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Wednesday, April 9

  • Weather Around the U.S.A.   The Associated Press / 3:40PM
  • Wednesday, March 26

  • Review: Hulu Entertains With TV, Movies   AP / 2:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- My TV remote has been gathering some dust lately, since I've been catching up with shows on the Web -- at my leisure. And, no, I haven't been visiting network Web sites.
  • Thursday, January 10

  • Farmers Riding the Technology Wave / Farm Scene   AP / 3:40AM
    OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (AP) -- The changes have come lightning quick in the nearly three decades since Missouri agricultural extension agents first preached the power of computers to skeptical farmers.
  • Wednesday, October 31

  • Bush Signing 7-Year Internet Tax Ban   AP / 12:20PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A moratorium on Internet access taxes got a last-minute extension Wednesday, one day before it would have expired.
  • Monday, September 24

  • Internet Debate Attracts Over 1M Viewer   AP / 8:20AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- An experimental online "mashup" -- a build-your-own Democratic presidential debate -- attracted more than 1 million viewers in the past 10 days, many of them young people drawn to the interactivity of the Internet.
  • Wednesday, September 12

  • National League Standings   The Associated Press / 1:50PM
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  • Saturday, September 8

  • APEC Forge Deal on Climate Change   AP / 6:20PM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Pacific Rim leaders agreed Saturday to curb global warming by improving energy use and expanding forests, laying out a plan they hope will influence future climate change talks but that critics dismissed as too timid.
  • Friday, August 3

  • Blogs Make Their Political Mark   AP / 5:10AM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Liberal bloggers can count the ways they are making their presence felt in the presidential race.
  • Tuesday, July 31

  • Hollywood Pros to Launch Online Video Site   AP / 1:20AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When it debuts Tuesday on the Web, My Damn Channel will become the latest attempt by Hollywood professionals to cash in on the huge popularity of online video.
  • Monday, July 30

  • UN Team Says Received NKorea Cooperation   AP / 10:50PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- North Korea has cooperated fully with a team U.N. nuclear experts who were monitoring the shutdown and sealing of the country's sole plutonium-producing reactor, the leader of the team said Tuesday.
  • School Adds PowerPoint to Application   AP / 9:30PM
    At business meetings the world over, PowerPoint-style presentations are often met with yawns and glazed eyes.
  • Advisers: Avandia Should Stay on Market   AP / 6:51PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The widely used diabetes drug Avandia should remain on the market, government health advisers overwhelmingly recommended Monday, saying evidence of an increased risk of heart attack doesn't merit removal.
  • Verizon Earnings Up 4.5 Percent   AP / 5:23PM
    NEW YORK - Verizon Communications Inc. reported second-quarter earnings that satisfied analyst expectations Monday and said its wireless arm would buy a rural cell-phone carrier to expand its reach.
  • UN Experts Visit Iranian Nuclear Reactor   AP / 10:30AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- U.N. inspectors visited a nuclear reactor Monday being built in central Iran, a facility that has been off-limits since April, state media reported.
  • China's Alibaba Moving Toward IPO   AP / 9:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group said Monday it is moving toward a long-anticipated initial public offering, with plans to sell shares of its business-to-business unit in Hong Kong.
  • Sunday, July 29

  • N. Korea Reaffirms Nuclear Commitment   AP / 4:50AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- North Korea's new foreign minister reaffirmed his country's commitment to ending its nuclear weapons program, an official said Sunday.
  • Saturday, July 28

  • Medical Helicopter Crashes, 1 Injured   AP / 3:10PM
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A medical helicopter with four people on board crashed early Saturday just moments after it took off from a hospital, injuring one of its medical workers, authorities said.
  • EBay Can Continue Using 'Buy It Now'   AP / 8:14AM
    NORFOLK, Va. - A federal judge Friday denied a request from a small Virginia company to stop the online auction powerhouse eBay Inc. from using a feature that allows shoppers to purchase items at a fixed price.
  • Southeast Asia to Set Up Nuclear Monitor   AP / 6:30AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Southeast Asian countries will set up a safety watchdog to ensure that nuclear power plants in the region are not used to produce weapons or aid terrorists and other criminal groups, an official said Saturday.
  • Friday, July 27

  • Taiwan Strives to Conserve Rare Turtles   AP / 11:50PM
    PENGHU, Taiwan (AP) -- People once thought nothing of killing the green turtles on these islands for their meat and eggs, decimating the rare species' ranks along the way. But local efforts to save the creatures -- through a nesting reserve, a veterinary clinic and even a beach patrol -- still aren't guaranteed to revive the species' numbers, authorities say.
  • Desert City Tries to Conserve   AP / 5:50PM
    PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) -- In many ways, Palm Desert is the epitome of environmental excess.
  • Newspapers Feel Real Estate Woes   AP / 5:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- It's bad enough that a cratering housing market is leading to a slump in real estate advertising at newspapers, as a dreary series of earnings reports showed this week.
  • Food in Botulism Recall Still Being Sold   AP / 4:10PM
    WASHINGTON - Stores nationwide are continuing to sell recalled canned chili, stew, hash and other foods potentially contaminated with poisonous bacteria even after repeated warnings the products could kill.
  • Navteq Charts Digital Map Expansion   AP / 2:40PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Getting lost is getting rarer nowadays, and any yahoo with a keyboard or a GPS device can find precise directions or pinpoint the location of an out-of-town landmark.
  • Report: NASA Let Astronauts Fly Drunk   AP / 12:50PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA let astronauts fly drunk on at least two occasions, an independent panel said in a report released Friday.
  • EU Charges Intel With Monopoly Abuse   AP / 7:34AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- EU regulators said Friday they have charged Intel Corp. with monopoly abuse for blocking rival computer chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s access to customers.
  • Report Warns Against Many Internet Rules   AP / 7:20AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Kazakhstan and Georgia are among countries imposing excessive restrictions on how people use the Internet, a new report says, warning that regulations are having a chilling effect on freedom of expression.
  • IAEA Team En Route to N. Korea   AP / 5:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A second team of U.N. nuclear experts arrived in Beijing Friday on their way to North Korea to monitor the shutdown and sealing of the country's sole plutonium-producing reactor.
  • Toshiba Quarterly Profit Jumps Fivefold   AP / 5:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Profit at Toshiba Corp. jumped fivefold in the April-June quarter on brisk sales of personal computers and semiconductors, the company said Friday.
  • Robots Clear Waterways of Deadly Mines   AP / 4:50AM
    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- As it slowly moves in the shallow water along a beach, the robot splashes its fins like a small child playing in the surf.
  • NASA Shaken by Sabotage, Drinking Claims   AP / 4:30AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- America's space agency was shaken Thursday by two startling and unrelated reports: One involved claims that astronauts were drunk before flying. The other was news from NASA itself that a worker had sabotaged a computer set for delivery to the international space station.
  • Thursday, July 26

  • French-Libyan Nuke Deal Criticized   AP / 10:00PM
    PARIS (AP) -- Environmentalists and France's leftist opposition on Thursday criticized a preliminary deal to provide civilian nuclear technology to Libya, with some claiming France used it as a bargaining chip to help free a group of medics held by Libya.
  • NASA Shaken by Sabotage, Drinking   AP / 9:21PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- America's space agency was shaken Thursday by two startling and unrelated reports: One involved claims that astronauts were drunk before flying. The other was news from NASA itself that a worker had sabotaged a computer set for delivery to the international space station.
  • NASA Reports Sabotage of Space Computer   AP / 6:10PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A space program worker deliberately damaged a computer that is supposed to fly aboard shuttle Endeavour in less than two weeks, an act of sabotage that was caught before the equipment was loaded onto the spaceship, NASA said Thursday.
  • Senators Worried About TV 'Train Wreck'   AP / 6:00PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- On Feb. 18, 2009, tens of millions of televisions that are not equipped to receive digital signals will become useless pieces of furniture. The government is spending $5 million to let owners know so they can do something about it -- not enough, critics say.
  • Dell Expands Retail Presence to Japan   AP / 5:30PM
    DALLAS (AP) -- Dell Inc. is expanding its retail presence to Japan, where it will sell a variety of computers at Bic Camera stores.
  • IBM Guidelines Govern Virtual Employees   AP / 5:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Anything pretty much goes in online virtual worlds. Identities are nebulous. Online characters known as avatars chat it up, gamble or even have sex at first sight.
  • Hungary Officials Raid Microsoft Office   AP / 4:50PM
    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary's state Competition Authority raided the offices of Microsoft Corp.'s local subsidiary as part of a probe into the company's relationship with large software distributors.
  • Researchers Find Evidence of Hidden City   AP / 4:00PM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Alexander the Great founded Alexandria to immortalize his name amid his quest to conquer the world -- but his was apparently not the first city on the famed site on Egypt's Mediterranean coast.
  • Government Warns Public on Fake E-Mails   AP / 2:40PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal agency charged with protecting consumers from Internet scams now finds itself wrapped up in one.
  • Microsoft Cuts Price of Xbox 360 Add-On   AP / 8:20AM
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. on Thursday said it would trim the price of an HD DVD player add-on for its Xbox 360 video game console and give away movies with the player, in a bid to support the format.
  • Japan Nuke Reactor Restart Date Unclear   AP / 7:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The company that runs the nuclear power plant severely damaged by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake in northwestern Japan said Thursday it is still estimating damages 10 days after the temblor and does not know when it can reopen.
  • Wednesday, July 25

  • Apple Posts Record Quarterly Profit   AP / 9:14PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple Inc.'s fiscal third-quarter profit soared more than 73 percent, fueled by demand for its Macintosh computers and the strength of its iPod media players.
  • Digg Fires Google for Online Ads   AP / 7:20PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Digg Inc., a reader-powered news site, fired Google Inc. as its online advertising partner Wednesday in favor of a company Digg's top executive described as young and willing to take risks: Microsoft Corp.
  • U.N. Agency Rules for 'Simpsons Movie'   AP / 6:11PM
    GENEVA - Woo-hoo! "The Simpsons Movie" has won its
  • Study: Online Video for 19 Pct Each Day   AP / 5:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- One in five online Americans view video over the Internet on any given day, thanks to speedier Internet connections and a wider selection of clips, a study finds.
  • Massive to Place Ads in 'Madden' Game   AP / 1:30PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- In-game advertising company Massive Inc. will broker ads for some of Electronic Arts Inc.'s top video games this year, including the upcoming "Madden NFL 08" for Xbox 360 and personal computers.
  • EU to Free Up Spectrum for 3G Services   AP / 11:50AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Union is making more radio spectrum available for accessing Internet services over mobile phones, saying the use of lower frequencies would cut operators' costs and let them reach customers over a wider area.
  • Siemens Sells One Unit, Buys Another   AP / 11:20AM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Siemens AG said Wednesday it will sell its VDO auto parts unit to Continental AG for about $15.67 billion and buy the U.S-based diagnostics company Dade Behring for $7 billion.
  • Matsushita, Sharp Post Upbeat Earnings   AP / 10:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Two major Japanese electronics companies, Matsushita Electric and Sharp Corp., issued upbeat earnings Wednesday on robust demand for consumer electronics, though Matsushita, the maker of Panasonic-brand products, said plasma TV sales dipped on sliding prices.
  • Toshiba, Fujitsu, NEC Talk Chip Tie-Up   AP / 10:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday it is considering an alliance with other Japanese semiconductor makers, including NEC and Fujitsu, to develop and produce next-generation, ultra-small consumer electronics chips.
  • Siemens to Sell VDO Unit to Tire Maker   AP / 9:10AM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Siemens AG said Wednesday it will sell its VDO auto parts unit to Germany's Continental AG in an euro11.4 billion (US$15.67 billion) deal, ending speculation that it was going to spin off the unit independently.
  • India Approves Nuclear Deal With US   AP / 5:30AM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's Cabinet has signed off on the technical details of a civilian nuclear cooperation deal with the United States, moving a step closer to finalizing a pact touted as the cornerstone of an emerging partnership, officials said Wednesday.
  • MySpace Finds 29,000 Sex Offenders   AP / 4:40AM
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- MySpace.com has found more than 29,000 registered sex offenders with profiles on the popular social networking Web site -- more than four times the number cited by the company two months ago, officials in two states Tuesday.
  • NJ Town Planning Beach of the Future   AP / 1:30AM
    OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) -- At the beach of the future, high tide will meet high tech.
  • Tuesday, July 24

  • Apple Shares Fall on IPhone Numbers   AP / 8:20PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- AT&T Inc. wiped some of the glow off Apple Inc.'s iPhone on Tuesday, releasing numbers that showed fewer people than expected signed up for service in the first two days of the multimedia cell phone's release.
  • NC AG: MySpace Finds More Sex Offenders   AP / 8:10PM
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- MySpace.com has found more than 29,000 registered sex offenders with profiles on the popular social networking Web site -- more than four times the number cited by the company two months ago, officials in two states Tuesday.
  • Amazon.com 2Q Profit More Than Triples   AP / 5:30PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Amazon.com Inc.'s second-quarter profit more than tripled, boosted by strong sales of books, music and electronics worldwide. The Web retailer's stock soared 11.3 percent in after-hours trading.
  • Lawsuit Seeks to Shut Down Facebook   AP / 5:10PM
    BOSTON - The owners of a rival social networking Web site are trying to shut down Facebook.com, charging in a federal lawsuit that Facebook's founder stole their ideas while they were students at Harvard.
  • Lexmark 2Q Profit Declines 16 Percent   AP / 5:10PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Printer maker Lexmark International Inc. said Tuesday its second-quarter profit declined 16 percent on lower sales to consumers and higher costs, though its results managed to top Wall Street's forecast.
  • China, FBI Bust Software Counterfeiters   AP / 4:10PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Chinese police have busted up two criminal organizations and seized pirated software worth half a billion dollars, the culmination of two years of work with the FBI, officials from both countries said Tuesday.
  • AOL Buying Targeted Ad Company Tacoda   AP / 3:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Continuing its bid to rely more on advertising as Internet access subscriptions plummet, AOL said Tuesday it was buying a company that delivers targeted ads based on a visitor's browsing habits.
  • Lockheed 2Q Earnings Rise 34 Percent   AP / 10:34AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lockheed Martin Corp., the world's largest defense contractor, said Tuesday that second-quarter earnings rose 34 percent on higher sales in most of its businesses, including fighter jets, missile defense and information technology.
  • China, FBI Bust Pirate Software Gangs   AP / 10:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- The FBI and Chinese police busted two software piracy gangs and seized programs worth an estimated $500 million, officials said Tuesday.
  • IAEA Inspectors to Visit Iran Reactor   AP / 7:10AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Tuesday it will send a team of inspectors early next week to a disputed Iranian heavy water reactor -- a key step in efforts to allay concerns over the country's nuclear program.
  • Monday, July 23

  • Netflix Lowers Earnings Outlook   AP / 10:40PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Netflix Inc. expects its profit to sag the rest of this year as the online DVD rental leader absorbs the cost of lowering its prices and upgrading its customer service to ward off an intensifying threat from rival Blockbuster Inc.
  • TomTom Bids About $2.8B for Tele Atlas   AP / 8:00PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- TomTom NV, Europe's largest maker of car navigation systems, said Monday it would buy digital mapping company Tele Atlas NV for about $2.8 billion to form a bulwark against larger competitors and help it map the best possible routes as users need them.
  • Microsoft, Yahoo Tweak Privacy Policies   AP / 5:40PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Hopping on the privacy-protection bandwagon, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. are limiting how long their Internet search engines retain potentially sensitive data about their users.
  • Astronaut Tosses Junk From Space Station   AP / 4:50PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A spacewalking astronaut did some massive housecleaning at the international space station Monday, tossing out a camera mounting and an ammonia tank weighing more than half a ton.
  • Ultra-Flexible Fiber Optics on the Way   AP / 3:50PM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Corning Inc. is finding its way around very tight corners to help high-speed Internet service reach high-rise apartments and condominiums.
  • Nonprofit Laptop Group Says Rollout Soon   AP / 11:50AM
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Governments have ordered 3 million of the inexpensive yet rugged computers for schoolchildren through the One Laptop Per Child project, giving the nonprofit group enough volume to kick-start mass production.
  • Online Classes a Savior for Some Teens   AP / 8:30AM
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- When Scott Landry flunked a math class in his Townsend high school this year, he was told he would not make it into the 10th grade unless he went to summer school.
  • New Processors Present Problems, Payoff   AP / 8:10AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- A fundamental change in the design of microprocessors is presenting software developers with a challenge -- and a huge financial opportunity.
  • Sunday, July 22

  • Doctors Treating Older Anorexics   AP / 8:30PM
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kelli Smith was nervous as she walked into the Philadelphia treatment center, seeking help at last for her anorexia. Looking around at the other patients, she was struck by how young they seemed.
  • School Conducts Anti-Phishing Research   AP / 1:00PM
    EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- The e-mail appeared to be a routine correspondence between two friends. "Check this out!" it read, then listed a Web address.
  • IAEA Sought for Japan Nuke Plant   AP / 11:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- U.N. nuclear experts should be invited to inspect a Japanese nuclear power station damaged in this week's earthquake to help restore public confidence, a top local official said Sunday.
  • Call for Access to AIDS Drugs   AP / 5:50AM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- The world will not be able to celebrate advances in HIV diagnosis and treatment until the United Nations' goal of universal access to drugs is reached, leading international AIDS researchers said at a conference Sunday.
  • Card Sharks to Battle Computer at Poker   AP / 12:00AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Poker champion Phil Laak has a good chance of winning when he sits down this week to play 2,000 hands of Texas Hold'em -- against a computer.
  • Friday, July 20

  • Duke: IPhone Didn't Cause Power Outages   AP / 9:00PM
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A problem with Duke University's wireless network caused outages at the school, officials said Friday, exonerating the initial suspect, Apple Inc.'s new iPhone.
  • Web Video Sites Mined by Talent Scouts   AP / 2:30PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Voice-over work in Indiana wasn't too lucrative, so Daniel Geduld made a classic actor's move: He headed for L.A. And like most Hollywood dreamers, Geduld didn't get hired for much.
  • Vital Need for Foreign Docs   AP / 2:20PM
    GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) -- A national shortage of doctors is hitting poor places the hardest, and efforts to bring in foreign physicians to fill the gap are running into a knot of restrictions from the war on terror and the immigration debate.
  • Harry Potter Translator Beats Cancer   AP / 2:10PM
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Translator Listiani Srisanti brought J.K. Rowling's magical tales about Harry Potter to life for millions of Indonesians -- even after doctors diagnosed her with cancer and told her she had only a few months to live.
  • Audit: D.C. Overpaid Medicaid Firms $97M   AP / 1:20PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The District of Columbia risks losing federal funds because it has overpaid contractors almost $100 million for medical services, an audit found.
  • Acer Files Suit Against Hewlett-Packard   AP / 12:50PM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan's Acer Inc. said Friday it has filed a counterclaim in a U.S. court against a patent infringement lawsuit by Hewlett-Packard Co.
  • Thursday, July 19

  • Roman Bath Complex Uncovered   AP / 10:30PM
    ROME (AP) -- A large 2nd-century bath complex believed to be part of a wealthy Roman's luxurious residence has been partially dug up, archaeologists said Thursday.
  • EU OKs German Online Search-Engine Grant   AP / 9:51PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Union on Thursday authorized Germany to give $165 million for research on Internet search-engine technologies that could someday challenge U.S. search giant Google Inc.
  • Facebook Buys Small Startup Parakey   AP / 9:50PM
    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Facebook Inc., the owner of the Internet's second most popular social networking site, said Thursday that it bought Parakey, a startup run by two of the engineers that helped build Firefox's popular Web browser.
  • Feds Say Classified Material Was Stolen   AP / 9:31PM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A contract employee at a nuclear material cleanup site pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he stole classified equipment used in enriching uranium and sold it to an undercover FBI agent posing as an official for the French government.
  • Microsoft 4Q Profit Edges Up 7 Percent   AP / 8:01PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp.'s fiscal fourth-quarter profit rose 7 percent despite a hefty charge to cover the cost of defective Xbox 360 video game consoles.
  • AMD Reports 2Q Loss on Acquisition Costs   AP / 6:24PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. reported a loss in the second quarter as heavy acquisition costs and lower microprocessor prices overshadowed rising chip sales.
  • Study: 1 in 25 Youths Asked for Sex Pics   AP / 6:15PM
    NEW YORK - Four percent of American youths online have been asked to send a sexually explicit photo of themselves over the Internet, researchers say in a new study.
  • Microsoft 4Q Profit Edges Up 7 Percent   AP / 5:14PM
    SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp.'s fiscal fourth-quarter profit edged up 7 percent, despite a hefty charge to cover the cost of defective Xbox 360 video game consoles.
  • Sprint, Clearwire Team Up on New Network   AP / 5:14PM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Almost a year after Sprint Nextel Corp. announced it would develop a mobile broadband network using WiMax technology, the wireless provider said Thursday it was teaming up with competing provider Clearwire Corp. to help build it.
  • Classified Material Stolen From Nuke Lab   AP / 2:10PM
    WASHINGTON - A contract employee at a nuclear material cleanup site in Tennessee was charged Thursday with allegedly stealing classified data about enriching uranium to sell to foreign governments, law enforcement officials said.
  • Ooma Inc. Offers Free Domestic Calls   AP / 1:10AM
    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- A Silicon Valley startup wants to shake up the telecommunications industry with a $399 gizmo that provides free, unlimited domestic phone calls for homes with broadband Internet service.
  • Wednesday, July 18

  • IBM's 2Q Earnings Up 12 Pct   AP / 6:20PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- Second-quarter earnings at International Business Machines Corp. rose 12 percent and beat Wall Street forecasts Wednesday, largely on the strength of IBM's software division and improvement in its services unit.
  • Do Women Really Want Games About Spas?   AP / 5:40PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- What do women want? Apparently, the answer is video games about beauty treatments.
  • Spock Aims to Refine People Searches   AP / 5:00PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A search engine startup promises to deliver more targeted results on queries about people, whether it's your ex-girlfriend, the guy from the bar last night, or Paris Hilton.
  • US Targets Chinese Music Download Rules   AP / 4:00PM
    GENEVA (AP) -- The United States is seeking consultations with China over rules on music downloading and cinema rights that appear to discriminate against foreign sound recordings and films, a U.S. trade official said Wednesday.
  • EU Endorses Cell-Phone TV Standard   AP / 3:50PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Commission on Wednesday endorsed a Nokia-backed mobile TV standard called DVB-H, saying Europe needed to pick one technology over others and promising to look at ways to mandate its use.
  • EU File Sharers Protected in Civil Cases   AP / 3:30PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Copyright groups may not be able to demand that telecom companies hand over the names and addresses of people suspected of swapping music illegally online, a senior legal adviser to the EU's highest court said.
  • Gold-Plated Phone Planned for Olympics   AP / 3:20PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. will make a special 18-carat gold-plated mobile phone in China to mark next year's Olympics in Beijing.
  • Swedish Woman, 75, Gets Superfast Net   AP / 1:30PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- She is a latecomer to the information superhighway, but 75-year-old Sigbritt Lothberg is now cruising the Internet with a dizzying speed.
  • Whale-Watchers See Boat Run Over Whale   AP / 10:10AM
    RYE, N.H. - A boat struck a whale off New Hampshire's coast, leaving a deep gash as sightseers aboard three whale-watching boats snapped photos.
  • Google Expands Sales of Print Ads   AP / 1:00AM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Google Inc. is expanding a test program that lets online advertisers buy ad space in newspapers, as the publishing industry struggles to offset business that has moved to the Internet.
  • Tuesday, July 17

  • RIM Unveils New BlackBerry Model   AP / 9:50PM
    TORONTO (AP) -- Research In Motion announced a new BlackBerry model Tuesday that will provide wireless voice and data access over both cellular and Wi-Fi networks.
  • Chipmaker Intel Sees Profit Jump 44 Pct.   AP / 8:20PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Intel Corp. said Tuesday its second-quarter profit jumped 44 percent on strong sales of microprocessors even as the company faced fierce competition that pushed prices lower.
  • Google Offers to Run Site Search Engines   AP / 8:00PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google Inc. is offering to run the search engines of small Web sites for as little as $100 per year, marking the company's latest attempt to make more money off technology that already steers much of the Internet's traffic.
  • Games Boost Microsoft's Search Share   AP / 7:10PM
    SEATTLE - Microsoft, long stuck in third place behind Google and Yahoo in the search wars, suddenly boosted its share of the market last month by playing a shrewd game of chicken.
  • VoIP Provider Shuts Down   AP / 6:20PM
    VIENNA, Va. (AP) -- The abrupt shutdown of Internet phone carrier SunRocket left more than 200,000 customers scrambling for alternate service Tuesday and raised questions about the viability of other standalone Internet phone providers.
  • Intel 2Q Profit Jumps 44 Percent   AP / 6:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Intel Corp. said Tuesday its second-quarter profit jumped 44 percent on strong sales of microprocessors even as the company faced fierce competition that pushed prices lower.
  • Intel 2Q Profit Jumps 44 Percent   AP / 6:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Intel Corp. said Tuesday its second-quarter profit jumped 44 percent on strong sales of microprocessors even as the company faced fierce competition that pushed prices lower.
  • Nukes Designed With Quakes in Mind   AP / 4:40PM
    With 20 percent of the world's nuclear reactors in seismically active zones and the remote but real possibility of earthquakes just about everywhere else, nuclear power plants are designed with shaking in mind.
  • China Limits Teenage Internet Gaming   AP / 3:40PM
    HONG KONG (AP) -- The Chinese government has launched a campaign to limit the number of hours teenagers spend online playing games.
  • IBM's Longtime Head of Research Retiring   AP / 3:40PM
    ARMONK, N.Y. (AP) -- Paul Horn, who has led IBM Corp.'s research division for 11 years, is retiring and being replaced by an executive who had been overseeing IBM's strategies on technical standards and intellectual property.
  • TB Patient Undergoes Successful Surgery   AP / 3:30PM
    DENVER (AP) -- Andrew Speaker, the tuberculosis patient who caused an international public health scare in May, underwent successful surgery Tuesday to remove a diseased portion of his right lung, hospital officials said in a statement.
  • US, N.Korea Nuclear Envoys Meet in China   AP / 6:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- The chief U.S. nuclear envoy met Tuesday with his North Korean counterpart ahead of the first six-nation talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program since the communist nation shut down its sole operating nuclear reactor.
  • Microsoft Copy Protection Cracked Again   AP / 2:10AM
    SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. is once again on the defensive against hackers after the launch of a new program that gives average PC users tools to unlock copy-protected digital music and movies.
  • New Orchid Smells Like 'Sweaty Feet'   AP / 12:00AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A foul-smelling orchid that flourishes only in Yosemite National Park and was first collected in 1923 is a distinct species, scientists announced Monday after re-evaluating the flower.
  • Monday, July 16

  • Libya Council Delays Decision on Medics   AP / 9:24PM
    TRIPOLI, Libya - Libya's highest judicial authority on Monday postponed a decision in the case of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor facing death sentences on charges of infecting hundreds of children with the AIDS virus.
  • Astronauts Arrive for Practice Countdown   AP / 8:40PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara Morgan and her crew mates arrived in Florida on Monday for a few days of dress rehearsal in preparation for next month's launch of space shuttle Endeavour.
  • Study: Older Diabetes Drugs Safe to Use   AP / 7:15PM
    Older, cheaper diabetes drugs are as safe and effective as newer ones, concludes an analysis that is good news for diabetics and may further hurt sales of Avandia, a blockbuster pill recently tied to heart problems.
  • Progress Seen on Internet Radio Talks   AP / 5:10PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Internet radio broadcasters and the music industry appeared to be moving closer Monday to resolving a dispute over a new system mandating higher royalty fees for streaming music online.
  • Vodafone Denies Report on Verizon Bid   AP / 4:31PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Vodafone Group PLC on Monday denied a newspaper report it is considering making a $160 billion bid for its U.S. partner in the wireless phone business, Verizon Communications Inc.
  • India Tata Consultancy Profit Up 37 Pct   AP / 2:50PM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's top software company, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., said Monday profit in the April-June quarter rose 37 percent from a year ago, as new outsourcing contracts helped offset the impact of a stronger rupee and higher salaries.
  • Zanzibar Fisherman Make Rare Catch   AP / 1:20PM
    ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) -- Fishermen have caught a rare and endangered fish, the coelacanth, off the coast of the Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar, a researcher said on Monday.
  • Philips 2Q Profit Up Sharply   AP / 11:00AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Royal Philips Electronics NV, a maker of medical and lighting equipment, said Monday net profit for the second quarter rose on the sale of its stake in a Taiwanese semiconductor company, but that exchange rates hurt sales.
  • IBM in $1.4B Services Deal   AP / 9:20AM
    ARMONK, N.Y. (AP) -- IBM Corp. said Monday it has won a $1.4 billion outsourcing contract from AstraZeneca PLC, a seven-year deal aimed at helping the British pharmaceutical company manage its internal technology operations.
  • Samsung Names Memory Chip Unit Chief   AP / 9:10AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest memory chip manufacturer, has named a new official to take charge of the memory chip division of its semiconductor business.
  • Grouper to Serve As Online Talent Agency   AP / 12:30AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The online video site Grouper, which Sony Corp. bought last year for $65 million, is exiting the crowded and risky user-generated video business and focusing on finding professional talent for Sony's film and TV studios.
  • Sunday, July 15

  • Automakers Offer Interactive Gizmos   AP / 4:33PM
    DETROIT - As automakers race to inject as many safety, security, navigation and entertainment features as possible into their vehicles, they ought to keep Mark Evangelista in mind.
  • DirecTV Looks to Cash in on Video Games   AP / 2:20PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Four race cars barrel down a virtual track, jostling for position. Announcers shout their commentary over growling engines until a winner speeds past a checkered flag.
  • Nev. Couple Blame Internet for Neglect   AP / 7:23AM
    RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A couple who authorities say were so obsessed with the Internet and video games that they left their babies starving and suffering other health problems have pleaded guilty to child neglect.
  • Iran Hopes to Avoid More U.N. Sanctions   AP / 7:13AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Tehran will remain steady in pursuing its disputed nuclear program and hopes the U.N. Security Council won't approve further sanctions, Iran's foreign ministry said Sunday.
  • Saturday, July 14

  • U.S.: N. Korea Claims Reactor Shut Down   AP / 8:00PM
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea told the United States it shut down its nuclear reactor, the State Department said Saturday, hours after a ship cruised into port loaded with oil promised in return for the country's pledge to disarm.
  • System Relies on Ice to Chill Buildings   AP / 4:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- As the summer swelters on, skyscrapers and apartments around the city will be cranking up the air conditioning and pushing the city's power grid to the limit.
  • U.S.: N. Korea Claims Reactor Shutdown   AP / 3:40PM
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea told the United States it shut down its nuclear reactor, the State Department said Saturday, hours after a ship cruised into port loaded with oil promised in return for the country's pledge to disarm.
  • U.S.: NKorea Claims Reactor Shutdown   AP / 2:00PM
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea told the United States it shut down its nuclear reactor, the State Department said Saturday, hours after a ship cruised into port loaded with oil promised in return for the country's pledge to disarm.
  • Friday, July 13

  • NKorea Set to Shut Down Nuclear Reactor   AP / 9:50PM
    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea was poised to take its first step in nearly five years toward scaling back its nuclear weapons program with U.N. inspectors en route to the North Friday to monitor the shutdown of its sole operating atomic reactor.
  • Iran Makes Major Nuclear Concessions   AP / 6:30PM
    VIENNA, Austria - In major concessions to international demands, Iran has agreed to answer lingering questions about its nuclear experiments and will let U.N. inspectors return to a plutonium-producing reactor it is building, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday.
  • Microsoft, Sony to Play Nintendo's Game   AP / 4:51PM
    SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto knows when his grand vision of video games for the masses has arrived.
  • Intel, `$100 Laptop' Project Make Peace   AP / 4:51PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- As Nicholas Negroponte stormed the developing world trying to drum up buyers for the innovative $175 computers designed by his One Laptop Per Child education nonprofit, he encountered a persistent obstacle: competition from Intel Corp.
  • Google, Viacom Face Off Over YouTube   AP / 4:41PM
    SUN VALLEY, Idaho (AP) -- Tensions between technology and media companies are usually humming just beneath the surface during a weeklong retreat for top CEOs that this cozy mountain resort hosts every year, but this week a marketplace clash between Viacom Inc. and Google Inc. just couldn't be kept down.
  • Games Take Center Stage at Expo   AP / 4:40PM
    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- The focus of this year's E3 Media and Business Summit was the hundreds of video games that will be debuting in the coming months and years.
  • Robot Visits Patients When Doctor Can't   AP / 4:04PM
    BALTIMORE - Has it come to this? Robots standing in for doctors at the hospital patients' bedside?
  • Giant Telescope to Start Watching Skies   AP / 12:40PM
    SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Canary Islands (AP) -- One of the world's most powerful telescopes will begin spying on the universe on Friday, using its 34-foot wide mirror to search for planets similar to our own from a mountaintop on one of Spain's Canary Islands.
  • It's Not All Play at Media Conference   AP / 11:20AM
    SUN VALLEY, Idaho (AP) -- There's plenty of golf and other play for media moguls when they converge on this high-altitude mountain resort for a conference every July, but in some ways the retreat has the air of a college extension course for CEOs -- complete with homework.
  • Google CEO: Will Fight Viacom Suit   AP / 11:20AM
    SUN VALLEY, Idaho (AP) -- Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt says he plans to fight a $1 billion lawsuit from entertainment company Viacom Inc. aggressively, saying the technology company has been obeying the law with its YouTube video-sharing service.
  • American Teens: Less Sex, More Condoms   AP / 9:34AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fewer high school students are having sex these days, and more are using condoms. The teen birth rate has hit a record low.
  • IAEA: Iran Agrees to Nuclear Concessions   AP / 9:34AM
    VIENNA, Austria - Iran has lifted its ban on visits to a nuclear facility by U.N. experts and now will allow them to inspect the site, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday.
  • Research Downplays Personal Info Threat   AP / 8:00AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Almost every lesson on Internet safety warns against posting personal information such as phone numbers and school names.
  • Stock Tip Blogger Detained in China   AP / 7:30AM
    SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- A blogger who sold stock picks to thousands of subscribers has been detained in northern China, as regulators try to reign in freelance operators amid a booming stock market.
  • Thursday, July 12

  • Warner Music Pulls Suit Against Web Site   AP / 10:40PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Warner Music Group Corp. said Thursday it dropped a copyright infringement lawsuit against the social networking Web site imeem and agreed to license its music and video content to the site for a slice of its ad revenue.
  • Yahoo Closes Right Media Deal   AP / 10:40PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Yahoo Inc. took control of online advertising exchange Right Media Inc. on Thursday, giving the slumping Internet portal a head start on rivals Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in a heated race to build more powerful marketing vehicles.
  • Review: Webkinz Site Not Just for Kids   AP / 2:40PM
    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) -- For about a week my 6-year-old son, Mark, was having a grand old time on Webkinz, one of several children's Web sites that have exploded in popularity in the last year or so.
  • S. Korea Sends Oil Aid to N. Korea   AP / 7:00AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A shipment of oil headed Thursday to North Korea in exchange for the expected shutdown soon of the communist nation's only working nuclear reactor, which would be the first step by Pyongyang to stop making atomic bombs in nearly five years.
  • Whole Foods CEO Attacked Rival Online   AP / 4:00AM
    DALLAS (AP) -- The chief executive of Whole Foods Market Inc. wrote anonymous online attacks against a smaller rival and questioned why anyone would buy its stock, before Whole Foods announced an offer to buy the other company this year.
  • Ohio: Stolen Device Contains 859,800 IDs   AP / 12:40AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A stolen computer storage device contained more than twice the number of taxpayers' identifications than had been previously reported, Gov. Ted Strickland said Wednesday, but he emphasized there is still no indication the data have been compromised.
  • Wednesday, July 11

  • Military Files Left Unprotected Online   AP / 9:50PM
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Detailed schematics of a military detainee holding facility in southern Iraq. Geographical surveys and aerial photographs of two military airfields outside Baghdad. Plans for a new fuel farm at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.
  • Developers Get Creative With the iPhone   AP / 6:40PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple Inc.'s iPhone frenzy has bred some iFun.
  • Glance: Sensitive Documents Found Online   The Associated Press / 3:50PM
    An Associated Press survey of several file transfer protocol servers run by government agencies or contractors found documents that officials, when asked for them directly, deemed too sensitive to release.
  • AOL to Pay $3M, Reform Cancel Policies   AP / 3:14PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Averting a looming court battle over how it has handled the exodus from its Internet dial-up service, AOL has agreed to make it easier for its remaining customers to leave as part of a $3 million settlement with 48 states and the District of Columbia.
  • World's Fair to Have Walls Made of Water   AP / 2:50PM
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Walking through walls will be possible and even encouraged. When next year's world expo opens in Zaragoza, Spain, fairgoers will encounter a building with walls made of thin sprays of water. Inside, there will be normal building stuff: a cafe, an exhibition space and overhead lighting.
  • Lawmaker Upset by IPhone Termination Fee   AP / 1:40PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Apple iPhone has enjoyed favorable reviews since its recent debut, but it came in for some rare criticism on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
  • Space Shuttle Moves to Launch Pad   AP / 12:31PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The shuttle Endeavour arrived at its launch pad early Wednesday for a flight that will finally carry teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara Morgan into space.
  • 35 Disney Films Coming to Xbox 360   AP / 12:10PM
    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. says it has struck a deal to make 35 Disney movies, such as the animated hit "Aladdin" and the action title "Armageddon," available for download on its online video game service.
  • Online Video Created for Mercedes-Benz   AP / 11:50AM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- DaimlerChrysler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, is set to launch Internet-based video channels with the latest on new products and details on the company's history.
  • U.N. Nuke Delegation Arrives in Iran   AP / 6:20AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that the West should not expect his country to suspend uranium enrichment activities, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
  • Google Inc. to Unite Mapping Mashups   AP / 1:00AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Hoping to make it even easier to turn its online maps into collages of local information, Google Inc. is introducing tools that will stitch together applications from a hodgepodge of Web sites.
  • Sheep Trained to Clean Vineyard Weeds   AP / 1:00AM
    HOPLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Call them mutton mowers. University researchers are training sheep to clean up vineyard weeds but stay off the grapes. Enthusiastic and unpicky eaters, sheep are already being used in some vineyards as a green alternative to tractors. They don't use gasoline and keep down weeds -- a necessary task to deter pests and keep vines healthy -- sans herbicides.
  • Tuesday, July 10

  • Microsoft Releases 3 'Critical' Fixes   AP / 7:40PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. published six security fixes -- half of them rated "critical" -- in its regularly scheduled software update Tuesday.
  • Apple Shares Hit High After Prediction   AP / 7:40PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Shares of Apple Inc. hit a new all-time trading high Tuesday after an analyst speculated that the company would come out with a less expensive, smaller iPhone later this year.
  • Guilty Plea in Neteller Case   AP / 3:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A Canadian man who helped create a company to process Internet gambling transactions pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge Tuesday, about two weeks after another founder of Neteller PLC entered a guilty plea of his own.
  • Dell Introduces New Small-Business PCs   AP / 12:50PM
    DALLAS (AP) -- Dell Inc. is launching a new line of notebook and desktop personal computers called "Vostro" that are aimed at small businesses with 25 or fewer employees.
  • Video Games by Spielberg, EA Detailed   AP / 1:10AM
    Filmmaker Steven Spielberg and video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. are releasing a few tidbits about their ongoing collaboration to make three video games, but most details -- including the game's titles -- remain a secret.
  • Monday, July 9

  • MLB to Launch Video Archive Web Site   AP / 7:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball's postseason marketing campaign will include a Web site that allows fans to create their own compilations of past playoff highlights.
  • Astronaut: Trip to Orlando Was to Talk   AP / 6:40PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Former astronaut Lisa Nowak told a detective she came to Orlando to meet her rival for the affections of a fellow astronaut because she wanted to know where she stood in the bizarre love triangle, according to a police interview made public Monday.
  • Intel to Buy $218.5M Stake in VMware   AP / 5:40PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Intel Corp., the world's largest chip maker, will invest $218.5 million in virtualization software maker VMware Inc., the companies announced Monday.
  • Lexmark Trims 2Q Outlook for Profit   AP / 3:40PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Printer maker Lexmark International Inc. sharply lowered its second-quarter earnings forecast Monday, blaming the decline on sagging consumer inkjet supply sales. The company forecast sluggish earnings continuing into the third quarter.
  • Nielsen Scraps Web Page View Rankings   AP / 2:50PM
    NEW YORK - A leading online measurement service will scrap rankings based on the longtime industry yardstick of page views and begin tracking how long visitors spend at the sites.
  • Unhealthy Truckers Try to Shape Up   AP / 2:20PM
    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Truck drivers -- the people who deliver our food, cars and clothing -- have one of the most dangerous jobs in America -- accounting for nearly 15 percent of U.S. work-related deaths. And that's only counting the accidents.
  • U.N. Atomic Chief: Iran Progress Slowing   AP / 11:00AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Iran has significantly slowed work on its uranium enrichment program, the head of the U.N. atomic agency said Monday, interpreting the move as a signal that the country could be willing to resolve the standoff over its nuclear defiance.
  • Uri Geller Runs Afoul of YouTube Users   AP / 10:40AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Uri Geller became a 1970s superstar and made millions with an act that included bending spoons, seemingly through the power of his own mind.
  • Samsung, Ericsson Agree to Cross Patents   AP / 10:20AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday that it has concluded a cross-licensing agreement on patents with Sweden's LM Ericsson in wireless communications technology.
  • Microsoft: No Price Drop for Xbox 360   AP / 5:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Microsoft has no plans to cut the Japanese prices of its Xbox 360 video game console, the head of the U.S. software maker's Japan subsidiary said Monday -- even as rival Sony cut the U.S. price of its PlayStation 3 by $100.
  • Sunday, July 8

  • Nintendo Tests Interactive Fan Network   AP / 2:30PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Ballpark essentials: hot dogs, peanuts, a well-worn glove and ... Nintendo's portable gaming device? The Redmond, Wash.-based company is making a pitch to turn its portable DS Lite into a baseball staple, bringing interactive technology to fans through a pilot program being tested this season at the Mariners' Safeco Field.
  • Saturday, July 7

  • TB Patient Questions CDC Isolation Rules   AP / 7:00PM
    ATLANTA (AP) -- The globe-trotting tuberculosis patient who sparked an international public health incident in May said Friday he was tricked into a federal quarantine.
  • Friday, July 6

  • NJ Enacts Anti-Global Warming Law   AP / 8:00PM
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey became the third state in the nation to enact a comprehensive greenhouse gas reduction law Friday, requiring the Garden State to significantly cut emissions of global-warming gases.
  • Microsoft Quiet on Xbox 360 Problems   AP / 7:30PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. won't say what went wrong inside of its Xbox 360 video game consoles that could lead to $1 billion in repairs, but bloggers and their online readers seem to have their own answer: Heat stroke.
  • FTC OKs AQuantive Buyout by Microsoft   AP / 4:53PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp.'s $6 billion acquisition of online advertising group aQuantive Inc. has cleared an antitrust regulatory hurdle, the companies said Friday.
  • 4 Tiger Cubs Born at Traveling Zoo Die   AP / 3:00PM
    DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- All four white Bengal tiger cubs born this week at a traveling zoo exhibit died within a few hours of one another, a zoo official said. A cause of death was not immediately released.
  • Restaurants Test Table Card Readers   AP / 1:50PM
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) -- It's become routine for customers to swipe their credit or debit cards at consoles in fast-food joints, gas stations and grocery stores. So why do we still hand over the plastic at sit-down restaurants?
  • Sony: Sorry About Cathedral Appearance   AP / 1:21PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Sony issued a public apology Friday for a violent video game that features a bloody shootout inside an Anglican cathedral, but it did not address the Church of England's demands that the company withdraw the game.
  • UCLA Student Has Old Hilton Cell Number   AP / 11:40AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For months, Shira Barlow's cell phone was flooded with wrong-number calls and text messages, mostly between 2 and 4 a.m. on weekends. Told they had reached a college student, callers refused to believe it.
  • Thursday, July 5

  • Xbox 360 Repairs Will Cost Microsoft $1B   AP / 9:33PM
    SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it expects to spend more than $1 billion to repair widespread hardware problems in its Xbox 360 video game console after a large number of them broke down.
  • Asthmatic Girl Used in NY Traffic-Fee Ad   AP / 7:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A sad-looking little girl squeezes an asthma inhaler, with a message imploring lawmakers to approve Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to reduce traffic and pollution by charging motorists who drive into Manhattan.
  • Microsoft Extends Xbox 360 Warranty   AP / 6:10PM
    SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. on Thursday extended the warranty on its Xbox 360 to three years after too many of the video game consoles have succumbed to "general hardware failure."
  • EBay Launches U.S. Site for Classifieds   AP / 5:14PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - EBay Inc. has launched a free classified advertising site in the United States, an experiment the online auction company says could lead to new sources of revenue.
  • Microsoft Plans Canada Software Center   AP / 4:40PM
    TORONTO (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. plans to open a software development center in Canada this fall to attract talent and avoid U.S. immigration issues.
  • Web Video New '08 Political Battlefield   AP / 3:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Given all that's at stake in the 2008 presidential race, it's a bit terrifying to realize that by one measure, a major role is being played by an aspiring model/actress/fashion designer/former beauty pageant contestant named Amber.
  • Video Gamers Try to Break Slacker Image   AP / 2:30PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Matt Ringel knows there's a certain image that comes to mind when you start talking about hardcore video gamers: think teenage boys with messy hair and dark circles under their eyes from staying up all night, their eyes glued to a screen and their fingers frantically flitting about a keyboard or a controller.
  • Tele Atlas Mapping Van Comes to Asia   AP / 2:20PM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Digital cartographer Tele Atlas NV has brought its first orange mapping van to Asia as a part of its effort to collect global data for portable, Internet, in-car and wireless navigation systems.
  • Wash. to Set Medical Marijuana Limits   AP / 12:40PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- This fall, sober public servants will convene meetings across Washington state to answer a pressing question: How much marijuana constitutes a two-month supply?
  • Dell Sees Growth in Asia   AP / 10:30AM
    SINGAPORE (AP) -- Dell Inc. expects shipments of personal computers, notebooks and servers in Asia excluding China, Japan and South Korea to grow almost 20 percent in 2007, a company executive said Thursday.
  • Japan to Hold Missile Interceptor Test   AP / 3:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan will conduct its first test launch of the U.S.-developed SM-3 missile interceptor from a destroyer later this year, a Defense Ministry official said Thursday.
  • Wednesday, July 4

  • Turtles to Test Wireless Network   AP / 1:20PM
    DEERFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- From the way he thrashed his head, kicked and tried to make a getaway, M16 made it clear he didn't like human contact. But the researchers wrangling with him could be helping to save his species.
  • Tuesday, July 3

  • China Urges Diplomacy on Iran Standoff   AP / 7:30PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- China called Tuesday for stepped up diplomacy rather than new sanctions to try to persuade Iran to suspend uranium enrichment and rein in its nuclear program.
  • Russian Music Site Down, Sister Site Up   AP / 4:50PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- A music download site that was the poster child for U.S. anti-piracy crusaders and an obstacle to Russia's bid to join the World Trade Organization has been shut down by Russian authorities, according to the U.S. government.
  • Review: E-Mail for People Without PCs   AP / 4:20PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- By offering technology that allows people without computers to read e-mail, Presto Services Inc. took on a bold challenge. Yet Presto and its Internet-connected printer that spits out the e-mails are remarkably well conceived.
  • Official: Man Has Less Severe Form of TB   AP / 3:50PM
    ATLANTA (AP) -- The globe-trotting American lawyer who caused an international health scare by traveling while infected with tuberculosis has a less severe form of the disease than previously diagnosed, a Denver hospital official said Tuesday.
  • Steamy EUTube Clip Stirs Controversy   AP / 3:10PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Commission has its own channel on YouTube to spread messages about topics such as climate change and human rights. But the most viewed video clip features nudity, dim lighting and some heavy breathing.
  • Total HD High-Def Disc Launch Delayed   AP / 3:10PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- With Hollywood studios still split over competing formats for high-definition DVDs, Warner Bros. will delay the launch of a dual-format disc until next year.
  • EU Asks Studios About Rival DVD Formats   AP / 12:40PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Commission said Tuesday it has asked several Hollywood studios to explain why they have chosen either the Blue-ray disc or HD DVD format for movie discs to see if they are breaking EU rules that bar companies from shutting out rivals.
  • Report: China Had Pollution Deaths Nixed   AP / 7:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Beijing persuaded the World Bank to cut from a report findings that pollution has caused about 750,000 premature deaths in China each year, the Financial Times reported.
  • Nokia Siemens Networks Lands India Deal   AP / 7:40AM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- Nokia Siemens Networks won a $900 million contract from India's largest mobile phone operator, Bharti Airtel Ltd., to help expand its communications network, both companies said Tuesday.
  • Monday, July 2

  • AT&T Offers Some Customers Free Wi-Fi   AP / 5:10PM
    SAN ANTONIO - AT&T Inc. announced Monday that subscribers to its higher speed broadband services will have free access to its Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the country.
  • Nintendo Wii Outsells Sony PS3   AP / 2:10PM
    TOKYO - Nintendo's Wii video game console outsold Sony's PlayStation 3 six to one in June in Japan, a Japanese publishing company said Monday.
  • Pakistan Eases Curbs on A.Q. Khan   AP / 4:30AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Authorities have eased the virtual house arrest imposed on A.Q. Khan, the scientist who sold Pakistan's nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya, officials said Monday.
  • Amazon.com to Sell Indie Films on Demand   AP / 12:20AM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Amazon.com Inc. will begin selling high-definition independent films in the HD DVD format through its on-demand DVD printing service, the company said late Sunday.
  • Sunday, July 1

  • Taser, IRobot Team Up to Arm Robots   AP / 9:10PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- RoboCops and robot soldiers got a little closer to reality Thursday as a maker of floor-cleaning automatons teamed up with a stun-gun manufacturer to arm track-wheeled 'bots for the police and the Pentagon.
  • Space Shuttle Headed Back to Florida   AP / 8:50PM
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- A jumbo jet carrying the space shuttle Atlantis took off Sunday on a return trip to the shuttle's launch site at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • AT&T Says IPhone Activation Improving   AP / 7:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- While blogs continue to simmer with complaints from people who waited months to buy an iPhone and now are experiencing problems activating it, AT&T Inc. said Sunday that the situation has improved.
  • Space Shuttle Headed Back to Florida   AP / 7:12PM
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- A jumbo jet carrying the space shuttle Atlantis took off Sunday on a return trip to the shuttle's launch site at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Texas Begins Desalinating Sea Water   AP / 7:00PM
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- On a one-acre site alongside a string of shrimp boats docked on the Brownsville ship channel stands a $2.2 million assembly of pipes, sheds, and humming machinery -- Texas' entree into global efforts to make sea water suitable to drink.
  • Some iPhone Customers Face Delays   AP / 6:20AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- While many who snapped up Apple Inc.'s iPhone were using the latest must-have gadget even before leaving the store, some buyers were put on hold as they experienced frustrating delays in activating their cell phone service.
  • Cyber Attacks Engulf Kremlin's Critics   AP / 12:30AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- A political battle is raging in Russian cyberspace. Opposition parties and independent media say murky forces have committed vast resources to hacking and crippling their Web sites in attacks similar to those that hit tech-savvy Estonia as the Baltic nation sparred with Russia over a Soviet war memorial.
  • Saturday, June 30

  • Ohio's Laptops Often Stolen or Missing   AP / 8:40AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- In Dayton, a state employee returns to work to find a $2,000 computer stolen. In Cleveland, someone walks into an unlocked office and takes a $2,200 laptop belonging to the state auditor's office.
  • Friday, June 29

  • The IPhone Arrives   AP / 8:00PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Hundreds of people who lined up to be among the first to get their hands on Apple Inc.'s coveted iPhone are now the braggarts and guinea pigs for the latest must-have, cutting-edge piece of techno-wizardry.
  • IPhone Frenzy on Hold for Some   AP / 8:00PM
    WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- For 21-year-old Kelsy Martin, two words -- "incredibly disappointed" -- sum up how she feels about living in an area where the new iPhone can't be used.
  • Philly Mayor John F. Street Gets IPhone   AP / 7:30PM
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Mayor John F. Street was among the first to get a coveted iPhone on Friday, waiting in line, on and off, for almost 15 hours and forced to defend the effort when a passer-by asked about the city's skyrocketing murder rate.
  • Amazon.com to Offer Downloads on Drama   AP / 7:20PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Web-based teen soap opera "Prom Queen" is being offered as a full-length download on Amazon.com Inc.'s Unbox video store, taking its place for the first time along Hollywood films and TV shows.
  • AT&T Agrees to Buy Dobson Communications   AP / 7:12PM
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- AT&T Inc., the nation's largest wireless carrier, agreed Friday to acquire rural wireless provider Dobson Communications Corp. for $2.8 billion in cash.
  • Neteller Founder Guilty of Conspiracy   AP / 6:52PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The co-founder of Neteller, which processed billions of dollars in Internet gambling transactions for Americans, pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of criminal conspiracy.
  • Lawyer: Ex-Astronaut Didn't Wear Diaper   AP / 6:20PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Former astronaut Lisa Nowak didn't wear diapers during her 950-mile road trip to confront a romantic rival, her lawyer said Friday, disputing one of the more bizarre details to emerge from the NASA love triangle.
  • Non-English Domains Could Take 2 Years   AP / 4:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Internet's key oversight agency is on track to start testing addresses entirely in foreign characters by November, but rules for determining which ones to permit likely will take another year or two to develop.
  • HD DVD Fights Back With New Features   AP / 4:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- HD DVD has recently faced some head wind in its struggle to become the high-definition successor to the DVD, but its supporters are playing an ace from their sleeve with the arrival of the first discs that take advantage of its players' built-in Internet connections.
  • IPhone Launch Day Arrives   AP / 2:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - After six months of hype, thousands of people Friday will get their hands on the iPhone, the new cell phone that Apple Inc. is banking on to become its third core business next to its moneymaking iPod players and Macintosh computers.
  • Thousands Line Up to Buy Apple IPhones   AP / 8:50AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- On the eve of the day of reckoning for the most-hyped gadget in recent memory, eager customers lined up Thursday, a few even braving torrential rain, to be among the first to get their hands on the coveted new cell phone from Apple Inc.
  • Britain Calls on Iran for Nuclear Freeze   AP / 8:20AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- The United States and its allies are reviewing a proposal that would commit the U.N. Security Council to hold off on new sanctions on Iran if the country stops further development of its uranium enrichment program, diplomats said Friday.
  • Motorola Selling Razr2 Phone in S.Korea   AP / 5:30AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Motorola Inc. started selling the next generation model of its popular, ultra-slim Razr cell phone in South Korea Friday, ahead of a global launch scheduled for July.
  • Thousands Queue Up to Buy Apple iPhones   AP / 3:40AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- On the eve of the day of reckoning for the most-hyped gadget in recent memory, eager customers lined up Thursday, a few even braving torrential rain, to be among the first to get their hands on the coveted new cell phone from Apple Inc.
  • Smart Phone Makers Brace for iPhone   AP / 1:10AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Palm Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. reported starkly different earnings, but the two major smart phone makers both face intense scrutiny from Wall Street about whether they'll withstand competition from Apple Inc.'s iPhone.
  • Thursday, June 28

  • Lines Build for IPhone Launch   AP / 9:20PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- On the eve of the day of reckoning for the most-hyped gadget in recent memory, eager customers lined up Thursday, a few even braving torrential rain, to be among the first to get their hands on the coveted new cell phone from Apple Inc.
  • Taser, IRobot Team Up to Arm Robots   AP / 7:10PM
    BOSTON - RoboCops and robot soldiers got a little closer to reality Thursday as a maker of floor-cleaning automatons teamed up with a stun-gun manufacturer to arm track-wheeled 'bots for the police and the Pentagon.
  • AP NewsBreak: Beverly Sills Gravely Ill   AP / 5:52PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Beverly Sills, the opera diva who won over fans worldwide with her sparkling voice and charming personality and later became a powerhouse in the New York arts world, is gravely ill with cancer, The Associated Press has learned.
  • Analysts: Rivals Must React to IPhone   AP / 5:50PM
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- To hear other wireless carriers tell it, the introduction of Apple Inc.'s iPhone on AT&T Inc.'s network is no real threat.
  • US: Chinese Seafood Detained for Safety   AP / 5:10PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Farmed seafood has now joined tires, toothpaste and toy trains on the list of tainted and defective products from China that could be hazardous to a person's health.
  • Judge Drops Remaining Charges in HP Case   AP / 3:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A Santa Clara County judge dismissed the remaining charges against three defendants in the Hewlett-Packard Co. boardroom spying case Thursday, calling their conduct a "betrayal of trust and honor" that nonetheless did not rise to the level of criminal activity.
  • Microsoft Offers $500 Vista PC in India   AP / 2:40PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. will sell "affordable" Windows computers aimed at students in India, but the $500 price tag is more than what U.S. consumers might pay for a basic laptop.
  • U.S.: Iran, NKorea Missile Threat Rising   AP / 1:20PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The top U.S. missile defense official warned Thursday that the ballistic threat from Iran and North Korea was rapidly growing and defended Washington's plans to base parts of its anti-missile shield program in Central Europe.
  • Agency Urges Caution on Net Neutrality   AP / 11:20AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday recommended against additional regulation of high-speed Internet traffic.
  • UN Inspectors Head to Key NKorea Reactor   AP / 5:10AM
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- U.N. inspectors headed to North Korea's key nuclear reactor Thursday to discuss a long-delayed shutdown of the facility, as the country came under increasing international criticism for launching missile tests this week.
  • Accessory Makers Ready for iPhone Launch   AP / 12:30AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple Inc.'s iPhone won't hit stores until Friday, but the heavily hyped gadget already has unleashed a cottage industry of touch-screen protectors, leather hip carriers and car adapters.
  • Wednesday, June 27

  • Asbestos Monitoring Fell Post-Katrina   AP / 9:50PM
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A new congressional report says the Environmental Protection Agency potentially exposed scores of residents, volunteers and workers to asbestos fibers by not doing more to monitor the contaminant in the cleanup after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Universities to Launch Language Center   AP / 8:30PM
    BALTIMORE (AP) -- Researchers are hoping to help the federal government sort through data in various languages by developing software that can quickly cull and analyze text and speech.
  • T-Mobile Phones Ride Your Wi-Fi Router   AP / 6:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Wouldn't it be great to have your own cellular tower at home? You'd always have a strong signal on your mobile phone, and you wouldn't be paying to use the carrier's network.
  • Now, We All Can Wii   AP / 3:40PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Nintendo Co. has opened its blockbuster Wii game system to independent video-game developers for the first time, the company announced Wednesday.
  • Microsoft Unveils Web Storage Beta   AP / 2:30PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. is giving computer users up to 500 megabytes of online storage for their documents, music, photos and video.
  • AMA Softens Video-Game Addiction Measure   AP / 2:10PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- The American Medical Association on Wednesday backed off calling excessive video-game playing a formal psychiatric addiction, saying instead that more research is needed.
  • New Marketing for Sprint Nextel   AP / 1:20PM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Sprint Nextel, which has struggled to attract customers with marketing criticized as confusing and unfocused, will try again when it rolls out new advertising this weekend.
  • Campaign Watchdog Links With Debate Site   AP / 12:30PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- With the campaign jabber of the 2008 elections already getting loud, an organization that promotes transparency in politics hopes one slice of the Web can promote reasonable, intelligent debate about issues.
  • T-Mobile Phones to Ride Wireless Router   AP / 8:10AM
    NEW YORK - Wouldn't it be great to have your own cellular tower at home? You'd always have a strong signal on your mobile phone, and you wouldn't be paying to use the carrier's network.
  • HP Makes Gains on Computing List   AP / 6:50AM
    DRESDEN, Germany (AP) -- Hewlett-Packard Co. improved its standing on the latest list of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers, released Wednesday at a conference in Dresden.
  • Student Programmers Aim for $25K Prize   AP / 1:20AM
    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- When Microsoft Corp.'s worldwide student software programming competition began four years ago, many projects that emerged were "fun," according to Craig Mundie, the company's chief research and strategy officer.
  • Visa, Wells Fargo to Test Mobile Payment   AP / 1:00AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Visa USA is teaming up with Wells Fargo & Co. in an experiment aimed at transforming mobile telephones into electronic wallets.
  • Tuesday, June 26

  • Brazil Offers Morning-After Pill to Poor   AP / 6:11PM
    SAO PAULO, Brazil - Brazil's government has added "morning after" pills to its newly expanded birth control program in hopes of helping poor people reduce unwanted pregnancies and dangerous illegal abortions.
  • IPhone Monthly Plans Start at $59.99   AP / 5:51PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- As the Friday launch of the Apple iPhone neared and anxious customers formed lines to grab one, AT&T Inc. announced Tuesday that service plans for the hotly anticipated smart phone will start at $59.99 per month.
  • Dell Gets a Splash of Color   AP / 5:00PM
    DALLAS (AP) -- Flamingo pink laptops, anyone?
  • Judge Defers to Feds on Google Complaint   AP / 4:50PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The judge overseeing Microsoft Corp.'s antitrust settlement said Tuesday she would not immediately address complaints Google Inc. has made about Microsoft's Windows Vista software.
  • Google Presses DOJ on Desktop Search   AP / 7:50AM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Google Inc. is pressing for an extension to the U.S. Justice Department's oversight of Microsoft Corp.'s business practices, most of which is set to expire in November, according to a court filing Monday.
  • Monday, June 25

  • Cops: Inmate Kills Officer at Hospital   AP / 7:51PM
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Authorities said a prison inmate out for a medical appointment wrested a gun from a corrections officer and killed him Monday, then led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen sport utility vehicle before his capture at a fast-food restaurant.
  • Apple iPhone Hype Machine in Overdrive   AP / 7:24PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Even for a company that's mastered the art of product-launch hoopla, Apple Inc. appears to have pulled out all the stops to propel iPhone hysteria into the stratosphere.
  • Touch-Screen Phones Poised for Growth   AP / 10:30AM
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Get your fingers ready. Apple Inc.'s iPhone is leading a new wave of gadgets using touch-sensitive screens that react to taps, swishes or flicks of a finger. The improvements promise to be slicker and more intuitive than the rough stomp of finger presses and stylus-pointing required by many of today's devices.
  • Google Fights Global Internet Censorship   AP / 8:20AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Once relatively indifferent to government affairs, Google Inc. is seeking help inside the Beltway to fight the rise of Web censorship worldwide.
  • Sunday, June 24

  • Google Asks for Help to Fight Censorship   AP / 11:20PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Once relatively indifferent to government affairs, Google Inc. is seeking help inside the Beltway to fight the rise of Web censorship worldwide.
  • LEDs Move Into Home Lighting Market   AP / 9:30PM
    EVERETT, Mass. (AP) -- Joey Nicotera's fascination with multicolored light bulbs bordered on obsession when he was a teenager.
  • Consumers, Industry Eagerly Await IPhone   AP / 2:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- There's hype. There's hysteria. And there's history.
  • Iran Warns Against Nuclear Sanctions   AP / 12:40AM
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- A senior Iranian official warned Saturday that further U.N. sanctions over Tehran's contentious nuclear program could derail ongoing negotiations toward a settlement.
  • IBM Corp. Hunts for Ways to Trim the Fat   AP / 12:20AM
    ARMONK, N.Y. (AP) -- John DeFazio won't miss the 2 a.m. conference calls. Along with colleagues in IBM Corp.'s huge technology services division, DeFazio used to be summoned to the phone whenever a client's computing center hiccuped in the middle of the night.
  • Saturday, June 23

  • Iran Warns Against More Sanctions   AP / 8:20PM
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- A senior Iranian official warned Saturday that further U.N. sanctions over Tehran's contentious nuclear program could derail ongoing negotiations toward a settlement.
  • Rays of Hope for Africa's AIDS Children   AP / 1:10PM
    CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Little Natasha is a giggling, wriggling bundle of mischief. She adores Barney the Dinosaur, claps along to her favorite songs, and throws a typical 3-year-old's temper tantrums.
  • Friday, June 22

