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Marissa Mayer, ex-CEO of Yahoo, riles up neighbors with plan for women's club in mortuary

Out with the dead, in with the women and kids.

Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer plans to turn Palo Alto's oldest mortuary into a private club for working women and their families.

Mayer five years ago bought the former Roller & Hapgood & Tinney funeral home, and is now seeking a zoning change to transform it into "The Corner House," a club ...Read more

More than 1 in 3 Americans eat fast food on a typical day, and we eat it all day long

If you're an adult in America, there's a better than 1 in 3 chance that you'll eat fast food today -- if you haven't already.

New survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 36.6 percent of us eat some kind of fast food on any given day. That includes 37.9 percent of men and 35.4 percent of women, according to a ...Read more

Tsunami in Indonesia shows blind spots in global warning systems

Across the world, dozens of deep-sea ocean sensors are a first line of defense that warns officials when a devastating tsunami is coming.

When an earthquake strikes, the sensors capture the movement of ocean waters, giving authorities precious time to alert residents to move to higher ground.

But the destructive tsunami that hit Indonesia on ...Read more

Microsoft unveils new Surface devices, including headphones

Microsoft announced several new Surface devices at an event in Manhattan on Tuesday, saying the computers have faster speeds and longer battery lives.

The big surprise at the company's fall devices event was not a computer at all, but Surface headphones, which feature 13 levels of noise canceling technology. The ear-covering headphones don't ...Read more

City of Seattle fighting federal government's new 5G rules

SEATTLE -- The city of Seattle will appeal rules set last week by the federal government that seek to set a countrywide standard for how much cities can charge telecom providers to set up 5G technology for ultrafast cellular connectivity.

The rules from the Federal Communications Commission are an "overreach" by the U.S. government, and will ...Read more

GM tracked radio listening habits for 3 months: Here's why

Whether you're using your cellphone or listening to your car radio, it's likely that someone is paying attention.

That someone might be General Motors. The automaker wants to make money from understanding its drivers' car radio listening habits.

In a three-month test, GM used in-car Wi-Fi to track the habits of some of its drivers in hopes of ...Read more

Sound Advice: Are there any products out there that function similarly to a VCR?

Q. Do any manufacturers make a DVR that has a broadcast tuner and internal memory, so a person can set a particular time and channel to record, and then review the program at their leisure? I am looking for something that works much as the old VCRs worked. All the products I have been able to find use proprietary program guides and it seems the ...Read more

As cannabis market heats up, scientists race to build 'weed biofactories'

SAN DIEGO -- Scientists are hustling on behalf of the weed industry to find new ways to produce the most valuable compounds in marijuana, ditching greenhouses in favor of big steel vats of yeast that can 'brew' cannabis like Budweiser brews beer.

The science, once brought to market, would be a goldmine for those who perfect it, giving two ...Read more

Here's what experts who study sexual violence say about the credibility of Christine Blasey Ford's testimony

What Christine Blasey Ford remembers best about that night 30-plus years ago is the laughter.

It came, she said, from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge -- two high school boys who drunkenly locked her into the bedroom of a friend's house where she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh.

In testimony Thursday to ...Read more

Men outnumber women as TV and movie characters in STEM. That's threatening girls' interest in the male-dominated careers.

Women are outnumbered by men nearly 2 to 1 in science, technology, engineering and math roles on TV, and a new study suggests that dramatic imbalance might be discouraging girls from pursing STEM careers.

The numbers hardly improved between 2007 and 2017, according to the study, which was released this week and looked at more than 1,000 ...Read more

US senators to Google: What are your China search plans?

Google's plans to revive search in China got a turn in the spotlight Wednesday during a Senate committee hearing about Americans' online data privacy.

Google, which was among the handful of companies that sent a top executive to testify before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, was asked repeatedly about its reported...Read more

Amazon, Apple, Google and others face senators' questions over user privacy

Representatives of six major technology and communications companies, including Google, Apple and AT&T, are testifying Wednesday before the Senate Commerce Committee about safeguarding user privacy.

The hearing aims to review the nation's patchwork of privacy laws and determine whether Congress should act to strengthen them.

"The question is ...Read more

AT&T, Samsung team up to create 5G 'Innovation Zone' in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas -- Tech giants AT&T and Samsung announced Wednesday that they will create the country's first manufacturing-focused 5G "Innovation Zone" in Austin.

The zone, designed to test 5th generation wireless broadband technology, will be on Samsung Austin Semiconductor's 160-acre campus in North Austin.

The site will feature AT&T's 5G ...Read more

Tech Q&A: How to fix problems with e-mail settings

Q: When I reinstalled Microsoft's Office 365, its Outlook e-mail program unexpectedly changed my e-mail settings from POP (Post Office Protocol) to IMAP (internet Message Access Protocol). This is an entirely different way of handling e-mail, and doesn't match the type of mail account I have. How can I change my e-mail settings back to POP?

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Sound Advice: Cambridge Audio Yoyo speakers have outstanding sound quality

Q. I might purchase the Yoyo (L) from Cambridge Audio since their Air 100 and Air 200 speakers that you highly recommended are no longer available. Have you had a chance to listen to the Yoyo (L) model yet and, if so, would you highly recommend it for its overall sound quality? I know you have stated in your weekly column that you plan to review...Read more

Delta to use facial recognition in Atlanta's international terminal

ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines plans to launch what it calls the nation's first "biometric terminal" by deploying facial recognition at multiple points in the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson.

At the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal and Concourse F at the Atlanta airport, Delta plans to use facial recognition at check-in, at ...Read more

Google at 20: Tech giant unveils three big shifts in search

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week, on Monday looked to the future as it unveiled three big shifts in search that appear to take aim at some of its biggest competitors.

With Journeys, search users will have a chance to collect their searches and results over time. The company is also anticipating query-...Read more

Walmart to salad growers: If you want to sell, you have to blockchain

Produce companies that want to sell lettuce and salads at Walmart and Sam's Clubs will have to learn the skills of cryptocurrency traders, the giant retailer announced Monday.

By the end of January, 2020, Walmart will require California-based produce companies such as Dole, Taylor Farms and Fresh Express to join a blockchain-based supply chain ...Read more

Instagram's founders are leaving Facebook amid conflict over direction of photo app

The founders of Instagram announced in a surprise move Monday that they were leaving Facebook -- apparently due to disagreements with Mark Zuckerberg over the photo app's direction.

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger said they were "ready for their next chapter" and said they were grateful for the six years they spent at Facebook, which acquired ...Read more

Researchers create device to detect mosquito species common for disease

AUSTIN, Texas -- Standing just three matchboxes tall, a new device out of the University of Texas is expected to make surveillance of a mosquito species known for carrying deadly diseases quick and easy.

Researchers created a tool with which users can crush a dead mosquito and add a mixture of chemicals to it. After a half-hour wait, the blend ...Read more