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  • Asian stocks mixed on poor Japanese data, growth fears

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mixed on Wednesday as poor Japanese data and worries about global growth put a damper on trading. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.6 percent to 20,430.73 while South Korea’s Kospi added 0.3 percent to 2,102.45. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.3 percent to 26,756.09. Australia’s S&P ASX […]
  • Netflix raising prices for 58M US subscribers as costs rise

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is raising its U.S. prices by 13 to 18 percent, its biggest increase since the company launched its video streaming service 12 years ago. Its most popular plan will see the largest hike, to $13 per month from $11. That option offers high-definition streaming on up to two different internet-connected […]
  • VW, Ford team up on pickups, explore deal on electrics

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen and Ford are forming a global alliance to develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups together while exploring broader cooperation on future battery-powered and autonomous vehicles and services. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess and Ford CEO Jim Hackett said Tuesday that the first jointly developed vehicles could hit the market as early […]
  • Facebook to invest $300 million in news, focusing on local

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in news initiatives, with a focus on local news partnerships and other programs. The money will go toward reporting grants for local newsrooms, expanding Facebook’s program to help local newsrooms with subscription business models and investing in nonprofits aimed […]
  • Why US classrooms are starting to resemble arcades

    WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — It’s 1 o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon in Wallingford, Connecticut, and about 20 children are watching a screen at the front of the room as they take turns navigating challenges and collecting virtual currency to unlock powers, outfits and pets for their characters. The game they’re playing has some similarities to […]
  • Huawei founder says company would not share user secrets

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The founder of China’s Huawei, the world’s biggest supplier of network gear to phone and internet companies, says his company would not share secrets about its customers and their communication networks. Ren Zhengfei spoke in a rare meeting with foreign reporters as Huawei Technologies Ltd. tries to protect its access to […]
  • South Korea defense report doesn’t refer to North as enemy

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is no longer South Korea’s “enemy,” though Pyongyang’s nuclear program still poses a security threat, according to Seoul’s biennial defense document published Tuesday. It’s the first time since 2010, the same year 50 South Koreans were killed in attacks blamed on the North, that the enemy label hasn’t […]
  • Feds to ease rules on drone flights over crowds and at night

    Federal officials plan to ease restrictions on flying small drones over crowds and at night, which would give a boost to the commercial use of unmanned aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration outlined draft rules Monday that would let drone operators do those things without a special waiver from current rules. For example, waivers for night […]
  • NBCUniversal jumps into the streaming fray

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBCUniversal will launch an ad-supported streaming service in 2020, free for anyone who pays for a cable service. The company joins an ever-growing list of streaming service players, including YouTube, AT&T, Hulu, Roku and Walmart’s Vudu, among others. On Thursday Amazon announced its own free ad-supported service called IMDB Freedive. NBCUniversal’s […]
  • Too much brine? Study highlights growing toxic brine problem

    BERLIN (AP) — The world’s thirst for fresh water is causing a salty problem. Desalination plants around the world are producing enough brine waste to swamp an area the size of Florida with a foot of salty water every year, according to a U.N.-backed report released Monday. The study by researchers from Canada, the Netherlands […]