Bits: Tech Roundup: A Busy Week to Come

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Visitors got a look at the new Samsung smartphones at an event in Moscow last week. Credit Maxim Malinovsky/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

It’s shaping up to be a busy week in tech.

After something of a lull — there were not many new revelations about Uber and no giant breakthrough in artificial intelligence last week — there is a lot of activity on the horizon. That includes quarterly earnings reports from tech companies such as IBM, Qualcomm and Yahoo this week. Facebook is also holding its annual developer conference starting on Tuesday, an event that typically provides a peek into the future with new technologies. And Samsung is making its new Galaxy S8 smartphone available for sale to the public this week.

And that’s just the stuff we know about.

Until then, here are a few of our favorite tech stories from New York Times reporters over the weekend:

• How Uber’s drive to dominate the world has run headlong into analog life in India, by Farhad Manjoo.

New Zealand is using its isolation as a lure to attract coders and engineers, especially at a time of upheaval elsewhere, Jacqueline Williams and David Streitfeld write.

• Slack, the online collaboration start-up, is facing more competition as it grows up, Katie Benner writes.

• And the hotel industry has hatched and is pursuing a plan to thwart Airbnb, Katie Benner writes.

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