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  • Tracking cash: Startups Moven and Simple offer banking services for smartphone users
    Aug 29, 2014 2:38 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest banks are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Startups, such as Moven and Simple, offer banking that's designed specifically for smartphones, enabling users to track their spending on the go. Some things haven't changed. Like traditional banks, customers open a checking account, get a debit card and are able to make check deposits and pay their bills. Like many Internet banks before them, they have no maintenance or overdraft fees, there are no physical branches...

  • Stocks mixed in quiet trading ahead of US holiday; Avago, Splunk soar on earnings
    Aug 29, 2014 2:28 PM CDT

    The stock market drifted mostly higher Friday afternoon, as investors weighed a mixed picture of the U.S. economy against better-than-expected company earnings. Trading was light ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend. KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 rose three points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,000 as of 3:21 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 13 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,066. The Nasdaq composite climbed 15 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,572. U.S. financial markets will be...

  • Appeals court refuses to reinstate $1.3 billion verdict Oracle won against German rival SAP
    Aug 29, 2014 1:37 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court is refusing Oracle Corp.'s request to reinstate a $1.3 billion verdict it won against German rival SAP SE in a long-running copyright dispute. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Friday that the jury's award was excessive. A trial judge in 2011 reached the same conclusion and slashed the verdict from $1.3 billion to $272 million. The appeals court gave Oracle a choice between an award of $356.7 million or a new trial. An Oracle...

  • Nintendo launching 'amiibo' toy-game franchise with 12 characters, including Mario and Link
    Aug 29, 2014 9:01 AM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pikachu and Link will be among the first characters coming to "amiibo." Nintendo announced Friday that 12 characters will initially be part of its upcoming toy-game franchise set for release later this year. In addition to the "Pokemon" and "Legend of Zelda" leading men, the starting line-up will include Mario, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Samus Aran, Kirby, Fox McCloud, Marth, the "Wii Fit" Trainer and the Villager from "Animal Crossing." The figures in the "amiibo"...

  • Ecuador's digital currency plans raises questions over future, dilution of dollar
    Aug 29, 2014 7:28 AM CDT

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador is planning to create the world's first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar, which the government cannot control. The virtual currency, which Central Bank officials say they expect will start circulating in December, does not yet have a name and officials would not disclose technical details, though they said it would not be like Bitcoin. The amount...

  • China's Baidu, Tencent, Wanda announce e-commerce venture in challenge to Alibaba
    Aug 29, 2014 5:12 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — China's biggest property developer, Wanda Group, and Internet giants Baidu and Tencent unveiled a new e-commerce venture Friday in a challenge to industry leader Alibaba Group ahead of its U.S. stock offering. The three companies said they will integrate online and offline selling, with e-commerce services in Wanda's 107 shopping malls, as well as its hotels and resorts. They said they would invest 5 billion yuan ($814 million) to start. The venture adds to competition for Alibaba,...

  • In Modi's visit, India and Japan seek to capitalize on economic opportunities for both sides
    Aug 29, 2014 4:42 AM CDT

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan and India both have much to gain from a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than a dozen Indian steel, energy and IT tycoons that begins Saturday in the ancient capital of Kyoto. The two countries have complementary economies, given Japan's wealth and technological prowess and India's natural resources and drive to modernize its economy. So far, though, they have failed to capitalize much on those mutual interests. The two countries signed an economic cooperation...

  • Tesla, state-owned Chinese phone carrier announce plans for 400 charging stations
    Aug 29, 2014 4:17 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — Tesla Motors Co. and a state-owned Chinese phone carrier announced plans Friday to build 400 charging stations for electric cars in a new bid to promote popular adoption of the technology in China. Plans call for China Unicom Ltd. to provide space for construction and basic services in 120 cities while Tesla, based in Palo Alto, California, operates the stations. The two companies also will build 20 "supercharger stations" in 20 cities to offer high-speed charging. Promoters of...

  • In college football, pregame film study moves from dark rooms to phones and tablets
    Aug 29, 2014 3:05 AM CDT

    Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez had just found out the Sooners would be facing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Shortly thereafter, his game prep began. On his cell phone. Hours of digital video of his opponent was instantly available to be seen with the swipe of a screen while he walked across campus, lounged at home or chatted with teammates. Film-room study has long had a crucial role in studying an opposing team, but it was tedious and often came with long hours in a dark room. Now, with a phone...

  • Google's secret lab working on fleet of self-flying vehicles to deliver packages more quickly
    Aug 28, 2014 7:45 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon.com Inc., which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicles to carry merchandise bought by customers of its online store. Amazon is mounting its own challenges to Google in online video, digital advertising...

  • Visual search could change how we shop on phones and tablets, but it's got a long way to go
    Aug 28, 2014 5:17 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. It's a great idea — but it doesn't quite work. Though many companies are trying to make "visual search" a reality, this seemingly simple notion remains elusive. Take Amazon, which made visual search a key feature in its new Fire smartphone. The e-commerce company says the feature, known as...

  • Hillary Clinton: Frayed bonds of trust led to 18-year-old's shooting death, violent protests
    Aug 28, 2014 4:53 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton broke nearly three weeks of silence Thursday on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, saying his death and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of trust in a racially divided community. The remarks by the former secretary of state during a speech to a technology group were her first about Michael Brown's Aug. 9 death in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. As a potential Democratic presidential candidate,...

