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1. Threat to US elections in 2020 is not limited to Russia -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia interfered in the 2016 election and may try to sway next year's vote as well. But it's not the only nation with an eye on U.S. politics.

American officials sounding the alarm about foreign efforts to disrupt the 2020 election include multiple countries in that warning. Concerns abound not only about possible hacking of campaigns but also about the spread of disinformation on social media and potential efforts to breach voting databases and even alter votes.

2. Sony shutting down online-cable service PlayStation Vue -

Sony is shutting down its pioneering online-cable alternative, PlayStation Vue, citing the high cost of content and the difficulty of reaching deals with networks.

It launched Vue in early 2015 as a skinnier, cheaper version of cable or satellite TV delivered via the internet. It was a test case for a TV alternative alongside Dish's Sling TV, and, later, a slew of copycats from DirecTV , Google , Hulu and others.

3. McLeod joins Butler Snow’s Nashville office -

Robert R. McLeod has joined Butler Snow’s Nashville office and will practice with the firm’s pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation group.

Before joining Butler Snow, McLeod clerked for Judge Thomas W. Brothers.

4. Baker Donelson places 7 on Lawyers of Year list -

Baker Donelson’s Nashville law office announces that seven of its attorneys have been named Lawyers of the Year by the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Only one lawyer is recognized as the year’s best for each specialty and location.

5. Are Facebook users better off after its $5 billion fine? -

If you're one of Facebook's more than 2 billion users, are you any better off now than you were before the Federal Trade Commission imposed new privacy restrictions and a $5 billion fine on the company this week?

6. Nissan governance steps, board win shareholders' approval -

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Scandal-battered Nissan won its shareholders' approval Tuesday for a new system of committees to oversee governance and for keeping Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa on its board.

7. Google's challenge to game consoles to kick off in November -

NEW YORK (AP) — Google will kick off its Stadia streaming service to challenge the video game industry in November — but initially only as part of a $130 bundle that includes hardware and a pass for a friend.

8. Nissan proposing more board members, with Renault's Bollore -

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan proposed Friday adding Renault's chief executive, Thierry Bollore, to its board, as well as several outsiders, to strengthen its governance following the arrest of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

9. Apple details new magazine, news app at services event -

CUPERTINO, California (AP) — Apple on Monday laid out the details of its news subscription service, Apple News Plus, at an event Monday. It's also expected to launch a video service that could compete with Netflix, Amazon and cable TV itself.

10. Apple is jumping belatedly into the streaming TV business -

CUPERTINO, California (AP) — Jumping belatedly into a business dominated by Netflix and Amazon, Apple announced its own TV and movie streaming service Monday, enlisting such superstars as Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston and Steven Spielberg to try to overcome its rivals' head start.

11. Goodbye console? Google launches game-streaming platform -

NEW YORK (AP) — Google on Tuesday unveiled a video-game streaming platform called Stadia, positioning itself to take on the traditional video-game business.

The platform will store a game-playing session in the cloud and lets players jump across devices operating on Google's Chrome browser and Chrome OS, such as Pixel phones and Chromebooks.

12. Country star Kane Brown countersues producer over contract -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country star Kane Brown and Atlanta-based producer Polow Da Don are embroiled in a contract dispute that has both sides claiming they are owed money.

The Grammy-nominated producer, whose real name is Jamal Jones, sued Brown in February claiming breach of contract, saying he has not been paid under the terms of a 2015 agreement and asked for damages in excess of $75,000.

13. Hulu ups price for live-TV service, cuts basic package price -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hulu's live-TV streaming service will cost $5 more per month, while its traditional video-on-demand service will be $2 cheaper.

Hulu with Live TV, a cable-like package with CNN, ESPN and a few dozen other channels over the internet, will cost $45 a month starting Feb. 26, as Hulu seeks to make that service more profitable. The new price is comparable to a basic plan from Sony's rival PlayStation Vue, but more expensive than Google's YouTube TV and AT&T's DirecTV Now.

