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  • Yahoo stock falls after Alibaba IPO, amid uncertainty over future of Silicon Valley pioneer
    Sep 22, 2014 4:15 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo may be losing some appeal on Wall Street now that U.S. investors can buy directly into Alibaba. Yahoo's stock fell Monday as investors grappled with uncertainty about CEO Marissa Mayer's efforts to turn around the struggling Silicon Valley company. The sell-off came even though Yahoo reaped more than $9 billion last week from selling some of its stake in Alibaba, as the Chinese e-commerce company held a record-setting initial public offering of stock. Yahoo has promised...

  • NASA's Maven spacecraft enters Mars orbit; scientists hoping 2nd spacecraft will join it soon
    Sep 22, 2014 3:20 PM CDT

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Next up, India. With NASA's Maven spacecraft safely in orbit around Mars, the spotlight shifts to India's first mission to the red planet. The Indian spacecraft is due to slip into Martian orbit Tuesday night (Wednesday morning in India.) It's India's first interplanetary mission, and no nation has been fully successful getting to the red planet on its first try. There have been more than three dozen attempts, and more than half of them have failed. So U.S. scientists...

  • SpaceX founder Musk says company to spend $100M on rocket launch site at South Texas beach
    Sep 22, 2014 2:40 PM CDT

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The commercial rocket launches that could begin as early as 2016 in the southernmost tip of Texas will be a critical step toward one day establishing a human presence on Mars, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Monday. With waves from the Gulf of Mexico crashing just over the dunes and crabs skittering around a tent erected for the groundbreaking, Musk said he expects SpaceX to invest $100 million in the world's first commercial orbital spaceport during the next three...

  • A Closer Look: Ways to hide or secure sensitive photos, data on phones
    Sep 22, 2014 2:06 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple got a lot of attention last week when it released a new privacy policy along with a declaration that police can't get to your password-protected data. Essentially, your photos, messages and other documents are automatically encrypted when you set up a passcode, with or without a fingerprint ID to unlock the phone. Apple says it cannot bypass that passcode, even if law enforcement asks. Google says it will also encrypt data by default in an upcoming Android update. The option...

  • Video game company deploys Rudy Giuliani to fight lawsuit filed by ex-dictator Manuel Noriega
    Sep 22, 2014 11:37 AM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining a video game company's legal fight against disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, who is suing Activision over his inclusion in one of its popular "Call of Duty" games. Activision Blizzard Inc. announced Monday that Giuliani and his firm will ask a Los Angeles judge to dismiss Noriega's lawsuit, which claims his likeness was used without permission in 2012's"Call of Duty: Black Ops II." Giuiliani told The Associated...

  • Apple says it sold 10 million new iPhone 6, 6 Plus models in first weekend after launch
    Sep 22, 2014 9:45 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models. The iPhone is available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the U.K. It will go on sale in 20 more countries on Sept. 26 and others by the end of the year. CEO Tim Cook said Monday that demand...

  • Civil engineers group calls for a national strategy on mitigating floods
    Sep 22, 2014 9:16 AM CDT

    An organization of civil engineers is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. The American Society of Civil Engineers released its recommendations Monday during a conference on water issues in Philadelphia. The group is calling for Congress and the Obama Administration to develop a sustainable way to pay for infrastructure maintenance and updates to help manage floods. It also wants more...

  • Naver says Line messenger app will not seek initial public offering in 2014
    Sep 22, 2014 5:54 AM CDT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean Internet company Naver Corp. said Monday its popular Line instant messaging app won't go public on a stock exchange this year. Naver, which is Line's parent company, said in a regulatory filing that Line Corp. had ruled out going public in 2014. The filing did not say whether Line will seek an IPO next year. In July, Naver said Line had submitted an IPO application to the Tokyo Stock Exchange and was also considering listing its shares in New York. Naver...

  • Report: After delays, Samsung to launch long-overdue Tizen-based handset in India
    Sep 22, 2014 3:34 AM CDT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co., which faces a slowdown in emerging market smartphone sales, will release its long-delayed Tizen-powered handset in India before the end of this year, a report said Monday. Samsung's first Tizen-based device will be launched in November in India, said Tarun Malik, director of Samsung's Media Solutions Center in Southwest Asia, in an interview with Economic Times. The Tizen mobile platform is Samsung's effort to build its own mobile ecosystem akin...

  • NASA's Maven explorer arrives at Mars after voyage of nearly a year, enters red planet's orbit
    Sep 21, 2014 11:39 PM CDT

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Maven spacecraft arrived at Mars late Sunday after a 442 million-mile journey that began nearly a year ago. The robotic explorer fired its brakes and successfully slipped into orbit around the red planet, officials confirmed. "I think my heart's about ready to start again," said Maven's chief investigator, Bruce Jakosky of the University of Colorado. "All I can say at this point is, 'We're in orbit at Mars, guys!'" Now the real work begins for the $671 million...

  • NASA: Maven explorer arrives at Mars after voyage of nearly a year, enters orbit red planet
    Sep 21, 2014 9:28 PM CDT

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA: Maven explorer arrives at Mars after voyage of nearly a year, enters orbit red planet.

  • Rivers throws 2 TD passes to Royal in leading Chargers to 22-10 win over Bills
    Sep 21, 2014 5:32 PM CDT

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — One week, it's 6-foot-4 tight end Antonio Gates. The next, it's 5-10 wide receiver Eddie Royal. Whether big or small, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers showed he has more than one go-to receiver after efficiently leading San Diego to a 22-10 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. "Philip just opens up everybody," receiver Malcom Floyd said. "We've got all kind of weapons on the field. It's pretty much just picking your poison." A week after throwing three touchdown...

