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Yahoo CEO could get $55M in severance pay in potential sale

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will walk away with a $55 million severance package if the company's auction of its Internet operations culminates in a sale that ousts her from her job. The documents didn't explain the rationale...Show More Summary

Oculus Rift delays flatten virtual-reality fan fervor

The delay, naturally, has sparked online grousing and even some data-based activism, including the creation of a crowdsourced spreadsheet for tracking who received their prized VR gear and when. Some longtime supporters of Oculus have...Show More Summary

Russia's nuclear nightmare flows down radioactive river

Worse, environmentalists say, is the facility's decades-old record of using the Arctic-bound waters of the Techa River to dump waste from reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, hundreds of tons of which is imported annually from neighboring...Show More Summary

Rovi buying TiVo in $1.1B cash-and-stock deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Digital TV listing company Rovi is buying TiVo in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.1 billion. TiVo is a digital video recording company. The executive said in a written statement on Friday that the buyout will help to extend services across platforms and expand its customer base.

Japan abandons costly X-ray satellite lost in space

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency has abandoned its efforts to restore the operations of a multimillion-dollar satellite that was to probe the mysteries of black holes using X-ray telescopes. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced Thursday that it would stop trying to fix the satellite after determining that its two solar arrays had broken off at their bases.

Authorities say death at Apple headquarters was suicide

An autopsy later confirmed he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Sgt. Andrea Urena of the Santa Clara County sheriff's department said Thursday. In a statement on Wednesday, Apple said its employees were "heartbroken by the tragic loss of a young and talented co-worker."

How Amazon convinced you to pay up for shopping

Meaning, of course, its $100 annual membership program, now a decade old, which has accomplished the remarkable feat of convincing millions of people to pay an annual fee for the privilege of, well, shopping. What started as a yearly...Show More Summary

Carl Icahn sells Apple stake, citing China worries

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has sold his stake in Apple, citing concerns about the giant tech company's prospects in China. [...] he said he worries about Chinese regulators, who recently blocked Apple's online services.

AP Source: Fiat Chrysler, Google in partnership talks

The partnership would be the first to match an automaker with Google's 7-year-old autonomous car project, which is now part of the so-called X lab at Alphabet Inc., Google's parent company. Last fall, Google hired John Krafcik, an auto industry veteran and former executive at Ford Motor Co. Show More Summary

Shares of Amazon jump on 1Q earnings beat

SEATTLE (AP) — Shares of Inc. surged Thursday after the e-commerce powerhouse reported better-than-expected first-quarter results fueled by a 28 percent jump in revenue. The Seattle-based company's net income totaled $513Show More Summary

Comcast buying DreamWorks Animation for about $3.55B

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast is buying DreamWorks Animation, the film company behind the Shrek, ''Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda franchises, for approximately $3.55 billion, strengthening its presence in the important and growing business of...Show More Summary

France shows off humanoid underwater exploration robot

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — French officials have unveiled a humanoid diving robot that they hope will give a big artificial hand to the practice of underwater archaeology.

Review: Kindle Oasis aims at avid readers, pricey for others

NEW YORK (AP) — The Kindle Oasis is Amazon's sleekest, lightest e-book reader yet — and at $290, unnecessary unless you're a die-hard reader. The Oasis, which started shipping this week, is meant to be a luxury e-book reader — a solid,...Show More Summary

Smartphone health: Apple releases software for medical apps

CUPERTINO, California (AP) — Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions — from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression. Rather...Show More Summary

Russia launches 1st rocket from new space facility

More facilities have to be built there to accommodate heavy-lift launch vehicles and service manned launches. The construction of the vast space complex some 5,500 kilometers (3,400 miles) east of Moscow has been troubled by delays —...Show More Summary

'Angry Birds' maker wants phones out as film credits roll

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The creators of "Angry Birds" hope movie theater audiences don't get their feathers ruffled if some filmgoers pluck out their mobile devices at the end of "The Angry Birds Movie" and point them at the screen. Rovio...Show More Summary

Samsung's profit beats forecast thanks to early phone debut

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics reported Thursday a better-than-expected quarterly profit as an early debut of its flagship Galaxy smartphones boosted sales of high-end phones despite flat growth in the overall smartphone...Show More Summary

Behind the scenes at Apple's controversial China iPhone factory

The factory at the corner of Xiu Yan and Shen Jiang roads is one of the most secretive facilities at the heart of iPhone production and covers an area equal to almost 90 football fields. In the center is a plaza with a firehouse, police station and post office. Show More Summary

Facebook reports stronger-than-expected 1Q results

(AP) — Facebook posted stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter, helped by a growing number of users and higher advertising revenue, especially on mobile devices. Adjusted earnings were 77 cents per share in the latest quarter,...Show More Summary

Facebook still isn't a mall, but its bots aim to change that

Last month, Facebook announced that people can use its Messenger chat service to order flowers, keep up with the news and buy shoes or other goods from participating companies. Only a few have signed on so far, but if the feature takes...Show More Summary

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