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  • After Jewel, UPS, how do consumers stay safe from data hacks? Aug 22, 2014 8:57 AM
    What's next to protect you from data breaches that seem to crop up almost daily? Kukec's eBuzz column tells how new technology can help.

     
  • Amazon takes on Disney’s superheroes in pricing fight Aug 17, 2014 7:12 AM
    Amazon.com Inc. is taking on Walt Disney Co. and its superheroes in its quest to gain more control over pricing online. Amazon blocked pre-orders of Disney’s summer hit movie “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and other titles in disk form, repeating a tactic used in recent disputes with book publisher Hachette and film studio Warner Bros.

     
  • Online sites shake up hidebound retailing in India Aug 17, 2014 7:22 AM
    Finding a way into India’s vast but vexing market has long frustrated foreign retailers. Now, overseas investors are pouring billions of dollars into e-commerce ventures that are circumventing the barriers holding back retail powers such as Wal-Mart and Ikea.

     
  • Why I’m not using Facebook’s messenger app Aug 16, 2014 6:23 AM
    When a major company does something its customers hate -- and persists, despite their anger -- there must be a serious business reason for it. But regardless, this columnist isn't going to use it.

     
  • Yahoo ordered to face privacy claims over scanned e-mail Aug 16, 2014 7:41 AM
    Yahoo! Inc. was ordered to face claims it illegally shared the content of e-mails in the latest ruling to hold Internet companies accountable for how they convert users’ personal data into advertising dollars.

     
  • Want a tech job? What to study in a fast-moving field Aug 16, 2014 7:15 AM
    Mozilla, Reddit and Tumblr say students should consider schools that not only will teach them traditional skills like coding, but also the softer skills that aren’t listed in the course guide but are essential to the 21st-century workplace: working with others, problem-solving, the ability to pick up enough from disciplines other than their own to create products users believe are indispensable to their lives.

     
  • Android lets you multitask on mobile devices Aug 16, 2014 7:35 AM
    Smartphones and tablets would be much more useful if they allowed us to multitask the way desktop and laptop computers do. That’s starting to change with Android devices, though. Here's a look at what you can do on what devices.

     
  • Twitter testing video-advertising service to expand sales Aug 16, 2014 6:55 AM
    Twitter Inc. is introducing video advertisements, seeking to broaden its revenue sources after finding that clips embedded in tweets are effective at attracting views and engaging users.

     
  • Three key questions to ask when your phone contract ends Aug 16, 2014 7:39 AM
    Your current cell phone contract is about to end and your carrier is offering you all kinds of discounts to extend your contract. Before you sign up for another two years, there are three key questions you should consider.

     
  • App reviews: Life management tools Timeful, Trello Aug 16, 2014 7:33 AM
    Timeful sets itself apart from the calendar app pack by not only keeping all your calendars -- Outlook, Google iCal -- in one place. Trello has all the standard to-do and task assignment features you’d expect from group project software, but its generally open form means that it’s easy to adapt to your tastes.

     
  • Other social media back Facebook in search warrant fight Aug 16, 2014 7:22 AM
    Facebook’s fight against prosecutors over nearly 400 search warrants for users’ postings and other data is drawing support from other social media companies and civil libertarians.

     
  • Twitter reviews policies after Robin Williams’s daughter abused Aug 16, 2014 7:40 AM
    Twitter Inc. is reviewing its policies on privacy and support for family members of deceased users after Robin Williams’s daughter was sent abusive messages following his death. Twitter has suspended “a number of accounts” related to the incident.

     
  • Obama takes step to improve government technology Aug 16, 2014 6:22 AM
    The White House recently announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government’s technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly. The move is aimed at avoiding a repeat of the website debacle that marred the rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation last year.

     
  • GE in talks to sell historic appliance division Aug 15, 2014 1:01 AM
    General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division as part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and more profitable industrial equipment.

     
  • Arlington Heights dog lover honors pets with online artwork Aug 14, 2014 5:47 PM
    Joe Russell grew up having a dog around the house and even had a dog while serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. .Now, the Arlington Heights man owns and operates Laughing Dog Artworks, an online e-commerce business that creates, produces and sells dog-themed, framed art and T-shirts. The business was inspired by C.M. Coolidge’s “Dogs Playing Poker” painting, he said.

     
  • Orwell rep accuses Amazon of doublespeak Aug 14, 2014 1:41 PM
    Amazon cited a 1936 Orwell essay in which he wrote of paperbacks that if “publishers had any sense, they would combine against them and suppress them.” But in fact, Orwell had been praising some new releases from Penguin, which had recently launched its now-famous line of paperbacks.“The Penguin Books are splendid value for sixpence, so splendid that if the other publishers had any sense they would combine against them and suppress them,” Orwell actually wrote.

     
  • Five gadgets aimed for back-to-school time Aug 14, 2014 8:29 AM
    You can't consider carpooling, homework or even lunch these days without talking about increasing efficiency with all sorts of gadgets manufacturers are pushing to help students balance school and home life. Here are five items from five emerging trends likely to help your family and budding scholars this school year.

     
  • Dist. 200 leaning away from digital devices for all Aug 14, 2014 6:46 PM
    The Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 board of education was presented with two options Thursday for exposing students to more technology this school year. Option one is to move to a 1:1 environment, where every student would have their own device — such as a Chromebook or iPad — that would travel with them to their classes and home. Option two, which the board was leaning toward, would increase student access to digital devices without going 1:1.

     
  • Yelp Inc. to expand in Chicago, bring 300 jobs Aug 14, 2014 4:58 PM
    San Francisco-based Yelp Inc. plans to open a new office at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart next year. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced the planned expansion Thursday.

     
  • ‘Street view’ goes undersea to map reefs, wonders Aug 13, 2014 10:27 AM
    It’s easy to go online and get a 360-degree, ground-level view of almost any street in the United States and throughout the world. Soon, scientists hope people will be able to do the same with coral reefs and other underwater wonders. Some of the rotating and panoramic images will be available online as early as this week, including a selection on Google Maps.

     
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