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1. News Corp opposes Google in EU antitrust case -

BRUSSELS (AP) — The media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch is joining the fray in Google's protracted European antitrust case, saying the technology company unfairly distorts competition.

Robert Thomson, CEO of New York-based News Corp., says in a letter to the EU's antitrust authority that Google is "willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition." He says it systematically diverts users away from relevant search results to its own offerings.

2. Self-driving cars now need a permit in California -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years — but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around.

3. Alibaba investors beware: History not on your side -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is about to launch what may prove the biggest initial public stock offering ever. Yet anyone who expects to get rich from buying into China's high-growth story will be betting against history.

4. Microsoft to buy Minecraft maker for $2.5 billion -

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion.

The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a Lego-like virtual multiplayer world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009. It is the most popular online game on Xbox, and the top paid app for Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system in the U.S.

5. Apple pushes digital wallet with Apple Pay -

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is betting that people want to pay with a tap of the phone rather than a swipe of the card.

The technology company on Tuesday introduced a new digital wallet service called Apple Pay that is integrated with its Passbook credential-storage app and its fingerprint ID security system.

6. Honda introduces self-driving car -

DETROIT (AP) — Honda shared its vision of the hands-free highway commute Tuesday, a car that can safely drive itself on the freeway while the driver's hands are off the wheel.

While the car is just a prototype, Honda says the technology could start appearing on Honda cars in 2020 and beyond.

7. Stocks fall for second day; Apple slips -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell for a second straight day Tuesday as investors were left unimpressed by Apple's latest batch of product announcements.

Negative news out of Home Depot and McDonald's also weighed on the market.

8. Motorola emphasizes design in circular smartwatch -

NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola rolled out a circular smartwatch Friday, counting on a more traditional design to win over consumers who have so far shunned other computerized wrist devices.

Smartwatches so far have had rectangular faces, a shape that has turned off many consumers, said Steve Sinclair, Motorola's vice president of product management. Motorola's Moto 360 is round and has an all-metal frame, making it look more like a regular watch.

9. Toyota: Cars will be safer, but still need drivers -

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Your car soon will do more to help avoid a crash. As for one day leaving all the driving to the vehicle while you relax in back, don't get your hopes up.

That's the message from safety executives at Toyota, who on Thursday promised by 2017 to have collision-prevention technology installed across its U.S. line-up, in both mainstream and luxury vehicles.

10. Google settles with FTC over in-app charges -

NEW YORK (AP) — The government says Google has agreed to pay full refunds totaling at least $19 million to consumers who were charged for purchases that children made via apps without parental consent from the Google Play app store.

11. Selfie-centric phone among new Microsoft offerings -

BERLIN (AP) — Microsoft will seek to draw more people to its Internet-based services with two new mid-range smartphones it unveiled Thursday, including one designed to help people take better selfies.

12. Apple acknowledges some celebrity info compromised -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is acknowledging that computer hackers broke into the accounts of several celebrities to steal personal photos that have been posted online, a security breakdown that the iPhone maker blamed on the intruders' ability to figure out passwords and bypass other safeguards.

13. Amazon could be ESPN of video games in Twitch deal -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games.

The e-commerce giant is buying streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million in cash as it seeks to take part in video gaming's growth as an online spectator sport.

14. Social media pushes back at militant propaganda -

BEIRUT (AP) — The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.

15. Twitter tries to block images of Foley killing -

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Twitter and some other social media outlets are trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, while a movement to deny his killers publicity is also gaining momentum.

16. Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.

17. Google's pivotal IPO launched a decade of big bets -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.

And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further.

18. Rainbow birthdays and cakes -

“What kind of party do you want, Gwynnie?” I asked my 4-year-old granddaughter. “A rainbow party,” she replied.

I then asked what kind of cake did she want? “Ummm, a rainbow cake!” she said with a smile while jumping in the air.

19. Could email make your cold calling easier? -

Cold calling is a tough business, though a necessity for many companies.

The cost of sales is high, as is sales rep rejection and fatigue.

Imagine if email could significantly improve your engagement rate with otherwise cold prospects.

20. Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

21. Apple's tech jobs held mostly by white, Asian men -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's high-paying technology jobs are primarily filled by white and Asian men, just like its industry peers.

A breakdown released Tuesday by Apple Inc. showed 54 percent of the company's technology jobs in the U.S. are handled by whites and another 23 percent by Asians. Men make up 80 percent of Apple's technology workforce throughout the world.

22. ‘Glamazon’ a good study in dictionary inclusion -

I was checking something out online the other day when I came across the word glamazon.

