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Don't plan to line up for Apple Watch next week

[...] with supplies limited, Apple's retail chief told store workers this week that the watch will continue to be sold only online for at least the next several weeks.

'Star Wars: Battlefront' unleashed at fan convention

Battlefront publisher Electronic Arts and Swedish developer DICE showcased their next-generation rendition of the Star Wars multiplayer shooter Friday at Star Wars Celebration, the annual fan extravaganza celebrating the sci-fi franchise. The...Show More Summary

Verizon slices up the bundle, lets customers choose

Verizon's FiOS Custom TV, available Sunday, gives customers the option to buy a $55 base package with more than 35 channels plus two additional themed channel packs. There's currently seven channel packs to choose from, including genres such as sports, children and lifestyle.

Google embraces 'mobile-friendly' sites in search shake-up

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones and tablets in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information. WebsitesShow More Summary

WikiLeaks creates online archive of hacked Sony documents

The website founded by Julian Assange says that its database includes more than 170,000 emails from Sony Pictures Entertainment and a subsidiary, plus more than 30,000 other documents. An unknown organization leaked the documents and other damaging information online, but not in an easily searchable database.

Yahoo chooses to stay with Microsoft in updated search deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo and Microsoft will keep working together on search, but Yahoo is getting more control over the how its search page looks and works. In return, Yahoo will receive most of the revenue from the ads posted alongside the search results on its sites.

Stock of online marketplace Etsy surges in trading debut

Thursday was one of the biggest days for initial public offerings so far this year, with party-store operator Party City and electronic trading firm Virtu Financial also making big debuts. While it doesn't make a profit — it reported a loss of $15.2 million in 2014 — it has a very loyal customer base and room for revenue growth. [...]Show More Summary

Apple invests in China solar project, US forest conservation

(AP) — Apple is expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of "sustainable" timberland in Maine and North Carolina. The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a self-imposed goal of powering all its U.S. Show More Summary

Etsy raises $267 million in IPO, company valued at $1.78B

NEW YORK (AP) — Online crafts marketplace Etsy has raised $267 million in its initial public offering, pricing its shares at the top of the range it had predicted. [...] Etsy had said that it planned for 5 percent of the shares sold to be set aside for individual investors, including the people who sell their wares on Etsy's site.

Netflix enthralls viewers in 1Q, thrilling investors

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is enthralling viewers and investors alike as its popular series "House of Cards" and other original programming helped the Internet video service add subscribers at an unprecedented pace. Despite the growth,...Show More Summary

Germanwings crash could prompt remote override tech review

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's air traffic control agency says the crash of a Germanwings jet in France last month raises the question of whether technology should be put in place allowing authorities on the ground to take control of a plane and remotely land it.

GOP investigators asked Clinton about private email in 2012

Rep. Darrell Issa of California, then the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, asked the State Department about it in a December 2012 letter about officials' use of personal email. The letter asked if any senior agency officials used personal email to conduct official business.

Nokia aims to become networks giant with Alcatel-Lucent deal

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia has agreed to buy the ailing French telecom company Alcatel-Lucent through a public exchange of shares in France and the United States, in a bid to become a leading global networks operator. Though Alcatel-Lucent...Show More Summary

EU expected to file antitrust complaint against Google

Walker said that besides outlining their belief that Google has been illegally rigging its search results, European regulators also may announce they are opening an inquiry into whether Google uses its Android software to gain an unfair advantage.

TechBits: Analyzing medical data, breaking smartphones

IBM wants to use the power of its Watson computing system — which famously won TV's "Jeopardy" a few years back — to analyze mountains of data collected from individuals who use health-related smartphone apps, fitness bands and other...Show More Summary

Review: Adobe PDF tool is great, but casual users won't need

Adobe's Portable Document Format has become a common way to publish newsletters, instruction manuals and even tax forms. Creating your own PDF document is easy, with features built into major Web browsers and Apple's Mac system, or available...Show More Summary

'Game of Thrones' hit by piracy from Twitter app users

HBO said Tuesday it sent "take down notices" to Periscope, the app that allows video streaming from users' phones to their Twitter followers. HBO hasn't released figures, but reports say nearly 8 million viewers tuned in to the premiere, the series' best start yet.

Investigators warn airplane computers could be hacked

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says the same Internet access now available on most commercial flights also makes it possible for hackers to bring down a plane. [...] it points out that as airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration attempt to modernize planes with Internet-based technology, attackers have a new vulnerability they could exploit.

Report: Google to face antitrust charges in Europe

A published report says Europe's top antitrust regulator is poised to file charges alleging Google has been illegally using its dominant search engine to stifle competition. The Wall Street Journal says the European Union commissioner,...Show More Summary

Tablet for 2 waiting at an Olive Garden near you soon

The Italian restaurant chain said Tuesday that it is installing Ziosk computer tablets at all of its U.S. locations so customers can order and pay by touch screen. The chain said Tuesday that locations using the devices have experienced faster dining times and increased tip percentages for wait staff.

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