  • Apple expected to unveil iPhone with bigger screen, possible smartwatch at Sept. 9 event
    Aug 28, 2014 3:21 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's latest product launch will be in a setting that holds a special place in its history, signaling how big this event is for the company. The Sept. 9 launch, which is expected to feature a larger iPhone and possibly a computerized watch, will be in the same Silicon Valley venue where Apple's late co-founder, Steve Jobs, took the wraps off the original Mac computer 30 years ago. That machine was hailed as a major breakthrough that helped bring personal computing to the...

  • Egyptian al-Qaida-inspired group posts online video of beheading of 4 men
    Aug 28, 2014 2:12 PM CDT

    CAIRO (AP) — An al-Qaida-inspired militant group in Egypt has posted an online video showing the beheading of four men in the Sinai Peninsula accused of spying for Israel, whose bodies were found earlier this month. The Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group, whose name means Champions of Jerusalem in Arabic, posted a 30-minute video showing detailed confessions of the four men. The four said that in exchange for money they helped Israel target the group's members with drone strikes in the northern Sinai...

  • New Samsung smartwatch won't need companion phone, LG to join Motorola with round-face watch
    Aug 28, 2014 1:51 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — With the holiday shopping season coming, Samsung and LG unveiled small improvements to their computerized wristwatches to try to sway shoppers. Samsung's latest version can do more without a smartphone to go with it. LG's has a round screen. Apple is also believed to be working on its own smartwatch, and could announce it at a Sept. 9 event. Smartwatches are another product technology companies can offer since many people already have smartphones and tablet computers. But companies...

  • France's Vivendi opens talks with Spain's Telefonica for $9.82 bln sale of Brazil's GVT
    Aug 28, 2014 9:45 AM CDT

    MADRID (AP) — French media conglomerate Vivendi said Thursday it would begin exclusive talks with Spanish telecoms company Telefonica for the sale of its Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, after the Spanish company raised its offer to 7.45 billion euros ($9.82 billion) from 6.7 billion euros. Telefonica S.A. says it hopes to combine GVT with its unit Telefonica Brasil to make it the biggest telecom operator in Latin America's largest market. In a statement Thursday, Telefonica...

  • FBI says it's investigating reports of cyberattacks against US financial institutions
    Aug 27, 2014 9:57 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI said Wednesday it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several U.S. financial institutions. A report on Bloomberg.com said Wednesday that the FBI is investigating an incident in which Russian hackers attacked the U.S financial system this month in possible retaliation against U.S. government-sponsored sanctions aimed at Russia. The attack, Bloomberg said, led to the loss of sensitive data. Bloomberg cited security...

  • Alibaba discloses revenue growth is picking up again as Chinese company prepares for big IPO
    Aug 27, 2014 9:31 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alibaba's quarterly revenue growth is surging again, a development that should help the Chinese e-commerce company sell its shares in what could be one of the world's largest IPOs. The latest evidence of Alibaba's financial allure surfaced in a regulatory update filed Wednesday as the company prepares to complete its initial public offering of stock next month. Alibaba's latest quarter ending June 30 was highlighted by revenue of $2.54 billion, a 46 percent increase from...

  • Hackerspaces let would-be inventors work together to change the world_ or just make cool stuff
    Aug 27, 2014 8:28 PM CDT

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape. At HeatSync Labs, the tables are littered with computer chips, pens, pads and tools while the room is abuzz with the chatter of would-be inventors hoping to change the world — or just make cool things. They are part of a growing global movement of so-called hackerspaces. "It's all about sharing what we know with one another," said...

  • Federal judge rejects Apple's request to block US sales of Samsung phones that copied iPhone
    Aug 27, 2014 6:17 PM CDT

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone. Wednesday's rebuff comes nearly four months after a jury awarded Apple Inc. $119 million in damages for Samsung's infringements on technology used in the trend-setting iPhone. The amount was well below the $2.2 billion in damages that Apple had been seeking in the latest round of legal wrangling between the world's two leading smartphone...

  • Review: Technology enables television binge-watching, but there's a lot you lose
    Aug 27, 2014 3:29 PM CDT

    LAKE CITY, Pa. (AP) — It's no secret technology is changing our television-viewing habits. Americans are increasingly engaging in a practice known as television binge-watching — going through several episodes of a TV show in a single stretch. In the old days, of course, people watched one episode a week. That changed with digital video recorders and Internet streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. DVDs and online services also make it possible to start shows from the beginning, even years...

  • Time Warner Cable says widespread outages are largely resolved, still investigating cause
    Aug 27, 2014 11:42 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Time Warner Cable said Wednesday that service was largely restored after a problem during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours. The company said it is still investigating the cause of the problem, which occurred with its Internet backbone — the paths that local or regional networks connect to in order to carry data long distances. The problem affected all of Time Warner Cable's markets and started at 4:30 a.m. Eastern, sparking widespread...

  • Japanese lab still trying to replicate discredited stem cell breakthrough, shakeup underway
    Aug 27, 2014 9:11 AM CDT

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research said Wednesday its researchers have not managed to replicate the results. Scientists at the government-affiliated Riken Center for Developmental Biology said they are still trying to match results reported in two papers published by the journal Nature in January and then retracted in July. But they refused to say whether or not they expected to succeed in doing so. "It's...

  • Video games come of age as a spectator sport as Amazon buys Twitch for $970 million
    Aug 27, 2014 9:09 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play "Pac-Man." And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like "Street Fighter II" and "Super Mario Bros." But today there's Twitch, the online network that attracts millions of visitors, most of whom watch live and recorded footage of other people playing video games —in much the same way that football fans tune in to ESPN. Twitch's...

  • Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD splendor, but wires aren't erased to stay true to original
    Aug 27, 2014 5:08 AM CDT

    TOKYO (AP) — At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition. The effort with "4K" technology is carefully removing scratches and discoloration from the films and also unearthing hidden information on the reel-to-reel. Experts say the chemical reactions used to make old movies stored far greater detail than was visible with the limited projection technology...

  • China Telecom says profit up 11.8 percent as Internet, mobile data businesses grow
    Aug 27, 2014 1:38 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — China Telecom Ltd., one of the country's three main state-owned carriers, said Wednesday its profit rose 11.8 percent in the first half of the year as its Internet and mobile data businesses grew. The Beijing-based company earned 11.4 billion yuan ($1.9 billion), or 0.14 yuan (2 U.S. cents) per share, in the six months ended June 30. Revenue rose 5.3 percent to 165.9 billion yuan ($27.2 billion). Profits for China Telecom and its rivals, China Mobile Ltd. and China Unicom Ltd.,...

  • This week's top 10 paid and free apps for iPhone and iPad on the App Store
    Aug 26, 2014 4:10 PM CDT

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending August 25, 2014: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 2. Minecraft - Pocket Edition, Mojang 3. Afterlight, Afterlight Collective, Inc 4. Sleep Cycle alarm clock, Northcube AB 5. Videoshop - Video Editor, joseph Riquelme 6. NFL Fantasy Football Cheat She..., NFL Enterprises LLC 7. Card Wars - Adventure Time, Cartoon Network 8. Buddyman: Kick 2, Crazylion Studios Limited 9. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. 10. Footballguys Fantasy Football...

  • Study finds social media users actually less likely to share their opinions, online and off
    Aug 26, 2014 1:09 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey, challenges the view of social media as a vehicle for debate by suggesting that sites like Facebook and Twitter might actually encourage self-censorship. Researchers said they detect what they call the "spiral...

  • Hewlett-Packard recalls more than 5 million AC power cords for notebook computers
    Aug 26, 2014 11:01 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Company is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in this country and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard. HP has received 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring, resulting in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage. The Hewlett-Packard LS-15 AC power cords were distributed with HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers,...

  • US safety agency closes probe into Toyota Camry Hybrid brake problems
    Aug 26, 2014 9:43 AM CDT

    DETROIT (AP) — An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began the probe in January after getting complaints of malfunctions that reduced power-assisted braking in 2007 and 2008 Camry hybrids. The probe covered about 100,000 cars. A review of nearly 1,600 complaints and warranty claims found that in most cases, the cars warned drivers and there wasn't a...

  • Class of '18 grew up with cloning a fact, AIDS less a threat and no memory of Netscape browser
    Aug 26, 2014 12:20 AM CDT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — If you want to feel old, this might do it: Madonna's daughter, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, has enrolled as a freshman at the University of Michigan. Leon's choice of the same university her mother once attended is one of the milestones marked this year by the Beloit College Mindset List, a nonscientific compilation meant to remind teachers that college freshmen, born mostly in 1996, see the world in a much different way. They've grown up with Facebook, selfies and web-based TV. And...

  • Sony network hacked, executive's American Airlines flight diverted after hacker group's tweets
    Aug 25, 2014 9:58 PM CDT

    DALLAS (AP) — Hackers attacked Sony's PlayStation Network and apparently disrupted the travel plans of a top company executive by going on Twitter to suggest that there was a bomb on his American Airlines plane. American cut short the Sony Corp. executive's flight on Sunday and made an unplanned landing in Phoenix. The plane with 179 passengers and a crew of six was scheduled to fly from Dallas to San Diego but stopped for what the FBI termed a security threat. American Airlines declined to comment...

  • Amazon hopes to become ESPN of video games in purchase of streaming platform Twitch for $970M
    Aug 25, 2014 8:56 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games. The e-commerce giant is buying streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million in cash as it seeks to take part in video gaming's growth as an online spectator sport. Twitch is a multi-channel online network built for a generation of people who not only enjoy playing video games, but find it entertaining to watch others who might impart tricks and tips for excelling at their favorite games. Amazon's purchase is an acknowledgment...

  • TiVo to make cheaper version of DVR for those without cable
    Aug 25, 2014 2:12 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Here's a sign more households are going without cable or satellite TV: TiVo Inc. is making a digital video recorder just for so-called cord-cutters. The TiVo Roamio OTA will cost $50, compared with $200 for the regular model. The OTA version records free, over-the-air TV signals and lacks slots for cable service cards. For both models, you need a $15-a-month subscription to TiVo service, which provides programming data and other necessities. The OTA model will be available starting...

  • A Closer Look: Good choices on reading-centric tablets, but you don't need one to read
    Aug 25, 2014 1:31 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — E-book readers are great for reading books, but they can't be used get directions or watch videos of people dumping ice over their heads. Tablets can. In partnership with Samsung, Barnes & Noble released a reading-centric tablet last week, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Amazon, meanwhile, has the Kindle Fire tablets. Of course, you can simply install Nook and Kindle reading apps on an iPad or a non-Nook Galaxy. The iPad even comes with iBooks installed. Are reading-centric tablets...

  • Citrus in crisis: A state fights back against the bug that threatens its economy, identity
    Aug 25, 2014 7:07 AM CDT

    LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — The tourists stream to Florida in their cars, intent on a week at Disney or a sugar-sand seashore or a nonstop party on South Beach. Road weary and thirsty, they pull over at one of the state's five official welcome centers. They walk inside, and then they look up. "The best start under the sun," reads a big sign. "FLORIDA ORANGE JUICE." Behind a counter, a woman sits with a stack of paper cups. "Welcome to Florida," she says with a big smile. "Orange or grapefruit?"...

