Ex-Cambridge Analytica employee: 'Fake news to the next level'

NEW YORK (AP) — A Trump-affiliated firm under scrutiny for inappropriately obtaining data on tens of millions of Facebook users created profiling algorithms that "took fake news to the next level," a former employee said.

Rich Warren | Television resolution can get complicated

This column seeks resolution, at least where it concerns your TV picture. At the dawn of digital broadcasting nine years ago, nearly anything better than the original analog 480i resolution qualified as "high definition." DVDs, being 480p, were considered enhanced or improved definition.

AT&T antitrust trial kicks off Monday

NEW YORK (AP) — On Monday, AT&T squares off against the federal government in a trial that could shape how you get — and how much you pay for — streaming TV and movies.

AT&T says it needs to gobble up Time Warner if it's to have a chance against the likes of Amazon, Netflix and Google in the rapidly evolving world of video entertainment.

Entertainment listings, March 15-22, 2018


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Walmart's online same-day grocery ready for prime time

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is expanding its same-day online grocery delivery service to more than 40 percent of U.S. households, or 100 metro areas, by year-end as it tries to keep pace with online leader

The service is currently available in six markets.

Illinois Ancestors | Canadian Genealogist magazine free online

The Ontario Genealogical Society published its quarterly magazine, Canadian Genealogist, from 1979 to 1988 and all 38 issues are now available online free to members and nonmembers. Visit the OGS website at and click on any specific issue (available in PDF format).

PayPal co-founder to speak at UI commencement

CHAMPAIGN — PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, a Ukrainian immigrant and University of Illinois computer-science alumnus, will deliver the keynote address at the UI's May 12 commencement.

Wired In: Shawna Culp

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech leader. This week, meet SHAWNA CULP, a product manager at Pixo, a custom software-development company in Urbana.

Rich Warren | Don't pin volume issues on Comcast

If Goldilocks visited the contemporary three bears, she would discover three sets of headphones on the table rather than porridge. She might wonder if any of them were playing at just the right volume. This reader email echoes a complaint that goes back to the advent of television:

Top of the Morning, March 9, 2018

When JOSH WHITMAN was a student at the University of Illinois in the 1990s, there wasn't a ceremony to declare a major.

"Back then, you checked a box and sent in a form," he said. "But it was a big decision."