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Zynga founder Pincus leaving operations role

Apr 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Online game maker Zynga's founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer, less than a year after he was replaced as the company's CEO, as the company's sales slide.

Zynga said Wednesday that Pincus will remain chairman of the company he founded in 2007.

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Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock

Apr 23, 2014

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is diverting more of its cash to shareholders and preparing to split its stock for the first time in nine years in an attempt to win back investors fretting about the iPhone maker's slowing growth and pace of innovation.

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Boogeymen and shady deals define spin for Senate

Apr 23, 2014

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight for the Senate majority boils down to boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian — if party operatives' spin is to be believed.

For months, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been unrelenting in his criticism of Charles ...

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Facebook 1Q results soar; CFO to step down

Apr 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's first-quarter earnings and revenue grew sharply, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue.

The social network said Wednesday that it earned $642 million, or 25 cents per share, in the January-March quarter, up from ...

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Amazon snares classic shows in deal with HBO

Apr 23, 2014

By BARBARA ORTUTAY and MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writers

NEW YORK (AP) — Fans of classic HBO shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.

Starting on May 21, Amazon ...

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Microsoft expands ad-free Bing search for schools

Apr 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program, launched in a pilot program earlier this year, is now available to all U.S. schools, public or private, from ...

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Memory Lane: Traveling through time on Google maps

Apr 23, 2014

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Trips down memory lane are now available on Google's digital maps.

The new twist on time travel is debuting Wednesday as part of the "Street View" feature in Google's maps, a navigational tool that attracts more than 1 billion ...

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UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy

Apr 23, 2014

PARIS (AP) — A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare and illiteracy is high.

Paris-based UNESCO says 774 million people worldwide cannot read, and most people in sub-Saharan Africa don't own any books but ...

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Splashy plan for pool in NYC's East River unveiled

Apr 22, 2014

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Forget schlepping to Jones Beach or down the Jersey Shore. A Brooklyn design team said Tuesday that New York's East River could be the next great place for a summer swim.

The backers of the floating Plus Pool — an Olympic-sized structure with ...

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AT&T had strong 1Q on wireless installment plans

Apr 22, 2014

By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T's wireless business had a strong first quarter as the company added more than 1 million subscribers and benefited from an installment plan that permits frequent phone upgrades.

Although customers in the installment plan, called Next,

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Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned

Apr 22, 2014

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.

The high court heard ...

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Attacks on payment systems trail other cybercrimes

Apr 22, 2014

By BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — While the theft of millions of credit card numbers from Target customers last year drew attention to Internet crime, a new study finds that breaches of retail payment systems are less common than other kinds of attacks.

A report from Verizon ...

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Aereo CEO speaks on company, Supreme Court case

Apr 22, 2014

By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Television broadcasters face off at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday with Aereo, a company that offers live TV over the Internet. The case hinges on whether the service constitutes a public performance in violation of copyright law.

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Bloomberg invests $5M in solar-powered lamp

Apr 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation has announced a $5 million investment in an artsy-looking solar-powered lamp designed for use in off-grid populations in Africa.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

It says the lamp, called Little Sun,

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Comcast 1Q earns surge on upbeat NBC results

Apr 22, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Comcast Corp. said Tuesday that its first-quarter net income rose by 30 percent as ad revenue surged at broadcast network NBC, helped by the Winter Olympics in Sochi and Jimmy Fallon's elevation as host of "The Tonight Show."

The results beat Wall Street estimates and its ...

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Netflix poised to raise prices after strong 1Q

Apr 21, 2014

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is preparing a sequel unlikely to be a hit with its subscribers. The Internet video service is about to raise its prices for the first time in three years to help pay for more Internet video programming such as its popular ...

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Gates-funded student data group to shut down

Apr 21, 2014

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The student data processing organization inBloom will shut down in the coming months, its chief executive officer said Monday following criticism that led to the recent loss of the startup's last active client — New York state.

"It wasn't ...

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AT&T explores expansion of super-fast Internet

Apr 21, 2014

By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas.

The service, called GigaPower, has a 1 gigabit per second speed that is about 100 times what U.S. consumers typically ...

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Court to hear dispute over Internet TV broadcasts

Apr 21, 2014

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being.

The battle ...

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NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

Apr 20, 2014

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95.

Houbolt died Tuesday at a nursing home in Scarborough, Maine, of complications from Parkinson's disease, his son-in-law ...

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