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  • Netflix sets Season 2 release of 'House of Cards' on Feb. 14

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) LOS ANGELES — The second season of Netflix's political thriller, "House of Cards," will debut on Valentine's Day next year. All 13 episodes will be available immediately Feb. 14. The Los Gatos, Calif., company says the show, starring Kevin Spacey, ...

  • Monday was top online shopping day on record, report says

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Cyber Monday is still on top. Retailers from Wal-Mart Stores to Amazon started rolling out "Cyber" deals at the beginning of November, and kept them going on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. That led some to wonder if ...

  • Tumblr brings hipster twist to year-end lists

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Tumblr is where the Internet's cool kids hang out. That's why Yahoo paid $1.1 billion to buy the blogging site in one of this year's most buzzed-about deals. Now, Tumblr is flaunting its hipster credentials with a ...

  • Toy company ends lawsuit over Beastie Boys parody

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — A Northern California toy company says it has removed its parody of a popular Beastie Boys song from a promotional video that went viral. GoldieBlox founder Debbie Sterling posted an open letter to the band's surviving members ...

  • Review: 5 shopping apps to get you the best prices

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Looking to save a few bucks while you shop for holiday gifts? Don't hit the mall without these shopping apps. Many retailers, for instance, will match deals you find elsewhere, so these apps can help you find ...

  • After damning report, '60 Minutes' correspondent ordered to take leave

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — CBS ordered "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan and her producer to take a leave of absence Tuesday following a critical internal review of their handling of the show's October story on the Benghazi raid, based on a ...

  • Southwest boosting fee for pets that fly

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) DALLAS — It'll soon cost more to bring your pet with you when you fly on Southwest Airlines. The airline is citing higher costs in raising its pet fee to $95 per flight from $75 beginning with flights on Jan. ...

  • Katie Couric to anchor news program for Yahoo

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Katie Couric is joining Yahoo to anchor an expansion of the Internet company's video news coverage in a move that she hopes will help persuade other broadcast TV veterans to make the transition into online programming. Monday's ...

  • Xbox One sales hit 1 million on first day, Microsoft says

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft Corp. says that more than 1 million Xbox One consoles have been sold worldwide since their midnight launch. The company says that surpasses first-day sales of the Xbox 360, the previous-generation model that went on sale ...

  • Alec Baldwin tries to ease backlash over gay slur

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Alec Baldwin jokingly professed his love for a man in front of a large crowd Wednesday as he tried to ease the backlash triggered by an Internet clip that captured him berating a photographer with what sounded ...

  • Sarah Palin's official mayoral SUV listed on eBay

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Sarah Palin's Alaska hometown is auctioning an SUV she drove when she was mayor, years before she skyrocketed to fame. The small town of Wasilla listed the 1999 Ford Expedition with 74,188 miles on eBay Monday with ...

  • Murdoch divorce proceeding nearly final

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) LOS ANGELES — Rupert Murdoch's divorce from his wife of 14 years, Wendi Deng Murdoch, is nearly final and the sides are close to amicably resolving the matter. That's according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke Tuesday ...

  • Oxford Dictionaries: 'Selfie' is word of the year

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) LONDON — Michelle Obama shared one with her "first dog" Bo, Hillary Clinton tweeted one with her daughter Chelsea. Now "selfie" — the smartphone self-portrait — has been declared word of the year for 2013, according to Britain's Oxford University ...

  • 'Thor' stays atop box office with $36.6 million

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Disney's "Thor: The Dark World" continued its box office reign with $36.6 million in its second weekend of release. Opening 15 years after the original "The Best Man," Universal's romantic comedy "The Best Man Holiday" opened strongly ...

  • Fewer U.S. homes repossessed by lenders in October

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) LOS ANGELES — Fewer U.S. homes are completing the foreclosure process and ending up repossessed by banks because investors are increasingly buying up properties when they go on sale at public auction. The trend reflects a growing appetite among investors ...

  • AT&T, Verizon waive fees to contact Philippines

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — AT&T and Verizon are offering free calls and texts to the Philippines for customers trying to contact friends and family there in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. AT&T wireless customers will be eligible for unlimited calls and ...

  • United allowing passengers gate-to-gate use of electronics

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) CHICAGO — United Airlines is allowing passengers to use portable electronic devices throughout domestic flights. The move by United, the world's biggest airline, matches new policies at Delta, JetBlue and American. United Continental Holdings Inc. said Wednesday that it expects ...

  • User burnout could threaten Twitter's prosperity

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) LOS ANGELES — They loved it. Now they hate it. A growing number of celebrities, athletes and self-promoters are burnt out and signing off of Twitter. Many have gotten overwhelmed. Some people built big audiences on the short messaging service ...

  • Dish to close rest of its Blockbuster stores in US

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — The final curtain is falling on the remaining Blockbuster video-rental stores that Dish Network Corp. runs in the U.S. About 300 Blockbuster locations scattered around the country will be closed by early January. But 50 franchised stores ...

  • What, exactly, is Google building out in San Francisco Bay?

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy. Google is erecting a four-story structure in the heart of the San Francisco Bay but is managing ...

  • Pandora listening is up in face of iTunes Radio

    1 year, 9 months ago

    (AP) People listened to Pandora's Internet radio service for a collective 1.47 billion hours in October, up 18 percent from a year ago, in the face of the launch iTunes Radio.The figure, released by Pandora Media Inc.'s Chief Financial Officer Michael ...

  • Wal-Mart kicks off holiday shopping season online

    1 year, 10 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on holiday shopping. The world's largest retailer is pulling forward by nearly a month seven big deals on items like TVs and tablets that were originally reserved for the day ...

  • Kardashian and West sue over leaked proposal vid

    1 year, 10 months ago

    (AP) LOS ANGELES — Kim Kardashian and Kanye West sued a co-founder of YouTube on Thursday claiming he violated a confidentiality agreement by posting a video of the couple's marriage proposal to his new video-sharing website. The couple's lawsuit states Chad ...

  • Smartwatches abound. But who really wants one?

    1 year, 10 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — If consumer electronics companies are to be believed, someone on your holiday shopping list is just dying for a wristwatch that displays message alerts and weather updates. Samsung and Sony have devices out for the holidays. Qualcomm ...

  • Feds won't investigate Tesla electric car fire

    1 year, 10 months ago

    (AP) DETROIT — U.S. auto safety regulators have decided not to open a formal investigation into the Oct. 2 fire that damaged a Tesla electric car near Seattle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday there's no indication at this ...

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