TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese judge has ordered Google to remove search results of a man's unflattering past in an order the plaintiff's lawyer compared to Europe's "right to be forgotten" ruling.
The Tokyo District Court ordered Google Japan on Thursday to remove search results that hinted at the man's relations with a criminal organization after he complained his privacy rights were violated.
30. Latest iPads, Mac system expected at Oct. 16 event - Friday, October 03, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is expected to step up its efforts to boost recently slumping iPad sales with the unveiling of its latest tablet computer at an Oct. 16 event.
The showcase also is expected to feature an update to the operating system for its Mac computers and the possible release of a new digital payment service called Apple Pay. The company's new iPhones released last month include a wireless chip equipped to make the payments, but the service isn't available yet.
31. Mobile revolution shakes up Silicon Valley - Friday, October 03, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to regain their footing to better compete against mobile-savvy trendsetters like Apple and Google, as well as rising technology stars that have built businesses around "cloud computing."32. New studies point out dangers of 'talking' to car - Friday, October 03, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just because you can talk to your car doesn't mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better.33. Could a merger follow the PayPal-eBay split? - Friday, September 26, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — PayPal's split from long-time partner eBay Inc. makes Carl Icahn mighty happy. But he doesn't think PayPal should stay single for long.
Icahn, who months ago called on eBay to spin off the lucrative online and mobile payment service, continues to believe that the payments field must be consolidated, either by PayPal buying up smaller rivals or by merging with another major player.34. Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows - Friday, September 26, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft plans to offer a glimpse of its vision for Windows this week, as its new CEO seeks to redefine the company and recover from missteps with its flagship operating system.35. Lenovo looks to expand after IBM acquisition - Friday, September 26, 2014
BANGKOK (AP) — Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday.36. Drones for moviemaking face likely FAA approval - Friday, September 19, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government granted six movie and television production companies permission to use drones for filming, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Thursday.
Dozens of other industries are lined up to follow Hollywood's lead. Until now, the Federal Aviation Administration, which is part of the Transportation Department, had banned commercial drone operations with the exception of two oil companies in Alaska.37. Struggling BlackBerry releases new phone - Friday, September 19, 2014
TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry has launched a new smartphone as the embattled Canadian company tries for a comeback.
Chief executive John Chen unveiled a large-screen, square sized phone called the Passport to a Toronto audience on Wednesday. London and Dubai also hosted launch events. No event was held in the U. S. where analysts say there is little demand or carrier interest.38. US, California release roadmap for solar projects - Friday, September 19, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State and federal officials sought Tuesday to bring order to California's boom for renewable-energy plants in the Mojave and other southern California deserts, releasing a roadmap covering 22.5 million acres that designates some areas for large-scale solar, wind and geothermal plants and others for conservation of desert habitat and animals.39. Investors fret Yahoo's future, stock dips - Friday, September 19, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo's stock fell Monday as investors grappled with uncertainty about the Internet company's future in the wake of last week's record-setting Wall Street debut by the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.40. News Corp opposes Google in EU antitrust case - Friday, September 12, 2014
BRUSSELS (AP) — The media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch is joining the fray in Google's protracted European antitrust case, saying the technology company unfairly distorts competition.
Robert Thomson, CEO of New York-based News Corp., says in a letter to the EU's antitrust authority that Google is "willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition." He says it systematically diverts users away from relevant search results to its own offerings.41. Self-driving cars now need a permit in California - Friday, September 12, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years — but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around.42. Alibaba investors beware: History not on your side - Friday, September 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is about to launch what may prove the biggest initial public stock offering ever. Yet anyone who expects to get rich from buying into China's high-growth story will be betting against history.43. Microsoft to buy Minecraft maker for $2.5 billion - Friday, September 12, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion.
The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a Lego-like virtual multiplayer world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009. It is the most popular online game on Xbox, and the top paid app for Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system in the U.S.44. Apple pushes digital wallet with Apple Pay - Friday, September 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is betting that people want to pay with a tap of the phone rather than a swipe of the card.
The technology company on Tuesday introduced a new digital wallet service called Apple Pay that is integrated with its Passbook credential-storage app and its fingerprint ID security system.45. Honda introduces self-driving car - Friday, September 05, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Honda shared its vision of the hands-free highway commute Tuesday, a car that can safely drive itself on the freeway while the driver's hands are off the wheel.
