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  • Google, Facebook update contrasting plans to connect 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…

  • WIRELESS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS: New phones, new ways to connect

    NEW YORK (AP) — High-end smartphones from Samsung and HTC have gotten much of the attention at this week’s wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, but cheaper options are coming from Microsoft, Lenovo and others too.…

  • Google selling wireless plans to get more people online

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Search giant, self-driving car developer, smartphone and tablet maker. Turned data plan provider? Google wants more people to get online so they can search around and click on its ads. And…

  • First Look: Samsung gets a lot right with new S6 phones

    NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung’s new Galaxy smartphones improve in two major areas: design and picture quality. Samsung ramped up its camera technology in last fall’s Galaxy Note 4, and the camera is even better…

  • Samsung ditches plastic design, adds mobile pay in new phone

    NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung, locked in a tight race with Apple to be the world’s biggest smartphone maker, has unveiled an important new phone that ditches its signature plastic design for more stylish metal…

  • Lawsuits keep alive scandals surrounding ex-governor

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s former first lady, Cylvia Hayes — at the center of an ethics scandal that forced the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber — has launched a legal fight to keep her…

  • Australian laws on storing phone, Internet records to change

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A parliamentary committee on Friday recommended a major rewrite of draft laws that would force Australian telcos and Internet providers to store customers’ personal data for the convenience of law enforcement…

  • Google looks for more revenue from ads in Android app store

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google will start showing ads in its online store for mobile apps and entertainment as the Internet search leader strives to bring in more revenue from smartphones and tablets. The…

  • Pakistan tightens cellphone control after Taliban massacre

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Almost every Pakistani citizen has a cellphone, but from now on, Big Brother is checking to make sure their name, number and fingerprints are on record. The measures are meant to tighten…

  • Nickelodeon debuts mobile service Noggin for the pre-K set

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nickelodeon is creating brand-new content and resurrecting old shows for a mobile subscription service aimed at preschoolers. The $6-a-month service called Noggin will have new games and activities alongside archives of…

  • Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is releasing a set of tools designed for businesses and employees who want to get work done on Android-powered smartphones, setting up a skirmish on another key front of mobile…

  • Motorola aims new phone at first-time smartphone buyers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola is updating its low-cost smartphone, the Moto E, as it targets first-time smartphone buyers worldwide. Among the improvements over last year’s model: The camera now has auto-focusing, whereas the older…

  • Q&A: ‘Modern Family’ producer talks episode shot with iPhone

    NEW YORK (AP) — For this week’s “Modern Family,” producers put down their expensive professional cameras and shot the episode with iPhones and other Apple devices. Seen through the eyes of character Claire Dunphy as…

  • Review: Apple-centric ‘Modern Family’ goes beyond gimmicks

    NEW YORK (AP) — When “Modern Family” producers revealed that they shot this week’s episode entirely with the iPhone and other Apple products, I was skeptical. I’ve seen too many good shows decline in quality…

  • The top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks-US

    iBook charts for week ending February 23, 2015: Top Paid Books 1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James – 9781612130293 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 2. Fifty Shades Darker by E L James…