14. Businesses sound alarm as UK says prepare for no-deal Brexit -

LONDON (AP) — Businesses in Britain and the European Union need to prepare for the possibility the U.K. will leave the bloc in March without an exit deal, senior British and EU officials warned Wednesday, as a growing number of U.K. firms braced for disruption by stockpiling goods or shifting operations overseas.

15. Looks like Patriots (again?) vs. Saints in Super Bowl -

With only four teams remaining, it’s no real surprise that four of the most potent offenses in the league have slots in the conference championship games.

In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs are the latest challenger to the New England Patriots’ throne. Love the Pats or hate them, appearing in eight consecutive AFC title games is one of the most amazing feats in sports – perhaps on par with the dominance of John Wooden’s UCLA basketball teams of the 1960s or Casey Stengel’s Yankees of the ‘50s. Teams know they’re going to have to knock off the Patriots to do get to the top.

16. Quinn moves practice to Neal & Harwell -

Attorney John E. Quinn, previously a partner at Manier & Herod, has joined Neal & Harwell, PLC, as of counsel.

His practice is in the defense of all aspects of civil litigation, including commercial, professional negligence, personal injury, products liability, employment and insurance litigation. He has extensive trial experience and has conducted more than 50 trials in both state and federal courts, as well as arbitrations in Tennessee and Europe.

17. Former state ABC leader joining Adams and Reese -

Clayton Byrd, executive director of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, will leave the ABC to join Adams and Reese as special counsel, beginning Oct. 15. Byrd will head the firm’s Tennessee alcoholic beverage practice and serve as part of the firm’s Tennessee Government Relations team.

18. Facebook unveils Quest, its new virtual-reality headset -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is off to a slow start in his mission to bring virtual reality to the masses, so perhaps it's appropriate his company's next VR headset will be called Quest.

19. US says North Korean charged in Sony hack, WannaCry attack -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A computer programmer accused of working at the behest of the North Korean government was charged Thursday in connection with several high-profile cyberattacks, including the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack and the WannaCry ransomware virus that affected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide.

20. FireEye: Tech firms' secret weapon against disinformation -

NEW YORK (AP) — This week has seen major social media sites step up their policing of online disinformation campaigns.

Google disabled dozens of YouTube channels and other accounts linked to a state-run Iranian broadcaster running a political-influence campaign.

21. 'Incredibles 2' crushes animation record with $180 million -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a drought of family-friendly films helped "Incredibles 2" become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th highest film launch overall.

22. Comcast challenges Disney with $65B bid for Fox -

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast made a $65 billion bid Wednesday for Fox's entertainment businesses, setting up a battle with Disney to become the next mega-media company.

The bid comes just a day after a federal judge cleared AT&T's takeover of Time Warner and rejected the government's argument that it would hurt competition in cable and satellite TV and jack up costs to consumers for streaming TV and movies. The ruling signaled that Comcast could win regulatory approval, too; its bid for Fox shares many similarities with the AT&T-Time Warner deal.

23. Comcast v. Disney: a fight for Twenty-First Century Fox -

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast and Disney are on the verge of a head-to-head bidding war for Fox's entertainment properties.

The potential battle for Twenty-First Century Fox comes as traditional entertainment companies try to amass more properties to compete better with technology companies such as Amazon and Netflix for viewers' attention — and dollars.

24. Sony buys most of EMI Music, to spend $9B on image sensors -

TOKYO (AP) — Electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday it plans to spend $2.3 billion acquiring an additional 60 percent stake in EMI Music Publishing, home to the Motown catalog and contemporary artists like Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Pharrell Williams.

25. Female songwriters in Nashville say 'Time's Up' -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Female musicians in Nashville have long complained about the lack of representation on country radio, but now a collective of female songwriters are singing "Time's Up."

The Song Suffragettes were formed in 2014 in response to a growing concern that women were being excluded by labels and radio and spurred by comments by a radio consultant that compared women to tomatoes in a salad. Only 18 out of the top 100 country singles of 2017 had a female artist featured, a percentage that has been stagnating in the genre for years.

26. Music firms sue to keep hit songs off fitness streaming app -

ATLANTA (AP) — Some of the nation's largest recording studios have joined forces in an effort to stop a music streaming service aimed at fitness enthusiasts from using songs by Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Green Day and other stars.

