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  • Lands of opportunity: Foreign markets fueling growth of US tech trendsetters, other companies
    Jul 28, 2014 5:20 AM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home. Technology trendsetters Apple Inc., Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Netflix Inc. all mined foreign countries to produce earnings or revenue that exceeded analysts' projections in their latest quarters. Prodded by the steadily rising demand for Internet access and online services in developing countries, these technology companies will likely be wading even deeper...

  • Samsung postpones release of Tizen smartphone in Russia as it seeks to improve ecosystem
    Jul 28, 2014 4:45 AM CDT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. says it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone. The South Korean company had planned to start selling the phone in Russia this quarter but said Monday that Tizen needs more time to expand its following of app developers and apps. The delay is a setback for Samsung's push to reduce reliance on Google's Android operating system, which powers Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets. It did not announce a new release date. Samsung...

  • Chinese portal Sohu reports quarterly loss of $45 million; revenue up 18 percent
    Jul 28, 2014 1:26 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — Sohu.com Inc., operator of a popular Chinese Internet portal, said Monday it lost $45 million in the latest quarter while revenue rose 18 percent to $400 million. The loss for the three months ended June 30 compared with a $69 million loss in the previous quarter and an operating profit of $64 million in the same period of 2013. Profits at China's Internet companies have been squeezed by heavy spending to build a mobile presence as Chinese Web surfers shift quickly to going online...

  • FAA's restrictions on use of small drones imperil academic research, professors say
    Jul 27, 2014 10:07 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research. In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday, 30 professors said a clarification the agency issued last month on what rules model aircraft hobbyists must follow would eliminate the ability of researchers to use small, unmanned aircraft on low-altitude flights over private property. Model aircraft have increased in sophistication...

  • 'The Avengers' cast members unleash 'Age of Ultron' footage at Comic-Con
    Jul 27, 2014 9:37 AM CDT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several members of "The Avengers" descended on Comic-Con on Saturday to debut the first footage from the upcoming superhero sequel. Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Robert Downey Jr. were on hand with other cast members from "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," including Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders. "It just keeps getting better," Downey told the boisterous crowd of 6,500 assembled in the San Diego Convention Center. "I'm so excited we're all here."...

  • UConn using 3-D printer to reproduce parts for original saxophones, other antique instruments
    Jul 27, 2014 8:33 AM CDT

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments. Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, says his medical practice showed him how computerized tomography could make precise 3-D images of body parts. As a student of music history, he realized the same CT scanning technology could help him study delicate musical instruments from the past. Howe, who...

  • Comic-Con attendees get first look at 'Mockingjay' trailer, 'Hunger Games' capitol experience
    Jul 26, 2014 3:54 AM CDT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The trailer for the next film in the popular "Hunger Games" series is making its premiere at Comic-Con. Fans gathered Friday at the Capitol Gallery in downtown San Diego, where holographic versions of two characters from the film offered visitors a silent welcome before the minute-long teaser trailer was shown. The trailer opens with a hovership landing and a meeting between leaders of the rebellion, where Phillip Seymour Hoffman and a gray-haired Julianne Moore discuss Katniss...

  • Quakes occur in 4 parts of Alaska; no reports of damage, but some wireless service affected
    Jul 25, 2014 5:30 PM CDT

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Earthquakes jolted four different parts of Alaska on Friday. Several earthquakes, including one with a magnitude of 5.9, occurred around the same location in the southeast part of the nation's largest state early Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey said light shaking was felt around Juneau, about 100 miles to the east. An unrelated magnitude-4.3 earthquake was felt in Kodiak. No one reported feeling smaller, unrelated quakes in the Brooks Range region and in north-central...

  • Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again, but effect is limited
    Jul 25, 2014 4:55 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Congress passed a bill Friday that makes it legal to "unlock" cellphones so the devices can —at least in some instances— be used on other carriers. The law, which President Obama said he looks forward to signing, undoes a move by the Librarian of Congress in 2012. That made it a copyright violation to unlock a phone without the carrier's permission. The law passed Friday by the House of Representatives makes it legal to unlock phones for personal use, at least until the Librarian's...

  • Police say Amazon.com employee was piloting drone that buzzed Seattle Space Needle
    Jul 25, 2014 4:14 PM CDT

    SEATTLE (AP) — An Amazon.com employee from out of town was the operator of a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week, police said. Witnesses told police they saw the craft fly back into a fifth-floor room of a nearby hotel. Police contacted the man and he admitted operating the drone equipped with a camera Tuesday. He told authorities he wanted to try out the craft he recently purchased at a hobby shop. Police had received reports that the drone had crashed into the landmark of Seattle's...

  • Visa, Amazon, Qlik Technologies, WellCare, and Informatica are big market movers
    Jul 25, 2014 3:23 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 Visa Inc., down $7.97 to $214.77 The payments processor reported better-than-expected quarterly results but offered a cautious financial outlook for the year. Pandora Media Inc., down $2.97 to $25.75 The music streaming company's quarterly results beat expectations, but its guidance fell short and listener hours fell in June. WellCare Health Plans Inc.,...

  • After service challenged in court, Lyft says it's starting New York City service
    Jul 25, 2014 12:33 PM CDT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The on-demand ride-sharing app Lyft planned to start limited service in New York City on Friday night after reaching agreement with officials to resolve regulatory issues that prompted a lawsuit by the state. New York's attorney general and Department of Financial Services said Lyft agreed to operate "in full compliance" with existing laws and regulations, and that it will start the new service with commercial drivers only. "Tonight, after making positive progress with local...