  • EBay Returns to Google Advertising   AP / 6:31PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- After a spat between two of the world's largest Internet companies, online auctioneer eBay Inc. resumed running advertising through Google Inc. on Friday.
  • ITunes No. 3 Music Retailer in U.S.   AP / 6:20PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Apple Inc.'s iTunes online store was the third-largest overall music retailer in the United States, leapfrogging ahead of Amazon.com and Target Corp. in units sold, a market research firm said Friday.
  • Opera Software Reshuffles After Struggle   AP / 3:10PM
    OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Key shareholders in Opera Software ASA have reshuffled the board of directors after a reported power struggle between board members and the company's chief executive and founder, Jon S. von Tetzchner.
  • Envoy: Iran Open to Nuclear Compromise   AP / 3:01PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Iran is ready to provide answers on past suspicious nuclear activities to the International Atomic Energy Agency within the next few months, the agency's head said Friday after meeting with the country's top nuclear negotiator.
  • Talks on Global Broadcast Treaty Fail   AP / 8:40AM
    GENEVA (AP) -- Talks on an international treaty updating broadcast rights to accommodate the Internet failed Friday because countries were unable to agree how much legal and technological protection to afford broadcasters, a U.S. official said.
  • Hitachi: Move the Train With Your Brain   AP / 6:20AM
    HATOYAMA, Japan (AP) -- Forget the clicker: A new technology in Japan could let you control electronic devices without lifting a finger simply by reading brain activity.
  • Thursday, June 21

  • Perezhilton.com Shut for Several Hours   AP / 8:30PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Popular Internet gossip columnist Perez Hilton had his Web site shut down for several hours after the company hosting it received a flurry of complaints about copyrighted photos being posted on PerezHilton.com.
  • Touch-Screen Phones Poised for Growth   AP / 7:50PM
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Get your fingers ready.
  • EU Probe to Look at All Search Engines   AP / 7:20PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- A European Union probe triggered by concerns over how long Google Inc. stores user information has widened to include all Internet search engines.
  • Video Game Addiction: a New Diagnosis?   AP / 6:30PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- The telltale signs are ominous: teens holing up in their rooms, ignoring friends, family, even food and a shower, while grades plummet and belligerence soars.
  • Cyber Attack Hits Pentagon Computers   AP / 6:00PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Defense Department took as many as 1,500 computers off line because of a cyber attack, Pentagon officials said Thursday.
  • Report: Images Show New Pakistan Reactor   AP / 5:30PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Satellite images show that Pakistan is building a new nuclear reactor that can produce weapons-grade plutonium, an American watchdog group said Thursday, warning that it could contribute to an atomic arms race with archrival India.
  • Darfur War Worsening Environment Damage   AP / 4:50PM
    DAMRAT SURMI, Sudan (AP) -- Decades of drought helped trigger Darfur's violence as rival groups fought over scarce water and arable land.
  • U.S. Nuclear Envoy Goes to North Korea   AP / 1:50PM
    SEOUL, South Korea - International efforts to shut down North Korea's nuclear program took a surprise turn Thursday when the United States altered course, sending a key American official to Pyongyang for direct talks with the communist country.
  • EU Clears Launch of Internet Broadcaster   AP / 9:00AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- EU regulators on Thursday cleared media companies NBC Universal and News Corp. to launch an Internet broadcaster that aims to rival Google Inc.'s YouTube.
  • U.S. Nuclear Envoy Visits North Korea   AP / 7:20AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The chief U.S. nuclear envoy made a rare trip to North Korea on Thursday in a surprise bid to accelerate international efforts to press the communist government to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
  • Ohio Gov.: Stolen Tape Had Taxpayer Info   AP / 5:30AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A missing computer backup tape containing personal information on state employees also holds the names and Social Security numbers of 225,000 taxpayers, Gov. Ted Strickland said.
  • Swiss Internet Terror Trial Opens   AP / 1:20AM
    BELLINZONA, Switzerland (AP) -- A North African man and his wife went on trial Wednesday on charges they ran Web sites that supported al-Qaida-linked groups with videos of people killed by terrorists and information on how to make bombs.
  • Wednesday, June 20

  • Yahoo Buys College Sports Site   AP / 11:20PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- It's not the blockbuster that some industry analysts envisioned, but Yahoo Inc. has sealed its first deal under new Chief Executive Jerry Yang. Hoping to deepen its appeal to hard-core sports fans, Yahoo is buying Rivals.com, a Web site that provides extensive coverage of collegiate athletics.
  • Report: News Corp. in Yahoo Talks   AP / 5:40PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. is discussing swapping social networking Web site MySpace for a 25 percent stake in Yahoo Inc., The Times newspaper reported Wednesday.
  • IBM in Bind on $5M Debt Owed by Schools   AP / 5:20PM
    A school district in the San Francisco Bay area has put IBM Corp. in a tough spot by asking the company to forgive a $5 million debt that began when educators bought computers from Big Blue way back in 1989.
  • Microsoft Changing Vista Desktop Search   AP / 3:20PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft fended off Google's antitrust complaints by agreeing to make it easier for computer users to choose competitors' programs, an increasingly common response from a company long accused of using its operating system's dominance to choke competition.
  • Russian Teen Dies After Brain Surgery   AP / 1:40PM
    TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A Russian teen who traveled halfway around the world so American doctors could remove a brain stem tumor, only to have the risky surgery leave him comatose, died Wednesday morning, his family said.
  • IPhone to Play Youtube Clips   AP / 12:31PM
    CUPERTINO, Calif. - The eagerly awaited iPhone will be able to play Youtube videos when it ships next week, Apple Inc. announced Wednesday.
  • Ireland Bans 'Gross' Video Game   AP / 12:20PM
    DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -- Ireland imposed its first ban Wednesday on a video game, citing what it called "gross, unrelenting and gratuitous violence" in the latest offering from Rockstar Games.
  • Xerox Rolls Out Semantics-Based Search   AP / 12:00PM
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Xerox Corp. says its new search engine based on semantics will analyze the meaning behind questions and documents to help researchers find information more quickly.
  • Conn. Gov. Vetoes Medical Marijuana Bill   AP / 8:40AM
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut's governor, a cancer survivor, vetoed a bill that would have allowed people with certain serious illnesses to use marijuana, saying it was fraught with problems and sent a mixed message to children.
  • Veoh TV Offers Software for Online Video   AP / 1:50AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Veoh Networks Inc., a site backed by media mogul Michael Eisner, hopes to radically change how people watch video online, offering software that not only finds and plays programs from anywhere on the Web but also offers the look and feel of traditional TV.
  • Tuesday, June 19

  • Yahoo's New CEO Facing Tough Challenge   AP / 10:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Yahoo Inc. thinks it's back on the right track now that co-founder Jerry Yang has replaced Terry Semel as chief executive, but analysts and investors already are wondering whether the shake-up is just a prelude to more radical measures, including a possible sale or breakup of the troubled Internet icon.
  • Sony Cutting Jobs at Online Music Store   AP / 6:00PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Internet music retailer Sony Connect Inc. is eliminating some positions as part of a restructuring plan to shift resources to other online services, but it intends to continue operating, the company said Tuesday.
  • AT&T Launches Cell-To-Cell Live Video   AP / 5:00PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- AT&T Inc. on Tuesday launched what it said is the first service letting callers share live video between cell phones.
  • Web Cam to Eye Test-Takers   AP / 4:30PM
    The number of college students taking courses online is surging, creating a tough dilemma for educators who want to prevent cheating.
  • Cameras May Watch You Take Tests Online   AP / 3:50PM
    New technology will place cameras inside students' homes to
  • Entercom in Deal for Online Audio Ads   AP / 3:10PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Radio broadcaster Entercom Communications Corp. has signed a deal that will allow a startup company called TargetSpot to sell and deliver audio and other kinds advertising on the Web sites of about 90 radio stations owned by Entercom.
  • Saturday Talks on Iran Nuclear Program   AP / 12:30PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator and the European Union's foreign policy chief will meet Saturday in Portugal for a new round of talks over Tehran's disputed nuclear program, state television reported.
  • Father of Sony PlayStation Steps Down   AP / 10:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The chief architect of Sony's PlayStation game console stepped down Tuesday as the Japanese company struggles to defend its dominance in the video game industry and revive its reputation as an electronics pioneer.
  • Toshiba: Recalled Battery Sparked Fire   AP / 9:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A Toshiba Corp. laptop with a recalled Sony battery pack that hadn't been replaced burst into flames last month in Great Britain.
  • Monday, June 18

  • Apple: iPhone Battery Life Improved   AP / 6:51PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple Inc. gave rival smart phone makers another reason for heartburn Monday, claiming its upcoming iPhone will have a battery life that exceeds the company's previous estimate and the battery life of competing phones.
  • Appeals Court Rules for E-Mail Privacy   AP / 5:50PM
    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Federal investigators overstepped constitutional bounds by searching stored e-mails without a warrant in a fraud investigation, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
  • Brazil Indians, Google to Fight Logging   AP / 3:50PM
    SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- A Brazilian Indian tribe is linking up with Google Earth to try to capture vivid images that could help stop loggers and miners from deforesting the jungle and digging for gold on its vast Amazon reservation.
  • Microsoft Buy Stake in Chinese TV Maker   AP / 6:13AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. and a major Chinese TV set maker announced Monday they will jointly develop entertainment products linking television and the Internet, joining a race to profit from the Web's growing status as a channel to distribute movies and other programs.
  • Miss America Partners With Software Firm   AP / 4:10AM
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Having already helped police target sexual predators online, Miss America Lauren Nelson now is teaming with a security software company to help educate parents and children about dangers on the Internet.
  • Sunday, June 17

  • Astronauts Complete 4th Spacewalk   AP / 7:51PM
    HOUSTON (AP) -- Restoration of a failed computer system returned life to a regular rhythm on the international space station Sunday, as two astronauts completed the fourth spacewalk since space shuttle Atlantis docked with the outpost a week ago.
  • Soldiers Revisit Iraq in Virtual Reality   AP / 3:51PM
    ATLANTA - Scientists hope a high-tech virtual experience that mimics the battlegrounds of Iraq can be used to help veterans recover from the trauma of war.
  • Chips Let PCs Get Turned on Remotely   AP / 3:20PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Your work computer just suffered a major meltdown. Maybe the operating system failed, or a virus crashed the hard drive.
  • Swedes Revolt Against Online Snooping   AP / 2:40PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Want to know how much your boss earns? Or whether your daughter's fiance is in debt?
  • Saturday, June 16

  • U.S. Astronaut Sets Spaceflight Record   AP / 9:30PM
    HOUSTON - Atlantis was cleared Saturday to return to Earth this coming week after the space shuttle's heat shield was judged capable of surviving the intense heat of re-entry, and a U.S. astronaut reached a milestone with the longest single spaceflight by any woman.
  • U.S. Astronaut Sets Spaceflight Record   AP / 6:51PM
    HOUSTON - Atlantis was cleared Saturday to return to Earth this coming week after the space shuttle's heat shield was judged capable of surviving the intense heat of re-entry, and a U.S. astronaut reached a milestone with the longest single spaceflight by any woman.
  • Space Shuttle Cleared to Land Next Week   AP / 1:10PM
    HOUSTON - Mission managers on Saturday cleared Atlantis to land next week after concluding the space shuttle's heat shield was safe enough to withstand the intense heat of re-entering Earth's atmosphere.
  • Space Station Computers Up and Running   AP / 11:30AM
    HOUSTON - Russian cosmonauts on Saturday began turning back on some crucial systems that had been shut down more than four days ago when a computer system on the Russian side of the international space station crashed.
  • Friday, June 15

  • Space Station Computers Up and Running   AP / 8:30PM
    HOUSTON (AP) -- Two Russian cosmonauts began to get crucial computers up and running Friday, four days after they crashed at the international space station and curbed the outpost's ability to orient itself and produce oxygen.
  • Documents Show U.S. Pressure on Taiwan   AP / 4:00PM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- As Washington struggles to end nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea, startling details have emerged from declassified U.S. government documents regarding its success in halting Taiwan's budding nuclear project in the 1970s.
  • EBay-Google Spat Hints at Larger Tension   AP / 3:20PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- A spat that erupted this week between eBay Inc. and Google Inc. after Google tried to siphon attention from the online auctioneer's grand user celebration might presage more tension in one of the Internet's most interesting new rivalries.
  • NASA: No Plans to Leave Space Station   AP / 2:30PM
    HOUSTON - A U.S. space agency official rejected suggestions Friday that the international space station might have to be abandoned at some point if a failed computer system operated by NASA's Russian partners couldn't be restored.
  • EBay Eager for More Buyers   AP / 1:30PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- When Pierre Omidyar founded eBay 12 years ago, he wanted to build the world's most efficient marketplace. At the very least, he launched the most comprehensive one. Today eBay Inc. is a conglomeration of Web sites where people sell everything from car parts to carp arts. (What den couldn't use a watercolor of a fish?)
  • No Fix Yet for Space Station Computers   AP / 11:50AM
    HOUSTON - Russian space officials said Friday they were considering moving up the launch of a Russian cargo ship as cosmonauts aboard the international space station struggled for a second day to reboot failed computers controlling the orbiting outpost's orientation.
  • Study: Avoiding Predators Has Its Price   AP / 9:50AM
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- It hardly seems fair, but water creatures nimble enough to avoid being gobbled up by predators might harm their species more than help, new research suggests.
  • NKorea Warns Against U.S. Missile Plan   AP / 9:40AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Friday warned it may strengthen its "self-defense deterrent," a term it usually uses to refer to its nuclear program, despite news that millions in frozen funds the country had sought as a condition to disarm was en route to its accounts.
  • New Nintendo Game Gives Beauty Tips   AP / 8:20AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese women may soon be tapping on the hit Nintendo DS handheld game machine for beauty tips, such as taking extra fluids and monitoring skin tones.
  • Police Track Offenders on MySpace   AP / 7:40AM
    HOUSTON (AP) -- Seven convicted sex offenders with profiles on MySpace.com have been arrested in what Texas officials said was the country's first large-scale crackdown of registered offenders who use the social networking Web site.
  • China, U.S. Step Up Anti-Piracy Alliance   AP / 1:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China has promised to pursue product pirates identified by U.S. authorities in a new effort to stamp out its thriving counterfeit industry, the head of the U.S. customs agency said Friday.
  • Thursday, June 14

  • Atlantis Saves Power, May Stay Extra Day   AP / 9:55PM
    HOUSTON (AP) -- Engineers tested Thursday whether a bad power feed going into the Russian side of the international space station was causing failures in computers that control the outpost's orientation and produce oxygen.
  • Adobe's 2Q Profit Surges 24 Percent   AP / 6:40PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Adobe Systems Inc. reported a 24 percent surge in second-quarter profit Thursday, setting a record in revenue and exceeding Wall Street expectations as the software company embarked on its biggest-ever product launch.
  • Amazon Won't Profit From "Harry Potter"   AP / 6:30PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Amazon.com Inc. has taken more than a million pre-orders for the final "Harry Potter" book due out in July, but the world's largest Web retailer won't make a profit, Chief Executive Jeff Bezos told shareholders at the company's annual meeting Thursday.
  • AT&T Unveils Push to Stem Online Piracy   AP / 5:30PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In a break with other Internet service providers, AT&T Inc. will work with Hollywood studios and recording labels to devise technology that identifies offshore content pirates who use its network to upload illegal copies of movies and music.
  • MLB Takes Fantasy League to Court   AP / 4:10PM
    ST. LOUIS - Attorneys representing Major League Baseball argued Thursday that online fantasy baseball companies cannot operate without paying license fees to MLB to compensate players for the use of their names.
  • EU Trade Chief Urges Unity on Biotech   AP / 3:30PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- European Union governments should work together in deciding rules for using biotech foods, rather than forge their own policies and risk inviting legal action against the 27-member bloc, the EU trade chief said Thursday.
  • N. Korean Funds Transferred From Bank   AP / 11:25AM
    MACAU - More than $20 million in disputed North Korean funds was transferred from a blacklisted Macau bank Thursday, an official said, signaling a breakthrough in a dispute that has held up the North's pledge to shut down its nuclear reactor.
  • Loved the Video? Then Read the Book   AP / 10:20AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Author Marianne Wiggins doesn't pretend she's up on modern technology. She writes in longhand and doesn't bother with cell phones, except in her car -- "in case I have a flat."
  • Microsoft Signs Another Linux Deal   AP / 8:10AM
    SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. announced Wednesday that it will license instant messaging and digital media technology to a small desktop Linux distributor, Linspire Inc., adding to a growing number of deals meant to help the Windows operating system work more smoothly with open-source software.
  • Acer Trims 2007 Computer Sales Forecast   AP / 8:10AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan personal computer vendor Acer Inc. expects its computer shipments to increase 30 percent to 40 percent this year, a reduction from previous sales forecasts.
  • Filter Pledges Crisp Photos in Low Light   AP / 8:10AM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A year from now, capturing a crisp, clear image of a candlelit birthday party could be a piece of cake - even with a camera phone. Eastman Kodak Co. said Thursday it has developed a color-filter technology that at least doubles the sensitivity to light of the image sensor in every digital camera, enabling shutterbugs to take better pictures in poor light.
  • Space Shuttle's Return May Be Delayed   AP / 6:50AM
    HOUSTON (AP) -- Russian computers that control the international space station's orientation and supply of oxygen and water have failed, potentially extending the space shuttle's mission -- or cutting it short.
  • Kellogg to Make Kids' Foods Healthier   AP / 3:34AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Younger children could be seeing less of colorful Toucan Sam if his Froot Loops cereal doesn't become more healthy.
  • Report: NKorea Funds to Move Thursday   AP / 2:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A financial dispute that has held up North Korea's pledge to shut down its nuclear reactor could be nearing a breakthrough amid a news report that the long-awaited transfer of frozen North Korean funds will start Thursday.
  • Kellogg to Raise Nutrition of Kids' Food   AP / 1:34AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kellogg Co., the world's largest cereal maker, has agreed to raise the nutritional value of cereals and snacks it markets to children.
  • Wednesday, June 13

  • Kellogg to Boost Nutrition in Kid Foods   AP / 10:40PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kellogg Co., the world's largest cereal maker, has agreed to raise the nutritional value of cereals and snacks it markets to children.
  • Bail Denied for Alleged 'Spam King'   AP / 10:20PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- A man accused of defrauding people through tens of millions of spam e-mail messages sent around the world was denied bail Wednesday.
  • Baptists Approve Global Warming Measure   AP / 8:30PM
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Southern Baptists approved a resolution on global warming Wednesday that questions the prevailing scientific belief that humans are largely to blame for the phenomenon and also warns that increased regulation of greenhouse gases will hurt the poor.
  • Panel Rejects Weight-Loss Drug   AP / 5:50PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health advisers unanimously rejected a weight-loss drug Wednesday after hearing testimony that it increases the risk of suicidal thoughts, even in patients without a history of depression.
  • Church Asks Japan to Join Sony Campaign   AP / 5:20PM
    LONDON (AP) -- The Church of England on Wednesday urged the people of Japan to join its campaign against a violent Sony Corp. computer game that allegedly uses a British cathedral as a backdrop.
  • Eligibility Expands for Web Certificate   AP / 5:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Smaller and newer businesses will now be able to get security certificates that trigger a green address bar in Microsoft browsers under new rules ratified this week.
  • Panel Rejects Weight-Loss Drug   AP / 4:50PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government should not approve the proposed Sanofi-Aventis weight-loss drug rimonabant, a federal panel said Wednesday on an unanimous vote.
  • 2 Sex Convictions in Online Dating Case   AP / 4:21PM
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A man who told dates he met online tall tales of being a doctor, an astronaut and a CIA assassin was convicted Wednesday of two counts of sexual assault but acquitted of raping several women who accused him of drugging them.
  • Analyst Sees Slim Margins for Apple TV   AP / 3:50PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple TV isn't going to add much to the iPod and Mac maker's riches, according to a market research company that took apart Apple Inc.'s newest gadget.
  • ComScore to Measure Embedded Multimedia   AP / 3:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Photos, video clips and other content embedded into personal MySpace and Facebook pages will now be tracked separately by the online measurement company comScore Inc.
  • Sprint Nextel Acquires Northern PCS   AP / 12:30PM
    RESTON, Va. (AP) -- Wireless provider Sprint Nextel Corp. said Wednesday it is acquiring affiliate Northern PCS in a deal worth $312.5 million.
  • EU Official Welcomes Google Privacy Move   AP / 11:10AM
    LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- A European Union official on Wednesday applauded Google Inc.'s offer to cut by a quarter the time it retains data on its users' searches.
  • Sony in Talks With Church of England   AP / 10:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony has begun talks with the Church of England over complaints that violent action sequences in a shooting game for the new PlayStation 3 console take place in what appears to be Manchester Cathedral.
  • EU Welcomes Google Offer on Privacy   AP / 9:00AM
    LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- EU justice chief Franco Frattini said Wednesday that Internet search leader Google Inc. had offered to cut the time it retains data on user searches from the current 24 months to 18 months amid growing concerns it could be violating EU privacy rules.
  • Novartis Gets EU OK for New Flu Vaccine   AP / 9:00AM
    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -- Novartis AG has received European Union approval for flu vaccine Optaflu, the Swiss drugmaker said Wednesday.
  • 19th-Century Weapon Found in Whale   AP / 12:40AM
    BOSTON (AP) -- A 50-ton bowhead whale caught off the Alaskan coast last month had a weapon fragment embedded in its neck that showed it survived a similar hunt -- more than a century ago. Embedded deep under its blubber was a 3 1/2-inch arrow-shaped projectile that has given researchers insight into the whale's age, estimated between 115 and 130 years old.
  • Tuesday, June 12

  • 19th-Century Weapon Found in Whale   AP / 8:54PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- A 50-ton bowhead whale caught off the Alaskan coast last month had a weapon fragment embedded in its neck that showed it survived a similar hunt -- more than a century ago.
  • FDA Targets Body Parts Companies   AP / 7:10PM
    WASHINGTON - A federal agency's review of the billion-dollar body parts industry calls for more inspections, but experts in the field say it ignores the problems that led to two recent scares involving human tissue destined for transplant.
  • Expert Panel Says to Call Kids 'Obese'   AP / 6:20PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Doctors ought to quit using fuzzy terms to define children's weight problems and instead refer to truly fat kids as overweight or obese, a committee of medical experts recommended.
  • Blockbuster Offers Cheaper Online Rental   AP / 5:30PM
    DALLAS (AP) -- Blockbuster Inc. is offering lower-priced plans for online movie rentals as it competes with Netflix Inc. in a market that some analysts believe could grow more than 40 percent this year.
  • Microsoft Posts Critical Security Fixes   AP / 4:20PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. released four critical patches Tuesday to plug security holes in several versions of its Windows operating system, Internet Explorer Web browser and other programs.
  • EU Approves Visa Data System   AP / 11:10AM
    LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- The European Union on Tuesday approved a European visa data system which will store biometric information like fingerprints and photos on 70 million visa-holders who pass through the EU's borderless travel zone each year.
  • Thai King's Archives to Go Online   AP / 10:30AM
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Chronicles and pronouncements of Thailand's king -- the world's longest-serving monarch and a godlike figure to many -- will soon be trumpeted online.
  • Google Complains About Microsoft's Vista   AP / 8:40AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Internet search leader Google Inc. is trying to convince federal and state authorities that Microsoft Corp.'s Vista operating system is stifling competition as the high-tech heavyweights wrestle for the allegiance of personal computer users.
  • Google Complains About Microsoft's Vista   AP / 7:50AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Internet search leader Google Inc. is trying to convince federal and state authorities that Microsoft Corp.'s Vista operating system is stifling competition as the high-tech heavyweights wrestle for the allegiance of personal computer users.
  • CinemaNow to Relaunch Music Video Site   AP / 1:00AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Online movie download site CinemaNow Inc. will revive its 2-year-old effort to sell music videos, hoping to fill a demand for content to be viewed on portable devices by increasing its inventory.
  • Monday, June 11

  • Study Contradicts Logging Practices   AP / 9:20PM
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Logging dead trees after a wildfire and planting new ones can make future fires worse, at least for a decade or two while the young trees create a volatile source of fuel, scientists found in a study that contradicts conventional practices.
  • Apple Extends Web Browser to Windows   AP / 9:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc. launched a version of its Safari Web browser for Windows-based PCs on Monday, adding yet another tentacle to its multi-pronged encroachment of Microsoft Corp.'s turf.
  • Nokia Countersues Qualcomm   AP / 8:24PM
    HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- Nokia Corp., the world's largest mobile phone maker, said Monday it filed a patent infringement countersuit against Qualcomm in an ongoing multinational legal battle over wireless technology.
  • Apple Said to Eye Online Video Rentals   AP / 6:50PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Apple Inc. is planning to launch an online movie rental service by fall, although the company is meeting resistance from some Hollywood studios concerned about piracy, people familiar with the plan told The Associated Press on Monday.
  • Astronauts Begin First Spacewalk   AP / 5:30PM
    HOUSTON (AP) -- Two astronauts floated outside the international space station Monday to begin connecting the orbiting outpost's newest addition: a 35,000-pound segment that will increase its power capability.
  • IBM Bids $745 Million for Telelogic   AP / 4:40PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- International Business Machines Corp. said Monday it agreed to buy software provider Telelogic AB for $745 million in cash, bolstering IBM's portfolio for the defense, telecommunications and automotive industries.
  • Ancient Rome Is Rebuilt Digitally   AP / 3:30PM
    ROME (AP) -- Computer experts on Monday unveiled a digital reproduction of ancient Rome as it appeared at the peak of its power in A.D. 320 -- what they called the largest and most complete simulation of a historic city ever created.
  • Lap Books Are Coming to Laptops   AP / 2:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Two leading children's publishers, Scholastic, Inc., and Disney, will soon discover whether the laptop compares to the lap in the hearts of young readers.
  • Sunday, June 10

  • Pakistan Joins Fight on Nuke Terror   AP / 6:40AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan will join an international initiative aimed at keeping nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
  • Iran Condemns G-8 Stance on Nuke Program   AP / 4:30AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has condemned a G-8 warning that it could face more sanctions over its controversial nuclear program, the country's official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
  • Iran Condemns G-8 on Nuclear Program   AP / 3:10AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has condemned a G-8 warning that it could face more sanctions over its controversial nuclear program, the country's official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
  • Saturday, June 9

  • Watchdog Group Slams Google on Privacy   AP / 10:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google Inc.'s privacy practices are the worst among the Internet's top destinations, according to a watchdog group seeking to intensify the recent focus on how the online search leader handles personal information about its users.
  • Muscle Cream Caused NYC Teen's Death   AP / 7:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A medical examiner blamed a 17-year-old track star's death on the use of too much anti-inflammatory muscle cream, the kind used to soothe aching legs after exercise.
  • Watchdog Group Slams Google on Privacy   AP / 3:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc.'s privacy practices are the worst among the Internet's top destinations, according to a watchdog group seeking to intensify the recent focus on how the online search leader handles personal information about its users.
  • Atlantis Chasing Space Station   AP / 10:41AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The space shuttle Atlantis, fresh from a fiery launch, was in hot pursuit of the international space station on Saturday, but won't catch up until Sunday.
  • Church of England Calls Sony Game 'Sick'   AP / 7:54AM
    LONDON - The Church of England accused Sony Corp. on Saturday of using an English cathedral as the backdrop to a violent computer game and said it should be withdrawn from shop shelves.
  • YouTube's Chen: Better Content Needed   AP / 5:20AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- YouTube co-founder Steve Chen said on Saturday consumers in many parts of the world will have access to the popular video-sharing Web site on their mobile phones by next year.
  • Suspect in Kan. Teen's Death Had Record   AP / 12:40AM
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A man accused of kidnapping and killing a suburban Kansas City teenager pleaded no contest as a 15-year-old to threatening his sister at knifepoint, according to court records.
  • Friday, June 8

  • Shuttle Lifts Off on Year's First Flight   AP / 10:03PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A patched-up Atlantis blasted off with seven astronauts Friday on the first space shuttle flight of 2007, putting NASA back on track after a run of bad luck and scandal that included a damaging hailstorm and a lurid love triangle.
  • Shuttle Lifts Off on Year's First Flight   AP / 9:20PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A patched-up Atlantis blasted off with seven astronauts Friday on the first space shuttle flight of 2007, putting NASA back on track after a run of bad luck and scandal that included a damaging hailstorm and a lurid love triangle.
  • Shuttle Lifts Off on Year's First Flight   AP / 8:11PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A patched-up Atlantis blasted off with seven astronauts Friday on the first space shuttle flight of 2007, putting NASA back on track after a run of bad luck and scandal that included a damaging hailstorm and a lurid love triangle.
  • Shuttle Launches, First Flight of Year   AP / 7:51PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A patched-up Atlantis blasted off with seven astronauts Friday on the first space shuttle flight of 2007, after a monthslong run of bad luck and scandal at NASA that included a damaging hailstorm and a lurid love triangle.
  • Shuttle Launches, First Flight of Year   AP / 7:51PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A patched-up Atlantis blasted off with seven astronauts Friday on the first space shuttle flight of 2007, after a monthslong run of bad luck and scandal at NASA that included a damaging hailstorm and a lurid love triangle.
  • Shuttle Launches, First Flight of Year   AP / 4:05PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A patched-up Atlantis was fueled for liftoff Friday night on the first space shuttle flight of 2007 -- a mission that was delayed by a damaging hailstorm and overshadowed by a lurid astronaut love triangle.
  • Dell to Sell Computer at Sam's Club   AP / 3:50PM
    DALLAS (AP) -- Dell Inc. will sell a notebook computer model at Sam's Club warehouse stores beginning next week, a company spokesman said Friday.
  • Microsoft's Art Collection Grows Up   AP / 1:10PM
    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Leah Erickson let out an exasperated growl when she spotted a banner advertising "Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007" crookedly thumbtacked above a row of photographs framed and lit with museumlike care.
  • Azerbaijan: Let's Talk on Missile System   AP / 5:30AM
    BAKU, Azerbaijan - Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said Friday that Azerbaijan is ready to consider proposed joint U.S.-Russian use of a radar facility in the country as part of a missile defense system.
  • S.Korea: Missile Test Was Routine   AP / 4:30AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea's latest test-firing of short-range missiles was a routine drill and will not heighten tensions as the region struggles to deal with the communist nation's nuclear weapons ambitions, a top South Korean official said Friday.
  • Thursday, June 7

  • Lawmakers Want NASA Official to Resign   AP / 8:20PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Lawmakers on Thursday demanded the resignation of the head of NASA's internal watchdog office for appearing too cozy with space agency management and bullying his staff.
  • NKorea Launches Missiles Off Its Coast   AP / 7:11PM
    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea fired missiles into waters off its coast in an apparent test launch Thursday, drawing a rebuke from the United States amid a stalemate in international talks on the communist country's nuclear weapons.
  • MIT Team Claims Wireless Power Demo   AP / 6:20PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers made a 60-watt light bulb glow by sending it energy wirelessly -- from a device 7 feet away -- potentially heralding a future in which cell phones and other gadgets get juice without having to be plugged in.
  • Chernobyl Area Becomes Wildlife Haven   AP / 4:10PM
    PARISHEV, Ukraine - Two decades after an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant sent clouds of radioactive particles drifting over the fields near her home, Maria Urupa says the wilderness is encroaching.
  • Astronaut: EU Lag Could Put China Ahead   AP / 12:10PM
    LUXEMBOURG - As European Union ministers consider how to get the problem-plagued Galileo satellite navigation system into orbit, one man who has been there had some simple advice - do it fast, or the Chinese will steal the show.
  • LG Electronics Signs Pact With Microsoft   AP / 4:50AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. has signed a patent cross-licensing agreement with Microsoft Corp. covering a variety of hardware and software products, the companies said Thursday.
  • NEC Releases Pink Hello Kitty Laptop   AP / 2:54AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's cutest cat in glittering crystal decorates NEC Corp.'s new pink laptop in the Japanese electronics maker's latest effort to woo working women.
  • Report: Accidental Deaths on the Rise   AP / 2:34AM
    CHICAGO - The nation's accidental death rate has been gradually creeping higher and is up 12 percent compared to the lowest rate on record, in 1992, according to a report released Thursday by the National Safety Council.
  • Sony's U.S. Video-Game Unit Cuts Jobs   AP / 2:20AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's U.S. video-game unit is cutting jobs to become more competitive, the company said Thursday, as the PlayStation 3 machine struggles against rival offerings from Microsoft and Nintendo.
  • Wednesday, June 6

  • NHL, Sling Media Enter Video Partnership   AP / 11:50PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The NHL has partnered with Sling Media Inc. for its upcoming video clip-sharing service, signaling a professional sports league's support for an emerging technology that has some media companies on edge.
  • TB Patient's Family Releases Tape   AP / 11:20PM
    ATLANTA (AP) -- The family of a lawyer with a rare strain of tuberculosis released part of a tape recording Wednesday in which a health official is heard saying the man was not contagious and didn't need to be isolated.
  • Microsoft Brings New Pac-Man to Xbox 360   AP / 6:30PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Get those ghosts!
  • 1,600 Roller-Shoe Injuries Reported   AP / 6:10PM
    CHICAGO - Injuries from trendy roller shoes are far more numerous than previously thought, contributing to about 1,600 emergency room visits last year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.
  • Akamai Gives Free Peek at Internet   AP / 6:10PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- What does the Internet look like? A free new Web service from Akamai Technologies Inc. offers a peek, providing a sort of Internet weather report on global traffic tie-ups, cyberattacks and spikes in activity.
  • Nielsen Measuring Mobile Phone Usage   AP / 5:10PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- More than 33 million people have used mobile phones to access the Internet this year, according to Nielsen Media Research, which on Wednesday announced its new effort to measure such use.
  • New Security Checks Irk NASA Contractors   AP / 2:10PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dennis V. Byrnes, a veteran engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, fired off a 1,300-word letter to his congressman in April complaining of "unwarranted intrusion" into his life.
  • Big Ten Joins Google Book Project   AP / 1:50PM
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Twelve major universities will digitize select collections in each of their libraries -- up to 10 million volumes -- as part of Google Inc.'s book-scanning project. The goal: a shared digital repository that faculty, students and the public can access quickly.
  • Poll: Europeans Want GPS Rival to U.S.   AP / 10:40AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- GPS is a handy technology, but in Europe it's become a political football. That explains why a new poll found that while only 20 percent of Europeans use satellite navigation devices, 80 percent want the EU to set up an independent service to rival the U.S.-run Global Positioning System -- and use taxpayer money to complete it.
  • Tuesday, June 5

  • Newest Avandia Study Not Reassuring   AP / 9:34PM
    The maker of the controversial diabetes pill Avandia pointed to early results of its own study Tuesday, saying they offered reassuring evidence the drug doesn't raise heart risks. However, outside experts called the results inconclusive at best and a sign of greater risk at worst.
  • Patient Has Low Chance of Spreading TB   AP / 9:10PM
    DENVER (AP) -- The Atlanta lawyer quarantined with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis has a relatively low chance of spreading the disease, possibly allowing him to leave his isolation room for a short time as soon as next week, one of his doctors said Tuesday.
  • Google's Stock Price Surges to New High   AP / 7:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google Inc.'s stock price surged to a new high Tuesday after online software pioneer Salesforce.com Inc. joined the Internet search leader's efforts to lure even more businesses into the Web's largest advertising network.
  • China Expects Pollution to Improve Soon   AP / 6:20PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China should see a "turning point" this year in its fight against pollution and will likely meet its clean air and water goals in coming years, an environmental official said Tuesday in an unusually optimistic assessment.
  • IBM Settles SEC Probe of Options Report   AP / 4:40PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- An investigation of IBM Corp. by the Securities and Exchange Commission ended Tuesday without penalty, although the government found that the technology company misled analysts about employee stock-option expenses in 2005.
  • EBay Bans Cross-Border Ivory Sales   AP / 2:50PM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The online auction house eBay Inc. said Tuesday it will ban cross-border trade of ivory products, following a study by a wildlife group that found nine out of 10 of the items sold on the Internet is probably illegal.
  • Prognosis Looks Good for TB Patient   AP / 1:10PM
    DENVER (AP) -- A third sputum test on a man quarantined with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis was negative for the presence of TB bacteria, hospital officials said Tuesday, opening up the possibility that he could be briefly allowed out of isolation.
  • Industry Wants Ban on Bulb in Europe   AP / 12:14PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - European light-bulb makers said Tuesday they want to phase out the standard incandescent light bulb in eight years, replacing it with more eco-friendly, energy-efficient lamps.
  • Joost Names Mike Volpi As CEO   AP / 11:14AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Joost appointed Cisco veteran Mike Volpi as chief executive officer, the Internet-based TV service said Tuesday.
  • Concerns Emerge Over iTunes User Data   AP / 8:11AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Apple Inc.'s recent rollout of songs without copy protection software at its iTunes Store has given consumers new flexibility, but questions have emerged over the company's inclusion of personal data in purchased music tracks.
  • Ask.com Brings New Dimension to Web Search   AP / 1:10AM
    OAKLAND, Calif. - Internet search engine Ask.com has been chasing market leader Google Inc. for years without making much headway, but that hasn't deterred its engineers from trying to set the pace for innovation.
  • Monday, June 4

  • Lala.com to Send Songs Directly to IPods   AP / 11:24PM
    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Entrepreneurs behind Silicon Valley startup Lala.com hope to transform the CD-swapping site into a music portal where members can download songs directly to their iPods, bypassing the computer hard drives where most music is stored.
  • China Rejects Caps for Greenhouse Gases   AP / 5:40PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China on Monday rejected international pressure to adopt mandatory caps on greenhouse gas production as it unveiled its first national program to help combat global warming.
  • Microsoft Strikes Another Linux Deal   AP / 1:32PM
    SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. said Monday it will share technology with Linux distributor Xandros Inc., the latest in a string of deals meant to help the patent-protected Windows operating system work more smoothly with open-source programs.
  • China: No More New Net Cafes in 2007   AP / 10:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China will license no new Internet cafes this year while regulators carry out an industry-wide inspection, the government says, amid official concern that online material is harming young people.
  • Sunday, June 3

  • Web, Reality TV Help Make Porn Pervasive   AP / 1:10PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Porn used to be relegated to a video hidden in the bottom drawer, or a magazine under the mattress. Today, it's part of everyday life.
  • Man Charged for Putting TV Show on Web   AP / 2:40AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Federal authorities have charged a Chicago man with copyright violations for allegedly uploading several episodes of Fox's "24" on the Internet before the show's season premiere earlier this year.
  • Saturday, June 2

  • Study: Radiation Limits Lung Cancer   AP / 6:40PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- A week or two of radiation to the head helped keep a very deadly form of lung cancer from spreading to the brain, improving survival for some people who have had little hope of successful treatment until now, Dutch doctors reported Saturday.
  • Is Killer Storm Still Taking a Toll?   AP / 4:50PM
    NEW ORLEANS - The bodies are no longer being dragged from houses and buildings toppled by Hurricane Katrina, but nearly two years later many in the medical community think the storm is still killing.
  • Study: Flaxseed Might Fight Cancer   AP / 2:20PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- The first scientific tests of some popular alternative medicine products hint that American ginseng might lessen cancer fatigue and that flaxseed might slow the growth of prostate tumors.
  • Talks End Over U.S.-India Nuclear Deal   AP / 12:24PM
    NEW DELHI - India and the United States failed to resolve differences over an American offer to share nuclear know-how and fuel, ending three days of negotiations Saturday that were intended to seal a deal seen as the cornerstone of an emerging partnership.
  • Muslim Brotherhood Blogger Released   AP / 6:40AM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- A Muslim Brotherhood blogger was released Saturday after a 45-day detention, but the crackdown against the group continued, with 51 Brotherhood members arrested in recent days, police said.
  • TB Patient Faces 2 Months in Hospital   AP / 4:34AM
    DENVER (AP) -- The man quarantined with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis will likely spend up to two months in a hospital while he receives a battery of antibiotics and is evaluated for possible surgery, his doctors said.
  • Friday, June 1

  • Google Hits the Streets, Raises Concerns   AP / 7:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. bills the latest twist on its online maps as "Street View," but it looks a bit like "Candid Camera" as you cruise through the panorama of pictures that captured fleeting moments in neighborhoods scattered across the country.
  • TB Patient Apologizes to Air Passengers   AP / 5:30PM
    DENVER (AP) -- The Atlanta lawyer quarantined with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis apologized to fellow airline passengers in an interview aired Friday, and insisted he was told before he set out for his wedding in Europe that he was no danger to anyone.
  • Firms Race to Update E. Africa Telecom   AP / 2:20PM
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Plans to lay an undersea fiber-optic cable off eastern Africa could be the beginning of the end of crackling long-distance calls, slow dial-up Internet connections and universities without e-mail.
  • Company to Create Chinese Virtual World   AP / 1:52PM
    HONG KONG (AP) -- Swedish software company MindArk, which operates the online game "Entropia Universe," has authorized a Beijing company to create a version of its online game for the Chinese market.
  • Sweden Cracks Down on Web Credit Checks   AP / 11:50AM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Swedes will no longer be able to snoop through each other's finances anonymously after a popular Web site agreed to tighten the rules on its credit information services, officials said Friday.
  • Iran Promises to Discuss Nuke Activities   AP / 7:30AM
    MADRID, Spain - Iran has pledged to end years of stonewalling and provide answers on past suspicious activities to the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency probing its atomic program, an official said Friday, in a move being seen as an attempt to evade new U.N. sanctions.
  • Group Warns Russia Nuclear Dump Unstable   AP / 7:10AM
    OSLO, Norway (AP) -- A nuclear waste dump in the Russia Arctic may be in danger of exploding because of corrosion caused by salt water in enormous storage tanks, the Norwegian environmental group Bellona warned Friday.
  • U.S. Terror Expert Says Nuclear Risk Low   AP / 6:30AM
    SINGAPORE (AP) -- Terrorists have little chance of obtaining enough fissile material to make a nuclear bomb, but governments must remain on guard against the possibility, a top U.S. expert said Friday.
  • Iran: New Promises on Nuclear Activities   AP / 6:10AM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Seeking to evade new U.N. sanctions, Iran has pledged to end years of stonewalling and provide answers on past suspicious activities to the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency probing its atomic program, an official said Friday.
  • Woman Sues eHarmony for Discrimination   AP / 5:30AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Northern California woman sued the online dating service eHarmony on Thursday, alleging it discriminates against gays, lesbians and bisexuals.
  • 628 Sickened by Recalled Peanut Butter   AP / 4:50AM
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The number of people sickened since August by peanut butter tainted with salmonella has grown by more than 200, according to a new federal report. The outbreak, first reported in February, now includes 628 cases in 47 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
  • U.S., Indians Talk on Nuclear Deal   AP / 4:20AM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian and U.S. delegates met for a second day Friday to seal a much-touted civilian nuclear deal between the two countries, officials said.
  • Thursday, May 31

  • Scientist Gets His Own Genome Map   AP / 11:10PM
    HOUSTON (AP) -- The Nobel Prize-winning scientist who helped discover the molecular structure of DNA has become the first person to receive his own personal genome map.
  • Man Says He's Got a New Loch Ness Video   AP / 9:30PM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- The Loch Ness monster is back -- and there's video. A man has captured what Nessie watchers say is possible footage of the supposed mythical creature beneath Scotland's most mysterious lake.
  • NASA to Try Launching Shuttle Next Week   AP / 6:50PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA managers announced Thursday that they would press ahead with the first space shuttle launch of the year next week, three months later than originally planned because of a hail storm that pockmarked the spacecraft's external tank.
  • Five Cos. Win Gov't Telecom Contract   AP / 5:20PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Five companies -- AT&T, Level 3 Communications, Qwest Communications, Sprint Nextel and Verizon -- on Thursday were awarded a federal telecommunications contract worth up to $20 billion over 10 years.
  • NASA Chief Not Worried About Climate   AP / 4:30PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of NASA said he was not sure global warming was a problem and added that it would be "arrogant" to assume the world's climate should not change in the future. Scientists called the remarks ignorant.
  • NPR, Others Challenge Online Royalties   AP / 3:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- National Public Radio is teaming up with online radio broadcasters to appeal new music royalties that they say would put smaller operators out of business and force others to sharply scale back their online music offerings.
  • Kevorkian Release Stirs Grief, Gratitude   AP / 3:14PM
    LANSING, Mich. - Some relatives of people who died with Dr. Jack Kevorkian's help say his release from prison stirs up grief over the deaths of their loved ones. Others are grateful for the services the retired pathologist offered to family members.
  • TB on a Plane? Sign of the Times   AP / 2:54PM
    ATLANTA (AP) -- SARS on a plane. Mumps on a plane. And now a rare and deadly form of tuberculosis, on at least two planes. Commercial air travel's potential for spreading infection continues to cause handwringing among public health officials, as news of a jet-setting man with a rare and deadly form of TB demonstrates.
  • Japanese Robot Dances to IPod Music   AP / 1:50PM
    TOKYO - A Japanese robot twists and rolls to music from an iPod in an intricate dance based on complex mathematics, a technology developers say will enable robots to move about spontaneously instead of following preprogrammed motions.
  • Gates, Jobs Make Rare Joint Appearance   AP / 8:10AM
    CARLSBAD, Calif. - Legendary technology rivals Bill Gates and Steve Jobs made a rare joint appearance Wednesday and wasted no time making nice.
  • SKorean Leader: Offer to Help Unheeded   AP / 7:00AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press that a Seoul offer to help resolve a banking impasse blocking North Korea's nuclear disarmament went unheeded by Washington and Pyongyang.
  • Maxis Unveils Cell Phone Money Transfer   AP / 5:10AM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Thousands of Filipino workers in Malaysia can now remit money to their families back home under a new mobile phone money transfer service unveiled by Malaysia's top mobile phone operator Maxis.
  • 1M Text Messages Protest China Plant   AP / 3:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese city has halted construction of a chemical plant after residents sent more than 1 million mobile phone text messages protesting possible pollution dangers, news reports said Thursday.
  • AP CEO Urges Media to Adapt to the Web   AP / 2:20AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The Internet is bringing numerous changes to the media industry, but the fundamentals of newsgathering remain the same, Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley said Thursday.
  • AP to Use Copyright-Protection Service   AP / 12:40AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Associated Press will intensify its efforts to protect its copyrights on the Web and possibly uncover new sources of revenue by working with a Silicon Valley startup that's trying to help the media gain more control over digital content.
  • Wednesday, May 30

  • Top Spammer Arrested, Feds Say   AP / 11:00PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- A 27-year-old man described as one of the world's most prolific spammers was arrested Wednesday, and federal authorities said computer users across the Web could notice a decrease in the amount of junk e-mail.
  • TiVo Posts First-Ever Quarterly Profit   AP / 10:14PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- TiVo Inc. posted its first-ever quarterly profit Wednesday as it pared expenses and increased revenues. The pioneer of digital video recorders swung to a small profit even though its cumulative number of subscribers dipped slightly to 4.3 million in its fiscal first quarter.
  • Palm Unveils New Laptop-Like Gadget   AP / 10:04PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Seeking to recapture its innovative streak in mobile computing, Palm Inc. on Wednesday unveiled a laptop-like gadget with a full-size keyboard and 10-inch display to serve as a companion for smartphones.
  • Space Station Gets Protective Shielding   AP / 9:44PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Two Russian cosmonauts climbed out of the international space station Wednesday to install protective panels designed to shield the orbiting outpost from dangerous space debris.
  • New Google Program Opens Offline Door   AP / 9:40PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google Inc. on Wednesday introduced a way to move its online software applications off the Internet, hoping the flexibility will encourage more people to use the free services and extend the company's clout beyond its ubiquitous search engine.
  • Apple Debuts Unprotected Songs Online   AP / 8:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple Inc.'s iTunes Store started selling thousands of songs without copy protection Wednesday, marking the trendsetting company's latest coup and a model for what analysts say will likely become a pattern for online music sales.
  • Apple Says YouTube Coming to Apple TV   AP / 7:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple Inc. said Wednesday it will soon introduce the ability for Apple TV users to access the popular YouTube service on their living room televisions through its video-streaming set-top-box.
  • EBay Acquires StumbleUpon   AP / 7:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- EBay Inc. announced Wednesday that it acquired StumbleUpon Inc., a software startup that suggests Web sites based on reader reviews and personal preferences of its members.
  • People Power Fuels New Search Engine   AP / 6:20PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- While the Internet's major search engines keep adding more computers to scan the Web and run increasingly sophisticated algorithms to pull up meaningful results, dot-com luminary Jason Calacanis thinks there's still a place for people power.
  • IBM Cutting Another 1,500 Positions   AP / 5:10PM
    BOSTON - IBM Corp. laid off 1,570 people Wednesday, primarily from an ongoing overhaul of operations in its giant technology services unit.
  • Review: Navigating by Cell Phone   AP / 3:30PM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Driving around a rapidly growing city on unfamiliar streets is not fun.
  • Diplomats: Iran Hinted at Suspension   AP / 3:20PM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Iran recently hinted at willingness to discuss a partial suspension of uranium enrichment, but the West stuck to its demand for a full halt and Tehran withdrew its idea for getting talks going in the dispute over its nuclear program, diplomats said Wednesday
  • Cigna Offers Free Cancer Video Game   AP / 12:10PM
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Roxxi, a brunette nanobot with a blaster for a left arm, takes careful aim at a cancer cell and zaps it into oblivion.
  • Iran Envoy Rejects Enrichment Suspension   AP / 11:00AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- On the eve of talks with the European Union's foreign policy chief, Iran's nuclear negotiator Wednesday rejected the possibility of Iran suspending its uranium enrichment program.
  • Iranian Rejects Enrichment Suspension   AP / 8:20AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- On the eve of talks with the European Union's foreign policy chief, Iran's nuclear negotiator Wednesday rejected the possibility of Iran suspending its uranium enrichment program.
  • U.S. Senators Defend Missile Proposal   AP / 6:20AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Sen. Trent Lott said Wednesday he would try to convince Russian lawmakers that a planned missile defense system for Europe poses no threat to their country and that concerns about the project were "a relic of Cold War thinking."
  • Microsoft Unveils New Surface Computer   AP / 3:34AM
    SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. has taken the wraps off "Surface," a coffee-table shaped computer that responds to touch and to special bar codes attached to everyday objects.
  • AMA Wants Doctors to Swap Idea Online   AP / 2:10AM
    BOSTON (AP) -- The American Medical Association is working with a startup company that encourages doctors to swap ideas online and charges investment firms to view postings that could serve as tip-offs to drug side effects and other market-moving medical trends.
  • Tuesday, May 29

  • Google Committed to Presence in S.Korea   AP / 10:50PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt said Wednesday his company is committed to expanding its presence in South Korea, a market that has proven a challenge for the world's No. 1 search engine.
  • Federal Quarantine for TB Traveler   AP / 9:31PM
    ATLANTA (AP) -- A man with a rare and dangerous form of tuberculosis ignored doctors' advice and took two trans-Atlantic flights, leading to the first U.S. government-ordered quarantine since 1963, health officials said Tuesday.
  • IBM's Buyback Binge Includes $11.5B Loan   AP / 5:50PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- IBM Corp. disclosed Tuesday that it is taking on $11.5 billion in new debt to finance the aggressive accelerations of its stock repurchase plan, which appears to be one of the largest such steps ever.
  • Fitness Vibrations Trendy, Perhaps Risky   AP / 5:30PM
    CHICAGO - What if you could burn fat while shaking a martini? Actually, it's your body that shakes like a martini on a new type of fitness machine that's generating lots of buzz and celebrity use. Even NASA has tested the concept.
  • TB Case Brings Warning to Air Passengers   AP / 5:30PM
    ATLANTA - A man with a rare and exceptionally dangerous form of tuberculosis has been placed in quarantine by the U.S. government after possibly exposing passengers and crew on two trans-Atlantic flights this month, health officials said Tuesday.
  • Moroccans Cut Off From YouTube   AP / 4:30PM
    RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Internet users in Morocco unable to access the video-sharing Web site YouTube since last week expressed fears Tuesday that the government has stepped up its campaign to restrict independent media.
  • TB Case Brings Warning to Air Passengers   AP / 3:30PM
    ATLANTA (AP) -- A man with a rare and exceptionally dangerous form of tuberculosis has been placed in quarantine by the U.S. government after possibly exposing passengers and crew on two trans-Atlantic flights earlier this month, federal health officials said Tuesday.
  • GoDaddy Agrees to Run Domains in Limbo   AP / 2:10PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- GoDaddy.com, the leading registration company for Internet addresses, has agreed to take over and manage more than 850,000 domain names belonging to customers of a troubled rival, officials announced Tuesday.
  • T-Mobile Parent Invests in Upstart Jajah   AP / 10:30AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- German telephone company Deutsche Telekom AG, the parent of T-Mobile, said Tuesday it has invested in Jajah, an upstart firm that lets customers bypass long-distance fees by connecting their calls over the Internet.
  • Vodafone Narrows Full-Year Loss   AP / 10:20AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Mobile phone company Vodafone Group PLC posted a narrower full-year loss on Tuesday and forecast strong growth in emerging markets, pushing its shares to five-year highs.
  • Mock Assembly Lines Work Out Glitches   AP / 10:20AM
    ZAMA, Japan (AP) -- Like any auto plant, robots are whirring, swinging huge mechanical arms. Yet the assembly lines at Nissan's new Global Production Engineering Center are there for testing purposes only.
  • Google, South Korean Co Mull Wider Deal   AP / 9:50AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The top executives of Google Inc. and Daum Communications Corp., South Korea's No. 2 Internet search engine, met Tuesday to discuss broadening their partnership, Daum said.
  • Report: Avaya Considers Buyout   AP / 9:40AM
    BASKING RIDGE, N.J. (AP) -- Telecommunications gear maker Avaya is negotiating with private equity and strategic bidders about selling all or part of the company, according to a media report.
  • Monday, May 28

  • Sony to Debut HD Radio Products in July   AP / 11:20PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Sony Corp. says it will introduce its first HD Radio products in July, joining the growing group of companies seeking to make the next-generation digital radio technology a standard feature in audio products over the next several years.
  • Large Ships Could Threaten Lost Whales   AP / 8:20PM
    BENICIA, Calif. (AP) -- Two whales lost in the Sacramento River encouraged biologists Monday by making progress toward their ocean home, but then abruptly halted their journey at a busy bridge.
  • Small Ultrasound Machines Help Patients   AP / 6:40PM
    WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) -- When doctors in a remote African town warned a 20-something pregnant woman she was well past her due date, the Liberian patient agreed to have labor induced.
  • Doctors Group Posts Prices Online   AP / 2:00PM
    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) -- A Southern California physicians group has become one of the first and largest health organizations in the nation to make prices for procedures easily available to the public.
  • Site Sells Fictional Real Estate   AP / 6:50AM
    HONOLULU (AP) -- Real estate is often a long-term investment. But 10,000 years?
  • Do Trees Make It OK to Drive an SUV?   AP / 1:50AM
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- If you plant some trees, is it OK to drive an Escalade? The question isn't as silly as it sounds. People worried about global warming increasingly are trying to "offset" the carbon dioxide -- the leading greenhouse gas -- they spew into the atmosphere when they drive, fly or flick on a light. One idea popular with the eco-conscious is to have trees planted for them. You get to keep driving and flying, but those trees are supposed to suck in your trail of carbon.
  • Sunday, May 27

  • Researchers Turn Web Blather to Books   AP / 7:00PM
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A few simple keystrokes may soon turn blather into books. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered a way to enlist people across the globe to help digitize books every time they solve the simple distorted word puzzles commonly used to register at Web sites or buy things online.
  • Back-To-Back Disasters Show Cell Gaps   AP / 6:40PM
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The response by emergency workers following a tornado that ripped through Greensburg recently shared at least one thing with the reaction to a massive ice storm in January that downed power lines for days in the same region.
  • Do Trees Make It OK to Drive an SUV?   AP / 5:30PM
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- If you plant some trees, is it OK to drive an Escalade?
  • Virtual Tours Offer Trips Through Time   AP / 2:30AM
    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Kathy Choi touches a kiosk screen, then looks up at a larger wall screen to see digitally created yellowish-brown mounds snaking through bright green grassland dotted with brilliant blue rivers and lakes. The ancient earthworks in the Ohio River Valley now are grass- and tree-covered mounds and walls diminished by development, floods and agriculture. But she's seeing them as they might have looked 2,000 years ago, by way of a computerized fly-over. "It makes it all seem more real," said Choi, 59, of Covington, Ky., maneuvering her way through the Cincinnati Museum Center's interactive video tour of Fort Ancient and other earthworks.
  • Virtual Heritage Allows Time Travel   AP / 12:10AM
    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Kathy Choi touches a kiosk screen, then looks up at a larger wall screen to see digitally created yellowish-brown mounds snaking through bright green grassland dotted with brilliant blue rivers and lakes.
  • Saturday, May 26

  • Pelosi Holds Global Warming Talks   AP / 2:30PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on an overseas trip to embrace an audience and a topic for which President Bush has shown scant affection: "Old Europe" and global warming.
  • Clinton Seeks Campaign Song   AP / 3:50AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton wants YouTube viewers to pick her campaign theme song -- and the response, so far, has been music to her ears.
  • Costa Rica Seizes Tainted Toothpaste   AP / 12:40AM
    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Health officials said Friday they have seized more than 350 tubes of Chinese-made toothpaste tainted with a deadly chemical reportedly found in tubes sold elsewhere in the world.
  • Friday, May 25

  • Iranian, Europeans Meet on Nuclear Issue   AP / 7:30PM
    VIENNA, Austria - With the threat of new U.N. sanctions looming, senior European officials met Friday with a ranking envoy from Iran in what officials described as an attempt to defuse the crisis over the Islamic republic's refusal to scrap uranium enrichment.
  • EU Data-Privacy Officials Probing Google   AP / 3:30PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - An independent European Union panel is investigating whether Google Inc.'s Internet search engine abides by European privacy rules, which tend to be stricter than those in the United States.
  • Infrared Fires Up Backyard Barbecues   AP / 2:10PM
    ALBANY, Ga. - For a quarter century, chefs at pricey steakhouses have been searing meat on burners that cook with infrared energy. Now the high-temperature technology may be coming to a backyard barbecue near you.
  • U.N. Cancels Bulgaria Telecom Conference   AP / 12:40PM
    GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. telecoms agency said Friday it has canceled a major European conference because organizers were running behind schedule.
  • Traffic Up on Gasoline Price Web Sites   AP / 1:40AM
    DENVER (AP) -- The higher gasoline prices go, the more money business Web entrepreneur Jason Toews makes.
  • Thursday, May 24

  • Facebook Opens Site to Other Companies   AP / 9:20PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Facebook Inc. is encouraging other companies to sell products and create software for use on the popular social networking site, hoping to expand into an all-purpose destination on the Web.
  • Study: More Households Forbid Smoking   AP / 9:00PM
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Smoking is forbidden in nearly three out of four U.S. households, a dramatic increase from the 43 percent of homes that prohibited smoking a decade ago, the federal government reported Thursday.
  • Bills Add E-Mail to Sex Offender Lists   AP / 6:40PM
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut and more than a dozen other states are considering whether to require convicted sex offenders to register their e-mail addresses as part of efforts to combat online sexual predators.
  • ESPN Wins Twice in Online Media Awards   AP / 6:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- ESPN was the only multiple winner in awards for the best media Web sites, claiming the top spots in sports and television categories.
  • CNN.com to Stop Charging for Live Video   AP / 6:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- CNN will give away access to an online video service that now costs $25 a year, becoming the latest news organization to revamp its revenue model on the Web.
  • Researchers Turn Web Blather to Books   AP / 4:20PM
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A few simple keystrokes may soon turn blather into books.
  • Iran: No Halt to Nuclear Program   AP / 4:10PM
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ruled out even a brief halt in Iran's nuclear program, saying Thursday it would hand a victory to the country's enemies and undercut the Islamic state's goal of becoming a world power.
  • Japan Tries 'Cell Phone Diet'   AP / 1:20PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Wondering how much of a diet-buster that big bowl of noodles is?
  • IAEA: Iran 3-8 Years From Atomic Weapons   AP / 11:10AM
    LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- The head of the U.N. nuclear agency said Thursday he agreed with CIA estimates that Iran was three to eight years from being able to make nuclear weapons and he urged the U.S. and other powers to pursue talks with the Islamic country.
  • Nokia, Qualcomm in Patent Tussle   AP / 9:40AM
    HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- Nokia Corp., the world's largest mobile phone maker, said Thursday it has filed a countersuit against Qualcomm Inc. in a patent infringement fight.
  • Intel to Strip Lead From Processors   AP / 8:00AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Intel Corp. says it is stripping out the tiny amount of lead still contained in its chips.
  • World Powers Weigh Options Against Iran   AP / 7:10AM
    UNITED NATIONS - Experts from the United States and five other powers leading efforts to rein in Iran's nuclear program plan to meet within the week following a U.N. report that Tehran has expanded its uranium enrichment program.
  • Wednesday, May 23

  • MySpace Hands Over Info on Sex Offenders   AP / 7:40PM
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- MySpace.com has handed over information about 245 registered North Carolina sex offenders found on the social networking site, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday.
  • Intel Vows to Strip Lead From Processors   AP / 5:20PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Intel Corp. says it is stripping out the tiny amount of lead still contained in its chips.
  • Nuclear Agency: Iran Still Defying U.N.   AP / 4:30PM
    VIENNA, Austria - The U.N. nuclear monitor reported notable advances in Iran's uranium enrichment program Wednesday while warning for the first time that its knowledge of the country's nuclear activities was shrinking.
  • Finnair to Provide Messaging on Flights   AP / 2:40PM
    HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- Finnair will enable passengers to send mobile text messages and e-mails on flights to the Far East starting next month.
  • Camera Phone Photography As Art   AP / 1:50PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Patrice Elmi hasn't touched her bulky 35 mm camera since last fall. The emerging visual artist from Los Angeles has discovered that all she needs is the diminutive gizmo she clips to her jeans and flips open to chat with friends.
  • Lenovo Group Profits Soar   AP / 10:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Lenovo Group Ltd., the world's No. 4 personal computer maker, said Wednesday its profits grew nearly sevenfold in its latest fiscal year as it boosted sales and restructured following its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s PC unit.
  • IAEA: Iran Continues to Defy U.N.   AP / 10:40AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Iran continues to defy U.N. Security Council demands to scrap its uranium enrichment program and has instead expanded its activities, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday in a finding that sets the stage for new council sanctions.
  • EU OKs Cap on Cell Phone Roaming Charges   AP / 10:13AM
    STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- For years, Europeans have enjoyed low-cost flights that have revolutionized travel across the continent. Now they will be able to make a cheap mobile phone call home to say they made it.
  • Chinese Rules Would Keep Blog Registry   AP / 9:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- New rules by a Chinese government-backed Internet group maintain strict controls over the country's bloggers, requiring them to register with their real names and identification cards.
  • EU Endorses Deal to Cap Roaming Fees   AP / 7:03AM
    STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Mobile phone users in the European Union could enjoy cheaper rates for calls made and received abroad as early as August, after EU lawmakers endorsed a deal Wednesday to cap mobile phone roaming fees in the 27-nation bloc.
  • Europeans May Get Cheaper Roaming Rates   AP / 5:40AM
    STRASBROUG, France (AP) -- Mobile phone users in Europe could enjoy cheaper calls made and received abroad as early as this summer, EU officials said Wednesday, as the European Parliament was set to vote in favor of capping mobile phone roaming charges.
  • S.Korea: Banking Dispute Progressing   AP / 4:40AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A banking dispute that has long blocked international efforts to halt North Korea's production of nuclear weapons will be resolved satisfactorily, but not quickly, South Korea said Wednesday.
  • Study: Climate Change May Harm Crops   AP / 4:33AM
    ROME - Climate change could drive many wild relatives of plants such as the potato and the peanut into extinction, threatening a valuable source of genes necessary to help these food crops fight pests and drought, an international research group reported.
  • Sprint to Offer Pandora Streaming Radio   AP / 12:30AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Sprint Nextel Corp. has teamed with Pandora Media Inc., a popular online music service, to deliver personalized streaming radio to its mobile phone users.
  • Tuesday, May 22

