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1. 'House of Cards' dealt Netflix a winning hand -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Even if it never wins another award, "House of Cards" already ranks among the most influential series in television history.

The political drama launched Netflix's expansion into original programming two years ago, a risky bet that might have toppled the Internet video service had "House of Cards" flopped and squandered its estimated $100 million investment. Instead, the show was an immediate hit with viewers and critics, giving Netflix the financial clout and creative firepower to further transform how we watch and define "television." And it spurred other online services such as Amazon.com Inc. and Google's YouTube to spend more on their own original content to create shows that rival those produced by broadcast and cable channels.

2. Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

3. SmartWay traffic app benefiting motorists -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new real-time road conditions map developed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation has come in handy this winter.

The department debuted the improved SmartWay traffic Web app in December. With the recent harsh winter weather, it has helped provide motorists with fast information about icy highways, crashes and even recent interstate closures.

4. Doctors say fitness trackers, health apps can boost care -

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day.

Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic patient records? Well, they might spot signs of an ailment sooner and suggest behavioral changes or medication before you land in the emergency room. They also might be able to monitor how you're healing from surgery or whether you're following a treatment regimen.

5. Dollar Drag: surging buck hits US corporate earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) — The biggest obstacle for Coca-Cola and Pepsi these days isn't tied to taste tests, the declining popularity of sugary drinks or even their century-long rivalry. It's the surging U.S. dollar.

6. Yahoo seeking to harvest ad revenue from other mobile apps -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo will try to harvest revenue from mobile applications outside its own crop of services as CEO Marissa Mayer scours the digital landscape for more growth opportunities.

The expansion is being attempted through a set of free tools that Yahoo Inc. announced Thursday during the company's inaugural conference for the makers of mobile applications.

7. Obama asks help dealing with cybersecurity 'wild West' -

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Cyberspace is the new "wild West," President Barack Obama said Friday, with everyone looking to the government to be the sheriff. But he said the private sector must do more to stop cyberattacks aimed at the U.S. every day.

8. Are you a hack waiting to happen? Your boss wants to know -

NEW YORK (AP) — The next phishing email you get could be from your boss.

With high-profile security breaches on the rise, from Sony Pictures to Anthem, companies are on the defensive. And they want to make sure their employees are not a hack waiting to happen.

9. Expedia buying Orbitz for about $1.33 billion -

NEW YORK (AP) — Expedia is buying rival online travel site Orbitz for approximately $1.33 billion, adding to the stable of brands it has snapped up recently in order to extend its reach and keep pace in the fiercely competitive travel-booking industry.

10. Britain starts public trial of driverless cars -

LONDON (AP) — Britain has begun testing driverless cars in four cities, launching the first official trials ahead of a series of planned rule reviews to accommodate the new technology.

Transport Minister Claire Perry says the project was "still in the early days" but said the new technology can be "a real game-changer."

11. Net neutrality and what it could mean to you -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top U.S. regulator just announced he wants more power to oversee Internet service, much in the same way that the government already regulates phone service and other public utilities. The goal is to prevent Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Sprint and T-Mobile from blocking or slowing down Web traffic, or striking deals with companies that provide content like Amazon, Google or Netflix to move their data faster than others.

12. No fast or slow lanes for Internet? New rules proposed -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the Internet critical for the nation, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed an unprecedented expansion of federal power to ensure providers don't block or slow web traffic for America's countless users.

13. No fast or slow lanes for Internet? New rules proposed -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the Internet critical for the nation, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed an unprecedented expansion of federal power to ensure providers don't block or slow web traffic for America's countless users.

14. Hey, (Not-As) Big Spender! Tech firms hint at more restraint -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Technology's big-spending trio of Google, Facebook, and Amazon.com appear to be tightening their belts — at least a notch — in a concession to cost-conscious investors and a strong dollar that's taking a big bite out of their revenue.

15. How can Google snap its stock out of its stupor? -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has turned into a stock market laggard as the shift to mobile devices has lowered the Internet search leader's digital ad prices and the company's expensive investments in far-out technology has trimmed its profit margins.

16. Facebook's status update: Profit, revenue beat expectations -

NEW YORK (AP) — For the seventh quarter in a row Facebook beat profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue as most users shift to using the site on smartphones and other portable devices.

17. Alibaba spinoff likely to increase scrutiny on Yahoo CEO -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is losing a precious security blanket now that she is spinning off the Internet company's prized stake in China's Alibaba Group.