  • Gov. Brown signs into law several bills to boost use of clean air vehicles in California
    Sep 21, 2014 4:50 PM CDT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law several bills designed to boost use of clean-air vehicles in California. One bill signed Sunday allows 15,000 additional electric and partial zero-emissions vehicles, or 70,000 total vehicles, to get green stickers that allow driving in carpool lanes even when solo. Another requires freeway high-occupancy toll lane operators to allow clean air vehicles to drive for free or reduced rates. Such roads exist in Orange and Riverside counties,...

  • Apple's new and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus perform well on durability tests
    Sep 21, 2014 3:52 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's new and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are more durable than last year's model and a leading Android phone, a study says. Apple's iPhone 6, whose screen measures 4.7 inches, did the best across a variety of tests that measures how prone smartphones are to break due to everyday accidents, according to SquareTrade, a company that provides extended protection plans. The iPhone Plus 6, whose screen measures 5.5 inches, wasn't far behind but lost points because it could...

  • As Alibaba goes public in biggest IPO in history, 10 things to know
    Sep 21, 2014 12:19 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — China's e-commerce giant Alibaba began trading its shares Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Here are ten things to know about Alibaba, and why its initial public offering made history: THE BIGGEST: Alibaba raised $21.8 billion in its debut, making it the biggest U.S.-listed IPO in history after the IPO of credit card processing company Visa in 2008. If Alibaba's investment banks were to exercise their option to sell an additional 48 million shares, it could make Alibaba's...

  • Masked men rob security guard picking up cash from Germany's biggest Apple store
    Sep 21, 2014 7:11 AM CDT

    BERLIN (AP) — Police are hunting for a gang that robbed a security guard as he was picking up cash from Germany's biggest Apple's store. Berlin police spokesman Rene Rodemann says three masked men threatened the guard with a firearm Saturday and forced him to hand over a cash container before escaping in a dark sedan. The getaway car was later found burning about a mile away. Rodemann says witnesses claimed to have seen the suspects switch to a white vehicle. Rodemann declined to say how much...

  • Spanish judge indicts 9 persons on suspicion of being linked to massive cyber theft, fraud
    Sep 21, 2014 5:31 AM CDT

    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge charged nine people with fraud Sunday for allegedly participating in the theft of $45 million after a massive hacking of a bank's card payments system. Judge Eloy Velasco of Spain's National Court said the suspects include seven Romanians and two Spaniards, who allegedly fraudulently extracted money from ATM's in February 2013. The judge said there was evidence the suspects belonged to an international criminal organization that also laundered money and took part...

  • SpaceX launches fresh space station supplies, including first 3-D printer bound for orbit
    Sep 21, 2014 2:49 AM CDT

    CAPE CANAVERAL (AP) — A SpaceX cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, carrying the first 3-D printer for astronauts in orbit. In all, the unmanned Dragon capsule is delivering more than 5,000 pounds of space station supplies for NASA. Dragon should reach the space station Tuesday. It's the fifth station shipment for the California-based SpaceX, one of two new commercial winners in the race to start launching Americans again from home soil. The space station was...

  • Oculus unveils new prototype virtual reality headset nicknamed Crescent Bay
    Sep 20, 2014 2:26 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oculus has unveiled a new prototype of its virtual reality headset. However, the VR company still isn't ready to release a consumer edition. The hew headset intended for creators of VR experiences is nicknamed Crescent Bay and features a higher resolution and refresh rate, integrated headphones and 360-degree head tracking. "That was not easy," Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe told the audience Saturday at the company's first-ever developers conference. "It's still not perfect. None...

  • Space station shipment contains 3-D printer; rain forces SpaceX to delay launch to Sunday
    Sep 20, 2014 10:30 AM CDT

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The 3-D printing boom is about to invade space. NASA is sending a 3-D printer to the International Space Station in hopes that astronauts will be able to one day fix their spacecraft by cranking out spare parts on the spot. The printer, made by a Northern California company called Made in Space, is among more than 5,000 pounds of space station cargo that's stuffed into a SpaceX Dragon capsule that was supposed to lift off before dawn Saturday. Rainy weather forced...

  • After Home Depot's data breach, here are 5 ways to protect yourself
    Sep 20, 2014 12:05 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information. Home Depot said Thursday that malicious software lurking in its check-out terminals between April and September affected 56 million debit and credit cards that customers swiped at its stores. Target, Michaels and Neiman Marcus have also been attacked by hackers in the past year. More breaches are likely. The Department of Homeland...

  • Alibaba stock soars in public debut as investors seek way to tap into Chinese middle class
    Sep 19, 2014 11:55 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed nearly 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class. The sharp demand for shares sent the market value of the e-commerce giant soaring well beyond that of Amazon, eBay and even Facebook. The initial public offering was on track to be the world's largest, with the possibility of raising as much as $25 billion....

  • As Alibaba goes public in biggest IPO in history, 10 things to know
    Sep 19, 2014 11:48 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — China's e-commerce giant Alibaba began trading its shares Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Here are ten things to know about Alibaba, and why its initial public offering made history: THE BIGGEST: Alibaba raised $21.8 billion in its debut, making it the biggest U.S.-listed IPO in history after the IPO of credit card processing company Visa in 2008. If Alibaba's investment banks were to exercise their option to sell an additional 48 million shares, it could make Alibaba's...

  • As police scan millions of license plates, civil libertarians question how info is being used
    Sep 19, 2014 5:53 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement. The license plate scanning systems have multiplied across the U.S. over the last decade, funded largely by Homeland Security grants, and judges recently have upheld authorities' rights to keep details from hundreds of millions of scans a...

