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Konica Minolta acquires Orange County firm Ambry Genetics in deal valued at up to $1 billion

A subsidiary of Japanese office equipment manufacturer Konica Minolta Inc. will acquire Aliso Viejo-based genetic testing firm Ambry Genetics Corp. in a deal valued at up to $1 billion, according to a statement released by the two companies Thursday.<p>Konica Minolta said the acquisition will allow …

Forget ping pong and free beer: The latest perk for tech workers is doing good

In the cutthroat technology industry where companies go to great lengths to attract and retain talent, employers have offered workers high salaries, company stock and unlimited vacation time. They’ve done free breakfasts, free lunches, free dinners and free booze. There’s kombucha on tap, ping pong …

Why Green Day picked unknown Pinole director for their ‘East Bay Punk’ film

When the musicians in Green Day were ready to produce a movie about the band’s early days and the history of the famed East Bay punk scene, who do …

Inundated by spam Facebook accounts, USA Today has asked the FBI to investigate

Nearly a third of its Facebook followers were purged last month<p><i>USA Today</i>’s Facebook page is being inundated with Likes from fake accounts, and its parent company, Gannett Co., has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate. Before a purge of such accounts last month, <i>USA Today</i> contends …

Social Media

American Airlines to squeeze seats closer together on new planes

A day after airline executives went before lawmakers to defend their customer service, American Airlines confirmed Wednesday it will shrink the distance between economy seats in some new planes — but don't accuse the carrier of cutting legroom.<p>The distance between the back of one seat and the back …

Aviation

Airbus figures out how to squeeze 80 more seats into its giant A380 jets

In an effort to squeeze more passengers into each cabin and more revenue out of each flight, the nation's airlines have reduced legroom and narrowed the seat widths in many main cabin sections.<p>Although nearly every major carrier is now reporting near-record profits, the move to optimize cabin space …

Pepsi's Kendall Jenner ad: Mistake or subversive strategy?

There's no such thing as bad publicity, right?<p>Maybe.<p>This week, Pepsi has been swept up in controversy in connection with an ad that depicted Kendall Jenner solving tension between protesters and police with a can of soda and a smile. The ad directly lifted imagery from Black Lives Matter and …

In an ad featuring Jennifer Aniston, Emirates Airlines asks: 'Who needs tablets and laptops anyway?'

Emirates Airlines, one of several foreign carriers affected by a new restriction on electronics on flights to the United States, is responding to the directive with the help of "Friends" actress Jennifer Aniston.<p>A security directive from the United States bars passengers from bringing any …

Sears warns of 'substantial doubt' it can survive, but exec touts repair effort

An executive at Sears and Kmart's parent company said the distressed retailer remains "a viable business" even though it had warned regulators "substantial doubt exists" that it could keep its doors open amid mounting losses.<p>Sears Holdings Corp. raised concerns about its ability to continue …

Sears

Wireless providers argue your web history isn’t ‘sensitive’ and they should be able to sell it

Internet providers are continuing to argue that they should be free to share and sell your web browsing history without permission because it isn’t “sensitive information.”<p>The latest group to make that argument is the CTIA, an industry association that represents AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and …

Secret Crime-Fighter Revealed to Be 1930s Physicist

Nine recently unearthed notebooks record the true scope of work done by the mysterious forensics pioneer called "Detective X."<p>For Kristen Frederick-Frost, it all began in the basement of a government science building.<p>In 2014, the curator was searching the archives of the National Institute of …

New Jersey

Dolby Labs is using biosensors to learn how we’re reacting to movies and shows

Netflix and not chill<p>The myriad ways in which video and audio impact our brains and bodies have long been studied by academia. But that research isn’t only taking place in university labs: at Dolby Laboratories, the company has been conducting its own internal research into how media can trigger …

Got an old Instamatic? This 3D-printed adapter will convert it to 35mm

Film photography is making a comeback, and while the vintage tech may be easy to find, the film often isn’t — but that’s where modern tech comes in. …

Cameras

The Nintendo Switch is the company’s biggest, boldest gamble in years

Aspiring to accomplish everything the Wii U couldn’t<p>Behind every Nintendo product is a story of heritage, a tale that can be recounted by moving back through time to a point in the company’s meandering and storied history. For Shinya Takahashi and Yoshiaki Koizumi, two of Nintendo’s most senior …

