NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market paused Monday, ending on a mixed note, after a string of records in recent weeks.
Investors had little company-specific news to digest and trading was light ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday later this week. Still, the market was hit with broader geopolitical news. The U.S. and other world powers reached a deal Sunday to limit Iran's nuclear program, an event that dragged down oil prices and energy stocks.
7. To spin or not to spin: Does Microsoft need Xbox? - Friday, November 22, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates donned a cool leather jacket when he first introduced the Xbox onstage in 2000. More than a decade later, the video game console is still the hippest brand in Microsoft's portfolio. But as the company begins selling its first new Xbox in eight years on Friday, some critics say Microsoft should spin the gaming unit off. They argue that Xbox distracts management from the company's fast-growing cloud computing business and its effort to catch up to rivals in tablet and smartphone sales.8. Online marketing ideas to enhance holiday sales - Friday, November 22, 2013
December is crunch time for retailers and B2B companies reliant on crucial holiday sales to hit annual sales targets. In fact, Google reports that 70 percent of consumers wait to make holiday purchases until after Thanksgiving, with the majority conducting at least some of that shopping online.9. Altered landscape for Sony, Microsoft consoles - Friday, November 15, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Remember a time before "Angry Birds," the iPad and the iPhone? No?
When Sony and Microsoft last came out with new video game consoles — seven and eight long years, respectively, the companies touted the machines' high-definition graphics, powerful processors and ability to play DVDs, and in Sony's case, Blu-ray discs.10. Governments mining Google for more personal data - Friday, November 15, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has become less likely to comply with government demands for its users' online communications and other activities as authorities in the U.S. and other countries become more aggressive about mining the Internet for personal data.11. Trying to trick Google can kill your Web traffic - Friday, November 15, 2013
Google holds the title of world’s most powerful search engine with comScore reporting an estimated 13 billion searches in July of this year, compared to 3.5 million for its the next largest competitor, Bing.12. Beyond Twitter: The next wave of tech IPOs brews - Friday, November 08, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Just as one high-tech breakthrough often paves the way for the next big thing, technology IPOs move in virtuous cycles, too.
Twitter's scintillating stock market debut punctuated a procession of highly anticipated coming-out parties over the past two-and-half years, providing a springboard for a new generation of rapidly growing startups to make the leap to Wall Street.
13. Motorola unveils budget smartphone, aimed at world - Friday, November 08, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola says it wants to equip the world with the latest smartphone technology, at less than a third the price.
The new Moto G phone starts at $179 in the U.S. without a contract requirement. That compares with $600 or more that people must pay for phones without traditional two-year service agreements.
14. After Twitter's hot IPO, now comes the hard part - Friday, November 08, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter's stock took to its wings in its public debut, closing up more than 70 percent. The day flew by with nary a hitch and gave birth to a new batch of Silicon Valley millionaires — even a few billionaires.15. Twitter set for public stock debut on NYSE - Friday, November 01, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter's public stock debut, set for Thursday morning on the New York Stock Exchange, has been carefully orchestrated to avoid the glitches and eventual letdown that surrounded Facebook's initial public offering 18 months ago.16. Best of the rest in social media and how to use them - Friday, November 08, 2013
With more than 200 major, active social media networks cited by Wikipedia, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the choices available.
Given the considerable amount of time that businesses are investing in social media marketing, it’s vital to focus those efforts on the right networks versus every network.17. Why some experts think Twitter stock is a bargain - Friday, November 01, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Critics dismiss it as a fad. It's tiny next to some rivals. And it loses money.
Yet for all its faults, Twitter has plenty of fans on Wall Street. They say investors should seize the initial public offering this week and grab an early stake in a company that is revolutionizing the way people share experiences and opinions. It's bound to make big money someday.18. What is Google building out in San Francisco Bay? - Friday, November 01, 2013
San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy.
