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Study: Gene therapy may boost cochlear implants

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Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing.

High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman...

Scientists watch enormous Antarctic iceberg drift

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Scientists are watching an iceberg bigger than the island of Guam as it slowly moves away from an Antarctic glacier.

Globe had 4th hottest March; US cooler than normal

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Federal forecasters calculated that for most of the Earth, last month was one of the hottest Marchs on record - except in the United States.

NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

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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.

Amazon snares classic shows in deal with HBO

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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.

NYC police head: We won't quit social media

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The head of the New York Police Department admits he was caught off guard by the harsh response to a harmless attempt at community outreach on Twitter.

Boogeymen and shady deals define spin for Senate

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The fight for the Senate majority boils down to boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian - if party operatives' spin is to be believed.

Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon

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For all the tens of billions of dollars the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes.

Bloomberg invests $5M in solar-powered lamp

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation on Tuesday announced a $5 million investment in an artsy-looking solar-powered lamp designed for use in off-grid populations in Africa.

AOL to add Miramax films to video platform

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Web portal AOL Inc. says it will license full-length movies from Miramax for free viewing with advertisements by its U.S. visitors.

Aereo CEO speaks on company, Supreme Court case

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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...

Microsoft expands ad-free Bing search for schools

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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...

Spacewalking astronauts complete urgent repair job

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Spacewalking astronauts easily replaced a dead computer outside the International Space Station on Wednesday and got their orbiting home back up to full strength.

Memory Lane: Traveling through time on Google maps

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Trips down memory lane are now available on Google's digital maps.

UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy

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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.

Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest

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Amsterdam wants to create an online game to get unemployed young people engaged in finding jobs across Europe. Schaerbeek, Belgium, envisions using geothermal mapping to give households personalized rundowns of steps to...

Former Iron Curtain still barrier for deer

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The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West.

Splashy plan for pool in NYC's East River unveiled

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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.

Comcast 1Q earns surge on upbeat NBC results

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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...

Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

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People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's...

AT&T had strong 1Q on wireless installment plans

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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.

Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned Video included

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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.

Attacks on payment systems trail other cybercrimes

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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.

Maine baby lobster decline could end high catches

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The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline - possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England's lobster fishery, scientists say.

AT&T explores expansion of super-fast Internet

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

Apple offering free recycling of all used products

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Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.

Sub records detailed images of WWII wreck

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An unmanned submarine has recorded some of the most detailed images of two American ships that sank off the coast of England during World War II, according to the Massachusetts company that surveyed the wreckage to mark...

Correction: Biofuels-Global Warming story

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In a story April 20 about new research showing biofuels made with corn leftovers are worse for global warming than gasoline in the short term, The Associated Press erroneously reported that cellulosic biofuels that failed...

Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point

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You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii.

Easter morning delivery for space station

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Space station astronauts got a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies.

Job market for college grads better but still weak

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With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads - a bit.

Coulson denies hearing hacked Daniel Craig message

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Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson on Tuesday denied a claim that he listened to a hacked voicemail left by actress Sienna Miller for James Bond star Daniel Craig.

Drones unearth more details about Chaco culture

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Recently published research describes how archaeologists outfitted a customized drone with a heat-sensing camera to unearth what they believe are ceremonial pits and other features at the site of an ancient village in New...

'Wicked' composer, others fight sheet music piracy

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By now, some young musical theater fans have received an email from Stephen Schwartz asking them to stop illegally downloading sheet music from any of his shows. Or anyone's show, for that matter.

AT&T joins crowded field with online video plans

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AT&T and an investment firm run by former News Corp. executive Peter Chernin have formed an online video venture that could rival Netflix and Hulu.

Unilever says it will use less plastic per bottle

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Unilever PLC, the producer of countless disposable containers that clutter the landfills of the world, says it is adopting technology that will cut the amount of plastic it needs to use in each bottle by 15 percent.

Birch Communications buying Cbeyond for $323M

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Birch Communications Inc. is buying technology and communications equipment provider Cbeyond for about $323 million.

Tesla delivers first China cars, plans expansion

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Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can.

E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation

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Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.

US newspaper industry revenue fell 2.6 pct in 2013

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U.S. newspaper industry revenue fell last year, as increases in circulation revenue weren't high enough to make up for shrinking demand for print advertising, an industry trade group said Friday.

