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Yahoo cuts $350M from sale price

posted: 02/22/2017 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts.

Researchers work on smarter mosquito trap

posted: 02/20/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- A smart trap for mosquitoes? A new high-tech version is promising to catch the bloodsuckers while letting friendlier insects escape -- and even record the exact weather conditions when different species emerge to bite.

Pay system helps drive Google car exodus

posted: 02/20/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

For the past year, Google's car project has been a talent sieve, thanks to leadership changes, strategy doubts, new startup dreams and rivals luring self-driving technology experts. Another force pushing people out? Money. A lot of it.

For futuristic Dubai, rider-carrying drone its next logical step

posted: 02/20/2017 1:57 a.m. Discuss

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of the futuristic city-state in July.

ON COMPUTERS: Windows' recovery option can take computers back from hijackers

posted: 02/20/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

A reader writes to tell us her Windows files have been hijacked. The hijacker is demanding money to release her photos and personal documents. Here's what to do and how to prevent that.

Streaming services fill up space

posted: 02/20/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Netflix, the streaming service that's home to the political drama House of Cards, last month leased a five-story office building in Hollywood, less than three months after signing a decadelong deal for adjacent stages and production offices.

Microsoft plans cloud, AI health push

posted: 02/20/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Microsoft Corp. is trying again in health care, betting its prowess in cloud services and artificial intelligence can help it expand in a market that's been notoriously hard for technology companies.

Background-music firm makes waves

posted: 02/20/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Armed with $22 million in fresh funding, Swedish background-music streamer Soundtrack Your Brand is cutting its musical ties to Spotify Ltd. and embarking on a quest for international growth.

No IPO in sight, Uber tailors stock program to retain staff

posted: 02/20/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Many longtime employees of Uber Technologies Inc. are multimillionaires, at least on paper. But with no initial public offering in sight and a strict policy blocking most private share sales, they're stuck in limbo.

Ford engineers asleep at wheel

posted: 02/18/2017 2:23 a.m. Discuss

As Ford Motor Co. has been developing self-driving cars, the U.S. automaker has noticed a problem during test drives: Engineers monitoring the robot rides are dozing off.

Web-avid, Wal-Mart buys Moosejaw

posted: 02/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. continued to expand its online portfolio Wednesday, acquiring Michigan-based retailer Moosejaw for about $51 million.

Biotech firms wary of curbs on skills visas

posted: 02/13/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

From tiny startups to global giants, the companies that sustain the $324 billion U.S. biotech industry are increasingly alarmed as President Donald Trump considers following his controversial travel ban with restrictions on skilled foreign immigrants.

ON COMPUTERS: Web browser options show difference between online safety, privacy

posted: 02/13/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Which is the safest way to browse the Web: Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox? According to the blog How to Geek, Edge has a slight edge. Many say Firefox has the last word on privacy, and we find that's it it's pretty private.

VW invests in digital autobahn

posted: 02/13/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

WOLFSBURG, Germany -- One of the first things Ole Harms did after taking over Volkswagen's new ride-hailing startup was leave town.

$10B chip plant highlights China's industry momentum

posted: 02/13/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

HONG KONG -- After Intel and Foxconn said they would build advanced factories in the United States, it might have seemed as if the U.S. were gaining high-end manufacturing momentum.

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