Google is erecting a four-story structure in the heart of the San Francisco Bay but is managing to conceal its purpose by constructing it on docked barges instead of on land, where city building permits and public plans are mandatory. Construction became obvious a few weeks ago.19. Challenges abound for Twitter heading into IPO - Friday, November 01, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter has built a digital town square that's teeming with activity but riddled with financial potholes. Seven years after co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet through the online messaging service, more than 500 million posts are shared each day by everyone from the Dalai Lama to Justin Bieber.20. BlackBerry abandons bid to sell itself, CEO out - Friday, November 01, 2013
TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry abandoned its bid to sell itself on Monday, and announced it will replace its chief executive.
Fairfax Financial, BlackBerry's largest shareholder with a 10 percent stake, said it won't buy the struggling smartphone company and take it private but said that Fairfax and other investors will inject $1 billion as part of a revised investment proposal.
21. Facebook 3Q results fly past expectations - Friday, November 01, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Concerns about Facebook's ability to keep young teens coming back every day spooked some investors, even though the company's latest quarterly results showed continued strength in mobile advertising and beat Wall Street's expectations on all counts.22. Facebook 3Q results fly past expectations - Friday, October 25, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Concerns about Facebook's ability to keep young teens coming back every day spooked some investors, even though the company's latest quarterly results showed continued strength in mobile advertising and beat Wall Street's expectations on all counts.23. Smartwatches abound. But who really wants one? - Friday, October 25, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Computerized wristwatches that display message alerts and weather updates are abound this holiday season: Consumer electronics companies are trying to persuade you to add these smartwatches to your shopping lists.24. Leaving the driving to a computer has big benefits - Friday, October 18, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — In some ways, computers make ideal drivers: They don't drink and then climb behind the wheel. They don't do drugs, get distracted, fall asleep, run red lights or tailgate. And their reaction times are quicker.25. Apple unveils new Macs, iPad ahead of holidays - Friday, October 18, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple unveiled a new, thinner, lighter tablet called the "iPad Air" along with a slew of new Macs ahead of the holiday shopping season.
The company also said that its latest computer operating system, Mavericks, is available free of charge.26. New iPads likely to star in Apple's latest show - Friday, October 18, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is expected to round out its line-up of gadgets for the holiday shopping season with the Tuesday unveiling of its latest iPads.
The San Francisco showcase is likely to feature remodeled versions of Apple's standard-sized iPad with a 10-inch display screen and the iPad Mini with a nearly 8-inch screen. Hewing to its usually tight-lipped ways, Apple Inc. hasn't shared details about what's on the agenda. The Cupertino, Calif. company merely sent out invitations that said, "We still have a lot to cover."27. Report: Venture investments rose 17 pct in 3Q - Friday, October 18, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — A new report says funding for U.S. startups rose in the third quarter from year-ago levels, as venture capitalists poured money into a growing number of fledging software companies.28. Google stock crosses $1,000 mark after earnings - Friday, October 18, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Strong third-quarter results have sent Google's stock past the $1,000 mark for the first time.
Shortly after the markets opened Friday, Google Inc. shares jumped more than 12 percent to $1,007.40 in heavy trading before edging back down to $1,000 later in the morning. The stock had never been higher than $928 in regular market trading since Google went public at $85 per share nine years ago.
29. S&P 500 closes further into record territory - Friday, October 18, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors shifted their focus from politics to profits on Friday and liked what they saw, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index further into record territory.
Two days after Congress struck a last-minute deal to keep the U.S. from a devastating default on its debt, investors were bidding up stocks on surprisingly good profits from companies in industries both old and new.
30. Need motivation? There's an app or gadget for that - Friday, October 11, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Welcome to the measured life. When Tim Davis of Beaver, Pa., tipped the scales at 318 pounds two years ago, he bought a Fitbit gadget to track his physical activity and the Lose It! app on his phone to track calories. 31. Microsoft's phone update to feature driving mode - Friday, October 11, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is updating its Windows software for cellphones to accommodate larger devices and make it easier for motorists to reduce distractions while driving.