While the car is just a prototype, Honda says the technology could start appearing on Honda cars in 2020 and beyond.46. Stocks fall for second day; Apple slips - Friday, September 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell for a second straight day Tuesday as investors were left unimpressed by Apple's latest batch of product announcements.
Negative news out of Home Depot and McDonald's also weighed on the market.
47. Motorola emphasizes design in circular smartwatch - Friday, September 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola rolled out a circular smartwatch Friday, counting on a more traditional design to win over consumers who have so far shunned other computerized wrist devices.
Smartwatches so far have had rectangular faces, a shape that has turned off many consumers, said Steve Sinclair, Motorola's vice president of product management. Motorola's Moto 360 is round and has an all-metal frame, making it look more like a regular watch.48. Toyota: Cars will be safer, but still need drivers - Friday, September 05, 2014
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Your car soon will do more to help avoid a crash. As for one day leaving all the driving to the vehicle while you relax in back, don't get your hopes up.
That's the message from safety executives at Toyota, who on Thursday promised by 2017 to have collision-prevention technology installed across its U.S. line-up, in both mainstream and luxury vehicles.49. Google settles with FTC over in-app charges - Friday, August 29, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The government says Google has agreed to pay full refunds totaling at least $19 million to consumers who were charged for purchases that children made via apps without parental consent from the Google Play app store.50. Selfie-centric phone among new Microsoft offerings - Friday, August 29, 2014
BERLIN (AP) — Microsoft will seek to draw more people to its Internet-based services with two new mid-range smartphones it unveiled Thursday, including one designed to help people take better selfies.51. Apple acknowledges some celebrity info compromised - Friday, August 29, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is acknowledging that computer hackers broke into the accounts of several celebrities to steal personal photos that have been posted online, a security breakdown that the iPhone maker blamed on the intruders' ability to figure out passwords and bypass other safeguards.52. Amazon could be ESPN of video games in Twitch deal - Friday, August 22, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games.
The e-commerce giant is buying streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million in cash as it seeks to take part in video gaming's growth as an online spectator sport.53. Social media pushes back at militant propaganda - Friday, August 15, 2014
BEIRUT (AP) — The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.54. Twitter tries to block images of Foley killing - Friday, August 15, 2014
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Twitter and some other social media outlets are trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, while a movement to deny his killers publicity is also gaining momentum.55. Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high - Friday, August 15, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.56. Google's pivotal IPO launched a decade of big bets - Friday, August 15, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.
And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further.57. Rainbow birthdays and cakes - Friday, August 15, 2014
“What kind of party do you want, Gwynnie?” I asked my 4-year-old granddaughter. “A rainbow party,” she replied.
I then asked what kind of cake did she want? “Ummm, a rainbow cake!” she said with a smile while jumping in the air.58. Could email make your cold calling easier? - Friday, August 15, 2014
Cold calling is a tough business, though a necessity for many companies.
The cost of sales is high, as is sales rep rejection and fatigue.
Imagine if email could significantly improve your engagement rate with otherwise cold prospects.59. Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader - Friday, August 08, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.60. Apple's tech jobs held mostly by white, Asian men - Friday, August 08, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's high-paying technology jobs are primarily filled by white and Asian men, just like its industry peers.
A breakdown released Tuesday by Apple Inc. showed 54 percent of the company's technology jobs in the U.S. are handled by whites and another 23 percent by Asians. Men make up 80 percent of Apple's technology workforce throughout the world.61. ‘Glamazon’ a good study in dictionary inclusion - Friday, August 01, 2014
I was checking something out online the other day when I came across the word glamazon.
Glamazon is not in many dictionaries, though it is in Wordnik. Wordnik’s cofounder Erin McKean gave a great TED Talk in 2007, “The Joy of Lexicography.” You can watch it on YouTube. I recommend it wholeheartedly.62. Still not sold on Pinterest? It’s time to reconsider - Friday, August 01, 2014
There’s no denying virtual scrapbooking site Pinterest’s explosive growth, now boasting more than 40 million active users per month.
The Web’s 2014 Small Business Digital Usage Survey shows 20 percent of small businesses that use social media view Pinterest as a top channel for marketing their businesses.63. US companies increasingly fish for growth overseas - Friday, July 25, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home.
