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Comcast Corp. isn't commenting, nor is its news and entertainment subsidiary, NBCUniversal. But industry observers cast few doubts on reports that NBCUniversal plans to buy into BuzzFeed, one of the iconic names in new media, and raise its stake in Vox Media, owner of familiar online brands such as Verge and SB Nation.
Should the classic ditty "Happy Birthday to You" be freed at last? A hearing in California federal court on Wednesday inched the idea forward. But District Judge George H. King was not prepared to blow out all the candles, let alone rule, on newfound "smoking gun" evidence supporting the music's long-a-coming liberation.
Forget Flo. Forget Mayhem. Forget that cute little Geico gecko, and the Liberty Mutual policyholder who says a claim made her break into her "happy dance."
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing 737, in the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.
The Street: "The current economic system is no longer viable," said Panos Panay, a researcher at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. "The more we looked into it, the more we thought... Bitcoins could really work."
(Reuters) - Facebook Inc's shares fell as much as 5 percent on Thursday, after the company's weak advertising sales growth outlook dampened investor...
HELSINKI (AP) - Nokia says it's launching a virtual reality camera that will be able to capture three-dimensional video designed for professional content creators.
When it comes to introducing a new operating system for PCs, Microsoft is like the flighty date you love to hate and hate to love.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The largest Florida corporate donor to a super political action committee backing former Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential run is NextEra Energy Inc., the company that owns electric utility giant Florida Power & Light.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some hackers are exploiting Microsoft's offer of free upgrades to its new Windows 10 operating system.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yahoo is buying style-tip specialist Polyvore in its latest attempt to become a more fashionable place to advertise.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his pediatrician wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby.
NEW YORK (AP) - It hasn't been an easy week in social media, despite double-digit revenue growth from Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Investors are looking beyond headline numbers and finding reasons to sell.
BERLIN (AP) - Germany's justice minister on Friday questioned a decision by prosecutors to open a treason investigation against two journalists, a move that prompted strong criticism from free speech activists.
PARIS (AP) - Google is rejecting an order by the French data privacy agency to remove search results worldwide upon request, saying European law allowing the 'right to be forgotten' doesn't apply globally.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung Electronics suffered a fifth straight drop in quarterly earnings as the Galaxy S6 failed to reverse its declining fortunes in global smartphone sales.
The Street: Google reportedly made an offer to acquire start-up Impossible Foods for between $200 million to $300 million. Impossible Foods, which uses plants to make meats and cheeses aimed at tasting like the real thing, says its mission is to give people the great taste and nutritional benefits of foods that come from animals without a negative impact on health and the environment.