Laura Sydell

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Apple To Fight Court Order To Break Into San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Apple says it will oppose a federal court order to assist the Justice Department in unlocking an iPhone used by one of two attackers who killed 14 office workers in San Bernardino, Calif.


Twitter Users Blast Reported Plan To Change Display Of Tweets

Monday, February 08, 2016

Many Twitter users responded angrily after a published report said the company is planning to change how tweets are displayed. The BuzzFeed article said Twitter will switch this week ...


Yahoo Laying Off Staff And Considering Selling Itself

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Yahoo, the Internet pioneer, continues to lose money. Tuesday in its fourth-quarter report, the company said it had a loss of $4.4 billion.

It's also laying off about 15 percent of its workforce and closing offices in five locations. Yahoo says it will explore "strategic alternatives" for its struggling Internet ...


A Site Where Traditional Artisans Can Sell Their Works To The World

Monday, February 01, 2016

Novica, a website that bills itself as the Etsy of the developing world, features more than 18,000 artisans from remote areas to whom the company has paid out more than $66.5 million.


Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Announces High Level Departures

Monday, January 25, 2016

There's been a shakeup in the executive ranks at Twitter. CEO Jack Dorsey is overhauling key parts of the company as he seeks to address financial problems that have left investors in a sour mood.


Can A $9 Computer Spark A New Wave Of Tinkering And Innovation?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

It fits in your hand, can connect to Wi-Fi and has Bluetooth. The $9 CHIP promises to be a teaching tool that's also fun to play with. It's just one of several low-cost computers hitting the market.


David Bowie, The Internet Visionary

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

David Bowie's death has a lot of communities mourning. Though his greatest success was in music, he was admired as a trailblazer in fashion, film, gender politics and, as it turns out, technology. Here are just a few of his early forays into digital media.

In 1996, he ...


Is Oculus Rift's $600 Price Too High For Virtual Reality To Succeed?

Saturday, January 09, 2016

When I met up with Palmer Luckey this week at CES, the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, the founder of virtual reality company Oculus VR had some explaining to do. Oculus had just announced the price of its highly anticipated consumer model of the virtual ...


At CES, New Robots Deliver More Coos Than Utility

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Robots may be in our future, but the future isn't quite here.


Calif. Employers Must Comply With New Fair Pay Law

Friday, January 01, 2016

The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, aims to close the wage gap between men and women by requiring employers to pay both genders the same when they do "substantially similar" work.


Is 2016 The Year Virtual Reality Finally Goes Mainstream?

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Three different companies are bringing VR headsets to market in 2016, and some content companies have made major investments in the technology.


Spotify Faces Class Action For Copyright Infringement

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The lawsuit alleges that the streaming music service fails to properly compensate artists for the right to reproduce or distribute recordings. It's the latest in the ongoing debate over streaming.


How Did We Do On 2015 Tech Predictions? 'Still Waiting'

Monday, December 21, 2015

Last year, our tech reporters looked ahead to developments dealing with anticipatory computing, data breaches and Apple. Now as 2015 ends, they consider what has changed.


Older Women And The Pitfalls Of Looking For Love By Logging On

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

The Internet is making it easier for older women, who didn't grow up with the Web, to get outside their social circles for romance, but it can make them more vulnerable to deception.


Square Goes Public And Fields A Flood Of Customer Complaints

Friday, November 20, 2015

The mobile payment startup Square has grown rapidly and went public this week. But it is dogged by complaints from small businesses that use it.


Could A Nail Art Printer Be Girls' Gateway To The Tech World?

Sunday, November 08, 2015

With all the talk about getting more women in technology, I'm always looking for female-run companies. Recently, I got an email from Preemadonna, which bills itself as a San Francisco-based company that focuses on using technology to provide lifestyle products for women and girls.

That sounded good. Then, I looked ...


Gaming Company Activision Blizzard Buys 'Candy Crush' Developer

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

King Digital, the Swedish studio behind the "Candy Crush" puzzle game, is selling itself to Activision Blizzard for $5.9 billion. The goal of this corporate game: converting Crush pla...


What Happens When The Price Of Free Goes Up? YouTube Is About To Find Out

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

YouTube has long suggested it may try to charge for its content. The new subscription service "Red" hopes to lure users with exclusive content from top stars, offline access to music and other perks.


'Fanciful'? Meet Lawrence Lessig, The Candidate With A Single Issue

Monday, October 19, 2015

Lessig is a passionate advocate for campaign finance reform. If he wins, he says, he will pass the Citizen Equality Act of 2017 to provide voters with vouchers to fund the campaign of their choice.


Twitter's Suspension Of Sports Media Revives Debate Over Fair Use

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Twitter is going after news media that share highlights of U.S. football games without sports organizations' permission. The move shines a spotlight on the notion of fair use of copyrighted content.