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China's Tencent ordered to end exclusive music contracts

Jul. 23, 2021 23:46 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Internet giant Tencent was ordered by regulators to end exclusive contracts with music copyright holders, adding to increased enforcement of anti-monopoly and other rules as Beijing tightens control over booming online industries. Tencent controls more...

As Herschel Walker eyes Senate run, a turbulent past emerges

Jul. 23, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — At first glance, Herschel Walker has a coveted political profile for a potential Senate candidate in Georgia. He was a football hero at the University of Georgia before his long NFL career. He’s a business owner whose chicken products are distributed...

Governors pin hopes on full vaccine approval as cases climb

Jul. 23, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As U.S. regulators weigh giving the final stamp of approval for certain COVID-19 vaccines, governors in states hard hit by the pandemic hope the move will help persuade the many holdouts in their states to finally get the shot. The governors of...

Twitter posts stronger-than-expected Q2 results, shares jump

Jul. 22, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

Twitter on Thursday posted stronger-than-expected earnings for the second quarter thanks to growing advertising demand across all geographic regions and types of ad products. The San Francisco-based company earned $65.6 million, or 8 cents per share, in the April-June...

Amazon's mission: Getting a 'key' to your apartment building

Jul. 22, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is tired of ringing doorbells. The online shopping giant is pushing landlords around the country — sometimes with financial incentives — to give its drivers the ability to unlock apartment-building doors themselves with a mobile device. ...

Bill says NC youth would need parent OK for COVID-19 vaccine

Jul. 21, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina children would need parental permission before they could receive COVID-19 vaccines approved by federal regulators for emergency use in legislation that advanced through a Senate committee on Wednesday. The parent or guardian...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Jul. 21, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: July 20 The Wall Street Journal on billionaires in space — more than a joy ride: The richest man on Earth briefly lost that title Tuesday morning, but only because...

Netflix confirms move into video games as its growth slows

Jul. 21, 2021 00:43 AM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Netflix reported its worst slowdown in subscriber growth in eight years as people emerge from their pandemic cocoons. So it’s adding a new attraction to its marquee: Video games. On Tuesday, the video streaming giant announced it will offer...

Slammed for bribery, Siemens continued to ignore red flags

Jul. 21, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

German engineering giant Siemens ignored some of its own red flags for foreign bribery in the aftermath of a major corruption scandal in 2008, according to newly released reports by an independent monitor and other confidential documents. The warnings involved the...

France probes use of NSO spyware; Macron a possible target

Jul. 20, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The cellphones of French President Emmanuel Macron and 15 members of the French government may have been among potential targets in 2019 of surveillance by spyware made by the Israel-based NSO Group, according to a newspaper report Tuesday. The report by Le...