Facebook's business model has always been simple: acquire as much personal information from users as possible, then find a way to make money off of it.
For more than a decade, it proved to be a remarkably successful strategy, bringing to the social platform 2 billion monthly users to friend, feud and play Farmville.
But as the year comes to a ...Read more
Accusing Google of misleading practices about kids' apps, nearly two dozen child- and consumer-advocacy groups on Wednesday asked the FTC to investigate the Android maker.
In a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission, the groups said many apps included in the Family section of Google Play engage in prohibited targeted advertising, ...Read more
Young blood is stepping into San Diego's tech scene with the arrival of a new VC fund. The venture capitalists -- all in their 30s and younger -- have launched with $50 million in cash to invest in software startups.
The fund, called Blueprint Equity, is led by founders Bobby Ocampo, 33, and Sheldon Lewis, 34. The duo met more than a decade ago...Read more
Q: I mainly use the Google Chrome browser on my Windows 10 PC. But sometimes video won't play on that browser, and I have to switch to Mozilla Firefox. Sometimes web links won't work on one of those browsers, but they do work on the Microsoft Edge browser. I'd rather just use one browser; where can I get one that works for everything?
-- Mark ...Read more
3M Co. will acquire the healthcare technology business of MModal for about $1 billion, officials announced Wednesday.
The deal is expected to give Maplewood, Minn.-based 3M a healthcare technology firm specializing in cloud-based, conversational artificial intelligence systems that help physicians capture patient information so they can spend ...Read more
Ford Motor Co. has developed a prototype quiet kennel for dogs by using noise-cancellation technology created for high-end vehicles sold in Europe.
For years, veterinarians have urged people to find quiet space for their pets because holiday fireworks can terrify the animals. They run away, get hit by cars, develop anxiety and stress that can ...Read more
Tech giants Facebook and Google will pay Washington state more than $450,000 to settle twin lawsuits filed by Attorney General Bob Ferguson accusing the companies of failure to abide by state laws on political advertising transparency.
In the settlements, filed Tuesday in King County Superior Court, the companies did not admit any violations of...Read more
If you haven't logged off of Facebook yet today, the NAACP would like you to do so -- now.
The organization took to its website and Twitter page to call for everyone to boycott not just Facebook, but also Instagram and the WhatsApp messaging platform, after a report from a Senate committee on Monday said that Russia's Internet Research Agency (...Read more
Uptake Technologies allegedly has engaged in a "ruthless scheme to poach" executives and trade secrets from General Electric, according to a lawsuit the struggling conglomerate filed Monday against the Chicago-based data analytics firm.
The lawsuit says the alleged "scheme" started roughly a year ago, after Caterpillar and another company ended...Read more
Q. We want to buy televisions for our kids and their families this Christmas. We have $500 per television budgeted and would like at least a 50-inch screen size. Any recommendations?
-- L. A., San Antonio, Texas
A. Go straight to the TCL 55-inch 5 Series 4K Roku TV, $449. I love finding exceptional values for my readers, and this is one of ...Read more
Third quarter numbers delivered a combination of good news and bad news for the California solar industry, echoing a pattern seen on the national stage as the sector confronts growing pains that include tariffs recently put into place by the Trump administration.
California installed 462 megawatts of solar between July and September -- ...Read more
Google announced Monday that it will spend more than $1 billion to build a new campus in New York City, a major expansion that could add more than 7,000 jobs to the area.
The announcement comes just days after Apple said it will build new offices across the United States, a plan that includes adding hundreds of jobs in New York. Amazon.com said...Read more
Fifteen months ago, online retailer Amazon set off the biggest economic development competition in U.S. history, igniting a media firestorm when it opened public bidding for its $5 billion second headquarters project, dubbed HQ2. Amazon invited every North American city to submit a proposal, and in January the company -- in almost reality TV-...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- When a seaside property owner blocks beach access with a gate, the California Coastal Commission can order it removed.
When a developer builds along the coast without permission, the agency can rain down millions in fines.
But when tech billionaire Sean Parker chose a wedding venue in violation of the California Coastal Act, the...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Got too many passwords to remember? Just wait. It's going to get a lot worse.
Average consumers five years from now may face double the demands for passwords, said Emmanuel Schalit, chief executive of Dashlane, a consumer password security company.
Schalit and other experts predict that passwords will explode in further use ...Read more
Apple will expand its workforce at new and existing offices across the country and plans to build a billion-dollar campus for 5,000 additional employees in Austin, Texas.
Though Austin will land the biggest part of the Silicon Valley giant's expansion, the Cupertino company also announced plans Thursday to open additional offices in Culver City...Read more
Apple said Thursday that it plans to expand in San Diego, bringing 1,000 employees to the local workforce over the next three years.
The Cupertino iPhone maker, which is in a bitter legal fight with Qualcomm over patent fees, made the announcement as part of its unveiling of a new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas.
Apple said it was ...Read more
A new plant in Gary, Ind., plans to turn hundreds of thousands of tons of trash into fuel, some of which could end up powering United Airlines' planes.
California-based Fulcrum BioEnergy on Thursday announced plans for the $600 million alternative fuel plant in Gary. Construction is not expected to start until 2020. But once operations begin, ...Read more
AUSTIN, Texas -- Apple Inc. is planning to spend $1 billion to build a new 133-acre corporate campus in North Austin that initially will employ up to 5,000 people, cementing Austin's status as the high-tech company's largest hub outside of its California headquarters.
The facility -- which will be less than a mile from Apple's existing main ...Read more
Things your phone probably reminds you of: Your mother's birthday. Your kid's doctor appointment. That thing Beyonce said on Twitter. The new episode of "The Romanoffs." Email. News headlines.
Now, thanks to scientists at Northwestern University's Center on Bio-Integrated Electronics, your phone can also tell you exactly how much sunlight your ...Read more
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