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Twitter tries to lure in users as it searches for CEO

To help with the latter, there are big promotions, such as last year's World Cup push and this year's expanded content and advertising deal with the NFL to help broaden its audience. There are also smaller tweaks designed to help people find new features or take advantage of tools they might not have been aware of. [...]Show More Summary

Sharks, skateboards, survival debut on Discovery VR network

The videos debuting Thursday on, YouTube and on Android and iPhone apps, reveal some of the promise of the medium, which covers every angle you could possibly look and is navigable by moving a smartphone around you or...Show More Summary

German justice minister asks Facebook to delete racist posts

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's justice minister says he wants Facebook to delete racist content faster amid a surge in anti-migrant pages and comments on the social networking site.

Apple schedules new product event for Sept. 9

Apple has previously said it plans to expand the capabilities of Siri, its voice-activated personal assistant, in an upcoming version of its operating software for iPhones and iPads. While Apple usually holds such events on a regular schedule, they are still the subject of much anticipation in the tech industry, given that Apple products tend to be popular and influential.

South African prototype may solve solar power problem

The Helio100 project, based at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape province, is a cost-effective heliostat that harnesses solar power to generate electricity. A heliostat uses mirrors or lenses to reflect sunlight, concentrating...Show More Summary

Google rejects EU anti-trust allegations as flawed

The firm based in Mountain View, California, believes that such an obligation can only be legally justified in cases where a company has a duty to provide essential supplies to a rival, such as in the gas or electricity sector. The Commission's...Show More Summary

Restraint over retweeting urged in Virginia attack video

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The online reaction spread quickly as expected after a killer posted video of his attack on two former co-workers in the midst of a live news broadcast. Shocked Twitter and Facebook users urged others not to clickShow More Summary

Review: New phones, tablets keep Samsung at Android helm

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung's new smartphones and tablets might not offer enough to entice current iPhone and iPad users to switch, but they keep Samsung at the head of the class among Android gadget makers. In a sense, if Samsung can'tShow More Summary

Amputees decry Medicare payment overhaul for artificial feet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Famous people don't often get involved with Medicare payment policy, but a Boston Marathon bombing survivor and a former U.S. senator who lost a leg in wartime service have joined an industry campaign to block new requirements for artificial legs and feet. [...]Show More Summary

Facebook testing its own virtual assistant in messaging app

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is the latest technology company to offer users a virtual assistant service. David Marcus, the head of messaging products at the Menlo Park, California company, says in a Facebook post that M can do things like buy items for you, get gifts delivered and book restaurant reservations or appointments.

Tackling goes high-tech at Dartmouth

Coach Buddy Teevens asked engineering students to create a safer way for players to practice tackling, and after two years of work, they created the Mobile Virtual Player — a motor encased in foam that simulates a real football player in size, weight, agility and speed.

Microsoft says Windows 10 now on 75 million devices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft says its new Windows 10 software is running on more than 75 million computers, tablets and other devices — less than a month since the operating system was released. Microsoft, which is known for making...Show More Summary

Review: 'Metal Gear Solid V' a technical, tactical marvel

The Phantom Pain (Konami, for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, $59.99), the player is tasked with assassinating a corrupt colonel who's up to no good. While such a chore is standard fare for a video game, "Phantom...Show More Summary

Angry Birds maker Rovio plans layoffs in restructuring

CEO Pekka Rantala noted Wednesday that Rovio's new game Angry Birds 2 has been downloaded nearly 50 million times since its July 30 launch, but that the Finnish company needs to be "leaner and more agile" to ensure it succeeds in its aim to be the world's leading mobile games maker.

Russian extends travel time to International Space Station

The roll-out of a new Soyuz rocket in March 2013 allowed Russia to cut travel time to the orbiting lab from two days travel in cramped quarters to just six hours.

Illinois man denies cancer drug smuggling conspiracy charge

[...] he is the only one of the 14 individuals and companies named as defendants to appear in court to face criminal smuggling, conspiracy and money laundering charges. Federal prosecutors accuse, its CEO Kristjan Thorkelson...Show More Summary

Uber to work with UofA on mapping, self-driving cars

(AP) — Uber is partnering with the University of Arizona to develop mapping technology as the ride-hailing company expands its research of driverless car technology. The Republican governor stopped state regulators from enforcing regulations...Show More Summary

University student pleads guilty to making Android spy app

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Carnegie Mellon University student who hoped to sell enough malicious software to infect 450,000 Google Android smartphones pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal law meant to prevent hacking of phones and computers. Infected...Show More Summary

TuneIn radio app starts $8 tier with MLB, soccer, audiobooks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — TuneIn, the app that gives users free access to thousands of live radio stations around the world, is launching an $8-a-month premium subscription service that throws in ad-free listening, audiobooks and live play-by-play...Show More Summary

Ashley Madison users in US sue cheating website

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eight people across the U.S. who registered to use Ashley Madison are suing the cheating website after hackers released personal and detailed information on them and millions of other users, including credit card numbers and sexual preferences. The lawsuits, which seek unspecified damages, claim negligence, breach of contract and privacy violations.

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