Thursday, July 2, 2015

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The Street: Despite mountains of hype surrounding the Apple Watch, it has not killed off Fitbit, at least in the minds of consumers. The research firm found that just 4.8% of those buying a Fitbit also purchased an Apple Watch. The research firm found that the majority of the sales are coming from Fitbit.com, as opposed to a more general retail search site, like Amazon.
The Street: The crash could delay the initial demonstration flight of SpaceX's ultra-heavy lift rocket, the Falcon Heavy, past its company's end-of-year target. And it is an unwelcome black eye for SpaceX just after the company had won Air Force certification to use its Falcon 9 rocket to launch national security satellites.
When T-Mobile launched its "Uncarrier" campaign two years ago, CEO John Legere's main target was "pain points" in the wireless industry, which caused lots of them. Large carriers such as Verizon and AT&T set the pattern, with contracts that left subscribers vulnerable to overages, international roaming fees, early-termination charges, and more.
Visual artist Ricardo Rivera sees the gardens as a canvas.
When visual artist Ricardo Rivera looks up, he doesn't see just a building facade or piney forest. He sees a canvas onto which projected creatures crawl, artful textures twirl, and seasons change in the wink of an eye.
Sizmek, DataXu, Brilig. Ethnio Analytics, Audience Science, Datalicious DataCollector. Some of the hundreds of Web trackers busily snooping as you browse the Internet are named with pointless puns or vague allusions to poetry. Others might sound more open about their aims - but only to those who know these trackers are looking.
VARIETY-ENTERTAINMENT-DIGITAL/NEWS:Time Warner Cable Target of First Net-Neutrality Complaint
There's a would-be superhero lurking in lots of us. "The Marvel Experience" hopes to exploit that potential in its Philadelphia engagement at Lincoln Financial Field from June 24 to July 5.
If rules alone could have protected us from unwanted robocalls, the national Do Not Call list would have done the trick a decade ago. As anyone with a phone knows, that hasn't happened - or, more to the point, it worked for a while and then seemed to lose its bite.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - A pilot described by colleagues as nervous and hasty mistakenly throttled down a still-running engine following a glitch with the other engine in an airline crash that killed 43 people in Taiwan in February, flight safety officials said Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard is moving forward with plans to split into two companies, filing paperwork to create a new entity that will sell commercial technology, while a separate spinoff will sell personal computers and printers.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Less than a month after edging out Brazil, California has slipped back to its ranking as the eighth-largest economy in the world based off an update of global economic data released Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former undercover federal agent pleaded guilty to extortion and related charges after acknowledging he channeled more than $700,000 in digital currency from the Silk Road online drug bazaar he was investigating.
BERLIN (AP) - A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen's production plants in Germany, the automaker said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth. But to dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air.
VIENNA (AP) - A court in Austria has rejected a class-action lawsuit against Facebook alleging invasion of privacy, saying it lacks jurisdiction in the case.
BEIJING (AP) - China's legislature passed sweeping legislation on Wednesday that reinforces government controls over cyberspace, as the nation's leaders try to address what they see as growing threats to Chinese networks and national security.