Huawei reportedly canceling U.S. meetings, has sent American workers home

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The Financial Times reported Friday that tech giant Huawei has ordered its employees to cancel technical meetings with American contacts and has sent home numerous U.S. employees working at its Chinese headquarters.

The moves come amid growing U.S.-China tensions over trade and technology in which…

Foxconn has goal of using Wisconsin firms for 60% of contracting. It counts company with Arlington Heights HQ as ‘Wisconsin-based.’

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Foxconn Technology Group has awarded $13 million in contracts to three firms it describes as “Wisconsin-based.”

The Journal Sentinel reports that while the two of the three companies have a presence in Wisconsin, they are headquartered elsewhere. The contracts are for work on the foundations of…

Indiana salmon hatchery to raise nation’s first genetically modified animal cleared for human consumption

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On a winding road on the outskirts of a small Rust Belt town in eastern Indiana, a fish hatchery is poised to raise the country’s first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

AquaBounty Technologies, a Massachusetts-based biotechnology…

From green screen computers to staff shortages, a new audit says Cook County’s property tax system needs more resources

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Cook County’s assessor has one quarter of the staff needed to evaluate the area’s more than 1.8 million property parcels. Despite plans for new technology, the office still relies on a green screen computer mainframe. The system’s low-quality data is so outdated that investigators can’t calculate…

If China hits back hard in trade war, it could be bad news for tech manufacturing, stocks and Apple, especially

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Looking for ways to hit back at Washington as a tariff fight escalates, President Xi Jinping and his economy czar visited a Chinese factory that processes rare earths – exotic minerals used in electric cars, mobile phones and other technology.

Rare earths are “an important strategic resource,”…

Chicago police turn to virtual reality technology to train officers in how to deal with the mentally ill

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Virtual reality technology will be used to help in training Chicago police officers on how to deal with people experiencing mental health episodes.

The pilot program will be folded into the department’s crisis intervention training that became mandatory for officers as part of the federal consent…

Postal Service will ship mail on self-driving trucks for first time

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A self-driving truck company has partnered with the U.S. Postal Service to test autonomous technology on the long-haul route between Phoenix and Dallas.

San Diego-based TuSimple is planning for two autonomous trucks to carry mail and parcels on five round trips between the Postal Service distribution…

Before he was wiping out student debt at Morehouse College, Robert F. Smith was patenting coffee brewing at Kraft

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The billionaire technology investor who promised to pay off hundreds of Morehouse College graduates’ student loans has ties to Chicago — including patenting a coffee brewing method for a company then called Kraft General Foods.

Robert F. Smith is the founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners,…

Commencement speaker stuns Morehouse grads with announcement he’ll pay off their student loans — an estimated $40 million

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A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at Morehouse College when he announced at their commencement Sunday that he would pay off their student loans — estimated at up to $40 million.

Robert F. Smith, this year’s commencement speaker, made the announcement while addressing…

Eifman Ballet’s ‘Pygmalion Effect’ at the Auditorium turns ‘My Fair Lady’ myth into a baffling ballet with brilliant dancing

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If, like me, your only knowledge of Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg is the company’s 2017 trip to Chicago for “Red Giselle,” the North American premiere of artistic director Boris Eifman’s “The Pygmalion Effect,” on view through Sunday at the Auditorium Theatre, is bound to be a conversation starter.