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Video streaming pioneer Roku aims to raise up to $252 million with IPO

Roku Inc., the leading maker of devices for streaming internet video on televisions, hopes to raise up to $252 million with an initial public stock offering.

The Los Gatos, Calif., company's IPO registration filing Monday came the day after the growing popularity of streaming video platforms such as Netflix was evident at the Emmy Awards, where...Read more

If Google invests in Lyft, what does that mean for Uber?

SAN FRANCISCO -- Uber was the indisputable No. 1 player in the domestic on-demand transportation industry. And by its workforce size, passenger count and capital raised, it still is.

But reports on Thursday from Bloomberg and Axios that Google's parent company, Alphabet, is mulling a $1 billion investment in Uber's archrival, Lyft, suggest that...Read more

As NASA's Cassini mission flames out over Saturn, scientists mark bittersweet end of mission

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. -- In the dark of the early morning, planetary scientist Andy Ingersoll stood alone and slightly stooped at a coffee cart at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. More than 900 million miles across the solar system, the 2-ton Cassini spacecraft that he worked on for more than 20 years was being ripped apart and ...Read more

Cassini, the NASA spacecraft that expanded the search for life beyond Earth, dies in Saturn's sky

Cassini, the NASA spacecraft whose breakthrough discoveries about Saturn and its many moons revolutionized the search for life beyond Earth, disintegrated Friday morning in the skies above the ringed planet. It was one month shy of its 20th anniversary in space.

The explorer's death was swift and deliberate. Traveling at 76,000 mph, it hurtled ...Read more

New iPhones may spur a surge in augmented reality

SAN FRANCISCO -- The runaway success of "Pokemon Go" last year taught the world at least two things. One: Lots of people love Pokemon. And two: Creating good augmented reality -- the kind that superimposes 3-D objects into the real world and convinces people they're actually chasing a Pikachu -- is really, really hard.

"It's not so hard that it...Read more

100-plus contenders want Amazon's second headquarters

SEATTLE -- The Amazon gold rush is on.

At least 101 cities, states, provinces and counties in the U.S. and Canada have indicated they are interested in the Seattle company's second headquarters in the week since Amazon announced it was seeking bidders for the megaproject.

They range from obvious big-city candidates like Chicago, to a joint ...Read more

Scientists tinker with gene-mapping device to make DNA editing safe

AUSTIN, Texas -- Ilya Finkelstein chuckles when recounting the origins of the project that landed the University of Texas scientist and his colleagues in the prestigious academic journal Cell.

According to a peer-reviewed article, they found a way for scientists to more safely use a new kind of gene editing technique called CRISPR -- a ...Read more

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is on final approach for fatal rendezvous with Saturn

LOS ANGELES -- The course has been set. The end is in sight. There's no turning back now.

After 13 years of making dazzling discoveries in the Saturn system, Cassini's time is just about up.

In the early hours of Friday morning, the NASA spacecraft will dive into Saturn at 76,000 mph. Within minutes it will vaporize in the cloud tops of the ...Read more

Waymo v. Uber: Uber's second arbitration push thwarted, case speeds on toward trial

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Thwarting Uber's second attempt to push its high-profile, high-stakes trade secrets battle with rival Waymo into private arbitration, a panel of federal appellate judges on Wednesday ruled the case instead will proceed toward its October trial date.

That means the legal battle, which will have a major impact on Uber's self-...Read more

Tech Q&A: Reduce your email spam by having a suspicious attitude

Q: Within two days of joining (a "weather social network" for consumers), I began getting a large number of emails containing advertising and pornography from an organization called "Beautiful Email." Where can I report these two organizations? I know there is a group that controls web addresses; would a complaint to them get ...Read more

Can cycling be safer if bikes are smarter and 'talk' to cars?

DETROIT -- Jake Sigal wants to make biking safer.

To do that, Sigal and his Detroit-area software company, Tome, plan to make bicycles, or their accessories, smarter and allow them to communicate with the cars and trucks that occupy the same streets, sometimes leading to fatal interactions.

For the next year, Tome will be working at the Mcity ...Read more

Are you OK with using your face to unlock your iPhone?

Your passcode can be hacked, but your face is yours and yours alone. That's the thinking behind Apple's latest security measure, which is more high-tech and a bit more intimate than anything else on the market.

With Face ID, which Apple unveiled Tuesday, owners of the company's new top-of-the-line iPhone X will be able to unlock their phone, ...Read more

Jennifer Van Grove: Fantasy Sports crafts formula for better projections

Nearly 60 million people play fantasy sports in the U.S. and Canada. Likely the same number want to improve their odds of selecting top-performing athletes.

The aptly named Fantasy Sports Co. promises to help players do just that.

Started around two years ago, the company makes three different web and mobile apps: LineStar for DraftKings, ...Read more

With iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Apple creates another tier of luxury

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Do you want the newest iPhone, or the best iPhone?

Those two things are typically one and the same, with Apple's latest phone being sleeker, shinier and more powerful than those that came before it. But with the announcement of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X on Tuesday, Apple has created a tiered system: two phones, equally ...Read more

Apple unveils iPhone X; 10th-anniversary model starts at $999

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Ten years ago, Steve Jobs stepped onto the stage at the Moscone convention center in San Francisco to unveil the iPhone, not fully knowing the transformational power it would have on Apple, Silicon Valley, the internet and the entire world.

On Tuesday, his successor, Tim Cook, unveiled the company's latest model, the iPhone...Read more

Helpware: New version of Studio is disappointing

I've been using a device to import analog movies from a VHS player to my PC, digitizing the movie clips in the process. It's a time-consuming task done in real time: A two-hour VHS tape takes at least two hours to stream and preliminarily edit.

While the One-Touch Video Capture program allows for editing on the fly, I needed something more ...Read more

Amazon's surprise plan for second headquarters is a bold experiment

SEATTLE -- is about to test whether expertise delivering packages across a continent translates to skill in getting executives in far-flung cities to play nice together.

The online retailer surprised the business world, and its Seattle hometown, last week with the announcement that it would set up a second home base somewhere in ...Read more

Apple's new iPhone will probably cost more than a MacBook Air

Is a phone worth a mortgage payment? That's what consumers may be asking themselves when Apple unveils its newest iPhone on Tuesday.

The latest iteration of one of America's most indispensable products is expected to come in at a record price befitting a laptop. Analysts expect the entry-level 64-gigabyte handset to cost about $1,000, the 256-...Read more

Need more celebrity news? Russell Wilson's TraceMe kicks off

SEATTLE -- Like a lot of people, Russell Wilson had an idea for an app.

Unlike most, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback had Satya Nadella's cellphone number. He texted the Microsoft chief executive seeking counsel on where to take his idea.

The result of that high-profile referral arrived earlier this month in the form of TraceMe, a sort of news...Read more

Tech Q&A: How to fix browsers that smoke or crash

Q: Some mysterious malware has infected the Edge browser on our Windows 10 laptop, and none of our security programs can get rid of it. When we start Edge, it goes to the MSN login page, which has a scenic view of a small city along a bay. Then dark gray "smoke" begins to cover the picture and the field for logging in. We cleared the browser ...Read more