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Spotify ends 2014 with 15 million subscribers

Spotify added 2.5 million subscribers in the last two months of 2014 to reach 15 million subscribers overall, the music streaming app announced Monday.

CES 2015: Movies, TV shows sync with wearables, Web-connected objects

Matt Romano’s Christmas present two years ago from his parents seemed dull at first, but it has since lit up an experiment that’s among the first looking at how the entertainment industry navigates a pair of new technology frontiers...

CES 2015: Glide demos streaming video on a smartwatch

Much of geekdom is still waiting with bated breath for the Apple Watch to be released, which should happen early this year. If the product is as big a smash as the iPhone or the iPod, it could turn smartwatches from novelty items into mainstream accessories.

CES 2015: Robot messenger connects parents and kids

If your child is too young to have a phone, how about a robot?

CES 2015: Robots can teach a kindergartner to code

Teaching kids to talk tech is all the rage these days. It's not uncommon to see coding listed among the languages offered at schools. But tech-powered playthings mostly offer a passive experience with the underlying technology.

Yelp says FTC has ended 2nd inquiry into its practices, software

The Federal Trade Commission ended a nearly yearlong inquiry into Yelp's business practices and its recommendation software without taking any action, the company said in a blog post.

CES 2015: Typo is back with redesigned iPhone keyboard

The Typo detachable keyboard case -- you know, the one that looks like a BlackBerry and was thus sued by BlackBerry -- is back after a redesign.

Wet Seal to close 338 stores, lay off nearly 3,700 employees

Struggling teen fashion retailer Wet Seal said Wednesday that it was closing 338 of its retail stores and would lay off 3,695 full and part-time employees.

Sony tries to make good after PlayStation network outage

Sony offered disgruntled gamers a “holiday thank you” to ring in the New Year, extending PlayStation Plus memberships and offering a one-time discount after a Christmastime cyber attack left its networks offline.

New investment round: another half billion for Snapchat

Snapchat Inc., among a pack of elite technology startups that has attained a valuation of $10 billion or more, capped the year with a filing that disclosed it raised $485.6 million.

Uber driver charged with sexual assault of Chicago woman

A driver for the ride-hailing service Uber has been charged with sexual assault after allegedly picking 22-year old woman back in November assaulting her, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Xbox Live up after cyberattack, PlayStation Network still down

So much for the Christmas spirit. Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live continued to battle network errors Friday morning after hackers attacked the gaming networks on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

NFL brings highlight videos to Facebook in key test for social network

Facebook’s push to crack open a wider niche in the world of online video has sped forward with a pair of “BeastQuakes.”

Facebook will have to face lawsuit over scanning of users' messages

Facebook will have to face a class action lawsuit alleging it violated users’ privacy when it scanned the content of messages for advertising purposes, U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland ruled on Tuesday.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick indicted in South Korea under transport law

Prosecutors in South Korea charged Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Travis Kalanick and the head of its domestic business partner MK Korea Co. with violating a transportation law.

Apple pushes out first automatic security update to patch critical bugs

Apple pushed out its first-ever automatic security update for Mac computers on Monday, fixing a security flaw that the company felt was too dangerous to wait for users to patch.

'CSI' creator targets children with new tablet 'gamified narrative'

“CSI” creator Anthony Zuiker is mixing gaming into his new animated online video series, hoping that’ll help keep a grip on children’s short attention spans.

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