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Google, other tech companies warned over 'dangerous' banning of neo-Nazis, hate groups

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer has been pushed offline or perhaps to the dark web by GoDaddy, Google and Cloudflare, which one by one made it impossible for the news and commentary provider to keep operating after it published an article that criticized a woman who died during last weekend's violent protests in ...Read more

Former Uber CEO calls investor's lawsuit against him a smear campaign

NEW YORK -- Uber's co-founder and former chief executive, Travis Kalanick, struck back at venture capital firm Benchmark this week when he sought to dismiss a fraud lawsuit Benchmark had filed against him, describing it as a "smear campaign."

Kalanick's motion to dismiss, filed Thursday, comes a week after Benchmark sued him, alleging that he ...Read more

Cutting off white supremacists: Apple Pay, Cloudflare and PayPal join the trend

NEW YORK -- Apple, Cloudflare and PayPal have joined the parade of companies cutting off services to white nationalists after an anti-racist counter-protester was killed and others were injured in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.

In statements circulated among employees and published online, the companies condemned hate groups and distanced ...Read more

New bill in California would crack down on VC sexual harassment

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Appalled by the recent spate of sexual harassment allegations shaking Silicon Valley's venture capital community, a California legislator is introducing a bill that would, for the first time, lay out explicit legal penalties for investors who harass founders.

California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Santa Barbara ...Read more

Website security firm CEO wakes up mad, sends neo-Nazi website to its doom

SAN FRANCISCO -- A tech executive's anger led him to lash out against the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website hounded from the internet domain registries of GoDaddy and Google after it rhetorically attacked the woman killed during the recent alt-right violence in Charlottesville, Va.

On Wednesday, Matthew Prince, CEO of Cloudflare, a San ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Avoiding Android 'drive-by' malware

Q: Several times a day, I get a pop-up on my Samsung Galaxy S7 phone that says "Kskas.apk" is ready to download. I assume this is malicious software, so I always delete the message. But is there any way to stop these pop-ups from appearing on my phone?

-- Glenn Correnti, Metairie, La.

A: Congratulations on avoiding Kskas.apk, which is malware ...Read more

Protests against Google are postponed as culture wars roil Silicon Valley

Conservative protesters scuttled plans to gather outside Google's offices this weekend, putting on hold an effort to take America's culture wars directly to Silicon Valley.

The region was long insulated from political rancor but now has become one of the most important ideological battlegrounds. That became more clear Wednesday, when protest ...Read more

How Facebook is tackling hate speech after the Charlottesville rally

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Facebook has cracked down on hate speech in the wake of a violent Charlottesville, Va., rally by removing online accounts and posts from white supremacists.

A company spokesperson on Tuesday pointed to eight pages or accounts, which the Menlo Park tech firm pulled down from Facebook and Instagram, including the Right Wing ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Avoiding Android 'drive-by' malware

Q: Several times a day, I get a pop-up on my Samsung Galaxy S7 phone that says "Kskas.apk" is ready to download. I assume this is malicious software, so I always delete the message. But is there any way to stop these pop-ups from appearing on my phone?

-- Glenn Correnti, Metairie, La.

A: Congratulations on avoiding Kskas.apk, which is malware ...Read more

New non-native species emerges in Great Lakes after a mostly clean decade

MILWAUKEE--The stew of non-native species known to be swarming in the Great Lakes just got a little thicker.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that a new type of zooplankton, commonly reported in Europe and Asia, has been discovered in the western basin of Lake Erie.

Precisely how the rotifer Brachionus leydigii arrived...Read more

This odd-looking creature may be the 'missing link' in dinosaur evolution

Chilesaurus, a two-legged dinosaur with a Frankenstein-like mix of features, could be the "missing link" that fills a mysterious gap in the dinosaur family tree, a new analysis shows.

The findings, published in the journal Biology Letters, may support a new proposal that could alter our understanding of dinosaur evolution.

Chilesaurus, ...Read more

Uber settles federal probe over alleged spying on passengers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Uber must beef up its privacy protections and submit to 20 years of outside monitoring after failing to safeguard both drivers' and passengers' sensitive information, federal regulators said Tuesday.

The penalties -- announced as part of a settlement the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company reached with the Federal Trade ...Read more

Amazon launches Instant Pickup service at five college campuses

SEATTLE -- has launched yet another brick-and-mortar experiment, this time geared to college students in a hurry on their campuses.

The service, dubbed Instant Pickup, offers a limited stock of basic items that range from snacks to phone chargers and Amazon devices.

Using the service, shoppers -- members of Prime, or the discounted ...Read more

Forget China: Here's why the next manufacturing boom could come from space

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- These days, it's hardly exotic to see a "made in China" sticker slapped on your favorite product. But what if that sticker said "made in space?"

A Mountain View-based startup earlier this month revealed new breakthroughs in its quest to build in-space factories that will orbit the Earth and pump out products that are ...Read more

Severing ties with utilities isn't as easy as cutting the cable cord

LOS ANGELES -- If disaster ever struck, Joe Fleischmann could keep the lights, refrigerator and big-screen TV running in his Orange County home, even if the power company went dark.

Fleischmann is an early adopter of home energy storage: In his garage is a battery strong enough to help keep the essentials in operation.

The home of the former ...Read more

Cord-cutting conundrum: Best ways to watch pro sports online without cable

It's Sunday morning, and you're already on the couch with a cup of coffee (or a can of beer) ready to watch your favorite NFL team on TV. Maybe you stick around after the football games to see baseball, hockey or basketball in the afternoon.

For many sports fans, it's a weekend ritual that has helped make broadcast and cable television a ...Read more

Helpware: Digitize those VHS tapes before they fade

Procrastination has its consequences, as evidenced by the dozen VHS tapes I should have digitized years ago.

Many of them are now faded, and I'm fearful the films will tear before I can digitize them, leaving me only with fading memories in my mind.

I remember somewhat fondly carrying a 10-pound camcorder on my shoulder and shooting hours of ...Read more

Investor tells Uber employees why its suing former CEO

SAN FRANCISCO -- Four days after suing former Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick, accusing him of fraud, early Uber investor Benchmark told Uber employees why it resorted to legal action: Kalanick, it said, was getting in the way.

In an open letter sent to Uber employees and publicly shared on Twitter, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm ...Read more

Amazon's robots: Job destroyers or dance partners?

NORTH READING, Mass. -- Every day is graduation day at Amazon Robotics.

Here's where the more than 100,000 orange robots that glide along the floors of various Amazon warehouses are made and taught their first steps.

Here they practice their first pirouettes. And heavy lifting too, as they twirl while hauling fabric shelves filled with cinder ...Read more

NASA research plane 'kicking off the show' during total eclipse

SEATTLE--A NASA research plane, with the agency's science director onboard, will fly out of Boeing Field in Seattle on Aug. 21, to capture the first video of the total solar eclipse as it sweeps ashore at the Oregon coast.

"We're kicking off the show," said Leslie Williams, spokeswoman for NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Southern ...Read more


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