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Snapchat to sell Spectacles, sunglasses with an embedded camera

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:35:00 PDT

In the coming weeks, Snapchat plans to begin selling sunglasses that have a small camera capable of recording 10-second video clips.

The high-tech shades will cost $130 and mark the app maker’s first crack at electronics, the Wall Street Journal Magazine reported late Friday. Snapchat Chief Executive...


It's strange Yahoo took 2 years to discover a data breach, security experts say

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:00:00 PDT

When Yahoo reported Thursday that hackers had breached its databases and gained access to users’ emails, dates of births, encrypted passwords and security answers, cybersecurity experts weren’t surprised. Cyberattacks are, after all, now par for the course, and no company is immune. 

But what struck...


What you should do if you have a Yahoo account

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:40:00 PDT

Yahoo confirmed Thursday that at least 500 million user accounts had been affected by a massive breach. Here are some answers to basic questions that you may have about the breach.

What information has been hacked?

Yahoo's chief information security officer, Bob Lord, said in a blog post that account...


Yahoo hacked: Personal data stolen from at least 500 million accounts

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:00:00 PDT

Yahoo Inc. suffered a data breach in 2014 that affected at least 500 million Yahoo user accounts, the company announced Thursday.

The Sunnyvale, Calif., Internet firm said the hacker is believed to be a “state-sponsored actor” and may have gained access to user information such as names, email...


LinkedIn wants its new Learning tool to help you keep your job

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:55:00 PDT

LinkedIn has long been the social network of choice for people looking for a job. Now the strait-laced cousin of Facebook also wants to be the social network for people looking to keep the jobs they already have.

On Thursday, the San Francisco firm announced LinkedIn Learning, a feature that offers...


California Supreme Court votes to review a libel case over negative Yelp reviews

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:20:00 PDT

The California Supreme Court agreed to review Yelp’s objection to a decision ordering it to strip the Internet of comments posted about a San Francisco law firm. 

The law firm owner, Dawn Hassell, sued Ava Bird, the disgruntled former client who allegedly posted the reviews — and lower courts agreed...


These HD TV sets use more energy than you'd expect, group alleges

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:55:00 PDT

An environmental group is accusing three major television manufacturers of misleading consumers and regulators about how much energy their high-definition screens devour and that sets from two of the companies are designed to draw less power during government testing than in ordinary use.

The report...


Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg pledge $3 billion to fight diseases

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:35:00 PDT

After investing millions of dollars in education and opening their own private K-12 school this year, pediatrician Priscilla Chan and her husband, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, announced Wednesday that they will invest $3 billion over the next decade to fight diseases.

The funds will come...


GoPro unveils its new Karma quadcopter, though restrictions on drones loom large

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:20:00 PDT

GoPro Inc., known for its rugged camcorder for outdoor adventurers, has unveiled a compact drone designed to record people’s treks from above.

The Karma enters the burgeoning market for consumer drones as one of the first models to be more than a toy, but the quadcopter is coming out a time when...


Samsung says exploded Note 7 phone in China had no battery problem

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:10:00 PDT

Early on Monday, it seemed Samsung Electronics Co.’s smartphone problems had expanded to China, the world’s largest mobile market: Two people posted accounts on Chinese social media saying their Galaxy Note 7 handsets exploded over the weekend.  

But Samsung said its investigation into the first...


How to spend $70 million entertaining the under-35 crowd

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Good news for people who like funny dogs, sexy NFL quarterbacks and innovations pertaining to macaroni and cheese. Online publisher Defy Media, which attracts millions of young adults and teenagers to such goofy information, announced last week that it picked up $70 million from investors. And...(image)

Customers still line up despite 'limited quantities' of iPhone 7 available at retail stores

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 06:25:00 PDT

Long lines are already forming outside several Apple stores Friday morning as customers vie to be one of the first to get their hands on an iPhone 7.

Photos on Twitter show crowds queuing inside malls in Orlando, Fla., outside stores in New York and a line forming in front of a San Francisco store...


What to expect from GoPro's big drone unveiling

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Action camera maker GoPro Inc. gets its big chance to rebound from a disastrous year when it unveils its first drone and other new products Monday.

