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Facebook, Google drop out of top 10 ‘best places to work’ list

Facebook, Google drop out of top 10 ‘best places to work’ list

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December 12, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — Big tech companies like Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google, long seen as some of the world’s most desirable workplaces offering countless perks and employee benefits, are losing some of their shine. The Silicon Valley companies dropped out of the Top 10 “best places to work...

This startup is designing cashier-less stores — and just raised $30M

This startup is designing cashier-less stores — and just raised $30M

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December 5, 2019

SAN DIEGO — A technology startup in San Diego has just raised $30 million from investors to continue building out its software for cashier-less, “grab-and-go” stores. The model, popularized by Amazon Go, allows shoppers to simply walk into a store, grab items from the shelves, and walk out — w...

Uber shows a big rise in government requests for rider information

Uber shows a big rise in government requests for rider information

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November 21, 2019

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Uber said on Wednesday that the number of requests for data on its riders from government officials in the United States and Canada rose sharply last year due, in part, to a “rising interest” in information on the ride-hailing company’s users. In its latest transparency report, Uber said...

Disney+ faces glitches on launch day. You’ve probably already guessed why

Disney+ faces glitches on launch day. You’ve probably already guessed why

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November 12, 2019

Streaming service Disney+ launched Tuesday morning to massive anticipation — and technical glitches. Many users who tried to access the $6.99-a-month Disney app to watch heavily promoted shows like “The Mandalorian” experienced problems logging in and service failures. Some users who had issu...

TikTok music-video app gets national security review

TikTok music-video app gets national security review

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November 7, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. government has launched a national security review of the popular music-video app TikTok, which is owned by China’s ByteDance Inc., according to a person familiar with the investigation. Beijing-based ByteDance bought Musical.ly two years ago for almost $1 billion to me...

We tested popular cellphones for radiofrequency radiation. Now the FCC is investigating.

We tested popular cellphones for radiofrequency radiation. Now the FCC is investigating.

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August 27, 2019

The Apple iPhone 7 was set to operate at full power and secured below a tub of clear liquid, specially formulated to simulate human tissue. With the push of a button, a robotic arm swung into action, sending a pencil-thin probe dipping into the tub. For 18 minutes, it repeatedly measured the amount of radi...

Alexa, don’t store this recording: California bill targets smart home speakers

Alexa, don’t store this recording: California bill targets smart home speakers

June 25, 2019

A bill making its way through the California Legislature would prohibit makers of smart home speakers from saving or storing recordings without users’ explicit consent. The Anti-Eavesdropping Act, which cleared its first committee Wednesday, would also ban smart speaker device manufacturers from s...

‘Snitch-tagging’ destroys any subtlety that was left on Twitter

‘Snitch-tagging’ destroys any subtlety that was left on Twitter

April 2, 2019

First came Twitter. Then came Twitter fights. Then came Twitter passive aggression: Insults that don’t explicitly identify the person being criticized are so pervasive they have a name, the subtweet. Now that subtlety is being punctured by a rising Twitter behavior — snitch-tagging. A snitch-...

You can now download your Apple user data- here’s how

You can now download your Apple user data- here’s how

October 23, 2018

As other tech giants face increasing scrutiny over privacy, Apple is continuing to try to position itself as its champion. Apple this week launched a privacy portal for U.S. users. From there, they can now download the data the company has on them, something European users have been able to do sinc...

Facebook lured advertisers by inflating ad-watch times up to 900 percent: lawsuit

Facebook lured advertisers by inflating ad-watch times up to 900 percent: lawsuit

October 23, 2018

Not only did Facebook inflate ad-watching metrics by up to 900 percent, it knew for more than a year that its average-viewership estimates were wrong and kept quiet about it, a new legal filing claims. A group of small advertisers suing the Menlo Park social media titan alleged in the filing that Fa...

The mushroom dream of a ‘long-haired hippie’ could help save the world’s bees

The mushroom dream of a ‘long-haired hippie’ could help save the world’s bees

October 9, 2018

SEATTLE—The epiphany that mushrooms could help save the world’s ailing bee colonies struck Paul Stamets while he was in bed. “I love waking dreams,” he said. “It’s a time when you’re just coming back into consciousness.” Years ago, in 1984, Stamets had noticed a “continuous convoy of bees...

Apple to U.S. lawmakers: China did not hack us, as reported

Apple to U.S. lawmakers: China did not hack us, as reported

October 9, 2018

Apple is strongly denying to Congress an explosive report that its products have been compromised by the Chinese government. Apple’s top security officer told lawmakers the company has found no evidence of claims made in a report published last week. His response comes after the Department of Homeland Se...

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