  • LG to launch OLED TVs with ultra HD displays, continues to bet on OLED for future of TV
    Aug 25, 2014 5:54 AM CDT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. announced two new giant OLED TVs with ultra-high definition screens Monday, sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED display technology. The South Korean company said it will ship 65-inch OLED TVs starting September in South Korea, Europe and North America. A 77-inch model will hit shelves later this year. While major TV makers are pushing to make ultra HD TVs mainstream, they use LCD screens. The super-high resolution...

  • Fashion designers, meet Intel: fitness technology going luxury in a marriage of 2 worlds
    Aug 24, 2014 6:30 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Luxury fashion is making inroads in wearable tech as more designers try their hands at developing smart, stylish accessories and clothing aimed at tracking performance and health, or simply making connected lives easier to manage. "We actually think the fashion industry should be in the driver's seat," Ayse Ildeniz, vice president of business development and strategy for Intel's new devices group, said at a January event in Las Vegas. Designers are listening. Luxury brand Ralph...

  • Citrus in crisis: A state fights back against the bug that threatens its economy, identity
    Aug 24, 2014 9:59 AM CDT

    LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — Citrus has always been synonymous with Florida. The orange adorns the state license plate. The University of Florida's famed football stadium was named after an orange magnate. There is even a county called Citrus. Throughout the decades, the citrus industry has always stood strong — through freezes, hurricanes and rampant development. But now the $9 billion industry is facing its biggest threat yet, putting at risk the state's economy but also its very identity. Blame...

  • Citrus in crisis: A state fights back against the bug that threatens its economy, identity
    Aug 24, 2014 9:55 AM CDT

    LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — The tourists stream to Florida in their cars, intent on a week at Disney or a sugar-sand seashore or a nonstop party on South Beach. Road weary and thirsty, they pull over at one of the state's five official welcome centers. They walk inside, and then they look up. "The best start under the sun," reads a big sign. "FLORIDA ORANGE JUICE." Behind a counter, a woman sits with a stack of paper cups. "Welcome to Florida," she says with a big smile. "Orange or grapefruit?"...

  • Europe's Galileo navigation program goes off course as 2 satellites launched into wrong orbits
    Aug 23, 2014 3:58 PM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's GPS network. The European Space Agency and launch company Arianespace say the satellites ended up in off-target orbits after being launched Friday from Kourou, French Guiana, aboard a Soyuz rocket. Saturday's agency statement did not explain whether their orbital paths could...

  • Report: Tesla building charger station in California, near possible site of battery plant
    Aug 23, 2014 3:36 PM CDT

    TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Tesla Motors Inc. is building a supercharger station in the Sierra Nevada north of Lake Tahoe where drivers of the company's electric cars can recharge along Interstate 80, a newspaper says. Tesla officials previously announced plans to build a station near Truckee, California, about 30 miles southwest of Reno but hasn't confirmed an exact location or opening date. The Sierra Sun reported (http://tinyurl.com/o6rxxhx) Thursday that six charging bays with "Tesla" labels have...

  • In Ferguson fallout, calls grow for police to wear 'body cameras' _ but with caveats
    Aug 23, 2014 2:02 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — What if Michael Brown's last moments had been recorded? The fatal police shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is prompting calls for more officers to wear so-called body cameras, simple, lapel-mounted gadgets that capture video footage of law enforcement's interactions with the public. Proponents say the devices add a new level of accountability to police work. "This is a technology that has a very real potential to serve as a check and balance on police...

  • Homeland Security warns retailers about hacking software, estimates 1,000 businesses affected
    Aug 22, 2014 9:02 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday. The government urged businesses of all sizes to scan their point-of-sale systems for software known as "Backoff," discovered last October. It previously explained in detail how the software operates and how retailers could find and remove it. Earlier this month, United...

  • SpaceX rocket explodes during flight at Central Texas test site; no injuries reported
    Aug 22, 2014 8:46 PM CDT

    MCGREGOR, Texas (AP) — An unmanned SpaceX rocket self-destructed shortly after launching on a test flight at a Central Texas development site, the company said Friday. Nobody was injured in the afternoon explosion at the test site in McGregor, Texas, 23 miles southeast of Waco. The test flight involved a three-engine version of the company's reusable Falcon 9 rocket, spokesman John Taylor said in a statement. "During the flight, an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination...

  • Oregon sues Oracle over state's troubled Cover Oregon health insurance exchange website
    Aug 22, 2014 6:19 PM CDT

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The state of Oregon filed a lawsuit Friday against Oracle America Inc. and several of its executives over the technology company's role in creating the troubled website for the state's online health insurance exchange. The lawsuit, filed in Marion County Circuit Court in Salem, alleges that Oracle officials lied, breached contracts and engaged in "a pattern of racketeering activity." Oracle was the largest technology contractor working on Oregon's health insurance enrollment...

  • Official says breach at security clearance contractor affects up to 25,000 federal workers
    Aug 22, 2014 6:16 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of an incident that is under active federal criminal investigation, said the number of victims could be greater. The department was informing employees whose files were exposed in the hacking against...

  • Fitbit: We don't sell personal data to advertisers and never have
    Aug 22, 2014 4:32 PM CDT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Fitbit, the maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices, said Friday that it does not sell personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. The San Francisco-based company spelled out its privacy policy on its website after Schumer warned of a potential "privacy nightmare" relating to concerns that the makers of fitness monitoring devices could sell users' data to advertisers. Schumer has called for a federal regulation...

