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Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay....

Samsung vows changes after mobile profit plunges
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed Thursday to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last quarter to the lowest in more than three years....

Microsoft too offering big-picture health service
NEW YORK (AP) -- Microsoft is looking to challenge Apple and Google with its own system for consolidating health and fitness data from various fitness gadgets and mobile apps. Microsoft is also releasing a $199 fitness band to work with this system....

Rocket explosion setback for commercial space
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) -- Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station....

Apple Pay rival defends service, exclusivity
NEW YORK (AP) -- A mobile payment service backed by Wal-Mart, Best Buy and other leading retailers is defending its practice of prohibiting its members from accepting alternatives such as Apple Pay....

Review: CBS streaming not worth cutting cord, yet
NEW YORK (AP) -- I dropped my cable TV service more than a year ago and have been relying on Netflix, Hulu and other services to fill my television needs. But I get my shows at least a day late. With CBS' new All Access streaming service, I can watch shows right when they air....

Startup tries to 'Poynt' stores in new direction
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A Silicon Valley startup is hoping an upcoming transition to smarter credit and debit cards will persuade millions of U.S. merchants to buy savvier payment terminals for their stores, too....

EU holds largest-ever cyber security exercise
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A European Union cyber-security agency was in Athens to conduct the largest exercise ever held on the continent to prevent attacks on Europe's public utilities and communications networks....

Facebook's advertising revenue soars in 3Q
NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook grew its advertising revenue by 64 percent in the third quarter, helped by a boost in mobile ads that are becoming an increasingly large chunk of the social networking giant's overall advertising business....

WhatsApp founders own nearly $9B in Facebook stock
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton received 116 million shares of Facebook stock currently worth nearly $9 billion when they sold their unprofitable messaging service to the social networking leader earlier this month....

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Microsoft too offering big-picture health service

Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Samsung vows changes after mobile profit plunges

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Rocket explosion setback for commercial space

WhatsApp founders own nearly $9B in Facebook stock

Apple Pay rival defends service, exclusivity

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Review: CBS streaming not worth cutting cord, yet

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