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Comcast customers will no longer need cable box with upcoming apps

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast says later this year you won’t need a cable box to watch cable as the company follows its rivals in offering TV-watching apps. The announcement has interesting timing. It comes as the federal government works on new rules that would force the TV industry to let tech companies — say, TiVo or Google — sell cable boxes, too. Consumers typically pay cable companies extra fees for these boxes, and the cable industry is opposed to the effort. The industry says apps that companies are rolling out show that the Federal Communications Commission doesn’t need...

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APNewsBreak: Video shows Google self-driving car hit bus

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Newly released video shows the moment a Google self-driving car learned the hard way not to tussle with a public bus. The collision happened on Valentine’s Day, when a Google vehicle struck the side of a public bus in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View. Footage recorded by cameras on the bus shows a Lexus SUV, which Google has outfitted with sensors and cameras that let it drive itself, edging into the path of the bus that was rolling by at about 15 mph. It was the first time in several years of testing...

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Alphabet comes before Apple as world’s most valuable company

  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alphabet now comes before Apple atop the list of the world’s most valuable companies. Shares of Google’s parent company are pulling ahead of Apple in early trading Tuesday. Alphabet Inc. first took the top spot during Monday’s extended session following strong fourth-quarter earnings. Apple Inc.’s iPhone, meanwhile, is suffering its first downturn since it debuted eight years ago. In the first regular hours of trading, Alphabet shares rose about 4 percent to push the company’s market capitalization to about $539 billion. Apple, with investors uneasy about iPhone sales, lost about 1 percent, dropping its...

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Google’s appeal rejected by French Data Privacy Regulator

PARIS (AP) — France’s data privacy regulator rejected Google’s appeal of an order to remove search results worldwide upon request, saying Monday that companies that operate in Europe need to abide by the prevailing laws. The agency known as CNIL denied that it was trying to apply French law on the “right to be forgotten” globally, as Google had accused the watchdog of doing. Its latest order came in response to the May 2014 ruling from Europe’s highest court that people have the right to control what appears when their name is searched online. It is up to the...

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Apple event to focus on new iPhones, Apple TV and Siri

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hey, Siri, what does Apple have in store for us this week? Along with new iPhones, the iconic tech company is expected to show off a new Apple TV system and a bigger role in the home for Siri, its voice-activated digital assistant. After a series of high-profile Apple launches over the past year – super-sized iPhones, a digital wallet, a sleek smartwatch – analysts say this week’s news might not seem as dramatic. But the event could reveal more about the company’s strategy and its aspirations to be an indispensable part of daily life....

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Google shareholders revel in biggest windfall in U.S. history of $65.1B

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google’s stock roared out of a long slumber Friday to produce the biggest shareholder windfall in U.S. history as investors rewarded the Internet company for promising to curb its spending on risky projects. A 16 percent surge in Google’s publicly traded stock translated into an additional $65.1 billion in shareholder wealth, on paper at least. That barely topped the previous record one-day gain of $65 billion by Cisco Systems Inc. in April 2000 after the computer networking equipment maker had suffered a steep drop in the previous week, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. More...

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Google privacy controls are now easier to find and understand in new redesign

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is making its privacy controls easier to find and understand in an attempt to make the more than 1 billion users of its digital services more comfortable about the personal information that they give the Internet’s most powerful company. The simpler approach debuting Monday features a redesigned “My Account” hub where all of Google’s key privacy controls can be found. Accountholders can also undergo a check-up that will break down which of the company’s various services are gathering information about them. A new site at http://privacy.google.com will also address a variety of issues in...

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Google, Facebook Showing Contrasting Plans To Connect the World

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sci-fi solutions or making friends one at a time? Google and Facebook want more people online, searching around and clicking on ads. And they are finding new ways to make it happen – from selling smartphone data plans, to using solar-powered drone aircraft as floating cell towers to partnering with telecom providers in the developing world to get people hooked on apps. The two Internet giants gave updates on their efforts at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona on Monday. And while Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google Vice President Sundar Pichai say...

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