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  • Apple's next big product announcement is happening in Chicago

    Apple will make an education-focused announcement in Chicago March 27 at Lane Tech High School. The iPhone maker typically holds its product announcements in California, at its campus in Cupertino, or at nearby convention centers, making this an unusual event. Its last education-related event took... […]

  • What to do when Y Combinator comes for your industry

    Y Combinator is a force to be reckoned with in the startup world. Its funded companies include heavyweights like Dropbox, Reddit, Airbnb, Instacart, and others you use on a regular basis. Last month, news broke that Dropbox is planning an IPO later this year — the first for a YC-backed company.... […]

  • Twitter says it will open verification to everyone

    Twitter may soon allow any user to sport the signature blue badge that already shows up on the accounts of many celebrities, athletes and public figures. The social networking platform's chief executive said Thursday that the verification process is "very broken" in part because some people have... […]

  • ‘Flippy,’ the fast food robot, turned off for being too slow

    He was supposed to revolutionize a California fast food kitchen, churning out 150 burgers per hour without requiring a paycheck or benefits. But after a single day of working as a cook at a Caliburger location in Pasadena this week, Flippy the burger-flipping robot has stopped flipping. In some... […]

  • Netflix in discussions for new TV shows produced by Barack and Michelle Obama: report

    Barack Obama and Netflix reportedly are negotiating a deal for the former president and the former first lady, Michelle, to produce shows exclusively for the streaming service. The proposed deal was reported Friday by The New York Times, which cited people familiar with the discussions who were... […]

  • On Twitter, fake news spreads faster and further than real news — and bots aren't to blame

    A new scientific analysis offers rigorous proof of something that social media acolytes have known for years: Twitter is an excellent platform for spreading actual news. Unfortunately, the analysis shows, it’s even better at spreading fake news. Compared to tweets about claims that were verifiably... […]

  • Bitcoin 101: Cryptocurrency classes are cropping up at area colleges

    At DePaul University, cryptocurrency has become a fundamental part of some finance courses. Until recently, bitcoin came up only at the end of assistant professor Lamont Black’s undergraduate and graduate finance classes. It was the last day of class, “the fun day,” Black said, when they discussed... […]

  • Tax incentives are good for Amazon. What about the local economy?

    Amazon’s most visible presence in Illinois in 2015 was the stream of brown boxes it shipped to customers’ doorsteps. Three years later, the company has 10,000 full-time Illinois employees, a corporate office and bookstore in Chicago, and 17 distribution facilities across the state, including nine... […]

  • Amazon's Alexa randomly laughs at users and nobody knows why

    Several people who own Amazon's Echo speakers have reported a strange bug: the Alexa voice assistant has been laughing for no reason. Some users on Twitter and Reddit say the outbursts have been entirely spontaneous. Others have said that Alexa has laughed after being asked to turn on the lights... […]

  • Meet 'Flippy,' a burger-flipping robot alternative to wage-earning workers

    A burger-flipping robot that doesn't require a paycheck or benefits, and can grill 150 burgers per hour, is now a cook at CaliBurger. It's called "Flippy." The robot -- or more specifically, a specialized industrial six-axis robotic arm bolted to the kitchen floor -- works lunchtime shifts at the... […]

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