Watch every New York Times front page fly by and see the rise of the image

<i>The New York Times</i> has been in circulation since 1851, making it 166 years old this September. In that time, its front page has evolved considerably, going from a text-heavy broadsheet to one that features high-quality color images. Digital artist Josh Begley has managed to cram almost every front …

Big changes planned for the sell-by dates on food packaging

The majority of Americans have no clear idea what "sell by" labels are trying to tell them. But after 40 years of letting us guess, the grocery industry has made moves to clear up the confusion.<p>The Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Assn., the two largest trade groups for the …

Agriculture

Event Horizon Telescope ready to image black hole

<b>Scientists believe they are on the verge of obtaining the first ever picture of a black hole.</b><p>They have built an Earth-sized "virtual telescope" by linking a large array of radio receivers - from the South Pole, to Hawaii, to the Americas and Europe.<p>There is optimism that observations to be …

Alamo Drafthouse, Kodak Partner on Film Celebration – Variety

We live in a pixelated world. Much of our day is spent staring at watches, laptops, desktops, iPods, and iPads that offer up digitized video, …

Pulp Fiction

Uber’s public Q&A with drivers was a disaster

A lesson in what not to do<p>Ride-hailing giant Uber today trotted out Jeff Jones, its ride-sharing president, in a public Facebook Q&A to try and address driver complaints. Given Uber’s reputation of late and its complicated and messy history with drivers, the session did not go over all that …

Lightlines are humanity's latest attempt to protect smartphone zombies

The city of Bodegraven in the Netherlands is testing "Plus Lightlines" (+Lichtlijn, in Dutch) to alert distracted smartphone users at road crossings. The pilot project puts an embedded strip of illuminated LEDs in the sidewalk, thus placing it in the line of sight of people staring at their phones. …

The Met has released more than 375,000 images that you can use for free

The initiative will also bring a Wikimedian-in-Residence to the museum<p>The Metropolitan Museum of Art has made its entire collection of art in the public domain — more than 375,000 images — available to the public under Creative Commons Zero. The designation means that the general public can use the …

You should install a light at your desk that’ll tell your coworkers to leave you alone

A friendly gesture<p>The 21st century workplace is a marvel to behold. We’ve got snacks, bike rooms, recycling, Slack channels, shared Google Docs, unflattering overhead lights, and Wi-Fi. Technology makes it easy to collaborate with coworkers without having to actually speak to them, so imagine my …

LED lights on a fretboard seem like the obvious way to learn guitar

Fret Zeppelin is going to tech you how to play guitar through fiber-optic LED lights. Instead of relying on an instructor or a specialized beginner’s guitar, Fret Zeppelin fits onto an already existent full-sized guitar of a player’s choosing. Once on the guitar, players can pick whatever song they …

Twitter has a new head of product who barely uses the product

He’s tweeted 143 times<p>Twitter’s ceaseless search for someone to tell the social network where to go and how to get there has come to a momentary pause. The company announced today, on Twitter of course, that it has hired startup founder Keith Coleman as vice president of product.<p>Coleman, according …

Social Media

Anticipate a crisis with better client communication

Anticipating problems is paramount to successful PR in 2016.<p>Some say social media and its continuous news cycle fuel many PR crises. Experienced PR …

The CNN porn scare is how fake news spreads

Last night, a twitter account by the name of @solikearose tweeted out a surprising image of CNN broadcasting porn instead of Anthony Bourdain’s scheduled show <i>Parts Unknown</i><i>.</i> And then without really much questioning, a bunch of news sites ran with it, claiming that the network showed the footage for …

Germany is worried about fake news and bots ahead of election

Angela Merkel says lawmakers must confront and regulate the spread of misinformation<p>Angela Merkel this week warned that fake news and bots may influence Germany’s national elections next year, days after she announced plans to seek a fourth term as the country’s chancellor. In a speech to …

IBM makes a big shift into cognitive computing

IBM's California research lab sits atop a green hill in Almaden, 15 miles south of downtown San Jose.<p>There aren't any signs that suggest if you drive up the narrow road that wraps around the hill you'll find a research facility at the top. No signs that the research center is home to a Fortune 500 …

Artificial Intelligence

So How Does Analog Film Work Anyway?

Even though it contains some of the most memorable images in human history, how many of us really know how film actually works?<p>Let’s break it down to …

The Oscars