Glamazon is not in many dictionaries, though it is in Wordnik. Wordnik’s cofounder Erin McKean gave a great TED Talk in 2007, “The Joy of Lexicography.” You can watch it on YouTube. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

23. Still not sold on Pinterest? It’s time to reconsider -

There’s no denying virtual scrapbooking site Pinterest’s explosive growth, now boasting more than 40 million active users per month.

The Web’s 2014 Small Business Digital Usage Survey shows 20 percent of small businesses that use social media view Pinterest as a top channel for marketing their businesses.

24. US companies increasingly fish for growth overseas -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home.

Technology trendsetters Apple Inc., Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Netflix Inc. all mined foreign countries to produce earnings or revenue that exceeded analysts' projections in their latest quarters. Prodded by the steadily rising demand for Internet access and online services in developing countries, these technology companies will likely be wading even deeper into overseas markets for years to come.

25. FedEx charged with assisting illegal pharmacies -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal authorities on Thursday charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.

26. Google's 2Q earnings rise 6 percent -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's second-quarter earnings rose 6 percent as World Cup fever drove more traffic to the Internet company's search engine and YouTube video site while Android devices spurred more sales of movies, music, books and applications through its mobile store.

27. Facebook tests 'Buy' button -

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses drive sales through the world's biggest online social network.

The company says in a statement that the button will let people buy products directly from businesses without leaving Facebook. The button appears in sponsored ads and is being tested by several small- and medium-sized businesses in the U.S.

28. Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs, signals new path -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.

29. Stronger earnings from Google, others drive stocks to higher close -

NEW YORK (AP) — Earnings gains from Google, Honeywell and other big U.S. companies drive the stock market to a higher close, wiping out much of its loss from the day before.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 123 points, or 0.7 percent, to 17,097 Friday.

30. Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs, signals new path -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs or 14 percent of its workforce as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.

31. Surprise! 10 interesting social media findings -

Social media is evolving quickly, and it’s tough to keep up.

Here’s a list of the most surprising social media facts, all likely to have an impact on your company’s strategy:

32. Bill ensures emails, photos won't die with you -

WASHINGTON (AP) — When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts?

A group of influential lawyers says yes, unless you specify otherwise in a will. The Uniform Law Commission was expected to endorse a plan Wednesday to automatically give loved ones access to — but not control of — all digital accounts, unless otherwise specified.

33. PC shipment slump bottoms out -

NEW YORK (AP) — A two-year slump in personal computer sales ended in the second quarter, helped by improving demand in developed markets like North America and Europe.

PC sales have fallen in recent years, hurt by surging demand for tablets and other mobile devices. Tough economic conditions around the world have also disrupted sales. But quarterly figures released Wednesday by the research firms Gartner Inc. and International Data Corp. show the global slump is easing.

34. NSA's Internet monitoring said to be legal -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first time the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board dissected a National Security Agency surveillance program, it found fundamental flaws, arguing in a January report that the NSA's collection of domestic calling records "lacked a viable legal foundation" and should be shut down.

35. High court rejects Google appeal in snooping case -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to hear Google's appeal of a ruling that it pried into people's online lives through their Wi-Fi systems as part of its drive to collect information for its Street View mapping project.

36. Eyes on you: Experts reveal police hacking methods -

LONDON (AP) — Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker's handbook, using targets' own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups said Tuesday.

37. Google shows off Android Auto, wearables -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some 1 billion people are now using Android devices, Google said as the company kicked off its two-day developer conference Wednesday in San Francisco.

But the online search leader's effort to broaden its focus beyond smartphones and tablets was on full display as the company unveiled far-reaching plans to push further into the living room, the family car and the TV set.

38. Supreme Court tosses 'abstract' software patent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out an Australian company's patent for business software in a decision that clarifies standards for awarding patents, but not as much as some firms had hoped.

39. Crime data show iPhone 'kill switch' cuts thefts -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday.

The report by state attorneys general, prosecutors, police and other officials from a year-old initiative called "Secure Our Smartphones" said Google and Microsoft will incorporate a kill switch into the next version of their operating systems on smartphones. The three systems — Android, iOS, and Windows Phone — are used in 97 percent of smartphones in the U.S.

40. New push to get girls into computer sciences -

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Diana Navarro loves to code, and she's not afraid to admit it. But the 18-year-old Rutgers University computer science major knows she's an anomaly: Writing software to run computer programs in 2014 is — more than ever — a man's world.

