Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Sci-fi solutions or making friends one at a time? Google and Facebook want more people online, searching around and clicking on ads. And they are finding new ways to make it happen - from selling smartphone data plans, to using solar-powered drone aircraft as floating cell towers to partnering with telecom providers in the developing world to get people hooked on apps.
GENEVA (AP) - Top automakers are vowing not to give up on weak-selling electric vehicles - even as they unveil an array of powerful luxury cars with conventional engines aimed at a growing global market.
The Street: On Monday, Xiaomi announced the Yi Action Camera, aimed expressly at putting a big dent into sales of GoPro's $130 Hero model, while Xiaomi's device sells for the equivalent of $64. That's just one of the key develoopments at this year's show.
PEOPLE still yack about what a good pitchman Steve Jobs was for Apple. But when it comes to serving the sizzle as well as the steak in consumer-tech presentations, nobody's ever gonna match Joe Clayton, a 40-year industry exec finally cashing in his chips at age 65, "so I have time to take my new grandson hunting and fishing."
STOCKHOLM (AP) - Lost that charger again for your cellphone or tablet? Hate sorting heaps of wires to charge various devices?
US-MIDEAST-CRISIS-TWITTER:Twitter, law enforcement investigate alleged Islamic State threats
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - The Curiosity rover has temporarily stopped work on Mars while NASA engineers investigate a short circuit.
NEW YORK (AP) - Americans may just be getting used to mobile pay, but consumers in many African countries have been paying with their phones for years. Now payment processors Visa and MasterCard want to get a slice of that market, and are launching card services aimed at Africa's growing mobile payment industry.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Waze navigation app is getting Amber Alerts on child abductions.
NEW YORK (AP) - The head of the Federal Communications Commission is taking the defense of new Internet regulations on the road.
NEW YORK (AP) - As a major wireless show continues this week in Barcelona, Spain, Apple is highlighting the capabilities of its iPhone cameras with a gallery of photos taken by its users around the world.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist who helped direct early investments in Google and Amazon testified Tuesday in a high-profile sex discrimination lawsuit that his firm is not run by men.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Gadget lovers from around the world are in Barcelona to view the latest in handheld and wireless technology.
SHANGHAI (AP) - China played down U.S. concerns that proposed anti-terror legislation would give the Chinese government sweeping power to police electronic communications and marginalize foreign companies fighting for a share of China's $465 billion technology market, saying Tuesday that the law is purely designed to address domestic security issues.