Technology news from NewsOK

  • Northrop Grumman completes preliminary design review for B-2 stealth bomber software upgrade

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

    The review process took place in February at the company’s Oklahoma City facility.

  • FCC proposes pay-for-priority Internet rules

    By RYAN NAKASHIMA, Associated Press | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Under the proposal, an access provider could demand that high-traffic services such as Netflix pay for preferential treatment. The proposal would include safeguards to make sure the arrangements don’t harm consumers or stifle competition and free speech.

  • Netflix joining line-up of 3 U.S. cable-TV services

    Published: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

    The agreements with Atlantic Broadband, RCN and Grande Communications gives Netflix’s subscription service a channel on the TiVo boxes that the three cable services provide their customers.

  • Brewer vetoes controversial ride-sharing bill

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday vetoed legislation that would have exempted Uber and other ride-sharing companies from insurance regulations imposed on traditional taxi and livery companies. Saying the bill does not offer fundamental safeguards that protect passengers, she...

  • United Technologies to get $400 million tax deal

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State lawmakers gave final legislative approval Thursday to a $400 million tax credit deal with United Technologies Corp., but not without some concerns that Connecticut has to "play defense" to keep its largest private sector employer from moving elsewhere. But...

  • LaunchOklahoma opens tech startup funding spin-off of VentureSpur

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Business development accelerator LaunchOklahoma will focus on Oklahoma startup firms.

  • Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another. The agreement announced Thursday averts a Silicon...

  • California smartphone 'kill switch' bill fails

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that would force electronics manufacturers to install a shut-off function in all smartphones narrowly failed in the state Senate on Thursday but could be revived later this spring. The legislation by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, responds to a crime problem...

  • Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Results from Microsoft's first quarterly earnings release under new CEO Satya Nadella offered fresh justification for his focus on cloud computing. Microsoft Corp. on Thursday posted net income and revenue that beat Wall Street expectations. Factoring out special items...

  • Starbucks eyes soda and lunch as US sales climb

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks keeps finding ways to squeeze more money out of people. The Seattle-based chain reported a stronger quarterly profit Thursday as global sales at established locations rose 6 percent, including in its flagship U.S. market. Operating margin improved as a result of...

  • Business Highlights

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    ___ FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown. Proposed rules, issued Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration, tread fairly lightly. They would ban sales to anyone under 18, add warning...

  • Amazon 1st quarter net income jumps

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's first-quarter profit rose 18 percent as shoppers continued to flock to the online mega retailer to buy goods. Still, the company forecasts an operating loss for the second quarter as it continues to invest heavily both internationally and at home. Amazon has long...

  • Maine gets sewage funds, but says it needs more

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — With some of Maine's wastewater treatment systems using parts that date back to the Civil War, state officials welcomed $29.7 million in federal loans and grants announced this week to maintain municipal sewage systems and even build a new one — but one called those...

  • US proposes pay-for-priority Internet standards

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's top telecoms regulator is proposing to allow a pay-for-priority fast lane on the Internet for movies, music and other services to get to people's homes. The proposed rules come after a federal appeals court struck down previous "net neutrality" rules designed...

  • Google's top social networking executive departs

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's top social networking executive is leaving the Internet company after a nearly eight-year stint highlighted by an audacious challenge to Facebook. Vic Gundotra fittingly announced his departure in a post Thursday on Google Plus, a social network that debuted...

  • Comcast owned Fandango to buy Movieclips

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fandango, a movie ticket service owned by cable company Comcast Corp., said Thursday that it is has agreed to buy film-related video site Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Movieclips works with movie studios to obtain clips of films to publish online....

  • Facebook buys fitness tracker startup behind Moves

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook acquired the startup behind the popular fitness tracking app Moves as it expands beyond its namesake service into a company with multiple, differentiated mobile apps. The world's largest online social network will keep running the service separately. Menlo Park,...

  • Ride-sharing app Lyft expands to new markets

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lyft, the on-demand ride-sharing app best known by the fuzzy pink moustaches on its cars, is launching its service in 24 new U.S. markets. The expansion nearly doubles the startup's U.S. markets and includes smaller cities such as Fresno, Calif.; Lincoln, Neb.; and Corpus...

  • Stocks mostly higher on earnings gains; Apple up

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are mostly higher in midday trading, led by the technology sector after Apple reported a big earnings gain. Apple also announced a stock split, a dividend increase and a larger share repurchase program. The stock gained 8 percent. Caterpillar also rose after posting...

  • Verizon 1Q profit surges on Vodafone-related gains

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon's $130 billion deal to take over of all of Verizon Wireless is helping lift its profit. The largest U.S. cellphone carrier on Thursday posted a 23 percent profit increase in its first quarter, during which it completed the acquisition of the 45 percent stake in its...

  • Tokyo court starts Mt. Gox bankruptcy proceedings

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Bankruptcy proceedings began Thursday for the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange, a move that was widely expected after the Tokyo District Court decided earlier this month that the company would not be able to resurrect itself. An administrator will try to sell its assets, but many...

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    Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

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  • Amazon snares classic shows in deal with HBO

    By BARBARA ORTUTAY and MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writers | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Fans of classic HBO shows like “The Sopranos” and “The Wire” will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.

  • Apple takes steps to lift sagging stock price

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Apple upstaged Wednesday's release of its fiscal second-quarter earnings by announcing plans to send more cash to its shareholders and split its stock for the first time in nine years. This is what Apple is doing: — The Cupertino, Calif., company will spend an additional $30 billion buying...

  • SC unemployed can seek benefits via smartphones

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's unemployment agency launched a free app Wednesday that allows jobless residents to seek weekly benefits through their iPhones. The Department of Employment and Workforce calls it the nation's first such app for smartphones. The U.S. Department of Labor...