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Twitter defends giving Alex Jones a platform

Twitter is defending Alex Jones' continued presence on its site after the right-wing conspiracy theorist was shunned by other tech giants such as Apple, YouTube and Facebook this week.

Jones, who runs InfoWars, has not violated Twitter's rules, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted Tuesday night.

"We're going to hold Jones to the same standard we ...Read more

Salesforce shakeup: Marc Benioff to share CEO duties with Keith Block

There's a bit of the changing of the guard at Salesforce.

The pioneer of subscription-based business software is no longer going to be run solely by its seminal co-founder Marc Benioff. Late Tuesday, Salesforce said it has promoted Keith Block, its president and vice chairman, to the position of co-chief executive alongside Benioff.

Salesforce...Read more

Where is the birthplace of Silicon Valley? Event aims to put the question to rest

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Just where Silicon Valley was born has long been open to debate.

Is its birthplace the still-extant garage where Hewlett-Packard's founders developed their first tech product while living at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto in the late 1930's? Or is at Stanford University where Fred Terman, a Stanford dean, set up a ...Read more

Apple to lawmakers: Siri doesn't listen until prompted

Apple does not eavesdrop on iPhone users, the company said Tuesday in response to an inquiry by a congressional committee about the company's privacy practices.

Specifically, the company said it does not listen to iPhone users until they say, "Hey Siri." Apple's response to that question and others came in a letter by Timothy Powderly, its ...Read more

In aerospace industry, female execs soar to top

The already small roster of Fortune 500 companies led by women will shrink even further after PepsiCo Inc. Chief Executive Indra Nooyi steps down from her role this year. But in one sector that has been male-dominated, gender balance seems to be moving in the opposite direction.

By next year, three of the top U.S. defense firms -- Lockheed ...Read more

A new wave of satellites in orbit: Cheap and tiny, with short lifespans

SAN FRANCISCO -- It's one of the most recognizable images in aerospace: Highly specialized workers clad in gowns, hair nets and shoe coverings crawl over a one-of-a-kind satellite the size of a school bus. The months-long process is so delicate that even workers' metal rings must be covered with a translucent tape to prevent static transfer.

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Tech Q&A: Switching cloud providers on a Mac

Q: I've used iCloud (Apple's cloud storage service) on my Mac, but I find it confusing. I'd like to switch to Dropbox for cloud storage. How do I get disconnected from iCloud?

--Bob Kruse, Oro Valley, Ariz.

A: You can turn off iCloud on your Mac. And you can do it without losing any data you might have stored on iCloud and nowhere else.

To ...Read more

Sound Advice: Cambridge Audio Air 100, 200 sale one of the best Don Lindich has seen

The best audio deal I have ever seen: Several years ago I wrote about the Bluetone 100 Bluetooth speaker from British audio manufacturer Cambridge Audio. (Not to be confused with American manufacturer Cambridge SoundWorks, producer of the OontZ speakers.) The Bluetone 100 sold for $299 and I considered it to be the best-sounding Bluetooth ...Read more

Human remains buried at Stonehenge 5,000 years ago offer a clue to where they came from

At least some of the people who were buried at Stonehenge died and were cremated far from the site -- probably in west Wales about 120 miles away, according to a new study.

The finding, published last week in Scientific Reports, provides another small clue to understanding who was buried at the prehistoric monument around 3000 B.C., and how ...Read more

Human remains buried at Stonehenge 3,000 years ago offer a clue to where they came from

At least some of the people who were buried at Stonehenge died and were cremated far from the site -- probably in west Wales about 120 miles away, according to a new study.

The finding, published in Scientific Reports, provides another small clue to understanding who was buried at the prehistoric monument around 3000 BC, and how they came to be...Read more

What's hiding in the Science Center's vault? Shrunken heads, an iron lung and Mork, to name a few

ST. LOUIS -- In a nondescript south St. Louis building that used to serve as a grocery distribution warehouse, the skull and mandible of the St. Louis Zoo's beloved elephant Miss Jim rests on a lower shelf.

Across the room, there's a Japanese surgical kit from World War II, a couple of Mork from Ork action figures and an iron lung that Shirley ...Read more

Hurricane Maria claimed 1,139 lives in Puerto Rico over 3 months, new report estimates

It's been almost a year since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, battering the U.S. territory with heavy rain, flash floods and winds that blew up to 155 mph. Officially, the death toll stands at 64. But a new report estimates that 1,139 people lost their lives as a result of the Category 4 storm.

The figure, published Thursday in the ...Read more

Blue diamonds may hold clues about the history of water on Earth

Blue diamonds are among the rarest and most valuable gems on Earth, but up until now, scientists knew very little about them.

The most famous blue diamond is the Hope diamond, which was discovered in the mid-1600s in India. It is now part of the gem and mineral collection at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington.

Other blue-...Read more

Tech Q&A: Here's how antivirus software works

I've been getting a lot of questions about antivirus software for Windows. Because antivirus software is essential for safety, it's important to know how it works.

Here are some answers:

Q: Once Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft, will antivirus software be enough to protect our PCs?

-- Dick Bielke and Lucy Winn, Edina, Minn.

A: ...Read more

Tankee, a free safe-space video network for kid gamers, launching this fall

Parents who feel a cold chill up their back whenever their kids venture into the world of online gaming have a new resource. This week, an Austin-based video service aimed at 6- to 12-year-olds called Tankee came out of stealth mode with plans to launch officially in the fall.

The company, which has five employees and is entering its first seed...Read more

He hugged Tim Cook, bought the iPhone X, then was homeless by the roadside, asking for a job

David Casarez came west to Silicon Valley with his life in a van and startup dreams in his eyes. Within months, the web developer and would-be entrepreneur was hugging Apple CEO Tim Cook and interviewing at the legendary tech firm.

But no job offer came, from Apple or any other company, and Casarez found himself sleeping in stairwells and on ...Read more

Helpware: The $200 grandson-pleaser: Dell's laptop isn't fast, but it's practical

There are still a few things you can get for $200 -- a ticket to a Dodgers game and a Dodger dog, a quick visit to your doctor, if you don't need lab work, and a decent laptop PC. I bridle at the thought of paying so much to watch a Dodgers game, especially since I don't like baseball. I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle so I don't have to ...Read more

Warehousing tech elite's wealth? New path urged for Silicon Valley charity

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation grew into the largest philanthropy of its kind over the last decade by jumping on a trend: It offered technology's nouveau riche an attractive charitable account that shields their wealth from taxes, but doesn't require them to disburse it right away to charities.

Now, as the foundation seeks new ...Read more

Sound Advice: Onkyo TX-8020 a better receiver than TX-8220

Q. You often recommend the Onkyo TX-8020 as the top pick in an affordable (under-$200) receiver. Have you ever evaluated the new Onkyo TX-8220, which includes Bluetooth?

-- B.R., San Jose, Calif.

A. I have not evaluated the TX-8220 and after looking at the specifications, I don't need to. I would not buy one and will still be recommending the ...Read more

DreamBox Learning gets $130 million for math education software

Bellevue, Wash., education-software company DreamBox Learning has received a $130 million investment from private equity firm TPG. The money, more than triple what the company has previously raised in its 12-year life span, is intended to bring accessible math education to more schools across the world.

The investment is from TPG's division ...Read more