Science & Technology



Instagram will remove 'likes' from posts for some US users

SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook Inc.'s Instagram plans to remove the number of "likes" visible on posts for some users in the U.S. to decrease competitive pressure among people on the photo-sharing service.

Instagram has been hiding like counts in some markets since April, beginning in Canada, and later expanding to Japan and Brazil. The U.S. is one ...Read more

Company that bought Bite Squad signals it paid way too much

The company that in January bought Bite Squad, the Minneapolis food delivery firm, on Thursday wrote off much of that deal.

It had been the most valuable acquisition involving a Twin Cities tech startup this decade.

Waitr Holdings Inc. disclosed a $192 million write-off as it announced quarterly results Thursday, contributing to a $220 million...Read more

Richard Cerutti, whose mastodon discovery shook up the archaeology world, dies at 78

Richard Cerutti knew from an early age that he wanted to be an explorer of the past. He was not yet 10 when he joined his father at a construction site in La Jolla, Calif., and began collecting fossilized clams and snails more than 30 million years old.

What began as a curiosity became an obsession that would one day lead to Cerutti's name ...Read more

Elon Musk says Tesla 'cybertruck' to debut Nov. 21

Tesla fans who have been waiting for the electric car company to unveil its long-promised pickup truck can now circle a debut date on their calendars: Nov. 21.

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted out that date Wednesday morning for when the company plans to show off what he has called on many occasions the "cybertruck."

"Cybertruck unveil ...Read more

3-D printer Stratasys strikes deal with 'Jay Leno's Garage'

Comedian and car enthusiast Jay Leno is teaming up with Stratasys' latest 3-D printers to craft custom-made parts for one-of-a-kind, oddball and vintage cars featured on his cable TV show, "Jay Leno's Garage."

Leno is known for his car obsession and owns more than 150. His CNBC show explores the stories behind the cars he finds, from celebrity ...Read more

How the Google walkout transformed tech workers into activists

At the end of October 2018, Claire Stapleton, then a YouTube employee, sent an email to an internal listserv where women discussed their experiences at Google. Employees had just learned that the company's board of directors had approved a $90-million payout to Andy Rubin, a former Google executive, despite finding that a subordinate's sexual ...Read more

UPS makes first drone deliveries of CVS prescriptions to consumers' homes

ATLANTA -- UPS has completed its first commercial drone deliveries of CVS prescriptions to consumers' homes, as part of a partnership between the shipping giant and the drugstore chain to develop plans for drone delivery service.

UPS said the two flights by its drone subsidiary UPS Flight Forward were the first commercial drone deliveries of a ...Read more

From Silicon Valley to Baltimore: Opportunity zone lures surgical robot maker and opens new investment

BALTIMORE -- The robot looks like a stout, little filing cabinet with one long arm, a simple-looking contraption that belies the precision of the brain, ear and throat microsurgeries it is designed to improve.

The company formed to develop and market the machine, Galen Robotics, recently moved to Baltimore from Silicon Valley and might ...Read more

Transportation and data service providers battle for bandwidth

WASHINGTON -- Two big industries are fighting over radio frequencies that each could use to provide game-changing services.

On one side is the transportation industry, including auto and truck makers and their suppliers. The frequencies would allow smart vehicles of the near future to talk to each other to use roadways more efficiently and ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Here's how to upgrade a Mac to Windows 10

Q: I read in your column that PC users with Windows 7 need to upgrade to Windows 10 by January (see I have a MacBook Pro rather than a PC, but I use VMware software to run Windows as a secondary operating system. (I prefer the Windows versions of some financial programs.) How can I upgrade my Mac to Windows 10?

--Marc ...Read more

Oracle revives charges that Pentagon bid was tainted by Amazon conflicts

WASHINGTON -- Oracle Corp. opened its appeal in a legal challenge of a Pentagon cloud-computing contract valued at as much as $10 billion with a familiar argument: the procurement was unfairly tailored for Inc.

In in its opening brief, which was filed on Friday, Oracle said the cloud project violated federal procurement law and was ...Read more

Liftoff: Antares rocket boosts resupply ship from Virginia to the space station

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. -- As seabirds swooped and Atlantic waves lapped under a crisp blue sky, an Antares rocket roared to life Saturday morning and blasted off from Virginia's Eastern Shore without a hitch.

"Liftoff Antares!" said NASA spokeswoman Leah Cheshier as the booster shot skyward bearing a Cygnus spacecraft packed with more than 8,200 ...Read more

TikTok music-video app gets national security review

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. government has launched a national security review of the popular music-video app TikTok, which is owned by China's ByteDance Inc., according to a person familiar with the investigation.

Beijing-based ByteDance bought two years ago for almost $1 billion to merge it with TikTok., based in Shanghai ...Read more

Big wearables deal: Google buying Fitbit for $2.1 billion

Google is buying Fitbit for about $2.1 billion, diving into the world of wearables already occupied by rivals such as Apple.

The maker of wearable fitness trackers agreed to a deal worth $7.35 a share in cash, it announced Friday. Fitbit shares closed Thursday at $6.18, a 43% increase from their closing price Monday, when Reuters reported that ...Read more

GitHub's trying to quell employee anger over its ICE contract. It's not going well.

When Github Chief Executive Nat Friedman announced on Oct. 9 his company would donate half a million dollars to nonprofits helping communities affected by the Trump administration's immigration policies, it was a peace offering of sorts.

Employees had recently learned that the Microsoft-owned software development platform had renewed its 2016 ...Read more

After layoffs and a PR disaster, some Blizzard employees are dreading BlizzCon

Employees of Blizzard Entertainment always look forward to BlizzCon, the Irvine-based gaming company's annual event for fans. Although preparing for it takes weeks of frenzied work, it's a chance to debut games they've been toiling on, and the thousands of fans who pay more than $200 a ticket for entry treat anyone with an employee badge with ...Read more

Can a Halloween costume influence a trick-or-treater's honesty?

To the 544 trick-or-treaters who walked up to Joshua Tasoff's porch in Monrovia, Calif., it was just a stormy Halloween night replete with costumes and candy.

To Tasoff, it was the perfect setting for a science experiment.

A behavioral economist at Claremont Graduate University, Tasoff was curious about the ways in which costumes might affect ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Here's the problem with keeping your work computer

Q: When I retired six months ago, I was allowed to keep my company laptop that runs Windows 10 Enterprise, a corporate version of the operating system. But now I get a message urging me to "activate Windows," even though the laptop has been running Windows 10 for years. When I try to do that, I get the message: "We can't activate Windows on this...Read more

Looking for angel investors? New San Diego conference awards big money to startups

San Diego has a new startup event that's making a splash in the local tech scene, generating notable cash for entrepreneurs after only one year in business.

The San Diego Angel Conference debuted last year as a way to connect entrepreneurs with individuals who could help fund their business ideas. The conference culminates in a pitch event ...Read more

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