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  • Stocks finish mostly higher as tech and media companies lead

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Wednesday as investors bet that technology companies and small, domestically-focused firms will continue to do well even if the trade dispute between the U.S. and China gets worse. Media companies jumped after Disney reached a new deal with Twenty-First Century Fox. Facebook, Microsoft and Alphabet led the rally […]
  • The Mouse chases the Fox: Disney makes $71B counteroffer

    NEW YORK (AP) — The mouse is chasing the fox. 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. They are amassing ever more programming to better compete […]
  • Tariff troubles: Volvo opens 1st US plant in changed economy

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Volvo Cars opened its first plant in the U.S. on Wednesday in a much different trade environment than when it announced its expansion across the Atlantic three years ago. The Swedish automaker threw a glitzy party for the reveal of its redesigned S60 sedan, which will roll off a South Carolina […]
  • Hyundai Motor, Audi join hands for fuel cell technology

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor Group said Wednesday it signed an agreement with Audi AG to jointly develop electronics vehicles powered by fuel cell. Under the multi-year agreement, Hyundai’s affiliates including Kia and Audi’s parent company Volkswagen AG will share components, supply chains and patent licensing. The duration of the partnership wasn’t disclosed. […]
  • Alexa, I can trust you with my checkbook, right?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hey Alexa, what’s my bank account balance? Big banks and financial companies have started to offer banking through virtual assistants — Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google’s Assistant — in a way that will allow customers to check their balances, pay bills and, in the near future, send money just with […]
  • Survey: Companies in China feel pressure to give up tech

    BEIJING (AP) — One in five foreign companies in China feels compelled to hand over technology for market access, a business group said Wednesday, highlighting a key irritant in an escalating U.S.-Chinese trade dispute. The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China’s report follows President Donald Trump’s order for tariffs on additional Chinese goods in […]
  • How major US stock indexes fared Monday

    Big industrial and technology companies skidded Tuesday as the trade dispute between the U.S. and China threatened to come to a boil. Smaller companies less focused on overseas trade fared better, as did dividend-paying stocks. On Tuesday: The S&P 500 index slipped 11.18 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,762.57. The Dow Jones industrial average declined […]
  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending June 17, 2018: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi 2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3. Minecraft. Mojang 4. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations 5. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. 6. iSchedule, HotSchedules 7. Bloons TD 5, Ninja Kiwi 8. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 9. PlantSnap […]
  • IBM computer proves formidable against 2 human debaters

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An argumentative computer proved formidable against two human debaters as IBM gave its first public demonstration of new artificial intelligence technology it’s been working on for more than five years. The new skills show that computers are getting better at mastering human language and speech. The computer made its case for […]
  • New online toolbox to help keep kids safe in disasters

    NEW YORK (AP) — A new set of online tools is designed to help families and communities keep children safe in disasters. The Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Toolbox is an initiative led by the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the international nonprofit group Save the Children. Pilot communities in Washington […]