Google buys startup that summarizes online content
2013-04-26 17:47:54 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has bought Wavii, a Seattle startup behind an application that condenses online content for time-pressed Web surfers.
Both companies confirmed the deal Friday. As with most of its acquisitions, Google isn't disclosing how much it paid for Wavii.
Google agrees to change search display in Europe
2013-04-25 16:04:56 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — Google has agreed to change how it displays search results in Europe — including a better labeling of its promoted content and displaying links to competitors — to appease concerns it might be abusing its dominant market position, the European Union's antitrust body said ...
Internet sales tax embraced by no-tax Republicans
2013-04-25 15:48:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — You don't see this very often: a majority of Senate Republicans voting to make people who buy stuff on the Internet pay state and local sales taxes.
Anti-tax guru Grover Norquist isn't happy about it, and the conservative Heritage Foundation is questioning the senator...
Hackers compromise AP Twitter account
2013-04-24 04:31:06 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Hackers compromised Twitter accounts of The Associated Press on Tuesday, sending out a false tweet about an attack at the White House.
The false tweet said there had been two explosions at the White House and that President Barack Obama was injured. The attack on AP's Twitter...
Apple to dole out $100B to shareholders
2013-04-23 21:47:16 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is opening the doors to its bank vault, saying it will distribute $100 billion in cash to its shareholders over two years. At the same time, the company said it expects sales for the current quarter to fall from the year before, which would be the first decline in many years...
Senate bill jeopardizes tax-free online shopping
2013-04-23 05:00:00 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — States could force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes under a bill that overwhelmingly passed a test vote in the Senate Monday.
Under current law, states can only require stores to collect sales taxes if the store has a physical presence in the state. As a result...
Sun-powered plane completes California test flight
2013-04-20 17:14:05 UTC
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe took to the skies Friday over the San Francisco Bay area in a successful test flight.
Considered the world's most advanced sun-powered plane, the Solar Impulse took off from Moffett Field...
Yahoo adds 2 more applications to mobile arsenal
2013-04-18 17:19:48 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is taking the next step in its effort to make some of its most popular services more appealing and accessible to the growing audience connecting to the Internet on smartphones and tablet computers.
The mobile push being orchestrated by CEO Marissa Mayer has h...
Twitter launches music feature
2013-04-18 17:06:14 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter has launched a service for people to find music they like and tweet songs from iTunes, Spotify and Rdio.
Twitter said in a blog post that an app will be available for download from Apple's online store Thursday. A Web version is also expected Thursday. Twitter s...
EBay grows 1Q earnings but outlook falls short
2013-04-18 04:44:16 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — EBay's high-flying stock price declined in after-hours trading Wednesday after the e-commerce bellwether's outlook for the current quarter fell below Wall Street's expectations.
The company grew its earnings and revenue in the first quarter, as shoppers contin...
Google Glass distribution begins this week
2013-04-18 04:38:35 UTC
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is starting to distribute its new Internet-connected glasses, something seen as the next breakthrough in mobile computing.
Google has picked 8,000 people in the U.S. who entered a contest. The winners will have to pay $1,500 apiece for a test version...
Apple stock falls to one-year low on supplier news
2013-04-17 17:54:20 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Apple Inc. fell below $400 for the first time in a year and half on Wednesday, after a supplier hinted at a slowdown in iPhone and iPad production.
The stock was down $21.89, or 5.1 percent, at $404.35 in early afternoon trading. Earlier in the day, i...
Google mail and other services 'disrupted'
2013-04-17 17:50:48 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Google's mail and application services were unavailable to some users Wednesday morning. The company said it was investigating the problems, but didn't know their cause. It didn't say how many people were affected.
The disruptions started affecting people worldwide aro...
Goldman sees more growth for Netflix
2013-04-13 05:11:44 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The growing number of devices on which Netflix Inc. subscribers can watch movies and TV shows is making the service more valuable, a Goldman Sachs analyst said. He said the company could increase its profit by raising prices.
Analysts have traditionally connected the limi...
Coding boot camps promise to launch tech careers
2013-04-13 04:57:27 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Looking for a career change, Ken Shimizu decided he wanted to be a software developer, but he didn't want to go back to college to study computer science.
Instead, he quit his job and spent his savings to enroll at Dev Bootcamp, a new San Francisco school...
PC outlook darkens as sales slump deepens in 1Q
2013-04-11 04:50:14 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The ailing personal computer market is getting weaker, and it's starting to look as if it will never fully recover as a new generation of mobile devices reshapes the way people use technology.
The latest evidence of the PC's infirmity emerged Wednesday wit...
VC firms team up to invest in Google Glass ideas
2013-04-11 02:01:47 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three influential venture capital firms are teaming to find and finance entrepreneurs who want to create applications and other accessories for Google Glass. That's an Internet-connected device that is setting out to turn wearable computing into the latest fashion tre...
Calif. court: Motorist can't use hand-held map
2013-04-10 05:47:01 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Steven Spriggs was stopped in a traffic jam near downtown Fresno and thought nothing of whipping out his iPhone 4 and clicking on the map feature to see if there was an alternate route around the construction mess.
He was startled when he looked up and saw...
Microsoft escalates advertising assault on Google
2013-04-09 16:54:45 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is skewering Google again with scathing ads that say as much about the dramatic shift in the technology industry's competitive landscape as they do about the animosity between the two rivals.
The missive that began Tuesday marks the third phase in a...
Google's Android target of new antitrust complaint
2013-04-09 16:51:46 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — A group of companies led by Microsoft have called on European authorities to launch an antitrust investigation into Google's dominance of mobile Internet usage on smartphones.
The "FairSearch" initiative of 17 companies — which includes Microsoft, Nokia, and O...
Oil price rises to near $93 after sharp drop
2013-04-08 05:38:08 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil rose modestly Monday after sharp losses due to high supplies and weak U.S. employment figures.
Benchmark oil for May delivery was up 17 cents to $92.87 a barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Th...
Judge deals blow to high-tech workers' lawsuit
2013-04-08 04:51:33 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Friday struck down an effort to form a class action lawsuit to go after Apple, Google and five other technology companies for allegedly forming an illegal cartel to tamp down workers' wages and prevent the loss of their best engineers during a...
Facebook barges into Google turf with Home
2013-04-05 16:31:27 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook Home, the new application that takes over the front screen of a smartphone, is a bit of a corporate home invasion. Facebook is essentially moving into Google's turf, taking advantage of software the search giant and competitor created.
Facebook Home will operat...
Arthur Frommer gets Frommer brand back from Google
2013-04-04 17:10:27 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Travel guru Arthur Frommer said Wednesday that he has reacquired rights to his travel guidebook brand from Google, and that he intends to resume publishing Frommer guidebooks.
Google acquired the Frommer brand last summer from the Wiley publishing company, but last mon...
PC, tablet, phone shipments to hit 2.4B in 2013
2013-04-04 17:00:53 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Research firm Gartner says it expects worldwide PC, tablet and mobile phone shipments to reach 2.4 billion units this year, up 9 percent from 2012.
Gartner Inc. said Thursday that device shipments should continue to grow, hitting more than 2.9 billion in 2017. But the mix of...