'Wicked' composer, others fight sheet music piracy

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An assortment of established and up-and-coming musical theater composers are hoping to raise awareness of sheet music piracy.

Netflix poised to raise prices after strong 1Q

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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...

Gates-funded student data group to shut down

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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...

High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet Video included

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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...

NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

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NASA's robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more.

White House updating online privacy policy

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By MARTHA MENDOZA AP National Writer A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and...

5 features an Amazon phone might offer

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A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

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Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil...

NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

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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.

Record labels sue Pandora over older songs

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Major record labels are suing Internet radio giant Pandora for copyright infringement for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying license fees.

NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

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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.

Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry

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The future of Aereo, an online service that provides over-the-air TV channels, hinges on a battle with broadcasters that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week.

Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to find

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Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December.

Shares of Travelocity owner Sabre rise after IPO

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Shares of Sabre Corp. ended higher Thursday, but the provider of technology services to the travel industry raised less money than it had projected in its initial public offering.

Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

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Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.

SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

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A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week.

Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

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No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.

Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

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Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too...

Golden eagle found in Wyo. tied for second-oldest

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A golden eagle that was apparently electrocuted near Sheridan was more than 30 years old, which ties the record for second-oldest in the species that has ever been tagged in North America, Wyoming wildlife officials said.

4 questions about missing Malaysian plane answered

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By The Associated Press Travelers at Asian airports have asked questions about the March 8 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Here are some of...

Google's 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip

Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet's most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring...

Dutch man's case linked to Amanda Todd

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Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed into exposing herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after...

Full lunar eclipse delights Americas, 1st of year

Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse - at least those fortunate enough to have clear skies.

Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reach out

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Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the...

White House updating online privacy policy

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By MARTHA MENDOZA Associated Press A new Obama administration privacy policy out Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social...

Police charge Canadian in Internet privacy breach

Police have charged a 19-year-old Canadian man in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from Canada's tax agency website.

IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump

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 exacerbated by weaker demand in China and emerging markets.

Venture investments highest since 2001

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Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday.

US stock market ends higher as earnings pour in

By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer Corporate earnings pushed U.S. stocks mostly higher on Thursday, but it wasn't an easy ride up.

Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy

Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of...

Researcher finds flaw in Samsung fingerprint check

A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print.

SpaceX will try again Fri. to launch station cargo

SpaceX is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

Study: Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right.

Court rejects bankruptcy protection for Mt. Gox

The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo is headed for liquidation after a court rejected its bankruptcy protection application.

Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

Freight train industry to miss safety deadline

Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad industry said Wednesday.

Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work

Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job.

Yahoo nominates co-founder, 2 others to join board

Yahoo co-founder David Filo is vying to rejoin the Internet company's board after an 18-year absence.

Google buys drone maker Titan Aerospace

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.

US stocks close higher for third day in a row

By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer Investors drove stock prices to their highest level in a week Wednesday, encouraged by a crop of corporate earnings and reassuring U.S. and Chinese economic data.

Study shows increase in online information thefts

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.

Study: Samsung phone durable, but iPhone has edge

Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone is more durable than last year's model and other leading Android phones, but the iPhone 5s outperformed all of them in part because of its smaller size, a new study finds.

At Tribeca, movies are only part of the story

The Tribeca Film Festival is now a teenager. And like most teens, its eyes are on a lot of screens.

Twitter buys data analytics partner Gnip

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.

Ex-editor admits hearing hacked voicemails in 2004

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that he listened to hacked voicemail messages while he was editor of the tabloid.

Smartphone apps to help patients take their meds

By The Associated Press Several smartphone apps are available to help patients take their medications as prescribed. Here's a sampling of several free apps, noting some of their special features:

Cost of fighting warming 'modest,' says UN panel

The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate...

Ahead of the Bell: Yahoo

Yahoo soared 8 percent in trading before the opening bell Wednesday after quarterly results showed an aggressive push into Asia and a slight pickup in advertising revenue.

Criterion Collection extends Hulu streaming deal

The Criterion Collection and Hulu have extended their deal to keep the video platform as the exclusive streaming home of Criterion's vast library of art house films.

Relativity's last-minute bid for Maker rebuffed

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.

Sub makes 2nd dive to search for Malaysian plane

As a robotic submarine dove into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person.

ASML sees lull in orders from computer chip makers

ASML Holding NV, the largest supplier of equipment to computer chip makers such as Intel and Samsung, says it sees only incremental sales gains in the coming two quarters.