  • Lawsuits filed challenging stricter FAA rules for model aircraft, commercial drone operations
    Aug 22, 2014 4:09 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency's ban on commercial drone flights. The three lawsuits asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review the validity of the directive, which the Federal Aviation Administration issued in June. The agency said the directive is an attempt...

  • Oregon files lawsuit against Oracle Corp. over state's troubled health exchange website
    Aug 22, 2014 1:04 PM CDT

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon files lawsuit against Oracle Corp. over state's troubled health exchange website.

  • Gadget Watch: Hot or not? The new thermal camera back for the iPhone gives a definite answer
    Aug 22, 2014 11:11 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tired of the selfie? Get ready for the "thermie," or as I like to call it, the "hottie." That's when you take a picture of the heat emanating from your body, using an infrared camera that attaches to the back of your iPhone. It sounds unlikely, but it's coming. Apple stores started selling the $349 FLIR One this week. It puts thermal imaging within reach of people who probably have never considered it before, and it opens up a whole new way of looking at the world. Warm things...

  • In Ferguson fallout, calls grow for police to wear 'body cameras' _ but with caveats
    Aug 22, 2014 11:05 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — What if Michael Brown's last moments had been recorded? The fatal police shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is prompting calls for more officers to wear so-called body cameras, simple, lapel-mounted gadgets that capture video footage of law enforcement's interactions with the public. Proponents say the devices add a new level of accountability to police work. "This is a technology that has a very real potential to serve as a check and balance on police...

  • Dead floppy drive: Kenyan company recycles global e-waste; lawmakers debate new e-waste law
    Aug 22, 2014 10:57 AM CDT

    MACHAKOS, Kenya (AP) — In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some of the estimated 50 million metric tons of hazardous electronic-waste the world generated last year. The clanking is rhythmic as the workers unscrew, detach and toss motherboards onto piles of gleaming circuitry at the East African Compliant Recycling facility. Workers...

  • SpaceX launch site project in far South Texas gets 10-year county tax exemption
    Aug 22, 2014 7:30 AM CDT

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Cameron County commissioners have agreed to waive 10 years of county taxes as part of an agreement bringing the world's first commercial site for orbital rocket launches to the southernmost tip of Texas. The county's governing board on Thursday also approved a draft of an economic agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corp., also known as SpaceX. County Judge Carlos Cascos tells The Brownsville Herald (http://bit.ly/1ohMsso ) that details of the agreement are...

  • Philippines arrests suspected extortionists, says they lured people to expose selves online
    Aug 22, 2014 5:59 AM CDT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have arrested eight suspected members of an online syndicate accused of blackmailing more than 1,000 Hong Kong and Singapore residents after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcam, an official said Friday. The raid on the syndicate's locations in northern Bulacan province on Thursday was a follow-up to an operation backed by Interpol in April in which 58 Filipinos were arrested, and another 100 linked to the extortion in a subsequent...

  • Coal gas boom in China threatens to spew greenhouse gases as world tries to curb emissions
    Aug 22, 2014 2:19 AM CDT

    HEXIGTEN, China (AP) — Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away. This is the first of more than 60 coal-to-gas plants China wants to build, mostly in remote parts of the country where ethnic minorities have farmed and herded for...

  • Man seen in mystery selfie comes forward after Los Angeles County burglary victim finds photo
    Aug 21, 2014 6:15 PM CDT

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — The couple whose selfie was snapped with a Southern California burglary victim's phone has been identified, authorities said Thursday. The man shown in the selfie came forward and spoke with detectives, and members of the public identified the woman in the photo, Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Joshua Dubin said. Officials released the selfie Wednesday and have branded the pair persons of interest, not suspects, as the investigation into a July 30 burglary continues....

  • Questions and answers about the care and recovery of 2 American Ebola patients
    Aug 21, 2014 4:20 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two American aid workers have recovered from Ebola and left an Atlanta hospital, after weeks of intensive treatment in a special isolation unit. They were first two Ebola patients ever brought to the United States. Dr. Kent Brantly was released from Emory University Hospital on Thursday, nearly one month after he first developed Ebola symptoms while working in West Africa's Liberia. He read a statement at a press conference at the hospital Thursday. One of his colleagues in Liberia,...

  • US institute says upgrade of North Korean rocket launch pad should be ready by the fall
    Aug 21, 2014 4:02 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction to upgrade North Korea's main rocket launch pad should be complete by this fall, allowing Pyongyang to conduct a launch by year's end if it decides to do so, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. The U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies is basing its conclusions on commercial satellite imagery of the Korean west coast site of Sohae. The latest photo is from Aug. 8. The institute says construction is nearing completion...

  • Tech Tips: Sprint's new plans offer savings, though advantages shrink for families with kids
    Aug 21, 2014 3:41 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — In revamping its prices and plans this week, Sprint is joining Verizon and AT&T in letting families share pools of data. The new Sprint plans are available starting Friday and reward families that need a lot of data. But the company is also keeping an unlimited-data plan that's beneficial for individuals — and competes with a similar T-Mobile offering. Now that most Americans have cellphones, wireless companies have been trying to lure consumers with lower prices. And to increase...

  • NCAA teams test a new football helmet in a quest to prevent concussions, but does it work?
    Aug 21, 2014 2:38 PM CDT

    Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks' new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection. A vocal proponent of player safety, Bielema is happy to be a part of the cutting edge. But it's a bit of a leap of faith. He has no proof that the SpeedFlex — or any other helmet — can reduce the risk of a devastating head injury. "It's just like everything else — everything...

