Science & Technology



Here's a $10,000 offer to leave the Bay Area

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A trio of former Google employees who were drawn to the promise of Silicon Valley have founded a company that will pay Bay Area residents $10,000 to move away.

Launched Tuesday, San Jose-based MainStreet aims to entice people frustrated by astronomical housing costs and soul-sucking traffic to places such as Sacramento or ...Read more

UPS tracks beef shipment from farm to table with new technology

UPS demonstrated blockchain-verified tracking of a shipment of Black Angus beef from Kansas to the table of a Japanese steakhouse last week.

The shipping firm said consumers want to know more about the food they consume, but there is no known global standard for tracing and verification.

UPS is partnering with agricultural technology firm ...Read more

University of Missouri loses suit over records of dogs and cats used in research

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Boone County, Mo., judge has ruled that University of Missouri violated the state's open records law by placing an exorbitantly high price tag on records sought by a California animal rescue group.

When the Beagle Freedom Project requested MU records on 179 cats and dogs that the school used in medical research, the ...Read more

Blood-from-the-young startup is back to juicing up the old despite FDA warning

Despite a Food and Drug Administration warning that draining blood from young folk and infusing it into older people might be harmful, startup Ambrosia says it has resumed doing just that.

The exsanguination enterprise earlier this year stopped selling young blood by the liter to old people and filling them up with it, immediately after the FDA...Read more

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

University of Michigan researchers use laser to hack voice-activated devices like Amazon Echo

A red laser slices through the air, landing on the top of an Amazon Echo sitting inside a house. Suddenly, the garage door opens, a burglar slides in, uses another laser to have the Echo start the car and drives off.

Sound far-fetched? It's not anymore.

Researchers from the University of Michigan have used laser lights to exploit a wide ...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