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  • Pandora listening is up in face of iTunes Radio

    1 year, 6 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, 6 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, 6 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, 6 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, 6 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 ...

  • Internet address system expands with 4 suffixes

    1 year, 6 months ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — The oversight agency for Internet addresses says it has added four domain name suffixes— the first of hundreds expected in the coming years in the online addressing system's largest expansion ever. The first four are all in ...

  • Starbucks to open 'tea bar' in New York City

    1 year, 6 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Starbucks is opening a new cafe in New York City, and it won't serve any coffee. The Seattle-based company on Thursday plans to open its first Teavana "tea bar," where people can order specialty drinks and small ...

  • Harley-Davidson recalls some 2014 motorcycles

    1 year, 6 months ago

    (AP) MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson is voluntarily recalling some 2014 motorcycle models because of a possible safety issue. The Milwaukee-based company says the recall of about 29,000 bikes includes a "Do Not Ride" notice to owners and a "Do Not Deliver" notice ...

  • Apple hires Burberry CEO to boost store sales

    1 year, 6 months ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is entrusting the elegant stores that help define its brand to Angela Ahrendts, a respected executive who blended fashion sense with technological savvy to establish Burberry as a mark of luxury and success. The hiring announced ...

  • T-Mobile to eliminate international data fees

    1 year, 6 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — T-Mobile is eliminating fees for using data and texting services in more than 100 countries and capping charges for international voice calls. Starting Oct. 31, customers of T-Mobile's flagship Simple Choice plan won't have to worry about ...

  • Yellen would face tough challenges as Fed chair

    1 year, 6 months ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The challenges for Janet Yellen if she becomes the next Federal Reserve chair will require both the steely intellect and the personable style that many attribute to her. Deciding when to slow the Fed's economic stimulus. Forging consensus ...

  • NJ to start Internet gambling Nov. 26

    1 year, 7 months ago

    (AP) ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — New Jersey residents and visitors will be able to start gambling online on Nov. 26, after a five-day trial period to make sure the systems operated by the city's 12 casinos work properly. The state Gaming ...

  • Online poker thriller 'Runner' quickly politicized

    1 year, 7 months ago

    (AP) The thriller "Runner Runner" starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck hasn't even opened yet, but it's already in the center of the fight over online gambling regulation. The American Gambling Association has bought ads on major websites including Twitter, Facebook ...

  • AOL founder looks to invest outside Silicon Valley

    1 year, 7 months ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — AOL co-founder Steve Case is looking to finance entrepreneurs who are trying to build technology companies outside Silicon Valley, just like he once did. The startups will be bankrolled by a $200 million fund that Case's Revolution ...

  • Southwest Airlines begins enforcing no-show policy

    1 year, 7 months ago

    (AP) Passengers who fail to cancel bookings on Southwest now face loss of the ticket's value if they don't show up.The new policy took effect with today's flights. Customers who buy nonrefundable tickets such as Wanna Get Away fares must cancel ...

  • United mistakenly offers free fares on website

    1 year, 7 months ago

    (AP) For a little while today, United Airlines was giving away airplane tickets for free, or close to it. Passengers reported buying tickets for $5 to $10 before United shut down the bookings on its website and phone centers to prevent ...

  • AT&T backtracks as some companies catch flak over tacky 9/11 tweets

    1 year, 7 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — AT&T and some other companies learned quickly on Wednesday, the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, that it's sometimes best to stay out of the conversation. Even if everyone else is talking. Twitter was aflutter with ...

  • Microsoft launches Xbox Music on Web for free

    1 year, 7 months ago

    (AP) Microsoft is making its Xbox Music streaming service available for free on the Web — even to those who don't use Windows 8. The expansion beyond Windows 8 devices and Xbox game consoles starting Monday is intended to bring new ...

  • J.C. Penney dumps Martha Stewart over poor sales

    1 year, 8 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — J.C. Penney may be ending the tug-of-war with its nemesis for Martha Stewart. The chain is reportedly dumping the Martha Stewart brand, after sales of the home maven's goods failed to live up to expectations. The move, ...

  • Tooth Fairy inflation: Price of a tooth nears $4

    1 year, 8 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Days of finding a quarter under your pillow are long gone. The Tooth Fairy no longer leaves loose change. Kids this year are getting an average of $3.70 per lost tooth, a 23 percent jump over last ...

  • Facebook: U.S. tops other governments in demanding data on users

    1 year, 8 months ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — You can thank former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden for a new report from Facebook on the inquiries it gets from governments around the world for information on its more than 1 billion users. According to the giant ...

  • Airline mergers have already led to higher fares

    1 year, 8 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — The government is putting its foot down on rising airfares and fees by blocking the latest airline merger — but for fliers, it's already too late. The past decade has seen the largest transformation of the airline ...

  • Report: Feds to arrest 2 ex-JPMorgan employees

    1 year, 8 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Federal authorities plan to arrest two former JPMorgan Chase & Co. employees on suspicion that they tried to conceal the size of the investment bank's $6 billion trading loss last year, according to a published report Friday. ...

  • Trade Commission issues import ban on some Samsung products

    1 year, 8 months ago

    (AP) A federal administrative panel has issued an import ban on some Samsung devices on grounds they violate Apple's patents.The U.S. International Trade Commission issued its ruling late Friday.Samsung and Apple are in a global legal battle over smartphones. Apple argues ...

  • Ouya looks to make a dent in game console market

    1 year, 10 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Ouya, maker of a bite-sized game console that runs Google's Android operating system, wants to take a bite out the video game triumvirate of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. The console, which went on sale Tuesday for $100, ...

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