  • Music streaming site SoundCloud to start paying artists a share of ad revenue
    Aug 21, 2014 1:10 PM CDT

    BERLIN (AP) — SoundCloud said Thursday that it will start paying artists and record companies whose music is played on the popular streaming site, a move that will bring it in line with competitors such as YouTube and Spotify. Berlin-based SoundCloud boasts some 175 million unique listeners a month, but so far those who upload tracks to the site haven't received money. To fund the payments SoundCloud is introducing ads, the revenue from which will be shared with musicians and rights holders....

  • Smart Spending: Deals only a click away for back-to-school shopping
    Aug 21, 2014 12:27 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's mid-August, and parents are scrambling to outfit their kids with backpacks, gadgets and jeans as the clock winds down toward the first day of school. But don't fret. This season, stores are offering new services and apps to cater to time-starved, smartphone-savvy parents to help them save time and money during the annual shopping ritual. The gimmicks include new twists on price matching, more choices for same-day delivery and expanded selections online. "It's a lot easier...

  • Voice-recognition, social media may be key to identifying militant in beheading video
    Aug 21, 2014 10:59 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible. But police and intelligence services in Britain and the United States have a plethora of clues as they scramble to identify him, from image analysis and voice-recognition software to social media postings and testimony from former captives. Prime Minister David Cameron has said the...

  • Ticketfly to buy WillCall for on-premise data on spending by ticket-buyers
    Aug 21, 2014 8:01 AM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ticketfly Inc., a San Francisco-based technology company among several posing a challenge to Ticketmaster, is acquiring WillCall Inc., a crosstown rival that turns your smartphone into a mobile wallet at live events. The move is meant to expand WillCall's data-collection and payment service to more ticket buyers. Ticketfly has grossed some $400 million in ticket sales and sold 16 million tickets so far this year. For comparison, Ticketmaster parent Live Nation Entertainment...

  • Following burglary, police in California seek mystery couple in selfies found by victim
    Aug 20, 2014 10:12 PM CDT

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Would burglars be dumb enough to post selfies on their victim's cloud account? That's what Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators are trying to determine. Detectives on Wednesday released photos of a man and woman that mysteriously appeared on a Santa Clarita woman's online account days after thieves broke into her home through a window and ransacked the place. The crooks stole cash and either her cellphone or tablet, Deputy Joshua Dubin said. The photos, apparently...

  • National Park Service bans drones over Appalachian Trail lands in 14 states
    Aug 20, 2014 5:55 PM CDT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail. The Park Service said Wednesday the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands. The ban takes effect immediately and lasts until the Park Service can develop an appropriate policy. The Park Service says drones could affect resources and visitors in ways it has yet to analyze so more study is needed. The Appalachian...

  • UPS: Malware may have exposed information about shoppers who used cards at 51 stores
    Aug 20, 2014 5:45 PM CDT

    Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states. A spokeswoman for UPS says the information includes names, card numbers and postal and email addresses from about 100,000 transactions between Jan. 20 and Aug. 11. United Parcel Service Inc. said Wednesday that it was among U.S. retailers who got a Department of Homeland Security bulletin about the malware on July 31. The malware is not identified...

  • Social media pushes back at gruesome propaganda by Islamic militants
    Aug 20, 2014 5:37 PM CDT

    BEIRUT (AP) — The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience. The strategy is aimed at terrorizing opponents at home and winning recruits abroad. But there are increasing signs of pushback — both from companies swiftly censoring objectionable content and users determined not to let it go viral. Public disgust with the group's callous propaganda tactics...

  • Apple's stock soars to new high amid rising hopes for bigger-screen iPhone, other new products
    Aug 20, 2014 3:33 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs. The milestone represents a dramatic turnaround in sentiment since Apple's shares reached its previous split-adjusted peak of $100.72 in September 2012. After hitting $101.09 Wednesday afternoon, shares closed up 4 cents at $100.57. That gave Apple a market value of $602 billion...

  • Review: Baseball does online right, as long as you overlook video blackouts
    Aug 20, 2014 1:54 PM CDT

    LA PORTE, Ind. (AP) — Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also underscores frustrations fans have with online sports coverage in general: The business of sports is set up to feed TV sets, and Internet viewers are an afterthought. Television channels pay a lot for rights to cover games, and they don't want to lose audiences to computers or mobile apps. As a result, fans who pay $20 or more a month for baseball's online...

  • MLB online chief optimistic on relaxing blackouts on hometown teams, possibly by next season
    Aug 20, 2014 1:45 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — An easing of blackout restrictions on Major League Baseball games online could come as early as next season, according to the head of baseball's online business. In an interview this week, Bob Bowman said he is optimistic that a deal could be reached soon with various cable operators, channels and ballclubs. The catch is that even with an MLB.TV subscription, which starts at $20 a month, fans will also need a cable or satellite TV subscription to view hometown teams at home. "Everyone's...

  • Barnes & Noble, Samsung introduce new reading-focused tablet for $179
    Aug 20, 2014 12:05 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Barnes & Noble and Samsung unveiled a new reading-focused tablet that will replace the bookseller's own Nook tablets. The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook will sell for $179, the same entry price of the non-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. The move had been expected since Barnes & Noble said in June it would team up with Samsung to release co-branded Nook tablets in August. For the first time, the Nook will have a camera. The 1.3 megapixel camera on the front is on par with...