  • Emory University honors the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta with a mobile tour app
    Jul 25, 2014 9:33 AM CDT

    ATLANTA (AP) — This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, one of the key conflicts of the Civil War, and researchers at Emory University's Center for Digital Scholarship have released a mobile app for the tour. "We developed the Battle of Atlanta mobile application in order to provide a 21st century version of the historical markers that mark sites of the Battle of Atlanta and other Civil War landmarks around the city," said Dr. Daniel Pollock, a physician, Civil War scholar...

  • 'Manhattan' dramatizes the human, social toll of the WWII race to build the atomic bomb
    Jul 25, 2014 8:41 AM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Writer-producer Sam Shaw was grappling with how to craft a TV drama about the war on terror and the price it exacts from those who keep its secrets. He found the answer by looking back to the early 1940s, when U.S. scientists and others working in isolation created the first atomic bombs without the knowledge of Congress, the vice president or the American public. The result is "Manhattan," debuting Sunday (9 p.m. EDT) on cable channel WGN America. The drama is set in a makeshift,...

  • Japanese speak on evolution of 'Godzilla,' from symbol of WWII suffering to Hollywood success
    Jul 25, 2014 4:53 AM CDT

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese fans want it known: The radiation-breathing, skyscraper-stomping monster they call "Gojira" was born right here in Japan, 60 years ago. No matter its evolution in Hollywood over the decades, the Godzilla creature began as an icon for the suffering brought by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. The new remake, directed by hard-core Godzilla aficionado Gareth Edwards, has become one of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters this year and finally...

  • Emory University honors the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta with a mobile tour app
    Jul 25, 2014 3:35 AM CDT

    ATLANTA (AP) — This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, one of the key conflicts of the Civil War, and researchers at Emory University's Center for Digital Scholarship have released a mobile app for the tour. "We developed the Battle of Atlanta mobile application in order to provide a 21st century version of the historical markers that mark sites of the Battle of Atlanta and other Civil War landmarks around the city," said Dr. Daniel Pollock, a physician, Civil War scholar...

  • Report: Chinese regulators conclude chip supplier Qualcomm
    Jul 24, 2014 11:26 PM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese regulators have concluded Qualcomm Inc., one of the biggest makers of chips used in mobile devices, has a monopoly, a government newspaper reported Friday. Regulators have completed an investigation of Qualcomm, the China Daily newspaper said, citing Xu Kunlin, director of the anti-monopoly bureau of the National Development and Reform Commission, China's economic planning agency. Xu said Qualcomm "has a monopoly," the newspaper said. It gave no indication what possible...

  • Baidu reports quarterly profit up 34 percent as revenue from mobile tops 30 percent
    Jul 24, 2014 10:55 PM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, said Friday its quarterly profit rose 34 percent over a year earlier as its mobile business grew. The Beijing-based company said it earned 3.5 billion yuan ($571.1 million) in the three months ended June 30. Revenue rose 58.5 percent to 11.9 billion yuan ($1.9 billion). Baidu and other Internet companies are building mobile e-commerce and other services as Chinese users shift rapidly to going online using smartphones...

  • Amazon shares fall on deeper-than-expected 2nd-quarter loss
    Jul 24, 2014 5:21 PM CDT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell Thursday after the e-commerce retailer reported a deeper-than-expected second quarter loss as expenses outpaced a surge in revenue. Amazon has long focused on spending the money it makes to grow and expand into new areas. In one of its most high-profile moves, Amazon is introducing its own smartphone, the Fire, which starts selling Friday. The company has been heavily investing in services for its loyalty program, Prime, which costs $99 a year, and...

  • Proxy adviser ISS says Sprint CEO Hesse was paid too much to stay after sale to Softbank
    Jul 24, 2014 5:20 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Institutional Shareholder Services, a leading shareholder advisory firm, is telling shareholders to protest Sprint Corp. CEO Dan Hesse's $49 million 2013 pay package, saying it's excessive and not tied to performance. Hesse got a special $18.7 million "retention" award in connection with Softbank Corp. of Japan buying 70 percent of Sprint last year. That helped put his pay package above three times the median pay for a CEO of a comparable company, ISS says. Shareholders will vote...

  • Texas tech fund gave money to startups that moved out of state, forfeited right to do business
    Jul 24, 2014 1:27 PM CDT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation's second most-populous state. But a closer look at the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, one of Perry's signature initiatives in his 14 years as governor, reveals that some of the businesses that received money are not all they seem. One actually operates in California. Some have stagnated trying...

  • $300 million later, Social Security trying to salvage computer system that doesn't work
    Jul 24, 2014 12:14 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will. Six years ago, Social Security embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. But the project has been racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency. Today, the project...

  • Nokia says Q2 profit up 20 percent, gives upbeat outlook after sale of troubled handset unit
    Jul 24, 2014 11:00 AM CDT

    HELSINKI (AP) — There is life after mobile phones for Nokia. Shares in the Finnish wireless equipment maker surged Thursday after it reported higher profits and an improved earnings outlook in the wake of the sale to Microsoft of its troubled handset division. The Finnish company said its second-quarter profit rose 20 percent to 213 million euros ($285 million) on the back of improved profitability of its key networks unit. Net sales in the April to June period fell to 2.9 billion euros from...

  • FX ratings stand illustrates changes in how people watch TV
    Jul 24, 2014 9:17 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's a rite nearly as old as television: the morning after a new show premieres, network executives wait impatiently for the Nielsen company's estimate of how many people watched, and rush to report the first sign of a hit. Leaders at the FX network are trying something new: They're no longer talking publicly about how their programs do on opening night, believing those numbers don't accurately reflect how many people see their shows. Instead, they're waiting a few days to see...