41. Bezos: Fire phone offers 'something different' -

SEATTLE (AP) — There are two ways to view the smartphone Amazon introduced to the world on Wednesday: It's either the latest in a long line of phones with fancy new features that some people will never use or a magic wand for shopaholics.

42. Amazon ties new 4.7-inch phone to its services -

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has introduced a new smartphone that will be closely tied to the products and services it sells, while adding such touches as the ability to render images in 3-D.

The Fire phone will share many characteristics found in other Amazon devices. The home screen will have a carousel of recently accessed apps, for instance. There's also X-Ray for supplemental content and Mayday for live tech support.

43. Tesla handing over the keys to its technology -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised Thursday to give away the company's entire patent portfolio to all comers, as long as they promised not to engage courtroom battles over intellectual property

44. Google buying satellite maker Skybox for $500M -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is buying Skybox Imaging in a deal that could serve as a launching pad for the Internet company to send its own fleet of satellites to take aerial pictures and provide online access to remote areas of the world.

45. Resources for female small business owners -

Local and state agencies and orgaizations offering practical help and encouragement for small business owners.

Nashville Entrepreneur Center

www.ec.co

46. Volume of encrypted email rising amid spying fears -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users' online communications from government spies and other snoops.

47. Apple expands into health, home with new software -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people's increasingly digital lives.

48. Apple will try to defy skeptics at Monday showcase -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has spent most of this year promising to defy the skeptics who believe the iPhone and iPad maker lost its ingenuity when Steve Jobs died in 2011.

This week should provide a better sense of whether Apple is heading down promising new avenues of growth or whether it's still wandering aimlessly around well-trod territory in search of another breakthrough.

49. Google taking requests to censor results in Europe -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is starting to accept requests from Europeans who want to erase unflattering information from the results produced by the world's dominant search engine.

The demands can be submitted on a Web page that Google opened late Thursday in response to a landmark ruling issued two weeks ago by Europe's highest court.

50. How Google got states to legalize driverless cars -

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — About four years ago, the Google team trying to develop cars driven by computers — not people — became convinced that sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was one big problem: Driverless cars were almost certainly illegal.

51. Google says its workers mostly white, male -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is — just 2 percent of its Google employees are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. About a third of the company's workforce is Asian.

52. Google: We're building car with no steering wheel -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google will build a car without a steering wheel. It doesn't need one because it drives itself.

The two-seater won't be sold publicly, but Google said Tuesday it hopes by this time next year, 100 prototypes will be on public roads. Though not driving very quickly — the top speed would be 25 mph.

53. House passes curbs on NSA surveillance -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday passed legislation to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of American phone records, the first legislative response to the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

54. Government: Airlines should disclose bag, seat fees -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Going to bat for confused passengers, the government is proposing that airlines be required to disclose fees for basic items like checked bags, assigned seats and carry-on bags so consumers know the true cost of flying.

55. Today's CEO: The changing role at the top -

NEW YORK (AP) — Used to be that CEOs were hired for their knowledge of the industry, years of experience and the ability to lead with a tight fist. But the role of the top job has changed dramatically over the last several years.

56. Songwriter neighbor makes his way to Nashville -

I was walking Maggie the cheagle in the neighborhood, as I often do. This was in November 2012, so the old girl was pushing 10 years old at the time.

She was happy enough to stop and greet the young man who was getting out of his car.

57. European court: Google must yield on personal info -

AMSTERDAM (AP) — In a landmark ruling that could rock the Internet search-engine industry, Europe's highest court said Tuesday that people are entitled to some control over what pops up when their name is Googled.

58. Apple CEO dares to be different from Steve Jobs -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — "Think different" became Apple's creed during the late Steve Jobs' reign as CEO. Now, chief executive Tim Cook is embracing the idea while making decisions that would have seemed crazy to his fabled predecessor.

59. FTC: Snapchat deceived customers -

NEW YORK (AP) — Snapchat has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it deceived customers about the disappearing nature of messages sent through its service and that it collected users' contacts without telling them or asking permission.

60. Apple awarded $119M, but who's winning the fight? -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — When a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $119 million for copying features of the iPhone, it was latest chapter in the worldwide legal fighting between the top two smartphone companies.

61. Facebook plans campaign to 'friend' small business -

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook wants to increase its advertising and get more clicks on all kinds of ads. It believes tapping into the lucrative small business market will help it achieve those goals.

Sheryl Sandberg, the social media company's operating chief and "Lean In" author, says the key is showing business owners how to find new customers by creating Facebook pages and by buying ads that appear on individual Facebook users' pages. The company plans a campaign called Facebook Fit with workshops in five cities to show small business owners the nuts and bolts of using Facebook as a marketing tool.

