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Europe's antitrust fine against Google takes a big bite out of Alphabet's profit

Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., can easily afford the $2.7-billion write-down it's taking to cover a big antitrust fine in Europe. But the company might find it harder to shrug off the rest of the European regulatory assault headed its way. In June, a European Commission ruling slapped...

Who owns Snopes.com? Dispute puts future of fact-checking site in question

Fact-checking site Snopes.com is asking readers to save the advertising-funded sleuthing service, which is in dire financial straits. The company is seeking donations through a GoFundMe campaign, which has raised upward of $130,000 of its $500,000 goal in a matter of hours. The reason for the plea...

Microsoft Paint is marked for death

Microsoft Paint, the beloved Windows graphic editing program, has been marked for death. Thirty-two years after including a Paint program in its inaugural Windows 1.0, Microsoft Corp. put Paint on its list of “features that are removed or deprecated” in the new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update,...

Lyft forms an autonomous vehicle unit, expects 200 employees in it by year's end

Lyft said Friday it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service says it will open its network, inviting automakers and tech...

Apple's iPhone manufacturers counter-sue Qualcomm over patent fees

Four Taiwan-based contract manufacturers that build iPhones and iPads have joined Apple in suing Qualcomm, alleging the San Diego company has illegally overcharged for use of its cellular patents. Compal Electronics, Hon Hai Precision Industries (Foxconn,) Pegatron Corp and Wistron Corp. filed...

Google Glass is back — but don't look for it outside the workplace

Google Glass is back, but this time the much-hyped, yet oft-ridiculed eyewear isn’t leaving the workplace. On Tuesday, Google announced the launch of Glass Enterprise Edition, a second version of the augmented reality gadget intended for use in warehouses, hospitals and factories — where Glass...

Here's why Roku might be heading toward an initial public stock offering

For the last 15 years, Internet television company Roku Inc. has done one thing and done it well. Its streaming sticks, boxes and software make it easy and enjoyable to watch Internet content on a television — a seemingly simple task, but one that its largest rivals have struggled to perfect. “I...

Companies like Uber are staying private longer. Without public market scrutiny, who's holding them accountable?

When publicly traded companies are caught behaving badly, markets can hold their feet to the fire. Stock prices take a hit, as Volkswagen witnessed after its emissions scandal. Activist investors mobilize, like when Yahoo shareholders criticized the company’s direction. Executives are forced to...

Silicon Valley firm and Abbott Labs team up on system for managing diabetes

When Jeffrey Brewer’s son was 15, the boy nearly lost his life because he took too much insulin. The diabetic teen took insulin so he could eat a large bag of chips late at night. But about 20 minutes later, he forgot about that first dose and took another. He spent two days in the hospital, his...

Girl Scouts offers merit badges for making friends, painting and horseback riding. Up next: cybersecurity

By selling Thin Mints and Tagalongs in kindergarten, Elizabeth Lewelling earned Girl Scout badges for customer service and managing money. Now going into eighth grade, she’s setting her sights on a topic a bit more complicated than the cookie business: cybersecurity. The 12-year-old from Palmdale...

Irvine TV maker Vizio is suing troubled Chinese firm LeEco after $2-billion deal collapses

When Chinese technology company LeEco announced a $2-billion deal to buy Irvine TV maker Vizio Inc. last July, its leaders insisted that the big purchase was well within their means. And in conversations during the six months leading up to the announcement, LeEco, with wide-ranging initiatives...

PayPal now an option in Apple's online stores

Apple will allow PayPal payments in its digital stores, offering customers another check-out option on iTunes, iBooks, Apple Music and the App Store. The partnership, rolled out Tuesday in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Mexico, Australia and parts of Europe, lets users choose the San Jose-based secure...

Verizon customer data — including phone numbers and PINs — exposed by vendor

Verizon said Wednesday that the company regretted what it called the incorrect placement of customer information — including their phone numbers and personal identification numbers — in an insecure cloud storage area by one of its vendors, but insisted none of the exposed information had been lost...

Owners of the Patriots, Mets and Heat are among founding members of a new video game league

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft headlines a list of initial owners in Blizzard's Overwatch League.

Trump administration delays 'start-up visa' program for immigrant entrepreneurs

The United States is pulling back the welcome mat for foreign entrepreneurs. In a move that drew criticism from the technology industry, the Trump administration delayed the rollout of the International Entrepreneur Rule, a piece of immigration policy set to take effect July 17 that would have...

Snap shares fall below IPO price for the first time

Shares of Los Angeles technology company Snap Inc. on Monday dipped below the original price at which they were sold when the company went public in March. Snap shares traded as low as $16.95 before closing at $16.99, down about 1.1%. Falling below an IPO price for the first time is a common occurrence....

The next iPhone may have no fingerprint reader, and other rumors

As the expected fall debut of Apple Inc.'s next iPhones nears, rumors have taken hold, based on reports from analysts and leaks from Apple's supply chain. As with all speculative reports, it's best to take these ideas with a grain (or shaker) of salt. Apple did not immediately respond to a request...

Qualcomm wants U.S. to ban imports of some iPhones, escalating fight with Apple

Qualcomm Inc. fired back at Apple Inc. on Thursday in a fierce legal battle over patents, asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the import of certain new models of iPhones. The San Diego company alleges that Apple is infringing on six patents issued between 2013 and 2017 that improve...

The evolution of cars into computers is turning buyers into leasers

Buy a smartphone, use it for a couple of years, then ditch it for something new and improved. It’s a life cycle that has become the norm for cellphones. Now, that same short-term relationship is applying to what traditionally has been a long-term commitment: cars. Instead of buying a vehicle, more...

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