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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, and more people used it, more often....

NYC official: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts
NEW YORK (AP) -- Some of the hottest tickets in town - to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game - were snapped up by an international ring of cyber thieves who commandeered more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts to make big money by fraudulently buying tickets and reselling them, prosecutors said Wednesday....

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 acknowledged 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....

Cheaper wireless plans cut into AT&T 2Q profit
NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T Inc. on Wednesday posted lower net income for the latest quarter due to cheaper cellphone plans it introduced as a response to aggressive pricing from smaller competitor T-Mobile US....

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims.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....

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Twitter admits to diversity problem in workforce

Cheaper wireless plans cut into AT&T 2Q profit

Facebook 2Q earnings, revenue soar

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Review: Fire phone, an improvement on the familiar

Review: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones

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