27. Trump administration blames NKorea for big ransomware attack -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is publicly blaming North Korea for a ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service.

28. As Disney swallows Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood -

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of tremors, the earthquake that had long been predicted finally shook Hollywood.

Disney's deal to purchase most of 21st Century Fox ends the era of the "Big Six" major movie studios, toppling one of the industry's most famed studios and dramatically redrawing the Hollywood map.

29. Lipman Group joins Re/Max Collection -

Lipman Group is partnering with The RE/MAX Collection Fine Homes & Luxury Properties, the luxury division of the RE/MAX pervasive brand. Effective immediately, Lipman Group will don the name RE/MAX Homes and Estates, Lipman Group.

30. Cellphone company T-Mobile to launch TV service next year -

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile is launching a TV service next year, becoming the latest company to marry wireless and video.

The service will target people who aren't interested in traditional cable and satellite TV packages. T-Mobile promises to address consumer complaints such as "sky-high bills" and "exploding bundles." The company wouldn't provide details on its upcoming offering, including how it would differ from existing online TV alternatives from Hulu, YouTube, Sony, AT&T and Dish.

31. Bradley hires former assistant U.S. attorney -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has hired former Assistant U.S. Attorney Scarlett Singleton Nokes for the firm’s Nashville office.

A member of Bradley’s Government Enforcement and Investigations Practice Group, Nokes represents clients in a range of matters related to government investigations, white-collar criminal defense, regulatory and compliance issues, civil litigation and enforcement actions.

32. Retailers rise again, but tech leads other US stocks lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers and smaller U.S. companies jumped again Friday as they continued to report strong third-quarter results, but technology companies and other big U.S. corporations couldn't add to the previous day's gains.

33. Vols' shaky start exposes raw nerves as Dawgs roll in -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones had more than Georgia on his mind this week.

Rumors on message boards and reports on sports talk radio flamed the fires around Jones and the Vols after last Saturday’s 17-13 victory over Massachusetts at Neyland Stadium.

34. Looks like another 8-4 season for Vols -

Oops. I goofed last year. So did lots of other people who thought Tennessee’s football team would win the SEC East Division and go to the league championship game for the first time since 2007. I predicted the Vols would go 10-2 in the regular season, 6-2 in the SEC, tie Georgia for the East Division title, go to the SEC Championship Game, lose to Alabama for a second time and go to the Orange Bowl.

35. Foxconn steers clear of Trump's $30 billion investment claim -

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group is not saying whether it plans to invest $30 billion in the United States, as President Donald Trump claimed he was told by the company's leader "off the record."

36. Why you still can't ditch your cable box -

NEW YORK (AP) — Not that long ago, the clunky cable box looked like it was on its way out. The federal government was pressuring cable companies to open up their near-monopoly on boxes to more competition, and industry leader Comcast promised apps that could render some boxes obsolete.

37. Why you still can't ditch your cable box -

NEW YORK (AP) — Not that long ago, the clunky cable box looked like it was on its way out. The federal government was pressuring cable companies to open up their near-monopoly on boxes to more competition, and industry leader Comcast promised apps that could render some boxes obsolete.

38. From Main Street to Mars -

Renee Bell enjoyed some serious success during her 30 years in the music industry.

She worked with Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Brooks & Dunn and other stars, for example, during the 20 years she spent as an A&R executive at Sony Music.

39. Apple unveils 'HomePod' speaker, first new product in years -

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Apple nodded to several up-and-coming technology trends, unveiling a new "smart" home speaker and device features touching on virtual reality, online privacy and a form of artificial intelligence called machine learning.

40. What we currently know about the global cyberattack -

NEW YORK (AP) — The danger from a global cyberattack that spread to some 150 nations continues to fade, and that's only some of the good news.

After two security researchers greatly slowed down that attack , which effectively held people's documents, photos and other digital files hostage, hard-hit organizations such as the U.K.'s National Health Service seem to be bouncing back. While it's a crude measure of the impact, it also appears that relatively few of those affected were desperate enough to actually pay the ransom demanded by the attackers.

