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  • AuctionWorks.com offers online bidding of luxury homes with local team Jan 29, 2015 12:59 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features AuctionWorks.com, an online auction site that sells various properties, including luxury homes in Naperville, Downers Grove, Riverwoods and Burr Ridge, among other places.

     
  • Facebook launching Trending Super Bowl for the big game Jan 28, 2015 12:01 PM
    As Facebook's latest step into sports, the social media giant is launching Trending Super Bowl - a real-time hub for content from Sunday's game between the Patriots and Seahawks. The hub will allow followers to see how the game is going on a scoreboard module, while also viewing Super Bowl-related posts, photos and video posted by professional media, celebrities and friends.

     
  • Alibaba spinoff likely to increase scrutiny on Yahoo CEO Jan 28, 2015 9:44 AM
    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is losing a precious security blanket now that she is spinning off the Internet company’s prized stake in China’s Alibaba Group. The breakup announced Tuesday will transfer ownership of 384 million shares of Alibaba stock, currently worth $39 billion, into a new entity called SpinCo.

     
  • After setting iPhone record, what does Apple do next? Jan 28, 2015 9:44 AM
    Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been “staggering” and “hard to comprehend.” That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and primed its stock for a rally Wednesday. But after selling a record 74.5 million iPhones in three months that ended in December, what can Apple do next?

     
  • Japan turns to ‘I am Kenji’ Facebook page on hostage crisis Jan 27, 2015 12:40 PM
    The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people’s hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: “I am Kenji.”The video, posted online last week, showing Goto and another Japanese hostage, has dominated mainstream media in Japan, a relatively crime-free nation unaccustomed to such violence.

     
  • Record iPhone sales drive blowout quarter Jan 27, 2015 4:23 PM
    The surge in sales of Apple’s signature smartphones helped make up for an expected decline in sales of iPad tablets. The company sold 21.4 million iPads, down 22 percent from a year earlier. Sales of Mac computers rose 9 percent, and Apple saw overall revenue gains in all geographic regions.

     
  • Yahoo to spin off Alibaba stake into separate company Jan 27, 2015 4:20 PM
    Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer is spinning off the company’s prized stake in China’s Alibaba Group Holding in a move that will let Yahoo avoid paying billions in future taxes.A newly formed entity called SpinCo will inherit ownership of Yahoo’s 384 million Alibaba shares when the tax-free spin-off is completed toward the end of this year.

     
  • Obama says US must update laws on drones Jan 27, 2015 11:31 AM
    The United States has fallen behind technological advancements that have made small drones readily available and must update its laws to ensure safety, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, in his first public comments about a drone that crashed on the White House grounds.

     
  • Facebook blames internal glitch for hourlong global outage Jan 27, 2015 10:40 AM
    Facebook said the outage that made its social media sites inaccessible worldwide for about an hour Tuesday was self-inflicted.

     
  • Gurnee OKs $5.8 million in tax breaks for company Jan 27, 2015 5:29 PM
    Gurnee village board members have approved a multimillion-dollar tax incentive package for a technology company to relocate in a business park near the Tri-State Tollway. Village board trustees Monday night voted 6-0 in favor of what will be a combined $5.8 million in performance-based state and local tax breaks for AKHAN Semiconductor Inc. Village board members and about 25 spectators stood and applauded after the vote.

     
  • Online grocers mushrooming, but bagging profits is difficult Jan 25, 2015 7:32 AM
    The online grocery-delivery business seems to get more crowded -- and more competitive -- by the minute. Tech giants Google and Amazon.com are offering it in some major cities, and so are upstarts such as Instacart, Postmates and FreshDirect. But a closer look at the report reveals the major challenges these companies will face as they try to make these fledgling businesses viable.

     
  • Deily.org founders see their site as a kind of Wikipedia for faith Jan 25, 2015 7:00 AM
    Deily.org is a a huge site populated sacred texts, unedited sermons, religious music and civil discussion about them. The items are put there mostly by participants, who would pay nothing, ideally making the site like a Wikipedia for religion.

     
  • Facebook tries to cut down on hoaxes Jan 24, 2015 7:43 AM
    Facebook said it has updated its service to reduce the number of hoaxes that appear in users’ news feeds. These posts — which include scams or deliberately false or misleading news stories — can annoy users.

     
  • Kaspersky exec: Criminals get smarter along with tech Jan 24, 2015 7:42 AM
    Online attacks against such prominent targets as Sony, Target and Home Depot have brought cybersecurity and digital privacy to the forefront of the national consciousness. But as the technologies we use grow more sophisticated, so will criminals’ attempts to defeat them, according to Chris Doggett, North American managing director of Kaspersky Lab.

     
  • Why fake-news industry isn’t afraid of Facebook changes Jan 24, 2015 7:43 AM
    Facebook dealt a blow to the fake-news industry that could, in all likelihood, wipe it out: Starting this week, the site will cut down on the number of fake news stories that circulate in its News Feed -- and add a warning on hoax stories indicating that they’re fake.

     
  • Review: Reading e-books on different devices tough Jan 24, 2015 7:31 AM
    While Amazon hasn't, other companies have embraced a format called EPub. In theory, that means books bought for one non-Kindle device can be read on another. But trying to move my EPub books around gets frustrating. Here are som examples.

     
  • YouTube to produce Super Bowl halftime show with online stars Jan 24, 2015 6:31 AM
    YouTube will offer a halftime show during the Super Bowl featuring some of its biggest online stars, part of a broader initiative to promote advertisements on the Google-owned video site. Harley Morenstein, the ringleader of food stunt group EpicMealTime, will host the program featuring musical performances and stunts.

     
  • Air Force plans to cut costs, buy tech, fix bureaucracy Jan 24, 2015 6:45 AM
    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James outlined a three-pronged program aimed at cutting costs, including creating an IT business analytics office to inform its buying decisions about software infrastructure, set up a $2 million competition for new-technology innovation and organize industry events where government officials can fast-track contracts to companies that “wow” them.

     
  • Apple may be designing an iPad stylus Jan 24, 2015 7:18 AM
    I have a confession to make: I don’t hate the stylus. So new speculation that Apple may be considering introducing a stylus as an accessory to its rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro has me very interested.

     
  • Twitter and Tumblr execs ditch smartphones to combat addiction Jan 24, 2015 7:00 AM
    From Arianna Huffington to strategists at Twitter Inc. and Tumblr, technocrats are taking a break from their smartphones to show they can survive without digital media -- for a few hours at least. Hyper-connected executives said they were plagued by the same sense of data overload, and dependency fears, as many of their customers.

     
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