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In this May 14, 2014 file photo, a row of Google self-driving cars are shown outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling on the state's public roads. The agency is issuing permits, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Self-driving cars now need a permit in California

Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years — but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around. That changed Tuesday, when the agency required self-driving cars to be registered and issued testing permits that let ...

APNewsBreak: Web filter lifts block on gay sites

A popular online safe-search filter is ending its practice of blocking links to mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups for users hoping to avoid obscene sites. For several years, top Web-filtering services have been resolving a security over-reach that conflated gay rights websites with child porn, blocking both from web ...

FILE - In this Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013 file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin presents a medal to Russian billionaire tycoon Alisher Usmanov, right, at the award ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out $1.5 billion to gain full control of Russia’s most popular social network, VKontakte, bringing an end to a months-long dispute that saw the original investors sue each other in court. London-listed Mail.Ru Group said in a statement Tuesday Sept. 16, 2014 that it now owns the whole of VKontakte following its purchase of a 48 percent stake from investment fund United Capital Partners. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service, File)

Oligarch buys Russia's most popular social media

A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out $1.5 billion to gain full control of Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte, bringing an end to a months-long dispute that saw the original investors sue each other in court. London-listed Mail.Ru Group said in a statement Tuesday ...

In this photo taken Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, residents look at a sign with the words "China's First Cellphone Lane" explaining the use of a lane which separates those using their phones as they walk from others in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. The Chinese city took a cue from a U.S. TV program and created a sidewalk with a separate lane for those with heads tucked into smartphones, as a reminder not to tweet while walking the street.(AP Photo) CHINA OUT

China's sidewalk lanes for cellphone users meant to be ironic stunt

The modern-day scourge of texting while walking is finally being taken on by a Chinese city with generous sidewalk space and a liberal approach to civic planning — or so the story goes. The scene is Chongqing, a bustling Chinese metropolis of almost 30 million people. As multiple outlets are reporting, a 50 ...

Alibaba IPO poses risks, benefits for U.S. and China

Alibaba raises IPO price range on strong demand

Alibaba now plans to raise up to $25.03 billion in its upcoming IPO, making what was expected to be the biggest stock market debut even bigger. The Chinese e-commerce company said it still plans to sell 368.1 million shares, but at $66 to $68 apiece, according to a regulatory filing, ...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014 file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, greets Bono from the band U2 after they preformed at the end of the Apple event on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. Apple unveiled a new Apple Watch, the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay and U2 offered iTunes customers a free download of their latest album, "Songs of Innocence." (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Apple releases tool to remove free U2 album

Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool that lets people remove the album from their collections. http://twitter.com/_amywilkinson/status/511562210733469696 http://twitter.com/wizzoharry/status/511519858845298688 U2 played at an Apple event last ...

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Taxi! Seeking women to drive for female passengers

Sometimes a woman can be hard to find — if you're looking for one behind the wheel of a taxi in New York City. Less than 3 percent of the city's about 115,000 licensed taxi, livery and limousine drivers are women, and that can be a problem for women who ...

FILE - In this April 22, 2014, file phot, Nassau County police officers enter a home in Long Beach, N.Y., in search of an armed killer, based on a phone call that turned out to be a hoax. Authorities say the dangerous and costly prank known as “swatting", is becoming increasingly popular among people who play combat games over live video feeds while thousands of people watch. Authorities estimated they spent $100,000 to send more than 60 officers to the Long Beach, Long Island swatting hoax.  (AP Photo/Newsday, Jim Staubitser, File)

Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family. A third caller on New York's Long Island claimed to ...

FILE - This July 3, 2014 file photo taken with a fisheye lens shows Microsoft Corp. signage outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft will acquire Stockholm-based game maker Mojang, the maker of the popular game Minecraft for $2.5 billion, the company announced Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. (AP Photo Ted S. Warren, File)

'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach

Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the Lego-like multiplayer game is currently the top paid ...

Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. The iPhone 6 will have a screen measuring 4.7 inches, while the iPhone 6 Plus will be 5.5 inches. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Apple: Record 4M orders of iPhones on 1st day

Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be delivered to customers starting Friday and throughout September, but many won't be delivered until October, ...