  • Birth-Control Pill Halts Women's Periods   AP / 8:12PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The first birth-control pill meant to put a stop to women's monthly periods indefinitely won federal approval Tuesday.
  • Intel, STMicro Partner on Flash Memory   AP / 4:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Intel Corp. and STMicroelectronics NV are unloading troubled divisions that make a type of flash memory used primarily in cell phones.
  • CNN Buys Stake in Internet Broadcasting   AP / 1:50PM
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Internet Broadcasting Systems Inc., which publishes Web sites for television news stations, said on Tuesday that CNN is buying a minority stake in the company and that the two will begin swapping online news.
  • Plane in Restricted Area at Space Center   AP / 1:30PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A pilot in a single-engine plane entered restricted air space over the Kennedy Space Center and was escorted down Tuesday, officials said. The incident did not disrupt the planned launch of space shuttle Atlantis next month.
  • Alltel to Offer Location Caller ID   AP / 11:10AM
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Alltel Corp. announced Tuesday the launch of an enhanced caller ID function that will give city and state information for the person who is calling.
  • Google to Show Daily List of Hot Topics   AP / 1:50AM
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- Google Inc. is going to start sharing more insights about what's on its users' minds by showing a daily list of the 100 hottest topics on its Internet-leading search engine.
  • Ore. Man Posed As Boy to Get Child Porn   AP / 12:10AM
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A 31-year-old man was sentenced Monday to more than 24 years in federal prison for posing online as a teenage boy dying of leukemia in an effort to coerce young girls into sending him sexually explicit images.
  • Monday, May 21

  • Mars Rover Sees New Evidence of Wet Past   AP / 9:20PM
    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- The Mars rover Spirit has uncovered the strongest evidence yet that the planet used to be wetter than previously thought, scientists reported Monday.
  • Study: Pill Raises Risk of Heart Attacks   AP / 9:03PM
    A widely used diabetes pill raises the risk of heart attacks and possibly death, according to a scientific analysis that reveals what some experts are calling another Vioxx-like example of the government failing to protect the public from an unsafe drug.
  • NYC to Be Testbed for Power Project   AP / 6:10PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- New York City is the testing ground for a $39.3 million Department of Homeland Security project that will use new superconductor cables designed to prevent blackouts caused by power surges.
  • Court Rules in Favor of Telecom Firms   AP / 6:00PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's largest local phone companies won a Supreme Court victory Monday in a lawsuit by consumers alleging anticompetitive business practices.
  • Google, Salesforce.com Discuss Alliance   AP / 6:00PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Salesforce.com Inc.'s stock price climbed by more than 4 percent Monday in response to a report that the online software pioneer is poised to team up with Internet search leader Google Inc. in a double-barreled attack on Microsoft Corp.
  • MySpace to Share Sex Offender Data   AP / 5:21PM
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Faced with legal demands from several state attorneys general, MySpace.com said Monday it will immediately begin sharing data on the registered sex offenders it has identified and removed from the popular social networking Web site.
  • Internet Pioneer to Oversee Its Redesign   AP / 3:53PM
    NEW YORK - A government contractor that played a key role in the Internet's birth will oversee efforts to redesign the network from scratch.
  • Monster Signs Up More Newspapers   AP / 11:50AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Online job-search company Monster Worldwide Inc. is expanding its partnerships with newspapers, adding 80 recruitment Web sites associated with papers owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.
  • Lernout & Hauspie Fraud Trial Opens   AP / 11:50AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Ten years after Jo Lernout and Pol Hauspie were feted as the local heroes of the high-technology boom, they drew the crowds again Monday. This time, though, they had to face hundreds of disgruntled investors who lined up for the opening of the nation's biggest fraud trial, seeking to get their money back.
  • Microsoft CEO Visits Vietnam   AP / 5:40AM
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer witnessed the signing of an agreement Monday requiring all of Vietnam's government offices to use licensed computer software in a step to curb rampant piracy.
  • Staples Starts Computer Recycle Program   AP / 2:53AM
    BOSTON - Staples Inc. is expanding its electronics waste recycling program by accepting used computers and monitors that can now be dropped off for a $10 fee at any of the office products chain's 1,400 U.S. locations during store hours.
  • Aerospace Firms Target Today's Youth   AP / 2:12AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Justin Wong, an aerospace engineering student from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was schmoozing on Facebook.com last fall when he came across a sleek Boeing job ad.
  • Avis to Offer Wireless Internet Gear   AP / 1:40AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Avis Rent A Car System is offering customers a wireless Internet service to use in its rented cars, hotel rooms and other places a traveler might go.
  • Sunday, May 20

  • Iran: Arabs Should Back Nuclear Program   AP / 10:52PM
    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Iran urged Arab countries on Sunday to support its nuclear program but received a cool reception at the World Economic Forum, particularly from U.S. allies worried about Iran's growing regional influence.
  • Contest Helps Boost Math, Science Skills   AP / 10:10PM
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Chris Fitzhugh spent spring break building a copper and PVC-pipe model to show how temperature differences in the ocean can be used to generate electricity. It's not just a personal quest.
  • States Balk at Cancer Vaccine Mandate   AP / 3:00PM
    ATLANTA (AP) -- For a time, Georgia was poised to become the latest state to require preteen girls to be vaccinated against a virus that causes cervical cancer.
  • Official: Iran Progressing on Nukes   AP / 8:10AM
    TEHRAN, Iran - The head of Iran's nuclear effort said Sunday that the Islamic republic's nuclear program was moving ahead as scheduled and reiterated that Tehran would not suspend uranium enrichment, the country's official news agency IRNA reported.
  • Saturday, May 19

  • Camera Phone Pioneer Ponders the Impact   AP / 12:20PM
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- The chilling sounds of gunfire on the Virginia Tech campus; the hateful taunts from Saddam Hussein's execution; the racist tirade of comedian Michael Richards. Those videos, all shot with cell phone cameras and seen by millions, are just a few recent examples of the power now at the fingertips of the masses. Even the man widely credited with inventing the camera phone in 1997 is awed by the cultural revolution he helped launch.
  • Viral Disease Sickens Hundreds in China   AP / 11:10AM
    BEIJING - An outbreak of a viral disease common in children has sickened almost 900 people in eastern China but the outbreak has been contained, state media said Saturday.
  • Friday, May 18

  • Microsoft Pays $6B for Online Ad Company   AP / 6:10PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Microsoft Corp., not wanting to get left behind rivals in an online advertising boom, agreed to pay $6 billion in cash to acquire aQuantive Inc. on Friday, a leading agency for Internet ads which also has powerful technology that serves display and banner ads to other Web sites.
  • Internet Ad Derby Shifts Into Overdrive   AP / 5:40PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Internet's high-stakes advertising derby shifted into overdrive during the past month as four of the industry's behind-the-scenes players agreed to takeovers. The deals' combined price totaled $10.4 billion, exceeding the total amount of money spent on Internet ads just three years ago.
  • Uruguay Children Try Low-Cost Laptops   AP / 3:20PM
    VILLA CARDAL, Uruguay (AP) -- Big smiles spread across the faces of the 160 pupils at a public elementary school in this rural South American hamlet: Each sat gawking at a brightly blinking laptop computer given them days earlier.
  • Microsoft to Buy AQuantive for $6B   AP / 10:10AM
    REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. said Friday it will buy online advertising firm aQuantive Inc. for about $6 billion in cash, paying a premium to catch up with major ad deals by its competitors over the last six weeks. Shares of aQuantive soared more than 77 percent.
  • Gates Charity Gives $9.7M to Fight AIDS   AP / 4:30AM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will give a $9.7 million grant to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to study ways to prevent HIV/AIDS transmission to children via breast milk.
  • Alcatel-Lucent Workers' Info Missing   AP / 1:20AM
    MURRAY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- A computer disk containing personal information on thousands of Lucent employees and retirees has been missing for at least 10 days, Alcatel-Lucent said Thursday.
  • Study Finds 25 Countries Block Web Sites   AP / 1:00AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- At least 25 countries around the world block Web sites for political, social or other reasons as governments seek to assert authority over a network meant to be borderless, according to a study out Friday.
  • Thursday, May 17

  • Apple IPhone Gets FCC Approval   AP / 10:20PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple Inc. received the required approval Thursday from the Federal Communications Commission for its upcoming iPhone, the company said.
  • YouTube Founders Unfazed by Challenges   AP / 10:11PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - The media's recent legal and competitive challenges to Internet video pioneer YouTube haven't fazed co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who have diligently sought to make money for new owner Google Inc., as well as the creators of the content that fuels their Web site's whirlwind growth.
  • National Lampoon Starts Online Network   AP / 9:40PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- National Lampoon Inc. has expanded its Web video offerings by establishing an online network that will be distributed on several Web sites, including Veoh, Joost and YouTube.
  • Video Pioneers Challenge Pentagon   AP / 7:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- YouTube's co-founders on Thursday challenged the Pentagon's assertion that soldiers overseas were sapping too much bandwidth by watching online videos, the military's principal rationale for blocking popular Web sites from Defense Department computers.
  • IBM Eyes Big Profit Bump by 2010   AP / 5:30PM
    Even with revenue chugging along only moderately, IBM Corp. expects to find enough cost cuts, acquisitions and stock-buyback opportunities that annual earnings per share could nearly double by 2010, the company's finance chief told analysts Thursday.
  • New Study Renews Click Fraud Debate   AP / 4:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Deceptive clicks on Internet advertising links distributed by Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and other online marketing vehicles are probably occurring far more frequently than the network operators acknowledge, according to a study by fraud detection specialist Fair Isaac Corp.
  • Hurricane Chief: NOAA Wasted Millions   AP / 3:00PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The federal government is spending millions of dollars on a publicity campaign while its hurricane forecasters are struggling with budget cuts, the National Hurricane Center's director said Thursday.
  • Court: Google Didn't Infringe Copyright   AP / 11:30AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A federal appeals court said Google Inc. does not infringe the copyrights of adult entertainment company Perfect 10 Inc. by displaying small versions of its images in search results.
  • Motorola to Debut Razr 2 Phone in SKorea   AP / 8:40AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Motorola Inc. will start selling the next generation of its popular and ultra-slim Razr cell phone next month in South Korea ahead of a global launch in July, the president of the company's South Korean operations said Thursday.
  • N.Y. Attorney General Sues Dell   AP / 8:10AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday accused Dell Inc. and its financial services affiliate of "bait and switch" advertising and failing to deliver on promised customer service.
  • Sony to Lose $413M in Video Games Unit   AP / 7:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony will lose about 50 billion yen ($413 million) in its video games business this fiscal year, and recovery won't come until the arrival of more games to play on the PlayStation 3 machine, a company executive said Thursday.
  • Wednesday, May 16

  • Hewlett-Packard 2Q Profit Falls 7 Pct.   AP / 8:30PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Hewlett-Packard Co.'s second-quarter profit fell 7 percent because of a big tax gain recorded last year, but investors cheered a dramatic rise in the sale of personal computers and servers that helped the tech giant narrowly beat Wall Street's forecast.
  • Experts: Kids Avoid Weight Gain on Diet   AP / 7:20PM
    SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) -- More fruits and vegetables were added to school lunches. Restaurants offered smaller portions. Crosswalks even got a fresh coat of paint to encourage walking and biking. The whole city of Somerville went on a diet to curb childhood obesity, and researchers say it worked.
  • Google's Search Engine Goes Universal   AP / 7:10PM
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - In its latest technological leap, online search leader Google Inc. will begin showing videos on its main results page Wednesday along with photos, books and other content previously separated into different categories.
  • Boston Suburb Diets to Curb Obesity   AP / 5:50PM
    SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) -- More fruits and vegetables were added to school lunches. Restaurants offered smaller portions. Crosswalks even got a fresh coat of paint to encourage walking and biking.
  • Prices Jump When Auction Minimums Drop   AP / 3:11PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Most auction sites let sellers set a "reserve" price under which they are not obligated to sell the item. Sellers are assured they won't have to unload their item at a loss; sites make more on their commissions with such minimums.
  • Pa. Kennel Inspection Records Now on Web   AP / 12:20PM
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pennsylvania is placing online the complete inspection records of its 2,600 licensed dog kennels.
  • Next Gen of Wi-Fi Is Planned for Summer   AP / 12:10PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- The next generation of wireless Internet products certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance is expected to hit shelves this summer, even though a final standard for the technology isn't due for another year, the industry group says.
  • Greenpeace Builds Replica of Noah's Ark   AP / 11:10AM
    ISTANBUL, Turkey - Environmental activists are building a replica of Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat - where the biblical vessel is said to have landed after the great flood - in an appeal for action on global warming, Greenpeace said Wednesday.
  • Wi-Fi Group to Certify Gear in June   AP / 7:50AM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- The next generation of wireless Internet products certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance is expected to hit shelves this summer, even though a final standard for the technology isn't due for another year, the industry group says.
  • Yahoo Upgrades Online Mapping Service   AP / 7:40AM
    SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) -- Yahoo Inc.'s online mapping service in the United States will begin giving driving directions in 34 European countries Wednesday as part of an upgrade aimed at luring traffic away from rivals AOL and Google Inc.
  • 'Halo 3' to Land in Stores in September   AP / 2:30AM
    DALLAS (AP) -- Legions of Master Chief fans can now mark their calendars for Sept. 25. That's when "Halo 3," the newest sci-fi video game saga and the first specifically designed for Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 console, is expected to arrive on store shelves.
  • Tuesday, May 15

  • Japan Urges More Missile Defense Study   AP / 10:00PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan and the U.S. need to boost technological research on intercepting high-flying missiles, such as a new ballistic missile reportedly developed by North Korea, Japan's defense minister said Tuesday.
  • Yahoo Hires Blake Jorgensen As New CFO   AP / 6:41PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Yahoo Inc. has hired veteran investment banker Blake Jorgensen as its new chief financial officer, the latest indication that the Internet icon is more interested in expanding through acquisitions than selling to potential suitors like Microsoft Corp.
  • IBM Loses Retirees' Personal Info   AP / 5:10PM
    ARMONK, N.Y. - IBM Corp., one of the world's leading providers of encryption and other data-management technologies, is in the uncomfortable position of trying to solve its own mystery involving missing computer tapes with sensitive information about employees and records of customer transactions.
  • North Korea: Funds Dispute Nearly Solved   AP / 4:20PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea said Tuesday that steps were being taken to resolve a financial dispute that has blocked international efforts to halt its production of nuclear weapons in an indication of possible progress after weeks of delay.
  • Microsoft Details Patent Breaches   AP / 3:10PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. cranked up the rhetoric against open-source software with new details about the ways it says free programs violate its patents.
  • Shuttle Rolls Back Out to Launch Pad   AP / 3:01PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Atlantis returned to the launch pad Tuesday with white spots on its external fuel tank the only evidence of 2 1/2 months of repairs from hail damage that postponed the year's first space shuttle flight until June.
  • Iran Nuclear Progress 'Slow but Steady'   AP / 12:50PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Iran is making "slow but steady" progress in its efforts to enrich uranium, but probably still wouldn't have enough fuel for a single nuclear warhead until 2009 at the earliest, a former U.N. inspector said Tuesday.
  • IRS: More People E-Filed Tax Returns   AP / 11:30AM
    WASHINGTON - A record 77 million taxpayers have filed their tax returns electronically this year, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday.
  • Software Group: Piracy Losses Growing   AP / 10:30AM
    LONDON (AP) -- The rate of global software piracy has remained static for three years, but the cost to companies that make the programs is rising, the Business Software Alliance said Tuesday.
  • MySpace Expands Video Offerings   AP / 9:30AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Social networking site MySpace is launching video channels that will feature news and lifestyle video from partners including The New York Times and National Geographic, the company announced Tuesday.
  • Nissan Opens Technology Center   AP / 9:30AM
    ATSUGI, Japan (AP) -- At Nissan's new complex for technology, experimental car batteries were sitting in freezing temperatures, getting cooked in giant metal boxes and being rattled to simulate driving -- part of the automaker's efforts to catch up in the race to develop green vehicles.
  • Monday, May 14

  • Pentagon Limits Troops' Web Access   AP / 7:31PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lt. Daniel Zimmerman, an infantry platoon leader in Iraq, puts a blog on the Internet every now and then "to basically keep my friends and family up to date" back home.
  • Intel Settles Legal Dispute in China   AP / 7:10PM
    BEIJING, China - Intel Corp., the world's largest chip maker, said Monday it has settled a copyright infringement dispute with a Chinese maker of telecommunications and network equipment.
  • AGs Seek Sex Offender Data From MySpace   AP / 7:10PM
    RALEIGH, N.C. - Top law enforcement officers from eight states on Monday asked MySpace.com to turn over the names of registered sex offenders who use the social networking Web site.
  • Trend Sees Cell Phone Only Use Growing   AP / 11:10AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than a quarter of young adults have only cell phones, making them the leading edge of a strengthening move away from traditional landline telephones, a federal survey showed Monday.
  • Nokia Says Market Share Will Grow in 2Q   AP / 11:10AM
    HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- Cell phone maker Nokia Corp. said Monday its share of the global handset market will grow during the second quarter to more than 36 percent.
  • Online Sales Report Set for Release   AP / 8:00AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Online shoppers -- wooed by new sites like Gap Inc.'s shoe site piperlime.com, enhanced merchandise images and such come-ons as free shipping -- spent more on clothing and accessories than on computers for the first time ever, according to an annual industry study released Monday.
  • Sunday, May 13

  • Rural Ky. Is Home to 'Geek Squad' Center   AP / 7:40PM
    HILLVIEW, Ky. (AP) -- The nation's top electronics retailer didn't pick Silicon Valley, India or another high-tech hub to build its hospital for personal computers. It chose the Kentucky countryside, known more for race horses and bourbon distilleries than geeks and microprocessors.
  • Music Piracy Crackdown Nets College Kids   AP / 5:00PM
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- At first, Sarah Barg thought the e-mail was a scam.
  • Friday, May 11

  • Video Shows Former Astronaut at Airport   AP / 9:30PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Former astronaut Lisa Nowak waited nearly an hour at the airport for the romantic rival she is accused of attacking, donning a trenchcoat as the woman looked for her bags, a video released Friday shows.
  • New Domain Names Could Come in Mid-2008   AP / 4:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- New Internet addresses for general use could start appearing in the summer of 2008 under a timeline the Internet's key oversight agency announced Thursday.
  • Thailand Drops Plan to Sue Google   AP / 4:40AM
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- The Thai government abruptly scrapped plans to sue Google after the U.S. company agreed to remove from a Web site video clips deemed insulting to the country's revered king, an official said Friday.
  • Apple Meeting Tackles Options Issue   AP / 12:10AM
    CUPERTINO, Calif. - Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs defended the company's handling of its stock options-backdating scandal Thursday and suggested a former employee's accusations about his role in the matter were wrong.
  • Google Maintains It Won't Split Stock   AP / 12:10AM
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google Inc.'s stock price has been lagging the overall market so far, but that didn't seem to bother several hundred mostly festive shareholders who attended the online search leader's annual meeting Thursday.
  • Thursday, May 10

  • Germany Investigating `Second Life' Porn   AP / 6:50PM
    BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities are trying to uncover the identity of a person who's offering child pornography in the virtual world of "Second Life."
  • Touch Screens Approved for NYC Taxis   AP / 5:22PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Taxi and Limousine Commission approved a plan Thursday to install touch-screen monitors in all 13,000 city cabs that will allow riders to pay by credit card, check on news stories, map out where the cab is going and find information about eateries and bars.
  • New Domain Names Could Come in Mid-2008   AP / 5:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- New Internet addresses for general use could start appearing in the summer of 2008 under a timeline the Internet's key oversight agency announced Thursday.
  • Envoys Discuss Iran's Nuclear Program   AP / 3:10PM
    BERLIN (AP) -- Diplomats from six countries held talks in Berlin on Thursday on ways to get Iran to halt its disputed uranium enrichment program.
  • 20K Deutsche Telekom Workers to Strike   AP / 8:00AM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Union members at Deutsche Telekom AG, Europe's biggest telecommunications company, have authorized a general strike, the services union ver.di said Thursday.
  • Some Profit Off Va. Tech Domain Names   AP / 2:50AM
    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- When Fred McChesney heard about the Virginia Tech shooting spree on April 16, he was appalled. But what he did next has appalled many others. Within hours of the rampage, the Phoenix man began buying dozens of domain names -- CampusKillings.com, VirginiaTechMurders.com, SlaughterInVirginia.com -- in the hopes of selling them later to the highest bidder.
  • Wednesday, May 9

  • Microsoft Buys Stake in CareerBuilder   AP / 9:10PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday it has acquired a minority stake in job-listings partner CareerBuilder.com and will use that job-search engine on MSN sites overseas in a bid to capture more of the classified advertising money migrating to the Web.
  • Tammy Faye Messner Ends Cancer Treatment   AP / 9:00PM
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Former televangelist Tammy Faye Messner said doctors have stopped treating her cancer and that her weight has dropped to 65 pounds.
  • Online Game Sells Pawnshop Licenses   AP / 7:10PM
    NEW YORK - Online games give players roles like warriors, space explorers and wizards. Now, there's an exciting new profession: pawnbroker.
  • Cell Tracking Locates Heart Recipient   AP / 7:10PM
    SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Police located a 10-year-old boy awaiting a heart transplant by asking his mother's cellular provider to locate her cell phone.
  • Yahoo to End North American Auctions   AP / 7:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc. will close its online auction service for North America next month, signaling the Internet powerhouse's intention to focus on more profitable endeavors as it tries to snap out of a financial malaise.
  • IBM Aims to Make Big Computing Greener   AP / 6:10PM
    In a sign that environmental sensibilities are informing business strategies, IBM Corp. is spending $1 billion to spread technologies and services that could make corporate computing centers more energy efficient.
  • Comcast CEO Shows Off Super Quick Modem   AP / 4:50PM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts dazzled a cable industry audience Tuesday, showing off for the first time in public new technology that enabled a data download speed of 150 megabits per second, or roughly 25 times faster than today's standard cable modems.
  • Iran Releases Former Nuclear Negotiator   AP / 4:30PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A former Iranian nuclear negotiator who reportedly faces espionage charges was released on bail Wednesday, state television said.
  • Chips on DVDs Could Prevent Theft   AP / 3:40PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- New technology designed to thwart DVD theft makes discs unplayable until they're activated at the cash register.
  • Comcast CEO Shows Off Super Quick Modem   AP / 8:00AM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts dazzled a cable industry audience Tuesday, showing off for the first time in public new technology that enabled a data download speed of 150 megabits per second, or roughly 25 times faster than today's standard cable modems.
  • Tuesday, May 8

  • SAP to Snap Up OutlookSoft   AP / 8:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Business software maker SAP AG announced plans Tuesday to buy OutlookSoft Corp. and its line of technology products tailored for budgeting and financial forecasts, the latest development in SAP's duel with Oracle Corp.
  • Microsoft Signs Web Video Deals   AP / 7:50PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. has signed deals with Volvo Car Corp. and whisky maker Chivas Brothers Ltd. to support two new Web-only video series from Reveille, the production company behind TV shows "The Office" and "Ugly Betty."
  • Scientists Compile Big Book of Life   AP / 7:40PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a whale-sized project, the world's scientists plan to compile everything they know about all of Earth's 1.8 million known species and put it all on one Web site, open to everyone.
  • Farmed Fish Fed Contaminated Material   AP / 7:20PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Farmed fish have been fed meal spiked with the same chemical that has been linked to the pet food recall, but the contamination was probably too low to harm anyone who ate the fish, federal officials said Tuesday.
  • Macy's to Newspapers: Engage Audiences   AP / 6:10PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The chief marketing officer of Macy's department stores delivered tough talk to the newspaper industry Tuesday, telling a publishing conference why her company is moving ad dollars to other media such as TV, magazines and the Internet.
  • Hewlett-Packard Hikes 2Q Outlook   AP / 5:12PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Hewlett-Packard Co.'s turnaround efforts are paying off as the computer and printer maker said it is poised to bulldoze its earlier quarterly earnings targets and rake in an extra $1 billion in sales than previously expected.
  • Samsung Sues Renesas Over Chip Patents   AP / 3:40PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. has sued rival Renesas Technology Corp., claiming infringement of patents that cover how memory chips are made.
  • Amazon Settles Patent Suits With IBM   AP / 3:40PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Online retailer Amazon.com and IBM settled all their patent-infringement lawsuits and signed a long-term patent cross-license agreement, the companies said Tuesday.
  • Bill Clinton Announces AIDS Drug Deals   AP / 2:21PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton announced agreements with drug companies Tuesday to lower the price of so-called "second-line" AIDS drugs for people in the developing world and to make a once-a-day AIDS pill available for less than $1 a day.
  • Monday, May 7

  • Warner to Develop Video Programming   AP / 10:40PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Warner Music Group said Monday it will begin developing and producing video programming for TV, home video and the Internet in a bid to boost exposure -- and potential sales -- for its recording artists.
  • Microsoft's New Hotmail Goes Live   AP / 5:20PM
    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- The latest version of Microsoft Corp.'s free Web-based e-mail is now widely available to the public in 36 languages.
  • Craigslist Founder: Be More Like Colbert   AP / 4:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Craig Newmark might not be the most obvious choice for a speaker at a conference of newspaper publishers, considering that his Web site Craigslist is often seen as a rival to newspapers by siphoning away lucrative classified advertising.
  • Virus Helps Farmers Fighting Fire Ants   AP / 2:20PM
    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Imported red fire ants have plagued farmers, ranchers and others for decades. Now the reviled pests are facing a bug of their own.
  • Man With HIV Gets Life Term for Sex Case   AP / 12:50PM
    DALLAS (AP) -- An HIV-positive man who prosecutors say secretly videotaped sexual encounters with 131 young men was sentenced to life in prison for attempting to entice a 15-year-old boy to engage in sex acts.
  • APTN: N.Korea Ready to Shut Down Reactor   AP / 11:00AM
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea is ready to quickly shut down its nuclear reactor as soon as it receives funds that had been frozen in a banking dispute, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.
  • Principal Guilty in Software Piracy Case   AP / 10:10AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- A court on Monday found the head of a village school guilty of using bootleg Microsoft software and ordered him to pay a fine of about $195.
  • North Korea Ready to Shut Down Reactor   AP / 5:30AM
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea is ready to quickly shut down its nuclear reactor as soon as it receives funds that had been frozen in a banking dispute, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.
  • NKorea: Reactor Can Be Shut Down Quickly   AP / 4:10AM
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea is ready to quickly shut down its nuclear reactor as soon as it receives funds that had been frozen in a banking dispute, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.
  • Dell Signs on With Microsoft, Novell   AP / 1:50AM
    SEATTLE - Dell Inc. has agreed to work with Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. under an alliance the rival software makers formed last year to make it easier for the Windows operating system and the increasingly popular Linux system to work together, the companies said Sunday.
  • Sunday, May 6

  • Survey Shatters Technology Assumptions   AP / 7:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A broad survey about the technology people have, how they use it, and what they think about it shatters assumptions and reveals where companies might be able to expand their audiences.
  • Apple, Labels Focus on Copy Protection   AP / 6:50PM
    LOS ANGELES - The last time Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs took on major recording companies, he refused to budge on his 99-cent price for a song on iTunes.
  • Friday, May 4

  • TSA Computer Hard Drive Missing   AP / 11:10PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Transportation Security Administration has lost a computer hard drive containing Social Security numbers, bank data and payroll information for about 100,000 employees.
  • 20 Million Chickens Held Because of Feed   AP / 10:11PM
    WASHINGTON - Federal officials on Friday placed a hold on 20 million chickens raised for market in several states because their feed was mixed with pet food containing an industrial chemical.
  • 20 Million Chickens Held Because of Feed   AP / 8:30PM
    WASHINGTON - Federal officials on Friday placed a hold on 20 million chickens raised for market in several states because their feed was mixed with pet food containing an industrial chemical.
  • Analysts Cynical of Microsoft-Yahoo Deal   AP / 7:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Speculation about a possible Microsoft-Yahoo tie-up met with skepticism Friday from analysts as reports that the deal was already dead began to surface.
  • Tools for Poor at NYC Museum Show   AP / 6:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A new breed of industrial designer is confronting Third World poverty with innovative products aimed at encouraging rural entrepreneurs.
  • Reports: Microsoft Pursuing Yahoo   AP / 4:50PM
    NEW YORK - Speculation about a possible Microsoft-Yahoo tie-up met with skepticism Friday from analysts who believe services from the two companies have too much in common.
  • Microsoft Role Complicates `$100 Laptop'   AP / 4:24PM
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - One of the most ambitious aspects of the "$100 laptop" project for schoolchildren in developing countries is the machines' open-source software platform, designed to be intuitive for kids.
  • AT&T, Iowa Phone Companies Go Toe-To-Toe   AP / 4:10PM
    The Web site for Wayland, Iowa, boasts of "clean, well-kept homes," but the telephone lines running through town pulse with sultry talk on adult chat lines and a strange number of conference calls.
  • Climate Plan Arms World for Key Talks   AP / 4:04PM
    BANGKOK, Thailand - From nuclear power to reforestation to better toasters, the world now has a game plan from climate experts for fighting global warming, a report their chief scientist says will have a "profound influence" on upcoming negotiations.
  • Reports: Microsoft Pursuing Yahoo   AP / 12:10PM
    NEW YORK - Microsoft Corp. is resuming its pursuit of search engine operator Yahoo Inc. that could help it better compete with Web search leader Google Inc., published reports said Friday.
  • Yahoo Jumps on Talk of Microsoft Deal   AP / 9:20AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Yahoo shares have risen 20 percent after reports pointed to discussions about a possible combination. The Wall Street Journal tells of what appear to be early-stage discussions. It says executives at Microsoft and Yahoo are taking a fresh look at a possible merger of the two companies or some other kind of potential tie-up.
  • Nokia Siemens Networks to Cut 9,000 Jobs   AP / 8:30AM
    HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- Nokia Siemens Networks, the telecom equipment maker that began operations last month, said Friday it will lay off up to 9,000 people worldwide -- some 15 percent of its work force -- in line with previous plans.
  • 2 Koreas Agree to Talks on Train Tests   AP / 7:20AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The divided Koreas agreed Friday to discuss historic trial runs of cross-border railways, as Washington cautioned Seoul against rushing to embrace Pyongyang before it takes steps to dismantle its nuclear program.
  • Human Food Eyed in Pet Food Recall Probe   AP / 5:10AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Government inspectors are checking food makers who use protein concentrates to make sure none of the contaminated products found in pet food have reached other products, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.
  • FDA Begins Investigating Food Makers   AP / 3:20AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Government inspectors are checking food makers who use protein concentrates to make sure none of the contaminated products found in pet food have reached other products, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.
  • Thursday, May 3

  • Iran Refuses to Budge at Nuclear Meeting   AP / 10:10PM
    VIENNA, Austria - Iran's refusal to budge on its objections to the agenda of a nuclear conference pushed the meeting closer to collapse Thursday, as diplomats said Tehran had set up hundreds more centrifuge machines to enrich uranium at an underground facility.
  • Surgery Ends Tot's Laughing Seizures   AP / 5:30PM
    NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Doctors probed deep into the center of a 3-year-old girl's brain to save her from her own laughter.
  • Malaysian Exports Old U.S. Technology   AP / 12:30AM
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- In her native Malaysia, Mary Tiong developed a reputation for selling leftover computer monitors for a large manufacturer behind the industry's best-known brands. She earned a nickname: The Monitor Queen.
  • IBM Bores Tiny Holes in Computer Chips   AP / 12:30AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Computer chips, it seems, work better if they're more like Swiss cheese than American cheese.
  • Wednesday, May 2

  • Studies Tie Drugs, Unusual Heart Rhythms   AP / 7:20PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- Two research reports suggest a possible link between two bone-building drugs and irregular heart rhythms in a small number of women who take the medicine.
  • Online Maps Updated After Disaster   AP / 6:00PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- If you went to Google, Yahoo, AOL or another mapping site to plot a route from San Francisco to Oakland in the hours after an oil tanker exploded, they would have sent you driving over a collapsed overpass engulfed in flames.
  • Bees -- and Our Diet -- on the Brink   AP / 5:30PM
    BELTSVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation's honeybees could have a devastating effect on America's dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a glorified bread-and-water diet.
  • Iran Arrests Former Nuclear Negotiator   AP / 5:10PM
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian authorities have arrested the country's former nuclear negotiator, an ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's predecessor and key rival, and he reportedly could face an espionage charge.
  • Master Cleanse Garners Praise, Criticism   AP / 4:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- At 6-foot-4 and 212 pounds, Scott Campbell doesn't need to lose weight. But there he was, squeezing lemon juice and mixing it with maple syrup, bottled water and cayenne pepper. It is part of an extreme "detoxifying" diet called the Master Cleanse, whose adherents swallow nothing but the lemon concoction, saltwater and laxative tea.
  • Products on Viacom Shows Now for Sale   AP / 2:20PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The company that lets TV viewers buy everything from Stuart Weitzman slingbacks worn by Edie on "Desperate Housewives" to the cases toted by models on "Deal or No Deal" is expanding its reach to shows on cable channels MTV, VH1 and Logo.
  • Transmitters From Missing Turtle Sought   AP / 1:00PM
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Satellite transmitters glued to the back of a turtle released into the South China Sea last year are beaming signals from an Indonesian coastal town -- and scientists are offering $500 to anyone who can find them.
  • Medical Pot User's Conviction Reversed   AP / 11:10AM
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The conviction of a motel owner who said he grew marijuana to treat his glaucoma has been reversed on medical grounds.
  • U.K. Privacy Watchdog Seeks More Powers   AP / 11:00AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Britons are increasingly watched and monitored, and stronger safeguards are needed to curb a climate of fear and suspicion, the country's official privacy watchdog said.
  • Penn St. Drops Napster for Ruckus Music   AP / 10:50AM
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State's groundbreaking arrangement with Napster is over.
  • Tuesday, May 1

  • Fellow Astronaut Suspected Nowak Affair   AP / 11:22PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Fellow astronauts described Lisa Nowak as smart, hardworking and a good mother, but also selfish and unwilling to perform tasks for which she hadn't trained, according to documents released Tuesday by the state attorney's office.
  • YouTube Co-Founders Among Webby Winners   AP / 4:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The co-founders of the popular video-sharing site YouTube are among the winners of the annual Webby online achievement awards announced Tuesday.
  • Online TV Company Joost Expands Content   AP / 3:10PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Joost, the Internet TV platform being developed by the influential creators of Skype and Kazaa, said Tuesday it had signed several new content distribution agreements, including one to show CNN programs.
  • School Lunches Depend on Faux-Junk Food   AP / 2:51PM
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Dominated by doughnuts, pizza and foods-on-a-stick, the average school menu in West Virginia can read like the offerings at a glutton's dream buffet.
  • Dutch Internet TV Company to Show CNN   AP / 1:31PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Joost, a company attempting to broadcast television via the Internet, said Tuesday it had signed several new content distribution agreements, including one with Turner Broadcasting System Inc. to show CNN news and interview programs.
  • On Trip to Mars, NASA Must Rethink Death   AP / 1:30PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- How do you get rid of the body of a dead astronaut on a three-year mission to Mars and back?
  • Qwest Communications 1Q Profit Jumps   AP / 1:00PM
    DENVER (AP) -- Telecommunications provider Qwest Communications said Tuesday its first-quarter profit nearly tripled despite lower revenue as it cut expenses while demand grew for Internet and data services.
  • Southern California Deemed Most Polluted   AP / 3:11AM
    LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles can continue being the butt of smog jokes now that it has once again topped the American Lung Association's bad air list of most polluted cities in America.
  • TurboExcel Becomes Calc4Web   AP / 1:00AM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- A niche software company says it will rename one of its programs, admitting defeat in a three-year effort to win money from Microsoft Corp. after it claimed the name was too close to Excel.
  • Ford Exec Foresees Smaller Engines   AP / 1:00AM
    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Susan Cischke admits that her vision is a little fuzzy when she looks more than two decades into the future, but she still sees an internal combustion engine, albeit one smaller, lighter and more fuel-efficient than the engines of today.
  • Monday, April 30

  • Court Favors Microsoft in Patent Fight   AP / 5:54PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court sided with Microsoft Corp. on Monday, finding that U.S. patent law doesn't apply to software sent to foreign countries.
  • U.S. Balks at New Climate Report   AP / 4:00PM
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- The United States and China want to amend a major report by U.N.-sponsored climate researchers to play down its conclusion that quick, affordable action can limit the worst effects of global warming, according to documents reviewed Monday by The Associated Press.
  • Sunday, April 29

  • 30th Anniversary of Huge Anti-Nuke Demo   AP / 2:50PM
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Thirty years ago this week, hundreds of people opposed to nuclear power trekked down a dusty road and across country, setting up camp next to piles of construction material destined to become the Seabrook nuclear power plant.
  • New Toys Read Brain Waves   AP / 2:31PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - A convincing twin of Darth Vader stalks the beige cubicles of a Silicon Valley office, complete with ominous black mask, cape and light saber.
  • Saturday, April 28

  • Consortium Buys Stake in Telecom Italia   AP / 10:00PM
    MILAN, Italy (AP) -- Pirelli & C SpA on Saturday accepted a $5.58 billion offer to turn over control of Telecom Italia to a consortium of companies including Spain's Telefonica and a group of Italian financial interests, Pirelli said in a statement.
  • School Sued Over Myspace Photo Response   AP / 7:20PM
    MILLERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- A woman denied a teaching degree on the eve of graduation because of a MySpace photo has sued the university.
  • Chile Asks Google to Fix Map Gaffe   AP / 3:40PM
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chile has asked Google Inc. to correct its popular online mapping service that shows a southern Chilean town -- named after a national hero -- as part of neighboring Argentina.
  • Friday, April 27

  • Top EU Official Urges U.S.-Iran Talks   AP / 11:30PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - The top EU foreign policy official urged the United States Friday to engage Iran in direct negotiations about its nuclear program and other issues to try to stabilize the Middle East.
  • Schools Banning IPods to Beat Cheaters   AP / 7:01PM
    MERIDIAN, Idaho (AP) -- Banning baseball caps during tests was obvious -- students were writing the answers under the brim. Then, schools started banning cell phones, realizing students could text message the answers to each other.
  • Ex-EToys Co-Founder Starts Shopping Site   AP / 5:50PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Online retail is a tough business and women customers are a tough crowd. Frank Han knows. He's been there, done that, and he's doing it again.
  • CEO: Google Working to Grow in China   AP / 12:51PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Google Inc., No. 2 in China's Web search market, is giving its local managers more autonomy and investing more in China in an effort to make up for its late entry and take the lead in the industry, CEO Eric Schmidt said Friday.
  • Pricing Software Could Reshape Retail   AP / 12:40PM
    A large retail chain had a problem. It sold three similar power drills: one for about $90, a purportedly better one at $120 and a top-tier one at $130. The higher the price, the more the store profited.
  • MySpace Launches New China Service   AP / 6:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- News Corp.'s popular social networking site MySpace launched a test version of its new China service on Friday, making a late entry into the intensely competitive Chinese Internet market.
  • Infineon Posts $15M Loss in 2Q   AP / 5:10AM
    BERLIN (AP) -- German chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG posted an unexpected net loss for the second quarter, dashing analyst forecasts for a profit, as lower sales and restructuring costs chipped away at its bottom line.
  • Nintendo Plans to Boost Wii Production   AP / 2:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Nintendo's president acknowledged Friday that the shortage of the hit Wii game machine was "abnormal," and promised production was being boosted to increase deliveries by next month.
  • Hispanic Social-Networking Sites Prosper   AP / 12:31AM
    MIAMI - Indie rocker Eric Monterrosa checks his ElHood.com Web page at least three times a day, answering fans, surfing for other new Latin artists and keeping in touch with friends from his native Colombia.
  • Thursday, April 26

  • Sony PlayStation Architect to Retire   AP / 11:20PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The chief architect of Sony Corp.'s flagship PlayStation game console will retire in June as the company struggles to retain dominance in the video game industry and revive its flagging reputation as an electronics and entertainment pioneer.
  • Hawking Flies Weightless Aboard Jet   AP / 9:40PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Free of his wheelchair and tethered only to heart rate and blood pressure monitors, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking on Thursday fulfilled a dream of floating weightless on a zero-gravity jet, a step he hopes leads to further space adventures.
  • '$100 Laptop' to Cost $175   AP / 9:34PM
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- The founder of the ambitious "$100 laptop" project, which plans to give inexpensive computers to schoolchildren in developing countries, revealed Thursday that the machine for now costs $175, and it will be able to run Windows in addition to its homegrown, open-source interface.
  • Microsoft 3Q Profit Jumps 65 Percent   AP / 9:10PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp.'s fiscal third-quarter profit jumped 65 percent, buoyed by sales of its new versions of Windows and Office and by upgrade coupons for the operating system issued over the holidays.
  • House Bill Would Allow Internet Gambling   AP / 7:52PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The ban on Internet gambling enacted last fall would be overturned under legislation proposed Thursday by a senior House Democrat, but the bill faces long odds in Congress.
  • Stephen Hawking Flies Weightless   AP / 6:40PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Free of his wheelchair and tethered only to heart rate and blood pressure monitors, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking on Thursday fulfilled a dream of floating weightless on a zero-gravity jet, a step he hopes leads to further space adventures.
  • Sony PlayStation Architect Resigns   AP / 6:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - The chief architect of Sony Corp.'s flagship PlayStation game console will retire in June as the company struggles to retain dominance in the video game industry and revive its flagging reputation as an electronics and entertainment pioneer.
  • Lawsuit Targets 'Spam Harvesters'   AP / 4:40PM
    McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- An anti-spam organization filed a federal lawsuit Thursday targeting so-called spam harvesters, who facilitate the mass distribution of junk e-mail by trolling the Internet and collecting millions of e-mail addresses.
  • Nintendo Profits Up 77 Pct. on Wii Sales   AP / 2:31PM
    TOKYO - Booming sales of the popular Wii and DS game machines lifted Nintendo Co.'s earnings 77 percent for the latest fiscal year, showing that the Japanese maker is holding its own against bigger rivals Sony and Microsoft.
  • IBM Adds Video-Game Chips to Mainframes   AP / 7:50AM
    ARMONK, N.Y. - The powerful "Cell" microprocessor that fuels Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 video game console will be available in IBM mainframe computers so those high-performance machines can run complex online games and virtual worlds.
  • Toshiba Quarterly Profit Down 37 Pct.   AP / 7:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Profit at Toshiba Corp. tumbled 37 percent in the January to March quarter despite surging sales, as falling prices for flash memory chips undercut earnings, the Japanese electronics company said Thursday.
  • Nintendo Profits Up 77 Pct. on Wii Sales   AP / 6:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Booming sales of the popular Wii and DS game machines lifted Nintendo Co.'s earnings 77 percent for the latest fiscal year, showing that the Japanese maker is holding its own against bigger rivals Sony and Microsoft.
  • South Korean Watchdog Drops Chip Probe   AP / 5:10AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's antitrust watchdog said Thursday it has decided to drop a probe into whether four global computer memory chip manufacturers violated the country's fair trade law, citing insufficient evidence.
  • Indian Software Firms See Profits Surge   AP / 2:20AM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- 100,000. That's the number of new jobs that India's top five software companies plan to add this fiscal year, riding a boom in outsourcing that's fattened profits. That's on top of a record 76,500 new employees who joined these companies last year.
  • Newspapers Debate Online Reader Comments   AP / 1:30AM
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Faced with declining circulation, many U.S. newspapers are trying to engage readers by allowing them to respond to news stories online. But the anonymity of the Internet lets readers post obscenities and racist hate speech that would never be allowed in the printed paper.
  • AOL Launches English Portal for India   AP / 12:50AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- AOL expanded to India on Thursday with its first portal targeting Asia's growing online population.
  • Wednesday, April 25

  • Acer Recalls 27,000 Laptop Batteries   AP / 4:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Acer Inc., one of the largest computer makers in the world, launched a recall Wednesday of about 27,000 laptop batteries, becoming the latest company to warn of faulty Sony-made lithium-ion batteries that could overheat and cause a fire.
  • Report: Texting Hurts Ireland's Youths   AP / 2:00PM
    DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -- Ireland's youth are becoming increasingly poor spellers and writers, and their love of text messaging on cell phones is a major reason why, according to the government's Education Department.
  • New Japanese Mobile Phones Detect Motion   AP / 1:50PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Some of the latest mobile phones in Japan come with motion sensors that let users detect motion or play action games like those on the Nintendo Wii console.
  • Shanghai, Bay Area Companies Cooperate   AP / 1:30PM
    SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- Silicon Valley and Shanghai businesses are joining forces to cooperate in high-tech, transport and other strategic industries.
  • OnStar, MapQuest Unite in Joint Venture   AP / 1:11AM
    DETROIT - General Motors Corp.'s OnStar service is working with MapQuest to let drivers link their desktops with the blacktop.
  • Tuesday, April 24

  • SEC Charges 2 Former Apple Officers   AP / 9:40PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission filed charges against two former Apple Inc. officers in its stock options backdating case Tuesday, but questions remain about whether CEO Steve Jobs will emerge unscathed amid new accusations.
  • Rescuers Often Can't Find 911 Callers   AP / 7:10PM
    WASHINGTON - A new report by a public safety group throws into question the ability of police and firefighters to locate people through their cell phones when they dial 911 in an emergency.
  • Yahoo Expanding Its Online Music Section   AP / 7:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc. is expanding its online music section to include the lyrics of 400,000 songs, hoping to strike a chord with Web surfers looking for a more reliable alternative to Internet sites that publish the words without the permission of the copyright owners.
  • IBM Boosts Dividend, Increases Buyback   AP / 5:41PM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Looking for another bounce in its stock price, International Business Machines Corp. increased its dividend payout by 33 percent and authorized an aggressive ramp-up of its share buyback program Tuesday.
  • Researchers Break Internet Speed Records   AP / 3:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A group of researchers led by the University of Tokyo has broken Internet speed records -- twice in two days.
  • Yahoo China Loses Music Piracy Case   AP / 3:11PM
    BEIJING - A court has ordered Yahoo Inc.'s China subsidiary to pay $27,000 for aiding music piracy, the company and a music industry group said Tuesday.
  • Powers Consider Iran Nuclear Proposal   AP / 2:51PM
    ANKARA, Turkey - The United States and other world powers are willing to consider an Iranian proposal that would allow the country to keep some of its uranium enrichment program intact instead of dismantling it completely, foreign government officials said Tuesday.
  • Lockheed 1Q Profit Rises 17 Percent   AP / 1:10PM
    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- Lockheed Martin Corp., the world's largest military contractor, said Tuesday first-quarter earnings jumped 17 percent because of higher sales at its technology unit and one-time gains.
  • Alcatel-Lucent Warns of 1Q Sales Drop   AP / 9:50AM
    PARIS (AP) -- Telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent on Tuesday warned of its second profit slump in as many quarters, as a weak performance in its wireless unit continued to affect the recently combined business.
  • California Tops "Cyberstate" List   AP / 1:10AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- California continues to employ far more technology workers, pay higher wages and attract more venture capital than any other state. But the overall U.S. tech sector is also growing at a surprisingly brisk clip -- for now.
  • Monday, April 23

  • NASA Releases 3D Images of Sun   AP / 6:10PM
    GREENBELT, Md. - NASA released the first three-dimensional images of the sun Monday, saying the photos taken from twin spacecraft may lead to better predictions of solar eruptions that can affect communications and power lines on Earth.
  • Demand High for Cancer Vaccine in N.H.   AP / 5:21PM
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Demand for the vaccine against cervical cancer is outstripping supply as New Hampshire offers the shots for free, leading some providers to create waiting lists.
  • Microsoft Responds to Latest EU Charges   AP / 5:02PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Microsoft responded Monday to European Union allegations that it is overcharging rivals for information that would make their products work better with Windows. The software maker also repeated its request for more guidance on what regulators consider to be an acceptable price.
  • U.N. Panel to Lay Out Steps on Warming   AP / 2:40PM
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- After two reports predicting a warmer Earth where life is fundamentally changed, a U.N.-sponsored scientific panel next month will issue a third study describing how a united world can avert the worst, by embracing technologies ranging from nuclear power to manure controls.
  • Data Startup Wins GE, Reveals Hot Market   AP / 2:30PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- A 25-employee startup in Utah has snared a multimillion-dollar contract to provide massive General Electric Co. with software that automatically backs up files on office computers, jolting a market that appears to be getting hot.
  • Foreign Sites Get Early Word on Fr. Vote   AP / 1:50PM
    PARIS (AP) -- To be among the first to know the result of France's presidential election, you had to be ... surfing Web sites in Switzerland or Belgium, or watching British TV.
  • Sheryl Crow Ends Global-Warming Tour   AP / 10:20AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Their college tour ended, Sheryl Crow and Laurie David describe their efforts to stop global warming as part of the most important mission of the times.
  • London Financial District Goes Wireless   AP / 10:13AM
    LONDON (AP) -- The heart of London's financial district has gone wireless.
  • Mobile Phone Operators Warn of Rate Hike   AP / 9:20AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Mobile phone users in Europe could face higher domestic charges if the European Union forces telecom companies to limit the costs of international calls, the industry warned Monday.
  • Amazon.com Opens Support Base in Ireland   AP / 8:40AM
    DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -- Internet retailer Amazon.com will employ 450 people at its new Irish support center, which will help customers on its British and French Web sites, the online auctioneer said Monday.
  • Time Warner Customers Get Wi-Fi Hotspots   AP / 8:10AM
    SEATTLE - In a big win for a little Wi-Fi startup called Fon, Time Warner Cable Inc. will let its home broadband customers turn their connections into public wireless hotspots, a practice shunned by most U.S. Internet service providers.
  • Man Gets 5,000 Calls for YouTube Posting   AP / 12:10AM
    SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. - Ryan Fitzgerald is unemployed, lives
  • Sunday, April 22

  • Pa. Teen Wins USA's Fastest Texter Title   AP / 11:50PM
    Thirteen-year-old Morgan Pozgar, of Claysburg, Pa., was crowned LG National Texting champion on Saturday after she typed "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from "Mary Poppins" in 15 seconds.
  • Presidential Debates Set for Cyperspace   AP / 5:52PM
    NEW YORK - The 2008 presidential contenders may soon be slugging it out in cyberspace, with pioneering online-only debates being planned for early next fall, a new media partnership says.
  • Rove Debates Warming With Crow, David   AP / 4:30PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Their college tour ended, Sheryl Crow and Laurie David describe their efforts to stop global warming as part of the "most important mission" of the times. That's the hope of Grammy-winning rocker Crow and David, who produced "An Inconvenient Truth," the global warming movie that won the Oscar for best documentary.
  • Columnist Chronicles Life With Cancer   AP / 3:23PM
    And, if she somehow winds up in hell, she wants to meet the guy "who invented the tape that keeps your IV in place. I will proceed to wrap him in it, like a mummy, and then peel it off. Slowly.
  • Rove Debates Warming With Crow, David   AP / 1:10PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Karl Rove's debate with singer Sheryl Crow and producer Laurie David about global warming heated the atmosphere at a black-tie Washington dinner.
  • South Korea to Send Food Aid to North   AP / 5:40AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea agreed Sunday to send 400,000 tons of rice to impoverished North Korea despite the communist government's failure to meet a deadline to shut down its nuclear reactor.
  • Police: Poor Review Set Off NASA Gunman   AP / 5:00AM
    HOUSTON (AP) -- The gunman in an apparent murder-suicide at the Johnson Space Center targeted a NASA worker he feared could get him fired, police said Saturday.
  • Saturday, April 21

  • Engineer Accused of Taking Codes to Iran   AP / 6:32PM
    PHOENIX (AP) -- A former engineer at the nation's largest nuclear power plant has been charged with taking computer access codes and software to Iran and using it to download details of plant control rooms and reactors, authorities said.
  • U.S. Billionaire Space Tourist Returns   AP / 4:10PM
    KOROLYOV, Russia - An American billionaire who won a junior cosmonaut contest as a child returned Saturday from a dream voyage to the international space station, riding a Russian capsule to a soft landing on the Kazakh steppe
  • Engineer Accused of Taking Codes to Iran   AP / 10:10AM
    PHOENIX - A former engineer at the nation's largest nuclear power plant has been charged with taking computer access codes and software to Iran and using it to download details of plant control rooms and reactors, authorities said.
  • Friday, April 20

  • Gunman Kills Hostage in NASA Building   AP / 8:12PM
    HOUSTON (AP) -- A NASA contract worker took a handgun inside an office building Friday at the Johnson Space Center and fatally shot a hostage before killing himself, police said. A second hostage escaped with minor injuries.
  • Iran: West Should Build Nuclear Plants   AP / 6:30PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Iranian official invited Western nations Friday to help build nuclear power plants across Iran, reiterating his country's insistence on pursuing an atomic program as a European official said the two sides had agreed to discuss the standoff next week.
  • Anheuser-Busch Will Push Bud.TV   AP / 5:40PM
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Cyberspace can be a rough neighborhood, even for the king of beers.
  • Napster to Power Circuit City Music Site   AP / 4:30PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Online music retailer Napster Inc. said Friday it is teaming up with electronics retail chain Circuit City Stores Inc. to launch a new digital music service.
  • PC to Leapfrog Standalone Game Consoles   AP / 2:30PM
    DALLAS (AP) -- From the movie-like graphics in the action game "Gears of War" to the nearly photorealistic racer "MotorStorm," video games have come a long way since the bouncing blocks of "Pong."
  • Gulf Nations Slip in High-Tech Rankings   AP / 1:10PM
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Gulf Arab countries may be rich, but when it comes to exploiting technology to be more competitive, they're falling behind rivals in Asia, Europe and Africa.
  • Lawyers Cope With Bankruptcy Law Online   AP / 2:10AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Patrick McMahon, a consumer-bankruptcy lawyer in San Francisco, had only a couple of days to help a client file for bankruptcy to prevent foreclosure on his home.
  • Shooting at Lockheed Plant Spawns Suit   AP / 1:50AM
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Doug Williams had undergone psychological evaluation for a racially charged argument with a fellow worker less than two years before he went on a shooting rampage at a Mississippi Lockheed Martin plant in 2003, killing six people and injuring eight.
  • Thursday, April 19

  • AMD Swings to 1st-Quarter Loss   AP / 9:30PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. reported a greater-than-expected loss in the first quarter as the chip maker continued to struggle amid a fierce price competition with larger rival Intel Corp. Despite the miss, AMD's already-depressed stock price surged on signs the price battle is easing and the company is willing to outsource some of its chip-making duties to outside factories to cut costs.
  • Dell Once Again Offers Windows XP   AP / 7:40PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Back by popular demand: Windows XP. PC maker Dell Inc. said on its Web site Thursday it will once again let home PC buyers choose between Microsoft Corp.'s older operating system and Windows Vista when they purchase certain new machines.
  • AMD Swings to First-Quarter Loss   AP / 6:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Advanced Micro Devices Inc. reported a greater-than-expected loss in the first quarter as the chip maker continued to struggle amid a fierce price competition with larger rival Intel Corp.
  • Web Sites Ignored Warnings on Hormones   AP / 4:10PM
    WASHINGTON - Many Web sites have ignored federal warnings against making unfounded health claims in promoting hormone products to treat menopause, the government said Thursday.
  • Candidates Seek Votes in Cyberspace   AP / 3:40PM
    SECOND LIFE, Virtual World (AP) -- To find volunteer Redaktisto Noble, you have to go to John Edwards presidential campaign headquarters. Not in Iowa or New Hampshire, but in cyberspace.
  • Record 132M Flu Doses Planned for Fall   AP / 3:30PM
    ATLANTA - Flu vaccine manufacturers expect to have a record 132 million doses ready for the 2007-2008 flu season, and even more could be available if a fifth company joins their ranks, officials said Thursday.
  • Tribune Launches Citizen Journalism Site   AP / 3:20PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Tribune has launched a community journalism Web site encouraging readers in nine suburbs to post their own articles, photos and blogs.
  • Review: Marathon Keeps Fans Up to Date   AP / 2:30PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- With a few delays, friends and family tracked my progress through this year's Boston Marathon via e-mail, text messaging and the Web.
  • Samsung, Microsoft Strike Patent Deal   AP / 1:40PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. and Microsoft Corp. said Thursday they have entered into a patent licensing agreement focused on the technology companies' consumer electronics lines.
  • Record 132M Flu Shots Planned for Fall   AP / 11:50AM
    ATLANTA - Flu vaccine manufacturers expect to have a record 132 million doses ready for the 2007-2008 flu season, and there could be even more available if a fifth company joins their ranks, officials said Thursday.
  • Microsoft Targets Next Billion Customers   AP / 11:01AM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it will build on existing efforts to bridge the digital divide worldwide and announced several new ventures, including a $3 software package for governments that subsidize student computers.
  • Gates Visits China, Urges Tech Investment   AP / 9:00AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Greater investment in technology to improve health care and education would help ease global economic inequality, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Thursday, adding he saw no limits to the technological revolution.
  • LG Electronics Swings to Loss in 1Q   AP / 5:00AM
    SEOUL, South Korea -- LG Electronics Inc. said Thursday it swung into the red in the first quarter on losses in its joint venture liquid crystal display business.
  • Wednesday, April 18

  • HP Keeps PC Market Lead Over Dell in 1Q   AP / 8:40PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Hewlett-Packard Co. maintained its lead over Dell Inc. in the worldwide personal-computer market as industry shipments continued to grow in the first quarter, according to reports released Wednesday by two top technology research firms.
  • Group Sues Yahoo for Helping China   AP / 6:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A human rights group sued Yahoo Inc. Wednesday on grounds the U.S. search company assisted China's communist government with torture by revealing information that led to the arrest of dissidents.
  • Microsoft Finds Home for Barcode   AP / 6:40PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. has finally found a taker for a colorful barcode technology the company shelved two years ago because it failed to catch on.
  • Netflix 1Q Profit Misses Analyst Target   AP / 5:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Netflix Inc. on Wednesday posted the highest first-quarter profit in its 8-year history, but the online DVD rental pioneer's performance flopped on Wall Street.
  • Study: Teens Limit Online Profile Data   AP / 3:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Teens generally don't think twice about including their first names and photos on their personal online profiles, but most refrain from using full names or making their profiles fully public, a new survey finds.
  • Microsoft Settles Iowa Lawsuit   AP / 3:40PM
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. agreed Wednesday to pay Iowans up to $180 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed the company had a monopoly that cost the state's citizens millions of dollars extra for software products.
  • Watchdog: Iran Moves Ahead Nuke Program   AP / 3:10PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Iran has started enriching small amounts of uranium gas at its underground nuclear plant and is running more than 1,300 of the centrifuges used in the process, according to a U.N. nuclear watchdog document obtained Wednesday.
  • Tiny Display Has 4 Times Better Contrast   AP / 11:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- With more people watching TV on their cell phones, Sharp Corp. is unveiling a tiny liquid crystal display that boasts four times better contrast than the best products commercially available today.
  • Tuesday, April 17

  • Wireless Security Puts IRS Data at Risk   AP / 6:50PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Internal Revenue Service offices across the nation that use wireless technology are still vulnerable to hackers, according to the latest assessment of the agency's security policies released Tuesday.
  • Intel 1Q Profit Surges 19 Percent   AP / 6:34PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Benefiting from its rapid shift to a new chip-making process and a big tax windfall, Intel Corp.'s first-quarter profit surged 19 percent as lower production costs helped the company withstand another round in a fierce price battle with rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
  • AOL Beats TV With Word of Upcoming Shows   AP / 6:34PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- AOL stepped up its bid to capture advertising dollars normally spent on television by showcasing five new interactive programs a month before the broadcast networks announce their fall lineups.
  • IBM Meets 1Q Earnings Forecast   AP / 6:10PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- First-quarter earnings at International Business Machines Corp. rose 8 percent and matched Wall Street expectations Tuesday, as a boost from software acquisitions helped overcome moderate overall growth.
  • Automatic Bikes Tackle Falling Sales   AP / 5:12PM
    WATERLOO, Wis. - Bill Lange thought his bike riding days were over. Gears were complicated. Stores were intimidating. Plus he wasn't exactly itching to put those tight spandex shorts on his 58-year-old body.
  • Technology: Our Coping Mechanism   AP / 5:00PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Horrible, real-world happenings are unfolding almost simultaneously in the virtual world, as Virginia Tech students and people from all over the world gather online to grieve and vent.
  • FCC's Copps Worried About TV Transition   AP / 2:30PM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- FCC Commissioner Michael Copps on Tuesday called for greater efforts to educate the public about a government-mandated switch-over to digital television signals in two years.
  • North Korea Signals Atomic Shut Down   AP / 12:30PM
    SEOUL, South Korea - Intelligence officials reported increased activity Tuesday around North Korea's main nuclear reactor, indicating the country may be preparing to uphold its agreement to shut down the plant.
  • Judges Reject Appeals From Webcasters   AP / 8:10AM
    LAS VEGAS - Internet radio broadcasters were dealt a setback Monday when a panel of copyright judges threw out requests to reconsider a ruling that hiked the royalties they must pay to record companies and artists.
  • Monday, April 16

  • Apple's Steve Jobs Maintains $1 Salary   AP / 9:32PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs received a salary of $1 last year, according to documents filed Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Clarification: Colombia-Toxic Flowers   AP / 9:20PM
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- In a Feb. 12 story, The Associated Press described pesticides used on flowers exported from Colombia as "potentially lethal." While reporting that pesticides have sickened Colombian flower workers, the story should have added that no evidence exists that flowers treated with the chemicals pose a health risk to consumers. In reporting that about one-third of Colombia's 600 flower farms belong to the flower exporters association Asocolflores, the story should have mentioned that those farms account for 75 percent of Colombia's flower exports. And in reporting that a government arbiter ordered grower Flores de la Sabana to pay a pension to a disabled worker, it should have specified that the arbiter ordered the company's insurer to make the payments.
  • Yahoo Expands Newspaper Partnership   AP / 8:02PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The publishers of more than 260 U.S. newspapers are hitching their online aspirations to Internet powerhouse Yahoo Inc. in an expanded partnership that underscores the battle lines being drawn as the media grapple for ad revenue shifting to the Web.
  • Microsoft, Adobe Competition Heats Up   AP / 6:20PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- It has not escaped Microsoft's attention that some of the coolest sites on the Web -- YouTube and MySpace included -- get much of their flash from Flash and other design programs sold by Adobe Systems Inc.
  • Dell Hires Former Oracle Executive   AP / 5:30PM
    ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) -- A former Oracle Corp. executive has been named Dell Inc.'s chief marketing officer.
  • Yahoo Expands Newspaper Partnership   AP / 3:12PM
    Yahoo Inc. is greatly expanding its relationship with the newspaper industry, announcing the addition Monday of four new publishing companies to a consortium that works with the Internet company to sell advertising online.
  • AT&T Out of Telecom Italia Stake Talks   AP / 3:00PM
    MILAN, Italy (AP) -- AT&T said Monday it is pulling out of talks to buy a one-third stake in the holding company that controls Telecom Italia SpA.
  • Fitness a Struggle for Disabled People   AP / 1:40PM
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Three times a week, Vince Stankoski is lifted from his wheelchair onto a stationary bicycle. Electrodes are attached to three of his muscle groups, coaxing his paralyzed legs to pedal.
  • Motorola Drops Suit in India   AP / 11:30AM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- Motorola will drop a court case charging an Indian state-run telecommunications company with unfairly disqualifying it from bidding on a large contract, the company said Monday.
  • Sunday, April 15

  • Chavez Backs Iran in Nuclear Dispute   AP / 10:50PM
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Hugo Chavez defended Iran's "legitimate right" to develop nuclear power for peaceful uses, warning the U.S. on Sunday not to attack Venezuela's ally in the Middle East.
  • More Mideast States Eyeing Nuclear Power   AP / 8:50PM
    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The chief U.N. nuclear watchdog on Sunday wrapped up a tour of the Middle East to offer support to nations interested in developing peaceful atomic energy programs despite the international faceoff with Iran over suspicions it is pursuing nuclear weapons.
  • Turtle Race Highlights Extinction Threat   AP / 8:40PM
    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Biologists will switch on satellite trackers strapped to the backs of 11 female leatherback turtles on Monday, starting what conservationists have dubbed the "Great Turtle Race" to raise awareness of a species threatened with extinction.
  • Web Radio Broadcasters Appeal Rate Plan   AP / 3:40PM
    Rusty Hodge got into Internet broadcasting seven years ago after becoming frustrated with the FM radio stations in San Francisco, where he worked as a Web engineer.
  • EPA Will Cut Lead in Kids' Products   AP / 3:10PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Companies that make or distribute toys, zippers and other children's products will face tougher government scrutiny to keep out any lead that could poison and kill children or harm their brain development.
  • Iran to Build 2 Nuclear Power Plants   AP / 9:00AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran said Sunday it is seeking bids for the building of two more nuclear power plants, despite international pressures to curb its controversial program.
  • Saturday, April 14

