Self-driving cars keep rolling despite concerns after Uber crash

Business / Business News /

WASHINGTON -- The death of a woman who was struck by a self-driving Uber in Arizona on Sunday has auto-safety advocates demanding that U.S. regulators and lawmakers slow down the rush to bring autonomous vehicles to the nation's roadways.

Don't count on it.

Efforts to streamline regulations to accommodate the emerging technology have been ...Read more

Helpware: CorelDRAW for Home and Student: An inexpensive version of its big brother

Business / Business News /

Even if you're an experienced amateur, don't be put off by the "Home and Student" version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. Its power is subtle, but there's no mistaking that if you want to create text projects, retouch photos or other images and create drawings, this version of CorelDRAW is an inexpensive gateway to the outer limits of your ...Read more

Jennifer Van Grove: The smartphone trap (or why it's time to put your phone down)

Business / Business News /

Are we raising digital monsters? Absolutely. And everyone from parents to Facebook and society as a whole is to blame.

So instead of playing the blame game, I think the most constructive way forward is to take every opportunity we -- not just parents -- have to put the phone down. In the bedroom. While driving. During meals and conversations. ...Read more

Are robot cars safer? Only one way to find out

Business / Business News /

SAN FRANCISCO -- As long as robot cars roam public streets and highways, they will occasionally kill people. That's an ugly truth that no one in the driverless vehicle industry can deny.

Will those robot cars kill people at significantly lower rates than drunk, stoned, tired or distracted human drivers do now? Automakers, technology companies, ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Browser slows due to mysterious memory use

Business / Business News /

Q: For the last couple of weeks, my Windows 10 PC has typed very slowly in Microsoft Word, Gmail, Google Docs and Google Sheets. There is sometimes a lag of 30 to 40 seconds before what I'm typing "catches up" and appears on the screen. I mostly use Google's Chrome browser.

I've attached the Windows Task Manager list of "processes" running on ...Read more

Facebook needed third-party apps to grow. Now it's left with a privacy crisis

Business / Business News /

Facebook had only 20 million users when it opened up its budding platform to outside app developers in 2007, giving them much-needed access to the social network's growing web of friends and family.

The developers built online games, quizzes and dating apps that gave people even more reasons to join Facebook.

It proved a turning point for the ...Read more

Travis Kalanick is a CEO again — this time at a real estate start-up

Business / Business News /

It's not as splashy as disrupting the global transportation industry, but Travis Kalanick is once again a chief executive.

The controversial entrepreneur, who was ousted as CEO of Uber in June, tweeted Tuesday that he will head City Storage Systems, a holding company that redevelops distressed real estate, particularly parking, retail and ...Read more

Experiences, not cash, are the new corporate bonus

Business / Business News /

It was while planning a vacation to the Philippines, one filled with dreams of hiking through rainforests and climbing volcanoes, that Rob Towne had a small epiphany: "I figured I was having plenty of fun experiences for myself, but I should do what I can to help others, too."

Upon landing in the island nation, Towne grabbed his backpack and a ...Read more

Questions mount for Facebook — and Mark Zuckerberg isn't answering them

Business / Business News /

SAN FRANCISCO -- A data mining firm's alleged misuse of Facebook user data is ballooning into one of the highest-profile crises that the social media giant has ever faced. Yet Facebook's highest-profile executives have so far been noticeably absent from the conversation.

Since Cambridge Analytica was accused this weekend of misappropriating ...Read more

Amazon topples Google parent as the world's No. 2 most valuable company

Business / Business News /

SEATTLE -- Amazon has become the second most valuable publicly traded company in the world.

The retailer on Tuesday topped Google parent Alphabet, landing for the first time in the No. 2 spot by the stock market's reckoning, behind only Apple.

Amazon shares climbed $41.58, or 2.7 percent, to $1,586.51, giving the company a market ...Read more

TSA denies accessing data on electronic devices carried by domestic airline passengers

Business / Business News /

The Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday that its airport security agents do not scan or review the data held on electronic devices carried by passengers on domestic flights.

The statement came in a letter to the American Civil Liberties Union chapter in San Francisco, which filed a lawsuit last week demanding that the TSA ...Read more

University of Chicago's Booth school tops U.S. News list of best MBA programs for first time

Business / Business News /

The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business has tied for first place in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of the country's best full-time master's degree programs in business administration.

It's the first time Booth has topped the list, U.S. News said.

The Booth School, which named a new dean last year, tied with Harvard for ...Read more

U.S. households with paid streaming service surged 450 percent in less than a decade, study says

Business / Business News /

In yet another sign of streaming media's growing dominance in the entertainment industry, the majority of U.S. households now subscribe to at least one digital video streaming service such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, with a surge of original content driving consumer adoption, according to a new survey released Tuesday by Deloitte.

...Read more

United suspends new bookings for pets in cargo after loading 3 dogs onto wrong flights

Business / Business News /

CHICAGO -- United Airlines is suspending new reservations for pets traveling in the cargo compartment after three dogs were loaded onto wrong planes last week and a fourth died in an overhead bin.

United will honor reservations that have already been confirmed for PetSafe, its program for pets traveling in cargo, the airline said Tuesday. The ...Read more

A data mining company allegedly used Facebook to distort users' reality

Business / Business News /

Many Facebook users rely on the social network to figure out what's going on in the world. But what if the world Facebook shows them is wildly distorted?

That's the question raised after a former employee of a data mining firm that worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign alleged the company used Facebook to bombard specific individuals ...Read more

Implementation of metals tariffs remains muddled days before they take effect

Business / Business News /

As the Trump administration barrels ahead with its plan to apply stiff tariffs on imported metals starting Friday, governments and businesses across the globe are in a fog as to what is happening and are bracing for at least a short-term hit because of what many criticize as the administration's slapdash process.

When President Trump made his ...Read more

Janet Yellen: Ex-Fed head, deserted by Trump, praises her successor

Business / Business News /

So what is it like to head the Federal Reserve board, often counted "the second most powerful job in the world" after the president's?

"It was a job I loved," said Janet L. Yellen, who was chair of the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors until February and who spoke at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School on Monday, marking ...Read more

Bitcoin prosecutions may break new legal ground

Business / Business News /

SAN DIEGO -- Bitcoin isn't issued by the government, nor can it be deposited in a bank. So should it be subject to the same federal banking rules as traditional paper and coin currency?

It is a question that federal authorities have been grappling with ever since digital currency took off a decade ago, one that will now be heard in a San Diego ...Read more

Hollywood studios win as European countries vie for U.S. production dollars

Business / Business News /

In "Mission: Impossible -- Fallout," the upcoming sixth installment of Paramount's action franchise, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) travels to Paris where he engages in vehicular mayhem on the city's narrow streets, dangles from the ceiling of the Grand Palais and guns his motorcycle around the Arc de Triomphe.

Hollywood loves a working European ...Read more

Consumer Confidential: Facebook says you 'own' all the data you post. Not even close, say privacy experts

Business / Business News /

If you were surprised to learn that Facebook simply handed out the personal data of more than 50 million users -- data that ended up in the hands of Donald Trump's presidential campaign -- you have every reason to feel bushwhacked.

Facebook gives its service away worldwide in return for people posting details of their lives. We all know that ...Read more