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  • Customers hit with expensive Del Taco billApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    About 150 people who ordered this week at the Mexican-style fast food chain in Santa Paula, 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles, were mistakenly charged thousands of dollars for burritos, tacos and soft drinks.

     
  • This screen shot shows the home screen of a phone running the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system.

    Review: Windows Phone advances with 8.1 updateApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Microsoft’s new Windows system for smartphones addresses many of the shortcomings in previous versions. Before, voice search lacked the natural language interactions of Apple’s Siri and Google Now. The updated Windows Phone system has Cortana, which combines Siri’s personality with Google Now’s knack for anticipating what you need before you even ask.

     
  • The Facebook Inc. logo is displayed on a computer screen in this arranged photograph in San Francisco, Calif.

    Why Facebook is getting into the banking gameApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Who would want to use Facebook as a bank? That’s the question that immediately arises from news that the social network intends to get into the electronic money business. According to the Financial Times, Facebook is close to receiving authorization from Ireland’s central bank to become an “electronic money institution.”

     
  • The rise of big data: A double-edged swordApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Debates are raging about whether big data still holds the promise that was expected or whether it was just a big bust. The failure of the much-hyped Google Flu Trends to accurately predict peak flu levels since August 2011 has heightened the concerns.

     
  • Several state attorneys general are pressing Google to make it harder for its users to find counterfeit prescription medicine and illegal drugs online, marking the second time in the past three years that the firm has drawn government scrutiny for its policies on rogue Internet pharmacies.

    States want Google to crack down on online drug salesApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Several state attorneys general are pressing Google to make it harder for its users to find counterfeit prescription medicine and illegal drugs online, marking the second time in the past three years that the firm has drawn government scrutiny for its policies on rogue Internet pharmacies.

     
  • In this Feb. 20, 2014 photo, a man walks through a hall at Secret Service offices in Washington. Secret Service investigators say it could take years to identify the hackers who breached Target’s computer systems in December _and even longer to bring them to justice.

    Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to findApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target’s computer systems last December. But the agency says it could take years to identify the criminals who stole some 40 million debit and credit card numbers of Target shoppers.

     
  • In this Wednesday, March 26, 2014 photo, Chet Kanojia, the founder and CEO of Aereo, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in New York. The future of Aereo, an online service that provides over-the-air TV channels, hinges on a battle with broadcasters that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court in late April 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industryApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    The future of Aereo, an online service that provides over-the-air TV channels, hinges on a battle with broadcasters that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week. For as little as $8 a month, Aereo subscribers in New York and 10 other markets can watch shows live or record them using Aereo’s online digital video recorder.

     
  • The decline in publicly traded technology stocks is fueling concern that Silicon Valley startups will follow with plummeting valuations. In the past month, Amazon.com, Facebook, TripAdvisor and Netflix have plunged at least 13 percent each.

    Technology stock slump fuels concern startup values may followApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    The decline in publicly traded technology stocks is fueling concern that Silicon Valley startups will follow with plummeting valuations. In the past month, Amazon.com, Facebook, TripAdvisor and Netflix have plunged at least 13 percent each. If the stock declines continue, young entrepreneurs may have to accept more realistic valuations for their companies.

     
  • Even as Microsoft prepares for a future dominated by touch-screen devices, it is steering its Windows system to embrace more of the past. The divide between old and new is less pronounced in the latest, free update. That’s a welcome change, as that’s one of the things that annoy me most about Windows 8.

    Review: Forward to the past with Windows updateApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Even as Microsoft prepares for a future dominated by touch-screen devices, it is steering its Windows system to embrace more of the past. The divide between old and new is less pronounced in the latest, free update. That’s a welcome change, as that’s one of the things that annoy me most about Windows 8.

     
  • Many doctors are recommending smartphone apps that send reminders to patients to take their medications and record when they take each one.

    Smartphone apps remind patients to take their medsApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Medicine only helps if you take it properly. And adhering to an exact schedule of what to take, and when, can be challenging for patients who are forgetful or need to take several medications. Doctors warn about the consequences and urge patients to use various techniques, such as using divided pill boxes or putting their pill bottles beside their toothbrush as a reminder to take their morning and bedtime medicines.

