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Uber says outside review shows customer data safe, private

Uber Technologies says that if you catch a ride with one of its drivers, your personal and financial data are safe — from Uber itself. The ride-booking company on Friday used a blog post to release the results of what it described as a thorough outside examination of its privacy ...

IBM boss gets bonus despite company's woes

IBM boss Virginia Rometty will get a $3.6 million bonus for her performance last year, even though the company's sales and profits declined in 2014. Rometty and other top executives did not take bonuses for 2013, after IBM turned in disappointing results for that year. But even though IBM is ...

AT&T, Verizon get more airwaves: Expect more mobile capacity

Consumers may see improved networks after AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. wireless companies, spent billions in the government's latest airwaves auction. The additional airwaves, or spectrum, will allow wireless companies to offer more capacity for mobile data services, helping ease congested networks. The auction, which ended Thursday, will ...

How can Google snap its stock out of its stupor?

Google has turned into a stock market laggard as the shift to mobile devices has lowered the Internet search leader's digital ad prices and the company's expensive investments in far-out technology has trimmed its profit margins. Those factors have left some investors wondering what Google might do to boost its ...

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Smart Spending: Why investors are applauding Amazon earnings

Amazon.com Inc.'s fourth-quarter earnings roundly beat analyst expectations, sending the Seattle e-commerce giant's stock soaring 11 percent in premarket trading Friday. Here's a closer look at what investors applauded and hope continues. SMART SPENDING Operating expenses rose 15 percent to $28.74 billion but that was less than some analysts had ...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2012 file photo, attendees at the National Retail Federation listen to a discussion about Google Wallet, in New York. Google has gotten into the habit of missing analysts' earnings targets, frustrating investors who believe the online search leader would be more profitable it wasn't pouring so much money into far-flung projects such as Internet-connected eyewear and driverless cars. The latest letdown came Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, with the release of Google's fourth-quarter financial results. The earnings were well below analysts' predictions, marking the fifth consecutive quarter that Google Inc. hasn't cleared a key hurdle for publicly held companies. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Google's 4Q earnings disappoint, but CFO eases the letdown

Google has gotten into the habit of missing analysts' earnings targets, frustrating investors who believe the online search leader would be more profitable it wasn't pouring so much money into far-flung projects such as Internet-connected eyewear and driverless cars. The latest letdown came Thursday with the release of Google's fourth-quarter ...

Amazon's big spending pays off in 4th quarter

It was a Prime quarter for Amazon. Amazon surprised investors on Thursday with a fourth-quarter profit that soundly beat expectations, despite a continued increase in spending and a slight sales miss, partly linked to the strong dollar. Investors drove shares up over 11 percent in aftermarket trading. Amazon's strategy always ...

In this Dec. 1, 2014 photo, Teresa Clark fills an order at the Amazon fulfillment center in Lebanon, Tenn. Shares of Amazon.com jumped over 8 percent in aftermarket trading after the e-commerce giant beat quarterly profit expectations by a mile, the company announced, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Amazon shares spike as 4Q profit beats by a mile

Shares of Amazon.com jumped over 8 percent in aftermarket trading after the e-commerce giant beat quarterly profit expectations by a mile. Amazon's strategy always has been to spend a big chunk of the money it makes to grow and expand into new areas like cloud computing, streaming video and hardware ...

FTC settles case against 'revenge porn' site operator

A Colorado man accused of operating a "revenge porn" website has settled with federal regulators who said he broke the law by posting nude pictures of women without their consent or knowledge. The FTC says Craig Brittain of Colorado Springs, Colo., ran the website isanybodydown.com, which is no longer operational. ...

Blogger helps raise $1 million so NYC kids can visit Harvard

A fundraising campaign inspired by the popular photo blog Humans of New York has raised more than $1 million to send middle-school students from a high-poverty Brooklyn school on field trips to Harvard. Blogger Brandon Stanton featured 13-year-old Vidal Chastanet on Jan. 20. Vidal told Stanton about Nadia Lopez. She's ...

An advertisement poster shows Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, top,  and Samsung Electronics' Galaxy NOTE 4 at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday its quarterly earnings dropped smaller-than-expected 27 percent in the fourth quarter but its forecast-beating profit could not mask that it was losing the battle of the big phones with Apple Inc. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains

Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market. The South Korean company said Thursday its October-December profit sank, with an improvement in its semiconductor business insufficient to mask its mobile problems. It was in China, the ...