The San Mateo company’s share price has plunged more than 70% since last July’s release of a delayed and overpriced camera. GoPro has lost money three...


How I Made It: Dogged determination took Jacob Jaber from top video gamer to Philz Coffee CEO

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT

The gig: Jacob Jaber, 29, is chief executive of Philz Coffee. Jaber took over the coffee business from his father — the “Phil” in Philz Coffee — in 2005, and expanded its footprint from the original coffee shop in San Francisco’s Mission District to more than 30 locations across California and...


U.S. regulators officially recall 1 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:45:00 PDT

U .S. regulators issued an official recall of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 phone Thursday because of a risk of fire.

Samsung Electronics Co. already voluntarily recalled the devices after a few dozen of them exploded or caught fire. That was out of about 2.5 million phones sold.

Now the U.S. Consumer...


My ride in a self-driving Uber; or how I learned to stop worrying and trust the algorithm

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Parked outside a warehouse by the Allegheny River was Uber’s vision of the future: 14 Ford Fusions, each mounted with conspicuous cameras, antennae and sensors. A lumpy lidar unit, which uses light to map its surroundings, spun atop each car’s roof like a high-tech propeller hat. 

Stylish? Not...


Why restaurants want you to order food on your phone

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:10:00 PDT

Swipe, click, food.

The ability to order food with the tap of a few buttons on a smartphone is becoming widespread — even fast-food companies are getting in on the action. But the technology — which in some cases tracks a customer's location and times food preparation accordingly — can vary widely....


Pandora takes on Spotify and Apple Music with new streaming services

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:10:00 PDT

Pandora Media Inc. will soon take on Spotify, Apple Music and others in an extremely competitive field by launching a $10 monthly streaming music service, and a cheaper version as well.

The Oakland-based Internet radio company did not release details about the actual cost for the lower-priced service...


Samsung's quick fix for Galaxy Note 7: Prevent it from recharging fully

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 06:35:00 PDT

Samsung Electronics Co. plans to issue a software update for its recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that will prevent them from overheating by limiting battery recharges to 60%.

The front page of the Seoul Shinmun, a South Korean newspaper, carried a Samsung advertisement Tuesday announcing the...


Riot Games has one title: 'League of Legends.' A decade in, there's still no rush to release another

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

More than 100 million people play "League of Legends" each month, making it the world's top PC game. But the milestone, reached sometime in the last year and announced Tuesday, does little to settle questions about developer Riot Games' growth pace and when it might finally launch a second game....(image)

Samsung nominates scion Lee Jae-yong to join its board of directors

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:45:00 PDT

Samsung Electronics Co. Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, the only son of its ailing chairman, was nominated Monday to join its board of directors.

The announcement comes as the South Korean company grapples with a smartphone recall that has wiped out billions of dollars from its market value. Samsung...


Yelp is not liable for bad 'star' ratings of businesses, court rules

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:10:00 PDT

Yelp Inc.'s star rating system does not make the San Francisco company liable for negative reviews posted on its site because it relies on material posted by users, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, dismissing a libel lawsuit filed against Yelp by the owner of a Washington state locksmith company.


HP buying Samsung Electronics' printer business for $1.05 billion

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:55:00 PDT

HP Inc. is buying Samsung Electronics Co.’s printer business in a deal worth $1.05 billion.

HP said Monday that it is the largest print acquisition in the Palo Alto company's history and that it will help it go from traditional copiers to multifunction printers. HP also said the deal will strengthen...


Stop using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones and turn them off, safety officials warn

Fri, 9 Sep 2016 17:45:00 PDT

If you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, stop using it, federal safety regulators say.

Samsung Electronics Co. halted sales of the phones last week after lithium-ion batteries in some of them exploded or caught fire, and on Friday, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission urged owners...


Facebook backtracks to allow iconic Vietnam War photo of child napalm victims

Fri, 9 Sep 2016 13:40:00 PDT

Facebook Inc. has reversed its decision to remove posts featuring an iconic 1972 image of a naked, screaming girl running from a napalm attack in Vietnam.

The change comes after the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph emerged at the center of a free speech fight in Norway. Protests started last month...