It's the third update to Windows Phone 8 software since the system's release a year ago. Devices with this update will start appearing in the coming weeks, and older phones will be eligible for a free upgrade, too.32. Surely me and you can sort out pronoun usage - Friday, October 11, 2013
When it comes to words, I’m a big fan!
I’m pro-noun, and I love verbs. I’m all over prepositions. I’m bonkers for adjectives and dig adverbs deeply. There’s no question I think interrogatives are great … is there? Interjections? Bam!33. Google unveils $279 Chrome laptop made by HP - Friday, October 04, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Google is introducing a $279 laptop that runs its Internet-centric Chrome operating system, borrowing many of the high-end features found in models that cost $1,000 or more.
Hewlett-Packard Co. makes the new HP Chromebook 11. Although its price is in line with most other Chrome OS notebooks, the new model sports many design features found in pricier devices, including the $1,299 Chromebook Pixel.
34. Obama hits GOP 'ideological crusade' in shutdown - Friday, September 27, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress hung "Closed" signs on a big swath of the government Tuesday and sent home 800,000 workers in what President Barack Obama labeled an "ideological crusade" by GOP lawmakers determined to gut his health care law. On Capitol Hill, House Republicans answered with a bid to restart a few favored slices of government, including national parks, while still demanding concessions on health care.35. Strap on your computer, wearable tech taking off - Friday, September 27, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The digital domain is creeping off our desktops and onto our bodies, from music players that match your tunes to your heart beat, to mood sweaters that change color depending on your emotional state — blue for calm, red for angry. There are vacuum shoes that clean the floor while you walk and fitness bracelets, anklets and necklaces to track your calorie burning.36. Tests: New iPhones less durable than iPhone 5 - Friday, September 20, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — As Apple pitches its newest smartphones, users may find something lacking compared with last year's model: They could break more easily.
SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets, tested five smartphones, including Apple's new iPhones, to see if they could withstand drops, dunks and other common hazards. Its finding: The latest models aren't as durable as last year's iPhone 5.37. Music, gaming industries sounds alarm on piracy - Friday, September 13, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The music and movie industries are sounding the alarm again on online piracy, saying illegal downloads are on the rise and search engines like Google aren't doing enough to stop them.38. 6 Internet marketing myths dispelled - Friday, September 20, 2013
We live in a digitally dominated world, and consumers quite often make decisions about brands based solely on their digital presence before ever making direct contact with an actual brand representative. While business owners and marketing professionals alike are beginning to recognize just how important it is to get their digital houses in order, there are still many internet marketing myths to be dispelled.39. Big-business leaders talk tax code at Montana summit - Friday, September 13, 2013
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Max Baucus said Monday that his bipartisan effort to reform the nation's tax code helped attract some of the business world's biggest names to Montana for a conference on creating jobs.40. Some employers see perks of hiring older workers - Friday, September 13, 2013
Older people searching for jobs have long fought back stereotypes that they lack the speed, technology skills and dynamism of younger applicants. But as a wave of baby boomers seeks to stay on the job later in life, some employers are finding older workers are precisely what they need.41. Twitter titillates users, investors with IPO tweet - Friday, September 13, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter, the short messaging service named after chirping birds, is finally ready to migrate to Wall Street.
Fittingly enough, the company resorted to a tweet to titillate its more than 200 million users and a flock of potential investors with its long-awaited plans to pursue an initial public offering of stock.42. Christmas in summer? Gadget makers reveal lineups - Friday, September 06, 2013
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — It's still officially summer, yet major electronic companies have already announced a slew of holiday gift ideas: iPhones of different colors, video game players and a new category of wristwatches designed to mimic the functionality of smartphones.43. Apple's new iPhones simultaneously aim high, low - Friday, September 06, 2013
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — For the first time since introducing the device that has reshaped technology and culture, Apple will offer two distinct versions of its latest iPhones — a cheaper model made of colorful plastic and another one that aims to be "the gold standard of smartphones" with a faster processor, fancier camera and fingerprint scanner for better security.44. Google loses appeal in Street View snooping case - Friday, September 06, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys suing Google for enabling its camera-carrying vehicles to collect emails and Internet passwords while photographing neighborhoods for the search giant's popular "Street View" maps look forward to resuming their case now that a federal appeals court has ruled in their favor.45. Apple expected to expand selection of iPhones - Friday, September 06, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is expected to unveil its latest take on the iPhone Tuesday during an annual ritual that will probably cast a spotlight on the gadget maker's drive to regain market share and its sluggish pace of innovation.46. EU: Google submits new proposals in antitrust case - Friday, September 06, 2013
BRUSSELS (AP) — Google has submitted new proposals to address concerns by Europe's antitrust watchdog that the U.S. internet giant is stifling competition, the European Commission said Monday.