The breakup announced Tuesday will transfer ownership of nearly 384 million shares of Alibaba stock, currently worth $38 billion, into a new entity called SpinCo. Those holdings, part of an astute investment made nearly a decade ago, represent the main reason that Yahoo's stock has more than tripled since Mayer became CEO two-and-half years ago.

18. Google expanding fiber service to Nashville, 3 other Southeastern metro areas -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Google is bringing its ultra-fast fiber optic service, with Internet speeds at more than 50 times the national broadband average, to Nashville and three other metro areas in the Southeast.

19. Reports: Google planning to sell wireless phone service -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is planning to sell wireless phone service directly to consumers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports published Wednesday.

If everything falls into place, Google Inc. could offer discounted wireless data plans that would pressure other major carriers to offer better deals and services or risk losing customers to a powerful rival.

20. Microsoft shows off Windows 10 and 'HoloLens' -

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off a new version of Windows — and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens.

The company showed the new headset, which lets users view and interact with three-dimensional images, at an event where it also revealed new features coming to the company's flagship operating software.

21. The Internet: Killer of time, jobs and privacy -

Down. That’s your computer now, and thus your productivity and probably your mood. You can’t get anything done, can’t check Facebook, can’t even surf the web for funny pictures of cats. What did you do with your time before you got a computer? Good question but, according to Andrew Keen, “The Internet is NOT the Answer.”

22. New privacy concerns over government's health care website -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A little-known side to the government's health insurance website is prompting renewed concerns about privacy, just as the White House is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections for consumers.

23. Yahoo CEO poised to make fateful decision on Alibaba stake -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is facing her biggest business decision since she left Google two-and-a-half years ago to lead its struggling rival: how to manage Yahoo's most valuable asset, a 15 percent stake in Chinese Internet star Alibaba Group worth nearly $37 billion.

24. Life is like a (2 words, 15 letters. Begins with ‘c’) -

“Life’s a puzzle. Let’s fill in the blanks.” That’s the title of a speech I’ve been giving of late. Without being too literal, I find parallels between crosswords and everyday existence.

25. Probably not a job at the end of this rainbow -

When I visited Dublin, Ireland, in 2013, I was surprised at what I found. It’s a European city that in some ways reminded me of home.

People were incredibly friendly, and the culture was built around music, food and socializing.

26. Board: CIA search of Senate computers reasonable -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Disputing the conclusions of the CIA's independent watchdog, an independent board has asserted that CIA officers acted reasonably when they secretly searched Senate computers last year after learning that Senate aides had removed certain classified documents related to the torture investigation.

27. Sony Pictures CEO had 'no playbook' for mega-hack on studio -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The network was crippled. Days before Thanksgiving, Sony Pictures employees had logged onto computers that flashed a grim message from a hacker group calling itself Guardians of Peace. Soon personal information for tens of thousands of current and former workers was dumped online, including Social Security numbers and the purported salaries of top executives. Five Sony-produced movies, including the unreleased "Annie," appeared on file-sharing websites. Thousands of private, and sometimes embarrassing, emails hit the Internet.

28. Nissan, NASA to work on autonomous car technology -

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously.

Yokohama-based Nissan Motor Co. and NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, announced Thursday a five-year research-and-development partnership for autonomous vehicle systems so they can eventually be applied to commercially sold cars.

29. Don't sound the death knell for the PC just yet -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A year ago, pundits were declaring the personal computer dead. Smartphones and tablets were cannibalizing sales, and the once-revolutionary PC seemed unnecessary — and boring.

Sure, a smartphone is great for checking emails, snapping photos and playing games. Tablets are perfect for watching videos and shopping online. But don't count the PC out just yet. Manufacturers are crafting high-resolution, curved screens for desktops and other new features you can't get in a hand-held device, while trying new laptop designs that mimic the tablet's appeal.

30. TV makers design for streaming video to stay relevant -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels.

31. ESPN to be available without cable, dish -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of the biggest changes in television this year will be more channels being available online with no separate cable or satellite subscription. But for would-be cord-cutters, watching sports has been the Holy Grail. Until now — Dish Network Corp. on Monday unveiled an Internet-only subscription offering that includes ESPN.

32. Raise your home's IQ: smart gadgets take center stage at CES -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on — perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet connectivity to think and act for themselves, and make your life easier.

33. Sector-by-sector breakdown of 2014's market moves -

It was another great year for the stock market in 2014, but as is often the case the gains were not evenly distributed across industries.

