Technology

Apple growing cash stash spurs talk of huge acquisition

May 3rd, 2017 | By
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By Michael Liedtke /AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As Apple’s stash of cash grows, so does the possibility that the world’s most valuable company will use some of the money for a huge acquisition that would expand its empire beyond iPhones and other gadgets. The company currently holds more than a quarter-trillion dollars
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Sharers rather than authors more important on social media

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
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By David Bauder/ AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The person who shares a news story on social media is more important than the story’s actual source in determining whether readers believe it, a study by the Media Insight Project has found. In a previous study, consumers said they paid greater heed to where the
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Facebook says its data can’t be used for ‘surveillance’

Mar 13th, 2017 | By
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By Barbara Ortutay/AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is prohibiting developers from using the massive amount of data it collects on users for surveillance. This includes using such data to monitor activists and protesters. The company said Monday that it is making an existing policy “explicit.” Facebook says it has already taken action
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Scientists tweak seat cushion material to clean oil spills

Mar 6th, 2017 | By

By Malcolm Ritter/AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Federal researchers have created a new tool to clean up oil spills by tinkering with the kind of foam found in seat cushions. The modified foam can soak up oil floating on water and lurking below the surface, and then can be repeatedly wrung out and
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SpaceX says it will fly 2 people to moon next year

Feb 27th, 2017 | By

By Marcia Dunn/AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo heyday close to half a century ago. Tech billionaire Elon Musk — the company’s founder and chief executive officer — announced the surprising news barely
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Starbucks launches voice ordering via app, Amazon’s Alexa

Jan 30th, 2017 | By
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SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon’s Alexa is now able to order up a latte. Starbucks says it’s partnering with Amazon’s voice platform to offer what it calls “on command” ordering. Starting Monday, anyone who has an Amazon device with Alexa, like the Echo smart speaker, is able to place a Starbucks order by just using their
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US fights Microsoft’s bid to tell users when feds take data

Jan 23rd, 2017 | By
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By Martha Bellisle/Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department asked a judge Monday to throw out a lawsuit from Microsoft and keep a law that prohibits technology companies from telling customers when the government demands their electronic data. Microsoft says its customers have a constitutional right to know when the government collects their
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Yahoo to change name, trim board if Verizon deal gets done

Jan 9th, 2017 | By
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Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo will adopt a new corporate identity and slash the size of its board if the proposed $4.8 billion sale of its digital services to Verizon Communications goes through. The company plans to change its name to Altaba Inc. after it turns over its email, websites, mobile apps and
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The Latest at CES: ‘Smart stores’ to draw shoppers from web

Jan 3rd, 2017 | By
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Technology may soon change the way you shop in brick-and-mortar stores, not just online. Last month, Amazon unveiled a test store that lets shoppers fill their bags and walk out without seeing a cashier or scanning any items. Many other stores have been experimenting with digital enhancements aimed at luring shoppers
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Quest Diagnostics says 34,000 customer accounts hacked

Dec 12th, 2016 | By

NEW YORK (AP) — Medical laboratory operator Quest Diagnostics Inc. says a hack of an internet application on its network has exposed the personal health information of about 34,000 people. The Madison, New Jersey-based company says “an unauthorized third party” on Nov. 26 gained access to customer information including names, dates of birth, lab results
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