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All data that move across Wi-Fi networks could be susceptible to hacking, researcher says

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:30:00 PDT

Home and corporate Wi-Fi networks — and all the data, photos and messages transmitted across them — could be vulnerable to hackers, according to a computer security researcher in Belgium.

The vulnerability is in WPA2, the main protocol that protects Wi-Fi networks. Hackers can use a technique known...


#WomenBoycottTwitter to show support for those harassed on the social media platform

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:50:00 PDT

Twitter Inc. gave the world the hashtag. Now the social media company is witnessing the power of the pound sign firsthand.

A 24-hour boycott of Twitter by women Friday served as a protest against the silencing of women’s voices and a show of support for women who have been harassed on the social...


With Rose McGowan's suspension, Twitter again concedes it stumbled

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:05:00 PDT

Twitter’s moderation team has been tested in recent weeks by three high-profile cases.

An actress-turned-activist suspended for tweeting a private phone number.A politician whose anti-abortion campaign ad Twitter censored, and then released in full.A president whose account Twitter declined to...(image)

Waymo is the first company to give a detailed self-driving safety report to federal officials

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:55:00 PDT

To help keep tabs on the safety of driverless cars rolling around U.S. cities, the federal government last year, and again last month, suggested that tech firms and car companies submit safety checklists.

None of the companies have done it.

Until now.

Waymo, a self-driving car project spun off...


Snap's stock rises further the day after its biggest jump since IPO

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:15:00 PDT

Snap Inc.’s stock rose again Thursday after shares of the Snapchat maker enjoyed their best daily gain since the day of the company’s stock market debut in March.

The stock was up 51 cents, or 3%, to $16.49 a share in midday trading after surging 11.4% on Wednesday following a positive report from...


Totally driverless cars could be allowed on California roads by June 2018

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:15:00 PDT

Driverless cars — with nobody behind the wheel — could be on California roads and highways by June 2018.

That doesn’t mean you’ll be able to buy a completely driverless car next year, or even hail a ride in one. The technology is still being developed. The driverless cars that may begin appearing...


Amazon wants you to drop your new Kindle in the pool — it's waterproof

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:45:00 PDT

Amazon is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Kindle by unveiling a new waterproof version of the popular e-reader.

The new version of the Kindle Oasis is “IPX8 rated to protect against immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes,” according to Amazon. “And it's built...


Israel tipped off the NSA: Russia-based Kaspersky somehow has your hacking tools

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:20:00 PDT

In 2015, Israeli government hackers saw something suspicious in the computers of a Moscow-based cybersecurity firm: hacking tools that could only have come from the National Security Agency.

Israel notified the NSA, where alarmed officials immediately began a hunt for the breach, according to people...


GM buys Strobe, a Pasadena startup that makes crucial tech for self-driving cars

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 14:45:00 PDT

Last week, General Motors Co. announced plans to release a fleet of new electric vehicles by 2023, laying the groundwork for an "all-electric future."

On Monday, the automotive giant revealed that it has bought Strobe, a Pasadena startup that produces the laser-based imaging technology known as...


Google uncovers Russian-bought ads on YouTube, Gmail and other platforms

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 06:50:00 PDT

Google for the first time has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited the company's platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, according to people familiar with the company's investigation.

The Silicon Valley giant — whose parent company is Alphabet Inc. — has...


As bids for Amazon's headquarters come due, tech has a chance to spread the wealth

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 16:50:00 PDT

As Amazon established its dominance in online retail, logistics and cloud computing, the company’s headquarters in Seattle grew appropriately massive. Today it represents a $5 billion investment in 33 buildings, 8 million square feet and more than 40,000 employees.

Just this month, the digital...


Google unveils new Pixel phones with wireless headphones that can auto-translate

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 14:35:00 PDT

Google on Wednesday unveiled new phones, smart speakers and other devices infused with artificial intelligence in its bid to claim the high ground against rivals Amazon and Apple.

New phones

The second generation of Google's Pixel phones unveiled Wednesday feature larger, brighter screens that...