Police: GPS helped solve, didn't deter killings

GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to...

San Francisco considers ending rental ban

San Francisco lawmakers are considering making it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported.

Intel reports lower 1Q net income, higher revenue

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.

Yahoo's 1Q highlighted by Alibaba, modest ad gains

Yahoo is prospering from its lucrative investments in Asia while the Internet company's listless advertising sales are picking up, if ever so slightly, under CEO Marissa Mayer.

Netflix's Comcast deal improves quality of video

Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in 17 months, thanks to a recent deal that bought Netflix a more direct connection to Comcast's network.

US stock markets rebounds after choppy day

By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer A stock market swoon turned into a comeback Tuesday.

Court upholds EPA emission standards

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

Bud Selig calls replay start 'remarkable'

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport's new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.

NSC backs disclosing software vulnerabilities

Disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and shouldn't be withheld from the public unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need, President...

Coulson: 'Didn't know about tabloid phone hacking'

Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief said under oath Tuesday that he was never involved in phone hacking when he was the editor of a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, though he acknowledged he...

Zebra to spend $3.45B on Motorola business

Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions in a considerable expansion that is both technological and geographical.

Uber meets local lookalikes in Asia taxi-app wars

Riding on its startup success and flush with fresh capital, taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber is making a big push into Asia. There's a twist, though: Instead of being the game-changing phenomena it was in the U.S.,...

Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings

Two parolees raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.

Is hot market for IPOs cooling?

A hot market for initial public offerings may soon face a cooler reception from investors.

Rocket leak delays space station delivery launch

A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer because of a rocket leak.

US stocks recover some ground on retail sales gain

By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer U.S. stocks mounted a modest rally on Monday, helping investors recover some of the ground lost after a rough finish last week.

Ex-editor Coulson: Affair with Brooks was 'wrong'

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson took the stand at Britain's phone hacking trial Monday, saying his affair with fellow executive Rebekah Brooks was wrong but didn't lead him to share work secrets with her.

Lions Gate partners with online outfit RocketJump

Another Hollywood studio is tying up with a video creator that has made it big on YouTube.

Dutch arrest girl whose tweet threatened airline

Police in the Netherlands have arrested a 14-year-old girl on suspicion of threatening American Airlines in a tweet.

UN climate report balances science and politics

After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday on a scientific guide to help governments, industries and regular people take...

Serbia experts use heavy machinery to move mammoth

Serbian archaeologists on Friday used heavy machinery to move a female mammoth skeleton - believed to be one million years old - from an open mine pit where it was unearthed nearly five years ago.

Twitter CEO, co-founders not selling stock

Twitter says its CEO Dick Costolo and co-founders Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams have no plans to sell any of their shares when the company's post-IPO lock-up expires on May 5.

Investor sentiment on tech goes from giddy to glum

The stock market's laws of gravity are ravaging its highest fliers.

Heartbleed could harm a variety of systems

It now appears that the "Heartbleed" security problem affects not just websites, but also the networking equipment that connects homes and businesses to the Internet.

At a Glance: Hot tech stocks tumble

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...

Court reverses conviction of man in iPad data case

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...

Sony warns of battery issue in some Vaio laptops

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.

Mike Conway wins wild IndyCar race at Long Beach

What seemed to be a Ryan Hunter-Reay runaway took a strange and sudden turn on the streets of Long Beach, where tempers flared long after Mike Conway took a surprising win.

No cellphone, no problem at tradition-rich Masters

No cellphones. No video screens. No electronic scoreboards.

Researchers using math to whittle away at jet lag

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...

Politics test Silicon Valley's Russian ties

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.

Fungal disease fatal to bats spreads to half of US

A fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats is spreading and now has been detected in half of the United States, officials said Thursday.

Artificial cooling tricky topic for climate panel

It's Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space.

Space station computer outage may force spacewalk

A computer outage at the International Space Station may require a spacewalk by astronauts and threatens to delay next week's launch of a commercial supply ship for NASA.

Air Force launches spy satellite from Florida

The Air Force has launched a new spy satellite.

Call of cyber duty: Military academies take on NSA

If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen.

GOP, Dems clash over online domain name oversight

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, with GOP lawmakers using it as the latest front in...

US Internet ad revenue surpasses broadcast

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.

Bezos offers update on groceries, drones

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 more grocery services and the much-discussed drone delivery.

