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Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

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People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's... More>>

Record labels sue Pandora over older songs

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Major record labels are suing Internet radio giant Pandora for copyright infringement for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying license fees. More>>

Google's 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip

Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet's most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring... More>>

SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

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A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week. More>>

5 features an Amazon phone might offer

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A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer. More>>

Dutch man's case linked to Amanda Todd

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Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed into exposing herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after... More>>

Shares of Travelocity owner Sabre rise after IPO

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Shares of Sabre Corp. ended higher Thursday, but the provider of technology services to the travel industry raised less money than it had projected in its initial public offering. More>>

US newspaper industry revenue fell 2.6 pct in 2013

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U.S. newspaper industry revenue fell last year, as increases in circulation revenue weren't high enough to make up for shrinking demand for print advertising, an industry trade group said Friday. More>>

Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry

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The future of Aereo, an online service that provides over-the-air TV channels, hinges on a battle with broadcasters that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week. More>>

Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to find

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Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December. More>>

Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

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Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday. More>>

Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

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Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too... More>>

Full lunar eclipse delights Americas, 1st of year

Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse - at least those fortunate enough to have clear skies. More>>

Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reach out

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Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the... More>>

NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

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NASA's robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more. More>>

White House updating online privacy policy

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By MARTHA MENDOZA AP National Writer A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and... More>>

White House updating online privacy policy

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By MARTHA MENDOZA Associated Press A new Obama administration privacy policy out Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social... More>>

Police charge Canadian in Internet privacy breach

Police have charged a 19-year-old Canadian man in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from Canada's tax agency website. More>>

IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump

IBM's first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street's expectations amid an ongoing decline in its hardware business, one that was exacerbated by weaker demand in China and emerging markets. More>>

Venture investments highest since 2001

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Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday. More>>

US stock market ends higher as earnings pour in

By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer Corporate earnings pushed U.S. stocks mostly higher on Thursday, but it wasn't an easy ride up. More>>

Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy

Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of... More>>

Researcher finds flaw in Samsung fingerprint check

A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print. More>>

SpaceX will try again Fri. to launch station cargo

SpaceX is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. More>>

Study: Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. More>>

Court rejects bankruptcy protection for Mt. Gox

The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo is headed for liquidation after a court rejected its bankruptcy protection application. More>>

Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft. More>>

Freight train industry to miss safety deadline

Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad industry said Wednesday. More>>

Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work

Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job. More>>

Yahoo nominates co-founder, 2 others to join board

Yahoo co-founder David Filo is vying to rejoin the Internet company's board after an 18-year absence. More>>

Google buys drone maker Titan Aerospace

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems. More>>

US stocks close higher for third day in a row

By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer Investors drove stock prices to their highest level in a week Wednesday, encouraged by a crop of corporate earnings and reassuring U.S. and Chinese economic data. More>>

Study shows increase in online information thefts

The number of Americans who say they've had important personal information stolen online is on the rise, according to a Pew Research Center report released Monday. More>>

Study: Samsung phone durable, but iPhone has edge

Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone is more durable than last year's model and other leading Android phones, but the iPhone 5s outperformed all of them in part because of its smaller size, a new study finds. More>>

At Tribeca, movies are only part of the story

The Tribeca Film Festival is now a teenager. And like most teens, its eyes are on a lot of screens. More>>

Twitter buys data analytics partner Gnip

Twitter says it has bought its data partner Gnip, which provides analysis of the more than 500 million tweets its users share each day - to advertisers, academic institutions, politicians and other customers. More>>

Ex-editor admits hearing hacked voicemails in 2004

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that he listened to hacked voicemail messages while he was editor of the tabloid. More>>

Smartphone apps to help patients take their meds

By The Associated Press Several smartphone apps are available to help patients take their medications as prescribed. Here's a sampling of several free apps, noting some of their special features: More>>

