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  • Twitter tweaks its timeline in pursuit of more users

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter is tweaking the way that tweets appear in its users’ timelines in its latest attempt to broaden the appeal of its messaging service. The change announced Wednesday moves Twitter closer…

  • US stocks move higher as Fed’s Yellen signals caution

    Investors welcomed the latest signals from the Federal Reserve on interest rates, sending U.S. stocks higher in afternoon trading Wednesday. In her semiannual report to Congress, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank would…

  • HBO Now has 800,000 paying subscribers since April launch

    NEW YORK (AP) — HBO Now has gained about 800,000 paying subscribers since it launched on Apple TV in April, contributing significantly to the 2.7 million net new HBO customers last year. The figure was…

  • Jack Huston: The ‘Ben-Hur’ remake was an epic undertaking

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Huston is surrounded by the undead in his new movie “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” but this summer the stakes are even higher. He stars in the role made famous…

  • Government will consider Google computer to be car’s driver

    DETROIT (AP) — Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government’s highway safety agency has found. The redefinition of “driver” by the National Highway Traffic Safety…

  • Senate committee backs nominee for OPM director after breach

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee is backing President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Personnel Management. By voice vote, the Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee has approved the nomination of Beth…

  • Senate leaders vow fast action on North Korea sanctions bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders pledged on Wednesday to take swift action on legislation imposing more stringent sanctions on North Korea for willfully violating international law by pushing ahead with its nuclear weapons program. Majority…

  • Powerful California coastal panel weighs leadership shake-up

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The powerful agency that manages development on California’s coastline could oust its top executive Wednesday in what has emerged as a showdown between environmentalists and business groups. The potential shake-up at…

  • 6 tips to keep your Facebook clean, secure and private

    NEW YORK (AP) — Got hundreds of Facebook friends you hardly know? Now is a good time to do some digital cleanup, while the year is still fresh. Review your security and privacy settings, and…

  • NATO, EU sign agreement on cyberdefense cooperation

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO and the European Union have signed an agreement to improve cooperation in cyberdefense, which NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called a concrete example of the two Brussels-based organizations joining forces to counter…

  • Chinese investors bid $1.2B for Norwegian tech firm Opera

    HELSINKI (AP) — Opera Software, a Norwegian company behind one of the world’s most popular browsers, says Chinese investors have made a $1.2 billion takeover offer, causing its stock to jump more than 30 percent.…

  • Japan Internet company SoftBank’s profit suffers over Sprint

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese telecommunications and Internet company SoftBank is reporting an 88 percent drop in fiscal third quarter profit as it struggles to turn around its U.S. carrier Sprint. SoftBank Group Corp. reported Wednesday…

  • Rocket with government payload launches from California

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A rocket carrying a payload for the U.S. government has successfully launched from the central California coast. The Delta IV rocket lit up clear night skies at 3:40…

  • S. Korea to shut down joint industrial park with N. Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency…

  • Japan announces new sanctions on North Korea

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Wednesday that it will impose new sanctions on North Korea to protest a rocket launch seen as a test of missile technology. The sanctions will include expanded restrictions on travel…