Friday, March 27, 2015

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The last time you phoned Comcast - yes, I know, this will tickle at least a few readers - did you reach someone within 30 seconds? What's your total monthly Comcast tab? If you've quit Comcast, was it because of cost, service problems, or some other reason?
HELSINKI (AP) - "Clash of Clans" maker Supercell says pre-tax profit last year more than doubled to 515 million euros ($564 million) as sales of its popular games surged three-fold to more than 1.54 billion euros.
NEW YORK (AP) - Printer maker Lexmark International will buy software developer Kofax Ltd. for about $1 billion.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal aviation officials, battered by complaints that bureaucratic hurdles are preventing industry from realizing the economic benefits of drones, announced Tuesday they are streamlining rules to expedite permits to fly small, commercial unmanned aircraft.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sony's new PlayStation Vue television service probably won't save you money over cable.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sony's new PlayStation Vue online TV service launched in three cities last week with more than 50 channels starting at $50. Additional channels can be had for $10 to $20 more, and the service comes with some on-demand apps for remote viewings.
The Street: One search about foot fungus or legal assistance and you are forever seeing banner advertisements on those subjects during Internet sessions.
"DON'T play with your food." Sure, we all heard that as kids. But today, the kitchen is everybody's playpen. And food is fun personified - worthy of TV channels and specialty gadget shops celebrating food-as-entertainment.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jurors who will decide the outcome of a much-watched gender discrimination lawsuit against a prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm are set to enter their third day of deliberations.
NEW YORK (AP) - A better design, sharper camera and easier to use software make the new Galaxy S6 phones the best Samsung has yet to offer.
NEW YORK (AP) - Yahoo says it will buy back $2 billion in company stock as it prepares to spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google just found out that luring a top executive from Wall Street to Silicon Valley is expensive.
NEW YORK (AP) - Download Periscope, Twitter's just-launched live video-streaming app, and you'll find people broadcasting all sorts of mundane stuff: waiting for AT&T to fix their wiring, getting out of bed in Silicon Valley, looking outside their office window in Chicago.
NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft said Thursday that it will push its U.S. suppliers to give their employees paid time off - but that only applies for the staffers that do work for Microsoft.
NEW YORK (AP) - New phones from Samsung and HTC will be available in U.S. stores starting April 10.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - For anyone who's ever dreamed of being on "American Idol" or "The Voice" as a performer or judge, a new app seeks to make their fantasy come true.