41. Experts see possible North Korea links to global cyberattack -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Cybersecurity experts are pointing to circumstantial evidence that North Korea may be behind the global "ransomware" attack: the way the hackers took hostage computers and servers across the world was similar to previous cyberattacks attributed to North Korea.

42. Shunned by radio, women in Nashville embrace outlaw status -

NASHVILLE (AP) — As a member of the country trio Pistol Annies, singer-songwriter Angaleena Presley often got questions about the lack of women on country radio, which she responded to with a safe sound bite about musical trends being cyclical and being hopeful for change.

43. YouTube TV has some nifty features - and some big drawbacks -

NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube TV, Google's new streaming package of about 40 television channels, is the tech industry's latest bid to get cable-shunning millennials to pay for live TV over the internet. It offers intriguing advantages over rivals, but it remains hobbled by a limited channel selection.

44. Sony records 84 pct quarterly profit drop on movie loss -

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. reported Thursday an 84 percent profit drop in October-December, as losses in its movie division offset healthy results in its video game business.

45. Nintendo debuts hotly anticipated Nintendo Switch console -

TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo is trying to Switch it up. The Japanese video-game company revealed details Friday about its hotly anticipated Nintendo Switch, a video game console that also serves as a hand-held gaming device, during a global rollout on Friday.

46. Ford Fusion Energi is more fuel-efficient, cheaper for ’17 -

Ford managed to make its plug-in Fusion Energi gasoline-electric hybrid more fuel efficient for 2017, even while lowering the base price.

Federal government fuel economy ratings for this mid-size sedan are increased from last year and now are 42 mpg in combined city/highway travel on gasoline power, with up to 21 miles of travel available on electric power alone. The 2016 model got 38 mpg.

47. Yahoo's big breach helps usher in an age of hacker anxiety -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo has become the worst-case example of an unnerving but increasingly common phenomenon — massive hacks that steal secrets and other potentially revealing information from our personal digital accounts, or from big organizations that hold sensitive data on our behalf.

48. Yahoo's big breach helps usher in an age of hacker anxiety -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo has become the worst-case example of an unnerving but increasingly common phenomenon — massive hacks that steal secrets and other potentially revealing information from our personal digital accounts, or from big organizations that hold sensitive data on our behalf.

49. Legendary Orbison poised for posthumus comeback -

“Dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah ….” Probably not a pretty sound, but that’s what I was singing – “Only the Lonely” – when I pulled my ancient Saab into a visitor’s spot in the parking lot outside the building named for Nashville’s most-celebrated rock star, a kind man with a voice that soared from baritone to tenor as he sang of heartache, loss and, very seldom, life’s triumphs.

50. DirecTV wants to be the next online substitute for cable -

NEW YORK (AP) — There are already a few online services that aim to replace cable, but they haven't attracted many users yet. AT&T's DirecTV hopes to change that.

While just about any person you meet on the street will tell you cable costs too much, the vast majority of Americans don't think it's bad enough to cancel. Cheaper online live-TV services, like Dish Network's Sling TV and Sony's PlayStation Vue, remain relatively unknown compared with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. And while they're easy to order and cancel online and fairly simple to use, they still have drawbacks.

51. MTSU’s Jones College honors 5 business leaders -

MTSU’s Jennings A. Jones College of Business has again honored a group of business people with awards in recognition of their contribution to business and industry.

The five honorees were formally recognized recently during the 21st Century: Leaders That Matter awards ceremony leading up to the Jones College-hosted 21st Century: Work That Matters conference at Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center.

52. US internet repeatedly disrupted by cyberattacks on key firm -

LONDON (AP) — Cyberattacks on a key internet firm repeatedly disrupted the availability of popular websites across the United States Friday, according to analysts and company officials. The White House described the disruption as malicious.

53. Vols open hardest stretch of season by breaking Gator streak. On to Georgia -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones went from goat to hero in a matter of hours last Saturday.

The Vols trailed Florida 21-0 in the first half – and 21-3 at halftime – and appeared headed to their 12th consecutive loss to the Gators.

54. Harold Bradley: Just telling it ‘like it was’ -

Harold Bradley’s blood pressure was up a bit on this late-summer morning, but he’s not too troubled by it as the day progresses. At least he’s got his dialysis done and a little guitar-picking fills his near horizon.