Northwestern players see push as spark for change

No matter how they feel about the push to unionize, at least a few Northwestern players see the movement as a spark for change in college sports.

CenturyLink: Washington 911 outage due to vendor

A seven-hour outage in Washington state 911 service that left dispatchers deeply troubled was caused by a technical error by a third-party vendor, CenturyLink said Friday.

Physicist wins $1.3M tech prize for data storage

Anyone who uses large data centers, cloud services, social networks or gets music and film online can thank British-American physicist Stuart Parkin.

Swiss unveil new solar plane for global flight Video included

The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car.

New technology unwraps mummies' ancient mysteries

Our fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using the latest technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries.

Once-soaring tech stocks sink in sobering comedown

The stock market's laws of gravity are ravaging its highest fliers.

Google to sell Glass to bigger pool of consumers

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.

Stocks fall on jitters over earnings, tech rout

Investors drove the stock market lower for a second straight day Friday as they grew anxious that earnings growth was faltering.

Police: Facebook posts prompted fatal casino fight

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.

Earnings drop at JPMorgan drags bank stocks lower

Weaker earnings at JPMorgan Chase are dragging bank stocks lower in midday trading.

Probe of alleged pimping targets French website

French prosecutors are examining whether an online dating site called sugardaddy.fr, which seeks to connect older men with younger women, is actually pimping.

Americas get front-row seat for lunar eclipse

North and South America, get ready for the first eclipse of the year- in color.

Apollo 11 checklist, spacesuit sold at NY auction

An Apollo 11 lunar surface checklist sheet was among the coveted items sold at a New York City auction of space exploration artifacts.

Japan stem cell researcher says results valid

The Japanese scientist accused of falsifying data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper said Wednesday the results are valid despite mistakes in their presentation.

AutoNavi agrees to be acquired by Alibaba

By The Associated Press Chinese digital mapping and navigation company AutoNavi Holdings Ltd. has agreed to be acquired by e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in a deal valued at $1.5 billion.

Tech sell-off roils global markets

Renewed weakness in the tech-heavy Nasdaq index in the U.S. roiled global markets Friday.

Earnings drop at JPMorgan drags bank stocks lower

Weaker earnings at JPMorgan Chase are dragging bank stocks lower in early trading.

Noses, made in Britain: UK touts lab-grown organs

In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in a bold attempt to make body parts in the laboratory.

Video shows suicide bomber who killed 16 in Egypt

An al-Qaida inspired group in Egypt posted a video online Thursday showing a suicide bomber attacking a security headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, an assault that killed 16 people in December.

Continued drop in PC shipments slows

Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the latest numbers show that the global slump in PC demand may be easing.

EBay, Icahn settle proxy fight

Ebay and billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn have settled their proxy fight ahead of the company's annual meeting.

French IT staff get right to unplug from work

French IT staff at Google, Facebook and other companies have won new protections against burnout: the right to unplug.

Electrical device helps paralyzed men move legs

Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original...

Slow start for NY town using birth control on deer

Heavy snow and red tape resulted in a disappointingly slow start for a pioneering program in a New York suburb to use birth control as a no-kill way to thin the numbers of deer.

Nintendo brings 'Tomodachi' game to US, Europe

Nintendo is bringing its "Tomodachi" game for the portable 3DS system to the U.S. and Europe following its success in Japan.

Israel launches new spy satellite

Israel's Defense Ministry said on Thursday that it has successfully launched a new observation satellite into orbit, one which is expected to be used to observe Iran and hostile militant groups in the Middle East.

Twitter tweaks website to attract new users

As Twitter looks to broaden its appeal beyond its 241 million users, the company is introducing a redesign of profile pages that includes bigger photos, more user controls and a distinct resemblance to Facebook.

Smartphone trial judge annoyed by phones in court

So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn...

What you need to know about the Heartbleed bug

Millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information may be at risk as a result of a major breakdown in Internet security revealed earlier this week.

Was 'Cuban Twitter' program political or not?

The Obama administration is looking into whether a "Cuban Twitter" program secretly backed by the U.S. government contained messages that were political in nature, despite assertions from the administration that the effort...

UN climate panel chair calls for 'enlightenment'

The head of the United Nations scientific panel on climate change urged diplomats and scientists to show "enlightenment" Monday, as they began a weeklong meeting aimed at spelling out in plain terms what options the world...

Heartbleed bug causes major security headache

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...

US stocks rally on Fed minutes, earnings news

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