  • US stock indexes end little changed after Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba debuts
    Sep 19, 2014 4:08 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — With Wall Street focused on the debut of Alibaba Group, the stock market drifted into the weekend and major indexes ended little changed. Investors watched as the Chinese e-commerce giant surged 38 percent Friday, in its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Alibaba gained $25.89 to end at $93.89. By the end of the day, the Standard & Poor's 500 index fell less than a point, a sliver of a percent, to 2,010.40. It finished with its best weekly gain in a month....

  • Alibaba's IPO eases pain of Yahoo's Internet ad woes with another multibillion-dollar payoff
    Sep 19, 2014 3:48 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is making amends for years of blundering with one smart move: an early investment in Alibaba Group that has turned into a multibillion-dollar boon. The latest windfall came with Alibaba's record-setting IPO completed late Thursday, in which the Chinese e-commerce giant raised $25 billion. Alibaba's shares began trading for the first time on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Yahoo is in line to make $8.3 billion to $9.5 billion from the initial public offering,...

  • Oracle, Concur Technologies, Yahoo, Dresser-Rand and Red Hat are big market movers
    Sep 19, 2014 3:40 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 Oracle Corp., down $1.75 to $39.80 The technology company's CEO, Larry Ellison, is stepping down and its financial results and outlook fell short of expectations. Dresser-Rand Group Inc., up $6.88 to $79.91 The industrial equipment company is the target of potential competing buyout offers from Sulzer and Siemens. Red Hat Inc., down $2.73 to $57.93 The...

  • Review: New iPhones aren't first to go large, but they eliminate a big reason to switch
    Sep 19, 2014 12:27 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's easy to dismiss Apple's new iPhones as merely catching up to Android. After all, phones running Google's Android system long have had larger screens. In addition, many Android phones already have the wireless chips that iPhones are getting for making credit card payments without pulling out a card at retail stores. But the new iPhones are a big deal for one simple reason: Only Apple has the advantage of building both the hardware and the software, so iPhones are easier to...

  • California teachers fund pledges to more than double clean energy investments
    Sep 19, 2014 12:16 PM CDT

    The California State Teachers' Retirement System says it plans to increase its investments in clean energy and technology to $3.7 billion, from $1.4 billion, over the next five years. CalSTRS CEO Jack Ehnes says the pension fund is seeing more opportunities in low-carbon projects and technologies. The fund is hoping also to help push for stronger policies aimed at fighting climate change, Ehnes says. If policies are adopted that impose a price on carbon emissions to discourage pollution, the...

  • Alibaba shares rise 36 percent to open at $92.70 in public debut on New York Stock Exchange
    Sep 19, 2014 10:57 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba shares rise 36 percent to open at $92.70 in public debut on New York Stock Exchange .

  • Raunchy fake Twitter account ignites debate over online parody, federal civil-rights lawsuit
    Sep 19, 2014 10:49 AM CDT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Daniel was watching cartoons with one of his sons when he created a spoof Twitter account in the name of the Peoria mayor. Out of boredom, he said, he soon began sending profane messages about sex, drugs and alcohol. Daniel never intended for the fake account to be seen by anyone other than his friends, and it never attracted more than a few dozen followers. But within weeks the raunchy parody led to a police raid of his home and ignited a debate about online satire, free speech...

  • Alibaba's mega IPO caps unlikely success story for charismatic Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma
    Sep 19, 2014 1:49 AM CDT

    HONG KONG (AP) — When Jack Ma founded Alibaba 15 years ago he insisted the e-commerce venture should see itself as competing against Silicon Valley, not other Chinese companies. That bold ambition from a time when China was still a corporate backwater has been vindicated this week by Alibaba completing a mammoth sale of shares to investors in the U.S. and elsewhere. Charismatic by the gray standards of Chinese CEOs, the elfin Ma is nicknamed "Crazy Jack" and is seen as China's version of Steve...

  • Orders for Samsung Note 4 phone begin Friday, same day new iPhones go on sale
    Sep 18, 2014 11:00 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung says U.S. wireless carriers will start taking orders for its large-screen Galaxy Note 4 smartphone on the same day larger iPhones go on sale. The Note 4 will be available on Oct. 17. Orders will be taken beginning Friday. It has a screen measuring 5.7 inches diagonally, slightly larger than the 5.5 inches on Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus. The regular iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen. Unlike the iPhone, Samsung's Note phones come with a stylus for note taking. The Note runs Google's...

  • Home Depot says data breach affected 56 million debit and credit cards, malware eliminated
    Sep 18, 2014 9:25 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot said Thursday that a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada affected 56 million debit and credit cards, far more than a pre-Christmas 2013 attack on Target customers. The size of the theft at Home Depot trails only that of TJX Companies' heist of 90 million records disclosed in 2007. Target's breach compromised 40 million credit and debit cards. Home Depot, the nation's largest home improvement retailer, said that the malware used in...

  • Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison ends 37-year reign as CEO, turns over job to top lieutenants
    Sep 18, 2014 6:48 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world's best-known technology companies. With the changing of the guard announced Thursday, Ellison will be handing over his job to his two top lieutenants, Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, who become co-CEOs. Ellison, 70, intends to still play an influential...

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants more students to explore careers in technology, computers
    Sep 18, 2014 6:28 PM CDT

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies — and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company. Zuckerberg told students Thursday at Redwood City's Sequoia High School that understanding technology and computers "is going to be really critical to having a lot of options and doing what you want." The Facebook founder said the jobs of the future will be very different from today's jobs — and young...

