Facebook stops Huawei from pre-installing apps on phones

LONDON (AP) — Facebook said Friday it has stopped letting its apps come pre-installed on smartphones sold by Huawei in order to comply with U.S. restrictions, a move that deals a fresh blow to the Chinese tech giant.

The social network said it has suspended providing software for Huawei to put on its devices while it reviews recently introduced U.S. sanctions.

Amazon to begin deliveries via self-flying drones in coming months

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Amazon said Wednesday it plans to use self-flying drones to deliver packages to shoppers' homes in the coming months.

The online shopping giant did not give exact timing or say where the drones will be making deliveries.

Amazon said its drones use computer vision and machine learning to detect and avoid people or laundry clotheslines in backyards when landing.

Siebel tells employees he'll foot bill for online UI master's degrees

Billionaire Thomas Siebel is offering to pay employees at his software company to earn a master's degree in computer science online — from his alma mater, the University of Illinois.

Illinois Ancestors | Marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day

Thursday, June 6, will mark the 75th anniversary of an important event in World War II: D-Day. That event saw American forces and their allies land on the beaches of Normandy.

Danville district's summer challenge to families, staff: Turn off your tech

DANVILLE — Danville school officials are issuing a challenge to parents, students and staff this summer: Turn off your tech.

Molly Stanis, the district's special-education director, said families are being encouraged to power off their smartphones, tablets and video-gaming systems between 5 and 7 p.m. — or a couple hours of their choosing — every day over the summer break.

Rich Warren | UI professor weighs in on 'toxic chemicals'

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that picture quality is in the eye of the beholder. A month ago, I declared that halon gas as found in a fire extinguisher is toxic. Apparently, toxicity is in the lungs of the beholder. We received this email from a University of Illinois chemistry professor:

Wired In: Frank Lombardo

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood interviews a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet FRANK LOMBARDO, an assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois' Wind Engineering Research Laboratory. It's tornado season, and he's the guy to talk about it.

Construction on UI's new $20 million feed mill begins Monday

CHAMPAIGN — Construction will begin Monday on a long-awaited University of Illinois feed mill to replace the aging structure on St. Mary's Road.

The Department of Animal Sciences announced Thursday that work on the $20 million state-of-the-art Feed Technology Center will be led by ASI Industrial, based in Billings, Mont.

Budding Parkland entrepreneurs make pitches at first CobraVenture showcase

CHAMPAIGN — At last week's first-ever CobraVenture pitch showcase, nine Parkland College students presented their business plans in crisp five-minute speeches, answering questions about everything from potential competitors and profit margins.

But three months ago, these students started with little more than ideas.

Wired In: Alfred Eisaian

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood interviews a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet ALFRED (AL) EISAIAN, co-founder and CEO of IntelinAir, who is a tech evangelist, serial entrepreneur, environmentalist and angel investor. His ideal workers? "Resilient, smart, nice people."

How did you become an entrepreneur?