Many investors just wanted to play it safe with high-yielding, low-volatility stocks like power companies. A collapse in the price of oil left energy stocks with the biggest loss in the Standard & Poor's 500 index. Airlines gained as their fuel costs dropped.

34. Key decisions on drones likely from Congress -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.

35. Capacity crowds pack screenings of 'The Interview' -

NEW YORK (AP) — Critics and early viewers agree that "The Interview" is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event.

Hundreds of theaters Thursday, from The Edge 8 in Greenville, Alabama, to Michael Moore's Bijou by the Bay in Traverse City, Michigan, made special holiday arrangements for the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Sony Pictures had initially called off the release after major theater chains dropped the movie that was to have opened on as many as 3,000 screens.

36. Make These LinkedIn Resolutions for 2015 -

Much like the old adage that we only use 10 percent of our brains, you may fall into the camp of LinkedIn users leveraging less than a tenth of what this robust business-networking platform has to offer.

37. Robin Williams' suicide seizes the year on Google -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.

38. Google researching use of color in business -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding.

Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based organization built around the popular search engine, says Google is still early in its research but has already found "a clear link between color and satisfaction with a person's work area," which in turn can boost employee creativity and productivity.

39. 7 largest US school districts to teach computer science -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The seven largest school districts in the U.S. are joining more than 50 others to start offering introductory computer science to all their students, the White House said Monday.

40. Amazon's new robot army is ready to ship -

TRACY, California (AP) — A year ago, Amazon.com workers like 34-year-old Rejinaldo Rosales hiked miles of aisles each shift to "pick" each item a customer ordered and prepare it for shipping.

41. Gift Guide: How to choose a new cellphone -

NEW YORK (AP) — Now is a good time to get a smartphone. The latest devices hit shelves in time for the holiday shopping season, and there's likely to be a lull in new releases until next spring. So why wait?

42. Obama's immigration move disappoints businesses -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.

43. How much do you know about how the Internet works? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — We may be the Internet generation. But we don't know much about how it works.

A new Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday found most people can recognize Microsoft founder Bill Gates and know that hashtags belong in tweets, but are confused about whether having a privacy policy means that a company actually keeps consumer information confidential.

44. Wish granted: Same-day delivery for the holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) — A procrastinator's holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day.

Amazon, Target and Macy's and other retailers are offering speedier delivery, including overnight and same-day options that will continue even past the holidays.

45. Little devices now giant player in online retail -

2014 marked the first year mobile Internet usage surpassed desktop, which is no doubt why a recent Forrester Research study predicts sales from consumers shopping on mobile phones will increase to $38 billion this year.

46. Thanksgiving getaway: 46.3 million to hit the road -

NEW YORK (AP) — The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news: a lot more people will be on the road.

During the long holiday weekend, 46.3 million Americans are expected to go 50 miles or more from home, the highest number since 2007, according to travel agency and car lobbying group AAA. That would be a 4.2 percent increase over last year.

47. Yahoo replaces Google as Firefox's default search -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo will supplant Google's search engine on Firefox's Web browser in the U.S., signaling Yahoo's resolve to regain some of the ground that it has lost in the most lucrative part of the Internet's ad market.

48. China blocks websites as Internet meeting begins -

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese censors have newly blocked access to several popular websites as they target content delivery networks that serve much of the Internet, according to a U.S. Internet service company.

49. Nokia plots comeback with Android tablet -

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia is back in the fray. Just months after selling its ailing handsets business to Microsoft, the Finnish company is planning to go back into the consumer market with a new tablet.

50. G-20 leaders agree on $2 trillion boost to growth -

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Under pressure to jolt the lethargic world economy back to life, leaders of G-20 nations on Sunday finalized a plan to boost global GDP by more than $2 trillion over five years. The fanfare, however, was overshadowed by tensions between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Western leaders.

51. Privacy protections unite carmakers -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nineteen automakers accounting for most of the passenger cars and trucks sold in the U.S. have signed onto a set of principles they say will protect motorists' privacy in an era when computerized cars pass along more information about their drivers than many motorists realize.

52. Obama steps into divisive debate on net neutrality -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Let's say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago.

53. Obama calls for tougher Internet regulation -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation's cable giants who say the plan would kill jobs.

54. Microsoft releases Office apps for iPhones, iPads -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is releasing new, beefed-up versions of its popular Office software apps for iPhones and iPads, part of the company's push to stay relevant to workers in an increasingly mobile world.