  • Apple tightens security so company can't pry into password-protected iPhones, iPads
    Sep 18, 2014 6:24 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices. The additional safeguard is part of Apple's latest mobile software, iOS 8, which the Cupertino, California, company released Wednesday. Apple Inc. revealed the stronger protection in a new section of its website that is prefaced with a...

  • SAP will buy travel and expense management software maker Concur for $7.36B, or $129 per share
    Sep 18, 2014 5:37 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — German business software maker SAP said it will buy travel and expense management software company Concur Technologies for $129 per share, or about $7.36 billion. That's a premium of 19.7 percent to Concur's closing price on Thursday. SAP AG values the deal at $8.3 billion. It said Thursday the acquisition should close in the fourth quarter of 2014 or the first quarter of 2015, assuming Concur shareholders approve the sale. SAP says Concur has 25 million users in 150 countries....

  • Bio Box: Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison steps down
    Sep 18, 2014 5:00 PM CDT

    NAME: Larry Ellison AGE: 70 (born Aug. 17, 1944) CAREER: Started Oracle Corp. with $1,200 of his own money in 1977 and built it into a business software powerhouse. EDUCATION: Dropped out of college in 1966 after attending on and off for two years. HOMETOWN: Born in New York, grew up in Chicago. LIVES IN: Woodside, California. WEALTH: Ellison is the world's fifth richest person according to Forbes, with a net worth of $51.3 billion. HOBBIES: Drives fancy cars, flies his own jet, races yachts....

  • Alibaba prices IPO at $68 per share, valuing company at $167.6 billion
    Sep 18, 2014 4:42 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba prices IPO at $68 per share, valuing company at $167.6 billion.

  • Questions, answers on potential use of body cameras by US Border Patrol agents
    Sep 18, 2014 4:20 PM CDT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol will begin testing the use of body cameras by agents on Oct. 1 at its training academy in Artesia, New Mexico. The White House has said requiring law enforcement officers to wear cameras could be a way to ease mistrust by the public. WHY BODY CAMERAS? Body cameras — small, lapel- or vest-mounted gadgets that record law enforcement interactions with the public — are gaining attention after the shooting of an unarmed black man last month by police in Ferguson,...

  • Documents: Man tried to get 15-year-old rape victim to kill herself while he watched on webcam
    Sep 18, 2014 2:28 PM CDT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man in prison for raping a girl starting when she was 12 is now charged with trying to persuade her to kill herself by cutting her wrists and taking prescription medication while he watched on a webcam. Michael John Morlan, 21, was out on bail on the rape charges when he spoke with the then-15-year-old girl via Skype last September and told her to commit suicide while he watched to make sure she was doing it right, charging documents said. The girl told investigators...

  • Alibaba, for now an e-commerce powerhouse in China, hints at expansion to US and beyond
    Sep 18, 2014 9:45 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon and eBay should watch their backs. As Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba readies what could be the biggest initial public offering ever on the New York Stock Exchange, it is quietly hinting at plans to expand into the U.S. The company controls nearly 80 percent of all e-commerce in China, and founder and chairman Jack Ma has ambitions that go beyond the country's borders. Earlier this week, at a Hong Kong stop on Alibaba's global tour to meet with potential investors,...

  • Philippine authorities arrest 43 accused of running ring selling cybersex to global clients
    Sep 18, 2014 7:34 AM CDT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities arrested 43 suspected members of a syndicate that runs a lucrative online cybersex operation catering to clients worldwide, officials said Thursday. National Bureau of Investigation agents arrested the 43 men and women and seized 115 computer sets late Wednesday at three locations fronting as Internet cafes in Dinalupihan town in Bataan province west of Manila, the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission said. The syndicate operated a website...

  • Review: Bungie's ambitious 'Destiny' looks gorgeous, but lacks imagination
    Sep 18, 2014 7:03 AM CDT

    Midway through "Destiny," the new science fiction epic from "Halo" creators Bungie, a smug prince is musing on the hero's desire to visit a mysterious site on Mars. "You want to turn it into a battleground," the prince sneers. "How unimaginative." It's exactly the thought that nagged me when I was playing "Destiny" (Activision, for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $59.99). It's an ambitious project for Bungie, creating several gorgeous, radically different worlds to explore....

  • Murdoch's News Corp joins EU antitrust battle, says Google is willing to abuse its dominance
    Sep 18, 2014 7:02 AM CDT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch is joining the fray in Google's protracted European antitrust case, saying the technology company unfairly distorts competition. Robert Thomson, CEO of New York-based News Corp., says in a letter to the EU's antitrust authority that Google is "willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition." He says it systematically diverts users away from relevant search results to its own offerings. Thomson says his...

  • Stock market newcomer Alibaba leads wave of emerging Chinese tech success stories
    Sep 18, 2014 5:04 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — Alibaba Group's U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants in China's state-dominated economy. Until now, Chinese companies that made a splash in global stock markets were state-owned banks and oil companies. But they are big by decree, not because they sell products customers want. By contrast, private sector tech champions such as Lenovo Group in personal computers and search engine Baidu Inc. survived bruising competition to rise to the...

  • Alibaba post-IPO 'partnership' structure helps founder, insiders retain control
    Sep 18, 2014 1:26 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — Control over Alibaba Group will stay in the hands of founder Jack Ma and other company veterans after the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public on the New York Stock Exchange in a record busting share sale. A group of 27 managers dubbed the "Alibaba Partnership" will have the power to nominate a majority of board members, a structure that was unpalatable to Hong Kong's stock market and resulted in Alibaba deciding to list in New York. Alibaba says the arrangement will preserve its...

