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1930s electricity coops takes Internet initiative

Allamakee-Clayton cooperative general manager Paul Foxwell said high speed Internet connections could spur development and stem the flow of young people to the cities. The group last year decided to offer broadband in response to frustrations...Show More Summary

Hong Kong hosts Valentine's Day with 25,000 LED roses

HONG KONG (AP) — It's like a romantic scene out of one of South Korea's sappy soap dramas — tens of thousands of illuminated roses forming an impressive backdrop for the lead actor and actress to declare their love for each other. The...Show More Summary

1,000 pages of Clinton emails released; 84 classifications

The department has now released more than 45,000 pages of emails from the private account Clinton used as secretary of state. Clinton has struggled to put the email controversy to rest as she seeks the Democratic presidential nomination.

Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags — telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary. [...] the German automaker, already in hot water with the government for cheating on U.S. Show More Summary

Court: Facebook can be sued in France in nude painting case

PARIS (AP) — Facebook lost a crucial legal battle Friday as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting. A...Show More Summary

Visa buys nearly 10 pct stake in Dorsey's company, Square

NEW YORK (AP) — Visa is now a major shareholder in Square, the mobile payment services company co-founded and led by Jack Dorsey. The Square device plugs into smartphones or tablets, so credit cards can be accepted almost anywhere.

Uber to pay $28.5M to settle safety ad lawsuits

The company told a federal judge in San Francisco that it wants to settle the class-action lawsuits by paying about 25 million riders who made U.S. trips between Jan. 1, 2013, and Jan. 31, 2016. Uber said its technology does provideShow More Summary

Myspace still exists? Yes, and now Time Inc. owns it

The publisher of People, Sports Illustrated and Time magazines was spun off from entertainment company Time Warner in 2014. Myspace's parent company is Viant, which says it provides marketers with access to over 1.2 billion registered...Show More Summary

Campaign signs get new life to help people with disabilities

University of New Hampshire professor Therese Willkomm collects discarded campaign signs for her occupational therapy students, who've used the corrugated plastic to make thinks like iPad stands and clips that can hold a sandwich for someone who can't use his arms.

NYPD has used cell tracking technology 1,000 times since '08

NEW YORK (AP) — According to data released by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York Police Department has used secretive cellphone tracking technology more than 1,000 times since 2008. A cell-site simulator can sweep up basic cellphone data by tricking phones in the area to believe that it's a cell tower, allowing it to identify unique subscriber numbers.

Magazine publisher Time Inc. buys what's left of MySpace

Parent company, Viant, says it can give marketers access to more than 1.2 billion users. Today, it is an entertainment-focused site that plays music videos and songs.

Fantasy sports companies defend embattled industry

The industry's top companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, are on the defensive after taking hits to their businesses in recent weeks as scrutiny by state policymakers across the country continues to intensify. FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles, in...Show More Summary

Head of Google in Europe grilled by UK tax authorities

LONDON (AP) — A British parliamentary committee has grilled the head of Google in Europe, sharply questioning whether the Internet giant had paid its fair share of taxes. Public Accounts Committee chairwoman Meg Hillier captured theShow More Summary

Nokia says quarterly profit rose but cautions on outlook

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia saw fourth quarter profit grow more than 50 percent to 498 million euros ($560 million) on a slight increase in sales, but the telecom networks company cautioned it would face some "market headwinds," especially...Show More Summary

Congress likely to give final OK to local Internet tax ban

Nonetheless, some were resisting the legislation because of trade provisions and a long-running dispute over a separate proposal on taxing online sales to consumers. Since 1998, in the Internet's early days, Congress has passed a series...Show More Summary

Fantasy sports companies defend embattled industry

Macias, of DraftKings, which has more than 350 workers, also downplayed the recent developments, highlighting instead the industry's state-by-state efforts to secure legislation that would keep its games legal but regulated. Nineteen...Show More Summary

Apple co-founder is bringing us an even nerdier 'Comic Con'

Throwing technology into the mix should ratchet up the nerd vibe that ripples through all Comic Cons. A sold-out crowd of about 30,000 engineers, entrepreneurs and pop-culture connoisseurs is expected to swarm into the Silicon Valley...Show More Summary

For virtual reality pioneers, no rush to succeed in 2016

The founder of Oculus told a group of developers working on VR content Wednesday that the immersive medium's success should be measured by time— not necessarily money — spent on it. Oculus' technology surrounds wearers' eyes with 360-degree...Show More Summary

Twitter signals more distress as user growth flatlines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter set out to build a virtual town square bustling with billions of people. [...] it's starting to look more like a novelty stand as social-media users flock to other services that strike a more personal ch...

Carly Fiorina ends 2016 Republican bid for President

DES MOINES (AP) — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina exited the 2016 Republican presidential race Wednesday, after winning praise for her debate prowess but struggling to build a winning coalition in a crowded GOP field. "While...Show More Summary

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