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  • Ohio geologists link small quakes to frackingApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    The oil and gas drilling boom targets widely different rock formations around the nation, so the Ohio findings may not have much relevance to other areas other than perhaps influencing public perception of fracking’s safety. The types of quakes connected to the industry are generally small and not easily felt, but the idea of human activity causing the earth to shake often doesn’t sit well.

     
  • A technician works on a computer Monday while testing servers at the Facebook Inc. hardware labs in Menlo Park, Calif.

    Heartbleed could harm a variety of systems Apr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    “I think this is very concerning for many people,” says Darren Hayes, professor of security and computer forensics at Pace University. “It’s going to keep security professionals very busy over the coming weeks and months. Customers need to make sure they’re getting the answers they need.”

     
  • Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will install GPS technology onto its fleet of school buses in time for the start of the next school year. The technology will allow parents to track their children’s buses from home.

    GPS plan will allow Palatine district’s parents to track buses onlineApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Buses carrying Palatine Township Elementary District 15 students will be outfitted with GPS software that allows parents to track routes in real-time. "This is going to be hard, quick, accurate data for us to use," Superintendent Scott Thompson said. Officials are still considering whether to require students to scan ID cards each time they board a bus.

     
  • From left, Steve Harris, vice president of Data Center Development, Forsythe Data Centers; Bill Brennan, president and CEO of Forsythe Technology; and Al Weiss, president of Forsythe Data Centers, prepare to break ground Wednesday for the new 221,000-square-foot Forsythe Data Center in Elk Grove Village.

    Forsythe building $130 million data center in Elk GroveApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Skokie-based Forsythe Technology is spending about $130 million to build a 221,000-square-foot data center at Touhy Avenue and Busse Road in Elk Grove Village. Forsythe broke ground Wednesday and plans to have the building ready for occupancy early next year.

     
  • US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah pauses testifies before the Senate subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs on the agency’s secret ‘Cuban Twitter’, a social media network built to stir unrest in the communist island.

    U.S. penned political satire in secret Cuban TwitterApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Draft messages produced for a Twitter-like service in Cuba that the U.S. government secretly funded were overtly political, documents obtained by The Associated Press show, even though the Obama administration has said the program had a more-neutral purpose. The early messages poked fun at the Castro government and were created by a political satirist working for the social media project. Those messages conflict with the U.S. government’s earlier assertions that its program didn’t promulgate political content.

     
  • GIV Mobile has opened this kiosk last week in Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. The company’s first kiosk opened in mid-March in Yorktown Mall in Lombard.

    GIV Mobil launches in Lombard, SchaumburgApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features GIV Mobile, which recently opened kiosks in Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg and Yorktown Mall in Lombard. While it offers subscribers a 4G network and no contracts, like most others, GIV Mobile also donates 8 percent of your plan cost to a charity of your choice.

     
  • Work on U of I solar field could start this yearApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    University of Illinois officials said they hope work could begin later this year on a field of solar panels that will ultimately supply about 2 percent of the school’s electricity.

     
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, testifying Tuesday before a House subcommittee, was questioned on the agency’s secret “Cuban Twitter,” a social media network built to stir unrest in the communist island.

    ’Cuban Twitter’ — overtly political, poking CastrosApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Draft messages produced for a Twitter-like network that the U.S. government secretly built in Cuba were overtly political and poked fun at the Castro brothers, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. The messages conflict with claims by the Obama administration that the program had no U.S.-generated political content and was never intended to stir unrest on the island.

     
  • Next year’s high-skilled visas snapped up in daysApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Businesses seeking highly skilled workers from overseas took less than a week to snap up all 85,000 visas available for next year. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Monday that the cap on H-1B visas for the 2015 fiscal year had already been reached.

     
  • Google Inc. signage is displayed in front of the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Google is celebrating its 15th anniversary as the company reaches $290 billion market value. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

    Google’s April Fool’s jokes changed industryApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    By 2004, Google had already become well-known for its April Fool’s pranks. That year, it appeared to up the ante, with not just one but two suspiciously improbable announcements. The first was a posting for job openings on the moon. The second was that the search company was launching a free email service that would offer users, not one or two megabytes, but 1,000 megabytes of storage. The joke, of course, is that it wasn’t a joke at all.

