Most experts agree that sweet flavors such as cotton candy and mango help entice teens to try their first-ever puff on an electronic cigarette. But what keeps them coming back?
Flavors appear to play a role in that too, according to a new study of Los Angeles high school students. Those who vaped with flavors other than tobacco and menthol were...Read more
Chicago technology company Sprout Social filed paperwork to go public and raise $100 million.
Sprout Social, founded in 2010, makes software platforms for companies to manage social media, and makes money mainly from subscriptions to that software. The company has 23,000 customers around the world and has seen consistent revenue growth, but has...Read more
In an effort to reduce the amount of unseemly and graphic images posted on its social media platform, Instagram said it will begin banning drawings, cartoons and memes that depict people engaging in self-harm and suicide.
The announcement is an expansion of a policy that Facebook-owned Instagram put in place in February to ban graphic images of...Read more
High school team. College program. Development league. Pro draft.
It's a system familiar to sports fans. But if you want to make your living in esports, the path isn't nearly so defined.
Aspiring professional gamers are left to hustle and self-promote their way onto any platform they can find -- and hope the right person happens to be looking....Read more
Facebook on Friday continued with its ongoing efforts to give its users more control over what they see on the social network by launching Facebook News, a new option that will include more-personalized selection of content from some of the nation's best-known news outlets.
Facebook said the new service will initially be rolled out as a test ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The two fires broke out hours apart and hundreds of miles from each other.
But the fire that burned into subdivisions in suburban Santa Clarita Valley and the blaze that tore though bucolic Northern California wine country had one thing in common: fierce winds.
In Sonoma County, the Kincade fire was fueled by Diablo wind gusts ...Read more
A rigorous effort to track U.S. overdose deaths and the drugs that caused them offers a snapshot of a fentanyl epidemic on the cusp of a westward shift.
A study released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the synthetic opioid cutting a swath of death and destruction across the northeastern United States and the ...Read more
For the first time ever, a quantum computer has performed a computational task that would be essentially impossible for a conventional computer to complete, according to a team from Google.
Scientists and engineers from the company's lab in Santa Barbara announced the milestone in a report published Wednesday in the journal Nature. They said ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Silicon Valley biotech: The Pentagon wants what you're building.
On Friday, the Department of Defense is holding a workshop in San Jose to learn about local "synthetic biology" research that could help boost homeland security and strengthen the capabilities of the military overseas.
"We're looking for ideas from the ...Read more
Apple, which has focused on its services business as a major source of its future revenue growth, can now claim a new title for its Apple Pay digital payment service.
According to new data from digital marketing research firm eMarketer, Apple Pay has surpassed the Starbucks mobile app as the most-popular method for making mobile payments in the...Read more
Albert Einstein. Benjamin Franklin. Thomas Edison. Steve Jobs.
Picture a brilliant person in your mind's eye and you're likely to conjure a white male. That idea gets into kids' heads as early as the age of 6, a new study finds.
Researchers who polled more than 200 New York kindergartners and first-graders found that they had already begun to ...Read more
Q: I was suddenly logged out of my Facebook account on my desktop computer. When I tried to log in again, I received a message that said, "We've detected suspicious activity on your Facebook account and have temporarily locked it as a security precaution." The message said I was probably a victim of phishing (in which an attacker poses as a ...Read more
LONDON -- Alphabet Inc.'s Google said it's built a computer that's reached "quantum supremacy," performing a computation in 200 seconds that would take the fastest supercomputers about 10,000 years.
The results of Google's tests, which were conducted using a quantum chip it developed in-house, were published Wednesday in the scientific journal ...Read more
Imagine you're standing in your front yard when a drone flies overheard, delivering a package to one of your neighbors.
The drone goes over your house, flying much lower than a helicopter could. Would that be considered trespassing? After all, you didn't even order the package. What if the drone took pictures of you and everything else in your ...Read more
JAMESTOWN, Va. -- It was tradition in 17th century Virginia to bury corpses with the heads pointed west and the feet to the east. This was done so that the eyes would face east, toward Jerusalem and the rapture.
Almost a year ago, archaeologists in Jamestown found a grave -- and perhaps the answer to a mystery -- while studying the architecture...Read more
Just because someone uses an Amazon Alexa device doesn't mean they've entered into a contract with Amazon.
That's one finding in a proposed order by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle Peterson that would deny Amazon's attempt to force arbitration and dismiss a putative class action lawsuit. The suit, filed in federal court in Seattle in June, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Alex Buchon carefully inserted a slim, credit-card-sized tool into the gently warmed glue holding a broken iPad together. Patiently, he sliced through the glue to separate the screen from the rest of the device, exposing its innards.
The electronics technician needed to get inside to determine whether the device needed a new ...Read more
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg continued with his recent public openness campaign on Monday when he reiterated what he said was the social-media giant's commitment to free expression amid criticism about his company's role in political campaigns.
"I get that a lot of people are angry at us," Zuckerberg said in an interview with NBC ...Read more
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- SkyWater Technology Inc., the biggest maker of semiconductors in Minnesota, is adding a third clean room that will allow it to build smaller chips and ones designed for outer space.
Construction just started at the factory in Bloomington, just a few blocks from the Mall of America, on the addition. "It's exciting to be ...Read more
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Space mice, radiation vests, robotic avatars and recycling polymers for 3D printers are among the science experiments bound for the International Space Station on the next commercial resupply mission from Virginia.
Northrop Grumman's 12th robotic mission -- and its first under a new NASA contract -- is set to launch no ...Read more
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