Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Nearly everything went smoothly with Louis Moravec and Susan Thauer's holiday-week move from one Philadelphia neighborhood to another. The truck and crew arrived on time to take their belongings from Queen Village to Northern Liberties. The gas and power were functioning at their new home. Even Dec. 30's weather cooperated.
DALLAS (AP) - An activist and writer linked to the hacking collective Anonymous was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for threatening an FBI agent and helping share stolen data, marking the end of a criminal case criticized by free-speech advocates.
Comcast Corp., which has pledged greater support for local tech start-ups, will be the title sponsor of Philly Tech Week in April - an event that drew 20,000 participants in 2014.
Privacy advocates say they welcome the Obama administration's renewed emphasis on enhancing data security and protecting identity-theft victims, consumers who shop online, and children whose schools sell their personal information.
Wawa customers can now earn rewards for buying hoagies, coffee and snacks.
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) - Police in a Mexican border city say a drone overloaded with illicit methamphetamine has crashed into a supermarket parking lot.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is planning to sell wireless phone service directly to consumers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports published Wednesday.
Facebook has a new fix for fibs.
NEW YORK (AP) - Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman's pay climbed 19 percent to $44.3 million last year while the TV-and-film company's stock slumped and its earnings remained flat.
BEIJING (AP) - China is blocking VPN services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook amid a wider crackdown on online information, tech companies and specialists said Friday.
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - Microsoft didn't use skydivers or stunt cyclists to introduce what it hopes will be the next big leap in computing technology. Instead, with its new HoloLens headset, the company is offering real-world examples to show how you might use three-dimensional digital images - or holograms - in daily life.
HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing's flagship company is offering about $15 billion for European mobile phone operator Telefonica's British business.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Online storage provider Box has wrapped up its long-delayed IPO at $14 per share, setting up a test of investors' appetite for a rapidly growing technology company that hasn't proven it can make money.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook got a hefty cash bonus that brought his total compensation to $9.2 million last year. That's more than double what he received the previous year, as the company enjoyed a surge in sales and profit fueled by the popularity of its new, over-sized iPhone 6 models.
WASHINGTON (AP) - No cringe. No dazzle. No edge.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In true San Francisco irony, smartphones were used Thursday to snap pictures of a historic phone that was used to make the first coast-to-coast phone call 100 years ago.