55. Looks like 10-2, SEC title game, Orange Bowl for UT -

Tennessee’s football team and its fans have the best of both worlds this weekend.

They get to relish in a season-opening victory Thursday night and enjoy a feast of good college football all day Saturday.

56. Hulu dropping free video as it prepares cable TV alternative -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hulu is dropping the free TV episodes that it was initially known for as it works on an online television service to rival cable TV.

Free episodes — typically the most recent four or five episodes from a show's current season — will be gone from the site within a few weeks. Instead, Hulu is making free episodes available through Yahoo .

57. Time Warner invests in Hulu in win for cable cord-cutters -

NEW YORK (AP) — In another win for cable cord-cutters, Time Warner has become the latest media company to invest in streaming service Hulu.

The move could boost the viability of an online TV service that Hulu is expected to launch next year as an alternative to cable TV. Sony and Dish already operate online TV services, while Apple has expressed interest in one, according to published reports. None of those companies, however, have the networks themselves as full partners or owners, the way Hulu does.

58. Brody-Waite named CEO of Entrepreneur Center -

Michael Brody-Waite, former CEO of InQuicker.com, will be The Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s new CEO.

Brody-Waite began his career at Dell Inc., working in sales. In 2009, he became co-founder and CEO of Nashville-based InQuicker, which he shepherded it until it was acquired in 2015.

59. Safety, technology upgraded in '16 Focus hatchback -

Ford’s jack-of-all-trades Focus hatchback has been upgraded for 2016 with a racy RS model, new safety features and a more responsive voice-recognition system for making phone calls and sending texts.

60. Luxury name of game with Platinum Explorer -

Ford’s long-running Explorer SUV goes upscale in a big way with the new-for-2016 Platinum model that rivals traditional luxury SUVs with its numerous high-tech features, quilted-stitched leather seats and exclusive sound system.

61. Opportunities and hurdles with Google's Daydream VR vision -

NEW YORK (AP) — Upcoming virtual-reality headsets based on Google's new Daydream VR system won't be as sophisticated as Facebook's Oculus Rift.

But they could give more people a taste of VR and make better games and applications affordable.

62. Country artists condemn LGBT laws, but labels silent -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Several country music artists and songwriters have condemned proposed laws that critics say discriminate against LGBT people, but anyone looking for reaction from the record labels and production companies on Nashville's Music Row has heard only the sound of silence.

63. SoundCloud expands into mainstream with paid streaming plan -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — SoundCloud is entering paid music streaming, hoping to turn its huge community of cover singers, dubstep remixers and wannabe stars into a bigger source of revenue.

Since its launch in 2007, the Berlin-based online music service has allowed pretty much any audio to be uploaded to its cloud — from Kanye West outtakes to teenagers singing over canned music. It has slowly introduced tools to earn revenue, introducing paid services for artists in 2008 and ad revenue sharing for invited musicians in 2014.

64. Sony buys Michael Jackson's stake in music catalog for $750M -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's estate has agreed to sell its remaining stake in a lucrative music catalog to Sony Corp. for $750 million, the entities announced Monday.

65. Documentary, album explore Loretta Lynn's Appalachian roots -

NASHVILLE (AP) - When Loretta Lynn was growing up in Butcher Hollow in Kentucky in 1930s, her home in the coal mining community was always filled with music, either from her own voice echoing through the trees or the sound of the Carter Family's songs.

66. Entrepreneur Center names Lingo president, COO -

Sam Lingo has been appointed president and COO of the organization Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

In addition, John Murdock has been promoted to vice president of entrepreneurial development and Heather McBee has been promoted to vice president of accelerator programming, and Kelli Nowers has been promoted to community director.

67. Pandora cuts direct deal with Sony/ATV; shares jump -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Internet radio service Pandora says it has reached a direct licensing deal for songwriting rights with Sony/ATV music publishing, the largest music publisher in the world.

