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Alphabet comes before Apple as world's most valuable company
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alphabet now comes before Apple atop the list of the world's most valuable companies. The shift occurred in Monday's extended trading after Alphabet, Google's new parent company, released a fourth-quarter earnings report that highlighted the robust growth of the digital ad
Drone schools spread in China to field pilots for new sector
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BEIJING (AP) — Joysticks at their fingertips, the mostly male students packing the classroom lift their virtual helicopters into the air, part of a new cottage industry that's sprung up in China: drone pilot schools. China is already the world's biggest drone manufacturer, churning out
Google parent Alphabet may soon top Apple's market value
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As the digital advertising market booms and demand for smartphones wanes, Alphabet Inc. could soon dethrone Apple as the world's most valuable company. If it happens, Alphabet will move to the head of the class just five months after Google reorganized itself under the
Japan unveils stealth plane, may combine with next-gen jet
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TOYOYAMA, Japan (AP) — Japan unveiled its first homemade stealth plane Thursday as it tries to catch up on the technology and enhance its reconnaissance and intelligence capabilities as China expands its own military presence in the region. The experimental X-2 is expected to make its maiden
EU considering probe of Google tax deal in UK
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LONDON (AP) — The European Union could investigate the 130 million-pound ($186 million) deal for back taxes struck between Britain and Google, after furious opposition lawmakers suggested the Internet company should have paid more. EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager told the BBC on
Yahoo Japan defends online ivory sales as criticism grows
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TOKYO (AP) — Yahoo Japan said Wednesday it is strengthening policing of illegal ivory on its online commerce site as criticism grows it is supporting a trade that fuels the slaughter of wild elephants. A spokeswoman for the company said it prohibits sales of raw ivory and ivory products that
After setting iPhone record, Apple forecasts rare sales drop
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is bracing for its first sales decline in 13 years, despite selling a record 74.8 million iPhones in the final three months of 2015, in what may prove to be a turning point for the world's most valuable company. The tech giant says revenue could fall at least 8.6
Electronics giant Philips falls to 4th quarter loss
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AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch electronics giant Philips says it fell to a fourth-quarter net loss of 39 million euros ($42 million) as it paid off pension risks and had higher tax and other expenses, down from a net profit of 134 million euros ($146 million) in the same period a year ago. Earnings
Twitter says 4 executives are leaving the company
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NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says that four executives are leaving the company. Its stock fell more than 4 percent in premarket trading. CEO Jack Dorsey posted a statement to the microblogging service saying that Alex Roetter, Skip Schipper, Katie Stanton and Kevin Weil are exiting the company.
The Latest: Robot prototype draws crowds in Davos
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DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The latest developments from the final day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where top executives and world leaders are meeting this week. All times local. 4:00 p.m. Meet Hubo. In the near future, Hubo will do all the home chores for you. Oh
Young Chinese scale Great Firewall to flood Taiwan media
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BEIJING (AP) — The Facebook page of Taiwan's president-elect was flooded Thursday with tens of thousands of pro-China comments following a campaign by young mainlanders to jump the country's "Great Firewall" into normally forbidden overseas social media to express displeasure over the recent
The Latest: Facebook's Sandberg: Biz must resolve gender gap
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DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The latest developments from Davos, where business and world leaders are attending the World Economic Forum's annual meeting. All times local. 1:45 p.m. Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg says the world won't change for the good if only men continue
Tech at the symphony: Boston orchestra loaning patrons iPads
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BOSTON (AP) — A night at the symphony usually means silencing cellphones and mobile devices before the music starts. But as part of an effort to draw in a younger audience, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is loaning select patrons iPads loaded with content specific to each
Particles could reveal clues to how Egypt pyramid was built
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CAIRO (AP) — An international team of researchers said Sunday they will soon begin analyzing cosmic particles collected inside Egypt's Bent Pyramid to search for clues as to how it was built and learn more about the 4,600-year-old structure. Mehdi Tayoubi, president of the Heritage Innovation
US government developing policies for self-driving cars
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DETROIT (AP) — The federal government wants to get autonomous vehicles on the road more quickly, and says it will fast-track policies and possibly even waive regulations to do it. U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx — surrounded by representatives from General Motors and
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