62. Justice Department, eBay settle antitrust lawsuit -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Thursday settled a lawsuit against eBay that accused the company of anticompetitive practices in the recruitment and hiring of skilled employees.

The settlement resolved a 2012 lawsuit that accused eBay of having an agreement with the Intuit software company preventing each firm from recruiting the other's employees. That deal, entered into by top-level executives, was designed to limit competition between the two firms for highly specialized technology employees and denied workers the chance for better, higher-paying job opportunities, the federal government said.

63. Google, Jay Z among 2014 Webby winners -

NEW YORK (AP) — Google, Jay Z and crowdfunding site Kickstarter are among the winners of this year's Webby Awards, a celebration of Internet achievement that got its start nearly two decades ago.

The awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a group of about 1,000 Web experts and Internet professionals. Judges included Tumblr founder David Karp and "House of Cards" actor Kevin Spacey.

64. 5 things to know about Google's self-driving cars -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The director of Google's self-driving car project wrote in a blog post Monday that development of the technology has entered a new stage: trying to master driving on city streets. Many times more complex than freeways, which the cars can now reliably navigate, city streets represent a huge challenge.

65. Google: Driverless cars are mastering city streets -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google says it has turned a corner in its pursuit of a car that can drive itself.

The tech giant's self-driving cars already can navigate freeways comfortably, albeit with a driver ready to take control. But city driving — with its obstacle course of jaywalkers, bicyclists and blind corners — has been a far greater challenge for the cars' computers.

66. Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.

67. Microsoft expands ad-free Bing search for schools -

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 kindergarten through the 12th grade.

68. AT&T explores expansion of super-fast Internet in Nashville -

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, possibly including Nashville.

The service, called GigaPower, has a 1 gigabit per second speed that is about 100 times what U.S. consumers typically get with broadband. That means faster video downloads and the ability for more devices to connect to the network without congestion.

69. Asia stocks rise in abbreviated trading -

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher in trading muted by Good Friday observance.

Markets in Europe, the U.S. and many countries in Asia were closed for the holiday. Oil trading also was suspended.

70. Stocks drift after Google, IBM earnings disappoint -

Major U.S. stock indexes drifted between gains and losses in morning trading Thursday amid a crop of disappointing corporate earnings. Google, IBM and insurers UnitedHealth and WellPoint were among the big market decliners.

71. Politics test Silicon Valley's Russian ties -

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.

72. US Internet ad revenue surpasses broadcast -

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 17 percent to a record $42.8 billion in 2013. Broadcast TV ad revenue, in comparison, was $40.1 billion in 2013.

73. 'Heartbleed' bug causes major security headache -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.

74. Tech stocks, once highfliers, drop; Nasdaq sinks -

NEW YORK (AP) — A slump in Internet and other technology stocks pulled the broader market lower Friday, as traders turned on the same companies they flocked to earlier this year. Google, Netflix and other pillars of the Internet economy took a beating.

75. Stocks ease below record highs ahead of jobs news -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged lower Thursday, falling back from all-time highs, as traders refrained from making any big bets ahead of Friday's monthly job report. Declines were led by health care stocks.

76. Microsoft reveals Siri-like Windows Phone feature -

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is showcasing a new virtual assistant as part of an upcoming update for Windows phones.

The assistant, named Cortana, tries to be chatty like Siri on Apple's iPhones and iPads, while anticipating information you might want, like Google Now on Android devices.

77. Amazon unveils Fire TV set top streaming device -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is making a bid to enter living rooms with Amazon Fire TV, a new set-top box that allows streaming of online video, music and other content to televisions.

The company says the $99 device has better speed, performance and search functions than other streaming boxes such as Apple TV and Google Chromecast. But Amazon is coming late to the streaming set-top game, and it remains to be seen whether the company is offering enough new and better services to lure customers away from their current streaming methods.

78. Windows 8 updates expected at Microsoft conference -

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is following through on a promise to update its Windows 8 operating system on a regular basis to respond to consumers' complaints and other feedback.

Just months after the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft is preparing changes to make it easier for people to use Windows with traditional keyboard and mouse controls. Among other things, Microsoft will add search, power and settings buttons to the Start page, so people don't have to figure out how to pull those functions from the right side of their screens. The update also promises easier ways to close apps.

79. Supreme Court could limit software patents -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is it too easy for high-tech companies to patent inventions that are not really new, but simply take an old idea and blend it with computer wizardry?