Cost of fighting warming 'modest,' says UN panel

The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate... More>>

Ahead of the Bell: Yahoo

Yahoo soared 8 percent in trading before the opening bell Wednesday after quarterly results showed an aggressive push into Asia and a slight pickup in advertising revenue. More>>

Criterion Collection extends Hulu streaming deal

The Criterion Collection and Hulu have extended their deal to keep the video platform as the exclusive streaming home of Criterion's vast library of art house films. More>>

Relativity's last-minute bid for Maker rebuffed

Relativity Media, a film financier and movie distributor, was rebuffed in a last-minute bid for Maker Studios, the YouTube video creator that agreed to be bought by The Walt Disney Co. last month. More>>

Sub makes 2nd dive to search for Malaysian plane

As a robotic submarine dove into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person. More>>

ASML sees lull in orders from computer chip makers

ASML Holding NV, the largest supplier of equipment to computer chip makers such as Intel and Samsung, says it sees only incremental sales gains in the coming two quarters. More>>

Police: GPS helped solve, didn't deter killings

GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to... More>>

San Francisco considers ending rental ban

San Francisco lawmakers are considering making it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported. More>>

Intel reports lower 1Q net income, higher revenue

Intel's earnings fell in the first three months of the year amid a continued slump in the worldwide PC market, but revenue grew slightly because of solid demand for tablet processors and its data center services. More>>

Yahoo's 1Q highlighted by Alibaba, modest ad gains

Yahoo is prospering from its lucrative investments in Asia while the Internet company's listless advertising sales are picking up, if ever so slightly, under CEO Marissa Mayer. More>>

Netflix's Comcast deal improves quality of video

Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in 17 months, thanks to a recent deal that bought Netflix a more direct connection to Comcast's network. More>>

US stock markets rebounds after choppy day

By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer A stock market swoon turned into a comeback Tuesday. More>>

Court upholds EPA emission standards

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. More>>

Bud Selig calls replay start 'remarkable'

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport's new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks. More>>

NSC backs disclosing software vulnerabilities

Disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and shouldn't be withheld from the public unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need, President... More>>

Coulson: 'Didn't know about tabloid phone hacking'

Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief said under oath Tuesday that he was never involved in phone hacking when he was the editor of a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, though he acknowledged he... More>>

Zebra to spend $3.45B on Motorola business

Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions in a considerable expansion that is both technological and geographical. More>>

Uber meets local lookalikes in Asia taxi-app wars

Riding on its startup success and flush with fresh capital, taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber is making a big push into Asia. There's a twist, though: Instead of being the game-changing phenomena it was in the U.S.,... More>>

Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings

Two parolees raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday. More>>

Is hot market for IPOs cooling?

A hot market for initial public offerings may soon face a cooler reception from investors. More>>

Rocket leak delays space station delivery launch

A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer because of a rocket leak. More>>

US stocks recover some ground on retail sales gain

By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer U.S. stocks mounted a modest rally on Monday, helping investors recover some of the ground lost after a rough finish last week. More>>

Ex-editor Coulson: Affair with Brooks was 'wrong'

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson took the stand at Britain's phone hacking trial Monday, saying his affair with fellow executive Rebekah Brooks was wrong but didn't lead him to share work secrets with her. More>>

Lions Gate partners with online outfit RocketJump

Another Hollywood studio is tying up with a video creator that has made it big on YouTube. More>>

Dutch arrest girl whose tweet threatened airline

Police in the Netherlands have arrested a 14-year-old girl on suspicion of threatening American Airlines in a tweet. More>>

UN climate report balances science and politics

After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday on a scientific guide to help governments, industries and regular people take... More>>

Serbia experts use heavy machinery to move mammoth

Serbian archaeologists on Friday used heavy machinery to move a female mammoth skeleton - believed to be one million years old - from an open mine pit where it was unearthed nearly five years ago. More>>

Twitter CEO, co-founders not selling stock

Twitter says its CEO Dick Costolo and co-founders Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams have no plans to sell any of their shares when the company's post-IPO lock-up expires on May 5. More>>