  • Pet-friendly dating websites help animal lovers find romance by uncovering canine chemistry
    Aug 20, 2014 12:04 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love. Sites like PetsDating.com and YouMustLoveDogsDating.com have found a new niche as singles flock to computers and smartphones to find relationships, connecting dog owners to potential mates who enjoy long walks in the dog park and slobbery canine kisses as much as they do. Many of the sites encourage users to bring their dogs on first dates to break the ice or size up canine chemistry. Many...

  • Florida woman wins $4.3 million in texting while driving case
    Aug 20, 2014 7:07 AM CDT

    BUNNELL, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who was severely injured in a crash caused by her then-boyfriend, who was allegedly texting while driving, has won a $4.3 million lawsuit. The law firm representing 26-year-old Cacilia Carter told The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/1kU8Htm) the verdict was handed down Aug. 5 in Flagler County Circuit Court. Carter was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her then-boyfriend Joseph O'Guin on Dec. 20, 2010. Carter's attorneys claimed O'Guin was texting...

  • US safety agency lets consumers check for recall repairs via the Internet
    Aug 19, 2014 11:03 PM CDT

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the service started Wednesday on its website, www.safercar.gov. Drivers can key in their vehicle identification number to get the results. The number can be found on the dashboard near the windshield or on the driver's door post near the latch. Also starting Wednesday, automakers must keep the...

  • Former CEO Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board as he occupies time with Clippers, teaching
    Aug 19, 2014 6:39 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company's board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant. Ballmer says he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, civic contributions, study and teaching business at Stanford in the fall and USC next spring. Microsoft Corp. published Ballmer's resignation letter on its website Tuesday along with a response from current CEO Satya Nadella thanking him and wishing him well....

  • Car service startup Uber hires former White House senior adviser David Plouffe
    Aug 19, 2014 5:46 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Uber is stepping up its political game with a high-powered new hire. The taxi-alternative service is hiring a former White House adviser to lead its campaign for acceptance in the 170 cities around the world where it operates. David Plouffe is best known for running President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. He is joining Uber as senior vice president of policy and strategy in September, bringing a campaign mindset to a company that has faced resistance in some U.S. cities from the...

  • Audit: 'Obamacare' tax on medical devices falling short of revenue goal; companies not paying
    Aug 19, 2014 3:32 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday. The audit by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration says the IRS needs to do a better job policing the tax. The tax agency, however, doesn't have adequate tools to identify which companies owe it, the audit said. The report could add fuel to efforts to repeal the tax, which is opposed by...

  • This week's top 10 paid and free apps for iPhone and iPad on the App Store
    Aug 19, 2014 3:24 PM CDT

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending August 18, 2014: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 2. Minecraft - Pocket Edition, Mojang 3. Afterlight, Afterlight Collective, Inc 4. Sleep Cycle alarm clock, Northcube AB 5. Card Wars - Adventure Time, Cartoon Network 6. Videoshop - Video Editor, Joseph Riquelme 7. 7 Minute Workout Challenge, Fitness Guide Inc 8. Buddyman: Kick 2, Crazylion Studios Limited 9. My Talking Pet, WOBA Media 10. Geometry Dash, Robert Topala Top...

  • In renovated college stadiums, flashy screens, party decks and Wi-Fi are must-haves for fans
    Aug 19, 2014 2:55 PM CDT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lining the brightly lit hallways of Populous, one of the leading architectural firms behind college sports, there are hundreds of scale models and graphic renderings of college football stadiums in various stages of renovation and construction. There are blueprints for Kyle Field at Texas A&M, in the midst of a $420 million redevelopment. There's a model of TFC Bank Stadium at Minnesota, the recent replacement for the Metrodome as home of the Golden Gophers. And there...

  • Tips for parents: Kids and social media privacy _ to post or not to post?
    Aug 19, 2014 2:07 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Privacy-wary parents are increasingly pausing before they post photos, names and other information about their wee ones on social media. Some are choosing a complete blackout, while others opt for nicknames and a few carefully selected snapshots. Here are some social media tips for parents, relatives and friends. — ASK FIRST, POST LATER If you don't know how a parent feels about having photos of their kids posted on Facebook, Instagram or elsewhere, ask before uploading a photo...

  • No photos: Many parents opt to keep kids' identities off social media amid privacy concerns
    Aug 19, 2014 11:16 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother of a 1-year-old in Mountain View, California, "a little uncomfortable." "I just have a vague discomfort having her photograph out there for anyone to look at," says Rao. "When you meet a new person and go to their account, you can look them up, look at photos, videos, know that they are traveling." At a time...

  • HTC makes Windows version of flagship HTC One phone, while remaining committed to Android
    Aug 19, 2014 10:29 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — HTC will start making a version of its flagship HTC One phone with Microsoft's Windows software inside. HTC said it developed the new model at the request of Microsoft, which has been trying to boost its Windows Phone system. The company will continue to make an Android version of the One, as well as other Android phones. "By no means does this indicate we're moving away from Android," HTC spokesman Jeff Gordon said. HTC Corp. was the first company to release a phone using Google's...

  • Citing threats from hackers, US won't release security details for federal health care website
    Aug 19, 2014 2:26 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's health care website because doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services denied a request by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act for documents about the kinds of security...

  • Police hope witnesses have video of Salt Lake City nightclub shooting that injured 6
    Aug 18, 2014 4:37 PM CDT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities investigating a weekend shooting that injured six people at a crowded Salt Lake City nightclub said Monday they are hoping someone took video that will help them identify the gunmen. Hundreds of people were at the Inferno Cantina Night Club when the shooting occurred Saturday night, and investigators are betting a few of them had their smartphones recording when the shooting happened, Salt Lake City Police Detective Greg Wilking said. "Everybody records stuff...

