Sunday, May 24, 2015

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The Street: It didn't matter that Elon Musk was late. Tesla's hangar at the airport here near Los Angeles was rocking and ready for batteries.
The Street: A flurry of recent activity by Hulu, including a deal for its service to be carried via AT&T's mobile apps and Web sites and the payment of $160 million to exclusively stream Seinfeld reruns, has signaled that the company's owners may be trying to more aggressively grow its business.
The message-in-a-bottle routine is going Wi-Fi. And that means pretty soon you'll have your very own mini Times Square at the bar, right on the bottle.
NEW YORK (AP) - Elon Musk, the star CEO of the electric car company Tesla Motors and the rocket company SpaceX, staged an elaborate event last month to unveil a new product. Not a sleek new luxury car. Not a rocket that can ferry people to Mars. A home appliance - a battery - that can be mounted on a garage wall and ignored.
This week's expansion of the Takata air bag recall to cover nearly 34 million vehicles may not make it the largest product recall ever. At least in raw numbers, it was far surpassed a decade ago by the recall of 150 million pieces of lead-tainted costume jewelry imported from India.
Spotify's movable feast of entertainment got bigger today with podcasts, videos and exclusive content.
It took a price cut to generate a run on Chevrolet's 2015 Spark EV, with savvy car buyers realizing the lower price and federal electric vehicle tax credit can make for a super deal.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - A California prostitute charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-led Senate has blocked a House bill that would have ended the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records.
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - The operator of a popular adult dating website said Friday it's investigating a data security breach following reports that hackers stole names, email addresses and information about the sexual orientation or habits of up to 4 million members.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says "offensive and disgusting" replies posted on President Barack Obama's new Twitter account are part of an open society.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The chairman of Temple University's physics department schemed to provide U.S. technology secrets to China in exchange for prestigious appointments for himself, federal authorities said in charging him with four counts of wire fraud.
PARIS (AP) - France's highest court has rejected ride-sharing company Uber's bid to have much of a recent law banning its services declared unconstitutional.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach with a Hitchcockian number of seabirds flying overhead is once again streaming to the Internet.