  • Drag queens dress down Facebook over 'real names' policy
    Sep 17, 2014 11:31 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules. In recent weeks, Facebook has been deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and other performers who use stage names because they did not comply with the social networking site's requirement that users go by their "real names"...

  • Review: Apple devices, apps start to act like one with iOS 8 software update
    Sep 17, 2014 11:31 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The scores of new features in Apple's software update for mobile devices can be boiled down to one word: unity. Many iPhone owners also have iPads and Mac computers, and family members are likely to have Apple devices, too. With the new iOS 8 software for iPhones and iPads, those devices start to act like one. Apps on those devices start to unite, too. Google's Android software can't compete with iOS' evolving unity because so many different companies manufacture Android devices,...

  • Some things to consider on whether to upgrade to iOS 8 now or wait
    Sep 17, 2014 11:23 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's iOS 8 software update for iPhones and iPads is worth getting — but not necessarily right away. Those with an older device, such as an iPhone 4s or an iPad 2, might want to wait to see whether others have difficulties using iOS 8 with slower processors. Some of the new features won't be available on those three-year-old devices anyway. It might be time to get a new phone or tablet instead. Even for newer devices, some apps might not be fully functional at first. Dropbox,...

  • Amazon debuts Kindle Voyage e-reader, updated Fire tablets
    Sep 17, 2014 8:34 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon keeps rolling out the devices. The largest U.S. e-commerce company is introducing two new e-readers and new styles of its Kindle Fire HD tablet as part of a fall lineup of Kindle devices. The new and updated devices come on the heels of Amazon's Fire smartphone launch in June and the launch of a Fire set-top box that allows online video streaming to your TV in April. With the new e-readers Amazon is trying to entice users to join its ecosystem of products and services by...

  • Drag queens dress down Facebook over 'real names' policy
    Sep 17, 2014 7:19 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules. In recent weeks, Facebook has been deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and other performers who use stage names because they did not comply with the social networking site's requirement that users go by their "real names"...

  • Apple iOS 8 software bug affects highly touted health-tracking feature, apps withheld
    Sep 17, 2014 4:55 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A bug in Apple's new iOS 8 software for mobile devices is prompting the company to withhold apps that use a highly touted feature for keeping track of fitness and health data. Apple says it hopes to have HealthKit apps restored to its app store by the end of the month. Affected apps include Carrot Fit, WebMD and AskMD. Apple didn't provide details on what went wrong. The iOS 8 software became available Wednesday. HealthKit is supposed to create a central repository for health...

  • Social media users help police in the search for suspects in beating of gay couple
    Sep 17, 2014 4:22 PM CDT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police searching for a group of people suspected in the beating of a gay couple got an outpouring of help from Twitter and Facebook users, who located a photo of the clean-cut young men and women at a restaurant and helped match names to faces. Attorneys representing a number of those seen in the video notified police they would bring in their clients to tell their side of the story, a police spokesman, Sgt. Eric Gripp, said. He didn't know if any had been interviewed by late...

  • Taxi, limousine operators seeking to stop ride-sharing services from operating in New Mexico
    Sep 17, 2014 3:56 PM CDT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of taxi and limousine operators has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop ride-sharing services from operating in New Mexico. The Public Regulation Commission which regulates taxis and limos previously ruled that Lyft and Uber were in violation of state law. However, the two companies have continued to operate. Unlike traditional taxi businesses, Lyft and Uber use smart-phone programs to connect people seeking rides with people who have cars. The president of Yellow...

  • Senate investigation says China hacked into military contractor networks at least 9 times
    Sep 17, 2014 3:42 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — China's military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and uploading malicious software onto an airline's computers, Senate investigators said Wednesday. A yearlong investigation announced by the Senate Armed Services Committee identified at least 20 break-ins or other unspecified cyber events targeting companies, including nine...

  • NASA's Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend after 10-month, 442 million-mile journey
    Sep 17, 2014 2:22 PM CDT

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mars, get ready for another visitor or two. This weekend, NASA's Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet following a 10-month journey spanning 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer will hit the brakes and slip into Martian orbit Sunday night. "I'm all on pins and needles. This is a critical event," NASA's director of planetary science, Jim Green, said Wednesday. Maven is not designed to land; rather, it will study Mars' upper atmosphere from...

  • 5 things small business owners need to be on top of include health care, Internet security
    Sep 17, 2014 12:09 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet Security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months: HEALTH CARE Small business owners who bought employee health insurance policies before the end of 2013, sidestepping the law's requirements for a year, could pay between 10 percent and 20 percent more when it's time to renew, says Michael Stahl, chief marketing...

  • 'NBA 2K15' video game drafts 3-D face-mapping technology for latest installment
    Sep 17, 2014 11:30 AM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "NBA 2K15" is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new way to put players in the game. The developers of the interactive basketball franchise are adding the option for gamers to digitally graft lifelike 3-D renditions of their faces onto virtual players in the series' latest installment, set for Oct. 7. The process uses the camera for either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One game consoles to create faces for wannabe Kobe Bryants and Kevin Durants. "It's all done using the...

  • Sony forecasts loss of $2.1 billion, cancels dividend after cutting value of mobile business
    Sep 17, 2014 6:22 AM CDT

    TOKYO (AP) — Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its troubled smartphone business. Citing intense competition, especially from Chinese rivals, Sony said Wednesday it anticipates a net loss of 230 billion yen ($2.15 billion) for the fiscal year that ends March 31, 2015. Its previous forecast was for a 50 billion yen ($466 million) net loss. For the first time since going public...