The Supreme Court wrestled with that question Monday as justices considered making it tougher for the government to issue patents for computer software.

80. Microsoft unveils Office for iPad -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft on Thursday unveiled Office for the iPad, a software suite that includes programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and works on rival Apple Inc.'s hugely popular tablet computer.

81. Tech companies, Citigroup tug US stocks lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were mostly lower Thursday as further declines in technology companies outweighed encouraging economic news. Citigroup fell 6 percent after the Federal Reserve denied the bank's plan to raise its dividend and buy back more stock. Most other major banks won approval to raise their dividends.

82. Q&A: What can IRS do to health plan scofflaws? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.

83. Q&A: Can't afford health plan, will I be fined? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.

84. Q&A: Am I stuck in my job's costly health plan? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.

85. Health care law has uneven impact on companies -

Sarah Curtis-Fawley will have to offer insurance to her workers at Pacific Pie Co. because of the health care overhaul, and the estimated $100,000 cost means she may have to raise prices or postpone opening a third restaurant.

86. Jesse Jackson to take on tech's lack of diversity -

The Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to lead a delegation to the Hewlett-Packard annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday to bring attention to Silicon Valley's poor record of including blacks and Latinos in hiring, board appointments and startup funding.

87. Google redesigns search results on PCs -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's search results on desktop and laptop computers now look slightly different thanks to a makeover that mirrors a design introduced on smartphones and tablets a few months ago.

88. California pushes to finish driverless car rules -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is trying to do something unusual in this age of rapidly evolving technology — get ahead of a big new development before it goes public.

By the end of the year, the Department of Motor Vehicles must write rules to regulate cars that rely on computers — not the owner — to do the driving.

89. California mulls how to regulate 'driverless cars' -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles is wading into the complex question of how to regulate the use of cars that rely on computers — not people — to drive them.

Though they sound like something from the future, "driverless cars" could be commercially available by decade's end.

90. Southern/Alpha shares region’s tech successes -

While many outsiders would likely be astonished, Nashville in recent years has emerged as a Southern pacesetter in the world of startups.

With droves of newcomers come big ideas, investment and the gusto to create bottom-up, adventurous companies.

91. Businesses might have long wait for Google's 100x speed -

Can’t wait to get Google Fiber for your business? You’re probably at the back of the line. Even if Google does bring its service here, its first priority is residential customers.

“They want to get it in and bug it out and make it stable,” says Eddie Hooper, director of carrier services for Resource Communication Group in Franklin.

92. Luring Google Fiber might depend on NES lowering fees -

Can Google afford Nashville? The tech giant wants to offer its superfast fiber network – 100 times faster than average broadband speeds – in Nashville and eight other metropolitan areas across the U.S., in addition to the three it already serves.

93. For those who dare to ‘think different’: Budding entrepreneurs find a friend in Burcham -

Michael Burcham accepted his Kiwanis Club’s 2013 Nashvillian of the Year award with a moving and resonant speech that was less about his own accomplishments than about creating opportunities for those who are marginalized by society.

94. Facebook to delete posts for illegal gun sales -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally or without a background check.

A similar policy will be applied to Instagram, the company's photo-sharing network, Facebook said. The measures will be put into effect over the next few weeks at the world's largest social network, with 1.3 billion active users.

95. Reports: Facebook may buy solar drone company -

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is in talks to buy Titan Aerospace to step up its efforts to provide Internet access to remote parts of the world, according to reports in the technology blog Techcrunch and financial news outlet CNBC.

96. Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone with cars -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars.

Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple's iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva.

97. Getting a clearer picture on Netflix-Comcast deal -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After years of bickering, Netflix and Comcast are finally working together to provide their subscribers with a more enjoyable experience when they're watching movies and old television shows over high-speed Internet connections.

98. Many new phones coming, but Samsung hogs limelight -

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sony unveiled a new waterproof phone that can take ultra-high-definition video. Nokia introduced three Android smartphones aimed at emerging markets. And Lenovo announced one with an all-glass exterior.

99. Wealth gap is widest in some affluent US cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The gap between the wealthy and the poor is most extreme in several of the United States' most prosperous and largest cities.

The economic divides in Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are significantly greater than in the rest of the country, according to a study released Thursday by the Brookings Institution, the Washington-based think tank. It suggests that many sources of both economic growth and income inequality have co-existed near each other for the past 35 years .

100. Nashville no 'shoo-in' for high-speed Google Fiber -

When it comes to the Internet, faster is better. And it’s possible that next year those annoying spinning wheels, stalled video streams and slow-to-load websites could be a thing of the past.