NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft will cut 7,800 jobs and take a $7.6 billion impairment charge as it attempts to revive its flagging phone hardware business.
The company paid $7.3 billion for Nokia's phone business in April 2014, seeking to push rapidly into the smartphone sphere as its traditional software business slowed. Microsoft ultimately wanted to build an ecosystem that made customers that are loyal to a slew of products, much as Apple and Google have done so successfully.
30. Google tests driverless cars in Austin -- with safety drivers - Friday, July 03, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Google Inc. has selected Texas as the latest testing site for its self-driving car project, the company announced Tuesday.31. Justices won't hear Google appeal in dispute with Oracle - Friday, June 26, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is staying out of a long-running legal battle between technology giants Oracle and Google over copyright protection for a computer program that powers most of the world's smartphones and computer tablets.32. Google's new self-driving cars cruising Silicon Valley roads - Friday, June 26, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest models of Google's self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company's Silicon Valley headquarters as an ambitious project to transform the way people get around shifts into its next phase.33. Facebook now worth more than Wal-Mart on stock market - Friday, June 19, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is now bigger than Wal-Mart, at least when it comes to its value on the stock market.
The world's biggest online social network knocked the world's largest retailer out of the top 10 list of the highest-valued companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index on Monday and the gap widened on Tuesday.
34. Google adds free ad-supported tier to music app in the US - Friday, June 19, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google is adding a free tier to its subscription streaming music service in the U.S., aiming to convert the millions of people who click on the Google Play Music app every month but turn away because they're prompted for payment information.35. Need reason to pay by phone? Apple, Google add new features - Friday, June 19, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The tech industry has been saying for years that smartphones would make traditional wallets obsolete. But most people still use cash or plastic when they shop in stores.
That could change later this year when three leading tech companies are promising to give shoppers more reasons to use "digital wallets."36. California reveals details of self-driving car accidents - Friday, June 19, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California state officials released reports Thursday detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes, reversing a policy that had shielded details of how the next-generation technology is performing during testing on public roads.37. Building green in a red-hot market - Friday, June 19, 2015
Counting cranes has become a Nashville pastime, and the perks of all that development are clear – a robust economy, vibrant real estate market and more jobs.
Naturally, there is concern among some residents that all of the construction and increased population could harm the area’s environment, water and air quality and green space.38. Push for facial recognition privacy standards hits roadblock - Friday, June 12, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retailers have the ability to scan your face digitally, and use that identification to offer you special prices or even recognize you as a prior shoplifter. But should they use it? Should they get your permission first?39. Twitter's twists and turns: Can it keep flying? - Friday, June 12, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The Pope is on Twitter, along with the Dalai Lama, world leaders and, of course, Kim Kardashian.
The short-messaging service can bring fleeting fame, instant ignominy and get you fired. It has been credited for sparking revolutions and, like Facebook, transforming the way the world communicates.40. YouTube to launch app, site dedicated to gaming - Friday, June 12, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — YouTube is seeking to win over gamers.
The online video giant announced plans ahead of next week's Electronic Entertainment Expo to launch a separate app and site specifically for fans of video games.41. Google Fiber construction begins in Nashville - Friday, June 05, 2015
NASHVILLE — Google has started to install its high-speed fiber network in Nashville.
Multiple news outlets report the company announced Tuesday it has started laying the fiber lines for its new ultra-fast, gigabit-speed Internet service. The network will include 3,200 miles of fiber in Davidson County.42. Apple Music brings change to streaming, but is it enough? - Friday, June 05, 2015
Apple Music brings change to streaming, but is it enough?When Apple launches its Apple Music streaming service at the end of June, it will affect things big and small in the music industry.
Hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users in more than 100 countries will get to try the $10-per-month service for free for the next three months when it is pushed to their devices with a free upgrade.43. Apple wants a lead role in streaming music - Friday, June 05, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's iTunes helped change the way music-lovers bought their favorite songs, replacing plastic discs with digital downloads. Now the maker of iPods and iPhones wants to carve out a leading role in a revolution well under way, with a new, paid streaming-music service set to launch this summer.44. Google will make monthly reports on self-driving cars - Friday, June 05, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Google will release monthly reports on the performance of its self-driving cars, and it disclosed summaries of the 12 accidents that involved the vehicles.
Google described all of the accidents as minor, saying no injuries were reported. The company said Friday, as it has in the past, that its cars were not to blame for any of the accidents.45. Google founder defends accident records of self-driving cars - Friday, May 29, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google co-founder Sergey Brin says he sees little reason to release the accident reports involving the Internet company's self-driving cars because he believes there's nothing new in documents withheld to protect the privacy of other motorists.46. Microsoft tries to win mobile friends - Friday, May 29, 2015
Looking for a new app for making "to-do" lists on your Apple or Android phone? You could use Apple's Reminders or Google's Keep. But Microsoft is hoping you'll try Wunderlist, created by a German tech startup that Microsoft bought this week.47. Google tries to demystify privacy controls with new approach - Friday, May 29, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is making its privacy controls easier to find and understand in an attempt to make the more than 1 billion users of its digital services more comfortable about the personal information that they give the Internet's most powerful company.48. The top 10 highest-paid female CEOs - Friday, May 29, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Female CEOs are outpacing their male colleagues in pay, although they remain vastly outnumbered in the top echelons of American companies.