FBI doesn't have to say who unlocked San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, judge rules

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 09:15:00 PDT

The FBI does not have to reveal the identity of a vendor that helped it unlock the iPhone of one of the shooters in the 2015 San Bernardino terror attack, or the price it paid for the vendor’s services, a federal judge ruled.

In summary judgment issued Saturday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan...


Google drops 'first click free' policy that helped search users skip paywalls

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 05:55:00 PDT

Google is ending "first click free," a policy loathed by publishers and media because it required them to provide a limited amount of free content before users of the world's biggest search engine could be asked to pay for it.

Publishers will now be allowed to decide how many, if any, free articles...


Former CEO Travis Kalanick adds two directors to Uber's board ahead of governance vote

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 15:45:00 PDT

Former Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick named two new directors to the ride-hailing company’s board ahead of an expected vote next week on corporate governance.

Ursula Burns, a former Xerox CEO, and John Thain, a former Merrill Lynch and CIT Group CEO, were named as directors in a statement...


Qualcomm teams with Benchmark Electronics on wearable patches to monitor vital signs

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:35:00 PDT

Qualcomm Inc. is rolling out a technology blueprint for building connected, disposable patches for monitoring vital signs for patients in hospitals and medical clinics.

The San Diego wireless giant said Wednesday it is teaming up with contract manufacturer Benchmark Electronics Inc. to deliver...


Thousands of Macs and PCs may be vulnerable to a sophisticated kind of attack

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:25:00 PDT

An analysis of more than 70,000 Mac computers being used in businesses and organizations has revealed a firmware vulnerability that could be exploited by a determined, well-resourced attacker such as a foreign government, according to security researchers. Thousands of computers, if not more, are...


Twitter finds 201 accounts linked to possible Russian interference during election

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:30:00 PDT

Twitter's explanations of its actions against Russia-linked accounts are "deeply disappointing," the Senate intelligence committee's top Democrat said Thursday after a closed-door session with company executives, and he suggested the social media giant doesn't understand the seriousness of Congress'...


Google proposes remedy in response to EU antitrust crackdown

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:10:00 PDT

Google has proposed a remedy for its search results that European regulators have said favor its own shopping listings: holding an auction for those advertiser-paid spots.

But critics say the proposal still favors the deep-pocketed tech giant, and Europe's top antitrust regulator is taking a wait-and-see...


Amazon slashes price of new Echo speaker to $100 and shows off other new products

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:55:00 PDT Inc. will head into the holiday shopping season with a simple wish list: It wants voice-controlled devices featuring its digital assistant Alexa to become as ubiquitous in people's homes as televisions.

The online retailer is slashing prices to undercut Google, introducing better acoustics...


Uber will start paying drivers extra for UberPool trips

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:00:00 PDT

Uber pitched its carpooling service as a way for passengers to save cash. But for drivers, UberPool felt like a raw deal because taking on extra passengers didn’t mean they would collect extra payouts.

That changed Tuesday, when the San Francisco company announced that it will start paying drivers...


Russia threatens to block Facebook unless it starts storing Russian users' data there

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:50:00 PDT

In its latest attempt to wrest control of the internet, Russia's communications agency has threatened to block access to Facebook if the company refuses to store its data locally.

Alexander Zharov, chief of the Federal Communications Agency, told Russian news agencies Tuesday that they will work...


Uber CEO apologizes to London, saying his company 'got things wrong'

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:45:00 PDT

In a letter of apology to Londoners on Monday, Uber’s new chief executive moved to repair his company’s reputation after the city’s transport authority said it would scrap the ride-hailing service’s operating license.

Dara Khosrowshahi issued a letter to London's Evening Standard newspaper acknowledging...


Lyft rolls out 24-hour phone support for drivers

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:00:00 PDT

Among the biggest frustrations of ride-hailing drivers is finding a way to get in touch with on-demand transportation companies when they have a question or a problem. And among the biggest problems for on-demand transportation companies is frustrated drivers.

To help keep its drivers content,...


Available soon: Sex robots with artificial intelligence

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:50:00 PDT

Come January, lifelike sex robots will be one step closer. That’s when a Southern California company will unveil Harmony, an anatomically correct sex doll with a patented animatronic talking head with programmable personality and memory.

News of creator Matt McMullen’s latest invention — he’s been...