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AT&T Agrees to Buy DirecTV in $48.5B Deal

Updated: 05/19/2014 - AT&T says it is buying DirecTV for $95 per share, or $49 billion, a move that gives the telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which agreed to a merger in February.

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Blackberry Launches New Smartphone for Indonesia

Posted: 05/13/2014 - BlackBerry launched a new lower-cost smartphone designed specifically for Indonesia on Tuesday in an attempt to win back market share that has plunged in recent years but remains higher than in many other nations.

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Nintendo Apologizes for Lack of Virtual Equality

Posted: 05/12/2014 - Nintendo is apologizing and pledging to be more inclusive after being criticized for not recognizing same-sex relationships in English editions of a life-simulator video game.

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Netflix Raises Prices by $1 for New Subscribers

Posted: 05/09/2014 - Netflix is raising its Internet video prices by $1 per month for new customers and giving its current U.S. subscribers a two-year break from the higher rates.

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FTC Says Snapchat Deceived Customers

Posted: 05/08/2014 - Snapchat has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it deceived customers about the disappearing nature of messages sent through its service and that it collected users' contacts without telling them or asking permission.

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Facebook Plans Campaign to 'Friend' Small Business

Posted: 05/06/2014 - Facebook wants to increase its advertising and get more clicks on all kinds of ads. It believes tapping into the lucrative small business market will help it achieve those goals.

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Amazon Launches Grocery Service for Prime Members

Posted: 04/24/2014 - Amazon is taking aim at grocery stores and discounters like Wal-Mart with a grocery service that lets its Prime loyalty club members fill up to a 45-pound box with groceries and get it shipped for a flat rate of $5.99.

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Costa Rica is Demanding US Explain 'Cuban Twitter'

Posted: 04/24/2014 - The Costa Rican government says it's still waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it launched the secret "Cuban Twitter" network from inside the Central American nation's borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries' diplomatic relations.

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Apple Offering Free Recycling of All Used Products

Posted: 04/22/2014 - Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.

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Cuban-American Leaders Helped 'Cuban Twitter'

Posted: 04/22/2014 - Leaders with the largest nonprofit organization for young Cuban-Americans quietly provided strategic support for the federal government's secret "Cuban Twitter" program, connecting contractors with potential investors and even serving as paid consultants, The Associated Press has learned.

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White House Updating Online Privacy Policy

Posted: 04/18/2014 - A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain.

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Criterion Collection Extends Hulu Streaming Deal

Updated: 04/15/2014 - The Criterion Collection and Hulu have extended their deal to keep the video platform as the exclusive streaming home of Criterion's vast library of art house films.

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Twitter CEO, Co-Founders Not Selling Stock

Posted: 04/14/2014 - Twitter says its CEO Dick Costolo and co-founders Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams have no plans to sell any of their shares when the company's post-IPO lock-up expires on May 5.

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At a Glance: Hot Tech Stocks Tumble

Posted: 04/14/2014 - Investors have clipped the wings of high-flying tech stocks in recent weeks, as they re-focus on safer sectors such as utilities, health care and consumer staples.

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