Is your smartphone listening to you? Well, maybe

CYBER SECURITY Why do ads coincide with conversations? A couple years ago, something strange happened. A friend and I were sitting at a bar, iPhones in pockets, discussing our recent trips in Japan and how we’d like to go back. The Read More …

Backyard chicken regulations need work

New research says regulations lag popularity: Backyard chickens are an increasingly popular move for anyone wanting a source of fresh eggs (or just to hang out with chickens, which are funny weird animals). According to a new paper from researchers at the Read More …

Supreme Court rules in favor of Colorado baker

Christian baker refused to make same-sex wedding cake: The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. By a 7-2 vote, the majority said he was a Read More …

San Francisco brewery has to stop producing cannabis beer

Company lacks proper permitting: U.S. officials have ordered a San Francisco brewery to stop producing a specialty beer containing cannabidiol, the hemp-derived extract known as CBD, because it lacks the proper permitting. The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is Read More …

Trouble in the land of Big Food

But good news for smaller competitors: Large consumer goods brands lost market share to small competitors from 2011 to 2016 for the first time in 50 years, and that’s bad news for the likes of General Mills, Campbell’s Soup, Hershey’s and Read More …

Too much wine in Napa Valley?

Some fear wine-making region is victim of its own success: A growing coalition of wine-industry veterans and longtime residents fear that California’s Napa Valley, famed for its vineyards and wineries, has become a victim of its own success, pointing to the Read More …

Chili’s hit with credit card breach

CYBER SECURITY Malware harvested payment card details: Malware has harvested payment card details from some Chili’s restaurants, Brinker International, the company behind the restaurant chain announced on Friday. Brinker says it detected the malware on Friday, May 11, the same day it Read More …

WHO gears up to fight Ebola outbreak in Congo

PUBLIC HEALTH Is the U.S. prepared?  The World Health Organization has deployed 4,000 doses of vaccine along with emergency teams and equipment to the Democratic Republic of Congo to control an outbreak of Ebola, which is suspected to have infected 39 Read More …

Another bomb in Austin, this one possibly set off by tripwire

Bomb could have maimed anyone walking through neighborhood: For the fourth time this month, a device exploded on residents in the Texas capital. What makes this blast especially terrifying is that it was left on the side of a residential Read More …

Russia accused of cyberattacks targeting U.S. infrastructure

Power plants, water and electric systems targeted: The Trump administration on Thursday accused Russia of engineering a series of cyberattacks that targeted American and European nuclear power plants and water and electric systems, and could have sabotaged or shut power plants Read More …