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  • Science Says: What makes something truly addictive

    CHICAGO (AP) — Now that the world’s leading public health group says too much Minecraft can be an addiction, could overindulging in chocolate, exercise, even sex, be next? The short answer is probably not. The new “gaming disorder” classification from the World Health Organization revives a debate in the medical community about whether behaviors can […]
  • Xiaomi: A Chinese startup out to challenge Google, Amazon

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Xiaomi, a Chinese startup that helped pioneer the trend toward ultra-low-priced smartphones, is preparing for what would be the biggest initial public offering since e-commerce giant Alibaba’s in 2014. The 8-year-old is a star among the Chinese unicorns, a term that refers to startup companies that are valued at more […]
  • Net neutrality backers fume as California bill watered down

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California legislation that was billed as one of the nation’s most aggressive efforts to revive net neutrality was watered down during a tense legislative hearing Wednesday, leading the author to repudiate what he called a “mutilated” bill. The legislation has been closely watched by energetic net neutrality advocates, who quickly denounced […]
  • Business Highlights

    ___ The Mouse chases the Fox: Disney makes $71B counteroffer NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is offering more than $71 billion for Fox’s entertainment businesses in a counterbid to Comcast’s nearly $66 billion offer. The battle for Twenty-First Century Fox reflects a new imperative among entertainment and telecommunications firms, which are amassing ever more programming […]
  • Twenty-First Century Fox and Walgreens jump; Starbucks skids

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday: Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., up $3.37 to $48.08 The media company accepted a new offer from Disney to its entertainment divisions for more than $70 billion. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., up $3.39 to $68 S&P Dow Jones Indices said the drugstore will become […]
  • Instagram unveils new video service in challenge to YouTube

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook’s Instagram service is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube when they’re looking for something to watch on their smartphones. The expansion announced Wednesday, dubbed IGTV, will increase Instagram’s video time limit from one minute to 10 minutes for most users. Accounts […]
  • Apple signs deal with Sesame Workshop for kids’ shows

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apple is getting into business with the prestigious Sesame Workshop. Apple said Wednesday it has given a multiple-series order to the nonprofit organization. The shows will be part of a slate of children’s programming for Apple’s upcoming streaming service. Apple said the long-running “Sesame Street” program, which airs on PBS and […]
  • Tesla sues ex-employee alleging data theft, leaks to media

    DETROIT (AP) — A former employee hacked into computers at Tesla’s Nevada battery factory, stole confidential information and combined it with falsehoods in leaks to the media, the electric car maker alleged in a federal lawsuit. The suit was filed Wednesday, three days after CEO Elon Musk warned employees of sabotage from within the company. […]
  • FTC puts data, privacy under spotlight with new hearings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission says it plans to hold hearings about technology, competition and privacy of a kind it hasn’t held in more than 20 years. The hearings were announced by the FTC’s new chairman, Joseph Simons, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump. The antitrust lawyer says he wants input on […]
  • Sweden starts construction on fossil fuel-free steel plant

    BERLIN (AP) — Sweden has started construction on a factory that will test whether it’s feasible to make steel without burning fossil fuels. Utility firm Vattenfall said Tuesday it has teamed up with steel company SSAB and mining firm LKAB to build the 1.4-billion Swedish krona ($158 million) pilot plant. Existing plants produce large amounts […]