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How Startups Are Using Tech To Mitigate Workplace Bias

The idea that everyone makes automatic, subconscious associations about people is not new. But now some companies are trying to reduce the impact of such biases in the workplace.

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After Government's Greenlight, Commercial Drones Set To Take Off

The FAA has granted 1,300 permits that allow commercial firms to operate drones for everything from selling real estate to inspecting utility lines. But there's concern over some recent close calls.

The Restaurant With No (Visible) Workers

A new, highly automated restaurant in San Francisco looks to speed up service through efficiency. You won't see any people taking your order or serving you at Eatsa, a fast-casual quinoa eatery.

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North Dakota Law Aims To Set Parameters For Police Use Of Drones

North Dakota is out in front with a law setting the parameters for police use of drones. It bars the use of lethal weapons on these remote controlled flying machines, but it seems to specifically rule in non-lethal weapons. Some legislators are concerned that a change in the original bill that was written by a lobbyist now makes North Dakota the first state to allow police forces to arm drones with pepper spray and rubber bullets.

China Arrests Nearly 200 Over 'Online Rumors'

The rumors ranged from a man leaping to his death in Beijing over stock losses to highly inflated death tolls in the Tianjin industrial blasts.

Getting A Glass Of Water Can Be An Ordeal In Some Parts Of The World

In developing countries, folks may trek hours to fetch water — or turn on the spigot and wait endlessly for drops to flow. A new app offers a promising solution for the latter problem.

Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies

Two then-students at Dartmouth College built a game-changing mobile robotic football dummy that they say will decrease head injuries sustained from repeated tackling collisions.

CEO Of Cheating Website Ashley Madison, Noel Biderman, Has Stepped Down

The parent company, Avid Life Media, has been reeling since hackers released information on 33 million of its customers. The company did not immediately appoint a new CEO.

New Tesla Breaks Consumer Reports' Ratings Scale, Bolsters Company's Stock

"It kind of broke the system," says Jake Fisher, director of the magazine's auto test division. Tesla's stock rose 8 percent Thursday.

One-Third Of Schools Are Using This App You've Never Heard Of

Clever, a three-year-old startup, is used by 20 million students and teachers to manage all their other apps.

Google Chrome Begins Blocking Flash Internet Ads

September 1, 2015
Exhibitors of the Google company work on laptop computers at the industrial fair Hannover Messe in Hanover, Germany, April 17, 2007. (Jens Meyer/AP)

People who use Google’s internet browser could soon see fewer of those ads that pop up or start playing automatically.

2016 Candidates Get Big Donations From The Tech Industry

September 1, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit April 17, 2015 in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was one of the Republican hopefuls in the state this weekend. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is leading in tech industry campaign donations by a wide margin, according to a recent analysis.

Competition For Resources In The Arctic

September 1, 2015
Denali is seen from a window on Air Force One during descent into Anchorage, Alaska on Aug. 31, 2015. (Pete Souza/White House)

The scramble for the Arctic. President Obama’s in Alaska. We’ll look at the stakes.

Read This Before You Press Play: Images Of Death Can't Teach Us How To Live

September 1, 2015
As we agonize over whether to watch the video of the WDBJ shootings, are we asking ourselves the wrong question? In this screengrab, reporter Alison Parker conducts a live on-air interview with Vicki Gardner on Aug. 26, 2015 in Moneta, Va. Moments later, suspect Vester Flanagan fatally shot Parker, and the man behind the camera, Adam Ward. Gardner was injured in the shooting. (YouTube)

As we agonize over whether to watch the video of the WDBJ shootings, are we asking ourselves the wrong question?

Twitter’s Actions Over Deleted Tweets Raise Transparency Concerns

August 28, 2015
A sign is posted on the exterior of the Twitter headquarters on February 5, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The social networking service has shutdown Politwoops, a website that keeps track of politicians’ deleted tweets.

Is Blocking Ads, Blocking Online Businesses?

August 27, 2015
As of June, 45 million Americans were using online ad blockers, according to PageFair. (Daniel Oines/Flickr)

Nearly half of Americans now use ad blockers and that’s costing companies significant losses in ad revenue.

Origami For The Digital Age

August 26, 2015
Molly Urbonas, 9, watches polymer shapes change form under a heat lamp at the CU Science Discovery camp. Her project mimics a sophisticated engineering process called “photo origami.” (Courtesy of Patrick Campbell, CU Boulder)

Middle school students in Boulder are learning about a sophisticated engineering process called “photo origami” this summer.

Amazon Exposé Shines A Light On Corporate Nature Vs. Nurture

August 26, 2015
In this June 16, 2014, file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks onstage for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle. A New York Times article portrayed Amazon’s work culture as “bruising” and “Darwinian” in part because of the way it uses data to manage its staff. Amazon’s CEO said in a memo to staff on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, that the article doesn’t accurately describe the company culture he knows. (Ted S. Warren/ AP)

The New York Times’ controversial feature begs the question of how business values drive business valuation.

What China’s Stock Market Crash Means For The Tech Industry

August 25, 2015
A sign is posted on the exterior of the Twitter headquarters on February 5, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Investors have cautioned young startups that there could be changes coming – like valuing profits more than growth.

Shaky Stocks And A Global Correction

August 25, 2015
A Chinese investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Stocks tumbled across Asia on Monday as investors shaken by the sell-off last week on Wall Street unloaded shares in practically every sector.  (AP)

The message in global stock markets – about China, the US and the whole world economy. We’ll dive in.

The Art Of Waiting Gracefully

August 20, 2015
They say patience is a virtue. But it can also be a pleasure. (Eutah Mizushima/ Unsplash)

There are always people to talk to, things to look at, and ideas to think about while you embrace the gift of an extra hour.

Is Ashley Madison Hack Story More About Cybersecurity Or Infidelity?

August 19, 2015
A June 10, 2015, photo shows Ashley Madison's website on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea. (Lee Jin-man/AP)

The parent company of the site, which uses the tagline “Life is short. Have an affair.” says it’s not “hacktivism,” but a criminal act.

Amazon And The Future Of American Work

August 19, 2015
In this file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks on stage for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Seattle. (AP)

The brutally demanding, competitive work culture at Amazon and the future of American work.

Robocalls, And The Fine Line Between Telemarketing And Harassment

August 19, 2015
In this game of telephone, we’re all the losers. (Grant Hutchinson/flickr)

In this game of telephone, we’re all the losers.

A Cardboard Canoe Regatta For Girls In Science

August 18, 2015
Dozens of teenage girls from Chavez High School built cardboard boats for a regatta. (Houston Public Media)

A summer program at Rice University aims to get more women working in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM for short.

Tech Industry Reacts To New York Times’ Amazon Exposé

August 18, 2015
Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos presents the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, on June 18, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The much-anticipated device is available for pre-order today and is available exclusively with AT&T service. (David Ryder/Getty Images)

The piece describes a “bruising workplace” at the Seattle-based company, where work-life boundaries are willfully eroded.

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