The deal, which will see Pandora Media Inc. pay more to Sony/ATV to play the songs of artists like Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga and Pharrell Williams, eliminates some uncertainty over how much it would have to pay in the future. A review begun last summer by the Department of Justice into publishing rights societies ASCAP and BMI could have affected its bargaining power with publishers.

68. Here’s how Vols grade going into second half -

Order has been restored in Vol Nation, at least for now.

Tennessee’s football team restored it with a 38-31 victory over then-No. 19 Georgia last Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

UT’s rally from a 24-3 deficit has much of the fan base back on board with Vols coach Butch Jones and his staff after a precarious week leading up to the game.

69. Vols coach struggling on and off the field -

Please, coach. Just say the right thing. Please. Tennessee football coach Butch Jones lost another press conference Monday, two days after his team blew a 14-0 lead and lost to Arkansas 24-20 at Neyland Stadium.

70. Study cites cybercrime's rising costs to corporations -

NEW YORK (AP) — Cybercrime costs are climbing for companies both in the U.S. and overseas amid a slew of high-profile breaches, according to research released Tuesday.

A sixth-annual study by the Ponemon Institute pegged the average annual cost of cybercrime per large U.S. company at $15.4 million. That's up 19 percent from $12.7 million a year ago.

71. Berlin gadget show: Tiny PCs and high-end handsets -

BERLIN (AP) — Gadget makers have been showcasing their latest gear at Europe's flagship technology show, the IFA in Berlin, this week.

With the exception of Apple, all major manufacturers have been announcing new devices in time for the holiday shopping season.

72. Preseason analysis: Vols will defeat Oklahoma, finish 8-4 -

Tennessee’s football team has something to prove as it concludes the first week of preseason practices and moves forward to the 2015 season.

The Vols must prove they belong in the national picture in Butch Jones’ third year as coach.

73. Best hotel rooms in Nashville – with or without helicopter -

Tod Roadarmel, director of sales and marketing for the nearly 2-year-old Omni Hotel downtown, is awestruck by the vitality of Nashville’s hospitality industry. In town since 1988, he remembers when pre-Bridgestone Arena Broadway was not a place you’d want to be late at night.

74. EU opens antitrust case against 6 major US movie studios -

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has launched an antitrust case against six major U.S. movie studios, including Disney and Warner Bros, and British satellite broadcaster Sky for restricting access across the 28-country bloc.

75. Colleges, pro franchises seek strategies to keep millennials interested -

UT and Vanderbilt are accustomed to tough competition from Tuscaloosa, Athens and Gainesville. Likewise, the Titans must deal with the Colts, Steelers and Ravens.

On games days, they and many others now have to go against Sony, Microsoft, Apple and EA Sports.

76. Randy Goodman named chairman, CEO of Sony Music Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Sony Entertainment named Randy Goodman, a Nashville native and former RCA Records executive, as the new chairman and CEO of Sony Music Nashville.

77. Uniguest names Morgan chief executive officer -

Uniguest, a provider of secure managed technology services, has announced the appointment of Joseph P. Morgan, Jr. as chief executive officer, effective July 6, 2015.

Morgan had served as president and chief executive officer of The Standard Register Company, a publicly traded company with revenues approaching $1 billion, since January 2009. At The Standard Register Company, he was responsible for the transformation of the printing giant to an integrated communications company leveraging both technology and innovation to develop a market-focused strategy. Morgan also served on the Board of Directors and held a number of community and charitable leadership positions during his tenure with the company.

78. Charter buying Time Warner Cable as TV viewers go online -

NEW YORK (AP) — As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion.

79. Got a dream? Launch it with help from crowdfunding -

One friend helped Annie Klaver get into her corporate job, and 131 helped her get out. More specifically, 131 people pledged a total of $15,556 on Indiegogo, enabling Klaver to launch her new outdoor company, River Queen Voyages, this month.

80. ESPN says Verizon's new FiOS TV packages violate agreements -

NEW YORK (AP) — Breaking up the cable-TV bundle won't be easy. ESPN is objecting to how Verizon is giving its FiOS TV customers more choice.

In new plans that went into effect Sunday, Verizon made the ESPN and ESPN2 sports channels optional, but ESPN says its contracts with Verizon prohibit the channels from being in a separate sports package.

