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Why Apple plunked $1 billion into Chinese ride-hailing

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Apple new $1 billion investment in the Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing is as much about currying favor with regulators as directly expanding its own business, analysts said. Apple might need the help; it faces slowing iPhone sales and tougher restrictions on its services in the …

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Facebook’s No. 2 exec pays tribute to single mothers

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook’s No. 2 executive Sheryl Sandberg says she never realized how hard it is to be a single parent until her husband died a year ago. In a touching Mother’s Day weekend post on Facebook, Sandberg says the odds are stacked against single moms. Many …

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Bitcoin’s self-proclaimed founder backtracks

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The man who claimed to be the mysterious founder of bitcoin appears to be stepping back into the shadows, leaving numerous questions in his wake. Three days after Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright came forward as “Satoshi Nakamoto,” the unknown creator of the digital currency bitcoin, he …

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Fiat Chrysler, Google to cooperate on autonomous minivans

DETROIT (AP) – Fiat Chrysler and Google will work together to more than double the size of Google’s self-driving vehicle fleet by adding 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans. The companies announced the agreement on Tuesday, saying that Chrysler engineers would work with Google to install sensors and software so the vans …

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Move over drones, driverless cars _ unmanned ship up next

SAN DIEGO (AP) – It’s not only drones and driverless cars that may become the norm someday – ocean-faring ships might also run without captains or crews. The Pentagon on Monday showed off the world’s largest unmanned surface vessel, a self-driving 132-foot ship able to travel up to 10,000 nautical …

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Oculus Rift delays flatten virtual-reality fan fervor

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn’t immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus Rift headset, many – possibly most – of whom are still waiting for their $600 gadgets more than four weeks after they started shipping . …

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Authorities say death at Apple headquarters was suicide

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say a young Apple employee took his own life at the company’s headquarters this week. The 25-year-old Santa Clara, California, man was found dead Wednesday morning inside a conference room at Apple’s world headquarters in California. An autopsy later confirmed he died of a self-inflicted …

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Smartphone health: Apple releases software for medical apps

CUPERTINO, California (AP) – Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions – from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression. While there are hundreds of health-related apps on the market, …

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Time Warner Cable deal gets OK, with online video conditions

NEW YORK (AP) – Federal regulators will impose several conditions meant to protect online video services as they back Charter’s bid to buy Time Warner Cable and create the country’s second-largest home Internet provider. The Justice Department approved the deal Monday, subject to court approval on the conditions, while Federal …

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