Investor sentiment on tech goes from giddy to glum

The stock market's laws of gravity are ravaging its highest fliers. More>>

Heartbleed could harm a variety of systems

It now appears that the "Heartbleed" security problem affects not just websites, but also the networking equipment that connects homes and businesses to the Internet. More>>

At a Glance: Hot tech stocks tumble

By The Associated Press Investors have clipped the wings of high-flying tech stocks in recent weeks, as they re-focus on safer sectors such as utilities, health care and consumer staples. Shares of tech... More>>

Court reverses conviction of man in iPad data case

A federal appeals court reversed the conviction of man imprisoned for illegally gaining access to AT&T's servers and stealing the email addresses of more than 100,000 of iPad users, ruling Friday that prosecutors... More>>

Sony warns of battery issue in some Vaio laptops

Sony is advising consumers to quit using some of its VAIO laptop computers and unplug them, saying that it's possible that its non-removable battery pack could overheat. More>>

Mike Conway wins wild IndyCar race at Long Beach

What seemed to be a Ryan Hunter-Reay runaway took a strange and sudden turn on the streets of Long Beach, where tempers flared long after Mike Conway took a surprising win. More>>

No cellphone, no problem at tradition-rich Masters

No cellphones. No video screens. No electronic scoreboards. More>>

Researchers using math to whittle away at jet lag

Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it's possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own... More>>

Politics test Silicon Valley's Russian ties

Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin. More>>

Fungal disease fatal to bats spreads to half of US

A fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats is spreading and now has been detected in half of the United States, officials said Thursday. More>>

Artificial cooling tricky topic for climate panel

It's Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space. More>>

Space station computer outage may force spacewalk

A computer outage at the International Space Station may require a spacewalk by astronauts and threatens to delay next week's launch of a commercial supply ship for NASA. More>>

Air Force launches spy satellite from Florida

The Air Force has launched a new spy satellite. More>>

Call of cyber duty: Military academies take on NSA

If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen. More>>

GOP, Dems clash over online domain name oversight

Republican opposition to Obama administration plans to spin off U.S. oversight of the Internet's domain name system is evolving into an election-year political fight, with GOP lawmakers using it as the latest front in... More>>

US Internet ad revenue surpasses broadcast

For the first time, U.S. Internet advertising revenue has surpassed that of broadcast television thanks to sharp growth in mobile and digital video ads. More>>

Bezos offers update on groceries, drones

CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders offers a glimpse into Amazon's internal workings and what it is aiming for in the future, including more grocery services and the much-discussed drone delivery. More>>

Northwestern players see push as spark for change

No matter how they feel about the push to unionize, at least a few Northwestern players see the movement as a spark for change in college sports. More>>

CenturyLink: Washington 911 outage due to vendor

A seven-hour outage in Washington state 911 service that left dispatchers deeply troubled was caused by a technical error by a third-party vendor, CenturyLink said Friday. More>>

Physicist wins $1.3M tech prize for data storage

Anyone who uses large data centers, cloud services, social networks or gets music and film online can thank British-American physicist Stuart Parkin. More>>

Swiss unveil new solar plane for global flight Video included

The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car. More>>

New technology unwraps mummies' ancient mysteries

Our fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using the latest technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries. More>>

Once-soaring tech stocks sink in sobering comedown

The stock market's laws of gravity are ravaging its highest fliers. More>>

Google to sell Glass to bigger pool of consumers

A lot more people are about to get a chance to buy Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear that has become the hottest accessory in geek fashion. More>>

Stocks fall on jitters over earnings, tech rout

Investors drove the stock market lower for a second straight day Friday as they grew anxious that earnings growth was faltering. More>>

Police: Facebook posts prompted fatal casino fight

Reno, Nev., police say they've arrested a nightclub guard accused of killing a man who posted negative Facebook comments about the lounge's security. More>>

