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Apple ordered to pay $506M in Wisconsin patent infringement

(AP) — A judge has ordered computer-maker Apple Inc. to pay more than $506 million in a patent infringement case brought by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation after the two sides agreed on final damages. A jury in 2015 found Apple infringed on a patent held by the foundation, which supports research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Greek police see leads in money laundering suspect's phone

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police say a cellphone seized from a Russian man the U.S. wants extradited for allegedly laundering vast sums through bitcoin transactions should provide key data for the investigation. ThessalonikiShow More Summary

Why Twitter won't ban President Donald Trump

The president's tweets draw attention to the struggling service, but tweets mocking reporters and rivals undercut Twitter's commitment to make the service a more welcoming place. CEO Jack Dorsey told NBC in May that it's "really important to hear directly from leadership" to hold people accountable and have conversations out in the open, not behind closed doors.

Why you still can't ditch your cable box

The federal government was pressuring cable companies to open up their near-monopoly on boxes to more competition, and industry leader Comcast promised apps that could render some boxes obsolete. In 2015, tech companies and consumerShow More Summary

Samsung poised to unseat Intel as king of microchips

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Intel's more than two decade-long reign as the king of the silicon-based semiconductor is poised to end Thursday when South Korea's Samsung Electronics elbows the U.S. manufacturer aside to become the leading maker of computer memory chips.

Nokia reports loss, warns of decline in networks industry

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia continued to be hit by a decline in its core networks sector in the second quarter with almost flat sales, and cautioned Thursday that a weakening in networks would be greater than previously expected. In May, Nokia...Show More Summary

Inmates' escape video shows everything is caught on tape

Inmates' escape video shows everything is caught on tape Inmates who broke out of the maximum-security wing of a California jail last year did just that with a smuggled cellphone and through an attorney released it to the public Wednesday.

Amazon and Foxconn reflect a growing trend: Deliver it now

Amazon's plans to add 50,000 jobs at a dozen warehouses across the United States and Foxconn's decision to build a $10 billion plant and hire up to 13,000 workers in Wisconsin aren't just feel-good stories of job creation. [...] President...Show More Summary

Samsung Electronics reports 85 percent jump in profit

Samsung, the world's largest maker of memory chips and smartphones, has likely surpassed Intel by its semiconductor revenue during the last quarter and outstripped Apple in quarterly earnings for the first time as tight supplies, increased uses of connected devices and mobile data created an unprecedented boom in the memory chip industry.

Facebook's ads just keep creeping into new apps

[...] Facebook — a free service that relies almost completely on ads to make money — has to keep finding new and creative ways to let businesses hawk their stuff on its properties.

Experts: Software theft shows threat of mercenary hackers

(AP) — On an October morning in 2012, the system administrator of a tiny Vermont defense contractor arrived at work to find the business' computers had been hacked and a sophisticated software program stolen. Prosecutors later concluded...Show More Summary

Pew poll: A quarter of blacks have been harassed online

A recently released Pew Research Center survey says 25 percent of African-Americans adults — or 1 in 4 — have faced some sort of harassment online based on race or ethnicity.

Now hiring at Amazon: Thousands of people in 1 day

The hiring spree is yet another sign of Amazon's massive growth at a time when traditional retailers are closing stores and cutting jobs. [...] Amazon has often reported quarterly losses, even as revenue grows. Inc. said its...Show More Summary

Whole Foods' sales figure falls as Amazon deal looms

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Whole Foods is reporting another quarterly sales decline as it prepares to be acquired by online giant Amazon. Facing pressure from investors to improve its performance, Whole Foods agreed to be acquired by Amazon...Show More Summary

Slack, Skype, Zoom: Remote work the norm even at small firms

"There is only so much that you can communicate through text," says Max Sheppard, CEO of TrustedPros, an online service that helps people find home-improvement workers. Sheppard, like many other owners, uses messaging programs like Google...Show More Summary

At hacker summit, a new focus on preventing brazen attacks

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Against a backdrop of cyberattacks that have grown into full-fledged sabotage, Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos is bringing a new message to hackers and security experts at the Black Hat conference.

Russian wanted in US caught in Greece for money laundering

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A Russian man wanted in the United States on suspicion of masterminding a money laundering operation involving at least $4 billion through bitcoin transactions was ordered held in custody in Greece on Wednesday until a U.S. Show More Summary

Italian bank says 400,000 loan account details hacked

The bank said in a statement Wednesday that the hackers accessed only data related to personal loans, and that it was breached through an unidentified external commercial partner. The bank said it was filing a criminal complaint with prosecutors and is taking action to close the breach.

Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

Boeke, a researcher at New York University, directs an international team of 11 labs on four continents working to "rewrite" the yeast genome, following a detailed plan they published in March. [...] it also opens the door to life with...Show More Summary

APNewsBreak: New York eyes 'textalyzer' to bust drivers

"Despite laws to ban cellphone use while driving, some motorists still continue to insist on texting behind the wheel — placing themselves and others at substantial risk," Cuomo said in a statement provided exclusively to The Associated...Show More Summary

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