  • Former British tabloid reporter sentenced for hacking celebrities' voicemails
    Jul 24, 2014 7:35 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — A former British tabloid reporter was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence Thursday for his role in the long-running phone hacking scandal that shook Rupert Murdoch's media empire. Dan Evans, 38, had pleaded guilty to eavesdropping on voicemails of some 200 celebrities between 2003 and 2010 in pursuit of scoops on their private lives for the Murdoch's News of the World and the independently owned Sunday Mirror newspapers. Evans also admitted to making a false witness statement...

  • LG Electronics says 2Q profit more than doubled as mobile division ends streak of losses
    Jul 24, 2014 5:54 AM CDT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. reported a forecast-beating quarterly profit Thursday and gave an upbeat outlook for smartphone profitability as its mobile division ended a streak of losses. Like other South Korean exporters, LG Electronics said the strength of the country's currency, the won, eroded its oversea profits. Still, the company's profit was better than expected as smartphone sales jumped to a record high and TV sales recovered ahead of the World Cup. LG executives said...

  • European Central Bank says contact data stolen in breach of website database security
    Jul 24, 2014 4:45 AM CDT

    BERLIN (AP) — The European Central Bank said Thursday that email addresses and other contact information have been stolen from a database that serves its public website, though it stressed that no internal systems or market-sensitive data were compromised. The security breach involved a database serving part of the website that gathers registrations for ECB conferences and other events, the Frankfurt-based central bank for the 18 nations that share the euro said in a statement. Although most...

  • Internal report: Social Security spent nearly $300M on new computer system that doesn't work
    Jul 23, 2014 7:49 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency. In 2008, Social Security said the project was about two to three years from completion. Five...

  • New social networks promise to reward people with money as well as 'likes' for their posts
    Jul 23, 2014 6:02 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared —except the money those posts produce. At least two services are trying to change that. Bubblews, a social network that came out of out of an extended test phase last week, pays users for posts that attract traffic and advertisers. Another company, Bonzo Me, has been doing something similar since early July. "I just feel like everyone on social networks has been taken...

  • Official: 6 indicted in ring that took over 1K StubHub accounts for tickets to prime events
    Jul 23, 2014 5:59 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the hottest tickets in town — to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game — were snapped up by an international ring of cyber thieves who commandeered more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts to make big money by fraudulently buying tickets and reselling them, prosecutors said Wednesday. Ten people around the world have been indicted or arrested in connection with the case, which involved more than 3,500 tickets and at least...

  • Twitter is latest tech company to acknowledge a shortage of women, black, Latino workers
    Jul 23, 2014 5:34 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter acknowledged that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley. The lack of diversity in Twitter's workforce of roughly 3,000 people was spelled out in data released Wednesday by the San Francisco company behind the popular short messaging service. The breakdown revealed that 70 percent of Twitter's worldwide workforce is composed of men. In the U.S., nearly 90 percent...

  • AT&T profit hurt by cheaper wireless plans; fighting on price with T-Mobile
    Jul 23, 2014 5:32 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T Inc. on Wednesday posted lower net income for the latest quarter due to cheaper cellphone plans it introduced as a response to aggressive pricing from smaller competitor T-Mobile US. AT&T said half of its wireless subscribers have already moved to "Mobile Share Value" plans, introduced in February. It's also adding subscribers to its Next plans, which carry lower monthly fees because customers pay full price for their phones. On a conference call with analysts, executives...

  • Facebook on a roll as 2nd-quarter earnings, revenue surpass expectations
    Jul 23, 2014 5:16 PM CDT

    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, and more people used it, more often. The company's shares climbed nearly 4 percent in extended trading after the results came out, signaling that they could hit a record high when the stock market opens on Thursday. Investors who bought — and held on to — Facebook stock during the company's initial public offering...

  • Comic-Con Choo-Choo: Fans hop aboard exclusive train trip to pop fest
    Jul 23, 2014 5:13 PM CDT

    ABOARD THE SILVER SPLENDOR (AP) — For a lucky fellowship of fans, Comic-Con is beginning early on a private train car trekking to the pop-culture convention. The fan-centric social networking site Wikia picked 30 users to board a private vintage carriage transformed into the Wikia Fan Express, a special expedition Wednesday from Los Angeles to San Diego that included an assortment of unique on-board entertainment, including special sneak peeks and Q&A sessions. "Comic-Con is supposed to be...

  • Because of application mistake, some Pell Grant recipients might not be eligible after all
    Jul 23, 2014 3:32 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form. The mistake primarily stems from an online form change to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, made Jan. 1 that expanded the field to enter income. Many applicants unnecessarily entered a decimal point and cents that the system ignored. The error led to students being...

  • Review: Amazon Fire phone is an improvement on the familiar
    Jul 23, 2014 10:52 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Many of the Amazon Fire phone's features are twists on apps and concepts tried in other devices. But in a number of cases, Amazon's technology is more comprehensive and reliable, showing that innovation is often about rethinking old ideas. — Beyond the apps. On iPhones and Android devices, each icon takes you to a different app. The Fire and Windows phones break away from that and offer direct links to content as well. In Amazon's case, that's a book you just read or a video...

  • Fact sheet: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid
    Jul 23, 2014 9:25 AM CDT

    2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid BASE PRICE: $39,780. PRICE AS TESTED: $40,570. TYPE: Front-engine, front-wheel drive, five-passenger, mid-size, plug-in, gasoline-electric hybrid sedan. ENGINE: 2-liter, double overhead cam, inline, Atkinson-cycle four cylinder with i-VTEC mated to 41-kilowatt electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. MILEAGE: 115 mpg-equivalent on all-electric power, 46 mpg combined city/highway on gasoline engine. TOP SPEED: NA. LENGTH: 193.5 inches. WHEELBASE: 109.3...

