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  • Heartbleed bug leads to major online security worries

    By MICHAEL LIEDTKE and ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writers | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    A confounding computer bug called Heartbleed is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords.

  • Hewlett-Packard fined $108M over foreign bribes

    By Steve Johnson, San Jose Mercury News | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Hewlett-Packard Co. has agreed to pay a $108 million fine to resolve allegations that its subsidiaries bribed officials in Poland, Russia and Mexico to win business contracts.

  • Tesla questions lemon law king's motivations

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tesla Motors officials questioned Wisconsin's self-proclaimed lemon law king's motivations in suing over a Milwaukee-area doctor's electric car, saying the company did all it could to fix the car and suggesting someone may have tampered with it. The Tesla blog post also notes that attorney Vince Megna filed a similar lemon claim against another carmaker on behalf of the same doctor last year. "We never want someone to be unhappy in their ownership of a Model S," Tesla's blog said. "In this case, however, there are good reasons to be skeptical of the lawyer's motivations." In a statement Wednesday, Megna said Tesla is legally required to fix defects. "My client filed a lawsuit against Tesla.

  • Heartbleed bug causes major security headache

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information. The breakdown revealed this week affects a widely used encryption technology that is supposed to protect online accounts for a variety of online communications and electronic commerce. Security researchers who uncovered the threat are particularly worried about the lapse because it went undetected for more than two years. They fear the possibility that computer hackers may have been secretly exploiting th

  • Continued drop in PC shipments slows

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the latest numbers show that the global slump in PC demand may be easing. Although the numbers released Wednesday by market research firms Gartner and IDC mark the industry's eighth straight quarter of declines, they also show a considerable slowdown from the drops in the fourth quarter of 2013. Analysts for both firms pointed to a bump in demand, especially in Japan, stemming from Microsoft's retirement of its Windows XP operating system this week. Although users can still run the 12-year-old operating system, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates and has urged existing users to upgrade to newer systems, such as Windo

  • Review: S5 features useful, less about gimmicks

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — There's a lot to like about Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone —among them, its relative lack of features. Don't get me wrong. The company's new flagship smartphone has plenty of innovations, including water resistance, a heart rate sensor and a fingerprint reader to bypass security passcodes. The screen measures 5.1 inches diagonally, which is slightly larger than its predecessor's 5 inches and much bigger than the iPhone's 4 inches. The S5's camera is capable of taking 16 megapixel images, an improvement from 13 megapixels in last year's Galaxy S4. What's most notable, though, is Samsung's decision to focus on features people might actually want.

  • US stocks rally on Fed minutes, earnings news

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Once again, it was the Federal Reserve to the rescue for the stock market. Major U.S. indexes rose broadly Wednesday, helped by a report out of the nation's central bank that showed Fed policymakers want to be absolutely certain the U.S. economy had recovered before starting to raise interest rates. Confident that the Fed won't be raising interest rates until sometime next year, investors once again embraced some of the market's more risky names. Biotechnology and technology stocks, beaten down over the past week, were among the biggest gainers. Wednesday's trading had one broad theme: risk on.

  • Swiss unveil new solar plane for global flight

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    PAYERNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car. The Solar Impulse 2, unveiled to the world Wednesday at Switzerland's Payerne Air Force Base, is a bigger and better version of the single-seater prototype that first took flight five years ago. The original plane demonstrated that a solar-powered plane can fly through the night, hop from Europe to Africa and cross the width of the United States.

  • Teens adept at social media get privacy training

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — In an age of increased online government surveillance and targeted social media ads, the notion of privacy as a classroom subject worthy of distinct study is gaining momentum far beyond the narrow niches of First Amendment lawyers and computer hackers. Using a privacy curriculum developed at Fordham Law School in New York, educators there and at another dozen of the country's top law schools want to equip adolescents growing up in a digital world with a user manual that has little to do with apps and pixel resolution. At the St. Michael School in suburban St. Louis, middle-school students recently learned how to manage their digital reputations.

