• Snapchat is premiering its own Web series tomorrow

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Snapchat is making a web series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Literally Can't Even" comes from writers Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn, the daughters ofSteven Spielberg and John Goldwyn, respectively. The series stars the friends and writing partners as comedic versions of themselves — Spielberg recently single after a long relationship and Goldwyn embarking on a six-month cleanse — and follows them on a series of misadventures in Los Angeles. 

  • SEC alleges Navistar withholding documents in fraud investigation

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    CHICAGO — The Securities and Exchange Commission is asking a federal court to force Navistar to release documents it believes the company “improperly redacted and withheld as privileged” in response to a fraud investigation. The 42-page complaint also brings to light what the SEC claims was Navistar’s failed efforts to put “political pressure” on the Environmental Protection Agency to certify an engine technology it spent more than $700 million developing. The SEC’s complaint was filed late last year in federal court in Chicago and amended last week. The SEC is investigating whether Navistar violated federal securities laws by making false or misleading statements as it sought approval for the new engine technol

  • Jay-Z business makes bid for Aspiro music streaming company

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A business controlled by rapper Jay-Z has made a $56 million offer to buy the Scandinavian music streaming company Aspiro. Project Panther Bidco Ltd. has offered 1.05 Swedish kroner (13 cents) in cash per share of Aspiro AB. Aspiro's board has recommended that shareholders accept the offer. The deal is subject to Panther buying more than 90 percent of the shares and getting regulatory approvals. Aspiro is based in Malmo, Sweden, and runs music streaming subscription services that offer high-fidelity songs, which many audiophiles prefer over MP3s and other formats that reduce quality in the compression process. In the U.S., its Tidal service is available for $20 a month.

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    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

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  • Snohomish schools to use 'panic button' smart phone app

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — School districts in Snohomish County are planning a "panic button" system at more than 80 schools. It's a smartphone application that — with the push of the button — automatically dials 911 and notifies designated people about an emergency. The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/15PK8ai) two school in Everett started testing the panic button in August and a larger rollout is planned to begin next week. The program is funded by a $250,000 grant from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. ___ Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.

  • BMW fixes security flaw that exposed 2.2M cars to break-ins

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — German automaker BMW says it has fixed a security flaw that made 2.2 million of its vehicles vulnerable to break-ins. The company says the problem affected BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce models equipped with its ConnectedDrive technology, which allows drivers to access certain car functions with a smartphone. German automobile club ADAC, which discovered the flaw last summer, says hackers could have used a fake cellphone base station to intercept network traffic from the car and lower the windows or open the doors. There are no reports such a break-in ever took place. BMW spokeswoman Silke Brigl said Friday that hackers wouldn't have been able to start or stop the engine.

  • Obama calls on Congress to fund 'precision medicine' studies

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Holding out the promise of major medical breakthroughs, President Barack Obama on Friday called on Congress to approve spending in medical research that tailors treatment to an individual's genes. Obama wants $215 million for what he's calling a precision medicine initiative that moves away from one-size-fits-all treatments. The ambitious goal: Scientists will assemble databases of about a million volunteers to study their genetics — and other factors such as their environments and the microbes that live in their bodies — to learn how to individualize care. "That's the promise of precision medicine -- delivering the right treatment at the right time, every time, to the right person," Obama said in anno

  • Putin’s dancing daughter said to run fund backed by dad’s allies

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    MOSCOW — Russian executives close to Vladimir Putin are backing an ambitious startup incubator and science center next to Moscow State University that may prove lucrative. Given the nature of Russian business under Putin, that’s not a huge surprise. The twist in the story, first reported by billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov’s newspaper RBC Daily, is that the young woman running two entities involved in developing the $1.6 billion project, Katerina Tikhonova, is Putin’s youngest child, according to four people familiar with the matter. Neither of Putin’s daughters, Katerina, 28, or Maria, a year older, have ever given a media interview and the Kremlin has never released photographs of them as adults. Snippets and rumors

  • Gallup migrating away from phones in favor of online polling

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gallup has long been known for phone polling, but the Nebraska-based company is migrating away from that technology and toward online data collection. The company will be reducing its call center staff in Lincoln and Omaha through attrition, transfers or promotions, but not layoffs, spokesman Johnathan Tozer told the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/163ZWHf ). Omaha-based Gallup employs about 1,200 people total in Lincoln and Omaha, down from 1,350 employees two years ago. Tozer said the change is "part of Gallup's long-term migration plan toward online data collection, in addition to our sophisticated analytics and consulting.