  • LG Display's 2Q profit jumps as demand for big ultra-high-definition TV rises, currency rates
    Jul 23, 2014 2:51 AM CDT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Display Co. said profit for the April-June quarter more than doubled as a stronger won reduced the value of its foreign debt and the World Cup boosted demand for ultra-high-definition TVs. The South Korean display panel maker said Wednesday its net income reached 256 billion won ($250 million), compared with 105 billion won a year earlier. Operating fell, however, showing that most of the net profit improvement came from the debt revaluation. Analysts polled by FactSet,...

  • Review: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones, needs more outside apps to enable features
    Jul 23, 2014 12:07 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — What I find fascinating about Amazon's Fire phone isn't the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products. Rather, I like that Amazon is thinking a lot about how phones ought to work. The iPhone and its Android smartphone rivals are so much alike that companies have been suing each other for stealing ideas. The Fire phone uses Android, but Amazon has modified it to the point that it's barely recognizable. That means the...

  • AP source: Cyber thieves got into 1,000 StubHub accounts; company says it issued refunds
    Jul 22, 2014 10:10 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said Tuesday. Arrests were expected in a case that sprawled across international borders, said the official, who wasn't authorized to discuss it ahead of arrests being announced and spoke on the condition of anonymity. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. was expected to hold a news...

  • Review: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones, needs more outside apps to enable features
    Jul 22, 2014 8:50 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — What I find fascinating about Amazon's Fire phone isn't the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products. Rather, I like that Amazon is thinking a lot about how phones ought to work. The iPhone and its Android smartphone rivals are so much alike that companies have been suing each other for stealing ideas. The Fire phone uses Android, but Amazon has modified it to the point that it's barely recognizable. That means the...

  • Microsoft CEO outlines 'bold' plan as 4th-quarter earnings beat Street despite Nokia loss
    Jul 22, 2014 6:42 PM CDT

    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units — Nokia phones and Bing search — would become profitable in 2016. The agenda, announced Tuesday as Microsoft reported fourth-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street expectations, helped boost the company's shares, which added 52 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $45.35 in after-hours trading....

  • Apple's fiscal 3rd-quarter report illuminates iPhone maker's brightening outlook
    Jul 22, 2014 5:15 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen. The latest evidence of Apple's mounting momentum emerged Tuesday with the release of the company's fiscal third-quarter report. Earnings rose at the highest rate in nearly two years as Apple Inc. sold 35.2 million iPhones during the period. The iPhone shipments climbed 13 percent increase...

  • LinkedIn to buy advertising technology company Bizo for $175 million
    Jul 22, 2014 4:44 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — LinkedIn Corp. is spending $175 million to buy Bizo, a provider of advertising technology and measurement services aimed at professionals. LinkedIn said Tuesday that it is paying 90 percent in cash and the rest in stock for San Francisco-based Bizo. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter. Founded in 2008, Bizo lets marketers target professionals with ads they want them to see, and helps measure the effectiveness of the ad campaigns. LinkedIn, a professional networking...

  • Oops! A tweet about Kim Kardashian gives EPA Twitter account its own 15 minutes of fame
    Jul 22, 2014 4:31 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian. The verified Twitter account for the EPA's Office of Water mistakenly published a message Monday night about an online game, "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood," in which players walk red carpets, attend photo shoots and get dolled up like a Kardashian. An agency spokeswoman said the off-topic tweet was done...

  • The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks
    Jul 22, 2014 3:08 PM CDT

    iBook charts for week ending July 21, 2014: Top Paid Books 1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - 9781101569184 - (Penguin Group US) 2. The Heist by Daniel Silva - 9780062320070 - (Harper) 3. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness - 9780698163478 - (Penguin Group US) 4. Invisible by David Ellis & James Patterson - 9780316405409 - (Little, Brown and Company) 5. Act of War by Brad Thor - 9781476717142 - (Atria/Emily Bestler Books) 6. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand - 9780679603757 - (Random...

  • This week's top 10 paid and free apps for iPhone and iPad on the App Store
    Jul 22, 2014 3:07 PM CDT

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending July 21, 2014: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft - Pocket Edition, Mojang 2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3. Party Party, Red Velvet Art LLC 4. Afterlight, Afterlight Collective, Inc 5. Monument Valley, ustwo 6. Blek, kunabi brother GmbH 7. 7 Minute Workout Challenge, Fitness Guide Inc 8. PAW Patrol Rescue Run, Nickelodeon 9. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. 10. Geometry Dash, Robert Topala Top Free iPhone Apps: 1. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, Glu Games...

  • Target debuts shopping app that recognizes images in advertisements
    Jul 22, 2014 2:45 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Target is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology. Starting this month, the app, called "In a Snap," will recognize images for Target's Room Essentials products in 10 home decor magazines including Architecture and Real Simple. A user can simply scan an image and when it is recognized by the app, the...

  • Data breaches are increasingly common, here's how to protect your financial information
    Jul 22, 2014 2:20 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's an almost weekly occurrence: On Tuesday, Goodwill said its computer systems may have been hacked, leading to the possible theft of customers' credit and debit card information. The nonprofit agency, which operates 2,900 stores in the U.S., said it is working with federal investigators to look into a possible breach. That follows news over the weekend that Vendini, an event ticketing service, had settled a class-action suit related to a data breach in 2013. For many people...

  • Comcast 2nd-quarter earnings top Wall Street as Internet hookup pace accelerates
    Jul 22, 2014 12:46 PM CDT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Comcast's second-quarter net income rose 15 percent to nearly $2 billion as it added high-speed Internet customers at a faster pace and video subscriber losses moderated. The nation's largest cable provider topped Wall Street estimates and shares edged up in afternoon trading. The nation's largest cable provider said Tuesday that net income rose to $1.99 billion, or 76 cents per share, up from $1.73 billion, or 65 cents per share, a year ago. Excluding a gain on its sale...