The new concessions offered by Google come two months after the Commission, which acts as the 28-bloc's antitrust authority, rejected the company's initial proposals as insufficient.47. Google argues for right to continue scanning Gmail - Friday, September 06, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys suing Google say the firm violates privacy and takes personal property by electronically scanning the contents of people's Gmail accounts and then targeting ads to them.48. World leaders push big companies to pay more taxes - Friday, September 06, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — It's time to make Google, Apple and other multinational companies pay more taxes. That's the message from President Barack Obama and the leaders of the world's leading economies at a summit ending Friday.49. Samsung unveils smartwatch ahead of rival Apple - Friday, August 30, 2013
BERLIN (AP) — Samsung unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch Wednesday at least weeks ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year's must-have holiday gift.50. Gimme a break: New Android system named 'KitKat' - Friday, August 30, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Gimme a break, Google. Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar.
The tech giant, which is known for nick-naming its Android mobile operating systems for smartphones and tablets after desserts, has for the first time chosen a brand-name candy for its 4.4 version that's expected to launch this fall: Kit Kat.51. Stock market gains are checked by Syria concerns - Friday, August 30, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market logged modest gains Tuesday as renewed worries about a U.S.-led attack on Syria dampened an early rally.
Stocks surged in the opening minutes of trading as worries of an imminent attack on Syria appeared slimmer after President Barack Obama announced over the weekend that he would seek congressional approval for a strike.
52. Microsoft to buy Nokia phones, patents for $7.2B - Friday, August 30, 2013
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to mount a more formidable challenge to Apple Inc. and Google Inc. as more technological tasks get done on mobile devices instead of personal computers.53. Facebook: Governments demanded data on 38K users - Friday, August 23, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday.54. Microsoft says CEO Ballmer to retire in 12 months - Friday, August 23, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who took over the helm of the world's largest software company from founder Bill Gates, will retire within the next 12 months.
Microsoft Corp. did not name a successor. The company said it is forming a search committee, which will include Gates, and Ballmer will stay on until a replacement is found.55. Nasdaq breakdown puts pressure on crisis work - Friday, August 23, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest high-tech disruption in the financial markets increases the pressure on Nasdaq and other electronic exchanges to take steps to avoid future breakdowns and manage them better if they do occur.56. Stocks drop for fourth day in a row - Friday, August 16, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks dropped for a fourth day in a row Monday as investors continued to express worry about the recent rise in bond yields. Banking stocks also dragged down the broader market.57. Icahn sets sights on Apple, talks to CEO Tim Cook - Friday, August 09, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Activist investor Carl Icahn thinks Apple should be doing more to revive its stock price, and wants to help CEO Tim Cook with the resuscitation.58. Musk's 'Hyperloop' transport idea has sci-fi feel - Friday, August 09, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The concept sounds like something from the comic books that billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk read religiously as a boy: a capsule that speeds along as fast as sound, carrying people between major cities, never troubled by bad weather or turbulence.59. BlackBerry weighs putting itself up for sale - Friday, August 09, 2013
TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry will consider selling itself after the long-awaited debut of its new phones failed to turn around the struggling smartphone maker.
The company said Monday that its board has formed a special committee to explore "strategic alternatives" in hopes of enhancing the company's value and boosting adoption of its BlackBerry 10 platform.
