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  • Apple removed the New York Times app in China. Why now?

    Apple removed the New York Times app in China. Why now?

    Apple Inc. has removed the New York Times app from its digital store in China, acting on what it says were orders from the Chinese government. The New York Times, which offers content in both English and Chinese, is one of a growing number of foreign news organizations whose content is blocked...

  • GoPro plans to relaunch its recalled Karma drones this year

    GoPro plans to relaunch its recalled Karma drones this year

    Action camera maker GoPro Inc. plans to reintroduce its Karma drone this year, after recalling the drone in November amid reports that some lost power during operation. The San Mateo, Calif., company said Wednesday that it will release more information in early February about the drone’s global...

  • Alexa may be listening, but will she tell on you?

    Alexa may be listening, but will she tell on you?

    Amazon’s Internet-connected home assistant devices can turn on your TV, read you the news and order you an Uber. Law enforcement officials in Arkansas hope an Amazon Echo can help them crack a murder case.  When Bentonville police found the body of Victor Collins inside James Andrew Bates’ home...

  • Labor Department wants to ban Google from federal contracts, unless they turn over employee data

    Labor Department wants to ban Google from federal contracts, unless they turn over employee data

    The U.S. Labor Department is trying to bar Google from doing business with the federal government unless the Internet giant turns over confidential information about thousands of its employees. The potential banishment is being sought in a Labor Department lawsuit filed Wednesday with the Office...

  • Want to avoid sky-high Uber and Lyft fares on New Year's Eve? Leave early or leave late

    Want to avoid sky-high Uber and Lyft fares on New Year's Eve? Leave early or leave late

    New Year’s Eve revelers hoping to avoid exorbitant Uber and Lyft fares should steer clear of the services between midnight and 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day, according to the two San Francisco companies, which anticipate rider demand will drive up prices during those hours. In major cities, the firms...

  • Did Trump just create 8,000 jobs? Here's what's really happening

    Did Trump just create 8,000 jobs? Here's what's really happening

    Donald Trump gave himself kudos for the creation of 8,000 U.S. jobs by a Japanese tech mogul, saying it was proof of “the spirit and the hope” stirred by his victory in the presidential election. But for those particular jobs, Trump was basically taking a bow for the second time. The jobs were...

  • What it's like wearing Snapchat Spectacles

    What it's like wearing Snapchat Spectacles

    For decades, from Kodak to Polaroid to GoPro, companies have marketed cameras by touting features such as focal length, image size and memory space. Spectacles — the debut camera from Los Angeles start-up Snap Inc. — might be the first capture device ever sold with most technical specifications...

  • Snap sets up Spectacles tech office in China

    Snap sets up Spectacles tech office in China

    Snap Inc., the Los Angeles start-up behind Snapchat and video-taking sunglasses Spectacles, has opened a small technology office in Shenzhen, China. Its nearly 20 employees are focused mostly on the development of Spectacles, Snap said. The sunglasses are assembled elsewhere in China by manufacturer...

  • Riot Games reaches $300-million 'League of Legends' e-sports streaming deal with BAMTech

    Riot Games reaches $300-million 'League of Legends' e-sports streaming deal with BAMTech

    The gigantic broadcast rights deals that fueled an explosion in salaries for traditional athletes are making their first appearance in e-sports. Owners of “League of Legends” teams and the players on them stand to reap a significant chunk of a seven-year, $300-million media licensing deal announced...

  • Yahoo's latest data breach could mean an even bigger price cut for Verizon

    Yahoo's latest data breach could mean an even bigger price cut for Verizon

    Yahoo’s disclosure this week that more than 1 billion accounts may have been compromised in the largest hack ever has raised new doubts about telecommunications giant Verizon’s pending acquisition of the struggling tech company. Verizon agreed to buy Yahoo for $4.83 billion in July, but it appeared...

  • Uber's self-driving cars put tech's 'move fast, break things' credo to the test

    Uber's self-driving cars put tech's 'move fast, break things' credo to the test

    Uber became the dominant ride-hailing company in the U.S. by operating under the principle that it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission.  In city after city, the San Francisco company launched without first consulting local regulators, often in violation of rules governing taxi companies....

