Colorful T-Mobile CEO leaving, even as Sprint deal not done
T-Mobile said Monday its colorful CEO John Legere is stepping down next year, even as the wireless company’s long-running effort to merge with rival Sprint remains unfinished.
Czechs to impose 7% tax on global internet giants
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government has approved a plan to adopt a tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple.
Yahoo Japan, Line to merge business to form online giant
TOKYO (AP) — Online services Yahoo Japan and Line Corp. have announced they are merging. Z Holdings Corp., which owns SoftBank Corp.
Ford Mustang SUV starts a blitz of new electric vehicles
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is unveiling its first all-electric SUV, marking the start of an avalanche of battery-powered vehicles coming from mainstream and luxury automakers during the next two years that industry analysts say will boost electric vehicle sales.
Anti-robocall bill likely as House, Senate reach compromise
It’s looking like an anti-robocall bill will get sent to President Donald Trump this year, helping tackle an infuriating problem in the U.S.
Twitter details political ad ban, admits it’s imperfect
Twitter’s new ban on political ads will cover appeals for votes, solicitations for campaign contributions and any political content.
Supreme Court steps into Google-Oracle copyright fight
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it will referee a high-profile copyright dispute between technology giants Oracle and Google.
Hulu again raising prices for online live-TV service
Hulu is again raising prices for its online TV bundle, as other streaming-TV providers do the same. Hulu’s service, like AT&T TV Now, Dish’s Sling and YouTube TV, are a replica of traditional TV but on the internet.
Free broadband? UK Labour Party promises nationalization
LONDON (AP) — The British Labour Party's latest plan for public ownership of big industries sent shivers through the telecoms sector Friday with an electoral promise to nationalize part of the former phone monopoly BT to provide free fiber optic broadband.
NBA teams enhancing fan experience with high-tech replays
ATLANTA (AP) — NBA fans will soon be able to look up at the big videoboard above the court and get a different look at that deep Trae Young 3-pointer early in the first quarter.
Bloomberg pouring $100M in anti-Trump ad campaign
NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who is deciding whether to launch a Democratic presidential bid, is pouring $100 million into an online advertising campaign attacking President Donald Trump.
Huawei sells folding smartphone with no Google after US ban
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei is selling its first folding smartphone without Google apps or U.S.-made processor chips following sanctions imposed by Washington.
Esper defends as fair Pentagon contract disputed by Amazon
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday he was certain that the awarding of a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft instead of Amazon was done fairly.
Amazon appeals $10B Pentagon contract won by Microsoft
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amazon is protesting the Pentagon’s decision to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, citing “unmistakable bias” in the process.
In DC, face scans peg a lawmaker - and a long-dead singer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Privacy advocates who strapped cameras to their heads and walked around Capitol Hill Thursday say Amazon’s facial recognition technology successfully recognized a congressman - but also claimed to spot singer Roy Orbison, who died in 1988.
WeWork loses $1.25 billion in third quarter
NEW YORK (AP) — WeWork racked up $1.25 billion in losses in the third quarter as it geared up for, and ultimately scuttled, its debut as a public company.
Disney Plus adds disclaimer about racist movie stereotypes
NEW YORK (AP) — Disney’s new streaming service has added a disclaimer to "Dumbo," “Peter Pan” and other classics because they depict racist stereotypes, underscoring a challenge media companies face when they resurrect older movies in modern times.
Italy declares state of emergency in Venice after high tides
ROME (AP) — Italy's government declared a state of emergency Thursday in flood-ravaged Venice, seeking to release funds to repair the historic lagoon city after it was damaged by the highest tide in 50 years.
Motorola flips for its futuristic foldable phone
NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola is bracing for the future by returning to the past. The company is adapting its historical flip-phone design for a smartphone with a foldable screen.
Trump impeachment hearing spurs shadow spin war
WASHINGTON (AP) — The online spin began even before Wednesday’s impeachment hearing got underway. Moments before House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff could welcome witnesses to the first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to dismiss the “New Hoax.
Debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory is knocked down - again
A discredited conspiracy theory that blames Ukraine, and not Russia, for interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election reared its head again during the first day of public impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump’s alleged attempt to pressure Ukraine into investigating a political opponent.
Facebook says it removed 3.2B fake accounts in 6 months
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook says it removed 3.2 billion fake accounts from its service from April to September, up slightly from 3 billion in the previous six months.
Disney Plus hits 10M subscribers in 1 day
NEW YORK (AP) — Disney Plus says it hit more than 10 million sign-ups on its first day of launch, far exceeding expectations. Disney’s mix of Marvel and Star Wars movies and shows, classic animated films and new series appears to be a hit out of the gate after its launch on Tuesday.
Google plans to offer checking accounts
NEW YORK (AP) — Google plans to add checking accounts from Citigroup and a credit union to its Google Pay digital wallet in 2020, the tech company said Wednesday.
Google, Israel’s National Library team up to digitize books
JERUSALEM (AP) — The National Library of Israel is working with Google to digitize 120,000 books from its extensive collection of Jewish texts and upload them to the internet for public use.