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Microsoft surpasses Apple as most valuable public company. Microsoft surpasses Apple as most valuable public company.
NEW YORK: Microsoft’s big bet on cloud computing is paying off as the company has surpassed Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company. The software maker’s prospects looked bleak just a few years ago, as licences for the company’s Windows system fell with a sharp drop in sales of personal computers. But under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has found stability by focusing on so...
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Tech stocks lead Wall Street slump; Dow closes down nearly 400 points. Tech stocks lead Wall Street slump; Dow closes down nearly 400 points.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing sharply lower on Wall Street, pulled down by more steep losses in big technology companies. Apple, Microsoft and Facebook all came under heavy selling pressure Monday. The losses came after the U.S. and China clashed at a Pacific Rim summit over the weekend, dashing hopes raised last week that the two economic giants were making progress on resolving their ...
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Facebook blocks 30 accounts ahead of US midterm elections. Facebook blocks 30 accounts ahead of US midterm elections.
Facebook said on Monday it had blocked some 30 accounts on its platform and 85 accounts on photo-sharing social network Instagram over concerns they may be linked to foreign entities and aimed at interfering in United States (US) midterm elections. The announcement came shortly after US law enforcement and intelligence agencies said they had no indication of efforts to disrupt election infrastr...
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Europe backs own space launchers amid growing competition. Europe backs own space launchers amid growing competition.
BERLIN (AP) - Major European countries are backing a new generation of home-grown space launchers amid growing competition from private space companies and developing nations such as India and China. Ministers from Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland on Thursday signaled their “full support” for the development of the Ariane 6 and Vega-C rockets and their use as launchers for all Euro...
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Google corporate parent's 3Q disappoints jittery investors. Google corporate parent's 3Q disappoints jittery investors.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - Google’s corporate parent boosted its earnings by 37 percent during the third quarter, but it still wasn’t enough to reassure investors worried about tougher regulations that could make it harder to collect the personal information that fuels the company’s advertising network. Alphabet Inc. released results for Google and its other subsidiaries Thursday amid widespr...
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Google app tested in Venezuela takes swipe at press censors. Google app tested in Venezuela takes swipe at press censors.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Google has unveiled a tool meant to help fight press censorship around the world, testing it first in Venezuela, where journalists say they’re battling a government bent on burying online stories that expose corruption and human rights abuses. News junkies in Venezuela clicking on links to independent websites have been frustrated in recent years by messages on their s...
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Apple, Samsung fined millions by Italy for 'planned obsolescence' of phones. Apple, Samsung fined millions by Italy for 'planned obsolescence' of phones.
Italy's competition authority on Wednesday said it was fining Apple and Samsung 10 and five million euros ($11.5 and $5.7 million) respectively for the so-called “planned obsolescence” of their smartphones. The ruling is believed to be the first against the manufacturers following accusations worldwide that they encourage operating system updates for older phones which slow them down, thereby e...
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What's next for Paul Allen's big investments? It's not clear. What's next for Paul Allen's big investments? It's not clear.
SEATTLE (AP) - Prior to his death on Monday, billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen invested large sums in technology ventures, research projects and philanthropy, some of it eclectic and highly speculative. What happens to those commitments now? Outside of bland assurances from his investment company, no one seems quite sure. Allen died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s ly...
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Preparation, forecasting limit Hurricane Michael damage: 'This was a success for modern technology'. Preparation, forecasting limit Hurricane Michael damage: 'This was a success for modern technology'.
As one of the strongest hurricanes ever to make U.S. landfall, Hurricane Michael wrecked extensive damage, but the theme emerging Thursday was that a combination of deft forecasting, quick emergency response, and a fortuitous path prevented the disaster from being much worse. So far six people have been reported killed as Michael, downgraded to a tropical storm, raced across the Carolinas towar...
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Warning system might have saved lives in Indonesian tsunami. Warning system might have saved lives in Indonesian tsunami.
MAKASSAR, Indonesia (AP) - An early warning system that might have prevented some deaths in the tsunami that hit an Indonesian island on Friday has been stalled in the testing phase for years. The high-tech system of seafloor sensors, data-laden sound waves and fiber-optic cable was meant to replace a system set up after an earthquake and tsunami killed nearly 250,000 people in the region in 20...
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