  • Global Warming Protests Begin Saturday   AP / 9:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans worried about climate change gathered Saturday on ski slopes and in cities for a nationwide day of demonstrations aimed at drawing attention to global warming.
  • Reaction Muted on N.Korea Deadline Miss   AP / 4:30PM
    SEOUL, South Korea - The latest missed deadline in the tortuous years of negotiations aimed at getting North Korea to stop making nuclear weapons is not expected to derail the process, but it is a sign of the lingering mistrust between Washington and the communist nation.
  • North Korea Nuclear Deadline Slips   AP / 10:33AM
    BEIJING - North Korea missed a Saturday deadline for shutting down its main nuclear reactor, and a key U.S. negotiator said the country must keep the disarmament program from foundering.
  • North Korea Disarmament Deadline Passes   AP / 6:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- The deadline for North Korea to shut down it main nuclear reactor passed Saturday with no action taken by the communist country, leaving the top U.S. nuclear negotiator to surmise that the momentum had escaped disarmament talks.
  • EBay Says Pope's Old Car Is for Sale   AP / 4:00AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Forget biodiesel. This 1999 metallic gray Volkswagen Golf might run on a higher power.
  • Friday, April 13

  • Researchers Explore Scrapping Internet   AP / 11:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Although it has already taken nearly four decades to get this far in building the Internet, some university researchers with the federal government's blessing want to scrap all that and start over.
  • NASA: Mars Surveyor Was Doomed by Humans   AP / 6:50PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Human error triggered a cascade of events that caused the battery to fail on the Mars Global Surveyor last year, according to a preliminary report released Friday.
  • Online Gambling on Global Warming   AP / 4:50PM
    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Think global warming will raise the oceans enough to submerge Cape Hatteras? Want to bet on it?
  • White House E-Mail Recovery Not Trivial   AP / 3:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Although a top Senate Democrat believes even a teenager could recover missing White House e-mails, experts said Friday that doing so could be tough -- but not impossible.
  • French Beekeepers Brace for Asian Sting   AP / 3:23PM
    PARIS - Ambushing locals as they return home from work, foreign invaders are dismembering French natives and feeding them to their young.
  • TJX Thieves Had Time to Steal, Trip Up   AP / 3:20PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- For at least 17 months, someone had free rein inside TJX Cos.' computers. Without anyone noticing, one or more intruders installed code on the discount retailer's systems to methodically unearth, collect and transmit account data from at least 45.7 million credit and debit cards.
  • Researchers Explore Scrapping Internet   AP / 2:12PM
    NEW YORK - Although it has already taken nearly four decades to get this far in building the Internet, some university researchers with the federal government's blessing want to scrap all that and start over.
  • Howard: No HIV-Positive Immigrants   AP / 2:00PM
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Prime Minister John Howard said Friday that Australia should bar immigrants with HIV, and his government was examining ways to make its tough restrictions even stronger.
  • New Net Design Must Tackle Interests   AP / 1:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The university researchers who began construction on the Internet some four decades ago never imagined the power their creation would have today. They toiled away in their labs quietly, and few outside cared.
  • Difficulties Abound in Move to New 'Net   AP / 1:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Transitioning to a next-generation Internet could be akin to changing the engines on a moving airplane.
  • Net Challenges Lead to Clean-Slate Work   AP / 1:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Government and university researchers have been exploring ways to redesign the Internet from scratch. Some of the challenges that led researchers to start thinking of clean-slate approaches:
  • Google Launches Payment Service in U.K.   AP / 8:12AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Google Inc. made its "Google Checkout" available to British retailers on Friday, the Internet payment service's first venture abroad, the company said in a statement.
  • Nissan, NEC to Make Hybrid Batteries   AP / 8:02AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Nissan and electronics maker NEC will produce batteries for ecologically friendly vehicles, the companies said Friday, signaling efforts by the Japanese automaker to catch up with rivals that have a head start in green technology.
  • Samsung Electronics 1Q Profit Declines   AP / 7:52AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. said net profit fell for a second straight quarter amid declining prices for its mainstay computer chips, but expressed confidence Friday that market conditions will recover later this year.
  • Quarterly Profit at Infosys Up 70 Pct.   AP / 7:42AM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's Infosys Technologies Ltd. said quarterly net profit jumped 70.4 percent from a year ago on sustained momentum in outsourcing and predicted on Friday that revenue would grow as much as 30 percent this year.
  • HP to Use Via Processor for PCs in China   AP / 5:10AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Via Technologies Inc., the often-overlooked third player in the microprocessor arena, said Friday that Hewlett-Packard Co. has decided to use its low-cost, low-power chips in new energy-efficient business PCs in the booming China market.
  • China Battles Online Porn   AP / 12:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- The Chinese government is launching a new crackdown on online pornography which it says has "perverted China's young minds," a state news agency said Friday.
  • Thursday, April 12

  • Apple Delays Launch of Operating System   AP / 9:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Apple Inc. said it won't be shipping its next-generation operating system in June as planned, saying it had to divert resources from the project so that it could launch its highly anticipated iPhone on time.
  • Microsoft: Ruling Could Prompt Lawsuits   AP / 5:53PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A legal dispute between Microsoft and Japanese antitrust regulators is likely to conclude next year and might lead to lawsuits or other patent infringement complaints against the software company, an executive said Thursday.
  • Sony Discontinues 20GB PS3   AP / 5:40PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Sony Corp. has discontinued the 20-gigabyte PlayStation 3 game console so it can focus on a more popular -- and expensive -- model that has a bigger hard drive.
  • Vonage CEO Steps Down, Founder Steps In   AP / 5:10PM
    NEW YORK - Vonage, navigating its darkest hours in a grim first year as a public company, handed the reins back to founder Jeffrey A. Citron at least temporarily on Thursday as the Internet phone provider tried to shine a positive light on its plights in business and in court.
  • CBS Expands Online Reach of Its Shows   AP / 3:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- CBS Corp. made a broad push further into online distribution Thursday with a series of deals with Internet companies to carry CBS shows such as "CSI" and "The Late Show With David Letterman."
  • Tele Atlas Plans to Map Out Asia   AP / 1:00PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Tele Atlas NV said Thursday its orange mobile mapping vans will be hitting the streets of Asia this year to collect data for the fast-growing digital map industry.
  • Sony Plans TV With Next-Gen Screen   AP / 12:20PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony Corp. plans to start selling small televisions with a technology that's a contender for next-generation flat-screen TVs, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.
  • Google to Open Poland Operations Center   AP / 10:40AM
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Google plans to open an operations center in the Polish city of Wroclaw later this year, creating 200 new jobs and boosting the city's efforts to become a technology hub, officials said Thursday.
  • EU Officials OK Cap on Roaming Charges   AP / 8:20AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- A proposal to cap roaming charges for mobile phone calls made abroad crossed an important hurdle Thursday when a key committee of the European Parliament voted in favor of a ceiling at 40 euro cents (54 U.S. cents) per minute for an outgoing call and 15 euro cents (20 U.S. cents) per minute for an incoming call.
  • Experts Prepare New Nuclear Treaty   AP / 5:40AM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Independent arms control experts from 15 countries are drafting a treaty to ban production of uranium and plutonium for nuclear weapons that could rival a U.S. text under consideration by the U.N.'s top disarmament body.
  • IRobot to Sell Pool Cleaner Device   AP / 1:40AM
    BOSTON (AP) -- IRobot Corp., the maker of robots to clean carpets and hard floors, has decided the water is warm enough in the pool-cleaning market to take a swim there, too.
  • Apple Enthusiast Has Quite a Collection   AP / 1:30AM
    O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) -- Step down the stark, white stairs into Jeremy Mehrle's basement and meet his Apple computer collection. He's got 99 computers. No, wait. Make that 100. He just got another last night, he said during a recent visit to his home about 35 miles west of St. Louis. Dozens of his Apple Macintosh computers are on display down here, a techie's dream party pad.
  • IBM Develops Chip-Stacking Technique   AP / 12:50AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- IBM has found a way to connect chips inside products ranging from cell phones to supercomputers, an advance that promises to prolong battery life in wireless devices and eventually speed data transfers between the processor and memory chips in computers, the company said Thursday.
  • Utah Plans to Create Trademark Registry   AP / 12:10AM
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Over Google Inc.'s objections, Utah plans to set up a trademark registry to prevent rival advertisers from capturing the attention of people who type a search query on another company or its products.
  • Wednesday, April 11

  • North Korea to Accept Inspectors Soon   AP / 6:10PM
    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea said it would welcome back U.N. nuclear inspectors within a day of receiving frozen funds that have been an obstacle in negotiations seeking the North's disarmament, a U.S. presidential candidate said Wednesday.
  • Tech Hub to Open Sensor Data to Anyone   AP / 5:20PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- Surely a lot of data gets crunched every minute in Cambridge, Mass., home of Harvard, MIT and lots of technology-focused companies. Now scientists hope to capture seriously fine-grained data about the very city itself, and let students and researchers elsewhere benefit.
  • `.eu' Domain Names Top 2.5M in Year One   AP / 5:20PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- More than 2.5 million ".eu" Internet addresses have been registered since the European domain name launched just over a year ago, the European Commission said Wednesday.
  • MGM to Offer Movies at iTunes Store   AP / 5:20PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- MGM has become the latest major film studio to offer downloadable movies on Apple's iTunes Store.
  • Toyota Cars in Japan Can Map Best Routes   AP / 1:20PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota cars in Japan will soon sport up-to-date roadmap and traffic data so drivers can instantly learn the quickest routes.
  • Malicious Online Videos Hurting Teachers   AP / 12:40PM
    LONDON (AP) -- The teacher stumbling at the front of the classroom in his white briefs, pants pulled down to his ankles by a student, probably wishes he were somewhere else. That place is probably not YouTube.
  • Greenhouse Gas Study Says 1 Pct From NYC   AP / 9:50AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City produces nearly 1 percent of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions -- an amount that puts it on par with Ireland or Portugal -- according to a city study.
  • Judge Tosses Date-Dissing Web Suit   AP / 7:50AM
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Florida-based Web site that invites women to warn others about men they've dated cannot be sued in a Pennsylvania court by an attorney who said its postings falsely claimed he was unfaithful and had sexually transmitted diseases.
  • NKorea Wants Saturday Deadline Delayed   AP / 3:00AM
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea's key condition for halting nuclear weapons development has been met now that frozen funds have been released, but it wants to delay a weekend deadline for shutting down its atomic reactor by a month, a U.S. official said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, April 10

  • NASA Aims for June Shuttle Launch   AP / 10:03PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA has pushed back the launch of space shuttle Atlantis until at least early June so that technicians can finish repairing its hail-damaged fuel tank, officials said Tuesday.
  • Deadlock Broken Over North Korean Funds   AP / 8:20PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States said Tuesday that a financial deadlock stalling North Korean disarmament efforts has been broken and hinted that a looming deadline for action by the Stalinist state could be extended.
  • Nowak's Car Had Bondage Photos, Pills   AP / 6:30PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A police search of former astronaut Lisa Nowak's car turned up bondage photos on a computer disk, British currency and pills, according to documents released Tuesday by prosecutors.
  • Viacom, Yahoo Reach Multiyear Ad Deal   AP / 5:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Viacom Inc. has picked Yahoo Inc. as its online advertising partner in a multiyear deal that could help Yahoo become a more formidable challenger to Google Inc. -- Viacom's foe in a legal squabble over video copyrights.
  • Palm to Develop Linux-Based Products   AP / 5:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Smart phone maker Palm Inc. said Tuesday it will use a new platform based on Linux to help the company compete better.
  • Doubts Remain Over Iran's Nuclear Claims   AP / 5:10PM
    VIENNA, Austria - Is Iran bluffing about the progress of its nuclear program? Experts and some world powers are expressing doubt that the country has been able to assemble the complicated system it needs to enrich uranium - a potential pathway to nuclear arms.
  • Microsoft Posts Critical Security Fixes   AP / 3:20PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. released four security fixes it deems critical as part of its regularly scheduled software update Tuesday, while it corrected a handful of problems caused by last week's emergency patch.
  • Lawsuit: Wide-Awake Surgery Led to Death   AP / 2:40PM
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- In the two weeks before he committed suicide, Sherman Sizemore thought people were trying to bury him alive.
  • LG.Philips LCD Swings to Loss on Prices   AP / 11:40AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- LG. Philips LCD Co., the world's second-largest manufacturer of liquid crystal displays, said Tuesday it swung to a loss in the first quarter amid a steep decline in prices.
  • Russia, France Doubt Iran Nuclear Claims   AP / 11:20AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia voiced skepticism Tuesday about Iran's announcement of a dramatic expansion of its uranium enrichment program, saying it had yet to receive confirmation of the claim from the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog. France and Australia also questioned Iran's claim of acquiring an industrial-scale nuclear fuel production capability.
  • Russia Doubts Iran's Nuclear Claims   AP / 10:30AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia voiced skepticism Tuesday about Iran's announcement of a dramatic expansion of its uranium enrichment program, saying it had yet to receive confirmation of the claim from the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog.
  • Court: MySpace Postings Are Free Speech   AP / 1:10AM
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A judge violated a juvenile's free-speech rights when he placed her on probation for posting an expletive-laden entry on MySpace criticizing a school principal, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled.
  • Iran Expands Uranium Enrichment Effort   AP / 1:00AM
    NATANZ, Iran (AP) -- Iran announced a dramatic expansion of uranium enrichment Monday, saying it has begun operating 3,000 centrifuges -- nearly 10 times the previously known number -- in defiance of U.N. demands it halt its nuclear program or face increased sanctions.
  • Monday, April 9

  • Space Capsule Carrying U.S. Mogul Docks   AP / 8:40PM
    KOROLYOV, Russia (AP) -- Two Russian cosmonauts and a U.S. billionaire bringing a gourmet meal arrived at the international space station Tuesday -- to a warm welcome from current crewmen and the earthbound applause of Martha Stewart.
  • SanDisk Partnering With Yahoo Music Unit   AP / 6:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Flash memory maker SanDisk Corp. said Monday it will pair its new wireless music player with music services from Yahoo Inc. but analysts doubt the new gadget will be able to steal much share from Apple Inc.'s dominant iPod.
  • DVD Security Group Says It Fixed Flaws   AP / 5:40PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The group behind security measures for next-generation DVDs said Monday it has fixed a leak that allowed hackers to discover the keys for unlocking movies on HD DVD and Blu-ray discs.
  • AMD Restructuring After 1Q Revenue Miss   AP / 5:20PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- With its sales shriveling even more than analysts feared, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is imposing a partial hiring freeze and clamping down on other major expenses as the slumping chip maker tries to weather a fierce battle with Intel Corp.
  • Judge Tosses Suit Over Memory Chip Price   AP / 3:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal judge has tossed out an antitrust lawsuit filed against seven memory chip makers, but left the door open for the complaining customers to revive the case with more detailed price-fixing allegations.
  • Iran Expands Uranium Enrichment   AP / 1:11PM
    NATANZ, Iran - Iran announced Monday that it has begun enriching uranium with 3,000 centrifuges, defiantly expanding a nuclear program that has drawn U.N. sanctions and condemnation from the West.
  • Google Apologizes to Chinese Search Co.   AP / 11:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Google Inc. apologized Monday following complaints the U.S. search company's new Internet tool for inputting Chinese characters incorporated data from a Chinese rival.
  • N.Korea: if Funds Freed, Inspectors In   AP / 9:31AM
    PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea's top nuclear negotiator told a visiting U.S. delegation Monday that his government would immediately invite U.N. nuclear inspectors into the country if $25 million in disputed North Korean funds is released.
  • Police: Teen Ran Prostitution Service   AP / 3:53AM
    HILLSIDE, Ill. (AP) -- A teenager once arrested alongside her mother in a prostitution case has been accused of running an escort service out of her suburban Chicago home using the popular Web site Craigslist.
  • Sunday, April 8

  • Judge Rules Vonage Can't Seek Customers   AP / 5:40PM
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Internet phone company Vonage Holdings Corp. will be barred from signing up new customers as punishment for infringing on patents held by Verizon Communications Inc., under an injunction ordered Friday.
  • Study: Tai Chi May Help Prevent Shingles   AP / 1:40PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tai chi is already known as a good low-impact exercise for older people. Now a recent study suggests it offers benefits beyond improving fitness and balance: It may help prevent shingles, a painful skin condition.
  • N.Korean Officials Praises Nukes   AP / 7:30AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea's defense minister praised the country's nuclear program Sunday at a meeting of top officials and said the North had achieved status as a nuclear power.
  • Saturday, April 7

  • Retailers Explore Movie Download Options   AP / 12:30AM
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- When movies shifted from videocassettes to DVD, retailers simply cleared the tapes off the shelves to make room for discs. That's not so easy now that movies appear poised to follow music onto the Internet.
  • Missile-Defense System Test Succeeds   AP / 12:00AM
    HONOLULU (AP) -- The military shot down a Scud-type missile in this year's second successful test of a new technology meant to knock down ballistic missiles in their final minute of flight, the Missile Defense Agency said Friday.
  • Friday, April 6

  • Best Buy Service Trumps Circuit City   AP / 4:00PM
    PALO ALTO, Calif. - Ralph Devoe's hunt for a new computer monitor didn't include a stop at Circuit City, even though one of its stores was only a few doors down from the Best Buy where he went shopping this week.
  • Telecom Italia Chairman Resigns   AP / 2:20PM
    MILAN, Italy - Telecom Italia's chairman resigned Friday, an apparent victory for the company's biggest shareholder as it seeks to negotiate the sale of most of its stake in Italy's largest telecommunications company to U.S. telecom giant AT&T and its Mexican affiliate.
  • China Tightens Anti-Piracy Enforcement   AP / 6:27AM
    BEIJING - China has extended criminal penalties for music and movie piracy to people caught with smaller amounts of DVDs or CDs, a state news agency said Friday, after foreign complaints that enforcement was too lenient.
  • Greenpeace Boat Docks in Japan   AP / 4:10AM
    YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Greeted by cheers from a small group of anti-whaling supporters, a Greenpeace boat docked in Japan on Friday, ending a weeklong standoff with Japanese authorities who had effectively barred their entry into port.
  • Thursday, April 5

  • Moisture Led to Salmonella Outbreak   AP / 6:27PM
    OMAHA, Neb. - Moisture from a leaky roof and faulty sprinkler helped salmonella bacteria grow and contaminate peanut butter at its Georgia plant last year, sickening more than 400 people nationwide, ConAgra Foods said Thursday.
  • NYC Eyes Circumcision Push to Fight AIDS   AP / 5:17PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- City health officials are considering a program to urge circumcision for men at high risk of HIV, noting studies that the procedure can reduce the chances of getting the virus.
  • Turkey's Lawmakers Move to Block Sites   AP / 2:30PM
    ANKARA, Turkey - A parliamentary commission approved a proposal Thursday allowing Turkey to block Web sites that are deemed insulting to the founder of modern Turkey, weeks after a Turkish court temporarily barred access to Google Inc.'s YouTube.
  • Retail Trade, FBI Fight Organized Theft   AP / 1:56PM
    NEW YORK - Two leading retail industry associations have teamed up with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to create a national online database that will allow merchants to share information to fight organized retail theft.
  • Talks on Iran's Nuclear Program Resume   AP / 1:10PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - Iran and the major powers seeking to halt its nuclear program resumed discussions almost immediately after Iran announced that it was releasing a British navy crew, an EU official said Thursday.
  • Media Contact Limited in Astronaut Case   AP / 1:01PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. - The judge presiding over the trial of fired astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak asked lawyers on both sides Thursday to limit media contact, and temporarily sealed some court documents.
  • Microsoft: Rivals' Royalty Fees Are Fair   AP / 10:10AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - European Union regulators want Microsoft Corp. to give rivals access - at little or no cost - to information that would help their products work better with Windows, according to a published report Thursday. But the software maker says its current charges are fair and the EU has not provided clear guidance on what fair pricing would be.
  • Google Turns to Users for Online Maps   AP / 10:00AM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. is calling upon its millions of users to chart a new direction for its online maps.
  • Study Eyes Effect of Education Technology   AP / 2:14AM
    WASHINGTON - Going high-tech doesn't lead to higher math and reading scores, according to a federal study.
  • Wednesday, April 4

  • Web Site That Mocked Startups for Sale   AP / 7:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The dot-com bust may be a fading memory, but media broker James Martin still sees a bright future for a profane Web site best known for mocking bumbling Internet startups as they sank into a morass of dumb ideas a few years ago.
  • Best Buy 4Q Profit Up, Circuit City Loss   AP / 6:41PM
    MINNEAPOLIS - Everyone knew Circuit City was having a bad fourth quarter. Which made Best Buy's good one a little bit of a surprise.
  • HP Launches Quirky Calculator Contest   AP / 4:37PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Obsessing over pocket calculators might not be the hippest hobby for today's online generation, but Hewlett-Packard Co. is hoping a quirky contest will draw out their bravest fans.
  • Best Buy Offers Help in `Second Life'   AP / 4:27PM
    MINNEAPOLIS - The online world of "Second Life" is about to get even geekier.
  • YouTube Blocked in Thailand in Crackdown   AP / 4:27PM
    BANGKOK, Thailand - The Thai government blocked access to YouTube on Wednesday after complaining that a short clip on the popular video-sharing site is insulting to the country's beloved monarch.
  • Greenpeace Ranks Apple Last for Green   AP / 12:40PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Greenpeace International ranked Apple Inc. last in environmental friendliness among major electronics makers, while it praised Lenovo Group Ltd. for bucking trends in China.
  • `Second Life' to Charge for Names   AP / 11:20AM
    SAN FRANCISCO - The online fantasy world "Second Life" will soon introduce the virtual equivalent of vanity plates, allowing residents to customize their characters' first and last names.
  • Microsoft Patches Windows Vulnerability   AP / 10:50AM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. released an emergency security patch Tuesday to plug a hole in several versions of Windows -- including Vista, which the software maker has touted as its most secure operating system ever.
  • 2 Bald Eagles Hatch on Catalina Island   AP / 10:10AM
    AVALON, Calif. - Two bald eagles have hatched in the wild on Santa Catalina Island for the first time since chemical contamination there wiped out the majestic birds decades ago, conservation officials said.
  • Reports: NKorea May Miss Deadline   AP / 6:40AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea may not meet a deadline for shutting down its atomic reactor because of the stalled transfer of its funds frozen at a Macau bank, top Asian diplomats said in news reports Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, April 3

  • FCC Says 'No' to Cell Phones on Planes   AP / 7:32PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Striking a blow for cell phone haters everywhere, a government agency on Tuesday said it will keep a rule in place that requires the divisive devices to be turned off during airline flights.
  • Microsoft Patches Windows Vulnerability   AP / 6:40PM
    SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. released an emergency security patch Tuesday to plug a hole in several versions of Windows - including Vista, which the software maker has touted as its most secure operating system ever.
  • U.S. Seeks to Ease Irradiated Food Label   AP / 6:20PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government proposed Tuesday relaxing its rules on labeling of irradiated foods and suggested it may allow some products zapped with radiation to be called "pasteurized."
  • Microsoft Sues Student Software Sellers   AP / 4:30PM
    REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. has filed five new lawsuits against U.S. companies and individuals it claims sold deeply discounted Windows and Office software intended for students.
  • Red Tide Suspected in Manatee Deaths   AP / 12:20PM
    FORT MYERS, Fla. - State officials suspect red tide may have killed some of the 26 manatees found dead in the Fort Myers area over the past two weeks.
  • Judge: Hospital Privacy Law Not Absolute   AP / 12:20PM
    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) -- Federal health privacy law does not prohibit hospital personnel from giving police access to a patient who was a crime victim, a federal judge ruled.
  • Mexico City Explores Wireless Internet   AP / 1:40AM
    MEXICO CITY - The city's new mayor said he hopes to offer high-speed wireless Internet to all 8.7 million residents of this sprawling metropolis, even as it struggles to supply basic services such as water and electricity.
  • Monday, April 2

  • Google to Sell EchoStar Satellite TV Ads   AP / 10:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. will sell and select some of the ads shown to EchoStar Communications Corp.'s 13.1 million satellite TV subscribers, marking the online search leader's latest effort to extend its marketing muscle beyond the Internet.
  • Man With Drug-Resistant TB Locked Up   AP / 10:00PM
    PHOENIX (AP) -- Behind the county hospital's tall cinderblock walls, a 27-year-old tuberculosis patient sits in a jail cell equipped with a ventilation system that keeps germs from escaping. Robert Daniels has been locked up indefinitely, perhaps for the rest of his life, since last July. But he has not been charged with a crime. Instead, he suffers from an extensively drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis, or XDR-TB. It is considered virtually untreatable.
  • IBM Gives Feds $45M in Translation Tech   AP / 9:00PM
    To honor an employee's son who was badly wounded in Iraq, IBM Corp. plans to give the U.S. military $45 million worth of Arabic-English translation technology that the Pentagon had been testing for possible purchase.
  • High Court Rebukes Bush on Car Pollution   AP / 7:51PM
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court rebuked the Bush administration Monday for its inaction on global warming in a decision that could lead to more fuel-efficient cars as early as next year.
  • Report: EU Launches iTunes Probe   AP / 7:41PM
    LONDON - European Union regulators are investigating Apple Inc.'s iTunes online music store for possible violation of competition rules, a British newspaper reported Monday.
  • Court Boosts Regulators on Power Plants   AP / 6:20PM
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court dealt a setback to the utility industry Monday, supporting a federal clean air initiative aimed at forcing power companies to install pollution control equipment on aging coal-fired power plants.
  • EU Calls for US Global Warming Help   AP / 2:51PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - The EU's chief environmental official urged the United States and Australia to do more to cut greenhouse gases, saying Monday their cooperation was critical in the fight against global warming.
  • 28 Arrested in Fla. Online Sex Sting   AP / 2:00PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. - Three Walt Disney Co. employees were among 28 men charged with soliciting sex from a minor amid a weeklong sting operation in the Orlando area, authorities said.
  • EU Official Pushes U.S. on Emissions   AP / 12:10PM
    BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - A U.N. conference on climate change opened Monday with the EU's top environment official calling on the United States to join efforts to curb global warming.
  • Creator of Bomb-Detector Wins Prize   AP / 11:27AM
    BOSTON - A scientist who created bomb-sniffing technology to help clear land mines won the Lemelson-MIT Prize Monday, a decade after he began developing it under a Pentagon-funded research project.
  • Google Guffaw: High-Speed Internet John   AP / 11:17AM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Presiding over a company with a market value of $143 billion apparently gives Silicon Valley's most famous billionaires a good sense of humor - and a case of corporate potty mouth.
  • EMI to Allow Apple to Sell Songs Online   AP / 10:26AM
    LONDON - EMI Group PLC on Monday announced a deal that will allow computer company Apple Inc. to sell the record company's songs online without copy protection software.
  • Pregnant Moms' Weight Affects Toddlers   AP / 8:40AM
    NEW YORK - The standard advice for how much weight a woman should gain during pregnancy may need to change, according to a rigorous and provocative study suggesting that even accepted weight gains may raise the risk of having an overweight toddler.
  • Startup Extends Ads to Video Downloads   AP / 1:10AM
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) -- In what analysts think might be a first in the highly experimental advertising market, YuMe Networks Inc. is powering an ad campaign that allows the customization of video ads for some television shows that are downloaded from a Web site.
  • Sunday, April 1

  • AT&T Seeking Stake in Italian Telecom   AP / 9:13PM
    SAN ANTONIO - AT&T Inc. announced Sunday it is in negotiations to buy a major stake in Italy's largest telecommunications company, Telecom Italia S.p.A.
  • Google Fools: Web Service Through Toilet   AP / 6:40PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Presiding over a company with a market value of $143 billion apparently gives Silicon Valley's most famous billionaires a good sense of humor - and a case of corporate potty mouth.
  • Scientists Weigh Downside of Palm Oil   AP / 12:55PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Only a few years ago, oil from palm trees was viewed as an ideal biofuel: a cheap, renewable alternative to petroleum that would fight global warming. Energy companies began converting generators and production soared.
  • Saturday, March 31

  • Climate Draft Charts Extinctions   AP / 7:11PM
    WASHINGTON - A key element of the second major report on climate change being released Friday in Belgium is a chart that maps out the effects of global warming, most of them bad, with every degree of temperature rise.
  • Merck Wins FDA's OK for Diabetes Pill   AP / 6:31PM
    WASHINGTON - A 2-in-1 medicine to treat diabetes has won
  • Subcommittee Criticizes Google Images   AP / 6:00AM
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Google's replacement of post-Hurricane Katrina satellite imagery on its map portal with images of the region before the storm does a "great injustice" to the storm's victims, a congressional subcommittee said.
  • Friday, March 30

  • Microsoft: Attacks on Windows Flaw Rise   AP / 8:00PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Hackers stepped up attacks Friday on computers running some versions of Windows, a day after Microsoft disclosed a hole related to the mouse cursor. Microsoft Corp. sent out a security advisory Thursday warning customers that a vulnerability in ".ani" files -- used to change the cursor into an hourglass while a program works, or into a dancing animal or other animation on specially designed Web sites -- was allowing hackers to break into computers and install malicious software.
  • WTO Rebuffs U.S. on Internet Betting Ban   AP / 4:21PM
    GENEVA - The U.S. has failed to change its ban on Internet betting to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling that said the legislation unfairly targets offshore casinos, the global trade body said Friday.
  • Iran: Attack Fears Spurred Nuclear Block   AP / 2:52PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Iran, in a confidential letter posted Friday on an internal Web site of the U.N. nuclear monitor, said its fear of attack from the U.S. and Israel prompted its decision to withhold information from the agency.
  • Taiwan's Acer Eyes Chinese Rival   AP / 2:52PM
    HSICHIH, Taiwan - Taiwan's Acer Inc. wants to be known as the Ferrari of personal computers.
  • AP: Iran Mum on Nuclear Info Out of Fear   AP / 2:30PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Iran, in a confidential letter posted Friday on an internal Web site of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, said its fear of attack from the U.S. and Israel has prompted it to decide to withhold information from the agency.
  • Mass. Gov. Seeks Stem Cell Rule Reversal   AP / 2:12PM
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick said Friday he will push to reverse stem cell research restrictions imposed by his predecessor, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
  • Text Messaging Blocked in Cambodia   AP / 1:11PM
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Cell phone text messaging will be blocked during this weekend's local elections in Cambodia, where the government is imposing a two-day "tranquility period" to keep voters from being inundated with campaign messages.
  • WTO Rebuffs U.S. on Internet Betting Ban   AP / 12:10PM
    GENEVA (AP) -- The U.S. has failed to change its ban on Internet betting to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling that said the legislation unfairly targets offshore casinos, the global trade body said Friday.
  • Mass. Gov. Seeks Stem Cell Rule Reversal   AP / 11:22AM
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick said Friday he will push to reverse stem cell research restrictions imposed by his predecessor, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
  • Brazil Offers Internet Access to Indians   AP / 4:57AM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Brazil's government said it will provide free Internet access to native Indian tribes in the Amazon in an effort to help protect the world's biggest rain forest.
  • ICANN Set to Vote on '.xxx' Domain   AP / 3:37AM
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Pornographic Web sites could have a virtual red-light district if the Internet's key oversight agency agrees Friday to a proposal that would create a ".xxx" Internet address aimed at making clear what content is adults only.
  • Investors Laud Video Game Co.'s Upheaval   AP / 2:10AM
    SAN FRANCISCO - A feisty shareholder revolt at Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. this week offed nearly as many executives as virtual characters in the video game company's violent titles.
  • Japan Deploys New Missile Defense   AP / 1:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan began deploying its first advanced Patriot missile defense system Friday near Tokyo, part of an effort to accelerate missile defense capabilities following North Korea's missile and nuclear tests last year.
  • Foreign Cell Phone Makers Make U.S. Push   AP / 1:20AM
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Two Chinese cell phone makers are looking to crack the U.S. market, both stressing fashion to make their statement but pursuing divergent strategies to make their mark.
  • Thursday, March 29

  • S. Korea Optimistic for Nuclear Deal   AP / 11:10PM
    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's point man on North Korea voiced optimism Thursday that agreements reached in a breakthrough deal on curbing North Korea's nuclear weapons program will be implemented.
  • Chrysler to Offer Satellite TV   AP / 10:20PM
    DETROIT (AP) -- Coming soon to a minivan near you: Satellite television. DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group on Thursday announced limited satellite TV service for its 2008 Dodge and Chrysler minivans and several other models, continuing its plan to turn the family cruiser into a living room on wheels.
  • Take-Two Investors Oust Board   AP / 9:20PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Investors at video game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. ousted five of six board members up for re-election Thursday, including the chief executive, who was booted from the boardroom and the executive suite.
  • Phone Deal Goes to Qwest, AT&T, Verizon   AP / 7:13PM
    WASHINGTON - Dealing a significant blow to Sprint Nextel, the government on Thursday awarded the largest-ever federal telecommunications contract - a 10-year deal worth up to $48 billion - to its rivals AT&T, Qwest Communications and Verizon.
  • Apple ITunes Offers 'Complete My Album'   AP / 7:13PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Apple Inc., the company that popularized selling songs online for 99 cents apiece, now hopes to buoy interest in albums, giving customers credit for purchases of full albums from which they have bought individual tracks.
  • Take-Two Investors Revolt   AP / 6:33PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Angry shareholders at one of the world's most popular video game publishers are threatening to oust board members and even the CEO Thursday at the company's annual meeting.
  • Web Drama to Make Debut on MySpace   AP / 5:30PM
    LOS ANGELES - Episodes of the new Internet drama "Prom Queen" will make their exclusive debut Sunday on News Corp.'s MySpace social-networking site, the company said Thursday.
  • Glitch Lags Journalists on Telecom News   AP / 4:00PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Talk about getting your lines crossed.
  • Microsoft Unveils New Mobile Web Browser   AP / 3:46PM
    REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. has unveiled an early version of a new Web browser for mobile devices that it said will make browsing full-sized Web pages faster and easier on small smart-phone screens.
  • Philips Cell Can Run on AAA Battery   AP / 2:12PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. - Philips Electronics is introducing a mobile phone with a built-in compartment for an ordinary AAA battery to power the device when the main battery runs low.
  • TJX Says Info From 45.7M Cards Stolen   AP / 1:32PM
    BOSTON - Information from at least 45.7 million credit and debit cards was stolen by hackers who accessed TJX's customer information in a security breach that the discount retailer disclosed more than two months ago.
  • Apple iTunes Offers 'Complete My Album'   AP / 1:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple Inc., the company that popularized selling songs online for 99 cents apiece, now hopes to buoy interest in albums, giving customers credit for purchases of full albums from which they have bought individual tracks.
  • Philips Cell Can Run on AAA Battery   AP / 10:25AM
    ORLANDO, Fla. - Philips Electronics is introducing a mobile phone with a built-in compartment for an ordinary AAA battery to power the device when the main battery runs low.
  • Intel Starts Building Vietnam Plant   AP / 10:15AM
    HANOI, Vietnam - Intel, the world biggest semiconductor company, has started construction on its $1 billion chip assembly and testing plant in Vietnam's southern business hub, a company official said Thursday.
  • Guardsman, Bride Wed by Long Distance   AP / 3:50AM
    INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) -- When it came time for a Minnesota National Guardsman to kiss the bride, she was about 6,000 miles away.
  • TJX: at Least 45.7M Card Numbers Stolen   AP / 2:34AM
    BOSTON - More than two months after first disclosing that hackers accessed customers' financial data from its computers, discount retailer TJX Cos. has revealed that information from at least 45.7 million credit and debit cards was stolen over an 18-month period.
  • McClatchy to Provide World News to Yahoo   AP / 1:44AM
    SAN FRANCISCO - McClatchy Co., the nation's third largest newspaper publisher, will begin providing international news coverage and commentary to online powerhouse Yahoo Inc. in a partnership that further underscores the media industry's shifting balance of power.
  • Intel Details New Chip Technology   AP / 1:10AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Intel Corp., the world's largest computer chip maker, on Wednesday unveiled details of a new lineup of processors slated for production later this year that promise a performance boost and energy savings because of the transition to a new manufacturing technology.
  • TJX Says 45.7M Card Numbers Stolen   AP / 12:34AM
    BOSTON - At least 45.7 million credit and debit card numbers of TJX Cos. customers were stolen from the discount retailer's computer system over several years, according to a regulatory filing by the company Wednesday.
  • Wednesday, March 28

  • HP Aims to Cut Global Energy Use 20 Pct   AP / 6:43PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's largest technology company, wants to become a global leader in improving corporate energy efficiency.
  • Ads Turning Up in 'Lonelygirl15'   AP / 6:23PM
    LOS ANGELES - In last week's episode of the Web drama "Lonelygirl15," teen pals Bree, Daniel and Jonas are on the road, running from the mysterious evil group "The Order" when Daniel spots Bree clutching a small, lime-green box.
  • Yahoo Promises Unlimited E-Mail Storage   AP / 5:33PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - In another reminder of technology's quantum leaps, Yahoo Inc.'s free e-mail service will provide unlimited storage space to its nearly 250 million users worldwide - a concept that seemed unfathomable just a few years ago.
  • Former Game Rivals Team Up for Olympics   AP / 5:23PM
    DALLAS - Two old rivals in the video game business are teaming up.
  • Squint TV: Television Comes to Cellular   AP / 4:20PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Try shopping for a "Watchman" on Sony's Web site, and all you'll find is music. Though the company kept making the handheld TV for two decades, it never caught on like the Walkman, or, more recently, the iPod.
  • Review: Broadcast TV Makes Cell Debut   AP / 3:51PM
    Watching TV on a cell phone usually involves either downloading short video clips or tuning into a live feed of cable channels that approximates radio more than television, the "moving picture" stuttering along in fits and starts.
  • Amp'd Mobile, Other Firms Face Fines   AP / 3:31PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a $100,000 fine against Amp'd Mobile Inc., the wireless phone company aimed at the youth market, and two other companies for failing to protect consumers' personal calling records from thieves.
  • New Group Created on Domain Name Privacy   AP / 2:52PM
    LISBON, Portugal - A committee of the Internet's key oversight agency agreed Wednesday to form a new working group that would examine how to offer more privacy to small businesses and people with individual Web sites.
  • Government Advisers Discuss `.xxx' Name   AP / 2:30PM
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Government advisers deliberated behind closed doors Wednesday but issued no public statement on a plan to give the online back alleys their own home through a voluntary ".xxx" Internet address.
  • Portugal Celebrates Massive Solar Plant   AP / 2:12PM
    LISBON, Portugal - A project slated to become the world's largest-producing solar power plant was inaugurated Wednesday in Portugal, though construction actually began last summer.
  • Amp'd Mobile, Other Firms Face Fines   AP / 2:02PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a $100,000 fine against Amp'd Mobile Inc., the wireless phone company aimed at the youth market, and two other companies for failing to protect consumers' personal calling records from thieves.
  • Beijing Threatens Jail for Mobile Porn   AP / 12:41PM
    BEIJING - Beijing police are threatening jail and fines for people who transmit pornography via cell phones after merchants were caught selling such movies on phone memory chips, a report said Wednesday.
  • LG to Add Google Functions to Phones   AP / 9:01AM
    SEOUL, South Korea - LG Electronics Inc. said Wednesday it has reached an agreement with Google Inc. to offer the leading online search engine's products on its mobile phones.
  • Musicians Campaign for Free Internet   AP / 9:00AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sensing a revolution in the way Internet traffic is managed, rock musicians find themselves in the unusual position of defending the status quo.
  • Microsoft to Release Xbox 360 Elite   AP / 1:20AM
    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. will sell a version of its Xbox 360 with a 120-gigabyte hard drive and a souped up high-definition video connection, in a bid to broaden the appeal of its popular console beyond video games.
  • Tuesday, March 27

  • At Cell Show, a Rare iPhone Glimpse   AP / 4:20PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. - Even the FCC chairman appears to have iPhone fever.
  • EU Lawmaker Favors Opt-In Cellular Cap   AP / 3:40PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - European Union legislation creating a compulsory cap on mobile phone roaming charges would lead to a sudden massive drop in network providers' revenues that could cause share prices to plummet, a key EU lawmaker said Tuesday.
  • AT&T to Launch Mobile Banking   AP / 1:26PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. - AT&T Inc.'s Cingular Wireless plans to introduce mobile banking capabilities with four prominent banks, the biggest such initiative in the U.S. but still shy of the industry's long-discussed goal of turning cell phones into credit cards.
  • Russian Faces Trial for Microsoft Piracy   AP / 1:26PM
    MOSCOW - A Russian school principal accused of installing pirated Microsoft software in school computers was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for a second time, in a case widely seen as a misguided attempt to crack down on software bootlegging.
  • Adobe Launching Creative Suite 3   AP / 11:36AM
    SAN FRANCISCO - A new version of Adobe Systems Inc.'s Creative Suite software will go on sale next month, a launch that executives have billed as the most significant in the company's 25-year history.
  • Siemens Board Member Arrested   AP / 11:10AM
    MUNICH, Germany (AP) -- A board member of Europe's biggest electronics and engineering company Siemens AG was arrested Tuesday in connection with an investigation of alleged payments to the head of a tiny labor union, the company said.
  • N.M., Branson Agree on Spaceport Lease   AP / 10:30AM
    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico officials have set the ground work to lease part of its commercial spaceport to Virgin Galactic as a base for its space tourism company.
  • Yahoo Seeks Content for Mobile Service   AP / 1:36AM
    SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Yahoo Inc. is recruiting other Web sites to help make its mobile search services more useful for consumers and advertisers, marking another step in the Internet portal's push to build a lucrative sales channel beyond the personal computer.
  • Monday, March 26

  • EMI, Bertelsmann Agree to Settle Lawsuit   AP / 9:56PM
    LOS ANGELES - British music company EMI Group PLC and German media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG said Monday they have agreed to settle a copyright infringement lawsuit over Bertelsmann's connection with the original Napster online file-sharing service.
  • EU, Iran Seek Common Ground on Nukes   AP / 9:20PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- A top European envoy on Monday renewed an offer from six world powers to talk with Tehran over its nuclear ambitions, and a senior Iranian negotiator agreed to stay in contact in an effort to find common ground.
  • Microsoft Vista Sells 20M Copies in Feb.   AP / 6:15PM
    REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. said Monday it sold 20 million consumer copies of the new Windows Vista operating system worldwide in February, but analysts said the data shed little light on the program's popularity during its first month on the market.
  • EA, Nettwerk to Create Music Label   AP / 6:15PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. announced Monday the creation of a full-service music label in a joint venture with Nettwerk One Music Ltd.
  • EU, Iran Seek Common Ground on Nukes   AP / 5:44PM
    VIENNA, Austria - A top European envoy on Monday renewed an offer from six world powers to talk with Tehran over its nuclear ambitions, and a senior Iranian negotiator agreed to stay in contact in an effort to find common ground.
  • Cell Industry Gathers Under IPhone Cloud   AP / 3:34PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. - It says something about the state of the cell phone industry that the product looming largest over the annual wireless show doesn't even exist yet. Never mind that it's coming from a company that's never even made a cell phone.
  • Intel Plant to Boost Beijing Tech Plans   AP / 2:53PM
    BEIJING - Intel Corp.'s plan to build a chip factory in China is a victory for China's campaign to attract high-tech investment that it hopes will speed development of its own technology industries.
  • Russia, China Urge Iran to Heed U.N.   AP / 2:34PM
    MOSCOW - The presidents of Russia and China on Monday called on Iran to fulfill the U.N. Security Council's demands over its disputed nuclear program - a sign of impatience from Iran's two closest allies over its continued defiance.
  • Bootleggers Try to Throw Dogs Off Scent   AP / 1:33PM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Movie pirates are spraying chemicals on their bootleg DVDs to confuse two U.S.-loaned dogs that helped Malaysian authorities sniff out nearly 1 million illegal discs, an official said Monday.
  • Russia, China Urge Iran to Heed U.N.   AP / 12:53PM
    MOSCOW - The presidents of Russia and China on Monday called on Iran to fulfill the U.N. Security Council's resolutions over its disputed nuclear program.
  • Russia, China Urge Iran to Heed U.N.   AP / 12:53PM
    MOSCOW - The presidents of Russia and China on Monday called on Iran to fulfill the U.N. Security Council's resolutions over its disputed nuclear program.
  • Study Links Child Care to Problem Behavior   AP / 11:53AM
    WASHINGTON - The more time that children spent in child care, the more likely their sixth grade teachers were to report problem behavior.
  • Europe to Resume Nuke Talks With Iran   AP / 11:13AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Union's foreign policy chief said Monday he would soon resume talks with Iran's top negotiator about the country's nuclear program, a day after the Iranian government announced a partial suspension of cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog.
  • Fuji TV Sues Livedoor for $292 Million   AP / 10:13AM
    TOKYO - The Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV sued former dot-com luminary Livedoor on Monday for $292 million in damages over losses it absorbed after buying a stake in the since disgraced Internet portal company.
  • Intel Plans $2.5B Chip Factory in China   AP / 8:22AM
    BEIJING - Intel Corp. announced Monday it will build a $2.5 billion chip factory in China, giving the U.S. company a bigger presence in the booming Chinese market and boosting Beijing's efforts to attract high-tech investment.
  • Conjoined Twins to Be Separated in Ohio   AP / 12:41AM
    DALLAS - Doctors are planning an attempt this spring to gradually separate 3-year-old twin girls who were born connected at the head.
  • Sunday, March 25

  • Psychic Chat Prompts Fire Resignation   AP / 11:30PM
    MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) -- A fire marshal who admitted consulting online psychics at work didn't need a crystal ball to tell him it was time to resign.
  • Friday, March 23

  • TV Guide to Offer Web Video Search Tool   AP / 6:50PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- TV Guide, which has helped viewers navigate through thousands of TV shows for 53 years, now wants to do the same for Internet video. Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. will launch a test version next month of an online video search tool that allows viewers to find clips and full episodes of TV shows now being posted on the Web. A formal launch is planned for September.
  • Girl's Overdose Death Raises Questions   AP / 4:40PM
    HULL, Mass. (AP) -- In the final months of Rebecca Riley's life, a school nurse said the little girl was so weak she was like a "floppy doll." The preschool principal had to help Rebecca off the bus because the 4-year-old was shaking so badly. And a pharmacist complained that Rebecca's mother kept coming up with excuses for why her daughter needed more and more medication. None of their concerns was enough to save Rebecca.
  • Vote on `.xxx' Internet Address Nears   AP / 3:04PM
    NEW YORK - Online pornographers and religious groups are in a rare alliance as a key Internet oversight agency nears a decision on creating a virtual red-light district through a ".xxx" Internet address.
  • Questions on `.xxx' Bid and Domain Names   AP / 3:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the Internet's key oversight agency, is nearing a vote on creating a voluntary ".xxx" domain name for pornography sites.
  • Audible Magic on Copyright Patrol   AP / 2:30PM
    LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) -- Vance Ikezoye didn't set out to become one of the digital revolution's top copyright cops when he first began tinkering with the technology that launched Audible Magic Corp.
  • Music Publishers Sue XM Radio   AP / 2:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A group representing music publishers is suing XM Satellite Radio, saying that XM violates copyright laws by giving users the ability to store and replay songs on certain devices.
  • European Web Sites Go to Extremes   AP / 2:30PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- What's in an Internet domain name? Sixty-three characters max.
  • Thursday, March 22

  • North Korea Nuclear Talks Break Down   AP / 10:10PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Negotiations on halting North Korea's nuclear program broke down abruptly Thursday, with the country's chief envoy to the talks flying home after a dispute over money frozen in a Macau bank could not be resolved.
  • NBC, News Corp. in Online Video Venture   AP / 7:10PM
    NEW YORK - NBC Universal and News Corp. joined forces Thursday with several major Internet companies to distribute TV shows, video clips and movies online in an effort to better control their programming and counter competition from YouTube.
  • U.S. Judge Blocks 1998 Online Porn Law   AP / 5:40PM
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Software filters work much better than a 1998 federal law designed to keep pornography away from children on the Internet, a federal judge ruled Thursday in striking down the measure on free-speech grounds.
  • Review: the Little Laptop That Can't   AP / 4:10PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- I was flipping TV channels the other night when an interview with a famous Microsoft programmer caught my eye. The show's hostess was clearly in awe, and since I write about the company, I wanted to jot down his surname. The problem? She never mentioned it.
  • Feds: Yellowstone Grizzlies Are Thriving   AP / 2:10PM
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Grizzly bears are thriving in and around Yellowstone National Park and no longer need the protection of the Endangered Species Act, the federal government said Thursday.
  • Japan Sees Double Standard in Biz Trials   AP / 10:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan has been abuzz with the unusually harsh prison term handed to former Internet kingpin Takafumi Horie -- and the slap on the wrist given to scandal-tainted brokerage Nikko Cordial in another high-profile case of accounting regularities.
  • Hitachi to Close Mexico Plant, Shed Jobs   AP / 1:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese electronics maker Hitachi Ltd. said Thursday it will close a factory in Mexico and shed about 4,400 jobs as part of a global overhaul of its slumping hard disk drive business.
  • Wednesday, March 21

  • Motorola Slashes Outlook, Replaces CFO   AP / 9:01PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Motorola Inc. replaced its chief financial officer Wednesday in a shake-up of top management as it slashed its first-quarter forecast, blaming weaker-than-expected revenue from its cell-phone unit.
  • Apple '1984' Ad Gets Political Makeover   AP / 8:31PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Whether Apple Inc. likes it or not, its classic "1984" Macintosh television ad, which aired only during the Super Bowl that year, has been reincarnated with a political veneer and is becoming one of the latest hits on Google Inc.'s YouTube.
  • Art Imitates Video Games   AP / 6:20PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Irish playwright Oscar Wilde once said, "Life imitates art far more than art imitates life."
  • Court Backs FCC Over States in VoIP Case   AP / 5:40PM
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a decision by the Federal Communications Commission that barred states, including Minnesota, from regulating Internet-based phone services.
  • Apple Set-Top Box Ships After Delay   AP / 5:20PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- After a slight delay, Apple Inc. said Wednesday it is now shipping Apple TV, a set-top box that can wirelessly stream or download iTunes videos, podcasts and music from a computer to a television.
  • Dell Debuts China-Specific Desktop PCs   AP / 4:20PM
    DALLAS (AP) -- Dell Inc. has a new desktop computer targeting first-time and novice computer users in China.
  • Sirius Promises Lower Prices in XM Combo   AP / 3:51PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. is promising more programming choices and lower pricing options as part of an effort to convince federal regulators to approve its proposed acquisition of rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.
  • Biofuels Spark Biotech Rally   AP / 3:40PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Biotechnology was first applied in medicine, then farming. Today, dozens of lifesaving drugs are on the market, while many crops are genetically engineered to withstand weed killers.
  • India High-Tech School Curbs Online Use   AP / 1:30PM
    MUMBAI, India (AP) -- A half-hour before the clock strikes midnight, India's top technology institute pulls the plug on Internet access in students' dorm rooms.
  • EU to Write Rules on Data Tag Privacy   AP / 12:20PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Privacy and security need to be built into radio frequency identification tags before they become widespread, the European Commission said, announcing it would publish guidelines later this year.
  • Podcasters Trade Tips at Atlanta PodCamp   AP / 12:10PM
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Kathy Shields says podcasting is easy -- so simple, in fact, that her kindergartners do it.
  • Belgium Launches Mobile Payment Service   AP / 12:00PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Bills, bills, bills -- You can't get away from them if you're a Belgian mobile phone user.
  • Navy Won't List Sonar Use for Whale Case   AP / 10:10AM
    HONOLULU - The Navy is refusing to detail its sonar use for a federal court in a case involving potential harm to whales, saying the information could jeopardize national security.
  • IBM Wins Deal to Manage Firm's IT Unit   AP / 8:50AM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- IBM Corp. said Wednesday it has won a 10-year contract to manage the information technology infrastructure of Indian mobile company Idea Cellular in a deal valued between $600 million and $800 million.
  • Gates Loses Virtual Soccer Match to Pro   AP / 1:40AM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates met his technological match Tuesday, losing a video game simulation of a penalty shootout to star Mexican soccer player Rafael Marquez 2-1 as hundreds of Microsoft Mexico employees and other invited guests cheered on the two.
  • Tuesday, March 20

  • Manny Ramirez Auctions Grill on EBay   AP / 11:30PM
    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- How much would you pay to cook up a few steaks on a fancy grill? If you buy it from Manny Ramirez, prepare to shell out more than $20,000 -- but it comes with an autographed baseball. The Red Sox quirky slugger with the $160 million contract is selling on eBay a JENN-AIR grill he said he bought for about $4,000.
  • Astronaut Could Face Trial in July   AP / 9:20PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A former astronaut could go to trial in late July on charges that she tried to kidnap a woman in what police call a love triangle involving a fellow astronaut, according to state prosecutors.
  • Computing Pioneer Backus Dies   AP / 9:20PM
    John Backus, whose development of the Fortran programming language in the 1950s changed how people interacted with computers and paved the way for modern software, has died. He was 82.
  • Russia Pulling Out of Iran Nuke Project   AP / 6:30PM
    VIENNA, Austria - Russia is bringing home its technicians and engineers from Iran's unfinished nuclear reactor site at a time of growing international pressure on Tehran to curb its atomic ambitions, U.S. and European representatives said Tuesday.
  • Speculation of Palm Buyout Rises   AP / 6:00PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Speculation of a buyout of Palm Inc. heightened Tuesday after an industry online publication reported a deal could occur this week.
  • Qualcomm Disputes Nokia's Claims   AP / 5:30PM
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Qualcomm Inc. on Tuesday disputed Nokia Corp.'s claim that it should be prevented from enforcing patents on Nokia products in Europe.
  • Dutch Government to Review Segway Ban   AP / 5:10PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- The new Dutch transportation minister ordered a safety review of Segways and said he hoped to eventually lift a ban on the self-balancing scooters in public places.
  • Hynix, Toshiba Reach Chip Patent Accord   AP / 2:50PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Hynix Semiconductor Inc. and Toshiba Corp. declared an end to their legal feud Tuesday, signing agreements to share semiconductor patents and products.
  • EU: Companies Fixed Video Tape Prices   AP / 2:30PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- EU regulators said Tuesday they charged several companies -- among them Sony Corp. -- with running a cartel to fix the price of professional video tape used for television.
  • Michael Dell Lobbies India to Cut PC Tax   AP / 11:11AM
    NEW DELHI - Dell Inc.'s sales in India have soared in the past year, but the high taxes the country levies on computers are preventing the U.S. company from expanding investment and operations here, Chairman and Chief Executive Michael Dell said Tuesday.
  • Oops! Tech Error Wipes Out Alaska Info   AP / 10:41AM
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Perhaps you know that sinking feeling when a single keystroke accidentally destroys hours of work. Now imagine wiping out a disk drive containing information for an account worth $38 billion.
  • Online Broadcasters Challenge Price Hike   AP / 8:10AM
    NEW YORK - A wide array of broadcasters and online companies on Monday challenged a ruling from a panel of copyright judges that they say could cripple the emerging business of offering music broadcasts over the Internet.
  • Google Adds Decorative Themes to Site   AP / 1:20AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Sprucing up its famously plain Web site, Google Inc. is offering a new option that plants its Internet search box in panoramic settings that change with the time of day and the outside weather.
  • Monday, March 19

  • Gates Promotes PC Training in Colombia   AP / 6:50PM
    CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) -- In his first trip to this violence-wracked country, Bill Gates said Microsoft Corp. was helping set up computer learning centers in areas where demobilized paramilitary fighters are in dire need of job training.
  • ABC Family, Lycos Test Interactive TV   AP / 5:30PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- The season finale of "Wildfire," a show on the ABC Family cable network, will get a second airing right away on the Internet, in an interactive session on Lycos.com that both companies call an experimental exploration of the future of TV.
  • AOL Introduces Location Plug-In for IM   AP / 11:40AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- AOL is offering users of its AIM instant messaging service new capabilities to see where people on their buddy lists are physically located.
  • Presidential Hopefuls Make Myspace Pages   AP / 8:33AM
    LOS ANGELES - Prospective voters eager to learn more about John McCain or to become an Internet "friend" of Barack Obama now have a new online opportunity. MySpace.com, the popular social networking site, on Sunday launched a section dedicated to the 2008 presidential election.
  • Nokia Files Complaints Against Qualcomm   AP / 7:50AM
    ESPOO, Finland (AP) -- Nokia Corp., the world's largest maker of mobile phones, said Monday that it filed complaints against wireless technology company Qualcomm Inc. in Germany and the Netherlands.
  • Most Computer Attacks Originate in U.S.   AP / 6:30AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - The United States generates more malicious computer activity than any other country, and sophisticated hackers worldwide are banding together in highly efficient crime rings, according to a new report.
  • U.S. Missile Defense Plan Condemned   AP / 5:40AM
    BERLIN (AP) -- The leader of Germany's governing Social Democrats criticized U.S. plans to locate a missile defense system in eastern Europe, insisting in an interview published Monday that "we need no new missiles in Europe."
  • Bochco to Create Confessional Web Videos   AP / 12:50AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Emmy Award-winning writer Steven Bochco has become the latest Hollywood leader to embrace the Internet, teaming with a video site to produce a series of confessional short videos on such topics as "my first time" and "my weird family."
  • Sunday, March 18

  • Review: Plenty of Net Diversions at Work   AP / 9:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- There will be plenty of opportunities to follow the March Madness tournament from your work desktops -- CBS is offering free streaming video, and other sites organize office pools and give you the latest scores.
  • States Push Online Fitness Programs   AP / 3:20PM
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Arleen East started the year in a rut -- overweight, sedentary and plagued by bouts of depression only deepened by her unflattering extra bulk.
  • Envoy: $25M North Korea Dispute Resolved   AP / 3:11PM
    BEIJING - The top American nuclear envoy said Sunday that he believed North Korea and the U.S. had "gotten past" a dispute over $25 million in frozen North Korean funds, and the communist nation was moving toward nuclear disarmament.
  • Web Site to Pool European Weather Data   AP / 3:20AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- It looks like a color-coded terror alert scale -- and meteorologically speaking, that's exactly what it is.
  • Mexico Opens Sewage Treatment Plant   AP / 12:50AM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A waste water treatment plant that Mexican officials say will help prevent pollution of U.S. waterways was inaugurated Saturday in the city of Mexicali, across the border from Calexico, Calif.
  • Saturday, March 17

  • Anti-Nuclear Rallies Fill French Cities   AP / 8:50PM
    RENNES, France (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people filled the streets of five French cities Saturday to protest plans to build the next generation of nuclear reactors.
  • Delayed Nuke Plant Bolsters Iran Resolve   AP / 6:50PM
    BUSHEHR, Iran (AP) -- For Iranians across the political spectrum, delays in construction of the country's first nuclear reactor have strengthened their resolve to master their own nuclear technology and resist U.N. efforts to stop them.
  • N. Korea Sends Mixed Signal on Nuke Plan   AP / 1:20PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- North Korea sent mixed signals on nuclear disarmament Saturday, saying it was preparing to shut down its main plutonium program but that no action would be taken unless frozen funds were released from a Macau bank.
  • Germany Urges U.S. Missile Defense Talks   AP / 10:20AM
    BERLIN (AP) -- The German foreign minister suggested Saturday that the U.S. plan to build a missile defense system in Europe has merits, but said an open discussion was needed to address concerns from all sides.
  • Qualcomm, Broadcom Agree to Drop Suits   AP / 3:10AM
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Qualcomm Inc. and Broadcom Corp. agreed to dismiss patent and trade-secret claims against each other Friday, ending several skirmishes in the long-running legal battle between the two wireless technology companies.
  • Friday, March 16

  • Iranian President: Sanctions Won't Work   AP / 11:00PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted Friday that new sanctions won't force Iran to give up its right to enrich uranium, and he blasted the U.N. Security Council as an instrument used by "bullying" Western nations against Tehran.
  • Iranian President: Sanctions Won't Work   AP / 7:30PM
    TEHRAN, Iran - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted Friday that new sanctions won't force Iran to give up its right to enrich uranium, and he blasted the U.N. Security Council as an instrument used by "bullying" Western nations against Tehran.
  • Apple Offers to Amend Past Options   AP / 6:30PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- In the wake of its backdated stock-options troubles, Apple Inc. is offering affected employees the chance to amend the strike price of past options that were incorrectly backdated and receive cash payments to cover related losses and tax penalties, according a regulatory filing Friday.
  • Ahmadinejad Says Sanctions Won't Work   AP / 4:30PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted Friday that new sanctions won't force Iran to give up its right to enrich uranium, and he blasted the U.N. Security Council as an instrument used by "bullying" Western nations against Tehran.
  • Russians Plan More Nuclear Power Reactors   AP / 3:20PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Government officials said Friday that Russia will build two nuclear reactors annually through 2015, and increase to four a year by 2020 in an effort to sharply increase atomic power generation, according to Russian news agencies.
  • FDA OKs Drug to Treat Blood Disorder   AP / 2:30PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The first drug to treat a blood disorder that strikes one in a million people won federal approval Friday.
  • Degree Offered in Biometric Security   AP / 12:20PM
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Todd Fortier is banking on the day when ATMs will be required to confirm a user's face, voice or thumbprint before spitting out cash.
  • China to Launch Television Satellite   AP / 12:00PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China plans a second attempt at launching a working satellite that can broadcast television directly to homes, a news report said Friday.
  • Thursday, March 15

  • Review: Plenty of Net Diversions at Work   AP / 4:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- There will be plenty of opportunities to follow the March Madness tournament from your work desktops -- CBS is offering free streaming video, and other sites organize office pools and give you the latest scores.
  • Study Challenges Theories on Species   AP / 2:50PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- More species develop in warm, tropical climates or cooler, temperate areas? It turns out the longtime answer -- the tropics -- may be wrong.
  • Could Crazy Technology Save the Planet?   AP / 1:20PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Crazy-sounding ideas for saving the planet are getting a serious look from top scientists, a sign of their fears about global warming and the desire for an insurance policy in case things get worse.
  • Scientist Challenges Woodpecker Sighting   AP / 11:40AM
    LONDON (AP) -- A Scottish scientist says American bird experts may have been wrong when they concluded that the ivory-billed woodpecker, thought to be extinct, might have survived.
  • AOL Withdraws TradeDoubler Takeover Bid   AP / 11:20AM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- AOL LLC said Thursday it has withdrawn its cash offer for Swedish online marketing specialist TradeDoubler AB because it had not acquired enough shares by the bid deadline.
  • Red Hat Launches New Linux System   AP / 9:30AM
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Red Hat Inc. has unveiled the latest version of its Linux operating system as the open-source software company continues to combat Microsoft's market-dominating Windows platform.
  • Anxious Japan Awaits Livedoor Verdict   AP / 4:13AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A year after his Internet empire came crashing down, turning Japan's most famous dot-com mogul into a business pariah and celebrity defendant, Takafumi Horie and a captivated nation will learn Friday whether his name will be cleared.
  • Wednesday, March 14