  • Goodwill and federal authorities investigate possible security breach at nonprofit
    Jul 22, 2014 11:14 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nonprofit organization Goodwill Industries Inc. is working with federal officials to investigate a possible security breach. The Rockville, Maryland-based organization said late Monday that it was contacted Friday by a payment card industry fraud investigative unit and federal authorities who said payment card numbers may have been stolen from some U.S. stores. Goodwill said it is working with credit card makers, the Secret Service and fraud investigators to figure out if a breach...

  • Obama commemorates 45 years since man first walked on the moon with Apollo 11 representatives
    Jul 22, 2014 10:25 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House. President Barack Obama met with representatives of the Apollo 11 mission in the Oval Office Tuesday morning. Apollo 11 landed on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon, died two years ago. Armstrong's fellow crew members, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, were among those who met with Obama, along with Armstrong's...

  • 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' virtual reality experience coming to Comic-Con
    Jul 22, 2014 9:42 AM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X. 20th Century Fox has created an "X-Men"-themed virtual reality stunt especially for the pop-culture convention, which kicks off Thursday in San Diego. The interactive digital experience utilizes the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, which is not yet available to consumers, to simulate the fictional Cerebro technology used to track down mutants by the character portrayed by Patrick...

  • Verizon 2Q profit increases 93 percent thanks to Vodafone deal, tops forecast
    Jul 22, 2014 7:54 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon reported Tuesday that its second-quarter earnings nearly doubled after it secured full ownership of Verizon Wireless. Profit jumped to $4.32 billion from $2.25 billion, or 78 cents per share. Net income per share grew, but at a lower rate, to $1.01 per share from 78 cents per share. That's because Verizon issued shares in February to pay Vodafone Group PLC shareholders for their share of Verizon Wireless. Adjusted for non-recurring gains, chiefly from the sale of spectrum...

  • Yahoo expands mobile toolkit with acquisition of Flurry's app analytics, ad campaign designer
    Jul 21, 2014 6:08 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo is buying Flurry Inc., a startup that helps other programmers build better mobile applications and craft marketing campaigns for smartphones and tablets. The deal announced Monday is the latest in a wave of mostly small acquisitions that Yahoo Inc. has made during the two-year reign of CEO Marissa Mayer as the company's tries to attract more traffic on mobile devices. The shopping spree hasn't yet provided Yahoo with the means to boost its revenue growth at a time more advertising...

  • Netflix's 2nd-quarter earnings more than double as video service hits 50 million subscribers
    Jul 21, 2014 5:40 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix's second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from a hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time. The gains announced Monday include an additional 570,000 U.S. subscribers, slightly more than Netflix's management predicted. The quarter is typically the company's slowest of the year, as people spend more time outdoors instead of watching video. Investors applauded the second-quarter results,...

  • Officials cite software glitches as reason for yanking DCGS-A from network testing exercise
    Jul 21, 2014 3:27 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network from a major testing exercise this fall because of software glitches, in the latest setback for the troubled system. The decision, laid out in a July 15 memorandum obtained by The Associated Press, stands in contrast to the Army's upbeat public statements about the Distributed Common Ground System. DCGS-A (pronounced Dee-Sigs-Ay) is a network of software, sensors and databases that is intended to allow troops to process...

  • Taking page from Apple, Microsoft aims to design sleek, easy to use, desirable products
    Jul 21, 2014 2:16 PM CDT

    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft's Surface tablet, he designed food — or "food concepts," he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that can be pulled with two fingers from a car cup holder base; and a fork that squeezes out sauce. Though none of these ideas made it into production, the principles behind them can be applied to computing devices that fit into busy lives,...

  • Verizon Wireless launches rewards program, requires location tracking for ad-targeting
    Jul 21, 2014 10:12 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests. Verizon is the first wireless carrier to roll out a comprehensive rewards program, and it's expecting big benefits from it. The program has already been offered for a few months in some states....

  • Verizon raises FiOS upload speeds to match downloads, exploiting tech advantage over cable
    Jul 21, 2014 9:47 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is boosting the upload speeds of nearly all its FiOS connections to match the download speeds, vastly shortening the time it takes for subscribers to send videos and back up their files online. Starting Monday, all new subscribers will get "symmetrical" connections. The cheapest plan will deliver 25 megabits per second up and down, an increase from 15 megabits down and 5 megabits up. Current subscribers will see their upload speeds raised over the coming months, product...

  • US developing its case that Ukraine separatists downed passenger plane, with Russian help
    Jul 21, 2014 2:11 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site. "A buildup of extraordinary circumstantial evidence ... it's powerful here," said Secretary of State John Kerry, a former prosecutor, and it holds Russian-supported rebels in eastern Ukraine responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, with the Kremlin...

  • US tries to make case that Ukraine separatists downed passenger plane, with Russian complicity
    Jul 20, 2014 7:43 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site. "A buildup of extraordinary circumstantial evidence ... it's powerful here," said Secretary of State John Kerry, a former prosecutor, and it holds Russian-supported rebels in eastern Ukraine responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, with the Kremlin...

  • Lack of radar could have prevented missile operators from realizing target was a jetliner
    Jul 19, 2014 3:35 PM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday. American officials said Friday that they believe the Boeing 777 was brought down by an SA-11 missile fired from an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power said the Russians might have provided technical help to...

