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Report: China to declare Qualcomm a monopoly

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.

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Baidu profit up 34 percent as mobile service grows

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.

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Amazon shares fall on 2Q loss

Amazon shares fall on 2Q loss

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.

8 hours ago

Proxy adviser says Sprint CEO was paid too much

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.

8 hours ago

Texas governor's startup fund is not all it seems

Texas governor's startup fund is not all it seems

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.

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Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

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.

13 hours ago

Nokia sees brighter future without handset unit

HELSINKI (AP) — There is life after mobile phones for Nokia.

14 hours ago

LG Electronics says 2Q profit more than doubled

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.

19 hours ago

European Central Bank hit by data theft

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 wer…

20 hours ago

Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

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 n…

July 23, 2014 7:49 pm

Get paid for posts? Social networking's new twist

Get paid for posts? Social networking's new twist

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.

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NYC official: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

NYC official: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

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 …

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Twitter admits to diversity problem in workforce

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.

July 23, 2014 5:34 pm

Cheaper wireless plans cut into AT&T 2Q profit

Cheaper wireless plans cut into AT&T 2Q profit

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.

July 23, 2014 5:32 pm

Facebook 2Q earnings, revenue soar

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, along with its user base.

July 23, 2014 4:27 pm

Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check

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.

July 23, 2014 3:32 pm

Review: Fire phone, an improvement on the familiar

Review: Fire phone, an improvement on the familiar

NEW YORK (AP) — Many of the Amazon Fire phone's features are twists on apps and concepts tried in other devices.

July 23, 2014 10:52 am

4-day Comic Con festival kicks off in San Diego

4-day Comic Con festival kicks off in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza.

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Ultra high definition TVs boost LG Display profit

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.

July 23, 2014 2:51 am

Review: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones

Review: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones

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.

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AP source: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

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.

July 22, 2014 10:10 pm

Review: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones

Review: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones

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.

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Microsoft CEO sees 'bold' plan as 4Q tops Street

Microsoft CEO sees 'bold' plan as 4Q tops Street

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 Bin…

July 22, 2014 6:42 pm

Apple post biggest earnings gain in nearly 2 years

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.

July 22, 2014 5:15 pm

LinkedIn to buy ad tech company Bizo for $175M

NEW YORK (AP) — LinkedIn Corp. is spending $175 million to buy Bizo, a provider of advertising technology and measurement services aimed at professionals.

July 22, 2014 4:44 pm

Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

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.

July 22, 2014 4:31 pm

Target debuts an image-recognition shopping app

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.

July 22, 2014 2:45 pm

Protect yourself from identity theft

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 s…

July 22, 2014 2:20 pm

Comcast 2Q earnings top views on Internet hookups

Comcast 2Q earnings top views on Internet hookups

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.

July 22, 2014 12:46 pm

Goodwill, feds investigate possible data breach

NEW YORK (AP) — Nonprofit organization Goodwill Industries Inc. is working with federal officials to investigate a possible security breach.

July 22, 2014 11:14 am

Obama commemorates moon landing's 45th anniversary

WASHINGTON (AP) — This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House.

July 22, 2014 10:25 am

Verizon 2Q profit rises 93 percent

Verizon 2Q profit rises 93 percent

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon reported Tuesday that its second-quarter earnings nearly doubled after it secured full ownership of Verizon Wireless.

July 22, 2014 7:54 am

Yahoo buying app and analytics company Flurry

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.

July 21, 2014 6:08 pm

Netflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soar

Netflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soar

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.

July 21, 2014 5:40 pm

Microsoft makes design central to its future

Microsoft makes design central to its future

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 chopsti…

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Verizon launches rewards program with tracking

Verizon launches rewards program with tracking

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 tracke…

July 21, 2014 10:12 am

Verizon boosts FiOS uploads to match downloads

Verizon boosts FiOS uploads to match downloads

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.

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Experts: Social media can feed Munchausen by proxy

Experts: Social media can feed Munchausen by proxy

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 chil…

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Review: Amazon unlimited e-book service is limited

Review: Amazon unlimited e-book service is limited

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.

July 18, 2014 2:51 pm

Amazon rolls out 'Netflix-for-books' style service

Amazon rolls out 'Netflix-for-books' style service

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.

July 18, 2014 12:04 pm

Correction: Apple-Board story

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 pancreat…

July 18, 2014 12:02 pm

Axed Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity

Axed Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each.

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Google's 2Q revenue gains eclipse earnings miss

Google's 2Q revenue gains eclipse earnings miss

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.

July 17, 2014 6:38 pm

CEO Whitman takes chairman post at Hewlett-Packard

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.

July 17, 2014 6:01 pm

Microsoft CEO pivots sharply with 18,000 job cut

Microsoft CEO pivots sharply with 18,000 job cut

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 ow…

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Facebook tests 'Buy' button

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.

July 17, 2014 4:02 pm

New York proposes regulations for bitcoin

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.

July 17, 2014 3:25 pm

Japan approves joint missile study, export to US

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.

July 17, 2014 10:31 am

After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

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.

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Should online accounts die when you die?

Should online accounts die when you die?

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?

July 17, 2014 2:29 am
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