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  • Dan Borislow, magicJack inventor, dies at 52

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The man who invented the popular magicJack device has died in Florida. He was 52.

  • Protect yourself from identity theft

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - It's an almost weekly occurrence: On Tuesday, Goodwill said its computer systems may have been hacked, leading to the possible theft of customers' credit and debit card information. The non-profit agency, which operates 2,900 stores in the U.S., said it is working with federal investigators to look into a possible breach.

  • Target debuts an image-recognition shopping app

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Target is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology.

  • Goodwill, feds investigate possible data breach

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Non-profit organization Goodwill Industries Inc. is working with federal officials to investigate a possible security breach.

  • 'X-Men' VR experience coming to Comic-Con'X-Men' VR experience coming to Comic-Con

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X.

  • Tech still struggles to recruit more womenTech still struggles to recruit more women

    TORONTO - Tech companies — whether they be established firms with thousands of employees or five-person startups only months in the making — have long been criticized for their lack of female employees, especially in management and engineering roles.

  • 'Minecraft - Pocket Edition' top paid iPhone game app

    Top 10 free and paid game apps for the iPhone and iPad in Canada for the week ending July 20.

  • 'Minecraft - Pocket Edition' top paid iPhone app

    Top 10 free and paid apps for the iPhone and iPad in Canada for the week ending July 20.

  • Netflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soarNetflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soar

    SAN FRANCISCO - Netflix's second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from a hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time.

  • Yahoo buying app and analytics company Flurry

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Yahoo is buying Flurry Inc., a startup that helps other programmers build better mobile applications and craft marketing campaigns for smartphones and tablets.

  • Verizon boosts FiOS uploads to match downloadsVerizon boosts FiOS uploads to match downloads

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Verizon is boosting the upload speeds of nearly all its FiOS connections to match the download speeds, vastly shortening the time it takes for subscribers to send videos and back up their files online.

  • Verizon launches rewards program with trackingVerizon launches rewards program with tracking

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests.

  • Meet the people behind some Twitter parodiesMeet the people behind some Twitter parodies

    TORONTO - Meet Matt McGuire: software developer, activist and for one day in 2012, the Canadian penny.

  • How Kindle Unlimited compares with Scribd, Oyster

    Amazon is the latest — and largest — company to offer unlimited e-books for a monthly fee. Here's how Kindle Unlimited, which Amazon announced Friday, compares with rivals Scribd and Oyster.

  • New Toyota minivan makes it easier to yell at kids

    DETROIT - Toyota wants to help you scream at your unruly kids.

  • Review: Amazon unlimited e-book service is limitedReview: Amazon unlimited e-book service is limited

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Amazon's new "unlimited" e-book service lets you read 600,000 books. That sounds like more than you'll ever read, but I found myself struggling to find the books I wanted.

  • Amazon rolls out 'Netflix-for-books' style serviceAmazon rolls out 'Netflix-for-books' style service

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to attract more users.

  • Correction: Apple-Board story

    SAN FRANCISCO - In a story July 17 about the retirement of longtime Apple Inc. director Bill Campbell, The Associated Press reported erroneously that late Apple CEO Steve Jobs had battled prostate cancer. Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

  • Axed Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each.

  • Google's 2Q revenue gains eclipse earnings missGoogle's 2Q revenue gains eclipse earnings miss

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google's earnings rose modestly in the second quarter as the Internet company's expensive ambitions devoured most of a surprisingly strong gain in revenue.

  • CEO Whitman takes chairman post at Hewlett-Packard

    PALO ALTO, Calif. - Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is assuming the title of chairman after the departure of interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, who resigned to deal with health issues.

  • TV show puts 'fast and slow lanes' on DC sidewalkTV show puts 'fast and slow lanes' on DC sidewalk

    WASHINGTON - Pedestrians walking along sidewalk in the U.S. capital Thursday found themselves with a choice.

  • New York proposes regulations for virtual currency

    ALBANY, N.Y. - New York became the first U.S. state on Thursday proposed establishing rules for firms involved in receiving, transmitting and storing virtual currency. The proposal by the Department of Financial Services would establish a so-called BitLicense.

  • Facebook tests 'Buy' button

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world's biggest online social network.

  • Microsoft CEO pivots sharply with 18,000 job cut

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO's sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor's drive for the company to make its own devices.