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You could have a personal robot follow you around and carry your things

The Illinois Senate passed a bill to pave the way for personal robots

Pay a little extra to ride Uber in ‘Quiet Mode’

The setting is offered only for premium Uber rides.

Facebook limits livestreaming to restrict broadcasting of hate, terror attacks

Facebook said it's tightening up the rules for its livestreaming service with a "one strike" policy applied to a broader range of offenses.

Facebook co-founder: Zuckerberg’s power ‘unprecedented and un-American’

Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, said in an opinion piece for the New York Times that the government must hold the social networking giant accountable after a series of missteps and break it up. Hughes also said the power of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is "unprecedented and un-American."

Google to use AI to help disabled communicate

Google researchers are working to train its speech recognition system to understand people with speech impairments.

Louis Farrakhan banned from Facebook over policies on violence, hate

Facebook has banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and others from its main service and from Instagram, saying they violated the company's policies on hate and violence.

‘The future is private’ — Zuckerberg explains new privacy strategy

Zuckerberg and his lieutenant, Sheryl Sandberg, have apologized repeatedly for Facebook's ever-expanding list of mishaps over privacy, data misuse.

Unplug your kids: WHO issues guidelines for limiting screen time

The World Health Organization has issued its first-ever guidance for how much screen time children under 5 should get: not very much.

Samsung’s $2000 smartphone not ready after reports of breaking issues

Samsung is pushing back this week's planned public launch of the Galaxy Fold — its highly anticipated, $2000 folding phone — after reports that reviewers' phones were breaking.

EDITORIAL: Alexa, are you snooping on me? Can lawmakers stop you?

It’s ludicrous in the #MeToo era that tech companies are arguing against informed consent.

With five weeks to go, Emanuel strengthens ties between Chicago and Israel

Emanuel and Chemi Peres, son of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, will sign a deal focusing on "technology and innovation" in Chicago and Israel.

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram went down across the US and UK

#facebookdown and #instagramdown are trending on Twitter as the sites experienced issues.

Lyft’s shares soar as company goes public

The stock opened at $87.24, up 21 percent from its offering price of $72.

US charges Facebook with high-tech housing discrimination

The civil charges filed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development could cost the social network millions of dollars in penalties.

HUD: Facebook ad platform ‘enabling and causing’ housing discrimination

Facebook is again facing charges of housing discrimination because of its ad-targeting system.

Abuse case shows few rules protect kids in online videos

Family video blogs are a multimillion-dollar industry that has allowed some parents to quit their jobs and be with their children full time.

Facebook extends ban on hate speech to ‘white nationalists’

The social network says it hadn't applied its ban to expressions of white nationalism because it previously linked such expressions with broader concepts of nationalism and separatism — such as American pride or Basque separatism, both of which are still allowed.

Verizon to offer free robocall blocking

The nation's largest wireless provider is expected to provide free spam alerting and robocall blocking tools for wireless customers with smartphones.

Ethiopian Airlines says pilots got appropriate training

Ethiopian Airlines is widely seen as Africa's best-managed airline. It had been using five of the Max planes and was awaiting delivery of 25 more.

Coming soon from Apple: Pay CTA fare with your iPhone

Starting later this year, Chicagoans will be able to access their Ventra Card information via Apple Pay, the tech giant announced Monday.

Apple unveils streaming TV service, news subscription platform and credit card

The company is pushing digital subscriptions as it searches for new profit growth as iPhone sales decline.

Apple launches news subscription service, ‘Apple News Plus,’ for $10 per month

The subscription news app will let users read articles from hundreds of magazines, including Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and Cosmopolitan.

Europe fines Google $1.7 billion in antitrust case

Still, the latest penalty isn't likely to have much effect on Google's business.

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

Facebook has been working to address a slew of social consequences related to its platform, with varying degrees of success.

NASA: A giant meteor exploded over Earth last year

Fireballs are described by NASA as "exceptionally bright meteors that are spectacular enough to to be seen over a very wide area."

Facebook says service hindered by lack of local news reporting

Some 1,800 newspapers have closed in the United States over the last 15 years. The percentage of news deserts is higher in the Northeast and Midwest.

Lyft kicks off its IPO road show, offers 30 million shares

Lyft and Uber have raced to be first with an IPO, and Lyft's rival is expected to offer shares in the coming weeks.

Facebook targets ‘revenge porn’ with new AI program

Currently Facebook users have to report such photos before the company's moderators will review them.

Facebook blames server configuration change for outage

The world's largest social network said it has resolved the issue, which affected millions of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users Wednesday.

Facebook, Instagram go down around the world in an apparent outage

As with nearly every Facebook outage, users headed to Twitter with the hashtag #facebookdown quickly becoming the top trending topic.

Fitbit introduces budget-friendly line of wearables for kids and adults

A quartet of new wellness devices includes a new budget-friendly smartwatch, two health-focused fitness trackers, and a revamped device for children.

SpaceX debuts new crew capsule in crucial test flight

SpaceX closes in on human spaceflight with this weekend's debut of a new capsule designed for astronauts.