  • Google to Adopt New Privacy Measures   AP / 9:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. is adopting new privacy measures to make it more difficult to connect online search requests with the people making them - a thorny issue that provoked a showdown with the U.S. government last year.
  • Dying Woman Loses Marijuana Appeal   AP / 8:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A woman whose doctor says marijuana is the only medicine keeping her alive can face federal prosecution on drug charges, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
  • Plea Deal Reached in HP Spy Scandal   AP / 6:40PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- A judge dropped all charges Wednesday against former Hewlett-Packard Co. board Chairwoman Patricia Dunn, who was accused of fraud in the boardroom spying scheme that rocked one of Silicon Valley's most respected companies.
  • ComScore Adds `visits' to Site Measures   AP / 6:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The online measurement service comScore Media Metrix has come up with a new way of measuring Web traffic as new technologies increasingly make one of the current industry yardsticks less meaningful.
  • Pew: Latinos Less Likely to Be Online   AP / 5:20PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Latinos are not going online as much as non-Hispanic whites and blacks, even at younger ages where Internet use is far greater, according to a report released Wednesday.
  • British Lawmakers Approve Missile System   AP / 5:11PM
    LONDON - Prime Minister Tony Blair won a crucial vote in Parliament on Wednesday when lawmakers approved a program to replace Britain's fleet of four nuclear-armed submarines.
  • Europe Tech Show Loses Some Big Names   AP / 4:50PM
    HANOVER, Germany (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of high-tech professionals are streaming to the annual CeBIT show this week, but the world's biggest information technology trade fair is not the draw it used to be.
  • Microsoft to Acquire Tellme Networks   AP / 4:50PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft said Wednesday it will buy Tellme Networks Inc., which provides voice-enabled mobile search, directory assistance and computerized, speech-driven customer service hotlines.
  • Web Site Uses Math to Pick NCAA Winners   AP / 4:40PM
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- There are plenty of strategies for winning the NCAA office pool that have little to do with basketball -- best mascots, coolest uniforms, favorite team colors. For Tom Adams, it's all about the math.
  • Texas Lawmakers Vote on Cancer Vaccine   AP / 1:23PM
    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers are fighting to block the governor's order requiring that sixth-grade girls be vaccinated against the virus that causes cervical cancer, with the House giving final approval to a bill to make the shots strictly voluntary.
  • Lenovo Computers to Use Microsoft Search   AP / 12:40PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Lenovo Group Ltd. became the first computer maker to agree to pre-load Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Live toolbar and make its search portal the main service on all new computers worldwide.
  • FDA Says Pills Can Cause 'Sleep-Driving'   AP / 12:20PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- All sleeping pills, including the blockbusters Ambien and Lunesta, may sometimes cause a bizarre but dangerous side effect -- sleep-driving, the Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.
  • Startup Organizes Multimedia Content   AP / 12:20PM
    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- A Silicon Valley startup hoping to become "the Google of audio and video" introduced software this week that trolls the Internet for podcasts, music and videos, then sorts the clips into categories such as "fashionista," "hip hop" and "gossip snoop."
  • TXU Orders 2 Mitsubishi Heavy Reactors   AP / 10:20AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's largest heavy machinery maker Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said Wednesday it has received an order for two nuclear reactors from U.S. electric utility TXU Corp., the first export deal of equipment made by a Japanese company.
  • British Lawmakers to Vote on Missile Plan   AP / 7:40AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Lawmakers from Prime Minister Tony Blair's governing Labour party plan a major rebellion Wednesday over proposals for a new multibillion dollar nuclear missile defense system, a program critics claim risks undermining efforts to halt the weapons ambitions of Iran and others.
  • Yahoo Inc. Cleared in Hong Kong Case   AP / 7:20AM
    HONG KONG (AP) -- Yahoo Inc. did not violate Hong Kong's privacy laws when it provided prosecutors with information about a Chinese reporter accused of leaking state secrets, authorities said Wednesday.
  • Startup to Offer the 'Personal Radio'   AP / 2:00AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- A new service is taking personal taste in music to another level by combining elements of Internet radio, portable music and satellite distribution.
  • ElBaradei Unable to Meet NKorea Nuke Envoy   AP / 1:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- The chief U.N. nuclear negotiator, in Pyongyang for talks on how North Korea will close its main atomic reactor, was unable to meet with the country's top nuclear negotiator Wednesday, the agency's spokeswoman said.
  • Tuesday, March 13

  • Couple Accused of Seeking Sex With Girl   AP / 11:10PM
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Portland couple arranged to trade marijuana for the chance to have sex with a 5-year-old girl, the authorities said Tuesday.
  • Your New ID-Theft Worry? Photocopiers   AP / 5:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Consumers are bombarded with warnings about identity theft. Publicized threats range from mailbox thieves and lost laptops to the higher-tech methods of e-mail scams and corporate data invasions.
  • China Approves $2.5B Intel Corp. Plant   AP / 1:50PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Intel Corp. has received approval to build a $2.5 billion chip plant in China amid booming Chinese demand for chips used in personal computers and mobile phones, the government said Tuesday.
  • LG Begans Making Mobile Phones in Iran   AP / 1:40PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- LG Electronics Inc. said Tuesday it has started producing handsets in Iran with a local partner.
  • Monster Ties Up With Help-Wanted Service   AP / 10:40AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Monster Worldwide Inc., a leading job-search Web site, is taking its latest step to forge partnerships with traditional media by linking with a technology company that runs the online help-wanted sites for more than 200 newspapers.
  • Britain Aims for CO2-Limit Target Dates   AP / 10:00AM
    LONDON (AP) -- Britain proposed setting legally binding targets for cutting carbon dioxide emissions, saying Tuesday it wanted to lead by example in the global campaign against climate change.
  • IAEA Chief Leaves for Talks in N. Korea   AP / 2:00AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- The U.N.'s chief nuclear inspector left for North Korea on Tuesday for talks on how to implement a landmark nuclear disarmament agreement after playing down expectations that his trip heralded the communist country's rapid disarmament.
  • Monday, March 12

  • Disney to Launch Web Site Aimed at Moms   AP / 10:50PM
    LOS ANGELES - The Walt Disney Co. is launching a new Web site aimed at moms who are increasingly turning to the Internet for answers to everything from problems with teething babies to financing college. The new site, Disney Family, is a departure for the media conglomerate, which has primarily launched Web efforts to promote its own brands and products, keeping strict control over content and presentation.
  • N.M. Lawmakers Approve Cancer Vaccine   AP / 9:10PM
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico is on the verge of becoming the latest state to require sixth-grade girls to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer, a spokesman for the governor said Monday.
  • IBM's Palmisano Paid $18.8M Last Year   AP / 3:40PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- IBM Corp. Chairman and CEO Samuel J. Palmisano collected compensation worth $18.8 million in 2006, a year in which the company posted record profits and enjoyed a rebound in the stock market.
  • U.N: Cybersquatting Complaints Rise   AP / 2:50PM
    GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. copyright agency that arbitrates more than half the world's "cybersquatting" cases saw a 25 percent increase in complaints last year.
  • AOL Partners With PointRoll on New Ads   AP / 2:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Internet company AOL said Monday it is partnering with a unit of Gannett Co. to offer new forms of interactive advertising that incorporate audio and video elements.
  • Seagate's Encrypted Hard Drives on Route   AP / 9:00AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Seagate Technology LLC, the world's largest hard drive maker, announced Monday the first manufacturer to sell laptop PCs with its new built-in encryption technology.
  • Chief U.N. Nuclear Inspector in Beijing   AP / 3:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- The U.N.'s chief nuclear inspector played down expectations Monday that his trip to North Korea heralded the communist country's rapid disarmament, saying a buildup of trust and confidence were needed first.
  • Study: Feds Slow in Getting Records on Web   AP / 2:13AM
    Federal agencies have dragged their feet on implementing 10-year-old law that requires them to use the Internet to make government documents easily available, a new study says.
  • Sunday, March 11

  • Walter Reed Panel Vows Broad Examination   AP / 4:40PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration must examine all military and veterans' hospitals to see where the system has failed, one of the leaders of the presidential commission to investigate the problems said Sunday.
  • Sony to Launch Virtual Universe   AP / 8:51AM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Capitalizing on the popularity of social networks and online worlds, Sony will launch its own virtual universe and another 3-D game built almost entirely by players. "Home" is a real-time, networked world for the PlayStation 3 in which players create human-looking characters called avatars. They can buy clothing, furniture and videos to play on a virtual flat-screen television in their virtual apartments.
  • Solar Technology Gets White House Boost   AP / 8:41AM
    BOSTON - A company trying to harness energy from sunlight and interior light to wirelessly power everything from cell phones to signboards now has financial backing from the White House.
  • Saturday, March 10

  • Americans Tenderly Medicating Their Pets   AP / 4:40PM
    WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. (AP) -- With aging, it's become a routine faithfully endured by the Guffords. Each day starts with a blood sugar check and a shot of insulin. Then a couple of pills, maybe mashed into a bowl of tuna and canned carrots. Mixed with dry chow.
  • Biofuels Boom Raises Tough Questions   AP / 3:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- America is drunk on ethanol. Farmers in the Midwest are sending billions of bushels of corn to refineries that turn it into billions of gallons of fuel. Automakers in Detroit have already built millions of cars, trucks and SUVs that can run on it, and are committed to making millions more. In Washington, politicians have approved generous subsidies for companies that make ethanol.
  • N.Korea Expects U.S. to Lift Sanctions   AP / 2:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- North Korea expects the United States to lift financial sanctions as part of a nuclear disarmament deal and will retaliate if it fails to do so, a senior North Korean official said Saturday.
  • Friday, March 9

  • Yahoo Stock Dives on News of AT&T Loss   AP / 7:00PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Yahoo Inc.'s recently resurgent stock retreated by more than 5 percent Friday amid fears that a setback in a lucrative partnership with AT&T Inc. will undercut the anticipated gains from an overhaul of the Web portal's advertising platform.
  • AMD's Well May Be Running Dry   AP / 3:20PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The high-flying Advanced Micro Devices Inc. of 2006 has given way to a company in financial peril, saddled with debt and bleeding from a brutal price battle with its larger and suddenly resurgent Silicon Valley archrival, Intel Corp.
  • EU Leaders Agree to Cut Greenhouse Gases   AP / 11:31AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - EU leaders agreed Friday on a bold set of measures to fight global warming, pledging that a fifth of the bloc's energy will come from green power sources such as wind turbines and solar panels by 2020 and 10 percent of European cars will run on biofuels.
  • Hitachi to Sell Business PCs Made by HP   AP / 10:51AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese electronics maker Hitachi said Friday it will sell personal computers made by Hewlett-Packard Co. that are designed for businesses under the Hitachi brand in Japan.
  • Turkey Lifts YouTube Ban After Two Days   AP / 9:40AM
    ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey lifted its ban on YouTube Friday, an official for the country's largest telecommunications firm said, two days after a court ordered the Web site blocked because of videos that allegedly insulted the founder of modern Turkey.
  • Thursday, March 8

  • Video Game Guru Wants Happy Games   AP / 7:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Video game developers should resist the temptation to produce only sequels of established hits and games based on horror and revenge, Nintendo Co.'s top designer said Thursday.
  • Review: Size a Big Feature on Tiny Phone   AP / 5:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Thanks to the Razr fad, there are plenty of thin phones out there by now. But in terms of sheer smallness, the options remain slim.
  • Jury Rules Against Former Gateway Execs   AP / 5:10PM
    IRVINE, Calif. - A federal jury ruled that two former Gateway Inc. executives manipulated earnings to meet analysts' expectations, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday.
  • Vonage Ordered to Pay Verizon $58M   AP / 4:30PM
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Internet phone company Vonage must pay Verizon Communications $58 million for infringing on three patents that enable the upstart's low-cost telephone service, a jury ruled Thursday.
  • AIDS Medicine Is Rationed in Puerto Rico   AP / 2:40PM
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The U.S. has halted payments to clinics that treat AIDS patients in Puerto Rico, forcing hundreds of poor people to go without free medicine in a U.S. territory with an AIDS rate nearly double that of the mainland.
  • IAEA Freezes Assistance Programs to Iran   AP / 2:11PM
    VIENNA, Austria - Delegates to a 35-nation meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday approved the suspension of nearly two dozen nuclear technical aid programs to Iran as part of U.N. sanctions imposed because its nuclear defiance.
  • Sweden Plan Would Monitor Communications   AP / 12:00PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Sweden's government presented a contentious plan Thursday to allow a defense intelligence agency to monitor -- without a court order -- e-mail traffic and phone calls crossing the nation's borders.
  • CBS Doubles Bandwidth for NCAA Streams   AP / 8:00AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- While CBS Corp. is doubling the amount of bandwidth available for viewing NCAA tournament games this year, it will still restrict the number of viewers to keep the system running smoothly.
  • Microsoft Signs Up 1st Licensee for Code   AP / 7:20AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Under threat of new multimillion fines, Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that it had signed up its first licensee for a scheme EU regulators told it to set up three years ago to share code that helps servers work with the Windows operating platform.
  • U.N. Likely to Freeze Programs to Iran   AP / 5:20AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Delegates to a key meeting of the International Atomic Energy Organization likely will approve suspending nearly two dozen nuclear technical aid programs to Iran later in the day, a senior Egyptian diplomat said Thursday.
  • Solar Technology Gets White House Boost   AP / 3:30AM
    BOSTON (AP) -- A company trying to harness energy from sunlight and interior light to wirelessly power everything from cell phones to signboards now has financial backing from the White House.
  • Wednesday, March 7

  • Sony to Launch Virtual Universe   AP / 8:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Capitalizing on the popularity of social networks and online worlds, Sony will launch its own virtual universe and another 3-D game built almost entirely by players. "Home" is a real-time, networked world for the PlayStation 3 in which players create human-looking characters called avatars. They can buy clothing, furniture and videos to play on a virtual flat-screen television in their virtual apartments.
  • Conn. Bill Would Force MySpace Age Check   AP / 5:40PM
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut lawmakers unveiled legislation Wednesday that would require MySpace.com and other social-networking sites to verify users' ages and obtain parental consent before minors can post profiles.
  • Congo Official Arrested in Uranium Sale   AP / 5:40PM
    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- The head of Congo's atomic energy commission has been arrested on suspicion of illegally selling uranium found in the Central African mineral giant, officials said Wednesday.
  • Friendster Hooks Up With Google for Ads   AP / 5:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Hoping to finally become profitable, online social-networking pioneer Friendster Inc. is joining the crowd of Web sites that rely on Internet search leader Google Inc. for a large piece of their advertising.
  • Conn. Bill Would Force MySpace Age Check   AP / 2:31PM
    HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut lawmakers unveiled legislation Wednesday that would require MySpace.com and other social-networking sites to verify users' ages and obtain parental consent before minors can post profiles.
  • Startup to Provide Second Life Ratings   AP / 1:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A startup billing itself as the Better Business Bureau for virtual worlds wants to provide a rating system for avatars -- players' online representations -- in "Second Life."
  • Philly Cardinal Takes Message to YouTube   AP / 9:40AM
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia hopes to add salvation to the seemingly endless list of things Internet surfers can find on Google Inc.'s YouTube.
  • China Cracks Down on `virtual Money'   AP / 9:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Regulators have ordered Chinese Web sites to limit the use of "virtual money" after concerns that the online credits might be used for money laundering or illicit trade.
  • Court Orders Access to YouTube Blocked   AP / 9:01AM
    ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish court ordered access to YouTube's Web site blocked Wednesday, after a prosecutor recommended the ban because of videos allegedly insulting the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
  • Iranians Visit Russia Over Nuke Plant   AP / 9:00AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Nuclear energy officials hosted an Iranian delegation Wednesday for talks on the construction of a Russian-built plant that has fallen behind schedule because of what Moscow said were delays in payments by Tehran.
  • U.S. Firms Invest in Chinese Web Site   AP / 6:40AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A group of U.S. venture capital firms, including Disney's investment arm, was set to announce Wednesday that it had invested $23.5 million in UUSee, a major Chinese site for Web video.
  • Tuesday, March 6

  • Documents Reveal Astronaut Romance   AP / 9:10PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. - Astronaut Bill Oefelein was in orbit aboard the space shuttle in December when he was sent a steamy e-mail from a girlfriend awaiting his return: "First urge will be to rip your clothes off, throw you on the ground and love the hell out of you."
  • Apple: ITunes Glitches Remain on Vista   AP / 7:40PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- An update to Apple Inc.'s iTunes music software still hasn't resolved some of the compatibility problems with Microsoft Corp.'s new operating system.
  • Best Buy Web Site Pricing Probed   AP / 6:00PM
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Best Buy is under investigation by Connecticut's attorney general after consumers complained they were denied deals found at the electronic retailer's Web site by store employees who pulled up a lookalike site that listed higher prices on some merchandise.
  • Copyright Ruling Worries Webcasters   AP / 6:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Internet music broadcasters worry that a new ruling could put many of them out of business by drastically increasing the royalty payments they have to make to record labels and artists.
  • Russia Questions Missile Defense Plans   AP / 5:20PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- The United States has not adequately answered Russia's questions on its plans to build components for its missile defense system in former Soviet satellite states in Europe, Russia's top diplomat said Tuesday.
  • Yahoo Sees Smooth Sailing for Panama   AP / 4:00PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Yahoo Inc.'s month-old upgrade to its advertising formula for making money from online search requests so far has done more to lift the Internet powerhouse's morale than its finances, the company's two top executives said Tuesday.
  • Report: China Won't Allow New 'Net Cafes   AP / 3:12PM
    BEIJING - China will not allow any new Internet cafes to
  • Shuttle Pilot: Nowak Showed No Emotion   AP / 2:32PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The space shuttle pilot at the center of a bizarre love triangle that now has astronaut Lisa Nowak facing attempted kidnapping charges told detectives Nowak "seemed a little disappointed" but accepting when he told her he was dating another woman, court records released Tuesday show.
  • Iran Offers to Negotiate With U.N.   AP / 12:12PM
    VIENNA, Austria - Iran offered Tuesday to clear up suspicions about its disputed nuclear activities if the Security Council ends its "interference," in an apparent attempt to head off new sanctions for its refusal to freeze uranium enrichment.
  • Iran Denies Halt to Uranium Enrichment   AP / 11:50AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's foreign minister on Tuesday denied his country has slowed its nuclear program, contradicting remarks by the head of the U.N. nuclear agency that Iran appeared to have paused uranium enrichment.
  • Tech Researchers Calculate Digital Info   AP / 8:31AM
    BOSTON - A new study that estimates how much digital information is zipping around (hint: a lot) finds that for the first time, there's not enough storage space to hold it all. Good thing we delete some stuff.
  • U.N. Ambassadors Discuss Iran Sanctions   AP / 2:41AM
    UNITED NATIONS - Ambassadors from the world's major powers met Monday to discuss possible new sanctions against Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment, but differences emerged and an agreement did not appear to be close, diplomats said.
  • Microsoft Takes Aim at Google Project   AP / 12:11AM
    SEATTLE - Microsoft is taking aim at Google Inc.'s rival book-scanning project, saying the search company "systematically violates copyright." In prepared remarks he is scheduled to deliver Tuesday to a publishing industry group, a Microsoft Corp. lawyer also said Google is cutting into the profits of authors and publishers.
  • Monday, March 5

  • Families Flee Active Volcano in Ecuador   AP / 10:00PM
    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Authorities evacuated about 100 families from the slopes of a volcano in central Ecuador which began showering villages with flaming rocks and ash last month.
  • Intel May Have Lost Some E-Mails in Suit   AP / 9:50PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Intel Corp. said Monday that it may have lost some internal e-mails that it was supposed to turn over as possible evidence in the landmark antitrust lawsuit filed by archrival Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
  • AMD Won't Meet 1Q Revenue Outlook   AP / 5:00PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. warned Monday that it was unlikely to meet its first-quarter revenue guidance of $1.6 billion to $1.7 billion, the latest in a series of disappointments for investors in the struggling chip-maker.
  • Semiconductor Sales Up in January   AP / 4:20PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Worldwide semiconductor sales rose 9.2 percent in January, boosted by better-than-expected cell phone shipments and strong sales of personal computers, digital cameras and music players, an industry group said on Monday.
  • Chattering Chips Enliven Tokyo Stroll   AP / 2:50PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Downtown strollers looking for directions, store guides or historical tidbits will be able to get an earful without talking to anyone -- thanks to 1,200 computer chips embedded around Tokyo's Ginza shopping district.
  • Movie Firms Working on Digital Film System   AP / 7:20AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tired of being turned away at the theater box office when a movie's sold out? Unhappy there's no art-house theater in your neighborhood to cater to your hoity-toity theatrical tastes?
  • U.N. Nuke Watchdog Agency Meets on Iran   AP / 5:40AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Key members of the U.N. atomic watchdog agency met Monday for a session on approving the suspension of dozens of technical aid programs to Iran as part of Security Council sanctions meant to punish Tehran for its nuclear defiance.
  • Sunday, March 4

  • Diebold Weighs Strategy for Voting Unit   AP / 3:50PM
    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Diebold Inc. saw great potential in the modernization of elections equipment. Now, analysts say, executives may be angling for ways to dump its e-voting subsidiary that's widely seen as tarnishing the company's reputation.
  • Friday, March 2

  • Nuclear Lab Develops Powerful Dust Rag   AP / 10:50PM
    OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- This is one cleaning that could pass anybody's white-glove test.
  • Police Try MySpace to Nab Bank Robber   AP / 10:10PM
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A brazen bank robber with nothing but a baseball cap and dark sunglasses hiding his face is one of the latest members of the social-networking Web site MySpace, and he wants to meet "more bank tellers so that I can continue my crime spree!!!"
  • Diplomats to Meet Over Iran Sanctions   AP / 8:20PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Top diplomats from the world's major powers will try to reach agreement Saturday on new sanctions against Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment. A U.S. official predicted the session would lead to a "substantive resolution."
  • S.C. County Fights for Nuclear Landfill   AP / 3:00PM
    SNELLING, S.C. (AP) -- In this rural county beset by high unemployment, the soon-to-arrive day when the local nuclear-waste landfill closes its doors to nearly all debris is no cause for celebration.
  • Astronaut Charged With Kidnap Attempt   AP / 3:00PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Florida prosecutors charged an astronaut Friday with trying to kidnap a romantic rival, but they declined to file an attempted murder charge recommended by police.
  • BBC-YouTube Pact Seen As 'Win' for Both   AP / 12:50PM
    LONDON (AP) -- The British Broadcasting Corp. began showing excerpts from its news and entertainment programs on the YouTube video-sharing Web site Friday, becoming the first international broadcaster to ink a major deal with the Google Inc.-owned portal.
  • Dell 4Q Earnings, Revenues Drop   AP / 11:20AM
    DALLAS (AP) -- Dell Inc.'s fourth-quarter profits plunged 33 percent because of weak sales of laptops and notebooks, and the computer maker still faces an unresolved federal accounting probe, customer service complaints, several shareholder lawsuits and stiff competition from rivals.
  • BBC Signs Program Deal With YouTube   AP / 10:20AM
    LONDON (AP) -- The British Broadcasting Corp. said Friday that it has signed a deal with Google Inc.'s YouTube that will allow the popular Web site to show excerpts of the broadcaster's news and entertainment programs.
  • Sony, Immersion Settle PlayStation Suit   AP / 3:50AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Sony Corp. and Immersion Corp. said Thursday they have settled their long-simmering patent dispute over the vibration technology that shakes video game controllers, and will work together to bring the so-called "rumble" function back to PlayStation products.
  • Envoy: Moscow, U.S. Discuss START Treaty   AP / 2:40AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- The United States and Russia are working together effectively against nuclear proliferation threats posed by Iran and North Korea, while also exploring follow-ups to two arms treaties that expire within five years, the U.S. ambassador to Moscow said Thursday.
  • Sanyo Defends Batteries in Lenovo Recall   AP / 1:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sanyo Electric Co. defended laptop computer batteries that it made and were subject to a worldwide recall on Friday, saying the problem resulted from strong external impact to the battery and was not a problem with the batteries "themselves."
  • Thursday, March 1

  • Oracle to Buy Hyperion for $3.3 Billion   AP / 5:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Business software maker Oracle Corp. will buy Hyperion Solutions Corp. for $3.3 billion in cash, renewing a shopping spree aimed at toppling rival SAP AG.
  • Lenovo Recalls 100,000 Laptop Batteries   AP / 4:50PM
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Lenovo Inc. recalled about 100,000 laptop computer batteries Thursday, warning that they could overheat and cause a fire.
  • Verizon Wireless Launches Live Cell TV   AP / 4:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Verizon Wireless on Thursday launched a broadcast TV service for cell phones in about 20 Midwestern and Western markets, charging $15 to $25 a month for the initial lineup from eight leading networks.
  • Vanguard Web System Down in Busy Week   AP / 4:40PM
    VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (AP) -- A computer network outage at The Vanguard Group, which manages $1.1 trillion in mutual fund assets, temporarily left customers unable to access online accounts Thursday afternoon.
  • Europe Threatens New Microsoft Fines   AP / 4:10PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Union escalated its trans-Atlantic fight with Microsoft Corp. on Thursday, threatening new multimillion fines against the software maker over claims it is asking rivals to pay too much for information that would help their servers work with Windows.
  • Eyewalls May Predict Hurricane Changes   AP / 3:30PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Watching for changes in the inner eyewall of a hurricane may help forecasters overcome one of their most perplexing challenges: predicting sudden strengthening or weakening.
  • Review: Wii Rocks With Classics Online   AP / 3:10PM
    The Nintendo GameCube might have been my sons' pride and joy for four years, but it was relegated to the kids' small television and not once did it earn a connection to our main family room TV.
  • Review: PS3 Online a Work in Progress   AP / 1:40PM
    It's easy to praise the PlayStation 3 for its crisp graphics and multimedia capabilities: pretty much every PS3 video game features some of the best-looking visuals around.
  • YouTube to Give Politicians Video Boost   AP / 3:50AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Politicians have not cherished most of their YouTube moments, those snippets of candid camera video posted on the popular Internet site. Now comes a friendlier YouTube politics.
  • Dell Opens Call Center in Philippines   AP / 2:37AM
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- American computer maker Dell Inc. opened its second customer call center in the Philippines Thursday, bringing the number of local employees to 2,600, a company official said.
  • Australian State Bans YouTube in Schools   AP / 12:50AM
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- An Australian state has banned the video Web site YouTube from government schools in a crackdown on cyber-bullying, a minister said Thursday.
  • Wednesday, February 28

  • Andreessen Gets Into Social Networking   AP / 3:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Web browser pioneer Marc Andreessen helped bring the Internet to the masses during the 1990s. Now the Netscape Communications co-founder is trying to help Web surfers build online communities outside the walls of social networking leaders MySpace.com and Facebook.com.
  • Vanguard Opposes HP Director Proposal   AP / 3:50PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Hewlett-Packard Co.'s sixth-largest shareholder said Wednesday it opposes a proposal floated in the wake of the company's boardroom spying scandal that would allow shareholders to nominate candidates for the company's board of directors.
  • `Second Life' Gets Chatty   AP / 3:50PM
    DALLAS (AP) -- The virtual 3-D world of "Second Life" has always been a place where people could gather and communicate -- but only by silently typing notes to each other. In attempt to add more realism, "Second Life" is about to get a whole lot noisier.
  • Japan Mixes Robotics With Tea Time   AP / 1:30PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan is pretty serious about robotics. If the droids are going to fit in, they probably need to learn the Japanese custom of serving tea.
  • IBM's India Hiring Binge Continues   AP / 1:20PM
    ARMONK, N.Y. (AP) -- The work force at International Business Machines Corp. grew 8 percent in 2006, with most of the rise coming in India, where the technology company has been on a hiring binge in recent years.
  • Sony Limits PS3 Compatibility in Europe   AP / 11:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The European version of Sony's PlayStation 3 will run only some of the games designed for the previous generation of the video game machine -- a move designed to cut costs and speed up production.
  • Site to Offer Truly Local Weather Maps   AP / 10:40AM
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Something seems to be missing from online weather maps.
  • Philips, Intel to Offer Medical Device   AP / 10:30AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Royal Philips Electronics NV and Intel Corp. plan to launch a wireless, handheld device to assist doctors and nurses in recording and storing patient information.
  • Microsoft: Google Was `wake-Up Call'   AP / 8:10AM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Watching Google Inc. rake in advertising revenue "was a wake-up call within Microsoft," the company's top technical executive, Ray Ozzie, said Tuesday. But he said Microsoft plans to do more than simply mimic Google by rolling out Web-based versions of desktop programs or following its particular search and advertising model.
  • European PS3 Won't Carry Chip for PS2   AP / 2:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The PlayStation 3 going on sale in Europe next month will play only some of the games for its predecessor video game machine -- a move designed to cut costs and speed up production.
  • Tuesday, February 27

  • Hail Storm Damage Delays Shuttle Launch   AP / 7:47PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA on Tuesday postponed next month's launch of space shuttle Atlantis after a hailstorm left hundreds of small dings on the spacecraft's external fuel tank.
  • Nokia-Qualcomm Proceedings Halted   AP / 5:10PM
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A judge has halted legal proceedings in one of Qualcomm Inc.'s complaints that Nokia Corp. violated its wireless-technology patents. The move came as a deadline neared for the two companies to renew a high-stakes licensing agreement.
  • Stanford Gets $33 Million Donation   AP / 4:50PM
    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- The founder of Business Wire, an electronic distributor of news releases, donated $33 million to help Stanford University build a stem cell research center, the school announced Tuesday.
  • Advisers Urge OK of Bird Flu Vaccine   AP / 2:47PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's better than nothing, federal health advisers said Tuesday in urging approval of the first bird flu vaccine as a stopgap against a potential pandemic until more effective vaccines can be developed.
  • Book Excerpts Can Be Searched Online   AP / 1:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Random House, Inc. has made online excerpts available from books by Toni Morrison, Calvin Trillin and thousands of others as publishers continue their push to sell more books through the Internet.
  • Crews Douse Fire at Pa. Nuclear Plant   AP / 12:00PM
    DELTA, Pa. (AP) -- A transformer at a nuclear plant caught fire Tuesday morning, but the smoky blaze was confined to the non-nuclear side of the plant, company officials said.
  • Court Upholds Calif. Stem Cell Agency   AP / 9:10AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's $3 billion stem cell agency withstood another challenge to its constitutionality when a state appeals court rejected claims by abortion foes and anti-tax advocates that the agency's managers had conflicts of interest.
  • Students Confess UNC Breakup Was Staged   AP / 9:10AM
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- The Valentine's Day breakup of two North Carolina college students that featured singers, hundreds of spectators and a profanity-laced tirade was a hoax after all.
  • Apple TV Launch Delayed Until March   AP / 8:00AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple Inc. has delayed until March the launch of its gadget for streaming video and other content from computers to TVs, but the company would not explain why.
  • Scholars Criticize Jesus Documentary   AP / 2:50AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- To resolve the question of whether the remains of Jesus and Mary Magdalene may have rested in two limestone boxes discovered in a Jerusalem suburb, the filmmakers of a new documentary took novel approaches -- including turning to statisticians.
  • Match.com to Announce Overseas Expansion   AP / 12:40AM
    DALLAS (AP) -- The online dating service Match.com has decided to look overseas for some new corporate love interests.
  • Monday, February 26

  • NY Youths in Plea Deal in MySpace Case   AP / 11:01PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two New York men accused of trying to extort $150,000 from MySpace.com by developing code that tracked visitors pleaded no contest Monday to illegal computer access in a bargain with the prosecution.
  • Artifacts Could Be From Early Galleon   AP / 11:00PM
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Archeologists said Monday that porcelain plates and other artifacts found along the Baja California coast could be from the wreckage of a Spanish galleon that sailed between the Philippines and Mexico hundreds of years ago.
  • Electronic Arts Replaces CEO Probst   AP / 8:39PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Electronic Arts Inc. replaced Larry Probst as chief executive on Monday, naming former EA executive John Riccitiello as the new leader of world's largest video game publisher. Riccitiello, who will become CEO April 2, joined Redwood City, Calif.-based EA in October 1997, rising to president and chief operating officer before quitting in April 2004.
  • Researchers Take Poles' Temperature   AP / 7:20PM
    LONDON (AP) -- More than 50,000 scientists from 63 nations turned their attention to the world's poles Monday to measure the effects of climate change, using icebreakers, satellites and submarines to study everything from the effect of solar radiation on the polar atmosphere to the exotic marine life swimming beneath the Antarctic ice.
  • DNA From Ivory May Lead to Poachers   AP / 7:10PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The complex science of DNA analysis is now helping protect elephants by showing police and conservationists the source of black-market ivory.
  • BitTorrent to Launch Movie, TV Downloads   AP / 7:00PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- BitTorrent Inc., makers of a technology often used to trade pirated copies of Hollywood movies, is launching a Web site that will sell downloads of films and TV shows licensed from the studios.
  • Groups Offer Ringtones With a Statement   AP / 7:00PM
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Amid the cacophony of cell phone ringtones these days, add these: the clickety-click-click of a rare Central American poison arrow dart frog, the howl of a Mexican gray wolf and the bellows of an Arctic beluga whale.
  • Intel to Invest $1.5B in N.M. Factory   AP / 6:50PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Intel Corp. plans to spend between $1 billion and $1.5 billion to overhaul its semiconductor production facility in New Mexico to manufacture computer chips with next-generation technology.
  • FDA Inspections Down Amid Food Recalls   AP / 5:10PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal agency that's been front and center in warning the public about tainted spinach and contaminated peanut butter is conducting just half the food safety inspections it did three years ago.
  • Mother May Lose Custody of Obese Boy   AP / 4:40PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Authorities are considering taking an 8-year-old boy who weighs 218 pounds into protective custody unless his mother improves his diet, officials said Monday.
  • EU Sues Germany Over Broadband Limits   AP / 11:10AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Commission said Monday it was suing Germany over a law allowing Deutsche Telekom AG to keep rivals off its high-speed Internet networks.
  • Malaysia Cracks Down on Internet Scam   AP / 11:10AM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's securities watchdog said Monday it has frozen two local bank accounts, shut down two Web sites and questioned several people suspected to be involved in a global Internet investment scam.
  • U.N. Council to Consider Iran Sanctions   AP / 10:50AM
    LONDON - The five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany likely will consider restrictions on trade and arms for Iran when they meet Monday to discuss new ways to pressure Tehran to suspend parts of its nuclear program.
  • Virtual Design Companies Keep Busy   AP / 9:30AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When Toyota Motor Corp. wanted to promote its new Scions to young buyers, it turned to one of the growing number of digital design companies doing business in the popular online universe "Second Life."
  • Sunday, February 25

  • One-Third of Net Users Go Wireless   AP / 7:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- About one-third of Internet users in the U.S. have used a wireless connection to surf the Web or check e-mail, according to a survey released Sunday.
  • Saturday, February 24

  • Europe Seeks to Tighten Some Online Laws   AP / 2:20PM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Some European countries are proposing outlawing the use of fake information to open e-mail accounts or set up Web sites, a move intended to help terror investigations but which could face resistance on a privacy-conscious continent.
  • Iranian Envoy Blasts U.S., U.K., Israel   AP / 4:00AM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iran accused the United States, Britain and Israel of making "baseless allegations" about its nuclear ambitions, insisting that it has always considered weapons of mass destruction to be "inhumane, immoral and illegal."
  • Philly Teacher Assaulted Over iPod   AP / 3:30AM
    PHILADELPHIA - A high school teacher was assaulted by two students and hospitalized with broken vertebrae after he took an iPod away from one of them during class, officials said.
  • N. Korea Nuclear Envoy to Visit U.S.   AP / 12:30AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator plans to visit the United States within days for follow-up talks on a recent disarmament deal, South Korean news reports said Saturday.
  • Friday, February 23

  • Lockheed Qualifies for FAA Deal   AP / 7:00PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday said three defense companies have qualified to compete in one portion of a multibillion-dollar contract to upgrade the nation's air traffic control system.
  • Girl Scouts Cut Trans Fats From Cookies   AP / 4:30PM
    NEW YORK - For much of the country, it's Girl Scout cookie time again. And this year, all those cookies, not just the Thin Mints and a few others, will come nearly free of harmful trans fats.
  • MP3 Ruling Could Haunt Music Tech Firms   AP / 4:30PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- A federal jury's ruling that Microsoft infringed on two MP3 patents and must pay $1.52 billion in damages could turn into a major sour note for other technology companies in the digital music business.
  • Sony Woos Buyers With PS3 Freebies   AP / 2:50PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony is handing out freebies to buyers of its PlayStation 3 as its hefty price appears to be scaring away shoppers.
  • NASA Has Plan for Unstable Astronauts   AP / 2:30PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- What would happen if an astronaut came unglued in space and, say, destroyed the ship's oxygen system or tried to open the hatch and kill everyone aboard?
  • Who Will Win the Next High-Tech Jackpot?   AP / 1:30PM
    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- As Facebook.com's mastermind, Mark Zuckerberg is sitting on a potential gold mine that could make him the next Silicon Valley whiz kid to strike it rich.
  • No. 1 Milk Company Says "No" to Clones   AP / 12:21PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Milk from cloned cows is not welcome at the nation's biggest milk company.
  • IAEA Chief: North Korea Soliciting Talks   AP / 11:21AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Friday that North Korea has invited him to visit to discuss dismantling its nuclear facilities -- a sign of the country's new willingness to subject its atomic program to outside scrutiny.
  • Jury Orders Microsoft to Pay $1.52B   AP / 6:30AM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. must pay $1.52 billion in damages to telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA for violating two patents related to digital music, a federal jury ruled Thursday.
  • Sony Giving Away Freebies to PS3 Buyers   AP / 5:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony is giving away freebies to woo buyers to the new PlayStation 3 video game machine whose hefty price appears to be scaring away shoppers.
  • Diplomats to Work on New Iran Resolution   AP / 4:10AM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iran is "thumbing its nose" at the international community by expanding its uranium program, a top U.S. official said, setting the stage for difficult negotiations on new U.N. sanctions, with the U.S. likely to push for tougher measures.
  • Man Charged With Uploading Movie to Web   AP / 4:10AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man who allegedly uploaded a copy of the film "Flushed Away" onto the Internet after getting a copy from an Oscar voter faces a felony charge.
  • Thursday, February 22

  • Microsoft Hit With $1.52B in Damages   AP / 9:50PM
    SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. must pay $1.52 billion in damages to telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA for violating two patents related to digital music, a federal jury ruled Thursday.
  • Texas Governor Defends Vaccine Order   AP / 7:22PM
    HOUSTON (AP) -- Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday angrily defended his relationship with Merck & Co. and his executive order requiring that schoolgirls receive the drugmaker's vaccine against the sexually transmitted cervical-cancer virus.
  • Report Says Iran Continuing Nuclear Work   AP / 6:41PM
    VIENNA, Austria - Iran has ignored a U.N. Security Council ultimatum to freeze uranium enrichment - a possible pathway to nuclear arms - and has instead expanded its program by setting up hundreds of centrifuges, the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Thursday. The finding paves the way for new U.N. sanctions.
  • Hitachi Shows Off Powder-Sized Smart Tag   AP / 6:10PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Tiny computer chips used for tracking food, tickets and other items are getting even smaller.
  • Indonesia Eyes Cement Balls to Stop Mud   AP / 5:21PM
    SURABAYA, Indonesia - Indonesian authorities will drop hundreds of giant concrete balls into a fissure Friday to try to stem a gushing mud eruption that has inundated villages and factories, an official said. The hot, noxious mud - enough to fill 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools - has flowed from the hole each day for the last nine months, forcing at least 11,000 people from their homes. Four villages and 25 factories have been buried under a 30-foot layer of mud.
  • Report Says Nuclear Work Ongoing in Iran   AP / 3:21PM
    VIENNA, Austria - Iran has expanded its uranium enrichment program instead of complying with a U.N. Security Council ultimatum to freeze it, the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Thursday in a finding that clears the way for harsher sanctions against Tehran.
  • U.S., Russian Astronauts Go on Spacewalk   AP / 1:30PM
    KOROLYOV, Russia - A U.S. astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut folded up a jutting antenna on a cargo ship docked to the international space station Thursday during an arduous spacewalk made tougher by a malfunction that raised the temperature in the Russian's suit.
  • Microsoft Tells Some Users No on Vista   AP / 12:40PM
    After years of delays and billions in development and marketing efforts, it would seem that Microsoft Corp. would want anyone who possibly can to buy its new Windows Vista operating system. Yet Microsoft is making it hard for Mac owners and other potentially influential customers to adopt the software.
  • Russia Approves Plan to Fight Disease   AP / 8:00AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- The government Thursday approved a new program to fight diseases that contribute to Russia's plunging population, which President Vladimir Putin has singled out as a serious hindrance to its prosperity, news reports said.
  • Space Station Crew Begins Spacewalk   AP / 7:30AM
    KOROLYOV, Russia (AP) -- A U.S. astronaut and his Russian crewmate ventured outside the international space station Thursday for a strenuous six-hour spacewalk intended to fix a faulty antenna.
  • Iran Refuses to Budge on UN Demands   AP / 6:10AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- The United States and other world powers on Thursday worked on a response to Tehran's defiance of a U.N. Security Council ultimatum on mothballing its uranium enrichment program.
  • IBM, Duke Develop Web Site for Patients   AP / 5:00AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Patients in Duke University's health system can now go to one Web site to pay medical bills, schedule doctor appointments and eventually view their personal medical histories.
  • Google to Sell Online Software Suite   AP / 5:00AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google Inc. will begin selling corporate America an online suite of software that includes e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets and calendar management, escalating the Internet search leader's invasion on technological turf traditionally dominated by Microsoft and IBM.
  • Duke Balancing Demand Vs. Global Warming   AP / 3:50AM
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Jim Rogers wants to do something about global warming. But the chief executive of Duke Energy Corp. also has a growing customer base that needs power now, and he says that means building more coal-fired plants.
  • Wednesday, February 21

  • Vaccine Meeting, Merck Donation Coincide   AP / 11:10PM
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Gov. Rick Perry's chief of staff met with key aides about a new vaccine to prevent cervical cancer on the same day its manufacturer donated money to his campaign, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.
  • Group Challenges Feds on Medical Pot   AP / 7:40PM
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Armed with a new study showing the drug can ease pain in some HIV patients, medical-marijuana advocates sued the federal government Wednesday over its claim that pot has no accepted medical uses.
  • AOL Tacks Ad to Bottom of E-Mail   AP / 5:30PM
    DULLES, Va. (AP) -- Short text advertisements touting AOL products and services are now being tacked to the bottom of e-mail messages sent from some AOL accounts.
  • Breakup Becomes YouTube Breakthrough   AP / 4:12PM
    RALEIGH, N.C. - Was it live ... or was it just a stunt for YouTube?
  • New DVD Game Battles Childhood Obesity   AP / 3:52PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Obesity may be a global epidemic, but it's Obeez City that is spreading out of control in a new DVD game.
  • Missing Laptop Found in ET Hunt   AP / 2:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, has signed up more than 1 million volunteers worldwide in a search for extraterrestrial intelligence. They've found no aliens yet, but they have at least turned up one missing laptop.
  • Exercise Machines to Work With IPods   AP / 1:20PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Your workout at the gym isn't going to be any less painful. But the world's leading commercial provider of exercise equipment might at least help make the session on a stair-climber or treadmill more entertaining.
  • Google Shuts Hole in Desktop Product   AP / 8:11AM
    BOSTON - A potentially devastating hole in Google Inc.'s prevalent desktop search product could have exposed personal files on users' computers to data thieves. Google fixed the defect within weeks of being informed about it and says it has no evidence the vulnerability was exploited.
  • Think Tank: NKorea Can Build Nuke Warheads   AP / 7:40AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea has enough plutonium to build an estimated four to eight crude nuclear warheads that could potentially be mounted on medium-range missiles, a Washington-based think tank said.
  • States Seek Laws to Curb Online Bullying   AP / 1:40AM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Ryan Patrick Halligan was bullied for months online. Classmates sent the 13-year-old Essex Junction, Vt., boy instant messages calling him gay. He was threatened, taunted and insulted incessantly by so-called cyberbullies.
  • Tuesday, February 20

  • Iran Sets Condition to Halt Nuke Program   AP / 11:50PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Iran's chief nuclear envoy said Tuesday his country wants to negotiate over its uranium enrichment program, on the eve of a U.N. Security Council deadline that carries the threat of harsher sanctions. But the country's hard-line president said Iran will halt enrichment only if Western nations do the same.
  • Hewlett-Packard 1Q Profit Up 26 Percent   AP / 9:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Hewlett-Packard Co.'s first-quarter profit jumped 26 percent as the company benefited from higher sales of laptop computers, printers and printing supplies during a robust holiday spending season.
  • Merck Suspends Lobbying for Vaccine   AP / 9:30PM
    TRENTON, N.J. - Merck & Co., bowing to pressure from parents and medical groups, is immediately suspending its lobbying campaign to persuade state legislatures to mandate that adolescent girls get the company's new vaccine against cervical cancer as a requirement for school attendance.
  • Radio Deal Is a Mixed Bag for Consumers   AP / 5:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Satellite radio rivals XM and Sirius have every intention of merging, but not just yet.
  • 3 Given Organs From HIV-Positive Donor   AP / 4:50PM
    ROME (AP) -- Three patients at hospitals in Tuscany were mistakenly given organs from an HIV-positive donor, raising serious concerns about transplant procedures in Italy.
  • Texas Campus Serving Healthy Portions   AP / 4:20PM
    DENTON, Texas (AP) -- These days Mean Green means more than the green-jerseyed football team at the University of North Texas.
  • Canada Joins Gates in AIDS Vaccine Fight   AP / 12:50PM
    TORONTO (AP) -- The Canadian government and Bill Gates announced an initiative Tuesday to establish a research institute to develop an AIDS vaccine, committing a total of $119 million to the project. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his government has pledged $95.3 million to a new fund called the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative, while the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has promised up to $24 million.
  • South Africa Finalizes Lion Hunting Laws   AP / 12:20PM
    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- South Africa's government announced restrictions Tuesday on the hunting of lions born and raised in captivity, overriding protests by breeders who warn they could face financial ruin and be forced to euthanize their animals.
  • Iran Sets Condition to Halt Nuke Program   AP / 11:50AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday said his country was ready to stop its enrichment program and return to talks provided Western nations also stopped their own. Ahmadinejad told a crowd of thousands in northern Iran one day ahead of a U.N. Security Council deadline that it was no problem for his country to stop, but that "fair talks" demanded a similar gesture from the West.
  • Australia to Ban Old-Style Light Bulbs   AP / 11:40AM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- The Australian government on Tuesday announced plans to phase out incandescent light bulbs and replace them with more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs across the country. Legislation to gradually restrict the sale of the old-style bulbs could reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tons by 2012 and cut household power bills by up to 66 percent, said Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
  • E-Trade to Unveil Global Trading Platform   AP / 7:30AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- E-Trade Financial Corp. on Tuesday unveiled a global trading platform that makes it the first U.S. discount brokerage to give customers the ability to trade foreign-listed stocks online.
  • Monday, February 19

  • Iran Denies Delaying Payment for Reactor   AP / 2:11PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- The launch of a Russian-built nuclear power plant in Iran could be delayed because Iran has fallen behind in payments, Russian officials said Monday. A top Iranian nuclear official swiftly denied that payments had been disrupted, in the latest dispute surrounding the deal at the heart of the two countries' nuclear cooperation.
  • Conn. State Workers' Info Ends Up on Web   AP / 8:11AM
    HARTFORD, Conn. - More than 1,700 state workers recently learned that some of their personal information, including their names and Social Security numbers, had been inadvertently posted on the Internet.
  • Czech Republic May Host Missile System   AP / 7:30AM
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland and Czech Republic are in favor of hosting a proposed U.S. missile defense system, the Czech premier said Monday after meeting with his Polish counterpart.
  • Launch of Iranian Reactor May Be Delayed   AP / 5:20AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Uranium fuel deliveries for a Russian-built nuclear reactor in Iran and its launch could be delayed because of the Iranian government dragging its feet on payments, officials said Monday.
  • Overfishing Imperils Fish in Deep Waters   AP / 2:50AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- With declining catches close to shore, commercial fishing is turning to deeper waters, threatening species that live in the cold and gloom of the deep oceans, according to researchers.
  • More Women Donating Their Eggs   AP / 12:30AM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Human egg donation was a rarity not so long ago. But heightened demand for eggs -- and rising compensation for donors -- are prompting more young women to consider it.
  • Sunday, February 18

  • Man Sues IBM Over Adult Chat Room Firing   AP / 10:10PM
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A man who was fired by IBM for visiting an adult chat room at work is suing the company for $5 million, claiming he is an Internet addict who deserves treatment and sympathy rather than dismissal.
  • Dominican Prostitutes Test AIDS Vaccine   AP / 12:50PM
    LAS GUARANAS, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Leaving her tin-roofed brothel for the day, the 42-year-old prostitute journeys to the capital for an injection that might save not only her life, but possibly millions more around the world.
  • Indian Gov't to Raise Abandoned Girls   AP / 11:40AM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- The Indian government plans to set up a series of orphanages to raise unwanted baby girls in a bid to halt the widespread practice of aborting female fetuses, according to a senior government official.
  • Saturday, February 17

  • U.S. Has More Science Smarts - Sort Of   AP / 5:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - People in the U.S. know more about basic science today than they did two decades ago, good news that researchers say is tempered by an unsettling growth in the belief in pseudoscience such as astrology and visits by extraterrestrial aliens.
  • China Controls Seek to Prevent Terrorism   AP / 5:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China said Saturday that its new export controls on nuclear technology requiring buyers to meet stricter obligations would prevent terrorists from obtaining nuclear weapons or dangerous radioactive material.
  • U.N.: Hunger Kills 18,000 Kids Each Day   AP / 3:40AM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Some 18,000 children die every day because of hunger and malnutrition and 850 million people go to bed every night with empty stomachs, a "terrible indictment of the world in 2007," the head of the U.N. food agency said.
  • Friday, February 16

  • Child Flu Deaths Have Schools Worried   AP / 8:00PM
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Midway through the month when influenza typically peaks, health officials were monitoring four hospitalized Nebraska children, while three North Carolina schools remained closed over widespread symptoms of the illness.
  • Calif. Awards $45M in Stem Cell Grants   AP / 8:00PM
    BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) -- California's stem cell agency on Friday doled out nearly $45 million in research grants to about 20 state universities and nonprofit research laboratories, far exceeding the federal government's spending on the controversial work.
  • NASA Scrubs 5-Satellite Launch   AP / 6:50PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Strong upper level winds forced NASA to abort plans to launch five satellites on a single rocket Friday from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, officials said.
  • CFO of AOL Leaving for Private Equity   AP / 5:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- AOL Chief Financial Officer Steve Swad will join a private-equity firm and become the latest senior manager to leave as the Internet company tries to transform itself into an online advertising conduit.
  • Cuba Embraces Open-Source Software   AP / 4:10PM
    HAVANA - Cuba's communist government is trying to shake off the yoke of at least one capitalist empire - Microsoft Corp. - by joining with socialist Venezuela in converting its computers to open-source software.
  • Watches Lose Ground to Cell Phones   AP / 3:20PM
    CHICAGO - Allison Elliott occasionally wears the delicate gold windup watch that belonged to her grandmother. But it's really just for show.
  • FDA Warns of Dangers of Internet Drugs   AP / 1:00PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumers who thought they were purchasing sleep aids, antidepressants and other drugs over the Internet instead were shipped a powerful anti-psychotic, sending some unwitting victims to the emergency room, federal health officials warned Friday.
  • New Orleans Seeks Mardi Gras Donations   AP / 12:11PM
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New Orleans may have half the population it did before Hurricane Katrina, but the cash-strapped city still loves a party, so to help pay for Mardi Gras, it's trying a new money source: text-messaged donations.
  • Cisco Extends IPhone Talks With Apple   AP / 10:11AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple Inc. has another week to respond to Cisco Systems Inc.'s trademark infringement lawsuit that threatens to keep Apple from using the name "iPhone" on its much-hyped cell phone-music player.
  • Malaysia Raids Illegal Software Sellers   AP / 4:50AM
    PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian authorities have begun raiding computer retail outlets offering pirated software amid concerns that illegal copies of Microsoft Corp.'s newest operating system, Windows Vista, are already on sale.
  • MySpace Faces Stiff Competition in Japan   AP / 12:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Visit Japan's top social-networking site, the 8-million-strong "Mixi," and you'll see prim, organized columns and boxes of stamp-size photos -- not the flashy text and teen-magazine-like layout of its American counterpart, MySpace.com. The difference in appearance between the two online hangouts reflects a broader clash of cultures -- and illustrates the challenge News Corp.'s MySpace faces as it jumps into the Japanese market.
  • Thursday, February 15

  • Astronaut Arrest Won't Affect Mission   AP / 10:50PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The arrest of an astronaut on an attempted murder charge has not distracted the crew of the upcoming space shuttle mission, even though she had been scheduled to be part of the flight's ground team, the shuttle's commander said Thursday.
  • Mourning Teens Express Grief on MySpace   AP / 4:00PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Matt Frank had been dead for eight hours when the first goodbye message was posted on his MySpace page.
  • New Cell Uses Pitched at Wireless Show   AP / 3:30PM
    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- From a cell phone with just six buttons to one that lets users dictate text messages and another that delivers the results of a breathalyzer test, mobile handset makers put their most eye-catching gadgets on display at this week's wireless industry conference.
  • Vonage Narrows 4Q Loss to $65 Million   AP / 11:32AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Internet phone company Vonage Holdings Corp. narrowed its fourth-quarter loss to $65 million as revenue nearly doubled with the addition of nearly 1 million customers during 2006.
  • Israel Runs Live Holy Site Internet Feed   AP / 11:28AM
    JERUSALEM - Israel on Thursday began broadcasting live images of a contentious construction project on the Internet in an effort to allay Muslim fears that the work would damage nearby Islamic shrines.
  • Shuttle Begins Trek to Launch Pad   AP / 9:30AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Space shuttle Atlantis began a sluggish move to the launch pad on Thursday in preparation for a mid-March mission to continue construction of the international space station.
  • Court Dismisses Microsoft Piracy Case   AP / 8:50AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian court on Thursday threw out a criminal case against a school principal accused of installing pirated Microsoft software in school computers, calling the prosecution's case "trivial," a court official said.
  • Report: North Korea Ready to Disarm   AP / 8:31AM
    TOKYO - North Korea's top envoy to six-nation talks on his country's nuclear program said Pyongyang is ready to implement the nuclear disarmament agreement reached earlier this week, a news report said Thursday.
  • Wednesday, February 14

  • Records May Be Exhumed From Nuclear Dump   AP / 10:20PM
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Records buried in a landfill used for radioactive waste may be dug up to determine whether cancer-stricken workers from a defunct nuclear-weapons plant qualify for compensation, a federal official said.
  • Judge Tosses $30M Suit Against MySpace   AP / 9:10PM
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the social networking Web site MySpace filed by the family of a 13-year-old girl who says she was sexually assaulted by a 19-year-old man she met online.
  • New Fronts in Microsoft Security Battle   AP / 4:40PM
    "Patch Tuesday," when Microsoft Corp. releases repairs for problems in its software, came and went this week with six critical fixes -- including the first one that touches Vista, the new operating system billed as the most secure Windows version yet.
  • LCD TV Pioneer Sharp Loses Market Lead   AP / 4:30PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Sharp Corp., which helped propel the market for liquid-crystal display televisions, is no longer the world's leading maker of the flat-panel TVs, according to two market research companies.
  • Scientists Dubious of Quantum Claims   AP / 4:20PM
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- Quantum computing is such an elusive goal that even the company claiming to have the "world's first commercial quantum computer" acknowledged it isn't entirely sure the machine is performing true quantum calculations.
  • New Plugged-In Toys Follow Kids Online   AP / 4:10PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- As kids keep getting plugged into the Internet, toy makers are following them online.
  • Penn State Researchers ID Worms by Speed   AP / 2:40PM
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Researchers looking to root out computer attacks hope that speed kills.
  • Microsoft Settles Iowa Antitrust Case   AP / 2:32PM
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday settled a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of Iowans who bought the company's programs between 1994 and 2006. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
  • Massage Given in NYC for BlackBerry Ails   AP / 2:32PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City spa has become the latest business trying to profit off your BlackBerry addiction.
  • FTC Urged to Boost Internet Oversight   AP / 10:50AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumer advocates on Tuesday said federal regulators need to increase oversight of telephone and cable companies that offer Internet access to ensure they aren't discriminating against certain providers of video and other Web content.
  • IBM Details Memory Advance for Chips   AP / 8:11AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - IBM has devised a way to triple the amount of memory stored on computer chips and double the performance of data-hungry processors by replacing a problematic type of memory with a variety that uses much less space on the slice of silicon.
  • Korean Nuclear Deal Delays Disarmament   AP / 2:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A hard-won disarmament pact that the U.S. and four other nations struck with North Korea on Tuesday requires the communist nation to halt its nuclear programs in exchange for oil while leaving the ultimate abandonment of those weapons projects to a potentially trouble-filled future.
  • Tuesday, February 13

  • Houston Taps Earthlink on Wi-Fi Network   AP / 9:20PM
    HOUSTON (AP) -- City officials said Tuesday they had struck a deal with EarthLink Inc. to build a citywide wireless Internet network that would eventually be the nation's largest at about 600 square miles.
  • Senior VP to Leave Struggling Dell Inc.   AP / 6:10PM
    ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) -- The senior vice president of Dell Inc.'s global online business and marketing division has decided to leave the computer maker rather than oversee the company's new consumer group, according to an internal e-mail.
  • Cancer Patient Wins $1M Lottery   AP / 2:40PM
    NAPLES, N.Y. (AP) -- Five weeks after Wayne Schenk was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, he hit a $1 million state lottery jackpot on a $5 scratch-off ticket.
  • St. Louis Surgeon Transplants Ovary   AP / 2:30PM
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- When Joy Lagos learned she had cancer, she was confident she would beat it. What brought the San Francisco resident to tears, however, was knowing that radiation and chemotherapy would lead to early menopause and rob her of the chance to have children.
  • Court Orders Google to Pull Belgian News   AP / 2:22PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Google Inc. lost a copyright lawsuit Tuesday to Belgian newspapers that had demanded it remove headlines and links to articles posted on its news site without their permission.
  • Sony Cutting Semiconductor Investment   AP / 1:40PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony Corp. plans to cut capital expenditures at its semiconductor operations by a "large amount," a company executive said Tuesday, weeks after the electronics giant reported a drop in profits for the latest quarter.
  • N. Korea Agrees to Nuclear Disarmament   AP / 12:12PM
    BEIJING - North Korea agreed Tuesday to shut down its main nuclear reactor and eventually dismantle its atomic weapons program in exchange for millions of dollars in aid, just four months after the communist state shocked the world by testing a nuclear bomb. But North Korean state media said the pact required only a temporary suspension of the country's nuclear facilities.
  • N. Korea Agrees to Nuclear Disarmament   AP / 12:12PM
    BEIJING - North Korea agreed Tuesday to shut down its main nuclear reactor and eventually dismantle its atomic weapons program in exchange for millions of dollars in aid, just four months after the communist state shocked the world by testing a nuclear bomb.
  • Program Seeks to Boost Health by Phone   AP / 12:00PM
    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- The U.S. government and several mobile phone companies have announced a $10 million initiative that takes advantage of cell phone networks to improve health care in the developing world.
  • N. Korea Agrees to Nuclear Disarmament   AP / 9:20AM
    BEIJING - North Korea agreed Tuesday after arduous talks to shut down its main nuclear reactor and eventually dismantle its atomic weapons program, just four months after the communist state shocked the world by testing a nuclear bomb.
  • College: Wikipedia Not Source for Papers   AP / 8:50AM
    MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) -- Middlebury College history students are no longer allowed to use Wikipedia in preparing class papers.
  • North Korea Nuclear Accord Advances   AP / 3:20AM
    BEIJING - Six countries reached a tentative agreement Tuesday on initial steps toward North Korea's nuclear disarmament that could usher in the first concrete progress after more than three years of talks marked by delays, deadlock and the communist country's first nuclear test explosion.
  • Internet Safety Group Broadens Mission   AP / 12:50AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The explosion of social networking sites such as MySpace.com and Second Life, along with free video sharing sites like YouTube.com, is making it increasingly difficult to protect children surfing the Internet, says Stephen Balkam, who founded a voluntary Web site rating system seven years ago.
  • Monday, February 12

  • AT&T to Use Qualcomm MediaFLO Cell TV   AP / 6:01PM
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- AT&T Inc.'s Cingular Wireless will use Qualcomm Inc.'s new MediaFlo wireless network to deliver broadcast television to mobile phones by the end of this year, the companies announced Monday.
  • Veoh Enters Crowded Online Video Market   AP / 5:40PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Veoh Networks Inc. is launching a Web video syndication service Tuesday that uses peer-to-peer technology to distribute DVD-quality video and publish it on the Web's most popular sites, including MySpace and YouTube.
  • Study: Napping Might Help Heart   AP / 4:40PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Office nappers now have the perfect excuse: New research shows that a little midday snooze seems to reduce the risk of fatal heart problems, especially among men.
  • Power Briefly Out in Space Station   AP / 11:20AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Parts of the International Space Station lost power for much of Sunday, but the three-member crew wasn't at risk and everything was fixed by Monday morning, officials said.
  • Thursday, February 8

  • Big Windfalls From YouTube, Google Pact   AP / 9:22AM
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- The investors and founders of YouTube received hundreds of millions of dollars in Google shares as a result of the deal between the two companies late last year, according to new documents.
  • Astronauts Start 3rd Spacewalk   AP / 9:20AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Two U.S. astronauts stepped outside the international space station to carry out a series of maintenance tasks at the orbiting outpost, their third venture out in nine days.
  • Amazon.com Keeping Cockfight Magazines   AP / 1:10AM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Amazon.com says it will keep selling two magazines about cockfighting, despite plans by the Humane Society of the United States to file a lawsuit Thursday accusing the company of operating an illegal "animal-fighting paraphernalia sale and distribution scheme."
  • VeriSign to Spend Over $100M on Upgrade   AP / 12:50AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- VeriSign Inc., which manages the ".com" and ".net" domain names registry and ensures Internet users can reach those locations, said it will spend more than $100 million in a massive infrastructure upgrade to combat a new wave of computer attacks and manage a surge in online activity.
  • Wednesday, February 7

  • Japanese Phone Subscriptions Top 100M   AP / 11:20PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The total number of mobile telephone subscriptions in Japan topped 100 million for the first time in January, a telecommunications association said.
  • Report: U.S., NKorea Signed Nuclear Memo   AP / 10:00PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The United States and North Korea signed a memorandum during talks last month by which Pyongyang would begin closing a nuclear reactor while the U.S. starts providing energy assistance, a major Japanese newspaper reported Thursday.
  • Dell Begins Selling Sony TVs on Web Site   AP / 10:00PM
    DALLAS (AP) -- Dell Inc. began selling flat-panel televisions from rival electronics manufacturer Sony Corp. on Wednesday and said it would soon offer products from a variety of companies as it tweaks its consumer business strategy.
  • Communications Plan Sparks Resource Feud   AP / 7:50PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Harlin McEwen says his grandchildren are able to communicate in a more technologically advanced way than are most of the nation's police and firefighters, and that concerns him.
  • FDA Approves Non-Prescription Diet Pill   AP / 6:50PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dieters got a new tool Wednesday to help them take off the extra pounds -- the first government-approved nonprescription diet pill.
  • TiVo Download Deal Leaves Stocks Mixed   AP / 6:30PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- News that Amazon.com Inc. and TiVo Inc. will soon let customers download movies from the Web to their set-top boxes shook up the stocks of companies involved in digital video services.
  • Gmail Becomes More Widely Available   AP / 5:40PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google Inc.'s e-mail service is almost ready to accept all comers, nearly three years after the online search leader shook up the Internet by offering users an unprecedented amount of free storage and displaying ads based on the content of the correspondence.
  • Students Use Chat Lingo in Class   AP / 4:50PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Middle school teacher Julia Austin is noticing a new generation of errors creeping into her pupils' essays.
  • Law Would Ban IPods When Crossing Street   AP / 4:40PM
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Walk, jog or bicycle across a New York street with an iPod plugged in your ears and you could get slapped with a $100 ticket under a new law proposed by a legislator from Brooklyn.
  • Experts: Child Porn Rings Hard to Track   AP / 4:30PM
    The numbers behind an international child pornography bust Wednesday were themselves disturbing: Nearly 2,400 suspects from 77 countries allegedly paid to view videos depicting sexual abuse online. But the nature of Internet traffic makes it sadly unsurprising that people would figure they could hide so much hideous material.
  • Browser Starts Showing Green for Good   AP / 3:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Users of Microsoft Corp.'s latest Web browser can start looking for the address bar to turn green while shopping or banking.
  • Singapore Man Jailed for Tapping Network   AP / 3:30PM
    SINGAPORE (AP) -- A Singapore man was sentenced to three months in prison Wednesday for illegally accessing wireless Internet networks and posting a bomb threat, becoming the first person in the city-state to be jailed for logging onto someone else's wireless Web account.
  • Hair Salons Raise Stroke Awareness   AP / 3:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Two women in Cincinnati had better leave big tips the next time they get their hair done.
  • Insurers' Ratings for Doctors Draws Ire   AP / 2:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A less confident physician might have been humbled by the letters Dr. Mike Kelly received last year from two insurers.
  • Man Gets Second Chance at Space Ride   AP / 1:40PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man who gave up a free space ride because he couldn't afford the taxes on the contest prize may be going to the cosmos after all.
  • 5M Pirated Discs in Asia-Pacific Sting   AP / 1:20PM
    SINGAPORE (AP) -- Authorities have seized nearly 5 million pirated discs and arrested 870 people in a two-month anti-piracy operation in about a dozen Asia-Pacific nations.
  • Singapore to Host Sept. Game Convention   AP / 12:40PM
    SINGAPORE (AP) -- Video-game developers, manufacturers, publishers and players from around the world will gather in Singapore in September for a convention expected to be the region's largest.
  • 3 Dead in Medical Plane Crash in Mont.   AP / 12:00PM
    MANHATTAN, Mont. (AP) -- A medical airplane headed to Bozeman to pick up a patient crashed as it was preparing to land, killing all three people on board, authorities said.
  • Norway Agency Questions Apple Music Move   AP / 10:30AM
    OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Norway's Consumer Council applauded signs of willingness from Apple Inc. to open its iTunes music store to players other than its iPod, but said Wednesday the company was skirting key issues and passing responsibility to record companies.
  • TiVo, Amazon.com Offer Video Downloads   AP / 8:21AM
    SEATTLE - Amazon.com Inc. and TiVo Inc. have jumped into the digital download wars - with a twist. The new partners will beam movies and TV shows directly to their customers' living rooms.
  • Gates: Secure Data Remains Key Challenge   AP / 7:50AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Keeping information secure in this age of laptop-lugging workers is the tech industry's most formidable challenge, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Tuesday.
  • Raytheon Selects IBM for Navy Contract   AP / 3:30AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- IBM Corp. on Wednesday said it was selected by defense firm Raytheon Co. to assist in designing an upgraded software system for at least one U.S. Navy Zumwalt destroyer.
  • Budget Would Halt Some Land Conservation   AP / 1:30AM
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- President Bush's proposed budget would put a land conservation program that protects some 35 million acres on hold in favor of boosting corn production to meet the growing demand for ethanol.
  • Tuesday, February 6