Earnings drop at JPMorgan drags bank stocks lower

Weaker earnings at JPMorgan Chase are dragging bank stocks lower in midday trading. More>>

Probe of alleged pimping targets French website

French prosecutors are examining whether an online dating site called sugardaddy.fr, which seeks to connect older men with younger women, is actually pimping. More>>

Americas get front-row seat for lunar eclipse

North and South America, get ready for the first eclipse of the year- in color. More>>

Apollo 11 checklist, spacesuit sold at NY auction

An Apollo 11 lunar surface checklist sheet was among the coveted items sold at a New York City auction of space exploration artifacts. More>>

Japan stem cell researcher says results valid

The Japanese scientist accused of falsifying data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper said Wednesday the results are valid despite mistakes in their presentation. More>>

AutoNavi agrees to be acquired by Alibaba

By The Associated Press Chinese digital mapping and navigation company AutoNavi Holdings Ltd. has agreed to be acquired by e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in a deal valued at $1.5 billion. More>>

Tech sell-off roils global markets

Renewed weakness in the tech-heavy Nasdaq index in the U.S. roiled global markets Friday. More>>

Earnings drop at JPMorgan drags bank stocks lower

Weaker earnings at JPMorgan Chase are dragging bank stocks lower in early trading. More>>

Noses, made in Britain: UK touts lab-grown organs

In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in a bold attempt to make body parts in the laboratory. More>>

Video shows suicide bomber who killed 16 in Egypt

An al-Qaida inspired group in Egypt posted a video online Thursday showing a suicide bomber attacking a security headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, an assault that killed 16 people in December. More>>

Continued drop in PC shipments slows

Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the latest numbers show that the global slump in PC demand may be easing. More>>

EBay, Icahn settle proxy fight

Ebay and billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn have settled their proxy fight ahead of the company's annual meeting. More>>

French IT staff get right to unplug from work

French IT staff at Google, Facebook and other companies have won new protections against burnout: the right to unplug. More>>

Electrical device helps paralyzed men move legs

Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original... More>>

Slow start for NY town using birth control on deer

Heavy snow and red tape resulted in a disappointingly slow start for a pioneering program in a New York suburb to use birth control as a no-kill way to thin the numbers of deer. More>>

Nintendo brings 'Tomodachi' game to US, Europe

Nintendo is bringing its "Tomodachi" game for the portable 3DS system to the U.S. and Europe following its success in Japan. More>>

Israel launches new spy satellite

Israel's Defense Ministry said on Thursday that it has successfully launched a new observation satellite into orbit, one which is expected to be used to observe Iran and hostile militant groups in the Middle East. More>>

Twitter tweaks website to attract new users

As Twitter looks to broaden its appeal beyond its 241 million users, the company is introducing a redesign of profile pages that includes bigger photos, more user controls and a distinct resemblance to Facebook. More>>

Smartphone trial judge annoyed by phones in court

So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn... More>>

What you need to know about the Heartbleed bug

Millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information may be at risk as a result of a major breakdown in Internet security revealed earlier this week. More>>

Was 'Cuban Twitter' program political or not? Video included

The Obama administration is looking into whether a "Cuban Twitter" program secretly backed by the U.S. government contained messages that were political in nature, despite assertions from the administration that the effort... More>>

UN climate panel chair calls for 'enlightenment'

The head of the United Nations scientific panel on climate change urged diplomats and scientists to show "enlightenment" Monday, as they began a weeklong meeting aimed at spelling out in plain terms what options the world... More>>

Heartbleed bug causes major security headache

A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent... More>>

US stocks rally on Fed minutes, earnings news

Once again, it was the Federal Reserve to the rescue for the stock market. More>>

Iran: '50 to 60 percent agreement' on nuke deal

Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday his country and six world powers are in "50 to 60 percent agreement" on the shape of a deal meant to crimp any potential Iranian attempt to build nuclear arms in exchange for an... More>>

