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Grant lets C-U Fab Lab bring cutting-edge summer camp to Urbana kids

CHAMPAIGN — Forget kickball and capture the flag.

A cutting-edge summer camp offers chances to play "Minecraft," program computers and use 3-D printers. But, often, chances like this come with a price tag.

Verizon to end location data sales to brokers

Verizon is pledging to stop sales through intermediaries of data that pinpoints the location of mobile phones to outside companies, the Associated Press has learned.

Google to invest $550 million in Alibaba rival JD.com

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Google said Monday that it will invest $550 million in Alibaba's main rival JD.com as the U.S. tech giant seeks to expand in fast-growing Asian e-commerce markets.

Apple sets up iPhones to relay location for 911 calls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is trying to drag the U.S.'s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century.

If it lives up to Apple's promise, the iPhone's next operating system will automatically deliver quicker and more reliable information pinpointing the location of 911 calls to about 6,300 emergency response centers in the U.S.

Top of the Morning, June 18, 2018

Multimedia specialist ANTHONY ZILIS has been busy with his drone recently, to readers' benefit.

Over the past few weeks, he's provided three aerial views of some important goings-on — or future goings-on — in the area.

Just Askin' | Facebook's Safety Check feature

Q: Who decided to activate the Facebook's Safety Check feature during the storms on June 10?

A: That would be Facebook, without input from local public-safety officials.

Officials at the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency and the sheriff's office said they had nothing to do with it.

Rich Warren | Issues raised with MoviePass

If something seems to be too good to be true, that's usually the case. Here's a reader's testimony:

Wired In: Eddy Mejia

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a different tech entrepreneur. This week, meet EDDY MEJIA, a University of Illinois MBA student, computer engineer and veteran who founded DisplayOne, which sells display solutions for people to showcase and protect their prized possessions.

AT&T, Time Warner close merger 2 days after judge's OK

WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T has completed its $81 billion takeover of Time Warner, one of the biggest media deals ever. A federal judge approved the combination just two days earlier over objections by the Trump Justice Department that it would hurt consumers.

Microsoft working on automated-checkout technology

Microsoft is working on automated checkout technology that could help retailers compete with Amazon's new cashier-less stores.

One firm building automated checkout systems, Ava Retail, said Thursday it is working with Microsoft on the technology for physical stores. Both companies have headquarters in Redmond, Wash.