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  • Will electric vehicles doom your neighborhood auto mechanic?

    Craig Van Batenburg began his career as an auto mechanic in 1970 after falling in love with the internal combustion engine. But for several years, the 67-year-old from Massachusetts has been warning about its imminent demise. As a wave of electric vehicles quickly approaches, experts say, it could... […]

  • Analysis: Netflix's 'creepy' tweet reminds us all how closely it's watching us

    Netflix sent out a tweet Sunday that roasted a subset of its most devoted users over an open fire: those who are obsessively watching its heavily promoted holiday movie "A Christmas Prince." The snarky tweet got some laughs, but it has also stirred up some backlash — and made some of the company's... […]

  • Who gets this ad online? She builds tech at Conversant that decides

    What's it really like to work at Chicago startups and tech companies? Blue Sky's Inside Job lets people on the ground tell us in their own words. Neus Herranz, 39, Director of Decision Science at Conversant Conversant is a tech company in the ad space. We leverage large amounts of data that we... […]

  • YouTube advertising crackdown puts some creators out of work

    YouTube's crackdown on inappropriate material is inadvertently depriving some creators of as much as 80 percent of their monthly sales, a blow to the very people who helped make the site the most popular place to watch video online. The swift drop in revenue, a side effect of YouTube's attempt... […]

  • Uber loses its operating license in another city in the UK

    Uber has had its operating license suspended in Sheffield, the fourth-largest city in England. The local council said the suspension followed a failure by the ride-hailing company to respond to requests about the firm's management, and that it can't provide services in the city after Dec. 18. "If... […]

  • Blue Sky Social at The Boundary

    Blue Sky Social brought Chicagoans together for a night of networking, snacking and virtual reality at The Boundary Tavern and Grille in Wicker Park Thursday, Dec. 7. Click through to see photos from the evening. […]

  • Hackers sought a $23,000 ransom after freezing a N.C. county's website. They're not getting it.

    A county employee in North Carolina on Monday opened their inbox and clicked on a phishing email, inadvertently pulling up an attachment containing spyware and appearing to expose the county's computer system to hackers overseas. The hackers, believed to be operating from Iran or Ukraine, asked... […]

  • Review: Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it.

    I gave Amazon.com a key to go into my house and drop off packages when I'm not around. After two weeks, it turns out letting strangers in has been the least-troubling part of the experience. Once Amazon owned my door, I was the one locked into an all-Amazon world. When Amazon first floated the... […]

  • Analysis: FCC's net neutrality plan may have even bigger ramifications in light of obscure court case

    The Federal Communications Commission's plan to eliminate its net neutrality rules next week is expected to hand a major victory to internet service providers. But any day now, a federal court is expected to weigh in on a case that could dramatically expand the scope of that deregulation — potentially... […]

  • Chicago private equity firm exits $35 million investment in Brad Keywell's Uptake

    Valor Equity Partners has ended its investment in Uptake Technologies three months after putting $35 million into the data analytics startup, according to a letter the Chicago private equity firm sent to investors this week. The Nov. 22 exit came shortly after Caterpillar, which took an early minority... […]

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