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  • Why this company is implanting microchips in its workers

    Why this company is implanting microchips in its workers

    Three Square Market, a vending machine software firm, is offering to inject microchips into employees so they can open doors, log in to computers and buy snacks with a wave of the hand.

  • Who owns Snopes.com? Dispute puts future of fact-checking site in question

    Who owns Snopes.com? Dispute puts future of fact-checking site in question

    A legal dispute over ownership of the popular fact-checking site Snopes.com is threatening the existence of the online sleuthing service, which now says it is in dire financial straits. As a result, Snopes on Monday started soliciting donations through a GoFundMe campaign and approached its $500,000...

  • Europe's antitrust fine against Google takes a big bite out of Alphabet's profit

    Europe's antitrust fine against Google takes a big bite out of Alphabet's profit

    Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., can easily afford the $2.7-billion write-down it's taking to cover a big antitrust fine in Europe. But the company might find it harder to shrug off the rest of the European regulatory assault headed its way. In June, a European Commission ruling slapped...

  • Microsoft Paint is marked for death

    Microsoft Paint is marked for death

    Microsoft Paint, the beloved Windows graphic editing program, has been marked for death. Thirty-two years after including a Paint program in its inaugural Windows 1.0, Microsoft Corp. put Paint on its list of “features that are removed or deprecated” in the new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update,...

  • Vice Media lays off about 60 staffers as it refocuses on video

    Vice Media lays off about 60 staffers as it refocuses on video

    Vice Media laid off about 60 employees Friday in what the edgy news outlet described as a way to place a greater emphasis on video. The layoffs — which affect multiple departments and represent a 2% cut of Vice’s roughly 3,000 employees — come a month after Vice announced it had secured $450 million...

  • Google Glass is back — but don't look for it outside the workplace

    Google Glass is back — but don't look for it outside the workplace

    Google Glass is back, but this time the much-hyped, yet oft-ridiculed eyewear isn’t leaving the workplace. On Tuesday, Google announced the launch of Glass Enterprise Edition, a second version of the augmented reality gadget intended for use in warehouses, hospitals and factories — where Glass...

  • To battle hackers, IBM wants to encrypt the world

    To battle hackers, IBM wants to encrypt the world

    There are only two types of companies, it is commonly said: those that have been hacked, and those that just don't know it yet. IBM Corp. wants to get rid of both. The Armonk, N.Y., computing giant said Monday that it has achieved a breakthrough in security technology that will enable all businesses...

  • The next iPhone may have no fingerprint reader, and other rumors

    The next iPhone may have no fingerprint reader, and other rumors

    As the expected fall debut of Apple Inc.'s next iPhones nears, rumors have taken hold, based on reports from analysts and leaks from Apple's supply chain. As with all speculative reports, it's best to take these ideas with a grain (or shaker) of salt. Apple did not immediately respond to a request...

  • Cars are full of tech that gets outdated fast — so people are leasing, not buying

    Cars are full of tech that gets outdated fast — so people are leasing, not buying

    Buy a smartphone, use it for a couple of years, then ditch it for something new and improved. It’s a life cycle that has become the norm for cellphones. Now, that same short-term relationship is applying to what traditionally has been a long-term commitment: cars. Instead of buying a vehicle, more...

  • Snapchat shifts policy to allow hyperlinks in posts

    Snapchat shifts policy to allow hyperlinks in posts

    Snapchat users now can include hyperlinks to outside websites in their posts, reversing a longstanding strategy that has helped keep eyeballs from leaving the messaging and entertainment app. The update, which rolled out Wednesday, allows users to adorn their photo and video Snaps with clickable...

  • Microsoft is laying off thousands of sales workers worldwide

    Microsoft is laying off thousands of sales workers worldwide

    Microsoft Corp. is laying off thousands of employees in a shake-up aimed at selling more subscriptions to software applications that can be used on any Internet-connected device. Most of the people losing their jobs work in sales and are located outside the United States. The Redmond, Wash.-based...

  • Silicon Valley has a new vision for the pizzeria. It involves lots of robots

    Silicon Valley has a new vision for the pizzeria. It involves lots of robots

    Not long after the pizzeria Zume opened for business last year, its kitchen staff noticed a problem with some of its pizzas: they had holes in them. It wasn’t the fault of the workers, who rolled out intact dough bases. There wasn’t a kitchen mole prodding holes. It wasn’t even the recipe — a Zume...

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