  • Probe: HealthCare.gov website security weaknesses putting personal information at risk
    Sep 16, 2014 5:07 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users' personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investigators have concluded. The Government Accountability Office said the Obama administration must resolve more than 20 specific security issues related to who can get into the system, who can make changes in it and what to do in case the complex network fails. GAO, the investigative arm...

  • Congress says safety agency should have found faulty GM ignition switches in 2007
    Sep 16, 2014 4:49 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Both houses of Congress scolded the nation's highway safety agency Tuesday over its tardy handling of a deadly problem with General Motors cars, questioning whether it is competent to guarantee the safety of increasingly complex vehicles. David Friedman, acting chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, repeatedly defended his agency during a Senate hearing as lawmakers accused him of failing to take responsibility for missing multiple clues that could have...

  • California issues 1st permits to test self-driving cars on public roads; Google has most at 25
    Sep 16, 2014 3:36 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years — but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around. That changed Tuesday, when the agency required self-driving cars to be registered and issued testing permits that let three companies dispatch 29 vehicles onto freeways and into neighborhoods — with a human behind the wheel in case the onboard equipment makes a bad decision. These may...

  • This week's top 10 paid and free apps for iPhone and iPad on the App Store
    Sep 16, 2014 2:21 PM CDT

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending September 15, 2014: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft - Pocket Edition, Mojang 2. Five Nights at Freddy's, Scott Cawthon 3. Goblin Sword, Eleftherios Christodoulatos 4. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 5. Afterlight, Afterlight Collective, Inc 6. Sleep Cycle alarm clock, Northcube AB 7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 8. 7 Minute Workout Challenge, Fitness Guide Inc 9. Buddyman: Kick 2, Crazylion Studios Limited 10. Videoshop - Video Editor, Joseph...

  • A Closer Look: Planning for the afterlife, for your online accounts
    Sep 16, 2014 12:59 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sure, you have a lot to do today — laundry, bills, dinner — but it's never too early to start planning for your digital afterlife, the fate of your numerous online accounts once you shed this mortal coil. Facebook, Google, Twitter and other sites have different policies on dealing with dead users. Some states are also considering laws that would automatically give loved ones access to, though not control of, their dead relative's digital accounts, unless otherwise specified. Unless...

  • APNewBreak: Major Web content filter lifts block on gay advocacy websites
    Sep 16, 2014 12:34 PM CDT

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A popular online safe-search filter is ending its practice of blocking links to mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups for users hoping to avoid obscene sites. For several years, top Web-filtering services have been resolving a security over-reach that conflated gay rights websites with child porn, blocking both from web surfers using safe-search software. Now Symantec, one of a handful of key players in the content-filtering market, is joining the push. Online security...

  • Kremlin-friendly oligarch pays $1.5 billion for full control of popular social media network
    Sep 16, 2014 8:52 AM CDT

    MOSCOW (AP) — A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out $1.5 billion to gain full control of Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte, bringing an end to a months-long dispute that saw the original investors sue each other in court. London-listed Mail.Ru Group said in a statement Tuesday that it now owns the whole of VKontakte following its purchase of a 48 percent stake from investment fund United Capital Partners. Mail.Ru first invested in VKontakte...

  • US researchers explore historic shipwrecks near San Francisco, where 300-plus vessels sank
    Sep 16, 2014 8:33 AM CDT

    GULF OF THE FARALLONES NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY (AP) — Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush. Over the past week, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used a remote-controlled underwater vehicle, equipped with sonar and video cameras, to examine and record the historic shipwrecks. The five-day expedition was part of a long-term...

  • Alibaba increases IPO price range to between $66 and $68 per share from $60 to $66 per share.
    Sep 15, 2014 9:18 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba now plans to raise up to $25.03 billion in its upcoming IPO, making what was expected to be the biggest stock market debut even bigger. The Chinese e-commerce company said it still plans to sell 368.1 million shares, but at $66 to $68 apiece, according to a regulatory filing, instead of its previously set range of $60 to $66 apiece. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has emerged as a hot commodity because of its e-commerce bazaar, a shopping magnet for businesses and consumers...

  • White House says requiring police to wear body cameras could address mistrust after Ferguson
    Sep 15, 2014 8:49 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution for bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of an unarmed black man last month in Ferguson, Missouri. In the days and weeks after 18-year-old Michael Brown's death, more than 150,000 people took to the White House's website to sign a petition urging Obama to create and sign a law requiring all police to...

  • Apple releases special tool to delete free U2 album from iTunes after complaints
    Sep 15, 2014 6:43 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool that lets people remove the album from their collections. U2 played at an Apple event last week that included the unveiling of the iPhone maker's new smartwatch and updated iPhone models. In a surprise move, the Irish rock band performed at the event and put out its 11-song release. Apple...

  • 'SheTaxi' app seeks female drivers for women; concerns include safety and religion
    Sep 15, 2014 5:57 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes a woman can be hard to find — if you're looking for one behind the wheel of a taxi in New York City. Less than 3 percent of the city's about 115,000 licensed taxi, livery and limousine drivers are women, and that can be a problem for women who are reluctant to get into a cab alone with a male driver because of safety concerns or religious and social mores. An app called SheTaxi would locate taxis with a woman behind the wheel in New York City, Westchester County and...

  • Police hoax that targeted celebrities spreads to gamers seeking retaliation against opponents
    Sep 15, 2014 4:30 PM CDT

    DENVER (AP) — The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family. A third caller on New York's Long Island claimed to have killed his mother and threatened to shoot first responders. In each case, SWAT teams dispatched to the scene found no violent criminals or wounded victims — only video game players sitting at their...