  • Arches, Canyonlands national parks are latest to prohibit drones as feds move for massive ban
    Aug 18, 2014 4:18 PM CDT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Drones are now officially banned in Arches and Canyonlands national parks in southeastern Utah. Kevin Moore, acting chief ranger for the two parks, says the unmanned aircrafts disrupt wildlife and are an intrusion on visitors looking for tranquility. They have seen an increase in use of drones in the last two years. In June, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis directed all parks to take steps to prohibit the use of the increasingly popular aircraft that are often...

  • A Closer Look: Do more with streaming TV with companion devices from Apple, Amazon
    Aug 18, 2014 3:16 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apple has ways of encouraging you to buy more of its products: It offers bonus features on devices like the iPhone and iPad that work only when paired with other Apple gadgets. Amazon does it, too. It's understandable. The devices need to communicate with each other at a deep level, and that's more easily done when a company controls the software on both ends. And these features are more like extras and don't affect the products' basic functionality. Take streaming TV devices,...

  • WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sows confusion with talk of leaving London embassy 'soon'
    Aug 18, 2014 2:16 PM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion Monday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse over his extradition were resolved. Assange made the cryptic comments during a press conference at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London following a meeting with Ricardo Patino, the Latin American nation's foreign minister. When asked about speculation — some of it sparked...

  • Obama administration wants cars to talk to each other, saying the technology will save lives
    Aug 18, 2014 1:45 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions. A research report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the technology could eventually prevent as many as 592,000 left-turn and intersection crashes a year, saving 1,083 lives. The agency said it will begin drafting...

  • California weighing bird deaths from concentrated solar plants
    Aug 18, 2014 12:12 PM CDT

    IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator's application to build...

  • Google parlays IPO to extend its empire far beyond Internet search during past 10 years
    Aug 18, 2014 11:59 AM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit. And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further. Page's vision is that Google's products and services will become the control center of people's lives: The company's driverless cars will chauffeur people around safer roads and deliver goods within hours of an online order. People won't even have to bother leaving their...

  • Sensata Technologies to buy Schrader International in $1 billion deal
    Aug 18, 2014 7:10 AM CDT

    Sensata Technologies plans to inflate its presence in pressure sensing equipment with a $1 billion deal to buy privately held Schrader International, which makes tire pressure monitoring sensors. Sensata said on Monday that the deal will give it better access to the rapidly growing $2 billion low pressure sensor market. It noted that tire pressure monitoring sensors have become a standard feature on cars and light trucks sold in North America, and use of the technology is growing globally. Schrader,...

  • Premier FBI cybersquad to add agents after successfully taking on world's top online threats
    Aug 17, 2014 12:26 PM CDT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The FBI's premier cybersquad has focused attention on computer-based crime in recent months by helping prosecutors charge five Chinese army intelligence officials with stealing trade secrets from major companies and by snaring a Russian-led hacking ring that pilfered $100 million from bank accounts worldwide. Because of the Pittsburgh squad's success, the FBI is rewarding the office with more manpower, allowing it to take on even more cyberthreats. "Where there's great work...

  • Russian hacking suspect ordered held in Seattle; prosecutors say laptop rich with evidence
    Aug 15, 2014 8:22 PM CDT

    SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the son of a prominent Russian lawmaker to remain in custody until his trial on computer hacking charges, after a prosecutor said evidence recovered from his laptop after his arrest in the Maldives gave new insight into the breadth of his activities. Roman Seleznev, 30, the son of Valery Seleznev, appeared in U.S. District Court in Seattle, where he was indicted in 2011 on charges that involved hacking into computerized cash registers, stealing...

  • Chinese businessman indicted in computer hacking scheme to steal data on military projects
    Aug 15, 2014 6:24 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has charged a Chinese businessman with a computer hacking scheme to steal information on military projects, including fighter jets, to sell to Chinese companies. City News Service says Su Bin was indicted Thursday on charges of conspiracy and unauthorized computer access. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors say Su — working with two other Chinese — hacked the computers of defense contractors, including Boeing, and...

  • Wyden calls for constitutional protection for electronic records that go through third party
    Aug 15, 2014 4:41 PM CDT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When it comes to searches by law enforcement, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden believes people's online communication should have just as much protection as their homes and property. In a speech Friday at a Portland tech conference, the Oregon Democrat called for updates to the rules by which intelligence agencies operate, and said he plans new legislation aimed at ending bulk electronic surveillance. "If you would defend a society built on the principle of individual liberty, you need...

  • Hitchhiking robot charms its way across Canada, becomes social media darling
    Aug 15, 2014 4:19 PM CDT

    TORONTO (AP) — He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow. A talking, bucket-bodied robot has enthralled Canadians since it departed from Halifax last month on a hitchhiking journey to the Pacific coast. HitchBOT, created by team of Ontario-based communication researchers studying the relationship between people and technology, will reach its final destination Sunday in Victoria, British Columbia, where it will receive a traditional aboriginal...

  • Nordstrom, Monster Beverage, Dillard's, and Gilead Sciences are big market movers
    Aug 15, 2014 3:22 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Nordstrom Inc., down $3.58 to $65.11 The luxury department store operator reported quarterly sales at established stores, a key sales measure, below Wall Street expectations. Dillard's Inc., down $9.49 to $106.11 The department store operator reported a slight boost in quarterly profit, but the results fell short of Wall Street expectations. Agilent Technologies...

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