Food delivery has grown 20% over the past five years according to NPD Group, as online services including UberEats and DoorDash have made it easier for consumers to enjoy restaurant meals in their homes. A growing number of restaurants are adding delivery options to feed demand from customers, who are staying in more often, said NPD analyst Warren Solochek.
Pizzeria veteran Ilir Sela launched Slice in 2010 to help small and independent pizza restaurants compete with national chains on online and mobile ordering. Sela launched the venture with family pizzerias first, and it has since expanded to 8,200 pizza restaurants around the country.
Insect farming is a growing business as the global food industry seeks more affordable sources of protein to meet growing demand. Enterra Feed grows bugs that will become food for fish and poultry and McDonald's is now studying the feasibility of using insects to replace soy in chicken feed.
China maintains a marginal lead globally in developing 5G networks, followed by South Korea and the US, according to CTIA. The rush to deployment is seen as crucial to economic development along a number of lines, including the introduction of autonomous vehicles, telemedicine and other services.
A new provision for California's internet neutrality bill could create a loophole for carriers to impose higher fees on companies such as Netflix to reach consumers.
Alexa and other voice assistants can change internet exploration for people who have visual impairments, Ian Bogost writes. Bogost, whose father has been legally blind since age 18, details the value of these devices for people with disabilities, noting that they offer hands-free operation and new accessibility for individuals with limited dexterity or mobility.
NBCUniversal is pulling in millions of dollars in revenue through its Snapchat Discover section, fueled by Olympics coverage. NBCUniversal, a Snap investor, sells its own ads and staffs a centralized lab producing content based on existing NBCU shows and original concepts.
Sixty percent of internet users use Google's Chrome browser, but Firefox deserves a fresh look, writes Vlad Savov. Among other features, Firefox offers cross-platform compatibility, which is an important advantage over other Chrome alternatives, he writes.
More than 25 million names and email addresses held by Uber were hacked into in 2016, and the company failed to disclose the breach for a year, the Federal Trade Commission reports. As a result of its latest findings, the FTC is expanding the settlement it reached with Uber last year in a move that could entail civil penalties.