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Disney CEO Bob Iger steps down in surprise announcement

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney CEO Bob Iger, who steered the company's absorption of Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel and Fox's entertainment businesses and the launch of a Netflix challenger, is stepping down immediately, the company said in a surprise...

 

Ivanka Trump's appearance at CES tech show draws criticism

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The nation's largest consumer electronics show hosted Ivanka Trump as a keynote speaker — a choice that drew scorn from many women in technology. Ivanka Trump spoke for nearly 40 minutes on stage Tuesday with Gary Shapiro,...

 

Trump signs law to reduce robocalls, though they won't end

NEW YORK (AP) — An anti-robocalls measure signed into law Monday by President Donald Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won't make all such calls disappear....

 

Trump signs law to reduce robocalls, though they won't end

NEW YORK (AP) — An anti-robocalls measure signed into law Monday by President Donald Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won't make all such calls disappear....

 

Senate passes anti-robocalls bill; Trump expected to sign

The Senate approved a bill Thursday to crack down on robocalls, sending to President Donald Trump a measure meant to combat a persistent and costly problem for Americans. The bill, which Trump is expected to sign, would stiffen enforcement and...

 

T-Mobile CEO says if Sprint deal fails, prices may go up

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile CEO John Legere said if his company's $26.5 billion deal to buy Sprint fails, it may have to raise prices to slow user growth and relieve stress on the T-Mobile network. He said that would be his "worst nightmare."...

 

Gannett: 'Frontline' reporting jobs will be last to get cut

NEW YORK (AP) — In November, newspaper publisher GateHouse completed its acquisition of USA Today owner Gannett, creating the largest newspaper publisher in the U.S. Executives behind the merger, which was funded in part by a high-interest, $1.8...

 

GateHouse, Gannett join, become largest US newspaper chain

NEW YORK (AP) — GateHouse closed its $1.1 billion takeover of USA Today publisher Gannett, becoming the country's largest newspaper company by far and pledging significant cost cuts at a time when print publications are in precipitous decline. The...

 

People puzzled by peculiar texts, and no one can say why

If you woke up Thursday to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren't alone. A mysterious wave of missives swept America's phones overnight, delivering largely unintelligible messages from friends, family and the occasional ex....

 

Got a weird text? A telecom vendor says it's to blame

If you woke up to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren't alone. A mysterious wave of missives swept America's phones overnight, delivering confusing messages from friends, family and the occasional ex. Friends who hadn't talked to...

 

Facebook launches a news section - and will pay publishers

Over the course of its 15 year history, Facebook has variously ignored news organizations while eating their advertising revenue, courted them for video projects it subsequently abandoned, and then largely cut their stories out of its newsfeeds ....

 

Verizon sells early social-media darling Tumblr

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is selling Tumblr, a darling of early social media, to the owner of blogging platform WordPress. Tumblr is known for its devoted fan base and has been home to angry posts from celebrities like Taylor Swift . It angered many...

 

Is there finally more help in the fight against robocalls?

NEW YORK (AP) — New tools are coming to fight robocalls, but don't expect unwanted calls to disappear. Political gridlock could derail bills aimed at beefing up enforcement and forcing phone companies to do more. The companies have been slow to...

 

FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20B for rural internet

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government will hold a massive auction later this year to bolster 5G service , the next generation of mobile networks. President Donald Trump showcased the announcement Friday, declaring that the race to stand up these...

 

Live online TV, once a bargain, is getting more expensive

NEW YORK (AP) — If you signed up to stream live TV in hopes of saving money over traditional cable, you may be in for a rude surprise. Live online-TV providers like YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and Hulu with Live TV lured users with digital "skinny...

 

AT&T's Time Warner takeover has already reshaped media world

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld AT&T's $81 billion takeover of Time Warner, approving one of the biggest media deals on record in the face of opposition from the Trump administration. The combination of one of the...

 

Researchers say Amazon face-detection technology shows bias

NEW YORK (AP) — Facial-detection technology that Amazon is marketing to law enforcement often misidentifies women, particularly those with darker skin, according to researchers from MIT and the University of Toronto. Privacy and civil rights...

 

Sprint and T-Mobile agree to combine in $26.5 billion deal

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile and Sprint reached a $26.5 billion merger agreement Sunday that would reduce the U.S. wireless industry to three major players — that is, if the Trump administration's antitrust regulators let the deal go through. The...

 

Facebook to emphasize 'trustworthy' news via user surveys

Facebook is taking another step to try to make itself more socially beneficial, saying it will boost news sources that its users rate as trustworthy in surveys. In a blog post and a Facebook post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg Friday, the company said it...

 

Wave of lawsuits filed to block net-neutrality repeal

NEW YORK (AP) — The expected wave of litigation against the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net-neutrality rules has begun. A group of attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia sued Tuesday to block the rules. So...

 

FCC proposes $13.4M fine for TV-station owner Sinclair

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has proposed fining TV-station owner Sinclair $13.4 million for not identifying paid programming as advertising. Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. is one of the country's largest owners of TV...

 

After net neutrality: Brace for internet 'fast lanes'

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that federal telecom regulators have repealed net neutrality, it may be time to brace for the arrival of internet "fast lanes" and "slow lanes." The net neutrality rules just voted down by the Federal Communications Commission...

 

FCC votes along party lines to end 'net neutrality'

The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster...

 

Disney buying much of Fox, will help it compete with Netflix

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is buying a large part of Fox, including its movie and television studios, for about $52.4 billion, as the home of Mickey Mouse tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business. Disney's all-s...

 

What the FCC rollback of 'net neutrality' means to you

Now that the federal government has rolled back the internet protections it put in place two years ago, the big question is: What does the repeal of "net neutrality' rules mean to you? In the short term, the answer is simple: Not much. But over time,...

 

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