  • HP to pay $108M to end international graft inquiry

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hewlett-Packard will pay the U.S. government $108 million to settle charges that former employees paid bribes to officials in Russia, Mexico and Poland. Hewlett-Packard Co. will make the payments to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC says an HP division in Russia paid $2 million to make sure the company retained a contract with the federal prosecutor's office there. A Mexican subsidiary paid $1 million to keep a contract with the country's state-owned oil company, while $600,000 in gifts and bribes were paid to a Polish official to win contracts with the police. HP's general counsel, John Schultz, said the misconduct was limited to a small number of peopl

  • Budget passed, Legislature taking up tax cuts

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — Just a day after adopting a $9.23 billion state budget, the Arizona House and Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a pair of tax cuts for manufacturers, including one that would give a multimillion-dollar tax credit to the world's biggest corporation to install and run a solar facility. The Legislature approved Senate Bill 1413, pushed by Gov. Jan Brewer, eliminating sales taxes on electricity purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters. It is expected to cost the state general fund $17 million a year. Brewer called for the elimination of the tax in her State of the State address in January, saying it was needed to make Arizona more competitive and draw new manufacturing to the state.

  • Frontier Elementary shows off classrooms in Edmond

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Edmond Public Schools held an open house for Frontier Elementary on Sunday.

  • Edmond, Oklahoma, company plugs into growing tech industry

    By James A. Pearson, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Behind the bland beige walls and humble glass doors of a little, one-story commercial building in Edmond, next to a pharmacy and an insurance agent and an aquarium store, is a long, dim room that glows with the cool light of computer monitors.

  • Security flaw threatens passwords, email

    Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Passwords and other sensitive data are at risk after security researchers found a problem with encryption technology used to securely transmit email, e-commerce transactions, social networking posts and other Web traffic.

  • US stocks rise for the first time in four days

    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe the sell-off was a little overdone. That was the sentiment on Wall Street Tuesday as the stock market broke a three-day losing streak. The gain pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 index back into positive territory for the year. The rebound was driven partly by bargain-hunting as investors picked up stocks that hold fallen the most in the slump over the previous three days. Utilities stocks also rose sharply as skittish investors bought less-volatile stocks. "Longer-term investors should really use this as an opportunity to buy attractive areas that have sold off," said Kristina Hooper, US Investment Strategist at Allianz Global Investors. "For them, stocks are on sale." Stocks have had a vola

  • GM to invest $449M in 2 Detroit-area factories

    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors plans to invest $449 million in two Detroit-area factories to build the next-generation Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car and two unspecified new vehicles. The company said the investment eventually will bring a second shift at the Detroit assembly plant that makes the Volt and other cars. But it wouldn't say how many jobs would be added or when the people would be hired. The plant now employs about 1,600 on a single shift. GM says it will invest $384 million at the assembly plant and another $65 million in a battery pack plant in nearby Brownstown Township. The company also didn't release any details on the next generation Volt. The current version can go about 38 miles on battery power

  • The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks

    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    iBook charts for week ending April 7, 2014: Top Paid Books 1. Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis (W. W. Norton & Company) 2. Divergent by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 4. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Penguin Group US) 6. NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson & Marshall Karp (Little, Brown and Company) 7. Missing You by Harlan Coben (Penguin Group US) 8. The Divergent Series Complete Collection by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 9. I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster) 10. Bad for You by Abbi Glines (Simon Pu

  • People Who Frequently Use Twitter May Be More Likely to Cheat and Get Divorced

    Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    People who are active on Twitter are more likely to get involved in the types of confrontations that may eventually lead to infidelity and divorce, according to a study published online in the journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. TIME reports the study surveyed 581 Twitter users of all ages, gauging “active Twitter use” by answers to questions about how often they log into Twitter and tweet, how often they reply to tweets, direct message users, and scroll through the Twitter timeline.

  • Tesla to offer electric car leases to businesses

    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. says it will begin leasing cars to small and midsize businesses. The leases, announced in a blog posting on Tuesday, vary in cost with options on the car. Leasing a base Model S for 36 months would cost $1,012 per month with roughly $6,000 up front, according to Tesla's website. The company says the cost would be offset by $261 per month in gasoline savings and $343 in business tax deductions, for a net monthly cost of $408. Tesla's example assumes an 11-cent-per-kilowatt hour electricity cost versus $4.90 per gallon for premium gas in a car that gets 20 miles per gallon. It also includes a 40 percent effective tax rate with the business using the car 70 percent of the tim

  • 'Staggering' experiment: New hope for victims of spinal cord injury

    Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Paralysis may not last forever anymore, says USA Today. In an experiment hailed as "staggering," a team of researchers at the University of Louisville and the University of California-Los Angeles restored some voluntary movement to four men who were told they would never move their legs again. The finding, published online today by the journal Brain, upends understanding of the spinal cord and is likely to transform the lives of more than 1.2 million Americans who lack control over their lower limbs.