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Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak named chairman of Intel's board

MINNEAPOLIS -- California-based Intel Corp. announced Tuesday that Omar Ishrak, the chief executive of medical device giant Medtronic, has been elected as lead independent chairman of the chip manufacturer.

Medtronic, which has operational headquarters in Fridley, Minn., announced last year that Ishrak intends to retire as the company's CEO in ...Read more

Intel and Softbank beware. Open source is coming to the chip business

SAN FRANCISCO -- After revolutionizing software, the open-source movement is threatening to do same to the chip industry.

Big technology companies have begun dabbling with RISC-V, which replaces proprietary know-how in a key part of the chip design process with a free standard that anyone can use. While it's early days, this could create a new ...Read more

New coalition advocating electric vehicles counts Amazon as a founding member

Amazon is one of the initial members of a new industry group set up to help companies electrify their vehicle fleets and support policies that enable electrification.

The Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance, led by Boston-based sustainability nonprofit Ceres, also includes AT&T, Clif Bar, DHL, IKEA, Lime, Siemens and other companies in a ...Read more

Yelp launches new hygiene alerts to flag restaurants in Chicago and LA with the worst health inspection results

Yelp has started flagging restaurants with the worst health inspection violations, a feature it hopes will motivate businesses to clean up their acts if they want to keep operating.

The review site, which lists about 10,000 Chicago restaurants and bars, rolled out its health alerts feature Wednesday in Chicago and Los Angeles, following a pilot...Read more

Tech Q&A: How to migrate data from a Windows 7 PC to a new Mac

Q: Rather than switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10, I decided to buy a Mac. What's the easiest way to transfer my pictures, important files, Gmail, music and Google Chrome bookmarks from the PC to the Mac?

--Kim Munson, Bloomington, Minn.

A: Most of that information can be transferred automatically using Apple's free Windows Migration ...Read more

A new battleground in the web browser wars: Privacy

Google announced a massive shift last week in how it handles cookies, those pesky digital trackers that chase us around the internet and serve up targeted ads that are both creepy yet eerily precise reflections of our wants. The search giant, which just helped Alphabet Inc. surpass a $1 trillion valuation, said it will eventually stop supporting...Read more

Philadelphia startup GoPuff, founded by Drexel grads, raises $1 billion

GoBrands, the Philadelphia-based delivery company that wants its GoPuff warehouse and delivery service to replace student runs to Wawa, beer and CBD stores, has raised $750 million plus a pledge of $250 million more if it does well this year, according to two people close to the company.

The investment round was led by the Japanese-run, Saudi ...Read more

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai says it's 'no question' artificial intelligence needs regulation

With several Bay Area cities moving to stop the use of facial recognition technology, the chief executive of one of the area's tech giants has come out in favor of stricter, and more widespread regulation of such types of artificial intelligence technologies.

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said there is "no question" that AI needs more regulation ...Read more

Research team confirms asteroid impact caused dinosaur extinction

An asteroid striking the earth 66 million years ago caused the mass extinction of dinosaurs and other animals, a new study has confirmed.

The study rejects a competing hypothesis attributing the phenomenon to volcanic eruptions in southern India.

According to the study published in the journal Science on Thursday, at least half of the massive ...Read more

Elizabeth Holmes' Theranos case: Feds claim patient harms related to HIV, pregnancy

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Federal prosecutors this week attacked in dramatic fashion a move by fallen Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes to quash felony fraud charges related to patients who paid for the company's blood tests.

The bombshell court action by the prosecution came in response to a mid-December motion by Holmes to get a judge to dismiss ...Read more

Remember DVDs? Two studios have a plan to preserve the near-dead format

LOS ANGELES -- The market for DVD and Blu-ray discs has been on life support for years, as streaming has become the technology of choice for home video customers.

In the last decade, the U.S. market for physical discs has gone from a more than $10-billion business in the U.S. to roughly a third of that in terms of consumer spending, according ...Read more

Your $14 salad's not as eco-friendly as advertised — but Sweetgreen's trying

In the summer of 2016, Sweetgreen executive Kevin Quandt got a confidential tip about something rotten that was going on inside his company's restaurants. Or, to be more precise, about something rotting that was going out of them: garbage.

As vice president of supply chain and sustainability, Quandt was in charge of sourcing ingredients that ...Read more

U.S. patent activity surged in 2019 with Microsoft, Amazon among the top 10 recipients

SEATTLE -- Washington's technology giants were both among the top 10 recipients of U.S. patents in 2019, a record year for new intellectual property.

Microsoft ranked fourth with 3,083 patents granted and Amazon, with 2,434, was ninth, according to an analysis by IFI Claims Patent Services. Boeing was 22nd on the list, with 1,383.

Just behind ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Fixing Bluetooth music in your car

Q: When my iPhone connects to my car via Bluetooth, iTunes will play two songs, then skip through about 25 songs. It will then play two more songs, then skip ahead again. What's wrong?

-- Kathy Magrew, Maple Grove, Minn.

A: Your Bluetooth-equipped car is automatically "pairing" with your iPhone's Bluetooth wireless signal each time you travel....Read more

Can this San Diego startup mimic exercise and fasting with a pill? Epirium raises $85M to find out

A biotech startup in La Jolla has raised $85 million from notable science investors to investigate its idea for treating age-related diseases: a pill that mimics the effects of exercise and fasting.

The company, called Epirium Bio, says its scientists have discovered a new human hormone, which, when influenced, can trigger the production of ...Read more

Who is taking and selling your personal data? Washington state lawmakers work to give people more of a say

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington lawmakers are making another push to pass privacy regulations that govern companies' collection and sale of people's private digital information.

A proposal to implement European-style data-privacy regulations -- with more consumer rights about the personal information gathered -- fell apart last year, in part ...Read more

Google follows Apple in ending third-party 'cookies' in ad-tracking

Google is planning to "render obsolete" a key tool advertisers use to track people around the web, increasing user privacy but also disrupting the marketers and publishers who rely on the search giant's ad products.

Over the next two years the Alphabet Inc. unit intends to stop supporting third-party cookies in its Chrome browser, Google said ...Read more

National Security Agency discovers vulnerability in Microsoft Windows

SEATTLE -- The National Security Agency announced that it had found a "critical vulnerability" in Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating systems that could enable cyber intrusions.

The NSA recognized "the severity of the vulnerability" and disclosed it to Microsoft to expedite the process of fixing it, according to Anne Neuberger, the NSA's ...Read more

National Security Agency discovers vulnerability in Microsoft Windows

SEATTLE -- The National Security Agency alerted Microsoft Corp. that it had found a vulnerability in Windows operating systems that could enable cyber intrusions, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The news comes hours before Microsoft is scheduled to release a security update, which is part of a company practice of disclosing ...Read more

'Right-to-repair' fight extends from iPhones to tractors

The software in Peter Ripka's $120,000 tractor gave him an error code and cut the engine to 50% capacity, and Ripka couldn't figure out why. He was locked out.

The farmer near Ogilvie called the dealership to send someone with a computer to identify the problem. Three days and two service calls later, a simple matter of water in the diesel ...Read more