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St. Paul, Madison and Plano lauded as a good cities for startups

St. Paul, Minn., Madison, Wis., and Plano, Texas, are the best three "untapped cities" in the United States for startup businesses, according to a survey by Fundera, the small-business adviser.

Startup culture is centered in a few regions in the country.

The Silicon Valley Bay Area accounts for 45% of total venture capital investment in the U....Read more

Sound Advice: ZVOX Soundbase 770 top of the line

Q. I am a Vietnam combat veteran and though my hearing is compromised, good sound is very important to me. I want to get a soundbar but only have 3 inches of clearance under my TV, which has a pedestal-style stand. Unfortunately, wall mounting is not possible. I am willing to spend a few thousand to get great sound from my TV, Blu-ray and ...Read more

Sweet flavors lure teens into vaping longer and taking more puffs, study says

Most experts agree that sweet flavors such as cotton candy and mango help entice teens to try their first-ever puff on an electronic cigarette. But what keeps them coming back?

Flavors appear to play a role in that too, according to a new study of Los Angeles high school students. Those who vaped with flavors other than tobacco and menthol were...Read more

Sprout Social, a Chicago software company, has filed to go public and raise $100 million

Chicago technology company Sprout Social filed paperwork to go public and raise $100 million.

Sprout Social, founded in 2010, makes software platforms for companies to manage social media, and makes money mainly from subscriptions to that software. The company has 23,000 customers around the world and has seen consistent revenue growth, but has...Read more

Instagram to ban drawings and memes showing self-harm and suicide

In an effort to reduce the amount of unseemly and graphic images posted on its social media platform, Instagram said it will begin banning drawings, cartoons and memes that depict people engaging in self-harm and suicide.

The announcement is an expansion of a policy that Facebook-owned Instagram put in place in February to ban graphic images of...Read more

How to be a pro gamer: A glimpse down the esports talent pipeline

High school team. College program. Development league. Pro draft.

It's a system familiar to sports fans. But if you want to make your living in esports, the path isn't nearly so defined.

Aspiring professional gamers are left to hustle and self-promote their way onto any platform they can find -- and hope the right person happens to be looking....Read more

Facebook to hand-pick publishers' content for new News service

Facebook on Friday continued with its ongoing efforts to give its users more control over what they see on the social network by launching Facebook News, a new option that will include more-personalized selection of content from some of the nation's best-known news outlets.

Facebook said the new service will initially be rolled out as a test ...Read more

Two destructive fires. Hundreds of miles apart. One culprit: Winds

LOS ANGELES -- The two fires broke out hours apart and hundreds of miles from each other.

But the fire that burned into subdivisions in suburban Santa Clarita Valley and the blaze that tore though bucolic Northern California wine country had one thing in common: fierce winds.

In Sonoma County, the Kincade fire was fueled by Diablo wind gusts ...Read more

New drug overdose data captures earliest days of fentanyl's deadly westward expansion

A rigorous effort to track U.S. overdose deaths and the drugs that caused them offers a snapshot of a fentanyl epidemic on the cusp of a westward shift.

A study released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the synthetic opioid cutting a swath of death and destruction across the northeastern United States and the ...Read more

Google claims 'quantum supremacy.' What could that mean for the future of computing?

For the first time ever, a quantum computer has performed a computational task that would be essentially impossible for a conventional computer to complete, according to a team from Google.

Scientists and engineers from the company's lab in Santa Barbara announced the milestone in a report published Wednesday in the journal Nature. They said ...Read more

Silicon Valley biotech: The military wants your help

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Silicon Valley biotech: The Pentagon wants what you're building.

On Friday, the Department of Defense is holding a workshop in San Jose to learn about local "synthetic biology" research that could help boost homeland security and strengthen the capabilities of the military overseas.

"We're looking for ideas from the ...Read more

More Americans are using Apple Pay than any other mobile-payment app

Apple, which has focused on its services business as a major source of its future revenue growth, can now claim a new title for its Apple Pay digital payment service.

According to new data from digital marketing research firm eMarketer, Apple Pay has surpassed the Starbucks mobile app as the most-popular method for making mobile payments in the...Read more

By age 6, kids tend to see white men as more 'brilliant' than white women

Albert Einstein. Benjamin Franklin. Thomas Edison. Steve Jobs.

Picture a brilliant person in your mind's eye and you're likely to conjure a white male. That idea gets into kids' heads as early as the age of 6, a new study finds.

Researchers who polled more than 200 New York kindergartners and first-graders found that they had already begun to ...Read more

Tech Q&A: How to deal with a Facebook lockout

Q: I was suddenly logged out of my Facebook account on my desktop computer. When I tried to log in again, I received a message that said, "We've detected suspicious activity on your Facebook account and have temporarily locked it as a security precaution." The message said I was probably a victim of phishing (in which an attacker poses as a ...Read more

Google says quantum computer beat 10,000-year task in minutes

LONDON -- Alphabet Inc.'s Google said it's built a computer that's reached "quantum supremacy," performing a computation in 200 seconds that would take the fastest supercomputers about 10,000 years.

The results of Google's tests, which were conducted using a quantum chip it developed in-house, were published Wednesday in the scientific journal ...Read more

What if a delivery drone falls on your head? Thorny legal questions loom as services increase

Imagine you're standing in your front yard when a drone flies overheard, delivering a package to one of your neighbors.

The drone goes over your house, flying much lower than a helicopter could. Would that be considered trespassing? After all, you didn't even order the package. What if the drone took pictures of you and everything else in your ...Read more

Archaeologists unearth a churchyard grave in Jamestown — facing west

JAMESTOWN, Va. -- It was tradition in 17th century Virginia to bury corpses with the heads pointed west and the feet to the east. This was done so that the eyes would face east, toward Jerusalem and the rapture.

Almost a year ago, archaeologists in Jamestown found a grave -- and perhaps the answer to a mystery -- while studying the architecture...Read more

In lawsuit over Alexa recording kids, judge rejects Amazon attempt to require arbitration

Just because someone uses an Amazon Alexa device doesn't mean they've entered into a contract with Amazon.

That's one finding in a proposed order by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle Peterson that would deny Amazon's attempt to force arbitration and dismiss a putative class action lawsuit. The suit, filed in federal court in Seattle in June, ...Read more

Sound Advice: Optoma's HD143X top $500 projector recommendation

Q. The Nebula Capsule Max 720p projector you reviewed recently seems like a great portable projector, but I am looking for a 1080p home theater projector. Can I get good quality for $500 or so?

-- P.K., South Bend, Ind.

A. You definitely can, and I recently experienced how very good it can be.

Last summer my friend Lance and I created a ...Read more

Tech giants fight digital right-to-repair bills

WASHINGTON -- Alex Buchon carefully inserted a slim, credit-card-sized tool into the gently warmed glue holding a broken iPad together. Patiently, he sliced through the glue to separate the screen from the rest of the device, exposing its innards.

The electronics technician needed to get inside to determine whether the device needed a new ...Read more

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