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Uber's latest training and recruitment tool is a video game

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be an Uber driver but don’t want to actually get behind the wheel, there’s now a game for that.

Court declines to stop net neutrality rules from taking effect Friday

A federal court on Thursday declined to halt implementation of tough new net neutrality regulations.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo to step down

Dick Costolo is stepping down as chief executive of Twitter effective July 1, the company said Thursday.

Oculus shows off a smaller, lighter virtual reality headset for consumers

Facebook-owned Oculus VR showed off the long-awaited consumer version of its virtual reality headset Thursday, announcing features such as built-in 360-degree audio headphones, a constellation tracking system, an external sensor and a dial that adjusts the distance of the headset's lenses.

FTC cracks down on crowdfunding schemes, says Kickstarter funds spent on rent

In its first action involving the multibillion-dollar crowdfunding industry, the Federal Trade Commission charged that a man used money raised through Kickstarter for rent and other personal expenses instead of producing the board game he promised.

Google's latest project: reinventing cities

Google’s Chief Executive Larry Page has announced the tech giant’s latest moonshot, a new company whose mission is to revolutionize urban life.

Uber loses bid for arbitration in driver lawsuit

A U.S. District Judge in San Francisco has rejected on-demand transportation company Uber’s bid to enforce arbitration agreements on its drivers, clearing the way for a driver lawsuit to go ahead.

This email software knows you, who you're writing to -- offers advice

Like many busy executives, Sean Ammirati, a partner at Birchmere Ventures in Pittsburgh, had a habit of firing off a series of tired emails after his kids went to bed. Slogging through your inbox late in the evening is so common in the technology industry that some call it the third shift.

Here are 3 key changes coming to Apple iPhones and iPads

Apple Inc. has had its share of buggy software updates. A new Maps app three years ago routed people into bodies of water. Last year’s Yosemite update led to dropped Wi-Fi connections. And new iPhone software packages have caused eager users to delete photos and apps to clear memory space for it.

Silk Road founder appeals conviction, life sentence

Ross William Ulbricht, the San Francisco man who ran an underground website that allowed drug dealers to sell their goods online, has filed to appeal his conviction and life sentence.

Yahoo to shut down Maps site, other products this month

Yahoo is shutting down its Maps site and other tools in the next few weeks.

Apple recalls Beats Pill XL speaker for overheating and fire concerns

Apple is recalling its Beats Pill XL speaker because the battery might overheat and pose a fire safety risk.

Wearables device market grew 200% in first quarter, led by Fitbit

In the three months leading up to the April release of the Apple Watch, the wearables market continued to show strong growth.

China's smartphone market is almost saturated -- so what happens next?

Americans still think of China as an emerging market. Not for smartphones. Just like in the U.S., the smartphone market in China is near saturation. They are now a common tool, owned by the average family, like washing machines or rice cookers. More than 90% of cellphone sales in China are smartphones.

Google unveils simpler portal for users to delete data it has about them

Unending scrutiny from regulators is keeping pressure on Google to get better about explaining how it tracks users and how they can tinker with privacy settings.

BlackBerry and Ryan Seacrest's Typo reach settlement

BlackBerry said Monday that it reached a patent infringement settlement with Typo, a maker of iPhone keyboards co-founded by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. The Canadian smartphone maker had accused Typo of ripping off its desig...

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