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Without these ads, there wouldn't be money in fake news

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

It’s never been easier to launch a wildly profitable online media empire. Whether you're an aspiring mommy blogger or political pundit, $10 gets you a URL and online storage. Fill out a short form and copy-paste some code to get ads on your website.

Lure in some readers and you’ll have no trouble...

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These Stanford students are hacking the government to try to solve the world's problems

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

They’re some of the brightest students in the country — a group of wunderkinds known for hacking their way through any problem thrown at them. So what could possibly stump a Stanford University student?

Government bureaucracy, it seems.

In a lecture hall nestled in Stanford’s Environment and Energy...

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Qualcomm gets into chips for computer servers, challenging Intel's stronghold

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:20:00 PST

Qualcomm is taking the wraps off its two-year effort to build computer server chips, challenging Intel’s stronghold in the fast growing data center market.

The San Diego smartphone semiconductor giant said this week that its new server chip, called Centriq 2400, is now being tested with key customers...

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How to protect your Android phone from the Gooligan virus

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:55:00 PST

Cybersecurity experts are warning that a new type of malicious software known as Gooligan has infected more than 1 million Android devices worldwide and is spreading at a rate of 13,000 devices a day. The malware has the ability to affect Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive and related services.

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Pebble smartwatch maker calls it quits, proving that being first doesn't guarantee success

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:50:00 PST

When smartwatch maker Pebble Technology Corp. went up against Apple and Google last year, industry insiders described it as a battle between David and Goliath

On Wednesday, David lost.

Pebble, one of the first companies to manufacture smartwatches, announced on its website that it would shut...

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Soylent CEO still hasn't removed remnants of shipping-container home, prosecutor says

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:10:00 PST

With Los Angeles prosecutors bearing down over his unsightly shipping container of a home, Soylent Chief Executive Robert Rhinehart took action.

He removed the giant structure from his hilltop property in July and apologized for disrupting neighbors with his housing experiment. But since then,...

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Instagram is the latest social media firm to tweak its app in an attempt to prevent harassment

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 16:55:00 PST

Instagram on Tuesday announced policy changes intended to combat online bullying that has, for some users, turned the photo-sharing service into a platform for harassment.

Kevin Systrom, co-founder and chief executive of Instagram, said the social network is rolling out three features that give users...

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Trump takes credit for SoftBank CEO's pledge to invest $50 billion in the U.S.

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:35:00 PST

After meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday, Japanese tech billionaire Masayoshi Son said he would invest $50 billion in the United States and “commit” to creating 50,000 new jobs over an unspecified time period.

Son is the founder and chief executive of SoftBank, one of Japan's...

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Parents, put the phone down - after you read this

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 13:25:00 PST

OK, kids, a quick moment to gloat: As it turns out, it's not just you; it's us parents too. We just can't stop staring at screens. That's the result of a new national survey suggesting that parents spend nine hours a day plugged into tech, with only an hour and a half of it dedicated to work and...(image)



Supreme Court: Samsung doesn't owe Apple $400 million for copying iPhone look

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 13:25:00 PST

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled for Samsung Electronics in a bitter smartphone patents dispute with Apple and set aside a $400-million damages verdict for copying the look of the iPhone.

But the decision doesn’t close the years-long, multi-lawsuit fight between the world’s two most popular smartphone...

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Turns out parents are no better than their kids when it comes to screen time

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Sure, tweens and teens spend hours a day as relative screen zombies, eyes fixed and faces aglow in the radiant light of their pocket screens. (You don't have to be a parent to know that.) But that's not the end of the story. Mom and Dad, it seems you have more in common with the kids than you might...(image)



Like Kanye West but hate Chipotle? Start-up Ranker helps brands tailor ads for you

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

If Fox Searchlight Pictures wants to increase attendance at its new film “Jackie,” it might consider pitching fans of "True Detective,” “The Hunger Games” and Keira Knightley.

So says Ranker, a Los Angeles start-up that gets more than 10 million votes on its website each month about what's cool...

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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube team up to fight terrorist propaganda

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:20:00 PST

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online.

The program announced Monday would create a database of unique digital “fingerprints” to help automatically identify videos or images the companies...

