Sunday, February 1, 2015

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It's the season for filing your 2014 tax return - and time to know how the tax laws have changed for 2015. Knowing what's new now can save you lots of money, and possibly a lot grief, in the long run.
Pity the beleaguered Comcast phone reps. Sure, their jobs aren't up there with logging or roofing - the kind that usually make lists as the most dangerous in America. Besides, let's be clear: We're talking about call-center jobs that aren't even always in America. Isn't the Internet a wonder?
There are few events that cannot be improved by slathering on an additional layer of technology, and the Super Bowl is no exception, from 4K televisions to instant beer coolers. Here's a roundup.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Justice Department inspector general report is disputing allegations by former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson that the federal government secretly monitored her personal computer.
The Street: Are American workers "distracted" from productivity through excessive use of the Internet? The website blocking firm StopProcrastinating.com surveyed 5,000 workers to show there's a problem.
BEIJING (AP) - There's a tiger fight going on in China.
Cablevision Systems Corp., the New York cable company, is launching a national WiFi-only telephone service for $29.95 a month - a first for a big cable-TV company.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - No storm selfies, hookups, status updates. With Facebook and Instagram down for nearly an hour overnight, what were legions of users to do?
WASHINGTON (AP) - Whose Internet is it anyway?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Uber Technologies says that if you catch a ride with one of its drivers, your personal and financial data are safe - from Uber itself.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - IBM boss Virginia Rometty will get a $3.6 million bonus for her performance last year, even though the company's sales and profits declined in 2014.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has agreed to turn over a legal opinion regarding government surveillance and census data after a years-long court fight with a privacy group.
NEW YORK (AP) - Consumers may see improved networks after AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. wireless companies, spent billions in the government's latest airwaves auction.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Holding out the promise of major medical breakthroughs, President Barack Obama on Friday called on Congress to approve spending in medical research that tailors treatment to an individual's genes.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google has turned into a stock market laggard as the shift to mobile devices has lowered the Internet search leader's digital ad prices and the company's expensive investments in far-out technology has trimmed its profit margins.
NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon.com Inc.'s fourth-quarter earnings roundly beat analyst expectations, sending the Seattle e-commerce giant's stock soaring 11 percent in premarket trading Friday. Here's a closer look at what investors applauded and hope continues.