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FILE- This Feb. 13, 2019, file photo shows multiple forms printed from the Internal Revenue Service web page that are used for 2018 U.S. federal tax returns in Zelienople, Pa.  The majority of individual taxpayers in the U.S. are eligible to file their taxes for free, yet many may be unaware or confused by how to do so.    Improvements have been made and Free File should be easier to use in 2020. But, with tax season getting into full gear, users should be aware of the details of the service and alternatives. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Free tax filing has confused many Americans. Here's help.

Feb. 13, 2020 3:51 PM EST

The majority of individual taxpayers in the U.S. are eligible to file their taxes online for free, yet many may be unaware or confused by how to do so. The tax industry and the IRS have played a part in the problem. Together they run the IRS Free File system, which about 70% of taxpayers are eligible for but...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 29, 2019 file photo, a woman checks the Grindr app on her mobile phone in Beirut, Lebanon. Dating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder leak personal information to advertising tech companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws, a Norwegian consumer group said in a report Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. The Norwegian Consumer Council said it found “serious privacy infringements” in its analysis of how shadowy online ad companies track and profile smartphone users. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, file)

Dating apps leak personal data, Norwegian group says

Jan. 31, 2020 4:52 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Dating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder leak personal information to advertising tech companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws, a Norwegian consumer group said in a report Tuesday. The Norwegian Consumer Council said it found “serious privacy...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 file photo, Ginni Rometty, President and CEO of IBM, attends a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Ginni Rometty is stepping down after nearly 40 years with the computing giant and eight years at its helm. The company said Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 that Arvind Krishna will take over as CEO starting April 6 . (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Ginni Rometty, 1st female CEO at IBM, to step down in April

Jan. 30, 2020 6:40 PM EST

ARMONK, N.Y. (AP) — Ginni Rometty, the first female CEO in IBM's century-long history, is leaving the helm in April. Rometty, 62, will remain IBM's executive chairwoman until the end of the year. Her departure, announced Thursday, caps nearly 40 years with a technology giant famous for its conservative...

DuPont, Carnival fall; Microsoft, Tesla rise

Jan. 30, 2020 4:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially on Thursday: Microsoft Corp., up $4.74 to $172.78 The software company handily beat Wall Street's profit forecasts on sharp gains from its cloud computing business. DuPont de Nemours Inc., down $4.97 to $52.72 The chemicals company reported...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, file photo, a woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai. Chinese tech giant Huawei is racing to develop replacements for Google apps. U.S. sanctions imposed on security grounds block Huawei from using YouTube and other popular Google

Huawei races to replace Google apps for next smartphone

Jan. 30, 2020 3:03 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — If you can make smartphone apps, Chinese tech giant Huawei wants you. The No. 2 global smartphone brand is struggling to hold onto its market after Washington accused Huawei of being a security risk and blocked access to U.S. components and technology. That includes YouTube and other...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, photo a Microsoft computer is among items displayed at a Microsoft store in suburban Boston. Microsoft reports financial results on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Microsoft plows ahead in cloud business growth

Jan. 29, 2020 6:14 PM EST

Microsoft on Wednesday gave another solid quarterly report card to Wall Street, as it plows ahead in selling its cloud computing services to big businesses and the government. The company reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $11.6 billion, up 36% from the same period last year. Net income of $1.51 per share...

Exxon Mobil, Bank of America fall; PG&E, Teradyne rise

Jan. 23, 2020 8:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially on Thursday: V.F. Corp., down $9.16 to $85.41 The maker of Vans and Timberland shoes cut its profit forecast for its fiscal year after reporting disappointing third-quarter revenue. Teradyne Inc., up $2.62 to $76.21 The semiconductor-testing...

Privacy firm finds unsecured cannabis patient information

Jan. 23, 2020 7:58 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — An internet privacy firm says it was able to access private personal information of more than 30,000 medical marijuana patients, recreational pot customers or dispensary employees in several states. The privacy firm was searching for unsecured data online and says the database has now been...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019, file photo, Paycom personnel monitor physical and IT security in the command center at the Oklahoma City campus. The Oklahoma City-based information technology company Paycom Software Inc., is being added to the S&P 500. S&P Dow Jones Indices announced Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, that Paycom will replace Wellcare Health Plans on Jan. 28 as Wellcare is being purchased by fellow S&P 500 member Centene Corp. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Oklahoma City-based Paycom Software being added to S&P 500

Jan. 23, 2020 1:28 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City-based information technology company Paycom Software Inc., is being added to the S&P 500. S&P Dow Jones Indices announced Wednesday that Paycom will replace Wellcare Health Plans on Jan. 28 as Wellcare is being purchased by fellow S&P 500 member Centene Corp....

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2019, file photo a firefighter prepares to battle the Cave Fire as it flares up along Highway 154 in the Los Padres National Forest, above Santa Barbara, Calif. As wildfire risks heat up, startups in California’s Silicon Valley are starting to take notice. They are hopeful more tech companies will get involved as wildfires continue to occur in California and Australia. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Why tech has been slow to fight wildfires, extreme weather

Jan. 22, 2020 7:29 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For three years running, California’s wildfires have sent plumes of smoke across Silicon Valley. So far, though, that hasn't spurred much tech innovation aimed at addressing extreme-weather disasters associated with climate change. It's true that tech companies from enterprise...