     
  • NHTSA to require rearview cameras in new vehiclesApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    The U.S. Department of Transportation is issuing a final safety rule that requires rearview technology in many new vehicles. The move is an effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents.

     
  • A Narrative Clip life-logging device is worn on a shirt collar Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in Atlanta. The small, wearable camera takes a photo automatically every 30 seconds.

    Review: Narrative Clip logs your life in photosApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ever had one of those “Gosh, I wish I had a camera” moments when something novel happens in your life? The Narrative Clip is a small, wearable camera that makes an attempt to capture some of those fleeting moments automatically. The $279 square device clips on to your shirt collar or jacket pocket and takes a photo automatically every 30 seconds.

     
  • Google Inc. is updating its terms of service to more clearly show how the company can analyze user content to tailor features and personalize advertising, as it looks to leverage customer data to bolster its business.

    Google changes to make it clear content analyzed for adsApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Google Inc. is updating its terms of service to more clearly show how the company can analyze user content to tailor features and personalize advertising, as it looks to leverage customer data to bolster its business. The new terms add a paragraph that says Google’s analysis can affect user content that is sent, received and when it is stored.

     
  • Turkey’s highest court has ruled that the country’s Twitter ban violates the right to free expression and has demanded that access be restored.

    Turkish high court rules for end of Twitter banApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Turkey’s highest court has ruled that the country’s Twitter ban violates the right to free expression and has demanded that access be restored.

     
  • Many backers who helped it raise more than $2.4 million through Kickstarter in 2012 were shocked last week when Oculus announced it was selling itself to social media company Facebook for $2 billion.

    Crowd-funded companies on a slippery slopeApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Why do people donate via crowd funding to a company that has the potential to strike it rich and to give little, or nothing, in return? Many want to feel like they are part of creating something new and exciting, but they have little say over how a company is run. That harsh reality can create a feeling of betrayal.

     
  • In this picture taken March 26, 2014, motorcycles stand in front of the distribution center of online retailer Amazon in Leipzig, central Germany. Workers at one of Amazon.com’s German distribution centers are on strike in a dispute over wages.. The ver.di union said Monday March 31, 2014 that workers at the American online retailer’s logistics center in Leipzig were staging the short-term warning strike to try to get management to return to the negotiating table. Ver.di says it may extend the action to other logistics centers, and is also threatening multiple-day strikes. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

    Billionaire’s bet vindicated as Apple buys tinApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    As metal prices plunged on the eve of the financial crisis in September 2008, Peru’s billionaire Brescia family paid about $400 million to buy the world’s largest tin deposit in the Amazon jungle. Now their mining company Minsur SA sits alone among mostly Asian rivals as the only major producer in 2014 that can raise output of a metal increasingly in demand because it’s mixed into solder for circuitry in smartphones.

     
  • Amazon’s Peter Larsen introduces Amazon Fire TV during a news conference in New York, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. At $99, Amazon Fire TV is the easiest way to watch Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, and more on your big-screen TV.

    Amazon debuts FireTV device to challenge AppleApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Amazon.com Inc. unveiled FireTV, a television-viewing device for streaming movies, television shows and other video from the Web. The small black box, which comes with a remote control and connects to Wi-Fi, puts Amazon in closer competition with Apple Inc. and Google Inc.

     
  • Microsoft corporate vice president Joe Belfiore, of the Operating Systems Group, demonstrates the new Cortana personal assistant during the keynote address of the Build Conference Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in San Francisco.

    Microsoft reveals Siri-like Windows Phone featureApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Microsoft unveiled a new virtual assistant for Windows Phone devices as it seeks to gain traction in a highly competitive and lucrative market for smartphones. The assistant, Cortana, is named after an artificial-intelligence character in the company’s “Halo” video games.

     
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  • Bartlett High School freshmen Aishwarya Jois and Ivana Bozic, right, start building the smartphone app.

    Bartlett High School students invent ‘Fittastick’ appApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    After clinching the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a team of Bartlett High School students are on their way to turning their concept into a live smartphone app. A tech mentor arrived at the school Friday to help students build Fittastick, which combines fitness stats with social networking. “It tends to open students’ eyes that there are opportunities outside of the walls of the school,” said Phil Church, their Bartlett teacher.

     
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