  • Experts: NY murder case may be an example of how social media feeds into Munchausen by proxy
    Jul 19, 2014 1:30 PM CDT

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Experts say the case of a mother accused of poisoning her 5-year-old son to death with salt appears be an example of how social media feeds into Munchausen by proxy, a disorder in which caretakers purposely harm children and then bask in the attention and sympathy. Lacey Spears, of Scottsville, Kentucky, has pleaded not guilty to charges of depraved murder and manslaughter in the January death of her son, Garnett-Paul Spears, whose sodium levels rose to an extremely dangerous...

  • IRS says it destroyed crashed computer hard drive that lost emails in tea party probe
    Jul 18, 2014 4:09 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS said Friday that Lois Lerner's computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago, ending any chance of retrieving her lost emails. In court papers, the IRS said the hard drive was destroyed after two sets of trained technicians tried to retrieve the data. The tax agency said it was standard procedure to destroy old data storage equipment that may have contained confidential taxpayer information. The IRS says Lerner's computer crashed in 2011, destroying an untold number...

  • Review: New Amazon service offers unlimited e-books, but pricey given limited selection
    Jul 18, 2014 2:51 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's new "unlimited" e-book service lets you read 600,000 books. That sounds like more than you'll ever read, but I found myself struggling to find the books I wanted. It turns out that the library of 600,000 is bit like a small bookstore with a few current titles such as "The Hunger Games," attached to a block-sized bargain bin of obscure stuff mixed with "Robinson Crusoe" and other classics that are in the public domain and available for free online anyway. Startups Scribd...

  • How Amazon's Kindle Unlimited e-book service compares with rivals Scribd, Oyster
    Jul 18, 2014 2:25 PM CDT

    Amazon is the latest — and largest — company to offer unlimited e-books for a monthly fee. Here's how Kindle Unlimited, which Amazon announced Friday, compares with rivals Scribd and Oyster. PRICE: Kindle costs $9.99 a month, while Oyster costs $9.95 and Scribd $8.99. All three offer the first month free. SELECTION: Kindle has the largest number of titles, with more than 600,000, compared with Oyster's 500,000 and Scribd's 400,000. However, only Oyster and Scribd have books from two of the largest...

  • Amazon rolls out service that gives users unlimited reading, listening on Kindle devices
    Jul 18, 2014 12:04 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to attract more users. The largest U.S. e-commerce site said Friday that the Kindle Unlimited service will give users the ability to read as much as they want from more than 600,000 Kindle titles such as "The Hunger Games" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid." They can also listen as much as they like to thousands...

  • Correction: Apple-Board story
    Jul 18, 2014 12:02 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story July 17 about the retirement of longtime Apple Inc. director Bill Campbell, The Associated Press reported erroneously that late Apple CEO Steve Jobs had battled prostate cancer. Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A corrected version of the story is below: Longtime Apple director steps down from board Former Steve Jobs confidant leaves Apple's board, replaced by BlackRock founding partner By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One...

  • Chlorine chicken fears sour US-EU free trade talks in deadlock likely to mean years of delay
    Jul 18, 2014 9:58 AM CDT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Visions of chlorine-drenched chickens and the prospect of genetically modified "Frankenfood" invading dinner tables across the European Union are proving serious impediments to the signing of a sweeping free trade agreement between the United States and the 28-country bloc. Optimism that negotiations, which marked their first-year anniversary this week, would lead to a deal to create a trading bloc of 800 million people representing around half the world's economic output have...

  • Discontinued Nokia X phones suffered from improvements in Microsoft system, lack of identity
    Jul 18, 2014 6:55 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each. As a result, the devices didn't become a runaway hit as Nokia's low-cost answer to serving emerging markets. Nokia X phones were devised to be a gateway to the company's pricier Lumia phones. The operating system that runs the phones was to blend the core technology found in Google's Android system with services and designs found in Microsoft's own Windows...

  • Pope demands justice for Argentina bombing of Jewish center in smartphone video shot by friend
    Jul 17, 2014 9:07 PM CDT

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Pope Francis is demanding justice for the victims of Argentina's worst terrorist attack, using what is increasingly becoming his signature way of communicating: an amateur smartphone video message, recorded on the fly by a visiting friend in the comfort of Francis' Vatican hotel room. To be aired Friday during the official commemoration of the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people, the video is the latest evidence that Francis...

  • It's new home 'a long time in the making,' the 49ers open their opulent stadium in Santa Clara
    Jul 17, 2014 7:09 PM CDT

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York got a little teary on his drive to Levi's Stadium on Thursday. His voice cracked while talking about taking his young son to games at the stadium for years to come. Others had a different reaction upon walking into the building: Wow! With confetti streaming down under a blue sky, the 49ers officially opened the $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara with a ribbon-cutting ceremony complete with all the opulence of their new home. NFL Commissioner...

  • Google delivers another mixed bag in 2nd quarter as earnings disappoint while revenue surges
    Jul 17, 2014 6:38 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's earnings rose modestly in the second quarter as the Internet company's expensive ambitions devoured most of a surprisingly strong gain in revenue. The report released Thursday also showed that Google's advertising prices are still dropping to extend a nearly three-year slump. Meanwhile, the company's expenses are steadily rising as it hires more workers, promotes products and ventures into new technological frontiers such as Internet-connected eyewear, driverless...

  • Hewlett-Packard CEO Whitman takes over after interim chairman resigns for health reasons
    Jul 17, 2014 6:01 PM CDT

    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is assuming the title of chairman after the departure of interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, who resigned to deal with health issues. HP has split the roles of chairman and CEO since Mark Hurd resigned as CEO in 2010. The company has faced shareholder displeasure over a series of missteps and slumping sales. Whitworth, an activist shareholder, was named to the company's board to placate investors. Whitworth announced his resignation on Tuesday....

  • Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs, largest layoff in company history, in pivot away from hardware
    Jul 17, 2014 4:56 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO's sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor's drive for the company to make its own devices. Although some cuts had been expected ever since Microsoft acquired Nokia's mobile-device unit, the number amounted to 14 percent of the Microsoft workforce — about twice what analysts had estimated. The cuts will include some 12,500 jobs associated...

  • Facebook tests 'Buy' button to help businesses drive sales through the social media site
    Jul 17, 2014 4:02 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world's biggest online social network. The company said in a statement Thursday that the button will let people buy products directly from businesses without leaving Facebook. A "Buy" button appears at the bottom of sponsored ads and is being tested by a limited group of several small- and medium-sized U.S. businesses. The move comes as Facebook continues to grow its advertising...

  • New York regulators propose regulations for bitcoin, other virtual currencies
    Jul 17, 2014 3:25 PM CDT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State regulators trying to curb money laundering and safeguard investors on Thursday proposed a special set of rules for firms involved in trading and storing virtual currencies. New York is the first state to propose issuing separate regulations for virtual currencies, demonstrating the importance regulators attach to the fledgling field. New York City is home to several startups dealing in bitcoin, the most popular virtual currency, and some Wall Street firms are edging into...

  • Memo from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announcing up to 18,000 job cuts over next year
    Jul 17, 2014 11:18 AM CDT

    Microsoft announced Thursday that it will cut up to 18,000 jobs, or about 14 percent of its staff. CEO Satya Nadella, who took the job in February, delivered the news to staff in a memo that Microsoft released publicly. Here's the text of that memo: From: Satya Nadella To: All Employees Date: July 17, 2014 at 5:00 a.m. PT Subject: Starting to Evolve Our Organization and Culture Last week in my email to you I synthesized our strategic direction as a productivity and platform company. Having...

  • Memo from Microsoft exec Stephen Elop announcing up to 18,000 job cuts over next year
    Jul 17, 2014 11:17 AM CDT

    Microsoft Executive Vice President Stephen Elop sent employees of the company's devices business a memo detailing its job cut plans. Microsoft said it would cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, with about 12,500 related to Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's phone business in April. Elop was Nokia's CEO before the acquisition. Here's his memo. Hello there, Microsoft's strategy is focused on productivity and our desire to help people "do more." As the Microsoft Devices Group, our role is to...

  • This week's top 10 paid and free apps for iPhone and iPad on the App Store
    Jul 17, 2014 11:08 AM CDT

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending July 14, 2014: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 2. Minecraft - Pocket Edition, Mojang 3. Afterlight, Afterlight Collective, Inc 4. Monument Valley, ustwo 5. 7 Minute Workout Challenge, Fitness Guide Inc 6. Blek, Denis Mikan 7. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. 8. Geometry Dash, Robert Topala 9.Stickman Soccer 2014, Robert Szeleney 10. THE GAME OF LIFE Classic Edition, Electronic Arts Top Free iPhone Apps: 1. Guess The Emoji,...

  • Japan OKs export of missile system parts to US, joint air-to-air missile research with Britain
    Jul 17, 2014 10:31 AM CDT

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan has approved the export of a locally-made component for a missile defense system to the U.S. and is launching joint research with Britain on air-to-air missile technology for fighter jets. The approval late Thursday marks the first defense technology transfer since Japan eased military export rules in April. The policy change reverses Japan's 1967 self-imposed ban on arms exports under its war-renouncing constitution. It comes as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government wants...

  • On a roll with hybrid success, Toyota gambles on futuristic fuel cell car running on hydrogen
    Jul 17, 2014 5:09 AM CDT

    TOKYO (AP) — Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker. Buoyed by its success with electric-gasoline hybrid vehicles, Toyota is betting that drivers will embrace hydrogen fuel cells, an even cleaner technology that runs on the energy created by an electrochemical reaction when oxygen in the air combines with hydrogen stored as fuel. Unlike internal combustion engines which...

  • Digital afterlife: Fate of your email, other accounts when you die a matter of debate
    Jul 17, 2014 2:29 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Should your emails, web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters? A leading group of lawyers says that families should immediately get access to everything online unless otherwise specified in a will. They are urging state lawmakers to enact their proposal so loved ones don't get shut out as American lives move increasingly online. "Our email accounts are our filing...

  • Scientists transplant gene into pigs' hearts to create biological pacemaker, no battery needed
    Jul 16, 2014 6:55 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat. The study, published Wednesday, is one step toward developing an alternative to electronic pacemakers that are implanted into 300,000 Americans a year. "There are people who desperately need a pacemaker but can't get one safely," said Dr. Eduardo Marban, director of the...

  • Digital afterlife: What happens to your email, other accounts when you die and don't specify?
    Jul 16, 2014 6:06 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — You've probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online? Grieving relatives might want access for sentimental reasons, or to settle financial issues. But do you want your mom reading your exchanges on an online dating profile or a spouse going through every email? The Uniform Law Commission, whose members are appointed by state governments to help standardize state laws,...

  • Bitcoin 'mining pool' promises to avoid majority control, a threat to currency
    Jul 16, 2014 5:38 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The largest group of bitcoin miners, which maintains and processes transactions in the digital currency, is promising to avoid majority control of the currency as a temporary measure to maintain the payment system's credibility. Mining pool GHash.IO, which is controlled by a British company, CEX.IO Ltd., said Tuesday that it would not amass more than 40 percent of the processing power of the bitcoin system. Earlier this summer, it briefly exceeded 50 percent. Miners operate the...

  • EBay 2Q profit rises on PayPal growth; eBay e-commerce unit hampered by cyberattack
    Jul 16, 2014 5:14 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — EBay said Wednesday that its second-quarter net income rose 6 percent, as strong growth from its PayPal payments business offset lower-than-expected revenue that was hampered by a global password reset after a cyberattack. Investors had been expecting muted results and shares rose slightly in aftermarket trading, even though the company lowered its sales guidance for the year. PayPal, which eBay bought for $1.3 billion in late 2002, gained 4 million new active registered accounts...