Comcast argues benefits of Time Warner Cable deal

Comcast Corp. on Tuesday presented its case to government regulators arguing that its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc. will benefit consumers without limiting competition. More>>

Prosecutors: Ads for rape posted in revenge scheme

A San Diego woman distraught over losing out on her family's dream house carried out a perverse revenge scheme to have the home's new owner raped, prosecutors said. More>>

HP to pay $108M to end international graft inquiry

Hewlett-Packard will pay the U.S. government $108 million to settle charges that former employees paid bribes to officials in Russia, Mexico and Poland. More>>

Tetris in the sky: Gamers play on Philly building

Sam Robinson said it's been about 15 years since he last played the videogame Tetris on a Game Boy. On Saturday night, he played it on the side of a skyscraper. More>>

EU court ruling boost privacy rights of citizens

The European Union's top court on Tuesday dealt a blow to law-enforcement agencies' spying on phone and internet records, saying the lives of citizens should not be "the subject of constant surveillance." More>>

Online security flaw exposes millions of passwords

An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem... More>>

Webby nominees range from Citi Bike to Jay Z

This year's list of nominees for Webby awards celebrating Internet achievement range from celebrities such as Beyonce and Ellen DeGeneres to Google and GoPro, the maker of popular mountable video cameras. More>>

In blind test, soloists like new violins over old

Ten world-class soloists put costly Stradivarius violins and new, cheaper ones to a blind scientific test. The results may seem off-key to musicians and collectors, but the new instruments won handily. More>>

Clinton urges tech leaders to invest in training

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that if Silicon Valley executives want to persuade Congress to let them hire more high-skilled professionals from abroad, they would have a better case if they also funded college-based... More>>

Samsung's profit falls as smartphones get cheaper

Declining smartphone prices hit profit at Samsung Electronics Co. for a second straight quarter. More>>

NBC sets online talent search for comedy writers

NBC is launching a national talent search for comedy writers. More>>

'Cuban Twitter' _overtly political, poking Castros Video included

Draft messages produced for a Twitter-like network that the U.S. government secretly built in Cuba were overtly political and poked fun at the Castro brothers, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. The messages... More>>

US will cut deployed nuke missile force by 50

The U.S. will keep its current force of 450 land-based nuclear missiles but remove 50 from their launch silos as part of a plan to bring the U.S. into compliance with a 2011 U.S.-Russia arms control treaty, the Pentagon... More>>

End of Windows XP support spells trouble for some

Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger. More>>

Alaska's largest daily newspaper sold for $34M

An online competitor announced plans Tuesday to buy Alaska's largest daily newspaper. More>>

Investors shed tech, biotech stocks

Wall Street's cool kids have been booted from the lunchroom. More>>

Bill Clinton discusses privacy, national security

Former President Bill Clinton described Edward Snowden as "sort of an imperfect messenger," who has raised questions about whether the nation can use technology to protect national security without destroying liberty and... More>>

US stocks rise for the first time in four days

Maybe the sell-off was a little overdone. More>>

Nokia gets Chinese approval for Microsoft deal

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp., removing one of the last major hurdles to the 5.4 billion-euro ($7.3 billion) deal. More>>

Samsung adding anti-theft solutions to smartphones

Samsung Electronics will add two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices nationwide, the company said Friday. More>>

Climate meeting to discuss future of fossil fuels

After concluding that global warming almost certainly is man-made and poses a grave threat to humanity, the U.N.-sponsored expert panel on climate change is moving on to the next phase: what to do about it. More>>

Donations pour in for Phoenix mom facing charges

A Phoenix woman arrested after leaving her two kids in a hot vehicle during a job interview is fighting to clear her name in court, with the support of a New Jersey woman who has raised more than $91,000 to help her effort. More>>

Egypt court upholds sentence for 3 activists

An appeals court on Monday upheld the convictions and three-year prison sentences handed down to three of Egypt's most prominent political activists, a ruling that is likely to revive opposition to a draconian protest... More>>