  • Apple: Record Labels Should Drop DRM   AP / 10:40PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple Inc. indicated it would open its iTunes store to other portable players besides its ubiquitous iPod if the world's major record labels abandoned the anti-piracy technology that serves as the industry's security blanket.
  • Cisco Systems 2Q Profit Jumps 40 Percent   AP / 9:00PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Cisco Systems Inc.'s second-quarter profit surged nearly 40 percent as the world's largest maker of networking gear benefited from equipment upgrades to support bandwidth-hogging video downloads.
  • Hackers Attack Key Net Traffic Computers   AP / 8:50PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hackers briefly overwhelmed at least three of the 13 computers that help manage global computer traffic Tuesday in one of the most significant attacks against the Internet since 2002.
  • Apple: Record Labels Should Drop DRM   AP / 6:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc. indicated it would open its iTunes store to other portable players besides its ubiquitous iPod if the world's major record labels abandoned the anti-piracy technology that serves as the industry's security blanket.
  • Sun CFO Reaffirms Q4 Outlook   AP / 5:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Sun Microsystems Inc., which turned a rare profit last quarter, is on track to reach its previously stated goal of a 4 percent operating profit margin by the end of the fiscal year, the company's chief financial officer said Tuesday.
  • Defendants Acquitted in AOL Trial   AP / 5:20PM
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Two former midlevel executives at America Online were acquitted Tuesday on all counts of charges they conspired with a now-defunct Las Vegas software firm to inflate its revenue with secret side deals and backdated contracts.
  • Astronaut to Face Attempted Murder Count   AP / 1:50PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A NASA astronaut accused of trying to kidnap a romantic rival for a space shuttle pilot's affections will remain in jail because authorities planned to charge her with attempted first-degree murder, an official said Tuesday.
  • Sony Ericsson Unveils 8 Phones   AP / 1:20PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Sony Ericsson unveiled eight phones Tuesday aimed at helping the world's fourth-biggest mobile phone maker boost its market share in emerging and developed markets.
  • Astronaut Charged With Murder Attemp   AP / 12:31PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A jail official says a NASA astronaut is being charged with attempted first-degree murder in alleged kidnapping attempt involving a romantic rival.
  • Wal-Mart Sells Movies, TV Shows Online   AP / 10:30AM
    LOS ANGELES - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has launched its long-awaited online movie download store, entering a market that has yet to catch on with consumers but is expected to grow rapidly.
  • Astronaut Charged With Kidnap Attempt   AP / 10:11AM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - An astronaut made her first court appearance Tuesday on charges she attempted to kidnap a romantic rival in a bizarre plot.
  • Astronaut Charged With Kidnap Attempt   AP / 6:10AM
    ORLANDO, Fla. - An astronaut drove 900 miles and donned a disguise to confront a woman she believed was her rival for the affections of a space shuttle pilot, police said. She was arrested Monday and charged with attempted kidnapping and other counts.
  • China to Research Global Warming   AP / 5:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China will spend more to research global warming but lacks the money and technology to significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are worsening the problem, a government official said Tuesday.
  • Monday, February 5

  • Texas Gov. Urged Against Cancer Order   AP / 11:30PM
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Several key Republicans urged Gov. Rick Perry on Monday to rescind his executive order making Texas the first state to require girls to be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.
  • Iran Said to Assemble Two Uranium Units   AP / 8:40PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Shrugging off the threat of tougher U.N. sanctions, Iran has set up more than 300 centrifuges in two uranium enrichment units at its underground Natanz complex, diplomats and officials said Monday.
  • FTC Sets Maximum Royalties on Rambus   AP / 5:37PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Federal Trade Commission finalized its ruling that Rambus Inc. violated antitrust laws, imposing limits on the royalties the memory chip designer can charge.
  • Standoff Ends at Ala. Medical Center   AP / 5:17PM
    DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) -- A gunman wearing a camouflage helmet was taken into custody Monday after witnesses said he ordered doctors and nurses out of a small medical center, where fleeing patients reported hearing shots.
  • British Confronts Outbreak of Bird Flu   AP / 5:07PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Britain is confronting Europe's biggest outbreak of bird flu with a massive slaughter of turkeys -- and worried consumers are asking whether the disease will hit humans next.
  • German Court Bars Stealth PC Searches   AP / 3:30PM
    BERLIN (AP) -- Police cannot secretly search suspects' computer hard drives over the Internet, a German court ruled Monday.
  • EU Microsoft Judge: Ruling by September   AP / 2:50PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The judge due to rule on Microsoft Corp.'s appeal against the European Commission's antitrust order said Monday he hoped to publish his decision before he leaves office in September.
  • European Poultry Farmers Watch for Flu   AP / 8:20AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Poultry farmers around Europe were on guard Monday against the possible spread of bird flu across the North Sea from infected Britain, fearing the disease could be carried by wild birds. The Netherlands was the first country over the weekend to order restrictions on commercial poultry since the outbreak last week on a turkey farm in eastern England of the H5N1 strain of the virus, which can be deadly for humans.
  • Oklahoma School Auctions Tuition on eBay   AP / 7:40AM
    BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) -- One student next term at Oklahoma Wesleyan University may have paid a lot less for tuition than his or her classmates.
  • Online Ad Sites Challenge Google, Yahoo   AP / 6:20AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Like thousands of other Web sites, EDN.com relies on Google Inc. to handle a lucrative piece of Internet advertising -- the briefly worded links that produce revenue-generating clicks by targeting each individual reader's interests. The relationship has been profitable so far, but the managers of the technology Web site believe they could be making even more money if Google's system stopped serving up ads about potato chips or poker chips when a visitor is reading an article about computer chips.
  • No E-Book for Harry Potter VII   AP / 6:20AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Sorry, e-book fans, whoever you are.
  • Study: More Kids Exposed to Online Porn   AP / 2:00AM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- More children and teens are being exposed to online pornography, mostly by accidentally viewing sexually explicit Web sites while surfing the Internet, researchers say.
  • Sunday, February 4

  • AIDS Activist Stopped From Visiting U.S.   AP / 11:50PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A retired Chinese doctor who helped expose blood-buying schemes that infected thousands with HIV has been put under house arrest to stop her from traveling to Washington to be honored by a charity backed by Sen. Hillary Clinton, a friend said Monday.
  • Astronaut Sets Women's Spacewalk Record   AP / 8:27PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams has now spent more time spacewalking than any other woman, setting the record on Sunday as she and a crew mate upgraded the international space station's cooling system.
  • Friday, February 2

  • Global Warming Debate Shifts to Costs   AP / 11:00PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- An international report giving greater certainty to global warming will shift the debate in Congress from what's causing climate change to the economics of who will pay to confront it.
  • Apple: ITunes Users Should Wait on Vista   AP / 6:50PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple Inc. is urging some iPod and iTunes users to hold off on upgrading computers to Windows Vista, warning that the iTunes music software may not work well with the new operating system from rival Microsoft Corp.
  • Dell Accused of Hiding Intel Payments   AP / 6:50PM
    DALLAS (AP) -- A new class-action lawsuit claims that computer maker Dell Inc. inflated profits with secret payments of about $1 billion a year from chip maker Intel Corp.
  • Cancer Vaccine Faces Cost Hurdles   AP / 5:40PM
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Girls jumping rope chant "one less, one less," in TV commercials for the new cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil, vowing they will be one less cancer patient.
  • Texas Orders Cancer Vaccine for Girls   AP / 5:20PM
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Bypassing the Legislature, Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed an order Friday making Texas the first state to require that schoolgirls get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.
  • Global Warming Man-Made, Will Continue   AP / 12:31PM
    PARIS - A panel of international scientists predicted Friday that global warming will continue for centuries no matter how much people control pollution, in a bleak report that blamed humans for killer heat waves, devastating droughts and stronger storms.
  • Dutch Man Fined $97,000 for 9B Spam   AP / 12:10PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A spammer whom authorities say e-mailed more than 9 billion unwanted advertisements for products like erection pills faces a hefty fine: If he needs headache medication or debt relief there's probably an unsolicited ad in his own inbox.
  • 911 Images Could Mean Info Overload   AP / 11:40AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The scenario is all too common on the crowded streets of New York: A car crashes into another, confusion ensues and a slew of people at the site call 911 to offer the same or similar information.
  • Diplomats: Iran Working on Uranium Plant   AP / 11:33AM
    VIENNA, Austria - Hundreds of workers in Iran have set up piping, control panels and electric cables for Tehran's underground uranium enrichment plant, diplomats said Friday - the final step before installing equipment that countries fear could be used to make nuclear arms.
  • Global Warming Man-Made, Will Continue   AP / 7:51AM
    PARIS - Scientists from 113 countries issued a landmark report Friday saying they have little doubt global warming is caused by man, and predicting that hotter temperatures and rises in sea level will "continue for centuries" no matter how much humans control their pollution.
  • Quanta Ships Record 2M Notebooks in Jan.   AP / 7:40AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Quanta Computer Inc., the world's largest contract maker of notebook computers by shipments, shipped a record 2 million notebook computers in January, the company's president said Friday.
  • Warming 'Likely' Man-Made, Unstoppable   AP / 2:50AM
    PARIS - The world's leading climate scientists said global warming has begun, is "very likely" caused by man, and will be unstoppable for centuries, according to a report obtained Friday by The Associated Press.
  • Thursday, February 1

  • Global Warming 'Very Likely' Man-Made   AP / 7:52PM
    PARIS - The world's leading climate scientists, in their most powerful language ever used on the issue, said global warming is "very likely" man-made, according to a new report obtained Friday by The Associated Press.
  • PS3 Game Sales Boost Electronic Arts   AP / 7:32PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Electronic Arts Inc., benefiting from brisk holiday sales of video games used on Sony Corp.'s new Playstation 3, exceeded Wall Street's earnings expectations Thursday despite fiscal third-quarter sales that dropped 38 percent.
  • Zune Executive to Leave Microsoft   AP / 4:30PM
    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- A Microsoft Corp. executive responsible for its newly launched Zune digital music player will leave the company.
  • Tracking Your Car by Cell and E-Mail   AP / 2:50PM
    PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) -- Here's something that might appeal to your fretful or data-loving side: a service that alerts you if your car is stolen -- or being driven too fast by the teenager who borrowed the keys.
  • Apple's IPhone Stirs Up Would-Be Rivals   AP / 2:00PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Pablo Gonzalez, a Prada shoe-wearing cell phone connoisseur who jumps from one new handset to the next, is ready to ditch his $1,000 touch-screen cell phone for Apple's iPhone when it becomes available in June.
  • Hit by TV Price Wars, Tweeter Regroups   AP / 1:10PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- Tweeter Home Entertainment Group Inc. is trying to ease out of the line of fire in a flat-panel television price war that erupted over the holidays and is extending through Super Bowl Sunday.
  • Humans 'Very Likely' Making Earth Warmer   AP / 11:29AM
    PARIS - The most authoritative report on climate change is using the strongest wording ever on the source of global warming, saying it is "very likely" caused by humans and already is leading to killer heat waves and stronger hurricanes, delegates who have seen the report said Thursday.
  • Maine Weighs Lobbyist Text Message Rules   AP / 3:50AM
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Wary of lobbyists calling signals from the sidelines, Maine is taking steps to ban text messages and e-mails to lawmakers in session as it becomes the latest state to address the ever-expanding use of electronic communications in statehouses.
  • Wednesday, January 31

  • N.Y. Monks to Sell Bread, Cake on Web   AP / 11:50PM
    PIFFARD, N.Y. (AP) -- An upstate New York order of monks who don't watch TV or listen to the radio will soon be going high-tech to offer their baked goods for sale on the Internet.
  • Astronauts Take 1st of 3 Spacewalks   AP / 7:50PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Four or five flakes of toxic ammonia fell from a cooling line cap Wednesday but apparently didn't touch two U.S. astronauts conducting the first of three spacewalks planned outside the international space station over the next nine days.
  • Yahoo to Showcase Entertainment Brands   AP / 6:10PM
    SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) -- Coming off a year in which it was overshadowed by several Internet rivals, Yahoo Inc. is piggybacking on some of the entertainment industry's leading brands in its latest attempt to bolster its own brand.
  • Survey: "Tagging" Content Popular Online   AP / 4:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Internet users are taking avidly to sites that let them label photos, movies and blogs with their own descriptive tags, providing a major new way of organizing information online, according to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
  • Cisco Workers Pushed on Video Conference   AP / 3:50PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Cisco Systems Inc. rolled out its real-time video conference system for 50,000 employees worldwide in January, inviting them to test equipment with far-flung friends, family and co-workers.
  • $2M Grant to Digitize Brittle Books   AP / 3:30PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scholars and others interested in flipping through some of the Library of Congress' most fragile books will be able to tap the knowledge without damaging the artifacts.
  • UK Retailer Stops Stocking Floppy Disks   AP / 1:50PM
    LONDON (AP) -- PC World, Britain's largest chain of computer superstores, will say goodbye to floppy disks once the current stash is gone.
  • Super Bowl Spurs Run on Fancy Hi-Def TVs   AP / 1:50PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Mark Smithe admits to a moment of doubt before shelling out $10,000 for a 65-inch high-definition, flat-panel, plasma TV and related gear last week.
  • Flying Car Seen As Solution for Rescue   AP / 12:00PM
    YAVNE, Israel (AP) -- Rafi Yoeli has an unconventional solution to saving people from burning high-rises or rescuing soldiers trapped behind enemy lines: a flying car.
  • Census Bureau to Go High-Tech   AP / 1:30AM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- In the upcoming 2010 census, the Census Bureau for the first time will equip its temporary work force of 500,000 people with hand-held computers made by Harris Corp., to help them make a more precise count of more than 300 million people living in the 50 states and Puerto Rico.
  • Teen Accuses Record Companies of Collusion   AP / 1:10AM
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy being sued by five record companies accusing him of online music piracy accused the recording industry on Tuesday of violating antitrust laws, conspiring to defraud the courts and making extortionate threats.
  • NFL to Offer Video Downloads on iTunes   AP / 12:50AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- For the first time ever, football fans will be able to download video highlights of the Super Bowl, and they will be offered exclusively through Apple Inc.'s online iTunes Store.
  • Tuesday, January 30

  • Eiffel Tower to Go Dark Ahead of Report   AP / 7:10PM
    PARIS (AP) -- The Eiffel Tower's 20,000 flashing lights will go dark for five minutes Thursday evening, hours before scientists and officials unveil a long-awaited report on global warming.
  • Merck Lobbies States Over Cancer Vaccine   AP / 4:10PM
    AUSTIN, Texas - Merck & Co. is helping bankroll efforts to pass state laws requiring girls as young as 11 or 12 to receive the drugmaker's new vaccine against the sexually transmitted cervical-cancer virus.
  • Few Rush Out to Buy New Windows Vista   AP / 3:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Consumers can finally get their hands on Microsoft Corp.'s long-delayed Windows Vista, but unlike the mad midnight rushes retailers saw with the recently released video game consoles, stores saw only a trickle of early adopters Tuesday.
  • U.N. Chief Asked to Call Urgent Summit   AP / 12:50PM
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The top U.N. official for the environment asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday to convene an emergency international summit to combat global climate change, an official said, joining a growing chorus of world leaders and scientists calling for urgent action to cut greenhouse gases.
  • China: NKorea Nuke Talks Resuming Feb. 8   AP / 7:11AM
    BEIJING - International talks on dismantling North Korea's nuclear programs will resume Feb. 8, China said Tuesday, as Washington and Pyongyang began a new round of meetings over the North's alleged illicit financial dealings.
  • Clever Mobile Enhancements on the Rise   AP / 1:30AM
    BOSTON (AP) -- The founders of Zink Imaging LLC believe they have two great ideas in one absolute show-stopper. They've created a portable device that makes it ultra-convenient to print photos from digital cameras and phones. And they designed it to use no ink.
  • Monday, January 29

  • Chronicle Airs Reader Calls As Podcasts   AP / 10:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Readers have been angrily calling newspapers with complaints almost since the first telephones were installed. Now, the San Francisco Chronicle is turning some of those calls into podcasts and posting them on its Web site for all to hear.
  • Theatrics Surround Windows Vista Debut   AP / 8:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Acrobatics, blaring music and plenty of hype accompanied Microsoft Corp.'s long-delayed debut of its new Windows Vista operating system.
  • Silicon Valley Economy Revs Up   AP / 6:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Silicon Valley's economy has revved up thanks to plucky Internet and alternative energy startups, according to a new report.
  • McDonald's Selects Trans-Fat-Free Oil   AP / 4:00PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- McDonald's Corp. has finally selected a new trans-fat-free oil for cooking its famous french fries after years of testing, the fast-food chain said Monday.
  • Microsoft Vista Goes on Sale Tonight   The Associated Press / 10:20AM
    Microsoft is ready to begin consumer sales of its new Vista operating system just after midnight tonight. The software giant is putting its considerable marketing might behind the long-awaited upgrade to Windows, with appearances being made by Chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer.
  • Sunday, January 28

  • There Are No Free Rides to Outer Space   AP / 2:40PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Brian Emmett's childhood fantasy came true when he won a free trip to outer space. He was crushed when he had to cancel his reservation because of Uncle Sam.
  • Deutsche Telekom Cuts 2007 Outlook   AP / 2:20PM
    BERLIN (AP) -- Deutsche Telekom AG issued a profit warning Sunday for this year, cutting its earnings outlook as it faces fierce competition in Germany and absorbs the impact of a strong euro.
  • Iran Official Denies Nuke Plant Reports   AP / 9:20AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Iranian nuclear agency official has denied claims made by a top lawmaker that the Islamic Republic had begun installing 3,000 centrifuges at an uranium enrichment plant, Iran's state-run news agency reported late Saturday.
  • Cavaliers Look to Lead E-Ticketing Trend   AP / 5:29AM
    CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Cavaliers envision an arena full of cheering fans with no tickets in their pockets. Ticket brokers say it can't be done, but the team believes electronic ticketing will sweep the sports and entertainment industries much as it did the airline industry.
  • Saturday, January 27

  • Iran Says It's Installing Centrifuges   AP / 7:20PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran is currently installing 3,000 centrifuges, a top lawmaker said Saturday in an announcement underlining that the country will continue to develop its nuclear program despite U.N. sanctions.
  • NASA Marks Anniversary of Apollo Deaths   AP / 7:00PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- It was supposed to be a routine launch pad test.
  • Holocaust Memorial Starts Farsi Site   AP / 6:50PM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Holocaust memorial has launched a version of its Web site in Farsi to educate the country's most bitter enemy -- Iran -- about the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews.
  • Fla. Retiree Wins Cell Phone Bill Fight   AP / 5:30PM
    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- A 77-year-old retiree has won a two-month battle with a cell phone company over bills for about $31,000 in calls from Nicaragua he says he never made.
  • NASA Marks 40 Years Since Apollo Deaths   AP / 2:49PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - It was supposed to be a routine launch pad test.
  • Cell Phones Vital in Developing World   AP / 1:10PM
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Nguyen Huu Truc's trusty cell phone has revolutionized his small embroidery business -- and his life.
  • YouTube to Share Revenue With Users   AP / 1:00PM
    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) -- Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube, said Saturday that his wildly successful site will start sharing revenue with its millions of users.
  • Friday, January 26

  • U.N. Says Iran Plans Nuclear Development   AP / 11:10AM
    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) -- Iran expects to start installing thousands of centrifuges in an underground facility next month, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Friday. The installation would pave the way to large-scale uranium enrichment, a potential way of making nuclear weapons.
  • Russian: Georgia Uranium Was Weapons-Grade   AP / 6:20AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- A top official at a Russian state scientific institute confirmed Friday that Georgia had sent Russia a sample of uranium allegedly seized in a sting operation and that it was weapons-grade, Russian news agencies reported.
  • Cancer Patient Writes About Dying Girl   AP / 4:40AM
    HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) -- Weeks after learning her cancer has returned, a girl once at the center of a custody battle over her treatment has written a school paper in which a girl named Hope comes to grips with her impending death.
  • Former Livedoor Exec Says He Was Framed   AP / 1:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Former dot-com mogul Takafumi Horie tearfully asserted his innocence Friday in a Japanese courtroom, accusing prosecutors of seeking his downfall through trumped up charges and targeting him as a famous businessman.
  • PS3 to Make European Debut on March 23   AP / 12:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's new PlayStation 3 video game machines will go on sale in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia on March 23, company officials said Friday.
  • Thursday, January 25

  • Russia Silent on Georgian Uranium Sting   AP / 8:40PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia responded with silence Thursday after Georgia revealed a foiled effort by a Russian man to sell weapons-grade uranium, an episode that appeared to cast doubt on the nation's ability to halt the black market trade in nuclear materials.
  • Boeing Scraps Wireless System on the 787   AP / 7:40PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Boeing has scrapped plans for a wireless entertainment system on its new 787 "Dreamliner," about eight months before the plane's first scheduled flight.
  • Microsoft Profit Down, Beats Estimates   AP / 6:50PM
    The long-delayed launch of the Windows Vista computer operating system hurt fiscal second-quarter profits at Microsoft Corp., which reported a 28 percent drop in earnings Thursday despite revenue growth that exceeded forecasts.
  • Ricoh Buying Stake in IBM Printing Unit   AP / 5:20PM
    International Business Machines Corp. is spinning off its printing division into a new company that Japan's Ricoh Co. will control, part of IBM's ongoing efforts to pare sideline businesses and focus on more profitable segments of the technology industry.
  • Russia Silent on Georgian Uranium Sting   AP / 4:50PM
    MOSCOW - Russia responded with silence Thursday after Georgia revealed a foiled effort by a Russian man to sell weapons-grade uranium, an episode that appeared to cast doubt on the nation's ability to halt the black market trade in nuclear materials.
  • EU Predicts Fivefold Boost in Web Sales   AP / 4:50PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Money made from Web sites is expected to skyrocket in the years ahead, reaching 8.3 billion euros ($10.8 billion) by 2010, the European Union said Thursday.
  • 2006 Cell Phone Shipments Top 1 Billion   AP / 4:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Cell phone makers shipped more than 1 billion handsets for the first time in 2006, driven by a strong holiday season in which shipments rose nearly 20 percent to a record 295 million devices, the technology research firm IDC reported Thursday.
  • Nokia 4Q Profits Rise on Growing Sales   AP / 1:40PM
    HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- Nokia shares rallied Thursday after the world's No. 1 mobile phone maker posted a 19 percent rise in fourth-quarter earnings on record sales.
  • Caltech, UCLA Scientists Tout Circuit   AP / 1:40PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Researchers in California said they have created the world's densest memory circuit, one that's about 100 times denser than today's standard memory circuits, while remaining as small as a human white blood cell.
  • Lockheed Martin 4Q Profit Up 28 Percent   AP / 9:20AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. said Thursday that fourth-quarter earnings rise 28 percent on growth across its military hardware and other divisions, prompting the company to raise its profit outlook for 2007.
  • Wii Helps Nintendo Year-End Profits Soar   AP / 6:11AM
    TOKYO - Booming year-end sales of the wand-wielding Wii game console sent profit at Nintendo soaring 43 percent for the nine months ended December, the Japanese manufacturer of Pokemon and Super Mario games said Thursday.
  • Idea of Paid Entries Roils Wikipedia   AP / 4:40AM
    BOSTON (AP) -- When a blogger revealed this week that Microsoft Corp. wanted to pay him to fix purported inaccuracies in technical articles on Wikipedia, the software company endured online slams and a rebuke from the Web encyclopedia's founder for behaving unethically.
  • Wednesday, January 24

  • Stocks Jump With EBay Profit Up 24 Pct   AP / 7:40PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- EBay Inc. reported Wednesday that fourth-quarter profit increased 24 percent from the same period last year, trouncing Wall Street estimates and prompting executives to raise guidance for the current quarter.
  • Idea of Paid Entries Roils Wikipedia   AP / 6:30PM
    BOSTON - When a blogger revealed this week that Microsoft Corp. wanted to pay him to fix purported inaccuracies in technical articles on Wikipedia, the software company endured online slams and a rebuke from the Web encyclopedia's founder for behaving unethically.
  • Cingular 4Q Profit Nearly Quadruples   AP / 2:20PM
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Cingular Wireless LLC, the nation's largest cell phone provider, said Wednesday its fourth-quarter profit nearly quadrupled, boosted by customer growth during the holidays.
  • Text Message Novel Published in Finland   AP / 1:40PM
    HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- A novel whose narrative consists entirely of mobile phone text messages has been published in Finland.
  • Political Paper and Web Site Launches   AP / 1:10PM
    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Even for a city obsessed with politics, no one would claim that the nation's capital suffers from a lack of political reporting.
  • Fees Relaxed to Boost Stem Cell Research   AP / 11:13AM
    MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin foundation that holds patents covering U.S. embryonic stem cell research will waive some of its fees to encourage more industry-sponsored research.
  • Corning Posts 4Q Profit of $646 Million   AP / 10:12AM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Corning Inc., buoyed by higher demand for liquid-crystal-display glass, posted a $646 million profit in the fourth quarter but warned Wednesday that falling prices will drag profits and sales below Wall Street expectations in the current quarter.
  • Yahoo's 4Q Profit Tops Analyst Forecasts   AP / 1:20AM
    SAN FRANCISCO - After beating analysts' earnings expectations for the first time in more than a year, Yahoo Inc. is hoping to make it a more regular habit with an improved advertising system designed to make the Internet icon more competitive with the Web's top moneymaking machine, Google Inc.
  • More Polar Bears Giving Birth on Land   AP / 1:10AM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Pregnant polar bears in Alaska, which spend most of their lives on sea ice, are increasingly giving birth on land, according to researchers who say global warming is probably to blame.
  • Tuesday, January 23

  • AMD Reports 4Q Loss on Acquisition Costs   AP / 10:40PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the world's No. 2 microprocessor maker behind Intel Corp., said Tuesday that it swung to a loss in the fourth quarter as the company incurred heavy costs related to a major acquisition, negating record processor sales.
  • China to Surpass U.S. on Internet Users   AP / 10:30PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China is on pace to surpass the United States within two years as the nation with the most Internet users, the government and news reports said Wednesday.
  • Sun Returns to Black After Years in Red   AP / 6:40PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Sun Microsystems Inc. returned to solid profitability Tuesday after years of red ink, easily exceeding Wall Street's tepid expectations thanks to the growing popularity of its corporate computers and its newest operating system.
  • Judge Dismisses Online Phone Suit   AP / 5:50PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A federal judge has thrown out an antitrust lawsuit filed by the distributor of Morpheus file-sharing software against Internet phone service provider Skype Technologies SA, eBay Inc. and other defendants.
  • Microsoft Offers Cash for Wikipedia Edit   AP / 5:40PM
    Microsoft Corp. landed in the Wikipedia doghouse Tuesday after it offered to pay a blogger to change technical articles on the community-produced Web encyclopedia site.
  • Disk-Drive Maker Seagate 2Q Profit Falls   AP / 5:40PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Seagate Technology LLC, the world's largest maker of hard-disk drives, had record revenue for its fiscal second-quarter but saw earnings fall 51 percent because of acquisition costs.
  • French Doctors Do New Face Transplant   AP / 4:30PM
    PARIS (AP) -- French doctors announced Tuesday that they had performed the world's third partial face transplant on a man whose face was disfigured by severe tumors, giving him a new nose, mouth and chin and replacing part of his cheeks.
  • Record Labels Invest in Chinese Venture   AP / 1:20PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group have partnered with a joint venture operating in China that develops technology for distributing music downloads and other content to mobile phones, the record companies said Tuesday.
  • EMC 4Q Profit Beats Analysts' Estimates   AP / 8:20AM
    BOSTON (AP) -- Profits more than doubled in the fourth quarter for information-management vendor EMC Corp. and beat the estimates of Wall Street analysts Tuesday.
  • Dell Opens Business Center in Malaysia   AP / 6:30AM
    CYBERJAYA, Malaysia (AP) -- Computer maker Dell Inc. on Tuesday opened its first global business center outside the United States to provide 24-hour engineering and technology support to its branches worldwide.
  • LG Electronics' 4Q Profit Down 85 Pct.   AP / 3:40AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Fourth quarter profit at LG Electronics Inc., South Korea's largest consumer appliance maker, plunged 85 percent amid falling sales and price declines for flat-screen televisions, the company said Tuesday.
  • MySpace to Distribute Amber Alerts   AP / 1:30AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The social-networking Web site MySpace.com will now distribute Amber alerts to members notifying them of missing children in their communities.
  • Venture Capitalist Invested $25B in 2006   AP / 1:30AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Venture capitalists invested $25.5 billion in 2006, marking the industry's biggest burst of dealmaking since the dot-com bust clogged the financial spigot for entrepreneurs five years ago.
  • Monday, January 22

  • Envoys at N. Korea Talks Optimistic   AP / 11:40PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Envoys to the six-party talks on North Korean nuclear disarmament are sounding rare notes of optimism, raising hopes for progress after their expected return to the bargaining table in coming weeks.
  • Report Has 'Smoking Gun' on Climate   AP / 9:00PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Human-caused global warming is here -- visible in the air, water and melting ice -- and is destined to get much worse in the future, an authoritative global scientific report will warn next week.
  • MySpace Sues to Stop Spam Bulletins   AP / 6:30PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The popular online hangout MySpace.com has sued a Colorado man once accused of being one of the world's top three spammers, saying the man gained access to MySpace profiles using stolen passwords and used the information to send spam bulletins.
  • AOL Names 2 International Executives   AP / 6:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- AOL named an international chief who will work from India and said its European boss is retiring after overseeing the sales of the region's Internet access businesses.
  • Sun, Intel to Partner on Server Chips   AP / 5:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Sun Microsystems Inc. will begin building a line of servers that run on chips from Intel Corp. and will receive Intel's endorsement of Sun's Solaris operating system, executives from both companies said Monday.
  • Iran Bars 38 IAEA Nuclear Inspectors   AP / 4:50PM
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran has barred 38 nuclear inspectors on a United Nations list from entering the country, the foreign minister said Monday in what appeared to be retaliation for the U.N. sanctions imposed last month.
  • U.S. Docs Tough on Blood Pressure   AP / 4:50PM
    CHICAGO - High blood pressure is controlled better in the United States than in five Western European countries, a study found, and researchers credit American doctors' more aggressive prescribing of drugs.
  • U.S. Plans Missile Bases in Europe   AP / 4:40PM
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The United States has entered a decisive phase in a plan to set up missile defense sites in Eastern Europe -- a system Washington says is aimed at protecting itself and its allies against potential attacks from the Middle East.
  • Take-Two Finds Evidence of Backdating   AP / 3:50PM
    DALLAS (AP) -- Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., publisher of the popular "Grand Theft Auto" video games, said Monday its investigation uncovered stock option irregularities during the tenure of former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ryan Brant.
  • German, French Groups Want Open ITunes   AP / 3:20PM
    OSLO, Norway (AP) -- German and French consumer groups have joined a Nordic-led drive to force Apple Inc. to make its iTunes online store compatible with digital music players made by rival companies, a Norwegian official said Monday.
  • Italian Court OKs Non-Profit Downloads   AP / 3:10PM
    MILAN, Italy (AP) -- Italy's top criminal court has ruled that downloading music, movies and software over the Internet isn't a crime if profit wasn't the motivation, though analysts questioned Monday whether the ruling would have much effect on copyright laws.
  • Iran Bars 38 U.N. IAEA Inspectors   AP / 12:20PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran said Monday it has barred 38 members of a U.N. nuclear inspection team from entering the country, in what appeared to be retaliation for sanctions imposed last month over its contentious atomic program.
  • Top Dissident Cleric Slams Ahmadinejad   AP / 11:10AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's most senior dissident cleric said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's aggressive nuclear diplomacy had harmed the country, joining a chorus of criticism that has included even the hard-line leader's conservative allies.
  • Ruckus Networks Widens Web Music Service   AP / 10:50AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ruckus Network, which distributes movies and music online to colleges nationwide, is expanding access to its ad-supported music download service to any U.S. college student.
  • Sun to Use Intel Chips in Some Servers   AP / 10:21AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Server and software maker Sun Microsystems Inc. has agreed to use chips from Intel Corp. in some of its servers and for Intel to endorse Sun's Solaris operating system, a person close to the deal told the AP late Sunday night.
  • Hewlett-Packard to Open Russia Facility   AP / 9:10AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Hewlett-Packard Co. said Monday it plans to open a research and development facility in St. Petersburg, Russia, that will employ dozens of researchers and focus on inventing ways to manage and mine digital data.
  • Sunday, January 21

  • Creators Put Politics Into Video Games   AP / 1:10AM
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Ian Bogost takes some of the fun out of video games -- and replaces it with opinion. The Georgia Institute of Technology professor creates games -- or "playable editorial cartoons," as he calls them -- that are packed with political messages.
  • Saturday, January 20

  • Gadhafi's Son Warns Europe on AIDS Case   AP / 11:00PM
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- The son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi warned European Parliament members Saturday against politicizing the case of five Bulgarian nurses convicted of infecting Libyan children with HIV and sentenced to death.
  • Conservationists Rally to Support Sharks   AP / 4:50PM
    HONOLULU (AP) -- The Kauai surfer was lucky: the eight-foot long shark that took a half moon-shaped chomp out of his board didn't go for a second bite.
  • Talk of Universal Health Care Grows   AP / 2:30PM
    Health care for all -- an elusive goal that has tantalized presidents and governors for decades -- is roaring back this year with ambitious proposals in a handful of prominent states.
  • Hackers Attack Gorbachev's Web Site   AP / 8:10AM
    MOSCOW - Hackers attacked the Web site of a foundation run by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, accusing him of brutally suppressing a pro-independence demonstration in Soviet Azerbaijan in 1990.
  • Friday, January 19

  • Jordan Seeks Nuclear Peace for Mideast   AP / 4:20PM
    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- King Abdullah II said Friday that Jordan wants to develop a peaceful nuclear program, joining Egypt and Arab Gulf countries in considering a nuclear option. Arab nations are fearful over the West's failure to stop Shiite Iran's nuclear ambitions, which they worry will lead to Tehran having an atomic weapon.
  • Virus Exploits Interest in Europe Storm   AP / 2:39PM
    HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- Spammers are exploiting the public's interest in this week's European storm to spread a computer virus that sends junk e-mail, computer security experts said Friday.
  • Vista Launch Points to Microsoft Changes   AP / 1:40PM
    Here comes a new Windows operating system from Microsoft Corp. Long delayed, it's the first in several years, so the company plans an enormous marketing campaign to tout the software as a way to get more out of computers.
  • Microsoft Case Lawyers Claim Violation   AP / 1:30PM
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The plaintiffs in Iowa's class-action antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp. claim they have uncovered information that indicates the software company is violating its 2002 agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • N.Korea: Deal Reached in U.S. Nuke Talks   AP / 12:31PM
    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea said it reached an agreement with the U.S. during talks this week on its nuclear program, and the top U.S. nuclear envoy expressed optimism Friday that progress could be made when wider arms negotiations reconvene.
  • Report: Jordan King Wants Nuclear Peace   AP / 12:10PM
    JERUSALEM - Jordan's King Abdullah II told an Israeli newspaper his country wants its own atomic program, a development he said came in response to desires expressed by other countries in the region to become nuclear powers.
  • Google to Build Data Center in N.C.   AP / 11:50AM
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Search engine giant Google Inc. plans to spend $600 million to build a data center in North Carolina, state officials and the company said Friday.
  • Belgian Newspapers Take on Yahoo!   AP / 11:10AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- A group of Belgian newspapers has asked Yahoo! Inc. to remove links to their archived stories from its Web search service, claiming they infringe copyright laws, their lawyers confirmed Friday.
  • Yahoo Expands Finance Section   AP / 1:20AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Internet powerhouse Yahoo Inc. will begin dispensing advice about personal finances in its latest bid to bolster its own finances.
  • Thursday, January 18

  • House Democrats Beat 100-Hour Clock   AP / 8:00PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democrats crossed the finish line Thursday in their race to pass a six-bill agenda in the first 100 hours of the new Congress -- getting there 13 hours ahead of schedule.
  • Report: 50 Percent Margins for IPhone   AP / 7:40PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple Inc. will have plenty of room to eventually reduce the retail price of its upcoming iPhone, according to preliminary gross margin estimates by a market research company.
  • Credit Cos. Watchful After TJX Breach   AP / 7:10PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- Banks and credit card companies scrambled to notify their customers to watch for fraudulent activity after TJX Cos., parent of retailers Marshalls and T.J. Maxx, disclosed thefts of customer data from its computer system.
  • IBM Posts Big Q4 Profit Rise   AP / 6:20PM
    Fourth-quarter profit at International Business Machines Corp. rose 11 percent and beat Wall Street expectations Thursday, and the company also delivered a blockbuster figure in services contract signings, an important measure of future revenue.
  • Iran Takes Tough Stand Over Nuclear Row   AP / 5:30PM
    TEHRAN, Iran - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed back over the U.S. military buildup in the Gulf, saying Thursday that Iran is ready for any possibility in its standoff with the West over its nuclear program.
  • LG's New Phone Resembles IPhone   AP / 3:21PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's LG Electronics Co. said Thursday it will start selling next month a new mobile phone that incorporates a buttonless touch-screen resembling the much-hyped iPhone from Apple Inc.
  • Lawyer: Plea Offered to Dunn in HP Case   AP / 2:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- State prosecutors offered to drop felony charges against former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairwoman Patricia Dunn and the four other defendants in the company's boardroom spying scandal if they agree to plead guilty to a misdemeanor, a defense lawyer said Thursday.
  • Ahmadinejad: Iran Ready for Nuke Standoff   AP / 8:30AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that Iran was prepared for any possibility in the standoff with the West over its controversial nuclear activities.
  • Microsoft to Offer Windows Vista Online   AP / 3:10AM
    Microsoft Corp. will make its new Windows Vista operating system available for sale and download online, marking a new step for the software company, which has previously sold Windows only on packaged discs or pre-loaded on computers.
  • EBay Heightens Security Precautions   AP / 1:50AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Executives at eBay Inc. are touting security as their top priority in 2007 after an internal survey showed that online scammers may be denting the company's reputation.
  • Wednesday, January 17

  • DVD Security Group Probes Hacker Report   AP / 11:41PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A business group behind copy-protection software for next-generation DVDs was investigating reports that hackers found a way to circumvent its technology, a group member said Wednesday.
  • TJX Says Computer Systems Hacked   AP / 9:10PM
    FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) -- TJX Cos., operator of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls discount stores, said Wednesday its computer systems were hacked late last year and customer data has been stolen. The company said the full extent of the intrusion is not yet known, but it is conducting a full investigation.
  • HP Extends Lead Over Dell in PC Market   AP / 7:10PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- Hewlett-Packard Co. extended its lead over Dell Inc. in the worldwide personal-computer market in the fourth quarter, according to reports released Wednesday by two top technology research firms.
  • Congo Rebels Said to Kill, Eat Gorillas   AP / 5:40PM
    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Rebels in eastern Congo have killed and eaten two silverback mountain gorillas, conservationists said Wednesday, warning they fear more of the endangered animals may have been slaughtered in the lawless region.
  • Internet Gains for Midterm Campaign News   AP / 3:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Internet still trails television and newspapers as the leading sources for political news, but it gained significantly in usage since the midterm elections of 2002, the Pew Internet and American Life Project found.
  • Drop in U.S. Cancer Deaths Accelerates   AP / 3:10PM
    ATLANTA - The tide has turned in the nation's battle against cancer.
  • Sun Microsystems Again Courts Startups   AP / 1:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- In the late 1990s, Sun Microsystems Inc. promoted itself as "the dot in dot-com" -- a strategy that proved painful when the technology bubble burst.
  • 3 Teens Arrested in Beating Shown Online   AP / 12:20PM
    NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) -- Three teenagers who beat another girl while being videotaped turned the camera on themselves to brag about the incident before posting the video online, police said.
  • U.S. Envoy Says N. Korea Talk 'Useful'   AP / 8:10AM
    BERLIN - The chief U.S. negotiator at six-nation talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program said Wednesday he was hopeful the talks can resume by the end of this month, and described a meeting with his North Korean counterpart as "useful."
  • U.S. Hopeful N.Korea Talks Can Resume   AP / 7:10AM
    BERLIN (AP) -- The chief U.S. negotiator at six-nation talks on North Korea's nuclear ambitions indicated Wednesday that he is hopeful talks can resume by the end of this month, and described a meeting with his North Korean counterpart as "useful."
  • Sony Ericsson Says 4Q Net Profit Triples   AP / 6:10AM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson said Wednesday its net profit more than tripled in the fourth quarter, as record sales of its music and camera handsets helped it gain market shares.
  • Analysts: Expect Lower Intel Margins   AP / 1:40AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Investors may just have to live with slightly lower profit margins at Intel Corp. as the world's largest chip maker is forced to coexist in the same markets with much-smaller rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
  • Tuesday, January 16

  • Jet With Anti-Missile System Leaves LAX   AP / 10:20PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An MD-10 cargo jet equipped with Northrop Grumman's Guardian anti-missile system took off from Los Angeles International Airport on a commercial flight Tuesday, the company said.
  • Airport Shoe Scanner Gets Mixed Review   AP / 7:20PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- New airport screening technology that was trotted out Tuesday was supposed to let passengers keep their footwear on while passing through security.
  • Neteller Execs Charged in Gambling Case   AP / 6:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Two founders of a company that processes Internet gambling transactions were arrested and charged with funneling billions of dollars in gambling proceeds to overseas betting operations, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
  • Intel Q4 Profit Plunges 39 Percent   AP / 6:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Intel Corp.'s fourth-quarter profit plunged 39 percent as the world's largest chip maker endured a painful price war with much-smaller rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and continued to pay for a massive restructuring.
  • Castro Reportedly Struggles With Disease   AP / 5:50PM
    LONDON (AP) -- The intestinal disease Fidel Castro is reportedly suffering from is usually easy to treat -- but if complications develop in an elderly patient like the Cuban leader, it can quickly become a death sentence.
  • Communities Fight Crematorium Expansion   AP / 5:20PM
    RICHMOND, Calif. - Plans to build new crematoriums are running into resistance around the country over a fear some scientists say is overblown: toxic emissions, especially mercury fumes from incinerating dental fillings.
  • Skype Founders Unveil TV Service Details   AP / 12:40PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- The co-founders of the Internet telephone service Skype unveiled the brand name and details of their latest project Tuesday: a new Internet-based television service called Joost.
  • Using Neighbor's Wireless Link: Probation   AP / 8:50AM
    SINGAPORE (AP) -- A Singaporean teenager who illegally tapped into a neighbor's wireless Internet network -- an offense the city-state deems punishable by jail -- was placed on 18 months' probation by a district court Tuesday.
  • Netflix to Be Delivered on the Internet   AP / 8:10AM
    LOS GATOS, Calif. - Netflix Inc. will start showing movies and TV episodes over the Internet this week, providing its subscribers with more instant gratification as the DVD-by-mail service prepares for a looming technology shift threatening its survival.
  • Monday, January 15

  • Startup Hopes 'Tubes' Metaphor Has Legs   AP / 3:20PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- A powerful U.S. senator endured ridicule last year for his assertion that the Internet is "a series of tubes." But one Web startup hopes to bring that metaphor to life with a new service that makes it easy for people to share videos, songs, pictures and other big files.
  • Iran Said to Install Uranium Centrifuges   AP / 2:40PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran said Monday it is installing 3,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium at one of its nuclear facilities, effectively confirming that its nuclear program is running behind schedule as the devices were to have been in place two weeks ago.
  • Video Emerges As Key to Cisco's Growth   AP / 1:40PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- So far, when it comes to making money, the online video explosion is mostly about potential. Studios selling TV shows and movies for download, and Web sites like YouTube that link ads to user-generated content, stand to reap billions from the Internet's hottest trend.
  • AOL Makes $900M Bid for TradeDoubler   AP / 5:30AM
    STOCKHOLM, (AP) -- AOL, a unit of Time Warner Inc., said Monday it is making a $900 million cash bid to buy Swedish online marketing specialist TradeDoubler in an effort to improve its Internet advertising in Europe.
  • Online Astronomers Seek Out New Worlds   AP / 4:00AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Amateur astronomer William Bianco doesn't huddle over a backyard telescope to hunt for undiscovered planets. He logs onto his computer.
  • Online Astronomers Seek Out New Worlds   AP / 12:30AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Amateur astronomer William Bianco doesn't huddle over a backyard telescope to hunt for undiscovered planets. He logs onto his computer.
  • Sunday, January 14

  • Sundance Cracks Down on Ticket Reselling   AP / 7:10AM
    PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Desperate for tickets to see your favorite stars at their Sundance Film Festival premiere? EBay may be the answer -- or not.
  • Virtual Reality Embraced by Businesses   AP / 7:10AM
    FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) -- The pillars glide by as you float through the courtyard of an ancient palace. Moments later, the world turns blue as you slip along the ocean floor and poke through the Earth's crust in search of oil.
  • Medicaid Plan Would Cut Rural Funding   AP / 3:50AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Many rural hospitals and nursing homes would get fewer federal dollars under a proposal to save Medicaid almost $4 billion over the next five years. The change would have "a significant economic impact on a substantial number" of health care providers, the Bush administration acknowledges.
  • Saturday, January 13

  • Medicaid Plan Would Cut Rural Funding   AP / 5:40PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Many rural hospitals and nursing homes would get fewer federal dollars under a proposal to save Medicaid almost $4 billion over the next five years. The change would have "a significant economic impact on a substantial number" of health care providers, the Bush administration acknowledges.
  • Iran Leader's Nuke Diplomacy Questioned   AP / 2:30PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Conservatives and reformists are openly challenging President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hard-line nuclear diplomacy -- an unusual agreement across Iran's political spectrum, with many saying his provokative remarks have increasingly isolated their country.
  • Late 'Warcraft' Expansion Pack to Debut   AP / 5:30AM
    DALLAS (AP) -- Each day, millions of people around the world gaze at their computer screens to explore a dangerous fantasy world of treasure-filled dungeons and flame-breathing dragons, a land where mortal enemies lurk around every corner.
  • Friday, January 12

  • U.N. Telecom Not Eying Internet Control   AP / 8:50PM
    GENEVA (AP) -- The United Nations will not try to take the lead in determining the future of the Internet, the head of the U.N. telecommunications agency said Friday.
  • Video-Game Sales a Record $12.5B in '06   AP / 5:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A strong December capped off a record year for the video game industry, with U.S. sales of software, hardware and accessories up 19 percent to $12.5 billion in 2006, according to market research firm NPD Group.
  • Late 'Warcraft' Expansion Pack to Debut   AP / 4:30PM
    DALLAS (AP) -- Each day, millions of people around the world gaze at their computer screens to explore a dangerous fantasy world of treasure-filled dungeons and flame-breathing dragons, a land where mortal enemies lurk around every corner.
  • Schwarzenegger's Health Plan Has Critics   AP / 3:10PM
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking on just about every major interest group in California in his audacious effort to bring universal health care to the nation's biggest state: unions, small business, doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, conservatives.
  • Video-Game Sales a Record $12.5B in '06   AP / 2:10PM
    NEW YORK - A strong December capped off a record year for the video game industry, with U.S. sales of software, hardware and accessories up 19 percent to $12.5 billion in 2006, according to market research firm NPD Group.
  • Samsung Sees Challenge in IPhone Launch   AP / 10:50AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung, a leading producer of cell phones, is looking for a silver lining in Apple's move to storm the market with its new iPhone.
  • Canon to Take Control of Joint Venture   AP / 10:20AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese electronics maker Canon will take full control of a joint venture for flat panel TVs using a new technology called SED, the company said Friday, in a move aimed at an early settlement of a legal dispute in the United States.
  • Samsung Hopes to Build on iPhone Launch   AP / 8:10AM
    SEOUL, South Korea - Apple's introduction of the iPhone is both a competitive challenge and a market opportunity for Samsung, executives at South Korea's largest corporation said Friday.
  • Sharp to Boost Production of LCD TVs   AP / 5:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Trying to regain its lead in the liquid crystal display TV market, Sharp Corp. announced plans to boost output with a 8 billion yen ($66.3 million) factory in Mexico and a new production line at a domestic plant.
  • Samsung Electronics' 4Q Profit Falls   AP / 5:30AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday that fourth quarter profit fell 8 percent amid price declines for key products including flash memory chips and liquid crystal displays.
  • U.S. Pushing for More N. Korea Sanctions   AP / 12:20AM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States expressed concern Thursday that the U.N. committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea has not adopted amendments proposed by the U.S. and others that would add new equipment, goods and technology to a list of banned items.
  • Thursday, January 11

  • Report: Sony Sold 490,7000 PS3s in U.S.   AP / 10:30PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sony Corp., beset by supply issues, sold 490,700 PlayStation 3 game consoles in the United States in December, according to figures research firm NPD Group released Thursday.
  • Memphis Pandas Get Privacy to Mate   AP / 9:20PM
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Zoo is hoping a few days of privacy will include a magic moment between its giant pandas.
  • CES Vendors Overshadowed by Apple   AP / 6:30PM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- As this week's International Consumer Electronics Show prepared to close here, much of the buzz on the convention floor focused on products introduced 600 miles away by Apple Inc.
  • West Puzzled at Iran's Nuclear Endeavors   AP / 11:20AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Iran's uranium enrichment program appears stalled despite tough talk from the Tehran leadership, leaving intelligence services guessing about why it has not made good on plans to press ahead with activities that the West fears could be used to make nuclear arms, diplomats said Thursday.
  • U.S. Warns About Canadian Spy Coins   AP / 5:00AM
    WASHINGTON - Money talks, but can it also follow your movements?
  • Wednesday, January 10

  • Cisco Sues Apple Over Use of iPhone Name   AP / 10:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Cisco Systems sued Apple Inc. in federal court Wednesday, saying the computer maker's new iPhone violates its trademark.
  • Human Error May Have Doomed Mars Probe   AP / 10:10PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- NASA is investigating whether incorrect software commands may have doomed the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, which abruptly fell silent last year after a decade of meticulously mapping the Red Planet.
  • EBay Buying StubHub for $310M in Cash   AP / 8:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- EBay Inc. is buying rapidly growing online ticket broker StubHub Inc. for $310 million in cash, further expanding the Internet auctioneer's electronic bazaar.
  • Apple's IPhone Surprises Despite Rumors   AP / 7:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- In one sense, Apple's iPhone was one of the computing world's worst-kept secrets. But CEO Steve Jobs still managed to surprise his audience when he unveiled the multimedia device.
  • Hollywood Courts Tech It Once Opposed   AP / 5:20PM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- It looks like Hollywood and Silicon Valley have kissed and made up. The folks who make movies, TV shows and music have had an often hostile relationship over the years with the companies that make the cool new devices to display, record and move that content around.
  • Game to Permit Banks Tied to Real World   AP / 4:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- "Entropia Universe," an online role-playing game with a distinctly economic bent, will soon let players start up banks with the authority to lend money that's convertible to real-world dollars.
  • Researchers to Create Autism Databank   AP / 3:30PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Researchers at 11 universities will create a databank of DNA samples from 3,000 autism patients in an effort to identify different kinds of autism and develop treatments.
  • Warm Europe Winter Has Pollen Lingering   AP / 3:10PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Europe's unseasonably mild winter is nothing to sneeze at. Or maybe it is. Experts warned Austrian allergy-sufferers on Wednesday that some species of trees are already flowering and about to release pollen -- an annual phenomenon that's usually not a problem until well into spring.
  • New Search Engine for Aging Boomers   AP / 2:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Does surfing the Web exhaust -- and even exasperate -- older people? The backers of Cranky.com are betting on it.
  • Newspaper Publishers Discuss Ad Network   AP / 2:10PM
    NEW YORK - The three largest newspaper publishers in the country are in talks to create a national network to sell online advertising, hoping to claw back some of the ad dollars that have been migrating to the Internet.
  • Review: Mobile Gmail Good to Check Mail   AP / 1:30PM
    ISELIN, N.J. (AP) -- I've never wanted a BlackBerry and the 24-hour access to e-mail it provides. I figure I ought to enjoy my time away from a computer to read, think or listen to podcasts on my iPod.
  • Supermodel Opposes YouTube Ban in Brazil   AP / 1:00PM
    SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- Brazilian supermodel Daniela Cicarelli said she disagreed with a judge's now-reversed order to ban YouTube in an attempt to stop steamy footage of her from being viewed. But she stopped short of offering an apology.
  • SAP Hopes to Keep CEO for Another Year   AP / 11:50AM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- SAP AG, the world's biggest maker of business software, said it wants Chief Executive Henning Kagermann to remain on the job after he turns 60 this year, according to a newspaper report Wednesday.
  • Nintendo Boosts Profit Forecast   AP / 11:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's Nintendo Co. raised its group profit outlook by 20 percent Wednesday for this fiscal year because of upbeat sales worldwide of its portable game player Nintendo DS.
  • PlayStation 3 Likely Missed Sales Target   AP / 2:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's long-awaited PlayStation 3 may have missed its global shipment target and been beaten in its home market by rival Nintendo's surprise hit Wii video game system, new figures show.
  • Supercomputers to Take on New Research   AP / 12:50AM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The forces at work in dying stars and black holes, Earth's global climate change, nanostructures and cellular membranes all will be on the agenda for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's supercomputers this year.
  • Tuesday, January 9

  • CBS to Allow Snippets of Shows on Web   AP / 10:50PM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Fans of CBS shows will soon be able to slice clips from prime-time shows, send them to friends and even "mash" them together in ways that only a short time ago would have triggered complaints of copyright infringement.
  • Iran Says It Has Arrested a Nuclear Spy   AP / 9:40PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran said Tuesday it has arrested a man on suspicion of selling nuclear secrets to an exiled Iranian opposition group, state radio reported.
  • Dell: PC Industry Needs to Go Green   AP / 9:11PM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Michael Dell, chairman of Dell Inc., issued a challenge Tuesday to the entire PC industry to adopt free recycling programs for customers as he announced that his company would offer to plant a tree for every PC sold.
  • New Gadgets: MoGo Mouse, Honda Robots   AP / 9:10PM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- PC gamers once had to manipulate their on-screen personas with a mouse and keys such as a, s, d, w and space bar. Now they can do it all with one hand.
  • Kids at Home Could Mean Higher-Fat Diet   AP / 7:21PM
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Adults living with children tend to eat more fat than grown-ups in kid-free homes, consuming as much additional saturated fat each week as found in an individual-size pizza, a new study suggests.
  • Dell: PC Industry Needs to Go Green   AP / 6:10PM
    LAS VEGAS - Michael Dell, chairman of Dell Inc., issued a challenge Tuesday to the entire PC industry to adopt free recycling programs for customers as he announced that his company would offer to plant a tree for every PC sold.
  • Microsoft Patches 4 Holes, 3 Critical   AP / 5:10PM
    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. released three security patches for its prevalent Office line of software and one for the Windows operating system on Tuesday, fixing holes that could let an outsider take control of an unwitting victim's computer.
  • Warm December Pushes 2006 to Record Year   AP / 2:50PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Last year was the warmest on record for the United States, with readings pushed over higher than normal by the unusual and unseasonably warm weather during the last half of December.
  • Japan's DoCoMo Plans Data Speed Upgrade   AP / 1:30PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's largest mobile phone carrier will upgrade its wireless network to make its data transmission hundreds of times faster, enabling subscribers to watch high-quality video just as they can over fiber-optic cables.
  • Jobs Unveils Long-Awaited Apple TV   AP / 12:51PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs unveiled a set-top box Tuesday that allows people to stream video from their computers to their televisions.
  • General: N.Korea My Conduct Nuclear Test   AP / 7:00AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The top U.S. general on the Korean Peninsula said Tuesday he believes North Korea might conduct another nuclear test in the future.
  • Monday, January 8

  • IBM Touts E-Commerce in Virtual World   AP / 7:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- IBM Corp. didn't throw a lavish casino party or set up an over-the-top booth to mark its return to the International Consumer Electronics Show for the first time in a decade.
  • Sony CEO Reaffirms Profit Margin Goals   AP / 6:20PM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- After a bruising 2006, Sony Corp. CEO Howard Stringer said the company is prepared to meet its operating profit margin goal for the next fiscal year, though an exact roadmap of how it'll get there remains in flux.
  • Battle Between Google, Yahoo Goes Mobile   AP / 5:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Internet icons Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. are intensifying their efforts to become more accessible on mobile phones, a platform widely seen as the next big battleground for the longtime rivals.
  • CES Notebook: Mouse Jiggles to Games   AP / 5:20PM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A new mouse expands on technology found in some video game controllers: It reacts to game action on the screen.
  • CES Notebook: Remote Resembles Dumbbell   AP / 4:40PM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A motion-sensing TV remote control that looks like a round dumbbell is not meant to give couch potatoes a workout -- it actually helps navigate the 500-channel universe.
  • Phone Company Blocks YouTube in Brazil   AP / 3:29PM
    SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- YouTube is being blocked by Brazil's second-largest fixed-line telephone operator in response to a judicial order banning a steamy video of supermodel Daniela Cicarelli, the telephone company said Monday.
  • Smoother, Bigger LCDs Out at Gadget Show   AP / 3:29PM
    LAS VEGAS - When it comes to flat-screen televisions, size matters.
  • Industry Money May Bias Drink Studies   AP / 3:19PM
    Does milk lower blood pressure? Does juice prevent heart disease? Beverage studies were four to eight times more likely to reach sweet conclusions about health effects when industry was footing the bill, a new report contends.
  • Bushnell Adds XM Radio to GPS Device   AP / 2:59PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Bushnell Outdoor Products on Monday unveiled a handheld device that integrates satellite radio and weather information with location tracking.
  • Comcast Recorder Boxes to Get TiVo   AP / 2:40PM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- TiVo Inc. and Comcast Corp. on Monday unveiled the long-awaited fruits of an agreement to work together: A cable box that runs TiVo's digital-video-recorder software.
  • CES Notebook: Roomba Rival in the Works   AP / 2:10PM
    LAS VEGAS - Roomba, watch out. A South Korean vacuuming
  • Intel Speeds Processors for Everyday PCs   AP / 1:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- For more than a year, Intel Corp. and other chip makers have been selling the idea that two heads are better than one. Now, the world's largest semiconductor company is betting four heads -- actually, four computing engines -- will be better still.
  • Nokia Launches Phone With Internet Calls   AP / 11:30AM
    HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- Nokia Corp. said Monday it is cooperating with a leading provider of Internet-based phone services to enable cell phone users to make wireless calls without using precious minutes.
  • Sunday, January 7

  • Palm Treo Smart Phone Launches   AP / 8:30PM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- After disappointing delays in the United States, Palm Inc. and Cingular Wireless will begin selling a highly anticipated smart phone Monday that runs on a worldwide network.
  • Live TV Set for Verizon Cell Phones   AP / 8:20PM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Verizon Wireless customers will soon be able to watch live TV over a network constructed by Qualcomm Inc.
  • Apple Expected to Launch New Product   AP / 5:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Technophiles are eagerly waiting to learn whether the king of digital music can colonize an entirely new category of consumer electronics.
  • LG Will Offer Dual Format HD DVD Player   AP / 2:40PM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- LG Electronics will begin selling a dual-format high definition player designed to call a truce in the continuing war between rival DVD formats.
  • Cell-Phone Videos Transforming TV News   AP / 1:50PM
    NEW YORK - Michael Richards in a West Hollywood comedy club and the authorities in Iraq who executed Saddam Hussein painfully learned that the prying eyes of television news can belong to anyone who carries a cell phone.
  • Former President Released After Surgery   AP / 1:40PM
    ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) -- Former President George H.W. Bush has been released from the Mayo Clinic after undergoing successful hip replacement surgery, the clinic said.
  • Israel Rejects Report It May Attack Iran   AP / 1:20PM
    LONDON (AP) -- A British newspaper reported Sunday that Israeli pilots are training to possibly strike as many as three targets in Iran with low-yield nuclear weapons, aiming to halt Tehran's controversial uranium enrichment program.
  • Report: U.S., N.Korea to Meet in Jan.   AP / 7:00AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The United States and North Korea have provisionally agreed to hold talks on a dispute over U.S. financial restrictions against the communist regime in the week starting Jan. 22, South Korea's foreign minister was quoted as saying Sunday.
  • U.S. Reviews Ohio Toxic Waste Cleanup   AP / 4:00AM
    CINCINNATI (AP) -- A bird's nest nestled in the tall grasses of a wetland symbolizes the end of a 20-year struggle to clean up a site contaminated by radioactive material from a former Cold War-era uranium processing plant.
  • Saturday, January 6

  • Farrakhan Recovering From Surgery   AP / 3:18PM
    CHICAGO - Minister Louis Farrakhan, who recently ceded leadership of the Nation of Islam to an executive board because of ill health, has undergone a 12-hour operation, the organization said Saturday.
  • Plan Would Create '.xxx' Web Porn Domain   AP / 12:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Internet's key oversight agency has revived a proposal it earlier rejected to create an online red-light district, after adding stronger provisions to prohibit child pornography and require labeling of Web sites with sexually explicit materials.
  • Advertisers Exploit Video Game Secrets   AP / 2:40AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Crouched in military fatigues, you peer through night-vision goggles and brandish a semiautomatic gun as you hunt down terrorists who've overtaken Las Vegas.
  • Friday, January 5

  • XM's Subscriber Count Misses Forecast   AP / 5:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. reported a year-end subscriber tally Friday that fell short of its earlier forecasts, which had already been lowered twice.
  • Best Buy, Circuit City Sales Rise   AP / 5:20PM
    MINNEAPOLIS - December was good to Circuit City. It was better to Best Buy.
  • Peruvian Root in Bioprospecting Dispute   AP / 12:20PM
    JUNIN, Peru (AP) -- In a small storefront on a bleak, wind-swept Andean plateau, Timotea Cordova offers an oxygen-deprived visitor a traditional elixir to ward off the breathless effect of the high altitude.
  • XM's Subscriber Total Tops 7.6 Million   AP / 11:00AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. said Friday that it added almost 1.7 million new subscribers last year, bringing its total to more than 7.6 million subscribers.
  • Google Teams Up With China's Xunlei   AP / 10:40AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Google Inc. and a Chinese partner on Friday announced a new Internet venture as the U.S.-based search engine tries to expand its share of China's growing online market.
  • YouTube Ordered to Block Video in Brazil   AP / 7:50AM
    SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- A Brazilian judge has ordered YouTube to find a way to stop Brazilians from viewing steamy footage of supermodel Daniela Cicarelli and her boyfriend on the highly trafficked video-sharing site, court officials said Thursday.
  • Thursday, January 4

