This combo made from file photos shows the AT&T logo on the side of a corporate office in Springfield, Ill., left, and a DirecTV satellite dish atop a home in Los Angeles. (AP Photo)

AT&T aims for TV’s future with $48.5 billion DirecTV deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — AT&T says it views its planned $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV as a way to help redefine the video entertainment industry, giving it opportunities to bundle services and tap into growing […]


In this Sept. 24, 2013, photo, Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Facebook plans campaign to ‘friend’ small business

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook wants to increase its advertising and get more clicks on all kinds of ads. It believes tapping into the lucrative small business market will help it achieve those goals. Sheryl […]


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Google to shield students from digital ads

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google will no longer try to sell ads based on personal information collected about students using a suite of products tailored for schools. The changes announced Wednesday revise some of the […]


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Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits

We were shocked to learn this week that two parolees accused of raping and killing at least 4 women, were actually wearing GPS trackers when the crimes occurred. The system clearly did not work, but […]


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An earthquake early-warning system for Los Angeles

Nearly a week after the La Habra quake, the area is still shaking. A 2.5 aftershock hit at about 4 this morning. In the wake of that quake and the huge shaker off the coast […]


Massive tech campus sparks mystery in San Jose

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose has given the green light to a massive new office complex, but city officials and the developer aren’t revealing the name of the technology company that will occupy […]


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Gavin Newsom interview: Reinventing American government

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom says ordinary citizens can use technology to help reshape their government for the better. He’s written a book on the subject called “Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital […]


French President Francois Hollande takes reporter’s question as he and President Barack Obama hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Feb. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

French leader heads to Silicon Valley to talk tech

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — France’s president was visiting San Francisco on Wednesday and meeting with Silicon Valley technology leaders, just days after a French regulator hit Google with an embarrassing regulatory slap and after years […]


A side mirror warning signal in a Ford Taurus at an automobile testing area in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Feds want cars to be able to talk to each other

WASHINGTON (AP) — Your car might see a deadly crash coming even if you don’t, the government says, so officials are moving to require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets them warn […]


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‘The Works’ – A new smartphone app for LA

Yesterday, we told you about “The Works.” It’s L.A. County’s new smartphone app that will help residents report graffiti, potholes and other problems. We thought it’s a great idea,  but we had questions. Penny and Phil […]




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