     
  • People watch an advertisement for Samsung’s Galaxy S5 smartphone in Seoul, South Korea. Samsung Electronics Co. recently released its latest Galaxy S5 smartphone and wearables in 125 countries around the world.

    Review: S5 features useful, less about gimmicksApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    There’s a lot to like about Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 smartphone — among them, its relative lack of features. Some of the S4’s features — such as automatic scrolling of content when you tilt your phone or head — came across as clutter or gimmicks that often didn’t work as advertised. Samsung also simplified the phone’s interface.

     
  • With Cortana, Windows catches up with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of Apple’s and Google’s virtual assistants and adds a few useful tools of its own. The result is Cortana, named after an artificial-intelligence character in Microsoft’s “Halo” video games.

    Review: Siri-like Cortana fills Windows phone gapApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of Apple’s and Google’s virtual assistants and adds a few useful tools of its own. The result is Cortana, named after an artificial-intelligence character in Microsoft’s “Halo” video games.

     
  • A smartphone is mounted on the glass of an Uber car in Mumbai, India. Riding on its startup success and flush with fresh capital, taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber is making a big push into Asia. The company has in the last year started operating in 18 cities in Asia and the South Pacific including Seoul, Shanghai, Bangkok, Hong Kong and five Indian cities.

    Uber meets local lookalikes in Asia taxi-app warsApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Riding on its startup success and flush with fresh capital, taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber is making a big push into Asia. There’s a twist, though: Instead of being the game-changing phenomena it was in the U.S., Uber faces a slew of competitors using similar technology.

     
  • Trader Anthony Carannante, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange a week ago Friday. Traders who allegedly work faster than the indexes can keep up are the target for a lawsuit filed Friday.

    Providence, RI sues firms over rapid stock tradesApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    The suit’s defendants include the Nasdaq Stock Market and the New York Stock Exchange; major banks such as JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup; and trading firms including Chopper Trading and Jump Trading.

     
  •  The Amazon logo on display at a news conference in New York. Rumors of an Amazon smartphone reached a fever pitch this week.

    Five features an Amazon phone might offerApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Amazon hasn’t confirmed that it has plans for a smartphone, and it isn’t clear what such a device might offer in the way of distinctive features. Some unconfirmed reports say the phone could have a 3-D interface and multiple front-facing cameras.

     
  • This Screen grab from the website WhiteHouse.gov taken Friday shows the screen explaining a new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explaining how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain.

    White House updating online privacy policyApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain.

     
  •  Sunlight streams Tuesday onto the Maywood Solar Farm in Indianapolis.

    Largest solar farm on Superfund site goes onlineApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    he Indianapolis property’s owner, Vertellus Specialties Inc., worked with the EPA, solar panel maker Hanwha Q CELLS, Indiana’s environmental agency, the local utility and other partners to develop the solar farm.

     
  • J.R. Hutson with daughter Alexis at the Village Tavern & Grill in Schaumburg.

    NoWait apps offer suburban restaurant guests a pager-free experienceApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Guests at the Village Tavern & Grill in Schaumburg, and other suburban restaurants, are notified on their smartphone with a prerecorded phone call or text when it's their turn to be seated. The new system, called NoWait, also allows guests to roam as far as they want and not worry about being in range for the notification. Guests also can respond to say they are on their way. “We changed to NoWait because of the freedom it gives our guests,” said Village Tavern owner J.R. Hutson.

     
  • FILE — In This March 23, 2010, file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems, the company announced Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

    Google not immune to challenges of mobile transitionApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Google Inc. isn’t immune to setbacks caused by the global shift to mobile computing. Costs are rising and Google said yesterday that revenue was $12.2 billion in the first quarter, another stumble as the company missed a projection by analysts for $12.3 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Google’s audience is migrating to smartphones, where the company gets less ad money for marketing spots than on desktops and tablets.

     
  • Zebra Technologies in Lincolnshire.

    Motorola Solutions shrinks, while Zebra growsApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions Inc. continues to chip away at its legendary status by selling its Enterprise unit to Lincolnshire’s Zebra Technologies for about $3.45 billion. While Zebra continues to pick up steam, building its radio-frequency identification and specialty Internet-related products, Motorola shrinks both in workforce and focus.

     
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