Netflix Takes Shape

ImageApple is scheduled to unveil its ambitious Hollywood plans at a showcase event in Cupertino, Calif., on March 25.CreditCreditGluekitApple is coming to Hollywood.Delete that.Hollywood is going to Apple.On March 25, a delegation of producers, studio executives and big-name actors will enter the subterranean 1,000-seat Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif., for one of those Apple… Read More

Trusting in Antitrust: Actions Against Big Tech Are Now Palatable

ImageMark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, appeared before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees last April to answer questions about Facebook’s failure to protect users’ data and to stop Russian election interference.CreditCreditTom Brenner/The New York TimesSAN FRANCISCO — A decade ago, when the greed and carelessness of the financial industry came close to destroying the American… Read More