60. Seek holy grail of sales world: inbound leads - Friday, August 09, 2013
Inbound leads are deemed by many as the Holy Grail of the sales world. These prospects likely have an immediate need for what you’re selling, which is why they typed the keywords into Google or read the blog post that ultimately led them to you.61. Samsung seeks smart watch trademarks in US, SKorea - Friday, August 02, 2013
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. has applied for U.S. and South Korean trademarks for a watch that connects to the Internet in the latest sign that consumer technology companies see wearable devices as the future of their business.62. US factory means buyers can customize Google phone - Friday, August 02, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — With its first smartphone designed completely in-house, Google is demonstrating one of the benefits of moving production from Asia to the U.S.: It's letting buyers customize phones to give them their own style.63. Facebook passes $38 initial public offering price - Friday, July 26, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's stock has passed its $38 IPO price for the first time since its rocky public debut last May, crossing a symbolic hurdle that has eluded it for more than a year.
Shares of Facebook Inc. increased 1.2 percent to $38.08 in morning trading Wednesday. That's the highest the stock has traded since the company's highly anticipated initial public offering ended with a thud. The stock is up by more than 50 percent since last week.
64. Industry finalizing new mobile app guidelines - Friday, July 26, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Industry groups and privacy advocates on Thursday were near agreement on voluntary guidelines for mobile apps that should make it easier for consumers to know what personal information is getting sucked from their smartphone or tablet and passed along to marketers.65. 4 Russians, 1 Ukrainian charged in massive hacking - Friday, July 26, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Four Russian nationals and a Ukrainian have been charged with running a sophisticated hacking organization that over seven years penetrated computer networks of more than a dozen major American and international corporations, stealing and selling at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers, resulting in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars.66. 4 Russians, 1 Ukrainian charged in massive hacking - Friday, July 19, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Four Russian nationals and a Ukrainian have been charged with running a sophisticated hacking organization that over seven years penetrated computer networks of more than a dozen major American and international corporations, stealing and selling at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers, resulting in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars.67. NSA revelations reframe digital life for some - Friday, July 19, 2013
In Louisiana, the wife of a former soldier is scaling back on Facebook posts and considering unfriending old acquaintances, worried an innocuous joke or long-lost associate might one day land her in a government probe.68. Tech slump holds back US stocks; S&P 500 edges up - Friday, July 19, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — A bad day for technology stocks Friday held back the stock market's big run-up.
Microsoft led the slump in tech, falling the most in more than four years after the company wrote off nearly $1 billion on its new tablet computer and reported declining revenue for its Windows operating system. Google dropped after its revenue fell below analysts' forecasts, partly because the Internet search leader's ad prices took an unexpected turn lower.
69. Yahoo's 2Q earnings rise 46 pct, revenue sinks - Friday, July 12, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo's second-quarter results aren't giving Marissa Mayer a lot to celebrate as she completes her first year running the Internet company.
The numbers released Tuesday show Yahoo Inc.'s earnings climbed 46 percent, thanks to a major boost from an investment in Chinese Internet company Alibaba.70. Court sides with Yahoo in data collection case - Friday, July 12, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yahoo has won a court fight that could help the public learn more about the government's efforts to obtain data from Internet users.
The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which reviews government requests to spy on individuals, ruled Monday that information should be made public about a 2008 case that ordered Yahoo Inc. to turn over customer data.71. Microsoft reboots with sweeping reorganization - Friday, July 12, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft Corp. has decided its entire business needs a new operating system.
CEO Steve Ballmer is restructuring the company to cope with a quickening pace of technological change that has left the world's largest software maker a step behind its two biggest rivals, Apple and Google.72. Microsoft reshuffles company structure - Friday, July 05, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft Corp. is reshuffling its business in an attempt to promote faster innovation and a sharper focus on devices and services. The move by the world's largest software maker comes amid lukewarm response to the latest version of its flagship Windows operating system and a steady decline in demand for PCs as people turn to tablets and other mobile gadgets.73. A tale of two Rivieras, this one more upscale - Friday, July 12, 2013
MARSEILLE, FRANCE – I never expected those other Rivieras to look anything like those here in the States. (See last week’s column or risk being lost while reading this one. Hint: I’m on vacation.)74. The price of surveillance: Government pays to snoop - Friday, July 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — How much are your private conversations worth to the government? Turns out, it can be a lot, depending on the technology.
