December 12, 2017

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Tech education that pays, or you don’t 11-27-17
PHILADELPHIA — With tuitions ever rising and student debt exploding to $1.45 trillion, there has been increased pressure on schools to demonstrate their value based on their success in placing graduates in good-paying jobs.
Scoping out the Silver Tech boom for savvy seniors 11-20-17
"What a drag it is getting old," Mick Jagger first whined on "Mother’s Little Helper" from the Rolling Stones’ 1965 Aftermath album.
Sensor-equipped pill raises technological, ethical questions 11-20-17
The first drug with a sensor embedded in a pill that alerts doctors when patients have taken their medications was approved by the Food and Drug Administration, raiding issues involving privacy, cost, and whether patients really want caregivers looking over their shoulders.
Tech review: Google Pixel 2 XL is almost perfect, but the screen gives me the blues 11-13-17
The pressure on smartphone manufacturers must be intense. Every year they are tasked with upping the ante on last year’s phone. Sometimes they radically change the design, like Apple did this year with the iPhone X, but other times the upgrade seems more incremental, meaning key features get an upgrade, but the overall look and feel are not entirely new.
For food giants, rising tide of e-commerce means sink or swim 11-13-17
Have you ever plucked a bottle of ketchup from a grocery store shelf after remembering your kids finished the last bottle the night before?
Pandora loses listeners, ad revenue 11-06-17
OAKLAND, Calif. — So many listeners have turned off Pandora that Friday could have been called the day the music died for the internet radio streaming pioneer.
In the era of Instagram, businesses use street art to attract customers 10-30-17
LOS ANGELES — Inside the shops along Melrose Avenue, there’s plenty to appeal to fashionable young customers such as Melissa Wang.
Facebook’s election role is likely to increase 10-30-17
Negative headlines. Congressional inquiries. Corporate apologies. The heightening scrutiny surrounding Facebook after it allowed Russian trolls and inflammatory political ads to spread on its network is the kind of thing companies would do anything to avoid.
Lyft gets $1 billion investment, led by Google’s parent company 10-23-17
SAN FRANCISCO — In the topsy-turvy world of tech, an investor can fund a company one minute and sue it the next.
Google, Facebook, Twitter scramble to hold Washington at bay 10-16-17
Google summoned about 200 policy staff from around the world last month for a debate on whether the company’s size has made it too attractive as a target for government regulators.
Book the next rocket to New York? What it’ll take to realize Elon Musk’s bizarre travel plan 10-09-17
SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk envisions a time in the near future when long-distance travelers on Earth can hop on a rocket to go across the globe in less than an hour.
Apps help college graduates with jobs, finances, housing and more 10-09-17
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Those first months after leaving college can bewilder many graduates, but some apps may help to ease the transition from the sheltered halls of academia to the harsh realities of the business world.
Snap ups its game with sports, weather data 10-02-17
LOS ANGELES — Snapchat isn’t a resource many turn to for weather and sports scores, but it’s spending increasing amounts of money on licensing deals to give users such information.
Can this guy help Intel catch the AI wave? 10-02-17
SAN DIEGO — To get a sense of computer scientist Naveen Rao, just take a look at his hands.
The 42-year-old has busted all 10 of his fingers over a lifetime of skiing, skateboarding, bicycling, rollerblading, race-car driving, wrestling and hoops.
Skip the checkout lines: Whole Foods, Walmart and other stores embrace online grocery shopping 10-02-17
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Grocery shopping can feel like you’re navigating through an obstacle course filled with crowded parking lots, long lines and screaming kids.
Mayo Clinic offers first aid assistance via Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant 09-25-17
MINNEAPOLIS — Alexa, forget my grocery list and morning traffic reports. Tell me about CPR.
If Google invests in Lyft, what does that mean for Uber? 09-18-17
SAN FRANCISCO — Uber was the indisputable No. 1 player in the domestic on-demand transportation industry. And by its workforce size, passenger count and capital raised, it still is.
Tech Q&A: How to fix browsers that smoke or crash 09-11-17
Q: Some mysterious malware has infected the Edge browser on our Windows 10 laptop, and none of our security programs can get rid of it. When we start Edge, it goes to the MSN login page, which has a scenic view of a small city along a bay.
Cellular service, starting at free 09-04-17
LOS ANGELES — There are times when FreedomPop founder Stephen Stokols would get better coverage or service using a competing cellular carrier. Like when he got booted from his own provider after getting tripped up by confusing settings.
Tech companies unlikely to follow S&P’s new Snap-inspired rules 08-28-17
When the company that produces the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index announced this month that it would exclude the corporate parent of Snapchat from its benchmark market measure, the move was cheered by advocates of better corporate governance.
Google, other tech companies warned over ‘dangerous’ banning of neo-Nazis, hate groups 08-21-17
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer has been pushed offline or perhaps to the dark web by GoDaddy, Google and Cloudflare, which one by one made it impossible for the news and commentary provider to keep operating after it published an article that criticized a woman who died during last weekend’s violent protests in Charlottesville, Va.
Severing ties with utilities isn’t as easy as cutting the cable cord 08-21-17
LOS ANGELES — If disaster ever struck, Joe Fleischmann could keep the lights, refrigerator and big-screen TV running in his Orange County home, even if the power company went dark.
HR startups helping companies engage workers, avoid workplace issues 08-14-17
SAN FRANCISCO — Amy Errett wanted to gauge employee happiness at her e-commerce startup, but surveys weren’t working. 
Lead foot got you in trouble? Reach for your phone 08-07-17
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Summer is the busiest travel season, and that means long stretches of highway, wandering attention and maybe a few miles through counties or states spent over the speed limit.
Despite growth of streaming, Redbox CEO sees future in DVD rentals 07-31-17
CHICAGO — Redbox DVD rental kiosks, a seeming throwback to a simpler technological time when videos were something you held in your hand and late fees loomed over your head, are mounting a comeback.
For women called Alexa, it’s funny, frustrating to share name with Amazon device 07-31-17
SEATTLE — Since Amazon introduced the Alexa-enabled Echo device in 2014, the jokes have become so omnipresent that Alexa Philbeck, 29, briefly considered changing, or at least obscuring, her name.
Silicon Valley investors embrace a new vision of college 07-24-17
SAN FRANCISCO — Make School, a for-profit startup in this city’s South of Market district, is one of the most unusual schools in the country: It lets students enroll in classes for free if they agree to pay later after they land a job.
Serving pizzas made by robots 07-17-17
SAN FRANCISCO — 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.





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