In this photo taken Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, residents look at a sign with the words "China's First Cellphone Lane" explaining the use of a lane which separates those using their phones as they walk from others in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. The Chinese city took a cue from a U.S. TV program and created a sidewalk with a separate lane for those with heads tucked into smartphones, as a reminder not to tweet while walking the street.(AP Photo) CHINA OUT

Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. >> RELATED: China's sidewalk lanes for cellphone users meant to be ironic stunt But the property ...

This undated publicity photo provided by Situation Interactive shows president and founder Damian Bazadona. His advertising and marketing firm operates at the intersection of technology and live events. (AP/Situation Interactive)

One man trying to bring Broadway into 21st century

When John Travolta shocked theater fans by mangling the pronunciation of Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars, one person saw a gift in the slip — Damian Bazadona. Bazadona, the president and founder of the advertising and marketing firm Situation Interactive, had been hired by Menzel's new show "If/Then" to ...

Danish TDC to buy Norway's Get for $2.2 billion

Danish TDC telecom group says it plans to acquire Norway's leading cable TV company Get AS, in a deal valued at 13.8 billion kroner ($2.2 billion). TDC says the transaction would provide "considerable synergy opportunities" and will make it Scandinavia's largest communication and home entertainment company with some 1.7 million ...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new Apple Pay product in Cupertino, Calif. Some experts believe Apple Pay, with its presence on millions of iPhones and its advanced security features, could be the service that leads to widespread adoption of the so-called mobile wallet. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Will Apple's digital wallet kill the card swipe?

Apple wants the plastic credit card to become as rare as the paper check. On Tuesday, the company announced Apple Pay, a digital payment system that lets people pay for retail store purchases using their phones rather than cash or credit cards. The service, which will work both with iPhones ...

Tesla Q&A: Tesla's Nevada 'gigafactory' FAQs

Now that Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed into law a package of incentives for Tesla Motors worth up to $1.3 billion, the electric-car maker is moving ahead with plans to build a $5 billion lithium battery factory expected to open in 2017 and employ 6,500 workers to make cheaper batteries ...

Correction: Hewlett-Packard-Russian Bribes story

In a story Sept. 11 about a guilty plea in a Russian bribery case, The Associated Press reported erroneously the company involved. It was a Russian subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard, not Hewlett-Packard Co. A corrected version of the story is below: HP subsidiary fined $58.7M for bribery of Russian government Hewlett-Packard ...

Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package

Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the Silver State. The "gigafactory" is expected to bring more than 20,000 jobs ...

Russian accused of hacking wants out of isolation

Lawyers for the Russian man charged with hacking into the computer systems of businesses throughout the U.S. have asked a federal judge in Seattle to hold a hearing as soon as possible so they can make their case for moving Roman Seleznev out of a Special Housing Unit. Seleznev's placement ...

23andMe CEO navigates health regulation

No Silicon Valley company better embodies the promise and the pitfalls of working in health care than DNA testing firm 23andMe. Launched in 2006 to a flurry of media coverage, the Mountain View, California-based company seemed to have every strategic advantage: millions in startup cash, celebrity endorsements, and a chief ...

FILE - In this June 10, 2014 file photo, people stand next to a monster character from the video game "Evolve" as they watch gamers play the video game at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles. At this week's GameStop Expo, attendees could take titles like "Evolve," "Dying Light" and "Battlefield Hardline" out for a spin on the show floor of the Anaheim Convention Center. However, that's likely the last time they're able to test drive those particular games this year. That's because they're among a growing list of games initially set for release in 2014 but delayed until 2015, a trend that has many gamers feeling ticked off. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)

For gamers, waiting can be the hardest part

When it comes to video games, are they better late than never? At this week's GameStop Expo, the video game retailer's annual consumer-centric event, more than 3,000 attendees had the chance to test drive highly anticipated titles like "Evolve," ''Dying Light" and "Battlefield Hardline" in the halls of the Anaheim ...

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