  • FTC Fines Weight Loss Pill Firms $25M   AP / 9:30PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Now that you've indulged in all those holiday goodies and made that New Year's resolution to shed some pounds, the government says don't count on a diet pill to help.
  • Warner Bros. DVD Will Play Rival Formats   AP / 5:50PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Warner Bros. is set to introduce a high definition DVD disc that can hold films and TV shows in rival and incompatible formats, the latest sign that the yearlong format war is long from over.
  • South Korea Regulator Probes Qualcomm   AP / 3:50PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's antitrust regulator said Thursday it has launched a full-scale investigation into alleged unfair market practices by U.S. wireless technology company Qualcomm Inc.
  • Tourist City Sues Sites Over Hotel Taxes   AP / 3:10PM
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- The Ozarks tourist town of Branson is suing 15 Internet travel companies, including Travelocity and Expedia, claiming unpaid back taxes on hotel room bookings.
  • Cisco to Pay $830M for IronPort   AP / 3:00PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Cisco Systems Inc. said Thursday it has agreed to pay $830 million in cash and stock to acquire privately held IronPort Systems Inc., a maker of anti-spam and antivirus security products.
  • North Koreans Rally for Nuclear Program   AP / 9:00AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Tens of thousands of North Koreans, including high level officials, rallied Thursday in the communist country's capital to defend their government's right to have nuclear weapons, state-run media reported.
  • Studios OK Technology for Movie Downloads   AP / 8:20AM
    LOS ANGELES - Hollywood studios have approved a new technology and licensing arrangement that should remove a major obstacle consumers now face with burning movies they buy digitally over the Internet onto a DVD that will play everywhere.
  • Hybrid Technology to Speed Laptop Start-up   AP / 12:50AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Patience may be a virtue, but when it comes to getting faster boot-up times for computers, no one will complain. That's why a new industry alliance is promoting a hybrid technology to speed the start-up process for laptops.
  • A's Beane Joins Board of NetSuite Inc.   AP / 12:30AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Renowned for building one of baseball's most successful teams on a shoestring budget, Oakland Athletics executive Billy Beane will test his business acumen by joining the board of NetSuite Inc. -- a rising Silicon Valley company backed by computer software mogul Larry Ellison.
  • LG to Sell Dual-Format DVD Player   AP / 12:00AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- LG Electronics said Wednesday it plans to sell a DVD player that will play both warring high-definition DVD formats.
  • Flaw Found in Adobe' Acrobat PDF Format   AP / 12:00AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Computer security researchers said Wednesday they have discovered a vulnerability in Adobe Systems Inc.'s ubiquitous Acrobat Reader software that allows cyber-intruders to attack personal computers through trusted Web links.
  • Wednesday, January 3

  • Conjoined Twins From N.D. Separated   AP / 11:30PM
    ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) -- Doctors successfully separated 5-month-old conjoined twins from North Dakota during a six-hour procedure Wednesday at the Mayo Clinic.
  • Showtime Networks Launches Games Service   AP / 9:50PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Showtime Networks Inc. is branching out into the video game industry with a joint venture to offer games to high-speed Internet service providers.
  • Chertoff Vows Emergency Systems Upgrade   AP / 7:30PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's homeland security chief pledged Wednesday that 75 metropolitan areas would have modern disaster communications systems in place by 2009, even as a report by his agency conceded that many communities have a long way to go.
  • Scientists May Have Found Medici Murder   AP / 7:30PM
    ROME (AP) -- Italian scientists believe they have uncovered a 400-year-old murder. Historians have long suspected that Francesco de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and his second wife Bianca Cappello did not die of malaria but were poisoned -- probably by Francesco's brother, Cardinal Ferdinando de' Medici, who was vying for the title.
  • Patent Lawsuit Filed Over Bluetooth Tech   AP / 6:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Three major electronics makers have been accused of violating patented work from the University of Washington with their use of the Bluetooth wireless technology found in millions of computers, cell phones and headsets.
  • Amazon Pushes Service After Google Drops   AP / 6:10PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. is trying to beef up its user-driven research site, just weeks after Google Inc. abandoned its 4-year-old effort.
  • EarthLink CEO Dies of Cancer   AP / 5:30PM
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Garry Betty, the president and chief executive of EarthLink Inc., has died from complications of cancer, the Internet service provider said Wednesday. He was 49.
  • Apple, Google, Napster Sued Over Patents   AP / 4:40PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A defunct online movie service has sued Apple Computer Inc., Google Inc. and Napster Inc. claiming patent infringement over the distribution of video over the Internet.
  • Upgrade Makes Aging Mars Rovers Smarter   AP / 3:30PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The twin Mars rovers are getting wiser with age.
  • Emergency Communications Upgrade Promised   AP / 3:30PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's homeland security chief pledged Wednesday that 75 metropolitan areas would have advanced disaster communications systems by 2009, but acknowledged that friction among emergency agencies continues to hinder progress.
  • Review: Splashproof MP3 Player Rugged   AP / 3:10PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Water can kill electronic gadgets if it seeps in and short-circuits the innards. So the Ultra Hydra MP3 player is made to be "splash-resistant." Its rubberized casing, which makes the device resemble a river raft, should protect the circuitry from limited encounters with moisture.
  • NYC Cabs Will Spot Cellular Dead Zones   AP / 3:10PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Ever wanted to stuff that "Can you hear me now?" guy into the trunk of your car and take him on a tour of those maddening spots where your cell phone won't work?
  • Surgeons Remove Tumor From Baby's Heart   AP / 11:40AM
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A 6-pound infant is recovering from a rare surgery in which doctors removed a racquetball-size tumor from her heart the day after she was born.
  • Chunghwa Telecom to Upgrade Networks   AP / 10:50AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Co. plans to spend nearly $4 billion over the next five years to upgrade its telecommunications networks and build a new undersea cable system, Chairman Ho Chen Tan said Wednesday.
  • Toyota Developing Drunken Driving System   AP / 8:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota Motor Corp. is developing a fail-safe system for cars that detects drunken drivers and automatically shuts the vehicle down if sensors pick up signs of excessive alcohol consumption, a news report said Wednesday.
  • Dutch Ban Segways From Public Roads   AP / 7:10AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch police banned Segways from all public roads, bike paths and walkways as of New Year's Day, surprising the nation's official importer of the two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters.
  • Convicted Murderer Keep Online Journal   AP / 7:10AM
    MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A man facing the death penalty for the drug-related slayings of five people in northern Iowa is writing about his life in prison.
  • SIA: November Chip Sales Up 11.3 Percent   AP / 7:10AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Global chip sales increased 11.3 percent in November, driven by strong demand for consumer electronics, the Semiconductor Industry Association said Tuesday.
  • Ships to Repair Damaged Undersea Cables   AP / 7:10AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Co. said Tuesday two repair ships will soon start fixing undersea cables damaged last week by an earthquake off the island's coast that resulted in a major disruption to telephone and Internet links across Asia.
  • Sunday, December 31

  • Britain Closes 2 Oldest Nuclear Plants   AP / 10:50AM
    LONDON (AP) -- The two oldest commercial nuclear power stations in the world were closed down Sunday after 40 years of service, the British Nuclear Group said.
  • Colorado Woman Selling Snow on eBay   AP / 7:40AM
    LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) -- As if Colorado residents don't have enough snow to dig out from, one resident is offering more for a price on eBay. Starting bids were holding steady Friday at 99 cents for snow from "Blizzard I and Blizzard II" being offered by Mary Walker. She and husband, Jim, got the idea for selling snow after shoveling mounds from two storms a week apart that together dumped more than 4 feet along the Front Range.
  • Rafsanjani: U.N. Sanctions Will Backfire   AP / 7:20AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani warned Western countries Sunday that their strategy of pressuring Iran to roll back its nuclear program by imposing sanctions will backfire.
  • Colorado Woman Selling Snow on EBay   AP / 5:50AM
    LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) -- As if Colorado residents don't have enough snow to dig out from, one resident is offering more for a price on eBay. Starting bids were holding steady Friday at 99 cents for snow from "Blizzard I and Blizzard II" being offered by Mary Walker. She and husband, Jim, got the idea for selling snow after shoveling mounds from two storms a week apart that together dumped more than 4 feet along the Front Range.
  • Friday, December 29

  • NYC Cabs to Test Cell Signal Strength   AP / 10:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Ever wanted to stuff that "Can you hear me now?" guy into the trunk of your car and take him on a tour of those maddening spots where your cell phone won't work? One telecommunications company has a plan to do the mechanical equivalent.
  • Movie Group Claims Win in Chinese Piracy   AP / 1:30PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- A Beijing court has ordered the popular Chinese Web portal Sohu.com to pay $140,000 in damages for distributing Hollywood movies online without permission, the movie industry's trade group said Friday.
  • Some Rethink Posting of Private Info   AP / 12:51PM
    CHICAGO - Walls of an auditorium were covered with thousands of sheets of paper - printouts from MySpace, Facebook, YouTube and other online sites that were filled with back-stabbing gossip, unflattering images, and details about partying and dating exploits.
  • Bulgaria Demands Speedy Appeal in Libya   AP / 12:40PM
    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Bulgaria insisted Friday on a speedy appeal for five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death in an AIDS case in Libya, a case that has triggered outrage in the country.
  • Taiwan Telecom Won't Build Add'l Backup   AP / 9:10AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan's largest telecom company said Friday it will not invest more in backup lines to protect against disasters like the recent earthquake that snarled telephone and Internet service across Asia, affecting service as far away as the United States.
  • 132 Million People Access Web in China   AP / 5:40AM
    BEIJING - China's population of Internet users has risen by 30 percent over the past year to 132 million, a state news agency said Friday.
  • Thursday, December 28

  • Quake Shows Telecom Network Fragility   AP / 5:20PM
    SINGAPORE (AP) -- A few seconds of undersea quaking was all it took to cause massive telecommunications disruptions throughout tech-savvy Asia, where Internet services slowed or stopped, phone lines went dead and financial transactions ground to a halt.
  • FDA OKs Food From Cloned Animals   AP / 4:50PM
    WASHINGTON - Meat and milk from cloned animals may not appear in supermarkets for years despite being deemed by the government as safe to eat. But don't be surprised if "clone-free" labels appear sooner.
  • Intel to Submit Evidence in AMD Suit   AP / 3:50PM
    SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) -- Chip-maker Intel Corp. said it would not object to a court order to produce documents related to its international business practices, as part of an antitrust case filed by rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
  • Better Photo Search Could Reduce Privacy   AP / 3:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A Swedish startup is combining software and humans to help make photos and other images more easily searchable online, raising privacy concerns as the technology eases the tracking of people across Web sites.
  • Siemens-IBM in $9B German Military Deal   AP / 7:30AM
    BERLIN (AP) -- The German military said Thursday it has tasked a consortium run by Siemens AG and IBM Corp. with modernizing and running much of its communication network, awarding a contract worth some 7.1 billion euros ($9.3 billion) over 10 years.
  • Wednesday, December 27

  • Online Shoppers Overwhelm iTunes Store   AP / 9:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Swarms of online shoppers armed with new iPods and iTunes gift cards apparently overwhelmed Apple's iTunes music store over the holiday, prompting error messages and slowdowns of 20 minutes or more for downloads of a single song.
  • Online Shoppers Overwhelm iTunes Store   AP / 7:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Swarms of online shoppers armed with new iPods and iTunes gift cards apparently overwhelmed the Apple's iTunes music store over the holiday, prompting error messages and slowdowns of 20 minutes or more for downloads of a single song.
  • Review: Archos Media Player Delivers   AP / 7:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- If Apple's iPod is the nicely tuned Porsche of portable media players and Microsoft's Zune is the Jetta, then a new Wi-Fi-enabled unit from Archos is the Hummer, a brutish performer with all the tools to navigate the rugged terrain of technology needs on the go.
  • Microsoft: No Sweeping Claim to RSS Tech   AP / 3:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Despite patent filings, Microsoft Corp. isn't trying to claim all rights to the Really Simple Syndication technology for notifying users of new entries on their favorite news sites and Web journals, a lead product manager says.
  • Report: Apple Probed on Stock Options   AP / 3:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors are probing whether former Apple Computer Inc. officials forged documents to maximize executives' profits from stock options, according to a legal publication that also reported CEO Steve Jobs has hired his own lawyers to represent him in the investigation.
  • Microsoft Adds Behavioral Targeting   AP / 3:10PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. has started linking users' search habits with other personal information as it prepares to show more personalized advertisements.
  • Radio Tags in Tokyo to Bring Ads, Info   AP / 3:10PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Stores in central Tokyo are set to beam news of special offers, menus and coupons to passers-by in a trial run of a radio-tagging system.
  • Samsung Develops New Mobile Memory Chip   AP / 8:40AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday it has developed a new mobile memory chip that is thinner and uses less power than its predecessor.
  • Cyberspace Sex Scandal Heads to Trial   AP / 4:50AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Robert Steinbuch discovered his girlfriend had discussed intimate details about their sex life in her online diary, the Capitol Hill staffer didn't just get mad. He got a lawyer.
  • Tuesday, December 26

  • Vista Flaw Discovered, Risk Believed Low   AP / 5:29PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Windows Vista, the new computer operating system that Microsoft Corp. is touting as its most secure ever, contains a programming flaw that might let hackers gain full control of vulnerable computers.
  • Schwarzenegger Has Surgery on Broken Leg   AP / 4:21PM
    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's broken leg was put back together with wires and screws Tuesday, and the "Terminator" star should make a full recovery, though he will probably be on crutches during his inauguration next week, officials aid.
  • ID Theft Growing Concern for MySpace Users   AP / 4:11PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- MySpace devotee Kary Rogers was expecting to see a gut-busting video when a friend from the popular online hangout messaged him a link. First, though, he was directed to a page where he was supposed to re-enter his password. Rogers realized that someone was trying to steal his information, and he didn't take the bait. At best, he would be spammed with junk e-mails; worse, the Web thief might steal his real-life identity.
  • Verizon Shows Off TV Service at Mall   AP / 3:10PM
    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- Verizon Communications Inc. has flooded mailboxes, gone door to door and even handed out free ice cream as it seeks to sell its new FiOS television, telephone and high-speed Internet service.
  • Amazon.com Has 'Best Ever' Sales in 2006   AP / 2:09PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Amazon.com Inc.'s 2006 holiday season peaked with more than 4 million orders placed on Dec. 11, the Web retailer said Tuesday. That broke last year's single-day record of more than 3.6 million orders set on Dec. 12.
  • Russia Won't Transfer Space Technology   AP / 1:40PM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia will cooperate with China on space projects, but will not transfer sensitive technologies that could enable Beijing to become a rival in a future space race, the head of Russia's space agency said Tuesday.
  • Tortoises Wait Out Winter at N.M. Ranch   AP / 1:40PM
    TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) -- Mexican gray wolves, black-footed ferrets, and aplomado falcons are among the endangered species who have found homes and a chance for survival on Ted Turner's ranches in New Mexico. Now, Turner's Armendaris Ranch is doing the same for a group of bolson tortoises.
  • MySpace Users Big Targets for ID Theives   AP / 12:30PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- MySpace devotee Kary Rogers was expecting to see a gut-busting video when a friend from the popular online hangout messaged him a link.
  • South Korea: U.S. Made North an Offer   AP / 10:18AM
    SEOUL, South Korea - The United States offered to remove North Korea from Washington's list of states sponsoring terrorism if the communist regime dismantles its atomic weapons program, South Korea's main nuclear envoy said Tuesday.
  • Monday, December 25

  • Egypt Slams Iranian President   AP / 7:00PM
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt rebuked Iran's president on Monday for claiming his state is "a nuclear country" -- a comment that touched a nerve among Iran's neighbors in the Middle East.
  • Report: Japan Looked at Nuke Development   AP / 3:30AM
    TOKYO - The Japanese government recently looked into the possibility of developing a nuclear warhead, a news report said Monday, citing an internal government document.
  • Sunday, December 24

  • Web 'Safe' Mark May Elude New Merchants   AP / 5:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- As an online shopper, Claudia Race knows she must look out for scams. So as an Internet entrepreneur working out of her home in New Braunfels, Texas, Race wants to use all the tools available to assure customers they can trust the vacation-rentals service she is about to launch.
  • Extensive Checks Required for Web Seal   The Associated Press / 5:20PM
    Beginning next month, version 7 of Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer browser will start flagging certain e-commerce and banking sites as green for "safe." The browser will look for an extended-validation certificate issued by any number of vendors.
  • Candidates Turn to Web to Reach Voters   AP / 12:40PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Al Gore claimed he invented it. John McCain predicted it would revolutionize political campaigning. Howard Dean made it pay -- and then some.
  • Small E-Tailers May Not Get 'Safe' Mark   AP / 12:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- As an online shopper, Claudia Race knows she must look out for scams.
  • Clowns Boost Patients' Holiday Spirits   AP / 11:20AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Stephen Ringold is a clown facing a tough audience -- a sick child in a hospital room who needs holiday cheer.
  • Iran Vows to Continue Uranium Enrichment   AP / 10:30AM
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran vowed Sunday to push forward efforts to enrich uranium and to change its relations with the international nuclear watchdog after the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions designed to stop the country's disputed atomic program.
  • Iran Vows to Defy U.N. Nuclear Sanctions   AP / 1:50AM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to impose sanctions on Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment, increasing international pressure on the government to prove that it is not trying to make nuclear weapons. Iran immediately rejected the resolution.
  • Saturday, December 23

  • Technology Serves Virtual Family Dinners   AP / 8:10PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Harvey Bumpus doesn't like to eat alone.
  • Security Council Slaps Sanctions on Iran   AP / 7:10PM
    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to impose sanctions on Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment, increasing international pressure on the government to prove that it is not trying to make nuclear weapons. Iran immediately rejected the resolution.
  • Internet Allows Iranian Jews to Mourn   AP / 5:20AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As a young woman in Tehran during the 1970s, Susan Manavi never visited a cemetery, even after her grandparents were laid to rest a couple of years before Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.
  • U.N. Security Council to Vote on Iran   AP / 3:50AM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council scheduled a vote Saturday on a resolution that would impose sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program, culminating two months of tough negotiations aimed at getting Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment.
  • Friday, December 22

  • Cuban Exiles Send Gifts Home Via Web   AP / 5:10PM
    MIAMI (AP) -- A small but growing number of Cubans in South Florida are getting around the U.S. embargo that limits what can be sent to the communist island by sending their Christmas gifts through foreign Internet sites.
  • Battery Makers Recharge Their Lineups   AP / 4:50PM
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Batteries that can be recharged rather than tossed when the juice runs out are supposed to be more convenient for consumers. But for Wren Wright, they lose their power too quickly and unpredictably, sometimes leaving the shutterbug with a lifeless digital camera.
  • Microsoft Extends Xbox Warranty   AP / 2:30PM
    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. is extending its warranty on the Xbox 360 video game console to one year from the previous limit of 90 days. The change announced Friday applies to future and present owners.
  • Research in Motion 3Q Profit Rises   AP / 10:50AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of Research in Motion Ltd. rose nearly 2 percent Friday, a day after the BlackBerry maker said its fiscal third-quarter earnings rose 47 percent and it added 875,000 subscribers for the period.
  • Siemens Corruption Suspects Released   AP / 8:40AM
    MUNICH, Germany (AP) -- Six suspects in a corruption probe of German electronics company Siemens AG have been released from custody after providing evidence that supports the allegations against them, prosecutors said Friday.
  • Thursday, December 21

  • Feds: 5th Samsung Exec to Plead Guilty   AP / 7:20PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- A Samsung Electronics Co. executive agreed to plead guilty and serve 10 months in prison for his role in a global price-fixing scheme involving a common form of computer memory, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
  • Queen's Christmas Speech on Podcast   AP / 7:20PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II's traditional Christmas speech will be available as a podcast this year for the first time. A download can be ordered in advance for free on the British monarchy's Web site http://www.royal.gov.uk, royal officials said Friday.
  • Charges for Putting Fight Video Online   AP / 5:20PM
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Not only was a teenage girl the victim of a planned attack outside a high school gym, the attacker also arranged to have it recorded and put on the Internet for her classmates to see, authorities say.
  • Journal Ends Peer Review Experiment   AP / 4:30PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Citing a lack of participation, the British journal Nature said Thursday it was ditching a closely watched online experiment that allowed scientists to comment on their peers' research before publication.
  • Australian Ruling Could Affect Search   AP / 3:40PM
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Providing Web links to copyright-protected music is enough to make a site legally liable, an Australian court ruled in a case that created legal uncertainty for search engines around the world.
  • U.S. Measles Outbreak Tied to One Person   AP / 2:30PM
    ATLANTA (AP) -- The biggest U.S. measles outbreak in a decade -- 34 people stricken in Indiana and Illinois last year -- was traced back to a 17-year-old girl who had traveled to Romania without first getting vaccinated, government health officials said Thursday.
  • Japan Honors Innovative Robots   AP / 9:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A feeding machine and a furry, therapeutic seal -- both designed to make life easier for older people -- were among robots honored Thursday at a government-sponsored award ceremony.
  • Seagate to Buy EVault for $185 Million   AP / 9:10AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Seagate Technology LLC, the world's largest maker of hard-disk drives, announced Thursday it has agreed to acquire EVault Inc., an online data storage service provider, for about $185 million in cash.
  • Hospital Policy Eyed in L.A. Outbreak   AP / 9:10AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The recent deaths of two premature babies at a hospital linked to an outbreak of a common bacterium raise questions about whether officials took the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the hardy germ.
  • Opera Lands Samsung Browser Contract   AP / 8:40AM
    OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Opera Software ASA on Thursday announced that it has signed a contract with South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. to provide Internet browsers for its advance mobile telephones.
  • Robots Are Honored in Japan   AP / 8:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A feeding machine and a furry, therapeutic seal -- both designed to make life easier for older people -- were among robots honored at a government-sponsored robotics award ceremony in Japan on Thursday.
  • Record Labels Sue Web Site Operator   AP / 7:10AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Several major record labels sued the operator of the Russian music Web site AllofMP3.com on Wednesday, claiming the company has been profiting by selling copies of music without their permission.
  • Wednesday, December 20

  • Nations Circulate Revised Iran Sanctions   AP / 8:40PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Britain and France circulated a revised U.N. sanctions resolution against Iran Wednesday and predicted it would be approved on Friday after it was amended to meet Russian objections.
  • Visto Wins $7.7 Million in Damages   AP / 8:00PM
    REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. (AP) -- Mobile e-mail provider Visto Corp. said Wednesday a federal judge has ordered rival Seven Networks Inc. to pay $7.7 million in damages for infringing on three patents, affirming a jury's verdict reached eight months ago.
  • Study Casts Doubt on New Blood Tests   AP / 5:51PM
    New blood tests that doctors hoped would more accurately predict which patients are headed for a heart attack or stroke are no better than cholesterol levels, blood pressure and other conventional measurements, a study found.
  • Amazon's Custom DVDs Get Download Option   AP / 5:40PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Movie studios and TV networks that sell made-on-demand DVDs through Amazon.com's CustomFlix subsidiary will soon be able to offer digital downloads.
  • Innotrac Denies Signing Siemens Contract   AP / 4:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A news release heralding a major contract win that led investors to bid up shares of a small Georgia-based outsourcing company Wednesday was "totally false," the company said.
  • IBM to End Stock Options for Directors   AP / 4:40PM
    IBM Corp. is cutting off stock option grants to its board of directors but doubling their cash pay, calling the move an improvement in its governance practices.
  • Review: High-Tech Bears Versus Hares   AP / 4:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Two cute-as-a-button gadgets could soon find their way to your desk, though you'll be hard pressed to explain to your friends and co-workers why you "need" these desktop companions.
  • Did You Leave the Light On? Check Online   AP / 3:29PM
    RICHFIELD, Minn. - Imagine coming home and, with the push of a single button, turning on the lights, turning up the thermostat and flipping on the TV. Another button might shut off all the lights and turn down the thermostat when you leave.
  • VeriSign to Distribute Movies   AP / 12:40PM
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- VeriSign Inc., best known for managing e-commerce security and Internet addresses, said it will start distributing family-friendly movies early next year.
  • Former eBay COO Webb to Lead Startup   AP / 7:50AM
    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- A former executive at online auctioneer eBay Inc. has come out of a short-lived retirement to take a job leading Silicon Valley startup LiveOps, which contracts with companies to handle customer service and sales calls.
  • Google Book-Scanning Efforts Spark Debate   AP / 5:30AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Already facing a legal challenge for alleged copyright infringement, Google Inc.'s crusade to build a digital library has triggered a philosophical debate with an alternative project promising better online access to the world's books, art and historical documents.
  • Annan: Iran Intervention Would Be Unwise   AP / 2:39AM
    UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called Tuesday for key parties to seek a negotiated settlement with Iran over its nuclear program and warned that military intervention would be "unwise and disastrous."
  • Tuesday, December 19

  • Group: YouTube to Post Copyright Warning   AP / 10:50PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Popular video-sharing Web site YouTube Inc. has agreed to post Japanese language warnings about respecting copyrights in an attempt to prevent users from uploading copyrighted materials, a Japanese entertainment body said.
  • Libyan Court Condemns Bulgarian Nurses   AP / 10:00PM
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A court convicted five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor Tuesday of deliberately infecting 400 children with HIV and sentenced them to death, despite scientific evidence the youngsters had the virus before the medical workers came to Libya.
  • Piracy Suit Being Dropped Against NY Mom   AP / 8:49PM
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- The recording industry is giving up its lawsuit against Patti Santangelo, a mother of five who became the best-known defendant in the industry's battle against music piracy.
  • NASD Says Morgan Stanley Withheld Emails   AP / 7:30PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Securities regulators on Tuesday accused big investment firm Morgan Stanley Inc. of repeatedly withholding documents sought in connection with customer complaints and falsely claiming that millions of e-mails it had were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack on the World Trade Center.
  • New 'IPhone' Is Not Made by Apple   AP / 7:20PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The iPhone has arrived, but it's not made by Apple Computer Inc., which was widely rumored to be working a cell phone-iPod combination of the same name.
  • FDA Wants Sterner Pain Reliever Warnings   AP / 6:10PM
    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials cautioned Tuesday the tens of millions of Americans who take popular over-the-counter pain pills of their potentially serious side effects and released planned label changes intended to warn of the sometimes deadly risks.
  • Sony BMG Settles Suit Over CDs   AP / 6:00PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sony BMG Music Entertainment will pay $1.5 million and kick in thousands more in customer refunds to settle lawsuits brought by California and Texas over music CDs that installed a hidden anti-piracy program on consumers' computers.
  • Palm 2Q Profits Fall, but Beat Estimates   AP / 5:30PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Faced with tough new competition, Palm Inc. reported Tuesday a sharp drop in its fiscal second-quarter profits and revenues but exceeded Wall Street's lowered expectations.
  • Feds: NJ Worker Put 'Bomb' in Computers   AP / 5:21PM
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A computer administrator upset over the possibility of losing his job planted an electronic "bomb" in the systems of one of the nation's largest prescription drug management companies, prosecutors said Tuesday.
  • ASML to Buy Rival Brion Technologies   AP / 4:20PM
    VELDHOVEN, the Netherlands (AP) -- ASML Holding NV, one of the world's largest makers of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, said Tuesday it agreed to buy privately owned rival Brion Technologies Inc. for $270 million in cash.
  • Nuclear Deal With U.S. Faces Criticism   AP / 4:00PM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- A nuclear cooperation pact touted as the cornerstone of an emerging India-U.S. partnership faced renewed criticism Tuesday in New Delhi, underscoring how far the countries have to go as they try to overcome decades of mistrust.
  • N. Korea, U.S. Meet on Nuclear Issues   AP / 2:12PM
    BEIJING - The United States and North Korea on Tuesday stepped up diplomacy at international arms talks, meeting one-on-one to address the communist nation's nuclear weapons program and alleged financial crimes that have been an obstacle to the disarmament negotiations.
  • U.S. Nuclear Envoy: No N. Korea Progress   AP / 11:30AM
    BEIJING - The United States and North Korea held their first face-to-face meeting Tuesday at the six-nation nuclear arms talks, and also met separately to discuss U.S. financial restrictions on the communist regime that have been a key snag to the arms negotiations.
  • Libya Sentences Bulgaria Nurses to Death   AP / 9:50AM
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A court convicted six foreign health workers Tuesday on charges of deliberately infecting 400 children with the AIDS virus and sentenced them to death, setting off shouts of joy in Tripoli.
  • U.S., North Korea Financial Experts Meet   AP / 6:10AM
    BEIJING - U.S. and North Korean financial experts met Tuesday over Washington's campaign to isolate the communist country from the international banking system, the key stumbling block in negotiations over Pyongyang's nuclear program.
  • 5 Bulgarian Nurses Convicted in Libya   AP / 5:59AM
    TRIPOLI, Libya - Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor were convicted and sentenced to death by a Libyan court Tuesday on charges they deliberately infected hundreds of children with the AIDS virus. The verdict can be appealed.
  • Oracle 2Q Earnings Surge, Meeting Views   AP / 3:30AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Oracle Corp.'s quarterly profit surged 21 percent as the business software maker reaped the latest returns from a two-year shopping spree that has knocked out major rivals and shored up its product line.
  • Monday, December 18

  • Intel, Partners to Make Electronic Quran   AP / 9:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Intel Corp., the world's largest computer chip maker, has partnered with two Saudi Arabian software companies to develop an electronic version of Islam's holy book and a training computer for teachers packed with the government-approved curriculum for schoolchildren.
  • Imbalance in Net Speeds Impedes Sharing   AP / 6:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Blame the Internet's legacy systems if Jay Glatfelter falls asleep Thursday mornings.
  • Spacewalkers Try to Free Jammed Array   AP / 4:50PM
    HOUSTON (AP) -- Two astronauts stepped outside the international space station on an impromptu spacewalk Monday to try to fold up a stubborn, accordion-like solar array.
  • Shutterfly to Add East Coast Plant   AP / 4:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Online photo service Shutterfly Inc. said Monday it plans to open a manufacturing facility in Charlotte, N.C., that will cut down on the time it takes to ship prints and photo gifts to the East Coast.
  • Menopause Study Disputes Herb Use   AP / 4:30PM
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A popular herbal treatment called black cohosh is practically ineffective at relieving hot flashes and night sweats in women going through menopause, a study found.
  • Net Imbalance Stem From Tech Constraints   AP / 4:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- For years, the Internet's technical constraints went hand-in-hand with the realities of Internet usage.
  • Google Seals Deal With NASA   AP / 3:40PM
    MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. (AP) -- Google Inc. and NASA Ames Research Center said Monday that they have finalized an agreement to deliver more of the space agency's imagery and information through the Internet's leading search engine.
  • EU Rejects Appeal on Biotech Crops   AP / 2:00PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- European Union environment ministers rejected an appeal Monday to force Austria to lift a ban on two biotech crop products, which the European Commission says violates international trade rules.
  • Opera Browser Now Has Phishing Filter   AP / 12:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The latest version of the Opera Web browser incorporates a technology that warns users when they visit a fraudulent site.
  • Verizon in Deal for Fast Link to China   AP / 11:40AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- In a sign of the stronger economic ties between the U.S. and China, Verizon Communications Inc. is part of a plan to spend $500 million building the first high-speed optical communications line linking the two countries.
  • Court Says eBay Can Sell Scalped Tickets   AP / 9:49AM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- An Australian court ruled Monday that a concert promoter cannot block eBay users from selling scalped tickets.
  • Matsushita to Offer New Lithium Battery   AP / 9:20AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese electronics maker Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. said Monday it will begin mass production of a new lithium-ion battery that is safe from the overheating problems that prompted a massive recall of Sony Corp. batteries this year.
  • Mywaves Lets Users Set Up Video Lineups   AP / 9:00AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A new startup hopes to draw cell phone users with a service that allows them to design channel lineups for watching videos on their phones.
  • Sunday, December 17

  • Virtual Reality Boosts Rehab in Israel   AP / 7:00PM
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- On most days, a tumor on Zvulun Muola's spinal cord keeps him confined to a wheelchair, but today he is standing on a small, wooden dinghy gliding downstream, navigating between the islands of a tropical paradise.
  • Siemens Exec Won't Step Down   AP / 3:20PM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The former chief executive of Siemens AG, itself embroiled in a corruption scandal, said Sunday he will not resign as chairman of the company's supervisory board, despite a growing chorus for more accountability at one of Germany's biggest conglomerates.
  • High-Rise Security Is 'Balancing Act'   AP / 3:00PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Electronic ID cards, surveillance cameras and metal detectors are fixtures in high-rise office buildings, but experts say with thousands whizzing through the revolving doors each day, it's impossible to guarantee workers' safety.
  • WSJ Starts Stock-Tracking Feature Online   AP / 2:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Wall Street Journal is launching an online stock market-tracking feature next month as it moves to a smaller size and cuts back on the stock tables in the newspaper.
  • Universities Vulnerable to ID Thieves   AP / 2:30PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Universities have become attractive targets for hackers who are taking advantage of the openness of the schools' networks, their decentralized security and the personal information they keep on millions of young adults.
  • Paparazzi Sues Cele Blogger Perez Hilton   AP / 6:30AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton is being stalked by paparazzi -- in court, at least.
  • Saturday, December 16

  • Carmakers Fight Global Warming Lawsuit   AP / 8:49PM
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The six largest automakers asked a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit by California that accuses them of harming human health and the environment by producing vehicles that contribute to global warming.
  • Spacewalker Shakes Stubborn Solar Array   AP / 8:49PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A spacewalker manually shaking a stubborn solar array has managed to free two stuck grommets Saturday, but a third problem grommet is still stuck.
  • Iran Offers to Transfer Nuke Technology   AP / 9:30AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's president said Saturday his country was ready to transfer nuclear technology to neighboring countries, Kuwaiti television reported, a week after Arab states on the Persian Gulf announced plans to consider a joint nuclear program.
  • Friday, December 15

  • New NYC Taxis to Have TV and Tracking   AP / 11:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- New York's next generation of cabs is coming -- complete with TV. The new features -- designed to help riders pass the time, pay the fare and even find their lost umbrellas -- are expected to start hitting the streets within two weeks.
  • Worm Hits Computers' Antivirus Program   AP / 11:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO - A computer worm is attacking some business PCs through a flaw in antivirus software by Symantec Corp., a security company warned Friday.
  • Amazon Countersues IBM Over Patents   AP / 11:10PM
    SEATTLE - Amazon.com Inc. denies it violated IBM Corp. patents in building its massive retail Web site, and alleges instead that IBM infringed on Amazon's technology to beef up its own offerings.
  • Nintendo Recalls Wii Controller Straps   AP / 11:10PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The reception of Nintendo's Wii video game console has been enthusiastic -- too enthusiastic, apparently, for the straps that are supposed to keep the game controllers in the hands of players.
  • Phone, Cable Companies to Battle in 2007   AP / 5:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Vonage tanked after its IPO. It's not entirely clear anymore why eBay paid $2.6 billion for Skype. And the long-awaited rollout of advanced TV services based on Internet technologies has resembled the drip of a faucet.
  • 300 Say They Got Ill From Olive Garden   AP / 5:30PM
    INDIANAPOLIS - More than 300 people say they became ill, and at least three have been hospitalized, after eating at an Olive Garden restaurant last weekend, health officials said Friday.
  • Hormone Fears Rise With Cancer News   AP / 5:30PM
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- This week's news that a big drop in breast cancer cases might be due to millions of women going off menopause hormones may lead even more of them to abandon the pills.
  • Space Station Astronaut Is Movie Buff   AP / 5:20PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The space-to-ground radio crackled recently with a message from Mission Control to U.S. astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria and his two crewmates at the international space station.
  • Senior AOL Executives Said to Be Leaving   AP / 4:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Three senior executives are leaving AOL following a recent shake-up that brought in a veteran NBC executive as the online company's new chief executive, two people familiar with the matter said Friday.
  • Internet Cafe Opens for Disabled Users   AP / 4:30PM
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Good Bytes Cafe has stained concrete floors, jars of scones and a small bank of computers in the corner, making it much like any Internet cafe.
  • Nintendo to Replace 3.2M Wii Straps   AP / 8:30AM
    TOKYO - Nintendo said Friday it will replace 3.2 million straps for its popular Wii computer game controllers after receiving a rash of reports that the device flew out of the hands of players.
  • Google Gets Into Web Site Registration   The Associated Press / 12:50AM
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- Google Inc. on Friday will join the crowded field of services registering Web site addresses in a move aimed at encouraging more usage of the online search leader's free software products.
  • Thursday, December 14

  • Astronauts Rewire the Space Station   AP / 9:00PM
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Two spacewalking astronauts successfully rewired half of the international space station on Thursday, a job that when finished will allow the orbiting outpost to double the size of its crew and add two more labs in the coming years.
  • Breast Cancer Rate Plunged 7 Pct. in '03   AP / 7:10PM
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- U.S. breast cancer rates plunged an unprecedented 7 percent in 2003, the year after millions of women stopped taking menopause hormones when a study showed the pills raise the risk of tumors.
  • Breast Cancer Drop Tied to Hormones   AP / 5:40PM
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- U.S. breast cancer rates plunged an unprecedented 7 percent in 2003, the year after millions of women stopped taking menopause hormones when a study showed the pills raise the risk of tumors.
  • Report: HP to Cut Ties With Sonsini   AP / 5:40PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Hewlett-Packard Co.'s board will drop prominent Silicon Valley lawyer Larry Sonsini as its outside counsel, according to a report published Thursday, marking the latest fallout from a spying scandal that humiliated the computer and printer maker.
  • Wii Mishaps Lead to Busted TVs, Injuries   AP / 5:10PM
    SEATTLE - Jaana Baker is no klutz - note her second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She's also an avid video gamer who puts out a Web-based comic called "Level 99" in her spare time.
  • 24 Pct. Growth in Web Holiday Sales Seen   AP / 4:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Online spending for the holiday season remains robust, but free shipping upgrades and other offers are expected to extend the season later this year than last year, according to the latest report from comScore Networks Inc., an Internet research company.
  • AOL Europe CEO Leaves After Six Weeks   AP / 2:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The chief executive of AOL's European operations is leaving the company after less than two months to take another job.
  • Free Tunes Offered to Princeton Students   AP / 12:20PM
    PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- Princeton University has joined a growing list of colleges that have deals to allow students to download music free -- and legally.
  • Sony Sticks to PS3 Shipment Target   AP / 12:00PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony is sticking to its target of shipping 2 million PlayStation 3 consoles by the end of the calendar year, its president said Thursday as he addressed concerns the company wouldn't be able to meet even the relatively low goal it set ahead of the year-end shopping season.
  • EU Sets Europe-Wide Wireless Standard   AP / 11:30AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Wireless baby monitors and headphones bought in one European country will work anywhere in the European Union, officials promised Thursday after setting EU-wide frequencies for short-range wireless products.
  • IBM, Schools Pursue Open-Source Research   AP / 11:10AM
    ARMONK, N.Y. (AP) -- IBM Corp., which has been a big backer of open-source software, is working with seven universities on new computing research projects whose fruits would be widely shared rather than held as intellectual property.
  • Cisco Invests $50 Million in China Firm   AP / 11:10AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Cisco Systems Inc. announced a $50 million investment in the newly public China Communications Services Corporation Ltd., making the U.S. network-equipment maker the largest foreign investor in CCS.
  • Consumers Seeking Backup Options Online   AP / 8:20AM
    AMERICAN FORK, Utah - With videos, pictures and reams of other data piling up on computers everywhere, consumers who want some insurance against losing it all have a growing number of online backup options.
  • Personal Data Hacked at Texas College   AP / 12:10AM
    RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) -- Hackers might have obtained the personal information of 6,000 people who worked for, applied to or attended the University of Texas at Dallas, school officials said Wednesday.
  • Wednesday, December 13

  • Congress Demands Explanation From HP CEO   AP / 7:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The congressional panel investigating Hewlett-Packard Co.'s boardroom spying probe has demanded that CEO Mark Hurd explain $1.37 million worth of options he exercised just before the scandal became public.
  • Nearly 450 AOL Employees Are Laid Off   AP / 6:50PM
    McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- About 450 workers at the Dulles headquarters of AOL were laid off Wednesday as the company continues restructuring away from its traditional roots as a subscription-based provider of dial-up Internet access.
  • Asian Leaders Call for Pollution Fight   AP / 6:29PM
    YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia - Asia's rapid economic expansion has turned its skies into some of world's most polluted and the region must do more to fight a scourge that is blamed for more than 500,000 premature deaths annually, delegates told a clean air conference Wednesday.
  • Man Gets 8 Years for Computer Sabotage   AP / 5:40PM
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A former UBS PaineWebber systems administrator was sentenced Wednesday to eight years and one month in prison for attempting to profit by detonating a "logic bomb" program that prosecutors said caused millions of dollars in damage to the brokerage's computer network in 2002.
  • Microsoft Hopes Its AURA Aids Shoppers   AP / 5:30PM
    Technologists have long dreamed of using the Internet to send data about consumer products to shoppers in real time, wherever they happen to be. Researchers at Microsoft Corp. claim they're getting closer to making that happen.
  • Villanova Heads Most-Wired College List   AP / 5:10PM
    BOSTON - Villanova University is higher education's high-tech hotspot, claiming the No. 1 ranking in a new list of "Top 20 Wired Colleges."
  • Disk Drive Pioneer Al Shugart Dies   AP / 5:00PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Alan Shugart, the co-founder of hard drive maker Seagate Technology LLC, has died, the company said Wednesday. He was 76.
  • Study: Growth in Net for Home Research   AP / 4:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A new study finds that more Americans are using the Internet to find a place to live, thanks to the greater wealth of home listings and other real-estate information online.
  • Gartner: Blogging to Peak in 2007   AP / 4:00PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- Could blogging be near the peak of its popularity? The technology gurus at Gartner Inc. believe so.
  • Group Seeks Professionalism in Blogs   AP / 2:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Robert Cox wants to bring some professionalism to the blogosphere.
  • EU Stalls on IPod, Disc Surcharge Reform   AP / 1:59PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Electronics manufacturers on Wednesday threatened legal action to force European governments to drop an extra charge on iPods and blank CDs after EU regulators backed off a plan to reform copyright levies.
  • Digital Ads Give Billboards a Jolt   AP / 1:40PM
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- They're large, rectangular and target consumers from high above the nation's roadways, but these are not your father's billboards.
  • Boeing Laptop With Employee Data Stolen   AP / 12:50PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- A Boeing Co. laptop containing the names and Social Security numbers of 382,000 workers and retirees has been stolen, putting the employees at risk for identity theft and credit-card fraud.
  • New Zealand Telecom, Yahoo Sign Web Deal   AP / 5:00AM
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand Telecom announced Wednesday it has formed a joint venture with Yahoo Inc. and Australia's Seven Network to beef up content on its Internet portal Xtra.
  • IBM and Yahoo Try to Challenge Google   AP / 1:10AM
    IBM Corp. and Yahoo Inc. are teaming up to offer a free data-search tool for businesses, a quirky move challenging Google Inc. and other corporate-search specialists in a blossoming market.
  • IBM to Open Islands in Virtual World   AP / 12:00AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- IBM Corp. is launching an ambitious marketing campaign in the hip virtual world "Second Life."
  • Tuesday, December 12

  • Rice: N. Korea Talks Will Be Open-Ended   AP / 8:00PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The resumed six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program will end only with a firm commitment that Kim Jong Il's government is scrapping the program, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday.
  • Technology Gives Police Instant ID Info   AP / 7:00PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- With a quick imprint of a suspect's two fingers on a handheld device, Columbus police can get instant access to the person's identity without making a trip to the booking office.
  • China Clamps Down on 'Net Games, Music   AP / 3:40PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China is tightening control over its online music and game industries, ordering distributors to submit all imported products for approval by official censors, the government said Tuesday.
  • EU and U.S. Probe Possible LCD Cartel   AP / 2:30PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- European and U.S. regulators said Tuesday they have been investigating a possible cartel involving makers of liquid crystal display monitors.
  • 2 Retailers Settle Software Claims   AP / 2:20PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Footwear retailer Payless ShoeSource Inc. and discount clothing chain Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp. agreed Tuesday to pay about $425,000 to settle claims they used unlicensed software.
  • Malaysia's MEASAT Launches 3rd Satellite   AP / 2:00PM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's sole commercial satellite operator launched its third satellite Tuesday in what the government said was a landmark effort to extend the country's communications reach.
  • UCLA Probes Computer Security Breach   AP / 1:40PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The University of California, Los Angeles alerted about 800,000 current and former students, faculty and staff on Tuesday that their names and certain personal information were exposed after a hacker broke into a campus computer system.
  • Japan Launches Trade Probe of LCD Makers   AP / 1:40PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's trade watchdog is investigating Sharp, NEC, South Korea's LG.Philips LCD and other liquid crystal display manufacturers for allegedly agreeing to cut output to curb falls in panel prices, officials said Tuesday.
  • North Korea Might Disarm With Incentives   AP / 9:59AM
    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's nuclear envoy said Tuesday that North Korea could be persuaded to disarm with strong incentives to help reverse its economic crisis, while China called for flexibility at revived arms talks it is hosting.
  • Israel Nuke Comment Sparks Controversy   AP / 8:40AM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- A slip of the tongue by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert about Israel's nuclear policy ballooned into a domestic crisis Tuesday for the Israeli leader, who came under criticism from across the political spectrum.
  • Berkeley to Regulate Nanotechnology   AP / 8:30AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The use of subatomic materials as microscopic building blocks for thousands of consumer products has turned into a big business so quickly that few are monitoring the so-called nanotechnology's effects on health and the environment.
  • Monday, December 11

  • Small Nuclear War Could Lead to Cooldown   AP / 5:40PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Some of the scientists who first advanced the controversial "nuclear winter" theory more than two decades ago have come up with another bleak forecast: Even a regional nuclear war would devastate the environment.
  • N.Y. Planning Sex Offender Polygraphs   AP / 4:50PM
    RICHMOND, Va. - Officials in two states proposed unusual plans Monday to tighten oversight of convicted sex offenders: Virginia's attorney general wants them to register their e-mail addresses and online IDs, and New York officials want them to take lie-detector tests.
  • Researchers Developing Anti-Fraud Tool   AP / 3:30PM
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Carnegie Mellon University researchers are relying on an old adage to develop anti-fraud software for Internet auction sites: It's not what you know, it's who you know.
  • Dutch Pull Plug on Analog Television   AP / 2:49PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- The Netherlands ended transmission of "free to air" analog television Monday, becoming the first nation to switch completely to digital signals.
  • Pentagon Restores Prize in Robot Race   AP / 1:20PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Pentagon's research arm has reversed course and announced it will restore cash prizes to the top three finishers of a robot race set for next year.
  • China: NKorea Nuke Talks to Resume Dec. 18   AP / 3:19AM
    BEIJING - Long-stalled international talks on North Korea's nuclear program will resume in Beijing on Dec. 18, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Monday.
  • Sunday, December 10

  • Discovery Doing Well So Far, NASA Says   AP / 10:50PM
    HOUSTON - Space shuttle Discovery's heat shield looks to be in good health so far, NASA managers said Sunday, although it will be at least two days before engineers can rule out any possible damage from the program's first night launch in four years.
  • Leader to Leave Haiti for Cancer Tests   AP / 6:30PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- President Rene Preval, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago, said Sunday the disease may have come back and that he would soon leave the country for treatment and more tests.
  • How Much Will Windows Security Matter?   AP / 2:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. took great pains to improve security in its newly released computer operating system, Windows Vista, redesigning it to reduce users' exposure to destructive programs from the Internet. Outside researchers commend the retooled approach -- yet they also say the changes won't make online life much safer than it is now.
  • Friday, December 8

  • Study Says Bees Can Find Explosives   AP / 2:20PM
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Here's the latest buzz on detecting explosives: bomb-sniffing bees.
  • EU Seeks Navigation System Comment   AP / 12:30PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Union is seeking comments on the possible uses of its planned Galileo satellite navigation system, which is being developed at a cost of about $4.8 billion to compete with the U.S. Global Positioning System.
  • Siemens Energy Closing Two Ohio Plants   AP / 11:10AM
    BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) -- Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. said Friday it plans to close two plants in western Ohio, a move that will result in the loss of about 700 jobs.
  • Group: Journalists Jailed More in China   AP / 9:30AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China, which jails more journalists than any other nation, is challenging the view that information on the Internet is impossible to control, and the implications for press freedom could be far-reaching, a New York-based rights group said.
  • Dual Missile Test Fails Off Hawaii   AP / 12:59AM
    HONOLULU - A drill planned to demonstrate the Navy's ability to knock down two incoming missiles at once from the same ship failed off Hawaii's coast on Thursday, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said.
  • Thursday, December 7

  • Study: More Internet Journalists Jailed   AP / 10:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- When Iranian journalist Mojtaba Saminejad was sentenced to two years in prison for insulting the country's Supreme Leader, it was not for an article that appeared in a newspaper. His offending story was posted on his personal Web blog.
  • Google Begins Testing Radio Ad Service   The Associated Press / 7:10PM
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- Google Inc. has started testing a long-awaited radio advertising service that represents the Internet search leader's most elaborate attempt yet at expanding its financial clout beyond the Web.
  • 1 Death, 19 Injuries Blamed on Magnets   AP / 6:10PM
    ATLANTA - At least one U.S. child has died and 19 others have needed surgery since 2003 after swallowing magnets used in toys, the government reported Thursday.
  • Drugmaker Makes Chewable Contraceptive   AP / 6:10PM
    TRENTON, N.J. - Looking for a contraceptive that's convenient - and tasty? The first chewable birth-control method, a tiny, spearmint-flavored tablet that also can be swallowed without chewing, has hit pharmacy shelves.
  • Microsoft Format Approved As Standard   AP / 6:00PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- A data format used in Microsoft Corp.'s prevalent Office software line has been approved as an international standard -- a move aimed at preserving access to documents created with the package for years to come.
  • Israel Stands by Vague Nuclear Policy   AP / 5:20PM
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel held firm Thursday to its policy of not admitting it possesses nuclear weapons, in the face of an acknowledgment from the incoming U.S. Defense Secretary that Israel has the bomb.
  • Yahoo Shakeup Highlights Web Video Shift   AP / 5:00PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The departure of television veteran Lloyd Braun from Yahoo Inc. underscores a shift, or at least a major hiccup, by Internet companies away from creating costly original content.
  • Nintendo Investigating Wii Strap Problem   AP / 3:30PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The maker of the new Wii video game consoles said Thursday it is investigating reports of problems with a strap that secures the machines' wandlike remote-controller to the player's wrist.
  • Sales Joining Home Values Online   AP / 3:30PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- A real-estate site that publishes estimated values for about 70 million U.S. homes began letting homeowners and real-estate agents post sale offers online Thursday.
  • NTT DoCoMo Recalls 1.3M Sanyo Batteries   AP / 11:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's largest mobile-phone provider said Thursday it is recalling 1.3 million battery packs because some of them could generate excessive heat and rupture.
  • Feds Questions Experts on Heart Stents   AP / 10:10AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials asked experts Thursday whether the drug-coated stents used to prop open the arteries of about 3 million people in the U.S. pose a heightened risk of death or raise other safety concerns that require action.
  • S.Korean President Undaunted by North   AP / 8:20AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's president said Thursday that North Korea's nuclear test has not shaken the military power balance between the two sides, and that the North cannot defeat the South even with atomic bombs, a news report said.
  • Music to Be Offered in MP3 File Format   AP / 8:00AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After years of selling online music digitally wrapped with copy and playback restrictions designed to hinder piracy, major music labels are beginning to make some songs available in the unrestricted MP3 file format.
  • 3 Convicted in Microsoft Software Scam   AP / 1:10AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Three people accused of scamming Microsoft Corp. by buying sharply discounted software intended for educational institutions and reselling it to nonacademic customers were convicted on conspiracy and fraud charges, federal prosecutors said.
  • Wednesday, December 6

  • Scientists: Water Likely Flows on Mars   AP / 6:50PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- New photographs from space suggest that water occasionally flows on the frigid surface of Mars, raising the tantalizing possibility that the Red Planet is hospitable to life, scientists reported Wednesday.
  • Device Created to Protect One's Hearing   AP / 6:20PM
    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- Researchers have developed a device that could help protect people from hearing loss: It flashes red when a music player or lawn mower emits deafening noises.
  • Microsoft Investigates Word Flaw   AP / 6:20PM
    A newly disclosed flaw in Microsoft Word could let malicious hackers take control of victims' computers by sending them e-mail with a Word document attached.
  • Microsoft Sees Selling 1M Zunes by June   AP / 5:50PM
    Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday that it expects to sell 1 million of its new Zune music players through the first half of 2007. That figure would pale in comparison to Apple Computer Inc.'s market-leading iPod, but Microsoft contends it would be a good start.
  • Study: Evidence of Flowing Water on Mars   AP / 5:10PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- New photographs from space suggest that water occasionally flows on the frigid surface of Mars, raising the tantalizing possibility that the Red Planet is hospitable to life, scientists reported Wednesday.
  • Study Disputes Case in Libyan AIDS Trial   AP / 5:09PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Racing against a courtroom deadline, scientists have produced new evidence that a Palestinian doctor and five Bulgarian nurses at a Libyan hospital did not deliberately infect hundreds of children with the AIDS virus.
  • Plan B Pill Now Readily Available   AP / 2:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A month after distribution began, the over-the-counter version of the morning-after pill is now available at pharmacies nationwide. Planned Parenthood celebrated Wednesday with a free giveaway of the emergency contraceptive, while critics insisted that Plan B's accessibility will soon be a cause for regret.
  • Employers Offer Electronic Medical Data   AP / 11:10AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Five of the nation's largest employers plan to soon give their workers a unique health care benefit -- their very own electronic medical record that they can take when they travel, change jobs or see a new doctor.
  • NRK, Ericsson Wireless Announce Ad Test   AP / 8:50AM
    OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Norwegian broadcaster NRK and Swedish wireless equipment maker LM Ericsson AB on Wednesday announced what they called the world's first test of customized advertising for mobile phone television.
  • Electronic Voting Panel Passes Proposal   AP / 4:20AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal advisory panel approved a revised proposal that encourages states to use electronic voting machines that can be independently verified, a day after rejecting a similar recommendation.
  • Future Dimming for Puerto Rico Telescope   AP / 3:30AM
    ARECIBO, Puerto Rico (AP) -- At the world's largest radio telescope, astronomers searching for asteroids on a collision course with Earth are bracing for a more worldly threat: The steepest budget cuts and first layoffs since the observatory opened in 1963.
  • Tuesday, December 5

  • NYC Bans Trans Fats From Eateries   AP / 7:31PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- New York on Tuesday became the first city in the nation to ban artery-clogging artificial trans fats at restaurants, leading the charge to limit consumption of an ingredient linked to heart disease and used in everything from french fries to pizza dough to pancake mix.
  • Chess Champion Loses Match to Computer   AP / 6:30PM
    BONN, Germany (AP) -- World chess champion Vladimir Kramnik lost the sixth and decisive game against computer program Deep Fritz on Tuesday, ceding a hard-fought Man vs. Machine match 4-2.
  • Cell Phones for the Holidays   AP / 6:20PM
    No longer is the cellular phone selection limited to the RAZR, a $500 Treo and hundreds of look-alikes and act-alikes. Recent months have brought a wave of new devices that stand apart from the pack in terms of looks and next-generation features.
  • Iran Blocks Access to Web Site   AP / 5:00PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has blocked access to the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube.com, and a media rights group warned Tuesday that Internet censorship in the Islamic state is on the rise.
  • Hackers Attack Naval War College Network   AP / 4:00PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Hackers attacked the computer network at the Naval War College in Newport, taking down the school's network for more than two weeks, including some e-mail services and the college's Web site.
  • $150 Laptops to Get Rival in Brazil   AP / 4:00PM
    SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- Intel Corp. said Tuesday its diminutive low-cost laptop will be evaluated in Brazil next year alongside a cheaper alternative from a nonprofit group seeking to bring computers to poor children worldwide.
  • Iran Blocks Access to YouTube.com   AP / 3:10PM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has blocked access to the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube.com, and a press rights group warned on Tuesday that Internet censorship in the Islamic state is on the rise.
  • Iran Warns EU Against Nuclear Sanctions   AP / 4:28AM
    SARI, Iran (AP) -- Iran's president warned Washington's European allies on Tuesday that Iran would reconsider its relations with them if they insist on punishing Tehran for its nuclear program, saying that would amount to an act of "hostility."
  • Japan Group Seeks YouTube Copyright System   AP / 2:20AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese entertainment group has asked the popular video-sharing site YouTube Inc. to implement a system to prevent users from uploading videos that would infringe copyrights, a group spokesman said Tuesday.
  • Monday, December 4

  • Bosses Push Staff to Eat Right, Exercise   AP / 5:10PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Many companies are starting to sound like moms: They're pushing employees to eat their vegetables and go outside and play. And they're not being gentle about it.
  • French: 6 Powers Near Iran Nuke Accord   AP / 4:30PM
    PARIS (AP) -- The six powers seeking a U.N. resolution to punish Iran for its nuclear program are nearing agreement on a text, France's foreign minister said Monday.
  • Blair Unveils Plans for Nuclear Arsenal   AP / 3:11PM
    LONDON - Prime Minister Tony Blair laid out plans Monday for a new multibillion-dollar submarine-based nuclear arsenal, warning lawmakers the future may hold perilous threats from rogue regimes and state-sponsored terrorists.
  • CNBC Relaunches Own Site With More Video   AP / 12:59PM
    NEW YORK - CNBC relaunched its Web site Monday with more video and newsmaker interviews as the financial news cable channel formally ended a five-year agreement with Microsoft Corp.'s MSN Money.
  • 6 Powers Near Iran Resolution Agreement   AP / 11:50AM
    PARIS (AP) -- The six powers seeking a U.N. resolution on Iran's nuclear program are nearing agreement on a text, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Monday.
  • Samsung, Microsoft Launch New Smartphone   AP / 2:30AM
    HONG KONG (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co., South Korea's largest corporation, joined Microsoft Corp. on Monday in launching the first mobile phone in Asia and Europe to use high-speed HSDPA wireless technology.
  • AOL to Launch Latino Portal   AP / 1:40AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- AOL's Spanish-language portal is now available for free as the company completes its plans to give away most of its services to boost traffic to its ad-supported Web sites.
  • Ask.com to Launch City Service   AP / 1:40AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Ask.com's search engine is sharpening its focus on local results in an attempt to make a bigger splash on the World Wide Web.
  • Sunday, December 3

  • Schumer Warns on No-Swipe Credit Cards   AP / 11:10PM
    NEW YORK - No-swipe credit cards that use radio waves to relay their data put consumers at increased risk of identity theft, Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday.
  • Google Advances Online Software Crusade   AP / 3:10PM
    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Google Inc., a company synonymous with searching the Internet, hopes to define far more of the world's computing experience with a helping hand from schoolchildren.
  • Pfizer Ends Cholesterol Drug Development   AP / 3:39AM
    Pfizer Inc. said Saturday it has cut off all clinical trials and development for a cholesterol drug that was supposed to be the star of its pipeline because of an unexpected number of deaths and cardiovascular problems in patients who used it.
  • Saturday, December 2

  • Grad Student Site Tracks Shared Expenses   AP / 11:00PM
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Splitting dinner checks can cause a splitting headache, even when the diners are a math-oriented data miner, a database security specialist and an expert in networked games.
  • Isotope Can Be Bought Online for $69   AP / 6:30AM
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- No luck shopping for that hard-to-buy-for science hobbyist in the family? The rare isotope suspected to have felled former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko is surprisingly easy to buy -- in fact, for $69, it's a mouse click away.
  • Friday, December 1

  • Calif. Stem Cell Center Releases Funds   AP / 6:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California voters, wooed by an aggressive, multimillion dollar campaign that promised cures to myriad diseases, overwhelmingly approved the nation's most ambitious stem cell research center two years ago.
  • Lockheed, Boeing Ink $1B Rocket Deal   AP / 3:40PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A $1.06 billion joint venture between Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. finalized Friday to supply the U.S. government with launch services for rockets could result in layoffs, the companies said.
  • Warnings, Worship Mark World AIDS Day   AP / 12:30PM
    BERLIN - World Aids Day was marked around the globe by somber religious services, boisterous demonstrations and warnings that far more needs to be done to treat and prevent the disease in order to avert millions of additional deaths.
  • Indicted: Romanian Hacked U.S. Computers   AP / 10:20AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Romanian national was indicted on charges of hacking into more than 150 U.S. government computers, causing disruptions that cost NASA, the Energy Department and the Navy nearly $1.5 million.
  • U.S. Nuclear Firms Eye Indian Market   AP / 1:30AM
    MUMBAI, India (AP) -- From equipment suppliers to fuel processors, American companies engaged in the nuclear energy business see India as the new frontier, where efforts to raise nuclear power production could yield contracts worth $100 billion.
  • Thursday, November 30

  • Review: 3 Smart Phones Target Consumers   AP / 6:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- In a blink of mere months, the mobile "smart" phone has been transformed from pricey corporate gadget to an affordable alternative for ordinary folk.
  • Bell Labs' History of Inventions   AP / 6:40PM
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- It's the birthplace of the transistor, the laser, the solar cell and the fax machine. Its researchers were the first to hear the echoes of the Big Bang. And now this American legend is part of a French company.
  • Microsoft Releases Vista to Businesses   AP / 5:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. launched its first new computer operating system in five years Thursday, saying that despite delays, the product's emergence is perfectly timed for PC users who increasingly need to coordinate information from a dizzying array of sources.
  • Gates Foundation Plans Web Access Grants   AP / 12:10PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation says it will expand its program to give people access to the Internet in libraries and other public places to two Eastern European countries and the African nation of Botswana.
  • Microsoft to Release Pro Vista on Thurs.   AP / 6:00AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- For the first time in five years, Microsoft Corp. is finally unveiling a new system for operating personal computers. Now the company must persuade PC buyers that the launch really matters to them.
  • Japan Capable of Making Nuclear Weapon   AP / 1:10AM
    TOKYO - Japan has the technological know-how to produce a nuclear weapon but has no immediate plans to do so, the foreign minister said Thursday, several weeks after communist North Korea carried out a nuclear test.
  • Google Suffers Setback in Copyright Case   The Associated Press / 12:30AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Yahoo Inc. has rebuffed Google Inc.'s attempt to learn more about its efforts to create digital copies of books, dealing the Internet search leader another setback as it prepares to fight against a copyright infringement suit.
  • Wednesday, November 29

  • Africa Faces Growing Obesity Problem   AP / 10:20PM
    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- Africa, a continent usually synonymous with hunger, is falling prey to obesity. It's a trend driven by new lifestyles and old beliefs that big is beautiful. Ask Nodo Njobo, a plump hairdressing assistant. She is coy about her weight, but like many African women, proud of her "big bum." She says she'd like to be slimmer, but worries how her friends would react.
  • Audible Magic Has Anti-Piracy Technology   AP / 6:50PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The maker of software to thwart unauthorized online file-sharing has obtained technology that can scan video files and block computer users from making copies.
  • Police Track Reckless Driver on YouTube   AP / 6:40PM
    OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Police took up pursuit in cyberspace after a young Norwegian posted on the Internet video of his wild car driving. Following an electronic trail that he left online, police caught him and slapped him with real-life fine $1,300.
  • Britain OKs Radio Transmitters for iPods   AP / 6:40PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Britain is legalizing the small wireless transmitters commonly used to play music from iPods over car radios.
  • Google to Abandon Answer Service   AP / 5:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google Inc. doesn't have all the answers -- a fact underscored by the Internet search leader's decision to abandon a 4-year-old service that hired researchers to field questions on everything from school homework to sports trivia.
  • Supreme Court Takes Up Global Warming   AP / 4:10PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Frustrated by Bush administration inaction on global warming, states and environmentalists urged the Supreme Court Wednesday to declare greenhouse gases to be air pollutants that the government must regulate.
  • 1 in 5 Parents Say Kids Online Too Much   AP / 8:10AM
    NEW YORK - One in five American parents believe their kids are spending too much time on the Internet, though most say the online activities haven't affected grades either way.
  • BitTorrent Expands Movie, TV Downloads   AP / 7:00AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- BitTorrent Inc., developer of a popular online file-sharing tool, said Tuesday it has reached licensing deals that will boost the number of movies and TV shows it can offer as part of a video download service launching next year.
  • Tuesday, November 28