  • California adopts nation's first energy-efficiency rules for computers

    California adopts nation's first energy-efficiency rules for computers

    The California Energy Commission has passed sweeping energy-efficiency standards for computers and monitors in an effort to reduce power costs, becoming the first state in the nation to adopt such rules. The regulations promise to reduce energy consumed by computers by about one-third, saving ratepayers...

  • That 'holiday gift exchange' Facebook post is technically an illegal scam

    That 'holiday gift exchange' Facebook post is technically an illegal scam

    Sorry to be a grinch, but that viral Facebook post going around about a gift exchange is against the law. You've probably seen something like this in your newsfeed: Sometimes the message varies: You're sending a bottle of wine or a book or it includes the men on the holiday fun. But the gist is...

  • Yahoo says hackers stole information from more than 1 billion accounts

    Yahoo says hackers stole information from more than 1 billion accounts

    Yahoo said Wednesday that hackers stole data that could be connected to more than 1 billion accounts — believed to be the most users affected in a single breach. The Sunnyvale, Calif., tech firm said the breach probably occurred in August 2013 and is not linked to a hack disclosed in September...

  • Amazon's first drone-powered delivery takes 13 minutes from purchase to drop-off

    Amazon's first drone-powered delivery takes 13 minutes from purchase to drop-off

    Drone delivery has begun. On Dec. 7, a bag of popcorn, along with an Amazon Fire TV stick, left a Cambridge warehouse in the U.K. and 13 minutes later, both were accepted by an Amazon customer, one of two who had agreed to be part of the test program. A video posted by Amazon shows a fully autonomous drone,...

  • Tech workers pledge to never build a database of Muslims

    Tech workers pledge to never build a database of Muslims

    When asked a year ago on the campaign trail whether he thought that the United States should create a database of Muslims in the country, Donald Trump said in an interview with NBC News: “Oh, I would certainly implement that — absolutely." On Tuesday, hundreds of members of the technology industry...

  • YouTube blocks North Korean channel to avoid breaching sanctions

    YouTube blocks North Korean channel to avoid breaching sanctions

    YouTube has blocked North Korea's state television channel, which broadcast news on everything from nuclear tests to Kim Jong Un's outings, to avoid breaching American sanctions against the regime. The action apparently was taken not because of the content in the channel but because the North Korean...

  • Snapchat comes around to embrace group chat

    Snapchat comes around to embrace group chat

    Snapchat users can now exchange messages within groups of up to 16 people, satisfying one of the biggest demands from the app’s community. Snapchat maker Snap Inc. had avoided group chat for several years because one of its core features is making people think through to whom they are sending a...

  • For entertainment start-up Mitu, Facebook might be sharable but Snapchat's relatable

    For entertainment start-up Mitu, Facebook might be sharable but Snapchat's relatable

    To understand the differences between Snapchat and Facebook from a media company’s perspective, entertainment start-up Mitú provides a striking example. The Santa Monica company considers itself a leader in providing news and laughs to the nation’s young Latinos, a group that numbers around 30...

  • Without these ads, there wouldn't be money in fake news

    Without these ads, there wouldn't be money in fake news

    It’s never been easier to launch a wildly profitable online media empire. Whether you're an aspiring mommy blogger or political pundit, $10 gets you a URL and online storage. Fill out a short form and copy-paste some code to get ads on your website. Lure in some readers and you’ll have no trouble...

  • These Stanford students are hacking the government to try to solve the world's problems

    These Stanford students are hacking the government to try to solve the world's problems

    They’re some of the brightest students in the country — a group of wunderkinds known for hacking their way through any problem thrown at them. So what could possibly stump a Stanford University student? Government bureaucracy, it seems. In a lecture hall nestled in Stanford’s Environment and Energy...

  • Qualcomm gets into chips for computer servers, challenging Intel's stronghold

    Qualcomm gets into chips for computer servers, challenging Intel's stronghold

    Qualcomm is taking the wraps off its two-year effort to build computer server chips, challenging Intel’s stronghold in the fast growing data center market. The San Diego smartphone semiconductor giant said this week that its new server chip, called Centriq 2400, is now being tested with key customers...

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