Last year, the median pay for women CEOs rose to $15.9 million, a 21 percent gain from a year earlier, according to a study by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The Associated Press. That compared with median pay for male CEOs of $10.4 million, which was down 0.8 percent from 2013.49. Haslam replaces curated daily news summary with Web feed - Friday, May 29, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — For decades, the Tennessee governor's office has assembled a carefully curated daily summary of political and government news from around the state. No longer.
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's office announced on the day before the long Memorial Day weekend that the news summary had "outlived its usefulness."50. Google offers unlimited free storage of photos, videos - Friday, May 29, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is willing to store and organize all of the world's digital photos and videos for free.
The online photo service announced Thursday is the latest example of Google's desire to wrap its tentacles around virtually every part of people's lives.51. Google unveils Android's latest technological tricks - Friday, May 29, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple in the quest to make their technology indispensable.52. GM to offer Android, Apple systems in many 2016 models - Friday, May 22, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — By the end of the year, nearly every major automaker will begin offering Apple's CarPlay or Google's Android Auto, two systems that effectively turn a car's dashboard screen into a smartphone.53. No need to buy cookbook for one-pot dinners - Friday, May 22, 2015
Have you been lucky enough to see the “As Seen on TV” infomercials of the lady with her “dump cakes?”
She can make every kind of meal you can imagine by dumping everything in one pot and baking it. My husband calls her “the dump-meister.”54. What grads must do to secure employment - Friday, May 22, 2015
Career counselors at many Tennessee colleges and universities say interest from corporate recruiters is higher than they’ve seen it in years.
There are more job postings, internship opportunities, pre-employment trainee classes and technology training programs for all skill levels, but if a recent graduate needs help in pursuing a career, schools want the new alums to come back to them.55. CEO: Nissan will be ready with autonomous driving by 2020 - Friday, May 15, 2015
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. will have vehicles packed with autonomous driving technology by 2020 but whether people will be able to drive them on roads is up to government regulators, Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said Monday.56. Latest self-driving Google car heading to public streets - Friday, May 15, 2015
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — The latest version of Google's self-driving car — a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel — will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years.57. AT&T announces gigabit-speed service in Nashville - Friday, May 08, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - AT&T is the latest Internet service provider to announce it is bringing gigabit speeds to Nashville customers.
The company announced Wednesday that the super-fast service first becomes available on Monday, though officials declined to say which neighborhoods will be served and how much it will cost.58. Verizon barges into online video, buying AOL for $4.4B - Friday, May 08, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is buying AOL for about $4.4 billion, advancing the telecom's push in both mobile and advertising fields.
The acquisition gives Verizon an entry into increasingly competitive online and mobile video. The New York company is the country's largest wireless carrier as well as an Internet and TV provider — and wireless video and targeted advertising is seen as the next battleground for customers.
59. San Francisco commuters snub public transit for $6 bus ride - Friday, May 08, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The compact city that inspired ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft is offering a new way to get to work: fancy $6 big-bus rides with spacious seating, free Wi-Fi and attendants who deliver snacks.60. Things to know about accidents involving self-driving cars - Friday, May 08, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small fleet of cars that maneuver through traffic using an array of sensors and computing power is driving on California roads and highways.
Since September, seven companies have received permission from the state Department of Motor Vehicles to test these cars of the future in public. Four of the 48 vehicles have gotten into accidents, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.61. Self-driving cars getting dinged in California - Friday, May 08, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars now rolling around California have gotten into accidents since September, when the state began issuing permits for companies to test them on public roads.62. Comcast announces super-fast Internet in Tennessee, mum on cost - Friday, May 08, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Comcast says it is bringing its super-fast Internet service to Nashville, but won't say how much it will cost to install or subscribe.
The company announced Wednesday it will offer residential customers fiber optic service of two gigabits per second - or twice the speed of what is currently offered by some municipal electric providers and by Google. The tech giant's high-speed Internet service, Google Fiber, earlier this year announced it will expand to four metro areas in the southeastern U.S., including Nashville.63. Comcast to offer super-fast Internet in Nashville - Friday, May 01, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — Comcast says it is bringing its super-fast Internet service to Nashville, but won't say how much it will cost to install or subscribe.