81. Apple Watch isn't the only gadget out this week -

NEW YORK (AP) — The public will have its first chance to see, touch and buy the Apple Watch on Friday, as Apple stores in the U.S. and eight markets abroad start previews and online orders commence.

82. Obama signs order creating new cyber sanctions program -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday created the first-ever sanctions program to penalize overseas hackers who engage in cyber spying and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of that espionage, potentially including state-owned corporations in Russia and China.

83. Early Look: How does Apple Watch stack up vs rival watches? -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple made a strong case for how you can use its upcoming Apple Watch, and the device stacks up well against the competition.

If you've waited for the Apple Watch to decide on a smartwatch, here are some things to consider in weighing whether you really need one. You'll need an iPhone 5 or newer, while the rival watches will typically work only with Android.

84. 3 reasons Apple's watch will — or won't — change the game -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — No one can argue that many Apple devices have changed the way people live their lives. The company's iTunes, iPhone and iPad have shaken up music, phone and computer markets worldwide. Is the Apple Watch going to be able to do the same?

85. New phones, new ways to connect -

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.

86. Review: Freedom! These smartwatches leave the phone behind -

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Strap on the Samsung Gear S or the Sony SmartWatch 3 if you want to take a jog on the beach or head out for a bike ride without your phone clunking along.

One of my frustrations with early smartwatches has been how little they can do on their own. Sure, your phone might be with you most of the time, but sometimes you want to leave it behind. The Gear S and SmartWatch 3 still need to be close to an Android phone for a lot of things, but both do more solo than other smartwatches.

87. 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.

88. 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.

89. Let hackers in: Experts say traps might be better than walls -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ever since the Internet blossomed in the 1990s, cybersecurity was built on the idea that computers could be protected by a digital quarantine. Now, as hackers routinely overwhelm such defenses, experts say cybersecurity is beyond due an overhaul.

90. Health care, energy stocks among gainers on Wall Street -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose broadly Thursday, helped by a 6 percent jump in the price of oil and a rise in health care stocks following Pfizer's $16 billion deal to buy drugmaker Hospira.

91. Litany of problems pushes Target into giving up on Canada -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target is giving up on its money-losing foray into Canada after just two years, closing 133 stores and cutting loose more than 17,000 employees.

Target said it didn't see how it could stop losing money before at least 2021 on its first international expansion. The closing links Target with a series of other retailers who have learned the hard way that the northern border is tough to cross.

92. Obama seeks laws on data hacking, student privacy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus.

93. 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.

94. Smart and pretty! Fashion designers spruce up smartwatches -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Smartwatches don't have to look ugly to be functional. Clothing and accessories designers are collaborating with engineers to produce computerized wristwatches that people will want to wear all day and night.

95. 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.

96. Sony Corp. CEO breaks silence on 'The Interview' hack -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sony Corp.'s top corporate executive on Monday condemned the recent hacking assault against its film division, saying his employees were victims of a "vicious and malicious cyberattack," while adding that he's proud of them for standing against "the extortionist efforts of criminals."

97. 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.

98. With digital forces at the gate, a down year for Hollywood -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood's 2014 may well go down as a mere box-office blip, or it could be Act One in a drama of coming digital disruption.

When the year's final receipts are tallied at the end of Wednesday, the final take is estimated by box-office firm Rentrak to be about $10.4 billion, a 5.2 percent drop from the record $10.9 billion of 2013. In and of itself, such a dip isn't much for Hollywood to fret about. The industry still cleared $10 billion in revenue, the year was widely viewed as a cyclical in-between to bigger years, and a number of major releases that would have moved the needle were postponed (most notably "Furious 7," following Paul Walker's death, and Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur").

99. Sony: PlayStation back online after 3-day outage -

Sony says its PlayStation Network is back online after three days of disruptions that began on Christmas.

But heavy traffic might continue to cause problems for customers seeking to play their favorite games, the company said Sunday.

100. PlayStation, Xbox outages spark debate over hacker claims -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sony's PlayStation network remained offline Friday on the second day of an outage that began roiling the online world just as eager video game players were unwrapping new consoles on Christmas morning.