  • Purchase of 'Minecraft' maker could help boost Microsoft's mobile reach
    Sep 15, 2014 3:35 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the Lego-like multiplayer game is currently the top paid app for the iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., today's popular hit could be tomorrow's dud. The maker of the much obsessed-over "Candy Crush Saga," for example, rode the game's popularity...

  • Massachusetts court tosses lawsuit to block Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to buyers
    Sep 15, 2014 1:53 PM CDT

    BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to consumers. The Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association had sought to prevent the direct sales, citing a state law designed to block car dealers from abuses by car manufacturers. The Supreme Judicial Court unanimously ruled Monday that the association and two dealers — Herb Connolly Chevrolet and Fisker Norwood — didn't have legal standing...

  • Apple says it had record 4 million iPhone orders on first day, exceeds supply
    Sep 15, 2014 12:16 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be delivered to customers starting Friday and throughout September, but many won't be delivered until October, Apple said. Phones will still be available Friday on a walk-in basis at Apple retail stores and from various wireless carriers and authorized Apple resellers. Apple's website had intermittent...

  • Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane, inspired by Washington experiment
    Sep 15, 2014 8:28 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. But the property manager says it's intended to be ironic — to remind people that it's dangerous to tweet while walking the street. "There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here," said Nong...

  • Broadway comes kicking and screaming into the 21st century, thanks in part to one man
    Sep 15, 2014 8:14 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — When John Travolta shocked theater fans by mangling the pronunciation of Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars, one person saw a gift in the slip — Damian Bazadona. Bazadona, the president and founder of the advertising and marketing firm Situation Interactive, had been hired by Menzel's new show "If/Then" to create some buzz and here it came, one horrible syllable after another. Bazadona and his team, already assembled in a conference room on Oscar night, instantly won the Internet...

  • Kim Dotcom's party may earn New Zealand Parliament seats, but little threat to prime minister
    Sep 15, 2014 7:54 AM CDT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — At a recent political rally in Wellington, indicted Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom jokingly asked members of New Zealand's spy agency to raise their hands. "Please don't worry," he said, to rising laughter and applause. "Even though we are going to shut you down, we will find you guys new jobs." Dotcom has been drawing large, enthusiastic crowds on the campaign trail, even as he fights extradition attempts by the U.S. on racketeering charges over his now-shuttered...

  • Singapore coroner finds American CEO of virtual currency exchange committed suicide
    Sep 15, 2014 7:25 AM CDT

    SINGAPORE (AP) — A Singapore Coroner's Court has found that the American CEO of a virtual currency exchange committed suicide earlier this year in Singapore because of work and personal issues. The death on Feb. 26 of 28-year-old Autumn Radtke triggered media interest because it occurred not long after the high-profile collapse of the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo. The report released Monday said that Radtke was "determined to end her life and had made concerted efforts toward facilitating...

  • Cognizant buying health care IT software company TriZetto for $2.7 billion
    Sep 15, 2014 6:00 AM CDT

    TEANECK, N.J. (AP) — Cognizant will buy the health care software company TriZetto for $2.7 billion in cash. Privately held TriZetto Corp. is based in Englewood, Colorado. The company and its 3,700 workers will join Cognizant's existing health care information technology business, the company said Monday. The information technology consulting and outsourcing company is expecting the acquisition to significantly accelerate its market position. Health care currently makes up about 26 percent of...

  • Danish TDC to buy Norway's Get for $2.2 billion to become region's top entertainment company
    Sep 15, 2014 5:19 AM CDT

    HELSINKI (AP) — Danish TDC telecom group says it plans to acquire Norway's leading cable TV company Get AS, in a deal valued at 13.8 billion kroner ($2.2 billion). TDC says the transaction would provide "considerable synergy opportunities" and will make it Scandinavia's largest communication and home entertainment company with some 1.7 million households in Denmark and Norway. TDC has around 1.2 million TV customers of whom about 500,000 are also broadband customers, while Get serves 500,000...

  • Plastic surgery-obsessed Venezuela hit by scarcity of implants amid widespread shortages
    Sep 14, 2014 11:09 PM CDT

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job. Beauty-obsessed Venezuelans face a scarcity of brand-name breast implants, and women are so desperate that they and their doctors are turning to devices that are the wrong size or made in China, with less rigorous quality standards. Venezuelans once had easy access to implants approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But doctors say they are now all-but impossible...

  • Samsung accuses senior executives from rival LG of vandalizing its washing machines
    Sep 14, 2014 10:18 PM CDT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. has accused senior executives from rival LG Electronics Inc. of vandalizing its washing machines at stores in Germany earlier this month and has asked for an official investigation. In a statement Sunday, Samsung said it had asked the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office to investigate executives from a South Korean company who were seen damaging Samsung washing machines displayed at shopping malls in Berlin. A Samsung spokesman confirmed...

  • From hunter to hunted: The rise and fall of famed treasure sleuth Tommy Thompson
    Sep 14, 2014 7:25 PM CDT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — One of the last times anyone ever saw Tommy Thompson, he was walking on the pool deck of a Florida mansion wearing nothing but eye glasses, leather shoes, black socks and underwear, his brown hair growing wild. It was a far cry from the conquering hero who, almost two decades before, docked a ship in Norfolk, Virginia, loaded with what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history — thousands of pounds of gold that sat on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean...

  • Police: 6 injured in shooting outside Alaska bar; 2 suspects remain at large
    Sep 14, 2014 6:42 PM CDT

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police say six people were injured, one critically, in a shooting outside a bar in Alaska, and the suspects remain at large. A group of family members and friends was outside the Kodiak Bar and Grill in Anchorage at 4:25 a.m. Sunday when one of the family members and the suspects began arguing. Moments later shots were fired. Of the six shot, police said only 20-year-old Jonah Silva suffered a life-threatening wound, a gunshot to his abdomen. The suspects were described...

