Monday, August 3, 2015

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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."
A quiz: What technology has been arriving unbidden in your mail lately, teasing you with the prospect of extra security but not fully delivering?
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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...
A consortium of German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler are buying Nokia Corp.'s HERE map business to incorporate into automotive technology and eventually autonomous driving.
NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T is unveiling a new package that combines traditional TV and wireless services as it seeks to broaden its offerings following its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV about a week ago.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S.
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.
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.
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.