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U.S. assigns Google car a driver

posted: 02/11/2016 2:10 a.m. Discuss

The federal government's highway safety agency agrees with Google: Computers that will control cars of the future can be considered their driver.

Hackers said to rig exchange rate at Russian bank

posted: 02/10/2016 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Hackers used malware to penetrate the defenses of a Russian regional bank and move the ruble-dollar rate more than 15 percent in minutes, according to a Moscow-based cybersecurity firm hired to investigate the attack.

India regulators reject limited-Net access app

posted: 02/09/2016 2:17 a.m. Discuss

SAN FRANCISCO -- In a setback for Facebook, Indian regulators have banned free mobile data programs that favor some Internet services over others.

Miners switch from coal to coding

posted: 02/08/2016 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Jim Ratliff worked for 14 years in the mines of eastern Kentucky, drilling holes and blasting dynamite to expose the coal that has powered Appalachian life for more than a century.

Robo-advisers for investors distress banks

posted: 02/08/2016 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Banks are watching wealthy clients flirt with robo-advisers, and that's one reason the lenders are racing to release their own versions of the automated investing technology this year, according to a consultant.

Health simulators blink, breathe, get closer to real

posted: 02/08/2016 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Look at Victoria long enough and she'll blink. Nearby, her buddy HAL, who lost his legs due to some unspecified accident, takes a deep breath.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Effects Studio transforms smartphone photos

posted: 02/08/2016 2 a.m. Discuss

Photography is evolving.

On Computers: Give up Windows? Not even for a sleek MacBook

posted: 02/08/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Several years ago, one of our friends announced he'd had it with Windows. He went out and bought two MacBooks, one for himself, one for his wife. We're slow, but we're starting to see his point. Feeling the same exasperation, we recently turned to a MacBook Air we'd had in the closet since 2012. The relief was instant. Websites loaded immediately. Joy didn't have to do four yoga poses before pictures downloaded .

Price of India's airwaves ladens carriers with debt

posted: 02/08/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

The proposed prices for India's auction of mobile-phone airwaves this year are so high the government could collect a sum worth more than the entire Sri Lankan economy.

YouTube Red to roll out original shows

posted: 02/08/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Google's YouTube will release the first batch of shows from a new original programming drive on Wednesday, offering three movies and an adventure series designed to lure customers to its $9.99-a-month subscription service.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/08/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Apple takes trashed iPhones as trades NEW YORK -- Apple for the first time is accepting banged-up iPhones as a trade-in from those wanting to upgrade.

Alphabet tops Apple on value list

posted: 02/03/2016 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Google parent Alphabet Inc. is now the world's most valuable company, stealing the crown from Silicon Valley rival Apple Inc. after reporting higher profit and sales fueled by a booming advertising business that's supporting ambitious new projects.

Yahoo to cut 1,700 jobs, get rid of some Internet services

posted: 02/03/2016 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Yahoo is laying off about 1,700 employees and shedding some of its excess baggage in a shake-up likely to determine whether CEO Marissa Mayer can save her own job.

Grocer's lanes cater to hearing-impaired

posted: 02/01/2016 2:32 a.m. Discuss

HUNT VALLEY, Md. -- When shoppers check out at Wegmans supermarket in this Baltimore suburb, they can choose self-scan, express or wheelchair-accessible lanes. Recently, they've been offered another option. In two designated "looped" aisles, concealed technology can erase background noise and make it easier for customers with hearing loss to converse with store clerks and others.

On self-driving cars, state takes slow lane

posted: 02/01/2016 2:30 a.m. Comment 1

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Companies that are developing self-driving cars of the future want government regulators to clear the road for public access to the technology, once it emerges from prototype testing.

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