  • Video posted online shows beheading of British aid worker by Islamic State group in Syria
    Sep 13, 2014 10:05 PM CDT

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as "an act of pure evil." Cameron confirmed Haines' death in a statement after the British Foreign Office had said earlier that it was "working urgently to verify the video." Haines is the third Westerner beheaded in recent weeks by the Islamic State group, which has seized...

  • Court tosses Washington man's child porn conviction, ruling vast computer search was illegal
    Sep 13, 2014 4:55 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has tossed out a man's child-pornography conviction and 18-year prison sentence because of illegal government surveillance. The San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that it was illegal for the U.S. Navy to use a high-powered software program to search private computers throughout the state of Washington for child pornography. The U.S. Department of Justice justified the search by arguing that the Navy investigator was searching...

  • Will Apple Pay be the tipping point to make people switch their wallets for their phones?
    Sep 13, 2014 10:19 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple wants the plastic credit card to become as rare as the paper check. On Tuesday, the company announced Apple Pay, a digital payment system that lets people pay for retail store purchases using their phones rather than cash or credit cards. The service, which will work both with iPhones and Apple's new Watch, is backed by a host of big retailers, along with most major banks and credit card issuers, including Visa, MasterCard and American Express. So-called contactless payment...

  • Tesla Q&A: Tesla's Nevada battery 'gigafactory': who, what, when, where, why?
    Sep 12, 2014 7:29 PM CDT

    SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Now that Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed into law a package of incentives for Tesla Motors worth up to $1.3 billion, the electric-car maker is moving ahead with plans to build a $5 billion lithium battery factory expected to open in 2017 and employ 6,500 workers to make cheaper batteries so it can afford to mass market a new line of more affordable vehicles. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the California-based company and its "gigafactory":...

  • US prosecutors seek tougher laws against those overseas who steal credit card information
    Sep 12, 2014 4:56 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today's digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of federal prosecutors. Justice Department officials are seeking a tougher law to combat overseas credit card trafficking, an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses national boundaries. Authorities say the current statute is too weak because it allows people in other countries...

  • Company headed by Microsoft co-founder sues over World War II-era tank put up for auction
    Sep 12, 2014 4:52 PM CDT

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A company headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco Bay Area over a World War II-era German tank it says it paid $2.5 million for but never received. The Panzer IV tank was part of a fleet of military vehicles amassed by Stanford University-trained engineer Jacques Littlefield, who kept them on his family estate up a winding, forested road above Silicon Valley. After his death, his family turned them over to the Massachusetts-based...

  • Correction: Hewlett-Packard-Russian Bribes story
    Sep 12, 2014 4:37 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Sept. 11 about a guilty plea in a Russian bribery case, The Associated Press reported erroneously the company involved. It was a Russian subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard, not Hewlett-Packard Co. A corrected version of the story is below: HP subsidiary fined $58.7M for bribery of Russian government Hewlett-Packard subsidiary pleads to bribery of Russian government officials, gets $58.7M fine SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Russian subsidiary Hewlett-Packard Co. pleaded guilty...

  • Eyeing the iPhone 6? Here are some options for recouping some of the cost of your old phone
    Sep 12, 2014 1:25 PM CDT

    Apple's latest iPhones begin shipping later this month, a move bound to inspire many fans of the popular smartphone to ditch their current models in favor of the bigger, sleeker iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. It's a ritual familiar by now to most smartphone users. Every couple of years, new models boasting more features and improvements compel users to trade up. Often that means turning in your older phones for a credit from your carrier. But selling your phone online or to companies that buy back...

  • Prosecutors: possibly 40 Dutch victims of man suspected of Amanda Todd cyber harassment
    Sep 12, 2014 11:21 AM CDT

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — A prosecutor says a Dutch man suspected of possessing child pornography and blackmailing and harassing victims over the Internet with naked images of themselves may have victimized up to 40 people in the Netherlands and several dozen in other countries, including the United States and Britain. The 36-year-old suspect, identified under Dutch privacy laws only as Aydin C., did not attend a pretrial hearing Friday. Canada has said it may seek Aydin C.'s extradition in the Amanda...

  • Ford recalls older Escape, Mariner SUVs; coolant pump can fail and cause stalling
    Sep 12, 2014 7:30 AM CDT

    DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling about 74,000 older-model gas-electric hybrid SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a stalling problem. The recall covers Ford Escapes from the 2005 through 2008 model years and Mercury Mariners from 2006 through 2008. The company says the coolant pump for the hybrid system could fail, causing electronics to overheat. That can shut down the engine, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford says in documents filed with government safety regulators that it has no reports...

  • Nevada governor enacts tax break package to bring Tesla's $5 billion battery factory to state
    Sep 12, 2014 4:27 AM CDT

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the Silver State. The "gigafactory" is expected to bring more than 20,000 jobs and $100 billion to Nevada's economy over the next 20 years. It will be the biggest lithium battery factory in the world and is critical to the electric car-maker's plans to...

  • Nevada governor enacts tax break package to bring Tesla's $5 billion battery factory to state
    Sep 12, 2014 4:03 AM CDT

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law Thursday night an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the Silver State. The "gigafactory" is expected to bring more than 20,000 jobs and $100 billion to Nevada's economy over the next 20 years. It will be the biggest lithium battery factory in the world and is critical to the electric car-maker's...

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