Technology trendsetters Apple Inc., Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Netflix Inc. all mined foreign countries to produce earnings or revenue that exceeded analysts' projections in their latest quarters. Prodded by the steadily rising demand for Internet access and online services in developing countries, these technology companies will likely be wading even deeper into overseas markets for years to come.64. FedEx charged with assisting illegal pharmacies - Friday, July 18, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal authorities on Thursday charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.65. Google's 2Q earnings rise 6 percent - Friday, July 18, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's second-quarter earnings rose 6 percent as World Cup fever drove more traffic to the Internet company's search engine and YouTube video site while Android devices spurred more sales of movies, music, books and applications through its mobile store.66. Facebook tests 'Buy' button - Friday, July 18, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses drive sales through the world's biggest online social network.
The company says in a statement that the button will let people buy products directly from businesses without leaving Facebook. The button appears in sponsored ads and is being tested by several small- and medium-sized businesses in the U.S.67. Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs, signals new path - Friday, July 18, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.68. Stronger earnings from Google, others drive stocks to higher close - Friday, July 18, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Earnings gains from Google, Honeywell and other big U.S. companies drive the stock market to a higher close, wiping out much of its loss from the day before.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 123 points, or 0.7 percent, to 17,097 Friday.
69. Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs, signals new path - Friday, July 11, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs or 14 percent of its workforce as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.70. Surprise! 10 interesting social media findings - Friday, July 18, 2014
Social media is evolving quickly, and it’s tough to keep up.
Here’s a list of the most surprising social media facts, all likely to have an impact on your company’s strategy:71. Bill ensures emails, photos won't die with you - Friday, July 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts?
A group of influential lawyers says yes, unless you specify otherwise in a will. The Uniform Law Commission was expected to endorse a plan Wednesday to automatically give loved ones access to — but not control of — all digital accounts, unless otherwise specified.72. PC shipment slump bottoms out - Friday, July 04, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — A two-year slump in personal computer sales ended in the second quarter, helped by improving demand in developed markets like North America and Europe.
PC sales have fallen in recent years, hurt by surging demand for tablets and other mobile devices. Tough economic conditions around the world have also disrupted sales. But quarterly figures released Wednesday by the research firms Gartner Inc. and International Data Corp. show the global slump is easing.73. NSA's Internet monitoring said to be legal - Friday, June 27, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first time the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board dissected a National Security Agency surveillance program, it found fundamental flaws, arguing in a January report that the NSA's collection of domestic calling records "lacked a viable legal foundation" and should be shut down.74. High court rejects Google appeal in snooping case - Friday, June 27, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to hear Google's appeal of a ruling that it pried into people's online lives through their Wi-Fi systems as part of its drive to collect information for its Street View mapping project.75. Eyes on you: Experts reveal police hacking methods - Friday, June 20, 2014
LONDON (AP) — Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker's handbook, using targets' own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups said Tuesday.76. Google shows off Android Auto, wearables - Friday, June 20, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some 1 billion people are now using Android devices, Google said as the company kicked off its two-day developer conference Wednesday in San Francisco.
But the online search leader's effort to broaden its focus beyond smartphones and tablets was on full display as the company unveiled far-reaching plans to push further into the living room, the family car and the TV set.
77. Supreme Court tosses 'abstract' software patent - Friday, June 20, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out an Australian company's patent for business software in a decision that clarifies standards for awarding patents, but not as much as some firms had hoped.78. Crime data show iPhone 'kill switch' cuts thefts - Friday, June 20, 2014
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday.
The report by state attorneys general, prosecutors, police and other officials from a year-old initiative called "Secure Our Smartphones" said Google and Microsoft will incorporate a kill switch into the next version of their operating systems on smartphones. The three systems — Android, iOS, and Windows Phone — are used in 97 percent of smartphones in the U.S.79. New push to get girls into computer sciences - Friday, June 20, 2014
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Diana Navarro loves to code, and she's not afraid to admit it. But the 18-year-old Rutgers University computer science major knows she's an anomaly: Writing software to run computer programs in 2014 is — more than ever — a man's world.80. Bezos: Fire phone offers 'something different' - Friday, June 13, 2014
SEATTLE (AP) — There are two ways to view the smartphone Amazon introduced to the world on Wednesday: It's either the latest in a long line of phones with fancy new features that some people will never use or a magic wand for shopaholics.81. Amazon ties new 4.7-inch phone to its services - Friday, June 13, 2014
SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has introduced a new smartphone that will be closely tied to the products and services it sells, while adding such touches as the ability to render images in 3-D.
The Fire phone will share many characteristics found in other Amazon devices. The home screen will have a carousel of recently accessed apps, for instance. There's also X-Ray for supplemental content and Mayday for live tech support.
