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Facebook wants to nudge you into 'meaningful' online groups
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Now that Facebook is larger than any country, CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks the social network is ready to shepherd people into online communities that become integral parts of their lives....

Fake quake: Report of major California temblor a false alarm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The only tremors from a reported major earthquake off the California coast came on the internet....

Uber searches for a new CEO in wake of Kalanick's departure
DETROIT (AP) -- Uber seeks a strong manager who can repair a broken image, juggle multiple lawsuits and government investigations, develop and nurture a new corporate culture and lead a successful IPO....

Uber CEO is pushed out as company tries to clean up its act
DETROIT (AP) -- Under Travis Kalanick's leadership, Uber's "Animal House"-style business plan was to grow as quickly as possible, steamrolling regulators while flouting the rules of workplace conduct....

A new platform for Whole Foods? How deal could upend grocery
NEW YORK (AP) -- Seeing Whole Foods products first in Amazon searches? Breezing through the grocer's stores with an app that scans affordable fruits and seafood?...

Uber allows riders to tip drivers via app, matching Lyft
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Uber is enabling passengers to tip its U.S. drivers with a tap on its ride-hailing app for the first time, part of a push to recast itself as a company with a conscience and a heart....

Ringing the changes: Dutch bike lock blocks rider's phone
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A telecom company in the Netherlands has developed a bicycle lock that also blocks its mobile network, in a move aimed at protecting young riders who regularly pedal through busy streets while looking at their phone....

529s make it easier to ask family, friends for college cash
NEW YORK (AP) -- People have used crowdfunding sites to raise money for business ideas, help afford medical emergencies and even to pay for vacations. Now the concept is coming to college savings....

Amazon aiming to be the dressing room in your house
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon is hoping to claim more territory once held by department stores, essentially placing a dressing room in your house....

Intel signs up as top Olympic sponsor through 2024
As part of its mission to attract younger fans, the International Olympic Committee announced a sponsorship deal Wednesday with Intel, which will bring virtual reality and 360-degree viewing to mobile devices and TVs as soon as next year's Winter Games....

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