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  • Stocks fall for a second day; Nasdaq slumps

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing lower for a second day in a row as investors position themselves for corporate earnings reports. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 117 points, or 0.7 percent, to close at 16,906 Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 13 points, or 0.7...

  • Survey finds math, science grads earn top dollar

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — What you study — math and science are a plus — seems to matter more than whether your alma mater is public or private when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department. The survey of the class of...

  • Restaurant Owner Sues Google for Sabotaging Weekend Sales

    Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    The owner of the 'Serbian Crown' restaurant is taking Google to court. The eatery suffered a 75 percent drop in customers over weekends in early 2012, and for a long time, owner Rene Bertagna could not understand what was going on. Then, a regular diner mentioned Google Places had listed Serbian...

  • Samsung earnings hit by slowing China sales

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said operating profit declined to a two-year low in the second quarter, hit by the strong local currency and slowing demand for smartphones in China. The result highlights how dependent the company has become on smartphones for its earnings....

  • Russian arrested in hacking case filed in Seattle

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service has arrested a Russian man who is accused of hacking store computers to steal thousands of credit card numbers. The agency didn't say where the 30-year-old Moscow man, Roman Valerevich Seleznev, was arrested Saturday, but he was transported to Guam for...

  • MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The so-called FingerReader, a prototype...

  • 4 in 10 US homes are cellphone only, skip landline

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — More American households are ditching their old telephones: 4 out of 10 only use cellphones, a government survey shows. That's twice the rate from just five years ago, although the pace of dumping landlines seems to have slowed down in recent years. The Centers for Disease...

  • Business tech bytes for July 8, 2014

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Business tech bytes for July 8, 2014

  • Some U.S.-bound air travelers must power on their cellphones

    By EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights will soon be required to power on their electronic devices in order to board their flights. Turning on an electronic device can show a screener that the laptop or cellphone, for instance, is a working device and that the batteries...

  • More American households are ditching their old telephones

    By MIKE STOBBE, Associated Press | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been tracking telephone use for a decade, and the number of households using only cellphones had been rising by about 5 percentage points each year.

  • Biotechnology conference allows Oklahoma firms to shine

    BY SCOTT MEACHAM | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    State’s presence at international event provides opportunities for small, local companies.

  • Seattle moves closer to lifting cap on rideshares

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle has moved one step closer to lifting the cap on rideshare cars that are allowed to pick up passengers alongside traditional taxi companies. The Seattle City Council voted Monday to repeal its previous rules governing companies like Uber and Lyft. Next week, the council...

  • Agency's control over modified crops is limited

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon agriculture officials say the state has no authority over genetically modified crops once federal regulators deem them safe for commercial use. In a letter to Gov. John Kitzhaber, the Oregon Department of Agriculture said state law allows it to create "control...

  • Silicon Valley startup expanding into Louisiana

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A business software outsourcing startup based in Milpitas, California, plans to open a tech center in Louisiana this summer. Salaries will average $64,300 a year at the first offices outside Silicon Valley for Enquero Inc., Gov. Bobby Jindal told a news conference Monday in...

  • US to press China on liberalizing high-tech trade

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is looking for concessions from China to kick start international negotiations on liberalizing trade in high-technology products. Trade Representative Michael Froman told reporters the U.S. wants to resolve differences with China over products covered by the...

  • Egypt President defends recent price hikes

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi defended Monday his recent decisions to partially lift subsidies on fuel that caused a public outcry, calling them a necessary "bitter pill" to revive his nation's ailing economy. In a nationally televised speech, el-Sissi went through...

  • Netflix is looking to pay someone to watch Netflix all day

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Ploughing through your new favourite series on Netflix is something you probably enjoy doing after a working day, but what if it was your working day? You see, Netflix has a fancy recommendation engine that suggests movies and shows you might like based on your prior viewing habits. To do that...

  • Relationship building is key for Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation tech transfer leader

    By Jim Stafford, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Nurturing early stage companies to success requires a variety of tools, as Manu Nair of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation knows.

  • Iraq analyzing tape purported to show top militant

    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq security agencies are working to verify the authenticity of a video that purportedly shows the elusive leader of the Sunni extremist group that has declared an Islamic state in a large chunk of territory it controls leading prayers this week in northern Iraq, authorities...

  • Egypt president raises cigarette, alcohol prices

    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president decreed an increase in sales tax on cigarettes, beer and wine, the latest in a series of price hikes that aim to ease the country's staggering budget deficit. The decision announced Sunday increases a flat tax on local and imported cigarettes to between 25 and...

  • Misconceptions helped kill Australian carbon tax

    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — In 2007, Australians were ready to do something to combat climate change, even if it was expensive. More than two-thirds of them said so in a poll, and both major political parties vowed to make industries pay for greenhouse-gas emissions. The undoing of that...

  • Chinese state media: 17 miners trapped underground

    Updated: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    BEIJING (AP) — Rescuers on Sunday worked to free 17 miners trapped following a gas explosion at a coal mine in western China, the country's official news agency reported. The blast at the mine 120 kilometers (70 miles) from Urumqi, the capital of the sprawling Xinjiang region, happened on...

  • Egypt premier defends steep rise in energy prices

    Updated: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's prime minister on Saturday defended a steep rise in fuel prices as necessary move to shore up the treasury, as outraged commuters bickered with public transport drivers over fare hikes and some rushed to gas stations over fears of shortages. The price increases of up to...

  • Oklahoma City law firm offers scholarships to prevent texting and driving

    By Nasreen Iqbal, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    An Oklahoma City law firm will give scholarships to students who raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.

  • Egypt's government raises fuel prices dramatically

    Updated: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's government raised the prices of fuel by up to 78 percent starting Saturday, following on a promise to cut subsidies that eat up nearly a quarter of the state budget, the official news agency reported. The price hikes, in effect as of Friday midnight, follow an increase in...