The company says the fiber optic service will offer speeds of 2 gigabits per second — or double what is currently offered by some municipal electric providers and by Google.64. Want a great-paying job? Here’s the deal - Friday, May 08, 2015
Want a new career with nearly unlimited upside potential? One that will have employers beating down your door?
Uncle Sam wants you – to join the technology workforce.
Nationwide, skilled tech workers are in short supply, with more than half a million jobs going unfilled. And in Tennessee, where the rapidly expanding economy has companies competing for every qualified worker, the state is going to great lengths to train people in sought-after tech skills – footing the entire bill, in some cases, for adults willing to retool their careers.65. Googling on mobile devices surpasses PCs in US for 1st time - Friday, May 01, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world.66. Google’s algorithms get inside our heads - Friday, May 01, 2015
In the Internet search world, Google is clearly king, and marketing professionals across the globe give this tech giant the lion’s share of their attention.
Every time Google makes a change to its infamous algorithm, search engine marketers scramble to assess the impact and adjust their strategies.67. Microsoft makes its case for Windows 10 - Friday, April 24, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft figures one way to get people psyched about Windows 10 is to make sure there are plenty of cool features and apps for smartphones and tablets that use the new operating system.68. High court to consider lawsuits over personal data - Friday, April 24, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether Web sites and other firms that collect personal data can be sued for publishing inaccurate information even if the mistakes don't cause any actual harm.69. Nasdaq Record: Then and Now - Friday, April 24, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Fifteen years after peaking during the dot-com boom, the Nasdaq composite has reached a new all-time high.
But this isn't the Nasdaq of Pets.com and Webvan, when companies were valued on "cash burn rates" and "eyeballs."70. Stocks rise on tech earnings; Nasdaq adds to record - Friday, April 24, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks advanced slightly Friday as investors cheered the quarterly results of three large technology companies: Google, Microsoft and Amazon.
The modest gains helped close out a relatively strong week for U.S. stocks, with the three major indexes rising between 1.4 and 3.2 percent in five days. The Standard & Poor's 500 and Nasdaq composite closed at record highs.71. Google wireless phone service challenges major carriers - Friday, April 17, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is offering a wireless phone service designed to pressure major carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless into lowering their prices.
The service, called "Project Fi," will cost $20 per month and only charge customers for the amount of cellular data that they use each month instead of a flat rate. Each gigabyte of data will cost $10 per month. That means a customer could sign up for a plan offering three gigabytes of data and get $20 back if only one gigabyte was used in a month.72. After a sluggish start, US stocks finish higher - Friday, April 17, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors cheered moves by Google and credit-card companies on Wednesday and sent the stock market to a solid gain. Google helped set off a surge in technology stocks after it unveiled a low-cost wireless phone service.73. Google shaking up search recommendations on smartphones - Friday, April 17, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.74. Have a favorite job-search strategy? Update it - Friday, April 17, 2015
When it comes to job searching, one thing’s for sure. Times have changed. Over the past 20 years, the process for getting a job has been transformed. Most companies require you to apply online, and some even interview you via video chat.75. EU raises stakes in Google battle with antitrust charges - Friday, April 10, 2015
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union charged Google on Wednesday with abusing its overwhelming dominance in Internet searches and opened a probe into its Android mobile system, massively raising the stakes in the five-year antitrust battle.76. Google’s new rules might expedite your mobile plans - Friday, April 10, 2015
If your business is at all dependent upon Google search results for generating leads, then mark your calendars for April 21, 2015.
On thiat date, Google plans to dramatically shake up the way it delivers search results to its users by shifting emphasis toward mobile-friendly websites.77. YouTube Kids app criticized as deceiving - Friday, April 03, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The new YouTube Kids mobile app targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising and should be investigated, a group of consumer advocates told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter Tuesday.78. Obama presents climate change as hazard to your health - Friday, April 03, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health.
Obama on Tuesday was to announce a series of steps that private entities like Google and Microsoft are taking to better prepare the nation's health systems for the inevitable effects of a warmer, more erratic climate. He was to be joined at Howard University Medical School by Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy.79. What better place for an NRA convention? - Friday, April 03, 2015
When the National Rifle Association announced that it would hold its 2015 convention in Nashville, the timing was propitious.
In 2010, gun sales and handgun permits were booming, and Tennessee had just enacted a controversial and contested new “guns in bars” law that allowed people with handgun permits to carry concealed firearms into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.80. Stock split could cost Google over $500 million - Friday, March 27, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An unorthodox stock split designed to ensure Google CEO Larry Page and fellow co-founder Sergey Brin retain control of the Internet's most profitable company could cost Google more than half a billion dollars.81. Google, Microsoft battle drives down prices for PCs, tablets - Friday, March 27, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft's Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms.82. Amazon.com offering to help get jobs done around the house - Friday, March 27, 2015
SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon.com is introducing a referral service to help people to get projects and chores done around their homes.