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Amazon's new convenience store has no cash registers and no checkout lines

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:35:00 PST

Amazon.com Inc. has built a convenience store that deploys a gaggle of technologies to allow shoppers to come in, grab items and walk out without going through a register.

The 1,800-square-foot store in downtown Seattle, officially dubbed Amazon Go, is the latest foray in bricks-and-mortar retail...

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GoPro to cut more than 200 jobs

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:15:00 PST

GoPro Inc. will cut more than 200 full-time positions and close its entertainment division in a company-wide restructuring that comes as the San Mateo firm struggles to establish itself as more than just an action camera maker.

GoPro said Wednesday it will cut back on its facilities and cancel...

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No WiFi? Low on data? On a plane? Netflix offers downloads of some shows, movies

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:15:00 PST

Netflix Inc. will now allow users to download shows and movies to their smartphones and tablets to watch when they’re offline, the company said Wednesday.

The Los Gatos, Calif., video streaming firm said the download function is available for both iOS and Android operating systems, for a mix of...

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With music-making tools and one day live-streaming, Smule hopes to be the social network for music

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 03:00:00 PST

Music app maker Smule doesn’t want to be counted out of the battle of mobile live-streaming services.

Facebook, Twitter and Musical.ly — and likely soon YouTube and Snapchat — are among major mobile app brands that want people to broadcast video from their smartphones. Live video can attract a...

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Employee benefits start-up Zenefits is fined $3.5 million for licensing violations

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:40:00 PST

California's insurance regulator will collect a $3.5-million fine from a San Francisco employee benefits start-up that cheated state education requirements for sales agents.

Zenefits admitted to regulators nationwide this year that would-be agents used software to circumvent online classes they...

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Chinese tech firm LeEco uses Black Friday to introduce itself to U.S. shoppers

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:25:00 PST

It wasn’t a phone, a tablet or a laptop that most enticed customers at LeEco’s Black Friday pop-up at the Grove shopping center in Los Angeles. Fittingly for a Chinese tech giant known for its far-reaching ambitions and at times out-there products, its most eye-catching gadget was one not in the...

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Instagram and YouTube play nice with their most popular users. Why doesn't Snapchat?

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 03:00:00 PST

Self-described Snapchat power user Michael Platco received a neon sign bearing his name from social media rival Instagram. And a different video app emails him every week, hoping he tries their services and brings along his 500,000 Snapchat contacts.

Naturally, he’d expect Snapchat maker Snap Inc....

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Amazon and Google want you to get a digital home assistant for Christmas - even if you didn't ask for one

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:35:00 PST

The holidays have traditionally been an important time for the consumer tech world, with electronics makers placing big bets that shoppers will venture into Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales with open minds and open wallets.

But for some manufacturers, this year might be more important than others.

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Facebook employees say the company created a third-party censorship tool. Will that help unlock China?

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:05:00 PST

Mark Zuckerberg wants the entire world using Facebook, but he'll never achieve that as long as the 1.4-billion-strong population of China is blocked from accessing the social network. And now it has become apparent how far Zuckerberg is willing to bend in an attempt to unlock access to China.

Three...

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Inside a Long Beach Web operation that makes up stories about Trump and Clinton: What they do for clicks and cash

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:30:00 PST

Fewer than 2,000 readers are on his website when Paris Wade, 26, awakens from a nap, reaches for his laptop and thinks he needs to, as he puts it, "feed" his audience. "Man, no one is covering this TPP thing," he says after seeing an article suggesting that President Obama wants to pass the Trans-Pacific...

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Apple's deal with Indian ride-hailing firm Ola hints at bigger connected car ambitions

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:10:00 PST

Apple may have scrapped its plans to build self-driving cars, but if its recent deal with Indian ride-hailing firm Ola is anything to go by, the tech giant’s auto industry ambitions are far from over.

Ola, India’s largest ride-hailing company, announced Tuesday that it is partnering with Apple...

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Riot Games closes in on landmark streaming deal for e-sports with MLB Advanced Media

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:00:00 PST

“League of Legends” developer Riot Games is finalizing a deal to sell streaming rights for e-sports matches to Major League Baseball Advanced Media’s tech unit for close to $200 million over two years, according to sources.

Riot Games puts on an annual global competition for the five-on-five computer...

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