Tim De Chant, Ars Technica

Tim De Chant

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Cambridge, MA, United States

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Past articles by Tim:

An old music industry scheme, revived for the Spotify era

The promise of exposure can lead artists to sign deals they otherwise wouldn't consider. → Read More

Nissan, NASA aim to ditch rare, pricey metals in solid-state batteries

Partnership to use computational materials science to speed development. → Read More

Ubiquiti sues journalist, alleging defamation in coverage of data breach

Ubiquiti's market cap dropped $4 billion following news coverage. → Read More

Meta can’t buy TikTok, so it hired GOP operatives to run a smear campaign

Consultants placed op-eds, pushed local news to run stories maligning TikTok. → Read More

Antitrust bill in Senate would help rein in Big Tech platforms, DOJ says

Bill would define which behaviors are illegal and anticompetitive on platforms. → Read More

Bitcoin’s massive energy use faces $5M shame campaign from environmental groups

Environmental groups push bitcoin to emulate ethereum, adopt proof of stake. → Read More

Russian oil tankers go dark, evading name-and-shame Twitter bot

Russian oil isn't illegal yet, but a Twitter bot is getting a head start. → Read More

Russia can’t find enough buyers for its oil, considers selling in bitcoin

Move could work in the Kremlin’s favor—or further undermine Russia’s economy. → Read More

FBI trolls Russian embassy with geotargeted ads for disgruntled spies

Aurich Lawson | Getty Images The FBI’s latest counterintelligence operation against Russia is hardly secretive—you just have to be standing in the right place. In the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the FBI has stepped up its recruiting efforts in the US, hoping to attract Russians who are dissatisfied or disillusioned with the war. People standing in… → Read More

AARP-backed social network looks to lure older users from Facebook

Platform focuses on shared interests, discourages off-topic political rants. → Read More

Oil-refining giant Koch Industries invests nearly $1B in battery companies

Batteries are closer to Koch’s other businesses than you might think. → Read More

Apple employee spent a decade defrauding company of $10M, DOJ says

Government has seized $5 million in assets so far. → Read More

Ford F-150 Lightning beats targets, goes 320 miles in EPA testing

The cheapest 320-mile Lightning for consumers will cost over $70,000. → Read More

Mac Studio is far better for the climate than the iMac Pro—even with the display

We dive into the data to see where Apple improved. → Read More

Antitrust bill would bar mergers over $5B, allow regulators to unwind others

“Big companies have had almost free rein over our economy.” → Read More

Slinky, stylish Audi A6 Avant e-tron previews future EV station wagon

Enlarge / Audi designers closed off the grille for better aerodynamics without eliminating the company's trademark front end. Owners can customize the daytime running lights using the matrix LED headlights. Today, Audi answered a question that many enthusiasts have been asking for years—when will they be releasing an electric station wagon? The company has a long history producing lusty “Avant”… → Read More

Intel announces another megafab as chipmaker expands EU footprint

Move will shore up its operations in the EU while adding foundry capacity. → Read More

Tesla hikes prices on all cars, with cheapest Model 3 now nearing $50K

Automaker increases prices—again—as its order book continues to grow. → Read More

Ford ships Explorers without chips for rear-seat HVAC controls

Ford is just the latest automaker to cut features instead of idling factories. → Read More

Google “hijacked millions of customers and orders” from restaurants, lawsuit says

Restaurants say blue “order online” button saps profits, diverts customers. → Read More