In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged. Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, but with little public scrutiny, surveillance fees charged in secret by technology and phone companies can vary wildly.75. Yahoo shuts down Internet relic AltaVista - Friday, July 05, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Once up on a time, there was a popular search engine called AltaVista. It lives no more.
On Monday, its owner Yahoo Inc. sent AltaVista.com to the Internet graveyard to rest alongside order-almost-anything venture Kozmo.com and the butler from Ask Jeeves.76. Italian tour schedule rings a (really loud) bell - Friday, July 05, 2013
BELLAGIO, ITALY – They don’t want you to nap too long in this town. Church bells ring about every seven and a-half minutes, starting at 7:30. Chiming and chiding, they seem to say, “You’ve slept long enough.” (Good thing I don’t believe in jet lag. Who needs that third hour of sleep anyway?)77. Microsoft tweaks Windows 8, blamed for PC slump - Friday, June 21, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft on Wednesday released a preview version of an update to Windows 8, aiming to address some of the gripes people have with the company's flagship operating system.78. New Samsung tablets mimic Galaxy phones - Friday, June 21, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung is making its tablet computers look more like its hit Galaxy phones in the hope that the success of the smartphones can boost tablet sales.
Samsung Electronics Co., the second-largest maker of tablets after Apple, is putting three new tablets in the Galaxy Tab 3 series on sale in the U.S. on July 7. The cheapest, $199 device will have a screen that measures 7 inches diagonally. An 8-inch model will go for $299 and a 10-inch one for $399.79. Yahoo completes $1.1B deal for Tumblr - Friday, June 21, 2013
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — Yahoo has completed its $1.1 billion acquisition of online blogging forum Tumblr.
The move represents Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's boldest move since she left Google a little less than a year ago to lead Yahoo's comeback.80. France threatens Google with privacy fines - Friday, June 14, 2013
PARIS (AP) — France is giving Google three months to be more upfront about the data it collects from users — or be fined. Other European countries aren't far behind.
Now it's up to Google to decide whether the relatively small fines are enough of an incentive to rethink its privacy rules — the Internet giant risks a €300,000 euro ($402,180) penalty in France.81. Google settles suit, clears way for stock split - Friday, June 14, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has resolved a shareholder lawsuit blocking a long-delayed stock split, clearing the way for the Internet search leader to issue a new class of non-voting shares later this year.82. Investors guess Fed's actions, push stocks higher - Friday, June 14, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors are in a game of wait-and-see with the Federal Reserve. On Monday, they guessed that the Fed will continue trying to prop up the economy, and sent stocks higher.
The major stock indexes all rose about 1 percent in early trading and stayed there for most of the day, before dipping slightly in the afternoon. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 12.31 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,639.04. It had been up as much as 20 points.
83. Lightweight Microsoft Office available on iPhone - Friday, June 14, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft's Office software package is coming to the iPhone for the first time Friday, offering people the ability to read and edit their text documents, spreadsheets and slide presentations at the doctor's office or at a soccer game.84. Profitable websites begin with the right design elements - Friday, June 14, 2013
Every brand needs a Web presence to survive in the digital age, but how do you know that Web investment is actually performing?