  • Visa loves the fees and announces a stock split

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Visa is surging, and that's likely a good sign for the economy. The credit card company reported an 11% jump in payment volume. Over $1 trillion worth of transactions were made on Visa (V) cards from October 1 to December 31. That's not too far off from the size of the total Australian economy, and that was only one quarter for the company. Visa also announced a stock split. On March 19, investors who hold one share in the company will receive four shares. It's a common move by companies when their stock price gets too high. Visa currently trades for about $250 a share, which will make shares about $63 apiece after the split.

  • 'Fresh Off The Boat' sitcom draws backlash after tweet

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    ABC's "Fresh Off The Boat," the first sitcom to feature an Asian American family in two decades, has run into renewed controversy a week before its debut. While the show has been praised for its potential to rebut stereotypes, its social media team flubbed when it tweeted a graphic featuring caricatures of different races underneath the phrase "We're all a little #FreshOffTheBoat."

  • This Concept Is Everything You're Hoping For the iPhone 7

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Some people are just getting their iPhone 6s, but many are already looking for the next big thing, says Popsugar. Designer Yasser Farahi created an elaborate concept of what the next evolution in iPhone might look like. À la the Pantone color of the year, Marsala , Yasser is thinking Apple will go with muted, earthy colors for the iPhone 7. His vision of the phone is a device that's much thinner and evolved in every way.

  • The Week Ahead: Net neutrality clarity from the FCC?

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Speculators love rumors. Rumors thrive with opacity. And rumors do not move at equal speeds for everyone. In this regard, rumors have plenty in common with the Federal Communications Commission debate over how to handle net neutrality. Net neutrality is the idea that companies like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and others in the business of providing connections should treat all Internet traffic equally. Supporters don’t want to allow those Internet service providers the ability to create cyber “express lanes,” allowing some websites to move first and faster than others. Advocates of a light regulatory touch say mandating a neutral stance on Internet traffic would add to congestion, reduce technological innovation and ultimate

  • New washer technology requires clean start for user

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    PITTSBURGH — If you Google the phrase “how to remove mold and mildew from a front-load washing machine,” you will get more than 1 million results. The new generation of sleek, high-efficiency machines beg us to make them the centerpiece of the laundry room, but most don’t realize that like most technology, proper usage and routine maintenance are required. Matt Hillebrand, principal owner of Don’s Appliances, knows this well. His company’s service department takes a lot of calls from customers about this issue. Here is his answer: “The customer is the main reason for the mold. Most use entirely too much detergent. Manufacturers recommend 1-2 tablespoons of detergent, and customers are using the maximum lev

  • BRIEF: Video online

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Aaron Seller, co-owner of Rock City Sliders and Coneys, prepares Detroit-style hot dogs and sliders. Visit gazette.com to view the video. ——— ©2015 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Visit The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) at www.gazette.

  • West Virginians warned about tax refund email scam

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginia taxpayers to be aware of an email scam claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. Morrisey says with tax season is in full swing, scammers are busy trying to steal personal information. In this particular scam, consumers receive an email telling them they're eligible for a refund. They are then directed to a third-party website and asked to provide vital personal and financial information. Morrisey says consumers should view any email offering prizes, rewards or even a tax refund with a degree of skepticism.

  • How can Google snap its stock out of its stupor?

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has turned into a stock market laggard as the shift to mobile devices has lowered the Internet search leader's digital ad prices and the company's expensive investments in far-out technology has trimmed its profit margins. Those factors have left some investors wondering what Google might do to boost its stock price, especially after the company's latest financial report. The earnings released late Thursday missed analyst targets, marking the fifth consecutive quarter that has happened. That discouraging trend is one reason Google's stock price ended Thursday's trading session 8 percent below where it stood 13 months ago. The Standard & Poor's 500 index has climbed by 9 percent during the same st

  • Smart Spending: Why investors are applauding Amazon earnings

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com Inc.'s fourth-quarter earnings roundly beat analyst expectations, sending the Seattle e-commerce giant's stock soaring 11 percent in premarket trading Friday. Here's a closer look at what investors applauded and hope continues. SMART SPENDING Operating expenses rose 15 percent to $28.74 billion but that was less than some analysts had expected Amazon would spend. Investors have long wanted Amazon to show some restraint as it invests in its business, and this metric seemed to be a sign that Amazon is willing to do that.

  • Va. middle school students participating in NASA challenge

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Students at nine Virginia middle schools are participating in a NASA program to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Virginia Department of Education says the state is one of ten chosen by NASA and the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the 2014-2015 Engineering Design Challenge. Officials say students will take on after-school challenges designed by NASA aimed at solving real-world problems such as how to successfully parachute a spacecraft onto the surface of Mars. The Virginia schools participating are: Caroline Middle in Caroline County, Falling Creek Middle in Chesterfield County, Holmes Middle and Key Middle in Fairfax County, Peabody Middle in Petersburg




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