foot got you in trouble? Reach for your phone 08-07-17
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.
growth of streaming, Redbox CEO sees future in DVD
— 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.
women called Alexa, it’s funny, frustrating to share
name with Amazon device 07-31-17
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.
Valley investors embrace a new vision of college 07-24-17
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.
pizzas made by robots 07-17-17
— 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.
Crate became the nation’s fastest-growing startup,
then it laid off over a quarter of its staff
ANGELES — In its ascent to becoming the nation’s
fastest-growing startup, Loot Crate Inc. fostered a
workplace in which employees warred with Nerf guns,
proudly brandished Captain America socks and chanted the
company’s name like a rally cry.
pop-up lunch for office dwellers, eyes growth
— Office workers can get stuck in a vicious lunch
cycle: Lunch from home? Boring. Eating out? Often too
expensive, and there’s rarely enough time to get away
from your desk.
year’s hot graduation gift: Snapchat geofilters
— Ann Beverly had eyed a set of golf clubs as a
college graduation gift for her son. In an impulse buy
during commencement, though, she just had to tack on
Amazon get shoppers to buy groceries online? 07-03-17
giant in the technology industry had a bold idea:
reinvent the way people shop, rendering grocery stores a
quaint reminder of the past.
once sold only books; now the retail giant markets
Bezos first launched Amazon.com in 1994, he gave himself
a 30 percent chance of success — slightly better than
the 1 in 10 odds for internet startups.
customers forget their passwords, business suffers 06-19-17
— A lot of money goes unspent in the online world for
a simple reason: Shoppers can’t remember their
average person is registered to 90 online accounts
requiring passwords, and the number keeps growing. Few
people remember so many passwords.
takes on Amazon Echo and Google Home with its own smart
replaced record collections with the iPod and earned
front pocket real estate with the iPhone. Now
it’s going after a bigger target: your home.
the cord doesn’t necessarily mean cutting the cost 06-05-17
moved to New York City on a tight budget and without a
TV. When she and her roommates finally got one, chipping
in for cable on top of a $50 utilities bill per roommate
just wasn’t feasible. So she opted instead to
subscribe to TV streaming services like Netflix and
capitalist spends time browsing Nextdoor 05-29-17
— The lauded Silicon Valley venture capitalist Bill
Gurley who, along with his partners at Benchmark, was an
early investor in companies such as Instagram, Uber,
Stitch Fix and Snap Inc., spent a recent afternoon
scrolling through the neighborhood social network,
Nextdoor, studying the ways people use the service.
awards T-Mobile $4.8M in trade-secrets case against
SEATTLE — A
robot named "Tappy" has finally had its day in
court, and emerged victorious. Well, its creator —
T-Mobile — did.
Facebook’s grown, so have its challenges 05-15-17
In 2011 as
Facebook inched ever closer to 1 billion active monthly
users, it faced a vexing crisis: uproar about a facial
recognition algorithm that tagged people in photos
without their consent.
booming video game industry is more than just Microsoft’s
Microsoft raised eyebrows in 2014 with the announcement
it was spending a hefty $2.5 billion to buy Mojang, the
Swedish developer of world-building game "Minecraft."
old college try
ANGELES — Duran Parsi headed to Pepperdine’s law
school three years ago with a mission: By the end, he’d
either practice law or commit to his fledgling e-sports
fries? Extra sauce? Why McDonald’s wants to track all
your dining habits 04-17-17
You know a lot about McDonald’s, but McDonald’s
doesn’t know much about you. At
least not yet. By
year’s end, the world’s largest burger chain will
roll out nationwide a mobile ordering system that will
collect a wealth of data about the habits of customers
— everything from what kind of burgers they prefer to
how often they swing through the drive-thru.
long road to autonomous vehicles 04-10-17
DIEGO — Back in 1995, the NavLab 5 team at Carnegie
Mellon University launched an autonomous vehicle on a
trip from Pittsburgh to San Diego.
fatten up with food delivery apps 04-03-17
FRANCISCO — A year ago Mendocino Farms didn’t offer
delivery at any of its 15 Southern California locations.
Now Ellen Chen, co-founder of the artisanal sandwich
chain, is knocking down restaurant walls to make room
for delivery drivers.
invests in Costa Rica as tiny nation carves out
profitable niche in world economy 03-27-17
Costa Rica — In the 19th century, the customs house
here brimmed with the imported wares that first helped
this tiny Spanish-speaking nation become part of the
wider world economy.
Virgin Orbit’s new president isn’t worried about a
bubble in the small satellite market 03-20-17
— It seems like everyone wants their own swarm of
small satellites. SpaceX,
OneWeb, Boeing Co. and other companies have proposed
putting constellations of small satellites in low-Earth
orbit that could provide greater internet access in
previously hard-to-reach areas of the globe.
was the app where Iranians talked politics. Then the
government caught on 03-20-17
Telegram. With approximately 20 million Iranian users,
it’s the most widely used messaging app in the
of America chief says early Switch sales top previous
The Nintendo Switch, released to the world Friday, had
the best-selling 48 hours out of the gate in North
America of any video-game console ever made by the
have you pegged, and for better or worse they’ll soon
ID you 03-06-17
— The things that make human beings unique —
fingerprints, irises, facial features — have become
the preferred way to sign onto banking accounts online
or other sensitive websites, the newest solution to the
problem of hackable and forgettable passwords.
IPO builds an ‘impregnable fortress’ where only the
founders have power 02-27-17
— The founders of Snap Inc. want to take the company
public. But that doesn’t mean they want to run a
betting big on satellite broadband with upcoming launch
DIEGO — About eight years ago, ViaSat Chief Executive
Mark Dankberg bet the company he co-founded on satellite
broadband, eventually spending $1 billion to transform a
technology considered barely better than dial-up into a
service that smoothly streams YouTube video.
bot to rule them all? Not likely, with Apple, Google,
Amazon and Microsoft virtual assistants 02-20-17
Calif. — It’s no wonder titans of tech are locked in
an epic battle of the bots, racing furiously to produce
the best virtual assistant.