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Facebook is pushing more people to an app they didn’t choose

  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is once again getting pushy about how people message one another. Two years ago, the social-media giant forced its users to adopt its Messenger app for direct communication, a change it enforced by deactivating messages in the main Facebook app and steering users to the app. There was an uproar ; some users thought Messenger violated their privacy, while others just resented having to add yet another app. Still, the plan worked; more than 900 million people use the app, roughly four times the number in 2014. But some continued to resist, exploiting...

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Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.83B, marking end of an era

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.83 billion, marking the end of an era for a company that once defined the internet. It is the second time in as many years that Verizon has snapped up the remnants of a fallen internet star as it broadens its digital reach. The nation’s largest wireless carrier paid $4.4 billion for AOL last year. Yahoo will be rolled into Verizon’s AOL operations and CEO Marissa Mayer may be reunited with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, who worked with her as executives at Google for years and tried unsuccessfully to convince...

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‘Pokemon Go’ Digital Popularity Is Also Warping Real Life

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The “Pokemon Go” craze has sent legions of players hiking around cities and battling with “pocket monsters” on their smartphones. It marks a turning point for augmented reality, or technology that superimposes a digital facade on the real world. But the game’s popularity has created unintended consequences in everyday life, from annoyed property owners dealing with hordes of monster hunters to store owners using the game to attract customers. Though perhaps that’s to be expected from a game that has players visit real-world landmarks such as train stations, churches and museums in order to find...

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Tesla Crash Could Hurt Sentiment On Driverless Cars

DETROIT (AP) — It was the crash the auto industry knew was coming but still feared. The death of a driver who was using Tesla Motors’ semi-autonomous mode could add to the public’s apprehension of driverless cars even before they reach the road in big numbers. Most major automakers and technology companies, including Google and Uber, are working on fully autonomous cars, and have worried that a highly publicized crash could hurt those efforts. Joshua D. Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, died in the accident May 7 in Williston, Florida. According to a Tesla statement issued Thursday, the cameras...

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Brexit Could Make Europe Less Friendly To US Tech

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Silicon Valley’s biggest businesses could face tougher regulations following Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union, and some might have to leave London to attract the best employees. Many U.S. tech companies now count on Europe for a quarter or more of their business. Beyond facing a financial downturn as the pound’s value erodes, these companies might find Europe a more challenging environment in which to do business. It could take a year or two before the picture becomes clear. For now, what’s certain is the U.K.’s exit will be complex and unprecedented, with...

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SpaceX chief Elon Musk predicts people on Mars in 9 years

RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says if things go according to plan people will be on Mars just nine years from now. During an interview Wednesday at the Code Conference in southern California, Musk said that “we should be able to launch people in 2024, with arrival in 2025.” Musk also says he plans to go to space himself in about four to five years, but only into orbit around Earth. Musk also runs Tesla Motors, which has been at the forefront of self-driving car technology. He says he sees Apple as more of...

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Expect virtual reality, artificial intelligence from Google

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is expected to dive deeper into virtual reality and artificial intelligence Wednesday during an annual conference that serves as a launching pad for its latest products and innovations. Although Google keeps its plans under wraps until the big event, the conference agenda makes it clear that virtual reality and artificial intelligence, or “machine learning,” will be among the focal points. That has spurred speculation that Google is getting ready to release a virtual-reality device to compete with Facebook’s new Oculus Rift headset, as well as the Samsung’s Gear VR and the Vive from HTC...

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Yahoo CEO could get $55M in severance pay in potential sale

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will walk away with a $55 million severance package if the company’s auction of its Internet operations culminates in a sale that ousts her from her job. The payout disclosed in a regulatory filing Friday consists of cash, stock awards and other benefits that Mayer would get should she be forced out as CEO within a year after a sale. Although Yahoo’s board is still evaluating takeover offers, most investors are betting that the company will decide to sell its well-known brand and an Internet business that includes a popular email...

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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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Google reveals 77 percent of its online traffic is encrypted

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is disclosing how much of the traffic to its search engine and other services is being protected from hackers as part of its push to encrypt all online activity. Encryption shields 77 percent of the requests sent from around the world to Google’s data centers, up from 52 percent at the end of 2013, according to company statistics released Tuesday. The numbers cover all Google services expect its YouTube video site, which has more than 1 billion users. Google plans to add YouTube to its encryption breakdown by the end of this year. Encryption...

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