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A Gen Z fund? How this 22-year-old raised $1.6 million to invest in underrepresented entrepreneurs

A newly graduated San Diego State University alum has raised $1.6 million — largely through her Twitter following — to invest in startups founded by diverse people rarely seen in the entrepreneurial world.

Paige Finn Doherty, a 22-year-old computer science major, collected the money from angel investors who follow her investing advice on ...Read more

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'Any business with a web presence is a potential target': Washington state sues 'patent troll'

In February, SaltWorks, a Woodinville maker of sea salt consumer products, got some unsettling legal news: The 19-year-old company was being sued for allegedly infringing on a patent covering technology in its e-commerce system.

Although the patent in the lawsuit appeared so generic it could apply to any kind of e-commerce, SaltWorks reportedly...Read more

UW researchers think a fish might be the answer to treating mood disorders, addiction

SEATTLE — University of Washington researchers are studying how to control the brain. They might have found the answer in an eel-like fish.

In a paper published this month, researchers at UW Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis and other institutions say they have successfully used a protein called parapinopsin to manipulate neurons ...Read more

Gadgets: Air purifier/deodorizer easy to use, perfect for allergy season

If there was ever a timely gadget to provide some relief for the spring allergy season, the Scosche FrescheAIR portable HEPA air purifier/deodorizer is it.

Measuring 2.6-inches round by 6.9-inches deep and weighing 1.42 pounds, the FrescheAIR is made with rugged aluminum alloy. It’s not only portable to fit in a backpack or such, but also ...Read more


Review: ‘Resident Evil Village’ finds a way to elevate survival-horror genre

One of the trickiest hurdles to creating a sequel is how to make it feel fresh, like it’s a new project instead of an expansion pack. That’s the issue facing Capcom after it brilliantly revamped its flagship franchise with “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.”

Making a move to first person and developing an innovative narrative design kept �...Read more

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Jim Rossman: Yes, you can use third-party ink in your printer

Last week’s column on home printing brought some good emails this week.

Here’s one from Mac: Your current column on printers hit my last nerve. I would love to see you do an expanded column on the trap you are in when you purchase a Hewlett Packard printer and must use its cartridges for the rest of your life. Without getting in trouble ...Read more

CNET: Best e-readers for 2021

While you can read a book with any phone or tablet if you have an app like Apple Books, Kobo, Kindle or Nook installed, a much more enjoyable and far less distracting reading experience awaits with a dedicated e-reader. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, your local bookstore and library are no longer places to linger while reading. But with e...Read more

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‘Silver linings in this mess of a pandemic’: Telecommuting allows Black women in Maryland to build wealth

BALTIMORE — At first, Minyanna Farmer thought the LinkedIn message from a recruiter was spam. She couldn’t imagine she could work from home and increase her salary by 80%.

But when it turned out to be real, the Forest Park resident didn’t think twice, accepting the offer to become senior manager of relationship marketing for BETMGM, an ...Read more


Ubisoft outlines future of ‘The Division’ franchise with ‘Heartland’ and mobile game

“Tom Clancy’s The Division” has become one of the biggest franchises for Ubisoft. The third-person shooter blends elements of an MMO and cover-based shooter masterfully and wraps it in a compelling storyline about a post-apocalyptic America hit hard by a deadly virus.

Last week, Ubisoft announced it’s expanding that universe with ...Read more


Boulder, Colorado woman identified as person who voiced Amazon's Alexa

“Alexa, who is the woman behind your voice?”

Voiceover artist Nina Rolle has been identified as the actual human who the famous artificial intelligence service is patterned after.

Although Amazon has never revealed the identity of the person who took to the microphone to help create its ubiquitous virtual assistant, Alexa, journalist Brad ...Read more

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Tech Q&A: Viewing photos that are stored in outdated digital formats

Q: I found an old floppy disk with pictures of my grandfather. But the picture files have the suffix ".max" and I don't have the right computer software to open them. What can I do?

—Frank Bayona, Kenner, La.

A: Photo files with the ".max" suffix were scanned from printed pictures by a program called ScanSoft PaperPort. Ideally, you would ...Read more

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Richard Branson is outgunned in billionaire space race

Becoming a public company brings much more scrutiny, and placating investors is doubly difficult when a business isn’t yet generating meaningful revenue (as several start-ups backed by special purpose acquisition companies have found out).

Imagine, though, being a novice listed business trying to complete a suborbital space-travel test ...Read more

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'Modernizing is key': Austin-based Army Futures Command continues to grow, adapt

As Army Futures Command continues to expand its presence and modernization efforts around its base in Austin, Texas, its best practices could help model innovation for the Department of Defense and the rest of the military.

On Tuesday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks toured several Austin sites for the Austin-based innovation ...Read more


Snap suspends anonymous Q&A apps Yolo and LMK after lawsuit over teen's death

Yolo and LMK, two Snapchat apps that allow users to send anonymous messages, are no longer available to users of the social media platform after parent company Snap suspended them Tuesday.

The suspension comes in response to a lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of Kristin Bride, the mother of an Oregon teen who took his own life in 2020 after ...Read more

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Lawsuit against Snap over teen's suicide could test platform protections

One of the last things that Carson Bride did before taking his own life was look to his phone for help.

The 16-year-old had been receiving anonymous messages on Snapchat for months, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday in California, through a popular Snapchat app called YOLO. The messages included sexual comments and taunts over ...Read more

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How to file your taxes for free online

Taxes may be one of life's certainties. But paying to pay them isn't.

In many other countries, the government does the math for you and tells you how much to pay, at no cost to you (beyond the taxes you are paying in the first place). In America, the Internal Revenue Service asks you to guess how much to pay, then punishes you if you are wrong....Read more

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As pollen torments millions, it might be getting worse, and it's poorly measured in America

PHILADELPHIA – He found masses of pollen as thick as “oatmeal,” and once discovered that grains from palm trees had ridden the winds for hundreds of miles to reach his front porch.

For 17 years, Timothy Craig intercepted the airborne gametes of trees, grasses, and weeds with a whirling trap, assiduously examined the captives with a ...Read more

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Google selling users' personal data despite promise, federal court lawsuit claims

Google is making a fortune by selling users’ personal information despite the company’s pledge that it never sells the data, a lawsuit filed this week claims.

“Google promises its hundreds of millions of users that it ‘will never sell any personal information to third parties’ and ‘you get to decide how your information is used.’ ...Read more

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Facebook's Trump verdict renews calls to dismantle legal shield

The decision by a Facebook Inc. panel to extend for up to six months former President Donald Trump’s banishment from the social media platform has renewed calls to revoke the legal shield that enabled Facebook to grow into one of the richest and most powerful companies in the world.

Minutes after the announcement, it was clear that the ...Read more

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Jim Rossman: Don’t let your printer get the best of you

I got a note from a co-worker last week telling me about a discussion she had with a friend about the travails of printing while working from home. The printers they have at home are not as good as the big ones at work, and they had both thrown away home printers that were not cooperating.

I’ve had the same problem.

No one wants to spend a...Read more