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Elizabeth Holmes jury affirms deadlock on 3 of 11 charges

Holmes, a once-celebrated entrepreneur, is accused of duping investors and patients about a flawed blood-testing technology that she hailed as a medical breakthrough.

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Black tech founders in Chicago, nationally aim to change the culture of health care

As more people seek culturally competent care — acknowledging patients’ heritage, beliefs and values — a new wave of Black tech founders has emeged.

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UK competition watchdog orders Facebook to sell off Giphy

The Competition and Markets Authority said Tuesday that the deal would let Facebook "increase its already significant market power" by denying or limiting other platforms’ access to Giphy GIFs and driving traffic to Facebook-owned sites.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘metaverse’ plan could face plenty of pitfalls

He’s promised, ‘You’re going to able to do almost anything you can imagine.’ But that might not be such a great idea. It’s just as easy to imagine dystopian downsides.

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CPS teachers ‘blindsided’ after access to popular classroom software yanked due to new student privacy law

The district’s interpretation of Illinois’ Student Online Personal Protection Act has resulted in teachers losing access to key programs, they say.

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Facebook renames itself Meta to emphasize ‘metaverse’ vision

Skeptics point out that the rebranding also appears to be an attempt to change the subject from the Facebook Papers.

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Virtual reality offers an unprecedented look at the universe (and you can take a peek)

Researchers have released open-source beta software that allows people to make virtual visits through the cosmos. Imagine it as a sort of Google Earth for the entire universe.

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Need to tune your guitar? Now, you can just Google that

Google Search’s new feature lets anyone with a phone or computer tune a guitar by typing in ‘Google tuner.’

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Ex-Facebook manager criticizes company, urges more oversight

Frances Haugen testified to the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection. She is accusing the company of being aware of apparent harm to some teens from Instagram and being dishonest in its public fight against hate and misinformation.

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Emerald South, Comcast initiative to bring Wi-Fi across the South Side

The South Side Connectivity Collaborative will place 11 Comcast "Lift Zones" around the South Side to provide "high capacity" internet access in four neighborhoods within the next two months.

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Africa’s Internet riches plundered by China broker, AP investigation finds

Millions of Internet addresses have been waylaid, some fraudulently, in part by insider machinations linked to a former top employee of the nonprofit that assigns Africa’s Internet addresses.

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City, Microsoft team up to bring digital skills training to over 300,000 Chicagoans

Mayor Lori Lightfoot met with Microsoft President Brad Smith to launch Accelerate Chicago, a program that provides free courses to Chicagoans looking to boost their job skills. Community leaders say bridging the digital divide is instrumental to improving underserved communities.

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Facebook exec defends policies toward teens on Instagram

"We have put in place multiple protections to create safe and age-appropriate experiences for people between the ages of 13 and 17," Antigone Davis, Facebook’s head of global safety, said in written testimony Thursday for a Senate Commerce subcommittee.

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Tech companies led the way to remote work. What will they do post-pandemic? Will other industries follow suit?

‘We have moved beyond the theme of remote work being a temporary thing,’ an expert on workplace issues says.

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O’Hare travelers to get new array of quick, touchless, around-the-clock shopping choices

Dozens of new vending machines will be installed. New phone-booth-style workspace will be available for business travelers to rent. Longtime concessionaire Hudson News also will open micro-marts using cashier-less "just walk out" technology pioneered by Amazon.

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Electric vehicles need batteries. Those need lithium. That’s where the Salton Sea comes in.

California’s largest lake is at the center of efforts to extract this key component of rechargeable batteries and make the U.S. a global player in lithium production.

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Apple proposes to let iPhone app developers email users about paying outside of its app store

The concession the tech giant is proposing to settle a lawsuit would open one way for app developers to more aggressively encourage its users to pay in other ways.

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Tech giants pledge billions in cybersecurity investments amid White House push

The steps were announced after President Joe Biden met with top execs of Google, Microsoft, IBM, Apple, Amazon and other companies and followed a rash of ransomware attacks.

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OnlyFans reverses explicit content ban after outcry

The subscription site said in a prepared statement Wednesday that the planned ban was "no longer required due to banking partners’ assurances that OnlyFans can support all genres of creators."

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Chicagoans’ Black-owned music marketing platform raises $4 million to fund music app

Morgan Park High School alumnus and app co-founder Rotimi Omosheyin says "Music Breakr" creates "magical moments" for would-be creatives.

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Microsoft Exchange hack caused by China, US and allies say

The announcements were intended as a forceful condemnation of activities a senior Biden administration official described as part of a "pattern of irresponsible behavior in cyberspace."

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Trump files suit against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Donald Trump announced the action against Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube, along with the companies’ CEOs, at a press conference in New Jersey on Wednesday.

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Can ET see us? Study finds many stars with a prime Earth view

It turns out there are lots of stars and planets in our galactic neighborhood that can get a good glimpse of Earth and its civilization.

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How Big Tech created a data ‘treasure trove’ for police departments

Data compiled by four tech giants show law enforcement requests for calls, emails, texts, photos, shopping histories, driving routes have more than tripled in the U.S. since 2015.

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Kennedy-King College launches new tech program

"While opportunities in tech are lucrative, women, African-Americans, Latinx and other underserved populations are grossly underrepresented within the IT sector," Kennedy-King President Gregory Thomas said Monday in announcing the creation of Tech Launchpad.

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Want a job? Employers say, talk to a computer

The pandemic has heightened demand for online services that interview job applicants remotely and use artificial intelligence to assess their skills. But is that a good thing?

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Entrepreneur learned coding at after-school program; now, he’s paying it forward

The Department of Family and Support Services has been granted authority to enter into a $250,000 contract with Adam Wiesniewski’s EX3 Labs to develop a mobile application for a year-old city website, My CHI My Future.

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US drops Trump order targeting TikTok, plans own review

A new executive order directs the Commerce Department to undertake what officials describe as an "evidence-based" analysis of transactions involving apps that are manufactured or supplied or controlled by China.

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Fastly blames global internet outage on software bug

The problem at Fastly meant internet users couldn’t connect to a host of popular websites early Tuesday including The New York Times, the Guardian, Twitch, Reddit and the British government’s homepage.

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France fines Google for abusing “dominant” ads position

Google, based in Mountain View, California, did not dispute the facts and opted to settle after proposing some changes, according to a prepared statement from the Competition Authority.

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Facebook suspends Trump accounts for 2 years

Social platforms like Facebook and Twitter have become indispensable tools for politicians to get their messages out and to raise small-dollar donations. Without the megaphone of Twitter and the targeted fundraising appeals his campaign mastered on Facebook, Trump could be at a serious disadvantage relative to other politicians.

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EU, UK investigate Facebook over classified ad competition

The coordinated effort represents an escalation by European regulators in their battle to rein in the dominance of big tech companies.