| Jan 13, 2014
| 5:08 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- For years, Google has been the search engine that connects people to all points on the Internet.
Now it also wants to be the company that connects people's homes to the Internet.
The search giant said Monday that it agreed to buy Nest...
| Dec 19, 2013
Any out-of-towner can fall in love with Chicago when it's warm. Commit in December to making it your home and, beyond affection, it's likely you've simply decided this is somewhere you need to be.
Three days ahead of the official arrival of winter,...
| Nov 6, 2013
When Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie browbeat Archer Daniels Midland at a public hearing a few weeks ago, comparing the global ag giant's bid to secure state tax credits to blackmail, it was a clarion call for change. But don't get the...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 11:55 AM
WWED: What would Edison do?
What would the inventor whose patents made so much of modern life possible have to say about this development:
A Google-owned company has just filed for a patent for a stick-on temporary neck tattoo, a kind of electronic...
| Dec 8, 2013
Winded from the strain of finally addressing the public pension funding crisis last week, our elected heroes in Springfield opted to take a break rather than give one.
Left unresolved is whether companies such as Decatur-based global agriculture giant...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 4:05 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn said today that a request by Decatur-based Archer Daniels Midland for millions of dollars in tax incentives to stay in Illinois should not be considered until lawmakers first reform the state's highly indebted public employee pension...
| Oct 6, 2013
Archer Daniels Midland: coupon clipper to the world.
The mighty Illinois-based agriculture giant has come across more like some kind of bargain-chasing biddy, rich enough to not actually need discounts but unwilling to forgo a single money-saving...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Motorola Mobility unveiled Thursday its much-anticipated Moto X smartphone, marking the Libertyville-based company’s first flagship product launch since its acquisition by Google last year.
The new device, introduced at a press event in New York,...
| Aug 21, 2013
Was anyone really surprised the star of "Dude, Where's My Car?" failed to pack the nation's multiplexes with his portrayal of the late Apple boss Steve Jobs?
The real summer blockbuster involving Jobs came six years ago with the debut of the iPhone....
| Aug 23, 2013
| 2:40 PM
To replace Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, a Microsoft search committee plans to sort through a thicket of internal and external candidates. Options include technology visionaries with engineering backgrounds, longtime executives at Microsoft and folks...
| Sep 4, 2013
Microsoft's deal for Nokia's wireless phone business is about mobility.
But it's also about buoyancy.
Because Microsoft has been sinking in the growing mobile sector.
The just-announced $7.2 billion pickup may do little but enable the lumbering...