FILE - This undated file image released by Nickelodeon shows a scene from the animated show "SpongeBob SquarePants." Nickelodeon plans to offer a stand-alone Internet offering. Viacom announced the service during a conference call to discuss the company’s quarterly earnings report. CEO Philippe Dauman says the new service “will target the fast-growing mobile market (and) will be very attractive for parents and children.” (AP Photo/Nickelodeon, File)

SpongeBob online? Nickelodeon to offer Internet subscription

SpongeBob fans rejoice: Nickelodeon is the latest cable channel to plan a stand-alone Internet offering. What's not yet known is whether this offering will be the same channel as what cable and satellite TV subscribers now get. It's possible the service will have just supplemental content or archives of past ...

Nokia turns to fourth quarter profit buoyed by strong growth

Nokia made a net profit of 443 million euros ($502 million) in the fourth quarter and sales grew nearly 10 percent, but its share price fell Thursday as the results were offset by a poor performance in some regions, higher costs and a low dividend. The Finland-based company said revenue ...

EU plans to step up fight on online jihadi propaganda

The EU on Thursday called for more help from Internet companies to fight online terrorist propaganda in the face of the terror attacks in France. Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told reporters in Riga that the EU needs to deepen cooperation with the Internet industry "and to strengthen the commitment ...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 file photo, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group founder and executive chairman Jack Ma speaks during the panel session "An Insight, An Idea" at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. For years, Alibaba faced complaints it failed to stamp out sales of counterfeit goods on its e-commerce websites. But Chinese regulators stayed silent, apparently reluctant to disrupt the rise of an Internet star even as they accused foreign automakers, dairies and others of violating anti-monopoly or consumer protection rules. That honeymoon ended this week. In a stinging report, a Cabinet agency accused Alibaba Group Ltd. of allowing sales of fake goods and hurting consumers. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Alibaba run-in with China regulator signals tougher scrutiny

For years, Alibaba faced complaints it failed to stamp out sales of counterfeit goods on its e-commerce websites. But Chinese regulators stayed silent, apparently reluctant to disrupt the rise of an Internet star even as they accused foreign automakers, dairies and others of violating anti-monopoly or consumer protection rules. That ...

Charles Townes, who helped invent now-ubiquitous laser, dies

Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast. On the tranquil morning of April 26, 1951, Townes scribbled a theory on scrap paper that would lead to the laser, the invention ...

File - In this Jan. 25, 1955, file photo, Charles Hard Townes, Columbia University professor and Nobel laureate, explains his invention the maser during a news conference in New York City. Townes, who did most of the work that would make him one of three scientists to share the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics for research leading to the creation of the laser while he was a faculty member at Columbia University, has died. He was 99. Officials at the University of California, Berkeley, where Townes was a professor emeritus, said he had been in poor health before he died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, on the way to an Oakland, Calif., hospital. (AP Photo/File)

Nobel laureate Charles Townes, laser co-creator, dies at 99

Charles H. Townes, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who helped create the laser that would revolutionize everything from medicine to manufacturing, has died. He was 99. Townes had been in poor health before his death on the way to an Oakland hospital Tuesday, officials at the University of California, Berkeley, said. ...

The Federal Trade Commission building in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service. The FTC said that TracFone's advertising promised unlimited data, but the company then drastically slowed down consumers' data speeds, a practice known as throttling, when they had used a certain amount of data within a 30-day period. In some cases, the FTC said, the company cut off customers' data service when they ran over the limit. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Mobile provider TracFone to pay $40M in federal settlement

The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service. The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that TracFone's advertising promised unlimited data, but the company then drastically slowed down consumers' data ...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, the Alibaba logo is displayed during the company's IPO at the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Chinese regulators accused e-commerce giant Alibaba on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 of permitting sales of fake goods and hurting consumers in a report that was withheld until now to avoid disrupting the company's U.S. stock market debut. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Tiger fight: China and Alibaba face off over fake goods

There's a tiger fight going on in China. Regulators on Wednesday issued a scathing report against one of the country's biggest stars, accusing e-commerce giant Alibaba of failing to do enough to prevent fake goods from being sold on its websites. Uncowed, Alibaba fired back with charges of bias and ...

This June 11, 2014 photo shows Facebook's "like" symbol at the entrance to the company's campus in Menlo Park, Calif. For the seventh quarter in a row Facebook beat profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue as most users shift to using the site on smartphones and other portable devices, the company announced, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Facebook's status update: Profit, revenue beat expectations

For the seventh quarter in a row Facebook beat profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue as most users shift to using the site on smartphones and other portable devices. The world's biggest online social network said Wednesday that advertising revenue jumped 53 percent to $3.59 ...

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