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Uber Vows To Keep Fighting Sweeping California Labor Bill
California lawmakers confronting the changing definition of work approved sweeping legislation Wednesday designed to give many contract workers new pay and benefit protections, but tech giants Uber and Lyft vowed to keep fighting the changes, possibl
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Nielsen Says It Will Include Out-of-home Viewing Soon
Television networks will be happy to know that ratings will go up for many of their programs next year, simply because the Nielsen company will count more people. The company whose numbers provide the currency for the TV industry says its change will
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Facebook Expands New Tool Aiming To Shrink ‘News Deserts’
Facebook is trying to coax “news deserts” into bloom with the second major expansion of a tool that exposes people to more local news and information. But the social network confesses that it still has a lot to learn. The social media giant said Thur
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‘Friends’ Pop-up Lets Sitcom’s Fans Explore Show’s Key Props
Could “Friends” fans BE any luckier? Those who have snagged tickets to the New York City Pop-Up experience based on the comedy favorite will get to plop down on the orange couch at Central Perk, play foosball in Joey and Chandler’s apartment and marv
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A Gene-editing First: Scientists Tried CRISPR To Fight HIV
Scientists are reporting the first use of the gene-editing tool CRISPR to try to cure a patient’s HIV infection by providing blood cells that were altered to resist the AIDS virus. The gene-editing tool has long been used in research labs, and a Chin
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Americans Love Snacks. What Does That Mean For Their Health?
Americans are addicted to snacks, and food experts are paying closer attention to what that might mean for health and obesity. Eating habits in the U.S. have changed significantly in recent decades, and packaged bars, chips and sweets have spread int
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Us, China Exchange Goodwill Gesture Ahead Of Trade Talks
The United States and China traded conciliatory gestures, raising hopes they can de-escalate a standoff over trade that has shaken financial markets and cast gloom over the global economy. In Beijing, China’s Commerce Ministry said Thursday that Chin
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University: Losing Hawaii Telescope Risks Billions In Funds
Losing the Thirty Meter Telescope could mean losing billions of dollars in research funding over the next few decades, a senior University of Hawaii official said. Vassilis Syrmos, the school’s vice president for research and innovation, told the Hon
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Google Pays France Over $1 Billion To Settle Tax Case
Tech giant Google said it has paid over one billion dollars to French authorities to settle a years-long dispute over allegations of tax fraud. A Paris court approved a penalty of 500 million euros ($551 million) from the digital giant over charges o
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General: Us Faces ‘Sputnik Moment’ In Space Race Competition
The U.S. has reached a new “Sputnik moment” in which the military must act to keep the nation’s competitive advantage in space against adversaries such as Russia, China, and to a lesser extent, Iran and North Korea, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs o
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Apple Watch Series 5: One Step Closer To True Timepiece Status
Are you feeling a little exhausted yet, at the thought of all of these products and services somehow being packed into the same keynote? Well, Apple CEO Tim Cook and company weren’t done yet, as – with the new iPhones also still waiting in the wings
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MIT Scandal Highlights Thorny Ethics Of University Donations
While MIT grapples with new allegations about its financial ties to Jeffrey Epstein, other universities that accepted donations from the disgraced financier say they have no plans to return the money. The turmoil at MIT has sent shockwaves through th
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Apple Takes On Netflix With A $5-a-month Streaming Service
Apple is finally taking on Netflix with its own streaming television service and, uncharacteristically for the company, offering it at a bargain price — $5 a month beginning on Nov. 1. Walt Disney Co. is launching its own assault on Netflix the same
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Uw-madison Says Foxconn Slow In Fulfilling $100m Pledge
The University of Wisconsin says it has received just $700,000 of the $100 million that Foxconn Technology Group pledged to fund engineering and innovation research on the school’s flagship campus. Progress has been slow since the world’s leading ele
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iPHONE 11: PRO CAMERAS AND EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Tim Cook and Co took to the Steve Jobs Theater to lift the lid on a trio of new smartphones under the iPhone 11 moniker, elevating the experiences we all know and love for the year ahead. This week, we go hands-on with the devices and look at the new