On Twitter and video, Biden steps up role for Dems

Vice President Joe Biden is ramping up his role for the Democratic Party, putting his political weight behind a voter-expansion effort and rebooting his dormant Twitter handle just in time for the midterm elections. More>>

Steve Jobs biographer writing about digital age

After writing a best-selling book about a superstar of the digital age, Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson is working on a tribute to teamwork. More>>

Court rejects early appeal of surveillance ruling

The Supreme Court on Monday declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records, instead allowing the dispute to work... More>>

Tech stock sell-off spreads through world markets

Mounting concerns over technology stocks weighed hard on stock markets around the world on Monday. More>>

'Cuban Twitter' heads to hearings in Congress Video included

The head of the U.S. government agency that secretly created a "Cuban Twitter" communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba is expected to testify next week before a senator who thinks the... More>>

Mozilla CEO resignation raises free-speech issues

The resignation of Mozilla's CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley's strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the... More>>

Germany investigates large-scale password theft

German authorities are investigating the suspected theft of passwords for some 18 million email addresses. More>>

2-legged Washington dog charms millions with video

A dog in Washington state has no rear legs, but he can balance enough to run on only his front legs, as millions of people have seen in a YouTube video. More>>

SpaceX reschedules space station resupply launch

A delayed supply run to the International Space Station is now set to launch April 14. More>>

ESA successfully launches new monitoring satellite

The European Space Agency said Friday it has successfully launched the first in a series of satellites that will form the nucleus of its new Copernicus monitoring system, which is aimed at providing better and quicker... More>>

NYC space auction includes lunar-dust covered item

Everything from American and Russian spacesuits to a moon dust-covered strap from the Apollo 12 mission will be available to space history buffs at auction in New York City next week. More>>

Community taking a dive for young cancer patient

An effort to help the family of a 5-month-old Missouri boy with cancer has inspired thousands of people across the U.S. and even abroad to take a plunge into cold bodies of water. More>>

FDA approves easy-to-use heroin overdose antidote

Friends and family will be able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids. More>>

Philly skyscraper-sized Tetris game wows hundreds

Hundreds of Tetris fans had a little fun Saturday with a big version of the classic video game. More>>

FireChat ignites new way to communicate on phones

A new mobile messaging application called FireChat is empowering nearby smartphone users to stay in touch even when there's no cellular service or Internet connection. More>>

Obama selfie: White House objects to Samsung use

The White House is not amused that Samsung is promoting a selfie with the president taken by Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz on a Samsung phone. More>>

US finally regains the jobs lost in the recession Video included

The U.S. economy has reached a milestone: It has finally regained all the private-sector jobs it lost during the Great Recession. More>>

Erdogan blasts court ruling lifting Twitter ban

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that he had to comply with the Turkish high court ruling this week to unblock Twitter, but he doesn't respect it. More>>

Old habits at Samsung, LG embarrass them abroad

When Samsung unveiled a new smartphone at the storied Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway-style spectacle was memorable not for technology but for a cast of giggling female characters who fantasized about marrying a... More>>

NASA cuts ties with Russia except on space station

After insisting that space relations wouldn't be altered by earthly politics, NASA on Wednesday said it was severing ties with Russia except for the International Space Station. More>>

Samsung hooks unsuspecting Obama as phone ad star

The latest pitchman in Samsung's marketing machine: an unwitting President Barack Obama. More>>

Correction: Fast-Growing Salmon story

In a story April 3 about genetically modified salmon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Recombinetics, a Minnesota-based company, wanted to produce cattle without horns for meat. The company is primarily... More>>

Samsung adding anti-theft solutions to smartphones

Samsung Electronics will add two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices nationwide, the company said Friday. More>>

Wall Street orders up GrubHub in market debut

Wall Street has a major craving for takeout. More>>

Tech stocks, once highfliers, drop; Nasdaq sinks

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Cambodia's Angkor temples added to Street View

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