  • Attorney: Woman charged in Google executive's overdose death had no reason to kill him
    Jul 16, 2014 5:05 PM CDT

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A woman accused by police of being a high-priced prostitute and abandoning a Google executive after shooting him up with a fatal dose of heroin would never have wanted him to die because he was paying her well, a defense attorney said Wednesday. "There was no intent to harm or injure Mr. Hayes," said Larry Biggam, whose Santa Cruz firm has been appointed to represent defendant Alix Tichelman. "Why would she? He was a lucrative source of income to her." As her parents...

  • Fox bid for Time Warner sets off race to consolidate among media companies
    Jul 16, 2014 4:56 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even though Rupert Murdoch's $76 billion bid for rival media giant Time Warner Inc. has been rejected, that doesn't mean how you watch TV shows and movies will stop changing any time soon. The cash-and-stock bid by Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. was partly meant to counter consolidation among TV distributors like Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV. The more must-have channels like HBO and Fox News Channel are assembled under one company, the stronger that...

  • A look at Time Warner and Twenty-First Century Fox's media assets
    Jul 16, 2014 4:54 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Combining Time Warner and Fox would result in one media and entertainment juggernaut, bringing together such TV channels as HBO and Fox News Channel and two major production companies whose franchises include "Batman," ''Harry Potter" and "Avatar." Although Time Warner Inc. said Wednesday that it rejected last month's takeover bid from Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., a person familiar with the matter said that Fox Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch is determined, but disciplined, in...

  • Father's heartbreaking Internet plea for picture of daughter touches off overwhelming response
    Jul 16, 2014 4:44 PM CDT

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Just days after his infant daughter's death, Nathen Steffel asked strangers on the Internet for only one thing: He and his wife wanted a photo of their daughter without the breathing tubes and tape that masked her little face. The response has been overwhelming. Hundreds of photos, sketches and paintings have poured into the family's northwestern Ohio home and their inbox. "I'm getting messages in languages from all over the world," Steffel said Wednesday. "It's more than...

  • Seattle taxi drivers hit charm class to improve customer service in response to competition
    Jul 16, 2014 4:15 PM CDT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Some Seattle-area taxi drivers are trying charm school as a way to improve their customer service and fight off competition from other ride services. KOMO-TV reports (http://is.gd/SrJwlW ) about 130 drivers from Yellow Cab sat in a classroom Tuesday to listen to hospitality management instructors from South Seattle College. The four-hour program focused on connecting with customers, leaving a good impression and dealing with complaints productively. One of the region's major cab...

  • Dow reaches another record following earnings, deal news; Time Warner soars on Murdoch bid
    Jul 16, 2014 4:01 PM CDT

    Major stock indexes rebounded Wednesday, finishing higher for the third time in four days and lifting the Dow Jones industrial average to its second record close this month. Investors had lots of market-moving news to consider, including encouraging corporate earnings from Intel, a higher profit forecast from hospital operator HCA Holdings and a pickup in U.S. homebuilders' confidence. Trading appeared to get the biggest jolt from the latest batch of corporate deal news. Investors drove Time...

  • Medical records-access company that faced criticism from Native Hawaiians settles on new name
    Jul 16, 2014 3:26 PM CDT

    HONOLULU (AP) — A company aiming to provide easier access to sexually transmitted disease test results and other medical records announced a new name on Wednesday after facing protests by Native Hawaiians for using the word hula. The Los Angeles-based company will now be called Healthvana Inc., founder and CEO Ramin Bastani said. The previous name Hula drew complaints that it was culturally insensitive. An online petition asking Bastani to change the name argued that it exploited a sacred cultural...

  • Apple to pay $400 million to settle e-book price-fixing case unless company prevails in appeal
    Jul 16, 2014 3:10 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple will refund up to $400 million to consumers ensnared in a plot to raise the prices of digital books unless the company gets a court to overturn a decision affirming its pivotal role in the collusion. The settlement bill emerged in a Wednesday court filing made a month after attorneys suing Apple notified U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in New York that an agreement had been reached to avoid a trial over the issue. Lawsuits filed on behalf of digital book buyers had...

  • Shares of BlackBerry lower after Apple, IBM announce business app partnership
    Jul 16, 2014 2:33 PM CDT

    TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry shares dropped Wednesday after details emerged of a partnership between two of the world's biggest technology companies — Apple and IBM — aimed at business customers. IBM Corp. will be creating more business-themed applications for iPhones and iPads. IBM and Apple Inc. said late Tuesday that the apps are expected to be released this fall. The more than 100 IBM apps will cater to specific industries, like retail and health care. The partnership comes as BlackBerry is...

  • Visa launches new online checkout service that eliminates typing in card numbers
    Jul 16, 2014 1:52 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Payment processor Visa is launching a new service called Visa Checkout that eliminates a few steps in online payment. The company and its retailing partners, including Neiman Marcus, Pizza Hut, Staples and others, hope a quicker payout will lead to fewer abandoned shopping carts online. As more customers shop on smaller screens like smartphones and tablets, the hassle of entering in credit card numbers and billing addresses is becoming a sticking point and payment processors have...

  • Review: Ways to stay organized, keep gadgets charged as you travel
    Jul 16, 2014 1:28 PM CDT

    DENVER (AP) — Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out. But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment? Do you know where you're going? In my travels, I've come across a number of products and services worth bringing along: — KEEPING YOUR GADGETS CHARGED: Duh. You'll need not only the charging cord, but also the unit for plugging into the wall outlet. Bring a power strip, too, if you're sharing a...

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