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WASHINGTON | AT&T antitrust win may herald new wave of media mergers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brace yourself for a likely new era of media megamergers. AT&T’s victory over the government’s attempt to block its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner underscores just how much the way people watch — and pay for — TV has changed. It also highlights how corporate America wants to adapt to deal … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AT&T antitrust win may herald new wave of media mergers

NEW YORK | Technology gains drive Nasdaq composite to an all-time high

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose for the second consecutive day Monday with technology companies, retailers and household goods companies in the lead. Indexes of technology companies and smaller, more U.S.-focused companies both hit all-time highs. Major technology companies including Google’s parent company, Alphabet, made solid gains. Apple rose as it previewed new features … Continue reading NEW YORK | Technology gains drive Nasdaq composite to an all-time high

SAN FRANCISCO | Reports: Google won’t renew Pentagon contract to use AI

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google won’t renew a contract with the Pentagon that provides the company’s artificially intelligent algorithms to interpret video images and improve the targeting of drone strikes. That’s according to reports in Gizmodo, Buzzfeed, and The New York Times Friday. The reports said Google Cloud business head Diane Greene told employees of … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Reports: Google won’t renew Pentagon contract to use AI

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. | Google to showcase AI advances at its big conference

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google is likely to again put artificial intelligence in the spotlight at its annual developers conference Thursday. The company’s digital concierge, known only as the Google Assistant, could gain new abilities to handle tasks such as making restaurant reservations without human hand-holding. Google may also unveil updates to its Android mobile … Continue reading MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. | Google to showcase AI advances at its big conference

Spotify wins more fans in stock market debut as shares surge

SAN FRANCISCO/April 3, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Spotify picked up more fans on Wall Street on Tuesday as investors gave the unprofitable company a warm welcome in its stock market debut. After several hours of anticipation, Spotify’s shares traded as high as $169 before falling back slightly. By the early afternoon, the stock was still hovering … Continue reading Spotify wins more fans in stock market debut as shares surge

Mozilla, Tesla, other businesses take a Facebook pause

NEW YORK/March 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Mozilla, Tesla and other companies are distancing themselves from Facebook following revelations of a major leak of user data to political consultants associated with the 2016 Trump campaign. While the actions will not likely be permanent and won’t have much of an effect on Facebook’s bottom line, they’re the … Continue reading Mozilla, Tesla, other businesses take a Facebook pause

A media giant in the balance: AT&T antitrust trial kicks off

NEW YORK /March 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — On Monday, AT&T squares off against the federal government in a trial that could shape how you get — and how much you pay for — streaming TV and movies. AT&T says it needs to gobble up Time Warner if it’s to have a chance against the likes … Continue reading A media giant in the balance: AT&T antitrust trial kicks off

Shhh! How to stream March Madness when the boss isn’t around

NEW YORK/March 12, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —March Madness begins Tuesday. And that may mean strategizing to sneak in some games when the boss isn’t looking. Fortunately for you — though not your boss — all 67 games in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will be available online. Many of the games, including the Final Four, will … Continue reading Shhh! How to stream March Madness when the boss isn’t around