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Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service. On a vote of 75-20, the Senate gave final congressional approval to the wide-ranging …

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Fantasy sports companies defend embattled industry

Fantasy sports companies defend embattled industry

BOSTON (AP) – Daily fantasy sports companies say their industry remains viable despite a rocky start to 2016. The industry’s top companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, are on the defensive after taking hits to their businesses in recent weeks as scrutiny by state policymakers across the country continues to intensify. This …

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TV producers may start making you wait for new shows online

TV producers may start making you wait for new shows online

NEW YORK (AP) – The Golden Age of Online Television may be in peril. Streaming TV has gotten popular as several online services such as Netflix make past seasons of TV shows available for binge-watching, while Hulu offers episodes from the current season. Now, some television companies are balking at …

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License plate readers a double-edged sword for NY village

License plate readers a double-edged sword for NY village

FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) – When this Long Island village switched on its “ring of steel” last fall, it knew it was getting a potent policing tool. The system of 27 cameras would scan the license plate of every single vehicle that rolled into town. If a wanted criminal drove through, …

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Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorist supporters

Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorist supporters

WASHINGTON (AP) – Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday. The announcement demonstrated efforts by Twitter to automatically identify tweets supporting terrorism, reflecting increased pressure …

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Sharp weighs investment proposals, decision within a month

Sharp weighs investment proposals, decision within a month

TOKYO (AP) – Troubled Japanese electronics maker Sharp plans to decide within a month between investment offers from Taiwanese company Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, or a consortium of Japanese investors. Sharp Corp. has acknowledged it needs to restructure its once booming liquid crystal display panel business, now stumbling …

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Comcast loses fewest TV customers in 8 years

Comcast loses fewest TV customers in 8 years

NEW YORK (AP) – Comcast is trumpeting its best year for traditional TV services in nearly a decade, even though it continues to lose TV subscribers. As the number of traditional TV customers declines across the industry, Comcast is stemming its losses by luring them with new TV-Internet packages, while …

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Drone schools spread in China to field pilots for new sector

Drone schools spread in China to field pilots for new sector

BEIJING (AP) – Joysticks at their fingertips, the mostly male students packing the classroom lift their virtual helicopters into the air, part of a new cottage industry that’s sprung up in China: drone pilot schools. China is already the world’s biggest drone manufacturer, churning out remote-controlled flying machines that range …

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Facebook announces stricter policy on firearms sales

Facebook announces stricter policy on firearms sales

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Facebook says it’s cracking down on online gun sales, announcing Friday a new policy barring private individuals from advertising or selling firearms on the world’s largest social network. The new policy applies also to Facebook’s photo-sharing service Instagram. It comes after gun control groups have long …

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Google parent Alphabet may soon top Apple’s market value

Google parent Alphabet may soon top Apple’s market value

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – As the digital advertising market booms and demand for smartphones wanes, Alphabet Inc. could soon dethrone Apple as the world’s most valuable company. If it happens, Alphabet will move to the head of the class just five months after Google reorganized itself under the holding company. …

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