The answer begins by shifting your focus from simply generating more traffic to generating more traffic that converts to actual business. Traffic that doesn’t convert has little value.85. New Myspace takes it back to the future - Friday, June 07, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tim and Chris Vanderhook think Myspace had it right - at one point. And they believe they've revived and improved that formula for success as the revamped first titan of social media debuts its latest incarnation.86. Google snaps up Waze to add to mapping service - Friday, June 07, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is buying online mapping service Waze in a deal that keeps a potentially valuable tool away from its rivals while gaining technology that could improve the accuracy and usefulness of its own popular navigation system.87. Apple revamps look of iPhone, iPad software - Friday, June 07, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is throwing out most of the real-world graphical cues from its iPhone and iPad software, like the casino-green "felt" of its Game Center app, in what it calls the biggest update since the iPhone's launch in 2007.88. Obama defends phone data collection program - Friday, June 07, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vigorously defended sweeping secret surveillance into America's phone records and foreigners' Internet use, declaring "we have to make choices as a society."89. US declassifies phone program details after uproar - Friday, June 07, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to tamp down a public uproar spurred by the disclosure of two secret surveillance programs, the nation's top intelligence official is declassifying key details about one of the programs while insisting the efforts were legal, limited in scope and necessary to detect terrorist threats.90. Is Big Data turning government into 'Big Brother?' - Friday, June 07, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials.91. Top political appointees use secret email accounts - Friday, May 31, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of President Barack Obama's political appointees, including the secretary for Health and Human Services, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press.92. Silicon Valley at front line of global cyber war - Friday, May 31, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping and American counterpart Barack Obama will talk cyber-security this week in California, but experts say the state's Silicon Valley and its signature high-tech firms should provide the front lines in the increasingly aggressive fight against overseas hackers.93. Microsoft aims to simplify with Windows 8.1 - Friday, May 24, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is trying to fix what it got wrong with its radical makeover of Windows. It's making the operating system easier to navigate and enabling users to set up the software so it starts in a more familiar format designed for personal computers.94. Tech firms find new home in Germantown - Friday, May 31, 2013
Julie May has come a long way from teaching people how to use the internet back in 1995, working out of Joe Dougherty’s Bean Central cyber-coffee shop.
Today, her company, Bytes of Knowledge (b:ok), is a 22-employee professional services firm that provides a variety of tech support, app design, infrastructure tools and more to support small and mid-sized businesses, offering a breadth and depth of IT knowledge a fledgling entrepreneur or mid-size business might not have.95. Yahoo takes big leap with $1.1B deal for Tumblr - Friday, May 17, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is buying online blogging forum Tumblr for $1.1 billion as CEO Marissa Mayer tries to rejuvenate an Internet icon that had fallen behind the times.
The deal announced Monday represents Mayer's boldest move yet since she left Google 10 months ago to lead Yahoo's latest comeback attempt. It marks Yahoo's most expensive acquisition since the Sunnyvale, Calif., company bought online search engine Overture a decade ago for $1.3 billion in cash and stock.96. Russians attempt to topple Google in Vietnam - Friday, May 10, 2013
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's booming Internet scene is littered with failed startups that tried to take on Google and other entrenched U.S web companies. That's not deterring a newly launched Russian-Vietnamese outfit which believes it can unseat the American search engine in this fast-growing Asian market and also contend with a jittery, authoritarian government seeking to clamp down on freedom of expression online.97. Google boosts photo offerings to rival Facebook - Friday, May 10, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is digging deeper into its technology toolkit to turn its social networking service into a more formidable threat to Facebook, sprucing up its photo features at a time when sharing snapshots online and on mobile gadgets is growing more popular.98. Stock indexes shake off early slide, close higher - Friday, May 10, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is closing higher after shaking off a morning slump.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 60 points to close at 15,275 Wednesday, a gain of 0.4 percent.
99. High-tech companies push for more in immigration bill - Friday, May 10, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — High-tech companies looking to bring more skilled workers to the U.S. pushed Monday for more concessions in an immigration bill pending in the Senate. Labor unions said the Silicon Valley had already gotten enough in the legislation and further changes risked chipping away at protections for U.S. workers.100. RIM unveils cheaper BlackBerry - Friday, May 10, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Research In Motion unveiled a lower-cost BlackBerry aimed at consumers in emerging markets on Tuesday, and said it will offer its once-popular BlackBerry Messenger service on iPhones and devices running Google's Android software.