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Facebook 2Q earnings, revenue soar
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, along with its user base....

Get paid for posts? Social networking's new twist
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared -except the money those posts produce....

Twitter admits to diversity problem in workforce
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Twitter is acknowledging that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley....

Review: Fire phone, an improvement on the familiar
NEW YORK (AP) -- Many of the Amazon Fire phone's features are twists on apps and concepts tried in other devices....

Review: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones
NEW YORK (AP) -- What I find fascinating about Amazon's Fire phone isn't the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products....

Apple post biggest earnings gain in nearly 2 years
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen....

Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency....

Microsoft CEO sees 'bold' plan as 4Q tops Street
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units - Nokia phones and Bing search - would become profitable in 2016....

Protect yourself from identity theft
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's an almost weekly occurrence: On Tuesday, Goodwill said its computer systems may have been hacked, leading to the possible theft of customers' credit and debit card information. The nonprofit agency, which operates 2,900 stores in the U.S., said it is working with federal investigators to look into a possible breach....

4-day Comic Con festival kicks off in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza....

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