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Workers at Apple supplier in China describe health and safety hazards

At a Catcher Technology Co. manufacturing complex in the Chinese industrial city of Suqian, about six hours’ drive from Shanghai, workers stand for up to 10 hours a day in hot workshops slicing and blasting iPhone casings for Apple Inc., handling noxious chemicals sometimes without proper gloves...

Uber confirms it used tech tool to shield data from police outside the U.S.

Ride-hailing giant Uber confirmed Thursday that it had technology to shield company data when law enforcement raided its offices outside the United States. Uber spokeswoman Melanie Ensign said this tool — no longer in use — could lock computers and smartphones and change passwords remotely from...

Microsoft says fix for chip problem may significantly slow some servers

Microsoft Corp. said fixes for security flaws present in most processors may significantly slow certain servers and dent the performance of some personal computers. It was the software maker’s first assessment of a global problem that Intel Corp. initially downplayed. Microsoft’s statement indicates...

GoPro predicts revenue slump, slashes jobs and dumps drones; stock plunges

Camera maker GoPro Inc. is getting out of the drone business, laying off more than 20% of its workforce and losing two executives after predicting a sharp decline in its fourth-quarter revenue and disclosing weak holiday-season demand for its cameras. The disappointing outlook sent shares plummeting...

Toy maker VTech to pay $650,000 to settle FTC allegations of children's privacy violations

VTech Electronics, a maker of electronic toys, has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle charges from the Federal Trade Commission that it collected personal information on hundreds of thousands of children without their parents knowing. VTech — a Hong Kong company whose North American operations are...

James Damore sues Google, alleging discrimination against whites and men

James Damore, the former Google engineer who was fired after writing a widely circulated memo arguing women were biologically inferior to men in coding, has sued the Mountain View, Calif., tech giant alleging discrimination against his political views. In a class-action complaint filed Monday,...

Pay day or defeat? Travis Kalanick to sell a chunk of his Uber stock

Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick once boasted that he’d never sold any of his 10% stake in the on-demand transportation company. But that was back in 2016, before he was ousted as CEO, before Uber’s board of directors installed new leadership, before early Uber investor Benchmark sued him for fraud,...

Intel and Microsoft deal with widespread computer-chip weakness

The world’s biggest chipmakers and software companies, including Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp., are coming to grips with a vulnerability that leaves vast numbers of computers and smartphones susceptible to hacking and performance slowdowns. Google researchers recently discovered that a feature,...

Roku envisions being at the center of voice-controlled home entertainment systems, and its stock jumps

Roku Inc., which makes devices for streaming internet video on television sets, announced Wednesday that it plans to develop a voice assistant and let manufacturers create Roku-connected speakers, stepping up its competition with tech giants Apple, Google and Amazon. Owners of Roku TVs and players...

Apple apologizes for slowed-down iPhones and offers cheaper battery replacement

Apple Inc. announced Thursday that it will temporarily lower the price of replacing iPhone batteries, hoping to ease the backlash over its acknowledgment that it deliberately slowed down older-model iPhones. The announcement — along with an apology — came less than two weeks after the company said...

Uber investors reportedly agree to sell to SoftBank at steep discount

Uber shareholders are said to have agreed to sell a sizable stake in the ride-hailing giant to an investor group led by SoftBank Group Corp., allowing the Japanese conglomerate to amass a piece of the company at a steep discount compared with the last valuation. The transaction implies a $48-billion...

Claire’s halts sales of nine makeup products over asbestos concerns

Cosmetics and accessories retailer Claire’s has halted sales of nine makeup products after a TV station reported that some of its cosmetics were contaminated with asbestos. “We have retained an independent laboratory to test the cited products in order to determine whether the recent news reports...

Apple faces at least nine class-action lawsuits over slowed-down iPhones

IPhone owners from several states have filed at least nine class-action lawsuits against Apple Inc. for not disclosing sooner that its software updates deliberately slowed down older-model phones so batteries would last longer. The lawsuits — filed in U.S. district courts in California, New York...

Apple designs iPhones to run slower as battery ages, but doesn't let us replace battery cheaply

Apple Inc. is taking heat for a discovery about old iPhones: As their batteries age, Apple's software slows the phones down. The phenomenon, discovered by Reddit members and acknowledged Wednesday by Apple, throws gasoline onto a long-standing conspiracy theory that iPhones slow to crawl as a sly...

Companies use Facebook tools to exclude older Americans from job ads, lawsuit alleges

Three workers and a large union sued Facebook, T-Mobile, Amazon, Cox Communications and other companies this week, accusing them of using Facebook's ad-targeting tools to exclude older Americans from job opportunities. In the age discrimination suit, the plaintiffs cited a T-Mobile job ad, which...

There's money to be made in returning e-commerce orders

Every week, dozens of people walk into Petal and Wax, a Marina del Rey gift store, to return items they bought from online retailers. They bring in blouses from Eloquii, shorts from Chubbies and bags from Everlane. Instead of telling them to buzz off, Evelyn Taplin, who runs Petal and Wax, gladly...

Bloomberg and Twitter launch TicToc, a live-streaming video news channel

Twitter users can now tune into TicToc, a live-streaming channel by Bloomberg Media, to catch up on the day’s news — and soon, the companies say, the channel will offer updates around the clock. TicToc, which launched Monday on Twitter, will rely on Bloomberg journalists’ original reporting as...

Virgin Hyperloop One raises $50 million and makes Richard Branson chairman

Virgin Hyperloop One, a Los Angeles company developing a super-fast transportation system, announced it has raised $50 million from foreign venture capital investors and made Richard Branson the chairman of its board of directors. The new round of funding, announced Monday, came from Dubai’s DP...

Crime-fighting robot taken off its beat after launching alleged 'war on the homeless'

Like so many classic Western anti-heroes before him, he rolled (literally) into town with a singular goal in mind: cleaning up the streets, which had become a gritty hotbed of harassment, vandalism, break-ins and grift. The only difference was that he was a slow-moving, 400-pound robot with a penchant...

The skeptic's guide to smart home gadgets

This holiday season, a third of Americans plan to buy a smart home device, according to the Consumer Technology Assn. And nearly half of Americans use digital voice assistants, according to the Pew Research Center. Here's a guide to the best.

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