The recommendation system, called Amazon Home Services, marks the e-commerce company's latest attempt to expand its empire beyond online shopping. It debuted Monday across the U.S. after several months of testing in New York, Los Angeles and Amazon.com's home city of Seattle.83. An elaborate, complicated, catty practical joke - Friday, March 27, 2015
The Honorable George Rose Smith is depicted in a John Deering wall-mounted bronze relief at the Central Arkansas Library System’s main branch. He’s in his robe and seated in front of a giant crossword grid.84. Tennessee AG wants court to set aside municipal broadband ruling - Friday, March 20, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general wants a federal appeals court to set aside a recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission to allow cities like Chattanooga to offer municipal broadband beyond their normal service area.85. Google's moonshots, gender bias at South by Southwest - Friday, March 13, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Music flooded into the streets around Austin's convention center as South by Southwest's music festival kicked off and the interactive portion wrapped up. The head of Google's (X) division talked about testing driverless cars and delivery drones, gender bias in tech was a hot topic and event-goers checked out the latest products and companies on the trade show floor.86. US at odds with Google on computer search-warrant proposal - Friday, March 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department proposal that could make locating and hacking into computers that are part of criminal investigations easier is raising constitutional concerns from privacy groups and Google, who fear the plan could have broad implications.87. Which social media channels work best for you? - Friday, March 13, 2015
The recent news that Google is reorganizing Google Plus probably registered only with hardcore social media users and marketing professionals.
It is unclear what is going on over at Google with regard to Google Plus and what it will become with the reported switch to Google Photos and Streams. Frankly, many consumers just haven’t been clear how best to use the product since its launch more than three years ago.88. Google's safe browsing system targets 'unwanted software' - Friday, March 06, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Get ready to see more red warning signs online as Google adds ammunition to its technological artillery for targeting devious schemes lurking on websites.
The latest weapon is aimed at websites riddled with "unwanted software" — a term that Google uses to describe secretly installed programs that can change a browser's settings without a user's permission. Those revisions can unleash a siege of aggravating ads or redirect a browser's users to search engines or other sites that they didn't intend to visit.89. Battle of the band(width): Fast, available Internet more important than state vs. FCC game in legislature - Friday, March 13, 2015
Joyce Coltrin’s business is wandering in Bradley County’s technological wilderness. And it’s likely to remain there – because of legal threats – until the General Assembly changes state law.90. Apple Watch moves Internet out of your pocket - Friday, March 06, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple wants to move the Internet from your pocket to your wrist.
Time will tell if millions of consumers are willing to spend $350 on up — there's an 18-karat gold version that starts at $10,000 — for a wearable device that still requires a wirelessly connected smartphone to deliver its most powerful features.91. Facebook exec, NBA team up to get men to 'lean in' for women - Friday, February 27, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work.92. Judge OKs $415M settlement in tech workers' lawsuit - Friday, February 27, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has tentatively approved a $415 million settlement in a major class action lawsuit by Silicon Valley workers who accused Apple Inc., Google Inc. and other tech companies of making an illegal agreement not to hire each other's employees.93. New phones, new ways to connect - Friday, February 27, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — High-end smartphones from Samsung and HTC have gotten much of the attention at this week's wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, but cheaper options are coming from Microsoft, Lenovo and others too. Meanwhile, Google and Facebook are working on giving people more ways to use those devices.94. Tennessee lawmakers: Block FCC ruling on municipal broadband - Friday, February 27, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - The Federal Communication Commission ruled last week that cities like Chattanooga may expand their municipal broadband service, but Tennessee officials who oppose the decision are lining up to block the move.95. Google, Facebook update contrasting plans to connect world - Friday, February 27, 2015
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sci-fi solutions or making friends one at a time? Google and Facebook are taking different routes to expanding Internet use and access among the unconnected in developing countries.96. Next Google Maps adventure: Soaring through Amazon jungle - Friday, February 27, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle.
The images released Monday are the latest addition to the diverse collection of photos supplementing Google's widely used digital maps. The maps' "Street View" option mostly provides panoramic views of cities and neighborhoods photographed by car-mounted cameras, but Google also has found creative ways to depict exotic locations where there are no roads.97. Google to offer own cellular network plan - Friday, February 27, 2015
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Google will soon be offering cellular network plans in a bid to bridge the gap between the realms of Internet services and mobile device software it dominates.
Vice President Sundar Pichai says Google, the leading Internet search engine and mobile software provider, is working with unnamed network operators on developing a cellular plan.98. Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq tops 5,000, approaching record high - Friday, February 27, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, your Internet was probably still dial-up, Microsoft dominated the tech world and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist.99. 'House of Cards' dealt Netflix a winning hand - Friday, February 27, 2015
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.100. Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers - Friday, February 27, 2015
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.