55. Election officials remind voters of hotline, app -

NASHVILLE (AP) — State election officials are reminding voters where they can turn if they have questions or concerns.

They say people can call the Division of Elections' toll free hotline, (877) 850-4959, or visit www.GoVoteTN.com to get information about Tuesday's elections.

56. Facebook's advertising revenue soars in 3Q -

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook grew its advertising revenue by 64 percent in the third quarter, helped by a boost in mobile ads that are becoming an increasingly large chunk of the social networking giant's overall advertising business.

57. Retail skirmish blocks Apple Pay at checkout line -

NEW YORK (AP) — Plan on paying in stores with your shiny new iPhone 6? Not so fast.

Retailer resistance to Apple Pay had been expected because Apple hasn't offered incentives to install pricey point-of-sale terminals and train staff on its new mobile payment system. But the decision to not accept Apple Pay by retailers that already have contactless terminals in the checkout line is a "skirmish" rooted in competition.

58. Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Pay a success -

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system.

59. Will Apple Pay be the next iRevolution? -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple's skinnier iPads and flashy big-screen iMac are sleek and stunning. But the tech giant is making a bigger strategic bet with next week's launch of Apple Pay — the mobile pay service aimed at turning your iPhone into your wallet.

60. FBI director warns against cellphone encryption -

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive. Privacy advocates called the concerns exaggerated and little more than recycled arguments the government has raised against encryption since the early 1990s.

61. Thinner iPads, sharper iMacs in Apple's lineup -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet.

62. ‘Less heat, more light’ a simple, elegant phrase -

In a 1912 poem, Ezra Pound wrote, “Winter is icumen in.” Pound’s “Ancient Music” parodies a 13th century Anglo-Saxon poem that begins “Sumer is icumen in” (sic). Hardly a novel idea: “Here comes winter.” Happens every year, no? We want to prepare.

63. New iPads, Mac system expected at Apple event -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc. is expected to unveil new iPads at an event Thursday, as the company tries to drive excitement amid slowing demand for tablet computers. Apple may also announce a new Mac operating system and possibly new Mac computers. Watchers also await a possible launch date for Apple Pay, the company's new system for using iPhones to make credit and debit card payments at retail stores.

64. Surprise career twist for area’s top recruiter of corporations -

Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.

But ask others about her and they’ll talk about an exceptional ability to lead, build trust and forge relationships with a diverse range of people, and, above all, her will to win.

65. Japan court orders Google to remove search results -

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.

66. Latest iPads, Mac system expected at Oct. 16 event -

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.

67. Mobile revolution shakes up Silicon Valley -

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."

68. New studies point out dangers of 'talking' to car -

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.

69. Could a merger follow the PayPal-eBay split? -

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.

70. Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows -

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.

71. Lenovo looks to expand after IBM acquisition -

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.

72. Drones for moviemaking face likely FAA approval -

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.

73. Struggling BlackBerry releases new phone -

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.

74. US, California release roadmap for solar projects -

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.

75. Investors fret Yahoo's future, stock dips -

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.

76. News Corp opposes Google in EU antitrust case -

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.

77. Self-driving cars now need a permit in California -

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.

78. Alibaba investors beware: History not on your side -

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.

79. Microsoft to buy Minecraft maker for $2.5 billion -

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.

80. Apple pushes digital wallet with Apple Pay -

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.

81. Honda introduces self-driving car -

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.

82. Stocks fall for second day; Apple slips -

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.

83. Motorola emphasizes design in circular smartwatch -

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.

84. Toyota: Cars will be safer, but still need drivers -

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.

85. Google settles with FTC over in-app charges -

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.

86. Selfie-centric phone among new Microsoft offerings -

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.

87. Apple acknowledges some celebrity info compromised -

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.

88. Amazon could be ESPN of video games in Twitch deal -

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.

89. Social media pushes back at militant propaganda -

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.

90. Twitter tries to block images of Foley killing -

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.

91. Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high -

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.

92. Google's pivotal IPO launched a decade of big bets -

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.

93. Rainbow birthdays and cakes -

“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.

94. Could email make your cold calling easier? -

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.

95. Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader -

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.

96. Apple's tech jobs held mostly by white, Asian men -

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.

97. ‘Glamazon’ a good study in dictionary inclusion -

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.

98. Still not sold on Pinterest? It’s time to reconsider -

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.

99. US companies increasingly fish for growth overseas -

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.

100. FedEx charged with assisting illegal pharmacies -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal authorities on Thursday charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.