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The race to find a COVID-19 vaccine

Drug manufacturers Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca are leading the pack as researchers around the globe are rush to learn more about the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in the hopes of developing a treatment, vaccine and cure for the pandemic virus.

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Uptown-based startup curates ‘forgotten’ services for senior care facilities — and families

ConnectCareHero aims to bridge the gap for services in Black and brown communities hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Big-screen TVs, routers, practical tech likely to be big sellers this holiday shopping season

Expect many 65-inch TVs to be priced as low as $250 and for even bigger ones to also be heavily discounted.

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Chicago area natives to receive $300K from the Elevate Prize Foundation

The Guitar Over Guns music program and the Naperville-born creator of an anti-cyberbullying app are among the foundation’s 10 first-ever award recipients.

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Apple unveils iPhone 12 models starting at $699, and HomePod Mini speaker

The tech giant said the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will be available for preorder this Friday, and launch Oct. 23. The larger iPhone 12 Pro Max and smaller iPhone 12 Mini will be available to preorder Nov. 6, and launch Nov. 13.

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Facebook bans Holocaust denial, distortion posts

The decision comes amid a push by Holocaust survivors around the world over the summer who lent their voices to a campaign targeting Zuckerberg, urging him to take action to remove Holocaust denial posts from the social media site.

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‘neXt’: AI stands for ‘alarming intelligence’ on Fox’s slick sci-fi series

Techno-thriller plot of the Chicago-made show features many fun twists — and a few corpses.

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Federal judge postpones Trump ban on popular app TikTok

The ruling followed an emergency hearing Sunday morning in which lawyers for TikTok argued that the administration’s app-store ban would infringe on the company’s First Amendment rights and do irreparable harm to the business.

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Q&A: How to handle technology issues with online school

Across the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic has forced students to attend virtual school

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Black-, Hispanic-owned businesses get 2 days in Instagram spotlight

Instagram partnered with My Block, My Hood, My City and the Illinois Hispanic Chambers of Commerce for a two-day virtual festival highlighting local small businesses.

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Apple debuts cheaper watch, but no new iPhones … yet

Apple is introducing a cheaper version of its smartwatch, its latest attempt to broaden the appeal of its trend-setting products while more consumers are forced to scrimp during ongoing fallout from the pandemic.

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TikTok picks Oracle over Microsoft in Trump-forced sales bid

The owner of TikTok has chosen Oracle over Microsoft as its preferred suitor to buy the popular video-sharing app, according to a source familiar with the deal.

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Nonprofit provides free online legal services on immigration issues

Immigrants Like Us says it will do "90% of work that lawyers do" — and won’t charge for anything. Co-founder Jonathan Petts said he wants to make immigration as accessible as possible.

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Technology troubles mark return to school in remote learning age

Zoom experienced partial outages across the nation Monday morning, and Blackboard, used by UIC, experienced issues throughout the day.

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TikTok ban: Survey finds most adults favor its US prohibition

57% of all Americans agree with the President’s move to kick the music video app out of the U.S.

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An urban farm to bring green energy, jobs to South Side

Green Era Renewable Energy and Urban Farming Campus is expected to be complete in spring 2022. A $3 million state grant announced Friday will help; it comes on top of other financial assistance from the city and a local foundation.

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Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

President Donald Trump has ordered an unspecified ban on "transactions" with the Chinese owners of the consumer apps TikTok and WeChat

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Company opens fiber-optics factory in Aurora

With $5 million backing, viaPhoton positions itself for demand from the advent of 5G technology.

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US accuses Chinese hackers in targeting of COVID-19 research

The Justice Department says hackers working with the Chinese government targeted firms developing coronavirus vaccines and stole hundreds of millions of dollars worth of intellectual property and trade secrets from companies worldwide.

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Obama, Biden, Gates Twitter accounts hacked in bitcoin scam

Con artists on Wednesday apparently hacked into the Twitter accounts of technology moguls, politicians and major companies in an apparent bitcoin scam.

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Ready to quit Facebook? Here might be some better social media options for you

Consider some alternatives: MeWe, Parler or old standbys such as LinkedIn.

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Facebook to label all rule-breaking posts - even Trump’s

Facebook says it will flag all ‘newsworthy’ posts from politicians that break its rules, including those from President Donald Trump

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Facebook removes Trump ads with upside-down triangle symbols once used by Nazis

Trump campaign claims symbol has been used by antifa. Facebook says it does not permit ‘symbols of hateful ideology’

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CPD no longer using Clearview AI facial recognition software, department says after ACLU sues controversial firm

The lawsuit seeks to protect the privacy of residents, specifically survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse which are "uniquely harmed by face recognition surveillance," the civil rights group said.

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Google facing onslaught of antitrust cases in US: report

The Wall Street Journal reported that federal and state regulators are preparing to file antitrust lawsuits alleging that Google has abused its dominance of online search and advertising to stifle competition and boost its profits.

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Quibi’s little shows add up to mostly satisfying entertainment

The new streaming service brings us Liam Hemsworth being hunted and Chance the Rapper punking stars in short episodes for your phone.

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Facebook admits a bug was incorrectly blocking news posts about the coronavirus

Users complained that links to news stories were blocked on the grounds that they violate "our community standards on spam."

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Is your doorbell or thermostat eavesdropping on you in the privacy of your own home?

Sensors recognize when you are home. They know what you buy, the music you enjoy, the movies you watch and even what your voice sounds like compared to others. They can record you without your knowledge.

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State legislators want to tame ‘wild, wild west’ of smart technology data

The Protecting Household Privacy Act would require makers of smart devices to tell customers how their information is shared.

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‘Glaring’ lack of diversity at city’s tech giants drives creation of new pipeline for people of color

Re:work training helps companies like Google, LinkedIn and Groupon find candidates outside of their traditional recruitment pipelines.

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Lightfoot urged to pull the plug on facial recognition technology

A coalition of 75 civil liberties groups led by the Lucy Parsons Project calls the system used by the Chicago Police Department "racially-discriminatory, inaccurate and highly-biased."

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CPD using controversial facial recognition program that scans billions of photos from Facebook, other sites

Critics say Clearview AI’s software is an invasive overreach because it grabs the photos without the consent of those pictured or even the websites that post them.