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ELLIOTT INVESTS $3.2B IN AT&T, SEEKS CHANGES
Activist hedge fund manager Elliott Management is making a new $3.2 billion investment in AT&T, roughly a 1% stake, and calling for changes at the company such as selling assets and paying down debt. The move comes as AT&T readies a streaming service
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STREAMING & GAMES: TWO BIG PREMIERES AS WE LOOK TO 2020
By now, there’s a good chance that you will be at least vaguely aware of the various launches and announcements that took place at Apple’s latest big keynote on Tuesday, September 10 at Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino. You will have almost certainly
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Experts Say Adapting To Climate Change Can Pay Off Manifold
A group of leaders from business, politics and science have called for a massive investment in adapting to climate change over the next decade, arguing it would reap significant returns as countries avoid catastrophic losses and boost their economies
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Businesses Strategize To Get Work Done With Fewer Staffers
Using technology to run her practice lets defense attorney Susan Williams give clients the time and attention they need. Williams decided years ago she didn’t want a large staff that would require her to increase her caseload simply to have the money
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Alibaba’s Ma Steps Down As Industry Faces Uncertainty
Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma, who helped launch China’s online retailing boom, stepped down as chairman of the world’s biggest e-commerce company Tuesday at a time when its fast-changing industry faces uncertainty amid a U.S.-Chinese tariff war. Ma,
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Antitrust Regulators Dig Deeper Into Dominant Tech Companies
The government is circling the wagons around Big Tech as the scrutiny of its immense power intensifies. Two groups of state attorneys general are joining the fray with separate investigations into whether Google and Facebook have been unfairly levera
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Under Pressure: Facebook Faces Antitrust Probes
Facebook has barely shaken off a record $5 billion fine by U.S. regulators over its privacy practices but it already faces new investigations — not to mention ongoing ones — into potential antitrust violations and other issues. Now, a group of state
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Uber Adding 2,000 Jobs In Chicago, Mostly In Freight Unit
Uber plans to open a new office in Chicago and add 2,000 people to its area workforce over the next three years. The office will officially house the company’s freight business and a related engineering hub. Uber already has a significant presence in
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Court Rules Startup May Collect Data From Linkedin Profiles
A federal appeals court has affirmed the right of a startup company to collect information from people’s public profiles on networking service LinkedIn. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco upheld a previous ruling Monday
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Go Ahead, Dive Inside The Mind Of Bill Gates. But Strap In.
There are some things about Bill Gates that are unremarkable. His favorite food: hamburgers. His favorite animal: the dog. But a few minutes into a new TV series on Gates reveals a fascinating insight. The Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philant
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Smartphone, Matchbox Cars Among Toy Hall Of Fame Finalists
The smartphone is being considered for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame this year in recognition of its impact on how people play and interact. The other finalists announced Wednesday are: Care Bears, the coloring book, Fisher-Price Corn
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HBO Produces Documentary To Help Kids Understand 9/11
For students from elementary to high school, the Sept. 11 terrorist attack isn’t a memory. It’s history. A new HBO documentary that debuts on the event’s 18th anniversary treats it that way. The necessity of her project, “What Happened on September 1
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YouTube To Pay $170m Fine After Violating Kids’ Privacy Law
Google’s video site YouTube has been fined $170 million to settle allegations it collected children’s personal data without their parents’ consent. The Federal Trade Commission fined Google $136 million and the company will pay an additional $34 mill
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How A Credit Card Loan’s Fast And Easy Cash Can Cost You
Credit card companies want to turn your unused credit line into cash that you can borrow for things like home improvements or unexpected expenses. But accepting this loan offer may not be the best choice for your wallet or your credit score. In recen
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OPERATION INDISCRIMINATELY INFECTS iPHONES WITH SPYWARE
Researchers say suspected nation-state hackers infected Apple iPhones with spyware over two years in what security experts called an alarming security failure for a company whose calling card is privacy. A mere visit to one of a small number of taint
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