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Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

Apr 17, 2014

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.

Called "Nearby Friends," the optional tool will only be available to people who choose ...

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IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump

Apr 16, 2014

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — IBM's first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street's expectations amid an ongoing decline in its hardware business, one that was exasperated by weaker demand in China and emerging markets.

IBM Corp. said Wednesday that it ...

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Google's 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip

Apr 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet company dealt with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire more employees and invest in daring ideas.

The results announced Wednesday fell below analyst projections. Google's ...

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Intel reports lower 1Q net income, higher revenue

Apr 15, 2014

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Intel's earnings fell in the first three months of the year amid a continued slump in the worldwide PC market, but revenue grew slightly because of solid demand for tablet processors and its data center services.

Intel Corp. is the world's ...

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Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment

Apr 15, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A trade group for wireless providers says the country's biggest smartphone makers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the devices to try to deter rampant theft.

CTIA-The Wireless Association announced Tuesday that under a "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary ...

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Twitter buys data analytics partner Gnip

Apr 15, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says it has bought its data partner Gnip, which provides analysis of the more than 500 million tweets its users share each day — to advertisers, academic institutions, politicians and other customers.

Twitter Inc. said Tuesday that Gnip has already played a "crucial role"

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Relativity's last-minute bid for Maker rebuffed

Apr 14, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Relativity Media, a film financier and movie distributor, was rebuffed in a last-minute bid for Maker Studios, the YouTube video creator that agreed to be bought by The Walt Disney Co. last month.

On Sunday, privately held Relativity offered cash and stock worth $525 million for ...

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Google buys drone maker Titan Aerospace

Apr 14, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems.

Financial terms were not disclosed. Google Inc. said Monday that atmospheric satellites could also be used in ...

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Study shows increase in online information thefts

Apr 14, 2014

By BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of Americans who say they've had important personal information stolen online is on the rise, according to a Pew Research Center report released Monday.

According to the survey conducted in January, 18 percent of online adults have had ...

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Netflix's Comcast deal improves quality of video

Apr 14, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in the past 17 months now that Netflix is paying for a more direct connection to Comcast's network.

Data released Monday by Netflix Inc. showed Comcast delivered its video at an average ...

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Once-soaring tech stocks sink in sobering comedown

Apr 11, 2014

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE and BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The stock market's laws of gravity are ravaging its highest fliers.

Just look at the list of technology trailblazers whose values have plummeted from record highs during the past few weeks. Investors have re-focused on ...

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At a Glance: Hot tech stocks tumble

Apr 11, 2014

By The Associated Press

Investors have clipped the wings of high-flying tech stocks in recent weeks, as they re-focus on safer sectors such as utilities, health care and consumer staples. Shares of tech favorites such as Facebook, Netflix and Twitter are 19 percent to 46 percent below their recent ...

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Court reverses conviction of man in iPad data case

Apr 11, 2014

By KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court reversed the conviction of man imprisoned for illegally gaining access to AT&T's servers and stealing the email addresses of more than 100,000 of iPad users, ruling Friday that prosecutors tried him in the wrong state.

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Police: Facebook posts prompted fatal casino fight

Apr 11, 2014

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno, Nev., police say they've arrested a nightclub guard accused of killing a man who posted negative Facebook comments about the lounge's security.

Authorities say they arrested 24-year-old Stefen Johnson on suspicion of second-degree murder Thursday, four months after the man ...

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Sony warns of battery issue in some Vaio laptops

Apr 11, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Sony is advising consumers to quit using some of its VAIO laptop computers and unplug them, saying that it's possible that its non-removable battery pack could overheat.

The company says it's in the process of creating a program to repair or replace the computers, or will refund ...

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Google to sell Glass to bigger pool of consumers

Apr 10, 2014

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A lot more people are about to get a chance to buy Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear that has become the hottest accessory in geek fashion.

Google will sell the "Explorer" version of Glass to any U.S. resident who places an ...

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Researchers using math to whittle away at jet lag

Apr 10, 2014

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it's possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help.

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Amazon's Bezos outlines grocery, drone plans

Apr 10, 2014

By MAE ANDERSON, AP Retail Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders offers a glimpse into Amazon's internal workings and what it is aiming for in the future, including expanded same-day grocery delivery and drone delivery.

In Bezos annual letter to shareholders, he ...

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US Internet ad revenue surpasses broadcast

Apr 10, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, U.S. Internet advertising revenue has surpassed that of broadcast television thanks to sharp growth in mobile and digital video ads.

That's according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which said Thursday that Internet advertising revenue rose ...

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GOP, Dems clash over online domain name oversight

Apr 10, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican opposition to Obama administration plans to spin off U.S. oversight of the Internet's domain name system is evolving into an election-year political fight.

GOP lawmakers say Obama wants to surrender too much leverage over the Internet. They also are using the issue to ...

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