  • Wal-Mart to Test Movie Downloads   AP / 9:40PM
    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is edging into selling video downloads by offering buyers of the "Superman Returns" DVD a chance to buy downloads of the same movie, beginning Wednesday.
  • EU Clears Sale of AOL German Access Unit   AP / 5:20PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- European Union regulators cleared on Tuesday an agreement by Telecom Italia SpA to buy AOL's German access business, saying the combined company still would face formidable competition.
  • Miss America 2006 Has Surgery in N.C.   AP / 5:10PM
    OKLAHOMA CITY - Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry underwent surgery for undisclosed reasons and spent the night in a North Carolina hospital, a pageant official confirmed Tuesday.
  • Opera Updates Browser for Cell Phones   AP / 5:00PM
    OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Opera Software ASA released a new version of its mini browser for mobile phones Tuesday.
  • 2 Google Execs Probed Over Abuse Video   AP / 4:40PM
    MILAN, Italy (AP) -- Italian authorities are targeting two Google executives over videos the site displayed showing a disabled youth being abused.
  • Google Reaches Deal in Belgian Dispute   AP / 3:40PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Google Inc. said Tuesday it has struck a content-sharing deal with two organizations to partly settle a dispute in Belgium over news articles available through the Internet search engine.
  • Nokia Cuts Operating Margin Targets   AP / 11:30AM
    HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- Nokia Corp. on Tuesday cut its operating margin targets, blaming increased exposure to the network infrastructure business. It also predicted global sales of mobile phones would grow by 10 percent in 2007.
  • Monday, November 27

  • EU Says More Than Half E-Mails Are Spam   AP / 10:20PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Unsolicited e-mails continue to plague Europeans and account for between 50 and 80 percent of all messages sent to mail inboxes, the European Commission said Monday.
  • Nintendo Wii Sales Top 600,000 in U.S.   AP / 10:10PM
    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Nintendo Co. said consumers in the Americas snapped up more than 600,000 of its Wii video game systems in eight days, totaling about $190 million in sales, as it competes with Sony Corp.'s new PlayStation 3.
  • Online Shopping Season Begins With Deals   AP / 8:50PM
    NEW YORK - After jamming malls on Friday for discounted flat-screen TVs and toys, shoppers clicked onto their computers at work Monday as retailers ushered in the start of the online shopping season with bargains and marketing hype.
  • Maryland Court to Launch Webcasting Plan   AP / 7:10PM
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's highest court is launching a project for live Webcasting of its sessions, hoping to be ready in time to broadcast arguments set for Dec. 4 in a high-profile case involving gay marriage.
  • Envoys Arrive in China for N.Korea Talks   AP / 11:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Top negotiators from the United States and South Korea flew into Beijing Monday for meetings to set a date for renewed talks on North Korea's nuclear disarmament.
  • EU Says More Than Half E-Mails Are Spam   AP / 10:50AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Unsolicited e-mails continue to plague Europeans and account for between 50 and 80 percent of all messages sent to mail inboxes, the European Commission said Monday.
  • Sunday, November 26

  • Casual Computer Games Go Upscale   AP / 2:00PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The programmers at PopCap Games Inc. used to think of themselves as the unloved stepchildren of the computer gaming industry.
  • Saturday, November 25

  • Prominent Chinese AIDS Activist Missing   AP / 4:11PM
    BEIJING - A Chinese AIDS activist who was organizing a symposium to help people with the disease fight for their legal rights has gone missing after meeting with police, his advocacy group said Saturday.
  • Friday, November 24

  • Wal-Mart's Site Stalls on Black Friday   AP / 6:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- High traffic disrupted Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Web site for much of Friday, one of the year's busiest shopping days.
  • New Training Readies Medics for Battle   AP / 3:10PM
    FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) -- Their vision obscured by thick smoke in the semidarkness, heads rattling with the deafening booms of nearby explosions and lungs choked by the paralyzing stench of burning diesel fuel, two Army medics work fast to stabilize the wounded patient for evacuation.
  • Microsoft Banks on Business Upgrades   AP / 2:18PM
    REDMOND, Wash. - Bill Hartnett got accustomed to the screaming. As Microsoft Corp.'s manager of software sales to financial services companies, Hartnett used to get pelted with complaints about the security and reliability of Microsoft's products.
  • China Punishes Officials for River Spill   AP / 12:10PM
    BEIJING - Environment officials and senior executives of a state-owned petroleum company and its listed subsidiary have been punished for a toxic river spill a year ago that forced officials to temporarily cut off water to millions living in northeastern China and Russia, state media reported Friday.
  • Thursday, November 23

  • Kansas Man Gets Prison Time in HIV Case   AP / 5:00PM
    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- An HIV-positive man accused of knowingly exposing three women to the virus has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison.
  • Microsoft Makes Deadline on Windows Info   AP / 10:30AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- European Union regulators said Microsoft Corp. handed in on time to meet a Thursday deadline information about its Windows operating software that should help other software companies.
  • Iran Says It Will Go on With Nuke Plans   AP / 8:10AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran on Thursday said it plans to press ahead with construction of a heavy-water nuclear reactor the U.S. and its allies fear could be used to produce plutonium to build atomic weapons hours after the U.N. nuclear watchdog denied Tehran help in building it.
  • Wednesday, November 22

  • IBM Settles Overtime Lawsuit for $65M   AP / 9:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- International Business Machines Corp. settled a federal class-action lawsuit Wednesday, agreeing to pay a total of $65 million to 32,000 technology workers who claimed the company illegally withheld overtime pay.
  • Robots Aid Stroke Victims, Autistic Kids   AP / 5:40PM
    BALTIMORE (AP) -- After more than 2 1/2 years of physical therapy and electronic stimulation, stroke victim Mike Marin still couldn't open a door with his left hand. Now, thanks to a robot, Marin can open a door and his atrophied left arm isn't completely useless anymore.
  • Robot Serves As Temp Worker in Japan   AP / 5:40PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- It can greet people, show DVDs and hand out balloons.
  • EU Probes Tax-Break Plan for Video Games   AP / 4:00PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- European Union regulators said Wednesday they're investigating France's proposed tax break for video game makers to see if it's an illegal subsidy.
  • Study Finds Podcast Use Rising but Small   AP / 12:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A growing number of Americans are listening to podcasts, but very few do so every day.
  • Doctors Are Reportedly Fleeing Iraq   AP / 12:10PM
    VIENNA, Austria - Iraq's top doctors are under threat and are fleeing the country, leaving hospitals in the hands of medical students or junior physicians, an Iraqi lawmaker said Wednesday.
  • Clerics in India Dismiss Quran Ringtones   AP / 7:50AM
    LUCKNOW, India (AP) -- Muslim clerics at a leading seminary in India have asked people to refrain from using verses from the Quran as ringtones for their mobile phones, saying the practice was un-Islamic.
  • Chinese HIV Cases Jump Nearly 30 Percent   AP / 6:10AM
    BEIJING - Two months before the end of 2006, China's reported number of HIV/AIDS cases already is nearly 30 percent higher than for all of last year, with intravenous drug use as the biggest source of infection, the Health Ministry said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, November 21

  • Dell Posts Gain in Delayed 3Q Results   AP / 8:50PM
    DALLAS - Dell Inc. beat analysts' expectations in delayed earnings posted Tuesday, but the computer maker warned the results were preliminary and could change due to an intensifying federal investigation into the company's accounting and financial reporting.
  • Free Software Bypasses Attachment Limits   AP / 7:10PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- There's a new way to send large movie, music and other files without worrying about whether the e-mail systems can handle large attachments.
  • Micron's Appleton Wins Desert Road Race   AP / 7:10PM
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Steve Appleton, the chief executive of a leading chip maker, has added desert road race champion to his moonlighting resume of stunt-plane pilot and motocross racer: He won his vehicle class in a grueling off-road race down Mexico's Baja Peninsula.
  • New AOL Chairman Sees Parallels With TV   AP / 7:10PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The incoming head of AOL said Tuesday he left a 31-year career at NBC for the chance to transform the online business into a formidable rival to television and other traditional media.
  • Australian Copyright Proposal Criticized   AP / 7:00PM
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Critics of a copyright proposal in Australia are warning that serious penalties could result from the use of iPod music players and video-sharing sites like YouTube, even if all you're doing is showing yourself singing along to your favorite song.
  • Judge Tosses Out Suit Against Craigslist   AP / 7:00PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit against Craigslist, saying the online classified site is protected from liability even if the housing ads it carries are discriminatory.
  • Sony: Consoles Can Aid Medical Research   AP / 7:00PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The new PlayStation 3 isn't all about entertainment. That's the message Sony Corp. is trying to convey in announcing that the new game consoles -- as powerful as supercomputers -- can help Stanford University researchers analyze complex human protein structures and perhaps find cures for cancer, Alzheimer's and other ailments.
  • New Coffee Maker Uses SPOT Technology   AP / 7:00PM
    A new coffee maker hitting stores for the holidays can display real-time weather data, using a "smart objects" technology that Microsoft Corp. has been touting for years.
  • Nations Sign Pact to Make Fusion Reactor   AP / 3:10PM
    PARIS - Physicists have dreamt about it for decades: harnessing the fusion process that powers the sun to make clean, safe and limitless energy. A multinational pact signed Tuesday may bring that dream a step closer to reality.
  • Envoy: NKorea Nuke Talks May Start in Dec.   AP / 5:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- Disarmament talks on North Korea's atomic program could resume in the middle of next month, the top U.S. nuclear negotiator said Tuesday during a quick trip to China.
  • Monday, November 20

  • Companies Pursue Game Console Supremacy   AP / 10:50PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The game-console war is officially under way with the sold-out launches of Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii, but there are still a lot of battles to fight -- and dragons to slay.
  • Web Sites Not Liable for Posts by Others   AP / 9:30PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Web sites that publish inflammatory information written by other parties cannot be sued for libel, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday.
  • Internet Ranks No. 2 for Science News   AP / 8:10PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Internet ranks behind only television as the leading source for science news and information, but most users won't trust what they read online blindly, a new study finds.
  • Sony and Nintendo Go Head to Head   AP / 7:40PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The game-console war is officially under way with the sold-out launches of Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii, but there are still a lot of battles to fight -- and dragons to slay.
  • Justice Lawyers Defend Online Porn Law   AP / 6:41PM
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Justice Department attorneys, defending a law aimed at keeping online pornography from minors, argued that software filters often block valid sites -- on gay rights or sexual health, for example -- that teens might seek out.
  • Yahoo to Team With Over 150 Newspapers   AP / 5:20PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Yahoo Inc. has agreed to help more than 150 newspapers mine the Internet for additional advertising revenue in an alliance of recently beleaguered businesses.
  • Prince Charles Embraces Internet Age   AP / 12:50PM
    LONDON (AP) -- The heir to the British throne took a leap into the Internet age Monday, posting a day-in-the life video on his revamped personal Web site.
  • Webroot Adding Parental-Control Software   AP / 2:30AM
    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Webroot Software Inc., known for its anti-spyware program Spy Sweeper, is bringing back a product to help parents limit where and how long their children go online.
  • Sunday, November 19

  • Europe Telecoms Eye Internet Protocol TV   AP / 6:10PM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutchman Wart Fransen points a remote control at a little box atop his television and firmly presses down on the button to change the station.
  • Electronic Medical Records Use May Rise   AP / 5:40PM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Health care advocates have long encouraged physicians to switch to computerized medical records, saying they could improve patient care and increase efficiency. Doctors, however, have been more concerned about the high price tag -- often more than $20,000 per physician for software, hardware and Internet connections -- as well as having to maintain a computer network. Surveys estimate less than 20 percent of doctors have fully automated their offices.
  • Nations Meet on Denying Iran Nuclear Aid   AP / 2:40PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- A Western push to deny Iran technical help in building a plutonium-producing reactor has gathered enough support to be approved by the 35-nation board of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, diplomats said Sunday.
  • APEC Leaders Speak Out on North Korea   AP / 1:50AM
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Pacific Rim leaders on Sunday urged North Korea to take concrete steps to live up to its commitments to stop developing nuclear weapons.
  • Saturday, November 18

  • Nintendo Launches Wii, Challenging Sony   AP / 8:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Nintendo's quirky new video game console, the Wii, goes on sale Sunday, just two days after the launch of the rival PlayStation 3 from Sony turned violent at some stores. The release of the Wii is expected to be less dramatic, mainly because Nintendo has made sure to have a lot more units available than Sony could muster.
  • Friday, November 17

  • Ban on Silicone Breast Implants Lifted   AP / 8:30PM
    WASHINGTON - The government ended a 14-year virtual ban on silicone-gel breast implants Friday despite lingering safety questions, making the devices available to tens of thousands of women who have clamored for them.
  • Target Backs Off in Online Movies Feud   AP / 8:30PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Discount retailer Target backed off plans to pull in-store promotions of products from Walt Disney after Disney threatened not to ship DVDs of hit movie "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," a person familiar with the situation said Friday.
  • Online Encyclopedia Offline in China   AP / 3:30PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China's easing of a ban on the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia appears to have been short-lived.
  • April Hearing Set for Ex-Comverse CEO   AP / 12:00PM
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- It will be at least five months before the fugitive former CEO of Comverse Technology Inc. learns whether he will be sent to the United States for trial in a stock-options fraud case, a Namibian government official said Friday.
  • Thursday, November 16

  • Wii to Offer Services Beyond Games   AP / 6:50PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- For video game addicts facing the conundrum of how to balance hours of nonstop game playing with the occasional need to know what's going on in the outside world, Nintendo may have found a solution.
  • EMI Music Agrees to Video Licensing Pact   AP / 6:30PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- EMI Music has agreed to license music videos by its slate of recording artists to an online video portal and on-demand cable service operated by Gotuit Media Corp., the companies said Thursday.
  • YouTube to Show Game Clips of NHL Games   AP / 12:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Video-sharing site YouTube will show clips of NHL games, its first agreement with a professional sports league.
  • Taco Bell to Stem Use of Trans Fats   AP / 10:39AM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Taco Bell will be the latest fast-food chain to cut artery-clogging trans fats from cooking oils in its U.S. restaurants, the company announced Thursday.
  • Watch Cable TV on Your Cell Phone? Soon.   AP / 8:10AM
    NEW YORK - Embracing a technology that has unnerved media and telecommunications companies, a major European wireless provider will let customers watch their home cable TV on a cell phone if they also have a device called the Slingbox back at the house.
  • Russia, U.S. Disagree on Iran Sanctions   AP / 6:50AM
    UNITED NATIONS -- After three weeks of talks, the United States and key European countries remain locked in fundamental disagreement with Russia about the scope of U.N. sanctions that Iran should face for refusing to rein in its nuclear program.
  • Nintendo Hopes for Console Comeback   AP / 1:30AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Nintendo brought the world the mustachioed plumber Super Mario and has sold nearly 200 million Game Boy handheld machines over the years. It's also been coaxing the elderly and other video-game novices to try out puzzles and virtual pets on its DS portables instead of the standard shoot-em-up and sports games.
  • Gamblers Take Aim at Internet Ban   AP / 1:00AM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Casino executives and a poker lobby group said that they hope a change in power brought by the midterm elections will help them overturn an Internet gambling ban rushed through Congress while Republicans were still in control.
  • Wednesday, November 15

  • Retailers Prepare for Console Launches   AP / 10:30PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Retailers expect to be overwhelmed by demand during the impending video game console launches, but say they're working to keep the spirit festive while trying to prevent chaos and confusion.
  • Falco Named Chairman, CEO of AOL Unit   AP / 8:40PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Time Warner Inc. named a veteran television executive Wednesday to head its AOL division at a time the online unit is evolving to become more of a media company supported by advertising dollars.
  • Terrorists Lure Young Online With Comedy   AP / 7:00PM
    SINGAPORE (AP) -- Terrorists who have long embraced the Internet for propaganda and planning have begun to post comedy and Top 10 lists to draw in young recruits, experts say.
  • AOL IM Software Adds Logging Abilities   AP / 6:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- AOL's new instant-messaging software adds offline and logging capabilities already available with rival programs.
  • MP3.com Reopens Servers, Accepts Files   AP / 6:40PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- MP3.com is reopening its servers, nearly a decade after it helped usher in the online music era by letting largely unknown bands submit files for computer users to download.
  • PS3 Auction Prices Reasonable in Japan   AP / 5:51PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's PlayStation 3 isn't living up to the hype -- at least on Japan's Internet auctions.
  • Chilean Court Releases 2 Accused Hackers   AP / 5:20PM
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Two Chileans accused of hacking into thousands of government Web sites were freed from jail Wednesday but ordered to stay away from computers while the case is investigated, their lawyer said.
  • NYPD Busts Billion Dollar Gambling Ring   AP / 5:10PM
    NEW YORK - More than two dozen people, including a professional baseball scout and a high-stakes poker player, were charged Wednesday in connection with a billion-dollar-a-year gambling ring that rivaled casino sports books.
  • U.S. Backs Record on Environment Matters   AP / 1:40PM
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The United States, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, staunchly defended its record on battling global warming Wednesday, as the U.N. chief lamented a "frightening lack" of international leadership on climate change.
  • 27 Arrested in New York Gambling Bust   AP / 12:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Prosecutors brought charges against 27 people in connection with a billion-dollar-a-year Internet sports gambling ring, including men identified by authorities as a professional baseball scout and a high-stakes poker player.
  • EU Faults Microsoft Order Compliance   AP / 9:20AM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. has still not supplied the "complete and accurate" documentation necessary to comply with a 2004 antitrust order, European Union regulators said Wednesday. They warned new fines could be imposed unless the world's biggest software maker supplies full information by Nov. 23.
  • PlayStation 3 Won't Run Some Older Games   AP / 8:10AM
    TOKYO - Sony's new PlayStation 3 can't play some of the games designed for previous generations of the popular console, the latest misstep for the stumbling electronics company as it faces off in a crucial, three-way war with Nintendo and Microsoft.
  • Microsoft, MetroFi Unite for Joint Venture   AP / 7:20AM
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. said it will partner with MetroFi Inc. to build a free wireless Internet service for Oregon's largest city.
  • Tuesday, November 14

  • Feds' Expert: 1 Percent of Web Is Porn   AP / 7:00PM
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- About 1 percent of Web sites indexed by Google and Microsoft are sexually explicit, according to a U.S. government-commissioned study.
  • Google Holds Back Stock in YouTube Deal   AP / 7:00PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google Inc. has set aside more than $200 million in its just-completed takeover of YouTube Inc. as a financial cushion to cover losses or possible legal bills for the frequent copyright violations on YouTube's video-sharing site.
  • Microsoft Aims to Battle Apple With Zune   AP / 6:50PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Few have accused Microsoft of being first to the market. But plenty have learned the hard way that the company can be very good at sneaking up from behind.
  • Envoys to Work on Nuclear Talks Strategy   AP / 6:40PM
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Nuclear envoys from the United States, South Korea and Japan will meet Wednesday to seek a common strategy ahead of the resumption of long-stalled nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea, officials said.
  • PlayStation 3 Won't Run Some Older Games   AP / 4:11PM
    TOKYO - Sony's new PlayStation 3 can't play some of the games designed for previous generations of the popular console, the latest misstep for the stumbling electronics company as it faces off in a crucial, three-way war with Nintendo and Microsoft.
  • Motorola to Buy Netopia for $208M   AP / 1:40PM
    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) -- Cell phone maker Motorola Inc. said Tuesday it is buying Netopia Inc., which provides DSL gear and routing equipment to telecommunications companies, for $7 per share, or $208 million in cash.
  • Plutonium Found in Iran Waste Facility   AP / 1:11PM
    VIENNA, Austria - International Atomic Energy experts have found unexplained plutonium and highly enriched uranium traces in a nuclear waste facility in Iran and have asked Tehran for an explanation, an IAEA report said Tuesday.
  • U.N.: China Faces Pollution Challenges   AP / 8:20AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- The United Nations said Tuesday that China has made progress in increasing access to water for its citizens but still faces serious challenges in fighting pollution.
  • TiVo to Expand Internet-Based Content   AP / 7:50AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - In its ongoing bid to be a central conduit of media, TiVo Inc. plans to broaden its digital video recording service later this year so users of its set-top boxes can download videos from the Internet and watch them from their television sets.
  • U.S. Presses New Agenda on Iran   AP / 6:20AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- The Bush administration, frustrated by U.N. Security Council inaction on sanctions against Iran, is pressing a new agenda -- trying to deny Tehran U.N. aid for a plutonium-producing reactor that could be used to make nuclear warheads.
  • PlayStation 3 Not Playing Some Older Games   AP / 5:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's PlayStation 3 game console, which went on sale in Japan over the weekend leading off a global launch, can't play some of the older games for the original PlayStation and the upgrade PlayStation 2, a company official said Tuesday.
  • Startup Offers Cell Phone Mapping Service   AP / 1:20AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- A Silicon Valley startup is announcing a new cell phone mapping service to let users know when their friends are nearby.
  • Monday, November 13

  • Bolton Says Russia Seeking Iran Changes   AP / 9:30PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russian changes to a draft U.N. resolution on Iran's nuclear program would "cut back substantially" on restrictions the U.S. and its allies are seeking, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said Monday.
  • CompUSA to Offer Early Sales of Vista   AP / 5:49PM
    DALLAS (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. will sell licenses for its new Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007 productivity suite through CompUSA stores Nov. 30, two months before the products go on sale at other retailers.
  • Microsoft's Zune Debuts Tuesday   AP / 4:50PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Few have accused Microsoft of being first to the market. But plenty have learned the hard way that the company can be very good at sneaking up from behind.
  • Kavli Strives to Leave Mark on Science   AP / 2:20PM
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- He might be the most active philanthropist you've never heard of: a retired technology entrepreneur putting his stamp on science research centers at the world's top universities and sponsoring what he hopes will be 21st-century versions of the Nobel Prizes.
  • T-Shirt Turns Air Guitar Into Music   AP / 9:30AM
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Scientists announced Monday that they have developed a high-tech T-shirt that turns the strumming of an air guitar into music.
  • Sun Makes Java Tech. Open-Source Project   AP / 8:10AM
    SAN FRANCISCO - Computer server and software maker Sun Microsystems Inc. said Monday that it had begun to make its Java technology an open-source software project available for free on the Internet.
  • Deutsche Telekom Names New CEO   AP / 8:10AM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Deutsche Telekom AG named Rene Obermann, the head of the company's T-Mobile wireless division, as its new chief executive on Monday.
  • SKorea Balks at Measures to Sanction North   AP / 7:08AM
    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea balked Monday at Washington's demand that it fully join a U.S.-led effort to intercept North Korean ships suspected of carrying supplies for the North's nuclear and missile weapons programs.
  • Web Companies Renting Vacation Homes   AP / 1:00AM
    DALLAS (AP) -- When Elizabeth and Robin Wood decided to rent out their new vacation home in Florida, they hired a local real estate agent to hunt for renters, but they also paid $300 to list the house on specialized Web sites.
  • Ex-MTV Execs Create Hip Internet Shows   AP / 12:30AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Shortly before dinner at a trendy new restaurant in the theater district, a production crew started setting up. They arranged lights, checked the cameras and put a microphone on the sushi chef Masatoshi "Gari" Sugio. Soon they would be filming at the Sushi of Gari 46 and interviewing the famed chef.
  • Sunday, November 12

  • Deutsche Telekom CEO Resigns   AP / 7:38PM
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Deutsche Telekom AG Chief Executive Kai-Uwe Ricke will step down from Europe's biggest telecommunications company on Monday, the company said -- making him the second CEO in Germany to lose his job in less than a week.
  • German Activists Delay Nuclear Shipment   AP / 6:10PM
    BERLIN (AP) -- Protesters who suspended themselves from a rope across railroad tracks Sunday temporarily stopped a train carrying reprocessed nuclear waste in Germany.
  • Report: Deutsche Telekom CEO May Quit   AP / 1:40PM
    DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) -- Deutsche Telekom AG Chief Executive Kai-Uwe Ricke was expected to resign his post Sunday under pressure from disgruntled investors, a person familiar with the matter told Dow Jones Newswires.
  • Saturday, November 11

  • Brothers Gather Letters to War Dead   AP / 4:20AM
    DALLAS (AP) -- The message was simple: Write a letter to someone lost in the Korean War.
  • Friday, November 10

  • New PlayStation Debuts in Japan   AP / 9:29PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's PlayStation 3 made its highly anticipated debut in Japan to long lines on Saturday, marking the first launch of the video game console that's expected to become a global sellout.
  • Motorola Buys Mobile Software Maker   AP / 4:40PM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Cell phone maker Motorola Inc. said Friday it is buying Blackberry rival Good Technology Inc., a deal that should boost the prospects for its new Q device as consumer demand for e-mail phones explodes.
  • Envoy: U.S. Eager for India Nuke Deal   AP / 4:20PM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- A top U.S. official said Friday that Washington is eager to finalize a civilian nuclear pact with India, and urged it to work with neighboring Pakistan in the fight against terrorism when they resume peace talks next week.
  • Long Process Leads to Short Vista Sound   AP / 3:30PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Some musicians spend 18 months working on a whole album. At Microsoft Corp., that's how long it took to perfect just four seconds of sound.
  • Israel Official: Strike on Iran Possible   AP / 12:30PM
    JERUSALEM - The deputy defense minister suggested Friday that Israel might be forced to launch a military strike against Iran's disputed nuclear program - the clearest statement yet of such a possibility from a high-ranking official.
  • U.S. Settles Case Against BetOnSports   AP / 6:30AM
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A federal prosecutor reached a settlement Thursday with online gambling company BetOnSports PLC that permanently bars the London-based company from accepting any bets from the United States.
  • Thursday, November 9

  • Massive Recall of Acetaminophen Underway   AP / 7:50PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Check your medicine cabinet: Millions of bottles of the widely used pain reliever acetaminophen -- some sold as long as three years ago -- are being recalled because they may contain metal fragments.
  • Customers to Shop by Image on Web Site   AP / 6:30PM
    SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) -- So you want those sleek pair of black boots worn by supermodel Tyra Banks or the bling bling sported by Paris Hilton? This holiday season, customers can get their chance with a new Web site called Like.com that bills itself as the first visual search engine, allowing consumers to search for items by appearance instead of just text and then purchase similar versions -- at all price points -- from 200 merchants' Web sites.
  • 11M Bottles of Acetaminophen Recalled   AP / 6:10PM
    WASHINGTON - Check your medicine cabinet: Millions of bottles of the widely used pain reliever acetaminophen - some sold as long as three years ago - are being recalled because they may contain metal fragments.
  • El Nino Expected to Continue Into 2007   AP / 4:19PM
    WASHINGTON - The unusual warming of water in the Pacific Ocean known as El Nino is expected to continue into winter, affecting weather in North America, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.
  • Surf 'N' Ride: Access the Net in the Car   AP / 8:10AM
    DETROIT - When Stephen Devine drove with his family from their home in Massachusetts to New York City, he spent two frustrating hours trying to find a place to park his 9-foot-high camper van, which won't fit in most garages. In the end, his 17-year-old daughter found a place to park online - and she didn't even have to leave the van to do it.
  • Microsoft and Universal Make Zune Deal   AP / 8:10AM
    LOS ANGELES - Microsoft and Universal Music Group say they have struck a licensing deal for the software company's new Zune portable music player and digital music store that calls for the recording company to get paid a cut of the sales of the device.
  • More College Students Taking Web Courses   AP / 5:50AM
    Roughly one in six students enrolled in higher education - about 3.2 million people - took at least one online course last fall, a sharp increase defying predictions that online learning growth is leveling off.
  • Wednesday, November 8

  • Google Checkout Waives Fees for Holidays   AP / 11:30PM
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- Online search leader Google Inc. said Wednesday it is waiving the merchant processing fees for its 4-month-old payment service through Dec. 31, hoping the offer will spur more retailers to check it out.
  • Google's Online Video Service Sued   AP / 8:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google Inc.'s online video service has been sued for copyright infringement, providing a possible preview of the legal trouble that may plague the Internet search leader after it takes over YouTube Inc. and its library of pirated clips, the company said Wednesday.
  • Intel to Package Tools for Collaboration   AP / 7:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Think of it as Wikipedia for the workplace. Intel Corp., the world's largest computer chip maker, now wants to provide businesses with software to create blogging, wiki and news feed services to connect employees on collaborative projects.
  • Treo to Play Major Role in 'A Good Year'   AP / 7:00PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The acclaimed film director behind the classic "1984" television commercial that launched Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh computers will soon promote yet another gadget icon. Palm Inc.'s Treo smart phone will play about as prominent a role that a gadget can play in Ridley Scott's new film, "A Good Year," according to the filmmakers.
  • Summit Draws Many Internet Entrepreneurs   AP / 7:00PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Although conditions haven't returned to the feverish levels of the dot-com boom, the Internet's business atmosphere is clearly heating up.
  • Company Adopts 'Clipped Tag' Technology   AP / 6:50PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- In hopes of soothing privacy fears about radio-frequency tags on consumer products, a manufacturer of retail product labels plans to give consumers a way to dramatically cut the tags' wireless range.
  • Microsoft Finishes Work on Windows Vista   AP / 5:20PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. finished work Wednesday on its long-delayed Windows Vista operating system, and said the software would be broadly available Jan. 30.
  • Piracy Fines to Increase in Vietnam   AP / 1:50PM
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam will increase fines for software piracy, moving quickly to implement its new World Trade Organization commitments, an official said Wednesday.
  • Microsoft to Offer Live Search in India   AP / 1:30PM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday agreed to provide Internet search services to Indian mobile phone users as Chief Executive Steve Ballmer met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the company's expansion in the country.
  • China: Web Censorship Report Groundless   AP / 1:30PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- The Chinese government said Wednesday accusations by a press freedom group it was one of the worst culprits of systematic online censorship were "groundless" and that its citizens could freely access the Internet.
  • Kenyan Starts Tree-Planting Campaign   AP / 9:20AM
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner called on people around the world to plant 1 billion trees in the next year, saying Wednesday the effort is a way ordinary citizens can fight global warming.
  • Russia Wants to Weaken Demands on Iran   AP / 9:20AM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Russia wants to water down Western demands that Tehran stop working on a reactor that can produce plutonium and allow tougher U.N. inspections of its nuclear program, widening differences within the Security Council on how to sanction Iran, according to a document made available Wednesday to The Associated Press.
  • Iran to Continue Buying Nuke Technology   AP / 5:40AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that his country would continue to acquire nuclear technology and challenge what he called "Western fabrications."
  • 13 Nations Denounced for Web Censorship   AP / 12:20AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Internet enemies list numbers 13: Belarus, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
  • Tuesday, November 7

  • China: Security Council Divided on Iran   AP / 11:40PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- China said Tuesday that the five veto-wielding Security Council members are so divided over a resolution that would impose sanctions on Iran that some differences can't be bridged.
  • Intel Gets OK to Hike Vietnam Investment   AP / 7:30PM
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Intel Corp., the world's largest chipmaker, has received permission to increase its initial investment in Vietnam from $300 million to up to $1 billion, a Vietnamese official said Tuesday.
  • Samsung Unveils 3-Way WiMax Gadget   AP / 5:00PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. on Tuesday showed off a three-way gadget that's a phone, personal computer and music player tailored for an emerging wireless broadband technology.
  • IBM Develops Program for Call Centers   AP / 4:40PM
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- Even as Indian call centers have thrived in the past decade, helping U.S. companies cut costs and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs here, they have faced a seemingly insurmountable problem: Most Indian employees speak heavily accented English.
  • U.N. Health Agency Quizzes Candidates   AP / 10:20AM
    GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N.'s health agency grilled the short-listed candidates for its top job on Tuesday, with two Asian candidates as the front-runners.
  • U.S. Won't Accept N. Korean Nuke Status   AP / 9:50AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The United States, South Korea and Japan on Tuesday reaffirmed their opposition to treating North Korea as a nuclear state, a position that could complicate upcoming disarmament talks with the reclusive communist nation.
  • Yahoo Brings More Imagery to Mobile Ads   AP / 8:41AM
    SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) -- Yahoo Inc. is expanding a test of its mobile telephone advertising network to include more visually appealing messages.
  • Australian Senate OKs Cloning Embryos   AP / 8:30AM
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's Senate narrowly voted Tuesday to lift the country's ban on cloning human embryos for stem cell research.
  • EchoStar Communications 3Q Profit Falls   AP / 7:00AM
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Satellite television operator EchoStar Communications Corp. said Tuesday that its third-quarter profit tumbled 33 percent compared with the year-ago period, which was boosted by a tax benefit.
  • Adobe Gives Mozilla Some Computer Code   AP / 5:50AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Adobe Systems Inc. is contributing some of the computer code behind its widely used Flash player to the Mozilla Foundation so that it can be improved upon and blended into an upcoming version of Mozilla's Firefox Web browser.
  • Microsoft to Offer Shows on Xbox Live   AP / 3:09AM
    REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. has teamed up with a handful of Hollywood studios to sell TV shows and rent movies that can be downloaded through the software maker's Xbox Live online video-game service and beamed straight onto television sets.
  • Monday, November 6

  • IBM Touts Smart Surveillance System   AP / 11:30PM
    ARMONK, N.Y. (AP) -- IBM Corp. hopes to capitalize on the enormous growth in video surveillance by selling technology from its research labs that performs real-time analysis on footage captured by security cameras in stores and sensitive locales.
  • Office '07 Code Finished, Microsoft Says   AP / 10:40PM
    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. said Monday it has wrapped up work on its delayed Office 2007 suite and released the code to manufacturing.
  • Comcast to Launch Video Web Site   AP / 7:30PM
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Comcast Corp. is planning to launch a video uploading Web site similar to YouTube. But in a twist, videos submitted could end up being broadcast nationwide.
  • Smith to Head CBS Corp. Interactive Unit   AP / 2:00AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- CBS Corp. is tapping Quincy Smith, a veteran technology executive and dealmaker, to head up the media company's burgeoning interactive operations.
  • Sunday, November 5

  • Gamers Give PlayStation 3 Rave Reviews   AP / 4:51PM
    HONOLULU - Crammed in the corner of a hotel's banquet hall, they stood and stared silently, mesmerized by what they were seeing. They were watching a soldier gunning down a giant monster on one TV and Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade taking over an NBA game on the other screen. What they were really experiencing was the new Sony PlayStation 3.
  • Electronics Holiday Sales May Be Ho-Hum   AP / 2:30PM
    SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) -- A fierce battle is brewing for consumer-electronics dollars this holiday season as two new video game consoles join the widening mix of TVs, cameras, portable music players, computers and cell phones.
  • Calif. 'Pot Docs' Put Selves at Risk   AP / 5:20AM
    COOL, Calif. (AP) -- Dr. Mollie Fry never thought telling her patients where to get the medicine she recommended for pain, depression and nausea would be a problem.
  • Nuclear Debate Splits Japanese Lawmakers   AP / 2:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Top Japanese lawmakers squabbled Sunday over whether to debate acquiring nuclear weapons as a deterrent against North Korea, exposing widening cracks within Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party.
  • Saturday, November 4

  • Eco Groups Use Online Maps in Mine Fight   AP / 6:50PM
    VICCO, Ky. - Benny Campbell experiences mountaintop mining day and night. His bed is rattled by the blasting. Gray dust blankets his porch and car if a few days go by without rain. His electricity goes out repeatedly when the coal miners accidentally knock down power lines.
  • Philly Man Charged As Serial Date Rapist   AP / 7:00AM
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- He was an online dater's dream: Tall, clean-cut, with a fashionable address and a taste for upscale bars and restaurants.
  • Friday, November 3

  • Russia Proposes Limited Iran Sanctions   AP / 9:20PM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia proposed major amendments Friday to a European draft resolution on Iran, saying it wants sanctions limited to measures that will keep Tehran from developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles while keeping the door open for negotiations.
  • Leaders to Force Global Warming Issue   AP / 9:10PM
    LONDON (AP) -- The leaders of Britain and Germany said Friday they would work to put global warming at the top of the international agenda and would try to get the U.S. more involved in confronting the problem.
  • Wal-Mart Cuts Prices on Some Electronics   AP / 6:10PM
    NEW YORK - First, toys, now electronics. Wal-Mart, which began discounting its holiday toys in mid-October, announced on Friday deep price cuts on almost 100 electronics, setting the stage for price wars in advance of the holiday season.
  • U.S. Shutters Site With Saddam-Era Files   AP / 6:00PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration's decision to shutter a Web site that contains documents from Saddam Hussein's covert nuclear program has renewed debate over the threat posed by Iraq and the question of which political party can best guard U.S. secrets.
  • Tidal Energy Companies Staking Claims   AP / 4:40PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- In the quest for oil-free power, a handful of small companies are staking claims on the boundless energy of the rising and ebbing sea.
  • Judge: Microsoft's Gates Must Testify   AP / 2:40PM
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A district court judge in Iowa has ordered Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer to testify in person at a trial in Iowa later this month.
  • N. Korea Says Progress Depends on U.S.   AP / 10:20AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea's No. 2 leader said Friday that any progress at revived talks on the communist nation's nuclear program will depend on the United States, according to a news report, an indication that any breakthrough at the negotiations could be difficult.
  • U.S. Shutters Site With Saddam-Era Files   AP / 9:10AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's top intelligence official took down a government Web site with captured Saddam Hussein-era Iraqi documents, after questions were raised about whether it provided too much information about making atomic bombs.
  • Canadian Nabbed in Live Web Sex Assault   AP / 12:50AM
    TORONTO (AP) -- A man who was sexually abusing a young girl in his home was arrested after he transmitted images of the assault via the Internet to an undercover detective, police said Thursday.
  • Man Posts Sex Offender Photo on MySpace   AP / 12:11AM
    WHEELING, W.Va. - A man who posted his own sex offender registry photo on the social networking site MySpace.com is back behind bars.
  • Thursday, November 2

  • Canadian Nabbed in Live Net Sex Assault   AP / 11:50PM
    TORONTO (AP) -- A man who was sexually abusing a young girl in his home was arrested after he transmitted images of the assault via the Internet to an undercover detective, police said Thursday.
  • EA 2Q Income Falls, but Beats Views   AP / 8:50PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Electronic Arts Inc., the world's biggest video game publisher, reported Thursday it beat Wall Street's earnings expectations with strong fiscal second-quarter sales, though profit fell 57 percent, hurt by the new accounting requirement of stock option charges.
  • Old Foes Microsoft, Novell Join Forces   AP / 7:20PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Longtime software antagonists Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. have reached a technological truce that promises to smooth the way the still-dominant Windows operating system and the increasingly popular open-source Linux system work together.
  • Review: Microsoft Improves Web Browser   AP / 6:10PM
    NEW YORK - The long-awaited upgrade to Microsoft's Web browser is here, introducing the masses to features available for years in rival products.
  • Record Companies Sue Defendant's Kids   AP / 6:10PM
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Patricia Santangelo wouldn't concede in her fight with record companies that accused her of pirating songs over the Internet. Now the companies are hoping for an easier tussle against her kids.
  • Kumar Sentenced, Fined in Fraud Scandal   AP / 5:10PM
    NEW YORK - The former chief executive of Computer Associates International Inc. was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $8 million on Thursday in an accounting fraud scandal estimated to have cost investors $400 million at one of the world's largest software companies.
  • Spanish Court Drops Music Piracy Case   AP / 3:20PM
    MADRID, Spain (AP) -- A Spanish judge has dismissed a case against a man who shared music files on the Internet, saying he committed no crime because his aim was not to make money.
  • Windows Vista for Biz Will Be Out Nov. 30   AP / 3:10PM
    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. has announced it will release the business version of the long-anticipated update to its flagship operating system at an event at the Nasdaq Stock Market on Nov. 30.
  • Businesses May Move Health Care Overseas   AP / 12:40PM
    NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- Businesses and insurance companies are starting to eye the potential savings of outsourcing health care from the world's richest country to the developing world.
  • Yahoo to Launch Web Site Devoted to Food   AP / 8:10AM
    LOS ANGELES - With online competition for eyeballs intensifying, Web portal Yahoo Inc. is launching a new site devoted to food that will feature videos and other content from celebrity chefs such as Rachael Ray and Martha Stewart.
  • Swiss TV-Over-Broadband Service Launched   AP / 12:40AM
    ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- Switzerland's dominant telecommunications company has launched a TV-over-broadband service that offers more than 100 television channels and more than 70 radio stations.
  • Wednesday, November 1

  • North Korea Wants Bank Accounts Unfrozen   AP / 11:20PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea said Wednesday it would return to nuclear disarmament talks in an effort to get access to frozen overseas bank accounts, a vital source of hard currency for the impoverished and isolated communist nation.
  • Online Dating Service to Use Voice Chat   AP / 6:00PM
    DALLAS (AP) -- Online dating services may be convenient, but they're not the most personable way to meet a potential mate. What's been lacking, Match.com Chief Executive Jim Safka believes, is a way for would-be couples to hear each other talk.
  • Electronic Arts Retools Game Downloads   AP / 5:50PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Electronic Arts Inc. is taking the wraps off of a major overhaul to its download service for computer games, signaling the largest video game publisher's commitment to the growing trend of online distribution.
  • Ohio Company Sues YouTube Over Web Name   AP / 5:50PM
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A company that shut down its Web site because it was overwhelmed by millions of people looking for YouTube has sued the online video-sharing portal.
  • Apple ITunes Store Opens Latin Section   AP / 1:50PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple Computer Inc. on Wednesday launched iTunes Latino, a dedicated area within its U.S. online store for Latin music, videos, audio books and podcasts.
  • Multi-Lingual Address Warning Issued   AP / 12:40PM
    VOULIAGMENI, Greece (AP) -- The body that oversees global Internet functions warned Wednesday that a mistake in a creating multi-lingual address system could "permanently break the Internet."
  • Music Publishers: Kazaa Deal Reached   AP / 7:50AM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The music publishing industry reached a tentative deal with operators of the Kazaa file-sharing network over claims of copyright infringement, an industry group said.
  • Tuesday, October 31

  • Sony Targeted in Memory-Chip Probe   AP / 9:30PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- An obscure corner of the semiconductor industry became an international battleground Tuesday as Sony Corp. became the fifth company ensnared in a U.S. Department of Justice antitrust probe into the sales of a particular type of memory chip.
  • Sony Warns of PlayStation 3 Scams   AP / 6:30PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Sony Corp. issued a warning Tuesday against false promotional offers for its upcoming PlayStation 3 video game console.
  • Bush Cautious on N. Korea Nuke Turnabout   AP / 5:50PM
    WASHINGTON - In a surprise turnabout, North Korea agreed Tuesday to return to six-nation disarmament talks just three weeks after rattling the world by conducting an atomic bomb test. The breakthrough came after pressure from China and a U.S. offer to discuss financial penalties already in place.
  • NASA to Fix Hubble Space Telescope   AP / 5:30PM
    GREENBELT, Md. (AP) -- The Hubble Space Telescope, which opened Earth's eyes to an awe-inspiring universe of star births and colliding galaxies, got a reprieve from the junk pile Tuesday.
  • N. Korea Agrees to Rejoin Nuclear Talks   AP / 2:50PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- The U.S. and Chinese governments announced Tuesday that North Korea agreed to rejoin six-nation nuclear disarmament talks, a surprise diplomatic breakthrough that comes only three weeks after the communist regime conducted its first known atomic test.
  • Britain Hosts Online Gambling Conference   AP / 2:48PM
    ASCOT, England (AP) -- Britain's culture secretary sought to build support among dozens of nations -- but not the U.S. -- for improved regulation of the global Internet gaming industry Tuesday at an international summit on the sector.
  • Google, Others Defend China Operations   AP / 2:30PM
    VOULIAGMENI, Greece (AP) -- Internet search leader Google and other major U.S. technology companies insisted Tuesday that their products benefit Chinese citizens despite government restrictions and warnings that online censorship is spreading.
  • Microsoft Preps Online Business Software   AP / 12:20PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. is preparing to officially release software that helps small companies do things like build a Web site and maintain business contacts, and plans to link the product to its platform for selling online advertising.
  • Hitachi Says Loss Widens in First Half   AP / 5:10AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Hitachi Ltd. said Tuesday its group net loss widened in the six months through September, hurt by mushrooming costs of repairing nuclear power plant turbines and poor home appliance sales.
  • U.N. Chief Asks New Uses for Atom Energy   AP / 3:10AM
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei urged the world's nations Monday to adopt a broad new plan for the use of atomic energy to address mounting concerns about the further spread of sensitive technology.
  • Iran Warns of Response to Nuke Sanctions   AP / 1:30AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's firebrand president warned on Monday that his country would respond with an "appropriate and firm response" to any U.N. sanction over its nuclear program.
  • Monsanto Strives to Breed Better Pumpkin   AP / 1:20AM
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Monsanto Co. scientist Bill Johnson is trying to breed the perfect pumpkin peduncle.
  • 13 Nations Meet on Nuclear Containment   AP / 12:30AM
    RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- The world's five leading nuclear powers and eight other nations kicked off a new program Monday aimed at keeping nuclear weapons beyond the reach of terrorists.
  • Monday, October 30

  • Microsoft Toughens Anti-Piracy Actions   AP / 10:40PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. said Monday it has filed more than 50 lawsuits and other legal actions worldwide against people it says sold pirated copies of its software using online auction sites such as eBay.
  • KFC Drops Trans Fats As NYC Probes Ban   AP / 8:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- After two years of secret taste tests, KFC said Monday it would stop frying chicken in artery-clogging trans fats, but New York City restaurants being urged to do the same say it's not so easy.
  • KFC Drops Trans Fats As NYC Considers   AP / 7:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- After two years of secret taste tests, KFC said Monday it would stop frying chicken in artery-clogging trans fats, but New York City restaurants being urged to do the same say it's not so easy.
  • MySpace to Block Copyright Music   AP / 7:20PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- MySpace.com will use "audio fingerprinting" technology to block users from uploading copyright music to the social networking site, the company said Monday.
  • Cheney: Iraq Violence Linked to Election   AP / 3:40PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday the increase of violence in Iraq is linked with efforts to influence the outcome of midterm elections in which Republicans are struggling to keep control of Congress.
  • Global Warming Could Devastate Economy   AP / 3:40PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Unchecked global warming will devastate the world economy on the scale of the world wars and the Great Depression, a British government report said Monday, as the country launched a bid to convince doubters that environmentalism and economic growth can coincide.
  • Google Exec Meets With EU on Microsoft   AP / 1:40PM
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Google Inc. said Monday that it wants Microsoft Corp. to make sure users can easily choose Internet search engines in future products -- but Google refused to say if changes Microsoft has already made to its upcoming operating system, Vista, have gone far enough.
  • EU Satisfied With ICANN Role in Internet   AP / 1:20PM
    VOULIAGMENI, Greece (AP) -- A top EU official praised the United States' commitment to pull back from its historic oversight of the Internet as a worldwide conference on the network's future opened Monday.
  • Cos. Have Broad Aims for TV on the Web   AP / 8:11AM
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Eyebrows went up when Google Inc. recently agreed to spend $1.65 billion for YouTube, the most popular Web site for free video clips. But that figure could be blown away one day if some emerging companies achieve their much broader visions for the future of online TV.
  • IBM, Lehman Bros. Collaborating   AP / 1:20AM
    ARMONK, N.Y. (AP) -- IBM Corp. and Lehman Bros. are putting up $180 million to create a fund that will invest in Chinese companies seeking to expand.
  • Sunday, October 29

  • General Expects More N. Korea Nuke Tests   AP / 10:30PM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The top U.S. general in South Korea said Monday that more nuclear tests by North Korea could be expected as the communist nation continues work on its atomic weapons program.
  • IBM Still Profits From Giant Mainframes   AP / 3:20PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- Cheap little servers handle so much of the Internet's dirty work that giant computers known as mainframes, which debuted 50 years ago and often cost more than $1 million, are supposed to be passe.
  • Plane Sensors Offering Better Forecasts   AP / 1:10PM
    STERLING, Va. - Just after dawn in an open field, Calvin Meadows tugs a cotton tether to send aloft a 6-foot helium balloon that will carry weather instruments more than 19 miles into the sky. About the same time, technicians and scientists across the world do the same.
  • Army Monitors Soldiers' Blogs, Web Sites   AP / 12:50PM
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- From the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan to here at home, soldiers blogging about military life are under the watchful eye of some of their own.
  • Candidates, Parties Target Web Audience   AP / 12:40PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people who go online for political news is rising, with more than one-third saying they check the Internet for such information.
  • Saturday, October 28

  • Bengal Tiger Gives Birth to 3 Cubs   AP / 3:00PM
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A Bengal tiger has given birth to three cubs while on a circus tour of the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, a media report said Saturday.
  • Cell Phone Takes Security to New Heights   AP / 8:00AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A new mobile phone in Japan takes security pretty seriously: It can recognize its owner, automatically locks when the person gets too far away from it and can be found via satellite navigation if it goes missing.
  • Nuclear Reactor Shut Down in Russia   AP / 6:50AM
    MOSCOW (AP) -- An automatic safety system shut down a reactor at a nuclear power plant near St. Petersburg Saturday after a short circuit, the state-run company overseeing Russia's nuclear power plants said.
  • Cell Phone Takes Security to New Heights   AP / 5:50AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- A new mobile phone in Japan takes security pretty seriously: It can recognize its owner, automatically locks when the person gets too far away from it and can be found via satellite navigation if it goes missing.
  • China Looking to Stop Internet Addiction   AP / 5:50AM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China's government wants to develop technology to stop children from becoming addicted to the Internet, a news report said Friday.
  • Friday, October 27

  • Iran Doubles Nuke Enrichment Capacity   AP / 3:30PM
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran has doubled its capacity to enrich uranium by successfully executing the process with a second network of centrifuges, a semiofficial news agency reported Friday, sending a defiant new message to the U.N. Security Council.
  • Court to Weigh Microsoft, AT&T Dispute   AP / 2:40PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court said Friday it would intervene in a patent dispute between giants Microsoft Corp. and AT&T Corp. over Windows programs distributed overseas.
  • Peer-To-Peer Charges Net Prison Term   AP / 12:50PM
    ABINGDON, Va. (AP) -- A network administrator for a peer-to-peer Internet file-sharing system has been sentenced to five months in prison for copyright infringement.
  • Britain Attacks U.S. Online Gambling Ban   AP / 12:20PM
    LONDON (AP) -- Britain's culture secretary on Friday compared the U.S. crackdown on online gambling to the failed alcohol ban of the Prohibition as she prepared to host an international summit on Internet gambling next week.
  • Microsoft Earns Boost Shares on Nasdaq   AP / 10:40AM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp., which is gearing up to release new versions of its two most important products, says it started its fiscal year on the right foot with quarterly results that exceeded expectations.
  • Sony Laptop Battery Injures User   AP / 8:10AM
    TOKYO - A Sony-made battery in a Fujitsu laptop overheated and gave off sparks, injuring the user, as a Fujitsu worker was visiting to retrieve the laptop as part of the company's recall of Sony batteries, a Fujitsu spokesman said Friday.
  • Diebold Quietly Repaired Vote Machines   AP / 7:20AM
    BALTIMORE (AP) -- Diebold Election Systems quietly replaced flawed components in several thousand Maryland voting machines in 2005 to fix a "screen-freeze" problem the company had discovered three years earlier, according to published reports Thursday.
  • Records of Freed Slaves to Go Online   AP / 4:40AM
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Records the Freedmen's Bureau used to reconnect families -- from battered work contracts to bank forms -- will be placed online in part of a new project linking modern-day blacks with their ancestors.
  • Thursday, October 26

  • Court Orders ISP to Block Music Web Site   AP / 9:30PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A court in Denmark has ordered Swedish telecom operator Tele2 AB to block its Internet service subscribers from connecting to a Russian Web site accused by recording companies of selling their music illegally.
  • Microsoft Earnings Rise, Beating Views   AP / 6:30PM
    SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp.'s fiscal first-quarter earnings rose by 11 percent, exceeding Wall Street estimates, as the company said it benefited from stronger sales of server software and some cost savings.
  • Oracle Takes Aim at Red Hat   AP / 11:29AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Larry Ellison is shaking up the software industry again, only this time a takeover bid isn't involved -- yet.
  • Report: Lockheed Cuts Cost Amid Pressure   AP / 12:30AM
    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- Defense contractor Lockheed Martin has cut prices in the wake of congressional pressure over rising weapons costs, according to a published report.
  • Wednesday, October 25

  • Tokyo Seeks Meeting Concerning N. Korea   AP / 9:20PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- The Japanese government is planning a three-way meeting with the United States and South Korea as early as next month to solidify a common stance on the North Korean nuclear standoff, Kyodo News agency reported Thursday.
  • Headgear Shows Images in 360-Degree View   AP / 7:40PM
    TOKYO (AP) -- It's about as glamorous as wearing an old-style TV set on your head, but the dome-shaped headgear from Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. isn't meant to be fashionable. It's designed to show images in a 360-degree view -- synched with the motion of the wearer's head to deliver the illusion of being someplace else: a cityscape at night, for example, or outer space.
  • Biometric Device Used to Pay for Meals   AP / 7:40PM
    ROME, Ga. (AP) -- It takes more than a lunch lady to run today's public school cafeterias. It takes a logistics expert.
  • Gov't Panel Recommends Shingles Vaccine   AP / 6:51PM
    ATLANTA (AP) -- An influential government advisory panel recommended on Wednesday that Americans 60 and older get vaccinated against shingles, an excruciatingly painful rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox.
  • REVIEW: New Take on Cell-Phone Typing   AP / 5:20PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- There are only so many ways to lay out the keys on a cell phone for typing words, or so you'd think.
  • Iran Confirms Expansion of Nuke Program   AP / 5:10PM
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran confirmed Wednesday that it had expanded its controversial uranium enrichment program, a semiofficial news agency reported, even as the U.S. and its partners prepared a U.N. resolution to impose limited sanctions.
  • Celebrity Chef Whips Up Meals for Space   AP / 1:40PM
    PARIS (AP) -- Celebrity chef Alain Ducasse wants to turn outer space into haute-r space. Meals cooked up by Ducasse were on board a Progress M-58 cargo ship that blasted off Monday for the international space station, France's National Center for Space Studies said Wednesday.
  • Japan Official Warns Against Nuke Debate   AP / 9:40AM
    TOKYO (AP) -- Japan should not engage in "careless debate" on whether it should posses nuclear weapons, the country's defense chief said Wednesday, becoming the latest Japanese leader to address an issue with sensitivities dating back to World War II.
  • N. Korea Warns South Against Sanctions   AP / 9:39AM
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea warned South Korea against joining international sanctions, saying Wednesday that its neighbor would "pay a high price" if it joins the U.S.-led drive to punish the reclusive communist nation for its nuclear test.
  • Iran Expands Controversial Nuclear Work   AP / 8:50AM
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has expanded its controversial nuclear work by starting a second cascade of centrifuges to enrich uranium, a semi-official news agency reported Wednesday.
  • Hacker Targets iPod, iTunes Restrictions   AP / 8:10AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - A hacker known for cracking the copy-protection technology in DVDs claims to have unlocked the playback restrictions of Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod and iTunes music products and plans to license his code to others.
  • Former AOL Execs Said Lied to Auditors   AP / 2:00AM
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Two former America Online executives and top officials at a defunct Las Vegas software maker lied to auditors as part of a scheme to boost both companies' revenue as the dot-com boom fizzled in 2001, government lawyers argued Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, October 24

  • Microsoft to Offer Vista Upgrade Coupons   AP / 7:40PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- People who buy certain Windows personal computers this holiday season will be offered free or heavily discounted coupons to upgrade to Microsoft Corp.'s new operating system, Windows Vista, under a program designed to spur sales despite Vista's delay, Microsoft said Tuesday.
  • Mozilla Releases New Version of Firefox   AP / 7:30PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The Mozilla Foundation released on Tuesday an updated version of its popular, free Web browser, Firefox, which features improved search functions and more protection against spyware.
  • EMI Label Parlophone Seeks Online Demos   AP / 6:20PM
    LONDON (AP) -- A major pop recording label is opening an online portal for aspiring singers and groups, EMI announced Tuesday.
  • Experts: Ban Won't Stop Online Gambling   AP / 6:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Gamblers may look over their shoulder now, but experts say a new Internet gambling ban won't keep bettors from ponying up, just turn them on to overseas payment services out of the law's reach.
  • Computer Beats Fastest Text Messenger   AP / 6:00PM
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Ben Cook's fingers flurried so fast you couldn't see what he was doing until he had done it. But when the cell-phone screens cleared, the world's fastest text messenger was handed his first head-to-head defeat Tuesday: a voice-recognition computer had bested his record time on a complicated 27-word message.
  • EMI Seeks Online Demos of Aspiring Stars   AP / 5:20PM
    LONDON (AP) -- A major pop recording label is opening an online portal for aspiring singers and groups, EMI announced Tuesday.
  • West Wants Iran Technology Sales Banned   AP / 5:20PM
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- The U.S. and its allies want the U.N. Security Council to ban the sale of missile and atomic technology to Iran and end most U.N. help for its nuclear programs -- moves diplomats said Tuesday are narrowly focused in hopes of winning Russian and Chinese backing for sanctions.
  • China Says N. Korea Not Planning Test   AP / 5:20PM
    BEIJING (AP) -- China gave its first full public account Tuesday of its mission to North Korea, saying it got no apology from top leader Kim Jong Il for the atomic explosion but did receive assurances there were no plans for a second nuclear test.
  • Lockheed 3Q Earnings Increase 47 Percent   AP / 5:20PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lockheed Martin Corp., the world's largest defense contractor, said Tuesday that third-quarter earnings soared 47 percent on higher sales in its space and information-technology divisions. The company also raised its outlook for 2006.
  • 'Net Neutrality' Would Be Democrats' Pet   AP / 5:00PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Democratic takeover on Capitol Hill would be good news to those who say the government should prohibit telecommunications giants from playing favorites with Internet content.
  • IBM Sues Amazon for Patent Infringement   AP / 5:00PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- IBM Corp. alleged in two lawsuits Monday that important components of Amazon.com Inc.'s massive retailing Web site were developed and patented many years earlier at IBM.
  • Government Defends 1998 Anti-Porn Law   AP / 5:00PM
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Eight years after Congress passed a law aimed at protecting children from online pornography, free speech advocates and Web site publishers argued in federal court Monday that the never-enforced measure is fatally flawed.
  • Cell Phone Carriers Target Hispanics   AP / 5:00PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Speaking mostly Spanish and knowing little to no English -- let alone any Greek -- didn't keep six of the 10 employees at Stoupsy's of Athens from finding work in the Washington restaurant. It also hasn't kept them from getting cell phones like all their fellow workers.
  • Amazon.com Won't Provide Search Details   AP / 5:00PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- As expected, online retailer Amazon.com Inc. has objected to providing details about its book search feature to rival Google Inc., which says it needs them to fight copyright infringement allegations from a group of authors and book publishers.
  • Tuesday, September 26

  • New Law to Create Online Budget Database   AP / 12:20PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush said Tuesday that Americans will now be able to "Google their tax dollars," as he signed a law to create an online database for tracking about $1 trillion in government spending on grants and contracts.
  • Thursday, September 21

  • First Ladies Launch U.S.-Pakistan Site   AP / 12:50PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hoping to bridge their countries through an understanding of arts and culture, Laura Bush and Pakistan's first lady, Sehba Musharraf, launched a new Web site Thursday geared toward educating youth.
  • Wednesday, June 14

  • Sonic Solutions Launches an Online Lab   AP / 7:10PM
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- There's a new online playground for folks who like trying new software and cutting-edge technologies.
  • Study: Slow Job Growth in Tech Sector   AP / 7:00PM
    SEATTLE (AP) -- Job growth in the nation's information technology industry has been weaker than some industry leaders have claimed, according to a new report.
  • Monday, August 29

  • Workers Disappearing From Hay Fields / Farm Scene   AP / 7:20AM
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Summer used to be the season for country boys across the United States to bale hay into 50-pound blocks, stack them on a trailer and haul them to the barn for use as cattle feed.
  • Monday, August 1

  • More Farmers Are Buying, Using Computers / Farm Scene   AP / 2:30AM
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- American farmers are buying computers and using them for business, but at a much slower pace than they did just two years ago, a new federal study shows.
  • Wednesday, June 29

  • PGA Tour Golf Hits XM Satellite Radio   AP / 2:50PM
    There are purists who say sports are better when filtered through a radio, that the imagination fills in the visual gaps and enhances the experience. They contend they can almost smell the stale beer and sweat in the bleachers, and can tell by the crack of the bat if Derek Jeter has caught all of a Johan Santana slider. Golf, however, doesn't exactly lend itself to radio. At least, until now.
  • Tuesday, March 15

  • Tuesday's Markets Glance   AP / 6:41PM
    Markets at a glance Tuesday as of 6:30p.m.
  • Monday's Markets Glance   AP / 4:10PM
    Markets at a glance Monday as of 6:30p.m.
  • Thursday, January 27

  • Review: Mac Mini Elegant, Inexpensive   AP / 5:40PM
    When the original Macintosh computer was little more than a sketch, its creators envisioned the machine retailing for about $500. But when the first Mac finally rolled out in 1984, it carried a hefty price tag of $2,495.
  • Tuesday, January 18

  • High-Tech Center Links Inaugural Security   AP / 10:40AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Miles from the Capitol where President Bush will take the oath of office, dozens of officials from 50 federal, state and local agencies will work side by side in a high-tech command center keeping close tabs on the security situation for the first presidential inauguration since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
  • Wednesday, December 15

  • Bush Prepares for Possible GPS Shutdown   AP / 6:50PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush has ordered plans for temporarily disabling the U.S. network of global positioning satellites during a national crisis to prevent terrorists from using the navigational technology, the White House said Wednesday.
  • Friday, November 19

  • Dow Jones Averages At 1:00   The Associated Press / 1:20PM
    30 Industrials 10468.00 - 104.55
  • Friday's Sports Scoreboard   The Associated Press / 9:30AM
    All Times Eastern
  • Thursday, November 18

  • Closing Dow Jones Averages   The Associated Press / 9:30PM
    30 Industrials 10572.55 + 22.98
  • Tuesday, November 2

  • Electronic Voting Machine Woes Reported   AP / 11:10PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Voters nationwide reported some 1,100 problems with electronic voting machines on Tuesday, including trouble choosing their intended candidates.
  • Wednesday, October 27

  • Bush's Campaign Site Reported Blocking   AP / 2:50PM
    LONDON (AP) -- U.S. President George W. Bush's official campaign Web site has blocked access to foreign Web surfers since Monday, an Internet monitoring company said Wednesday.
  • Monday, October 25

  • Judge Dismisses Touch-Screen Voting Suit   AP / 3:51PM
    MIAMI (AP) -- Eight days before Election Day, a federal judge ruled Monday that Florida's touch-screen voting machines do not have to produce a paper record for use in case a recount becomes necessary.
  • Wednesday, October 20

  • Bush and GOP Web Sites Suffer Outages   AP / 7:10PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Web sites for President Bush's campaign and the Republican National Committee suffered outages for several hours on Wednesday.
  • Wednesday, October 13

  • FEC May Regulate Web Political Activity   AP / 3:00AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- With political fund raising, campaign advertising and organizing taking place in full swing over the Internet, it may just be a matter of time before the Federal Election Commission joins the action.
  • Thursday, October 7

  • Cheney Slip Sends Surfers to Wrong Site   AP / 7:50AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- All he wanted were the facts. But Dick Cheney ended up generating confusion-- and lots of it.
  • Wednesday, October 6

  • Cheney Slip Sends Surfers to Wrong Site   AP / 2:30PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- All he wanted were the facts. But Dick Cheney ended up generating confusion-- and lots of it.
  • Monday, October 4

  • More Internet Ads in Presidential Race   AP / 10:00AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- While there has been more Internet advertising activity in this year's presidential race than in the past, the money spent on Web ads still pales in comparison to that allocated for TV commercials, the first-ever study of online political ads found.
  • Thursday, September 9

  • Cheney: Economic Stats Miss EBay Sales   AP / 9:43PM
    Indicators measure the nation's unemployment rate, consumer spending and other economic milestones, but Vice President Dick Cheney says it misses the hundreds of thousands who make money selling on eBay.
  • Wednesday, September 8

  • Nev. Touch-Screen Voting Has Paper Trail   AP / 12:52AM
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- In what could become a model for other states, Nevada voters on Tuesday became the first in the nation to cast ballots in a statewide election on computers that printed paper records of electronic ballots.