82. Tesla handing over the keys to its technology - Friday, June 13, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised Thursday to give away the company's entire patent portfolio to all comers, as long as they promised not to engage courtroom battles over intellectual property83. Google buying satellite maker Skybox for $500M - Friday, June 06, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is buying Skybox Imaging in a deal that could serve as a launching pad for the Internet company to send its own fleet of satellites to take aerial pictures and provide online access to remote areas of the world.84. Resources for female small business owners - Friday, June 06, 2014
Local and state agencies and orgaizations offering practical help and encouragement for small business owners.
Nashville Entrepreneur Center
www.ec.co85. Volume of encrypted email rising amid spying fears - Friday, May 30, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users' online communications from government spies and other snoops.86. Apple expands into health, home with new software - Friday, May 30, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people's increasingly digital lives.87. Apple will try to defy skeptics at Monday showcase - Friday, May 30, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has spent most of this year promising to defy the skeptics who believe the iPhone and iPad maker lost its ingenuity when Steve Jobs died in 2011.
This week should provide a better sense of whether Apple is heading down promising new avenues of growth or whether it's still wandering aimlessly around well-trod territory in search of another breakthrough.88. Google taking requests to censor results in Europe - Friday, May 30, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is starting to accept requests from Europeans who want to erase unflattering information from the results produced by the world's dominant search engine.
The demands can be submitted on a Web page that Google opened late Thursday in response to a landmark ruling issued two weeks ago by Europe's highest court.89. How Google got states to legalize driverless cars - Friday, May 30, 2014
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — About four years ago, the Google team trying to develop cars driven by computers — not people — became convinced that sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was one big problem: Driverless cars were almost certainly illegal.90. Google says its workers mostly white, male - Friday, May 30, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is — just 2 percent of its Google employees are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. About a third of the company's workforce is Asian.91. Google: We're building car with no steering wheel - Friday, May 23, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google will build a car without a steering wheel. It doesn't need one because it drives itself.
The two-seater won't be sold publicly, but Google said Tuesday it hopes by this time next year, 100 prototypes will be on public roads. Though not driving very quickly — the top speed would be 25 mph.92. House passes curbs on NSA surveillance - Friday, May 23, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday passed legislation to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of American phone records, the first legislative response to the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.93. Government: Airlines should disclose bag, seat fees - Friday, May 16, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Going to bat for confused passengers, the government is proposing that airlines be required to disclose fees for basic items like checked bags, assigned seats and carry-on bags so consumers know the true cost of flying.94. Today's CEO: The changing role at the top - Friday, May 16, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Used to be that CEOs were hired for their knowledge of the industry, years of experience and the ability to lead with a tight fist. But the role of the top job has changed dramatically over the last several years.95. Songwriter neighbor makes his way to Nashville - Friday, May 16, 2014
I was walking Maggie the cheagle in the neighborhood, as I often do. This was in November 2012, so the old girl was pushing 10 years old at the time.
She was happy enough to stop and greet the young man who was getting out of his car.96. European court: Google must yield on personal info - Friday, May 09, 2014
AMSTERDAM (AP) — In a landmark ruling that could rock the Internet search-engine industry, Europe's highest court said Tuesday that people are entitled to some control over what pops up when their name is Googled.97. Apple CEO dares to be different from Steve Jobs - Friday, May 09, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — "Think different" became Apple's creed during the late Steve Jobs' reign as CEO. Now, chief executive Tim Cook is embracing the idea while making decisions that would have seemed crazy to his fabled predecessor.98. FTC: Snapchat deceived customers - Friday, May 09, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Snapchat has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it deceived customers about the disappearing nature of messages sent through its service and that it collected users' contacts without telling them or asking permission.99. Apple awarded $119M, but who's winning the fight? - Friday, May 02, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — When a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $119 million for copying features of the iPhone, it was latest chapter in the worldwide legal fighting between the top two smartphone companies.100. Facebook plans campaign to 'friend' small business - Friday, May 02, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook wants to increase its advertising and get more clicks on all kinds of ads. It believes tapping into the lucrative small business market will help it achieve those goals.
Sheryl Sandberg, the social media company's operating chief and "Lean In" author, says the key is showing business owners how to find new customers by creating Facebook pages and by buying ads that appear on individual Facebook users' pages. The company plans a campaign called Facebook Fit with workshops in five cities to show small business owners the nuts and bolts of using Facebook as a marketing tool.