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San Francisco expands free public Wi-Fi access
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google....

Review: Pay by phone or just keep using plastic?
NEW YORK (AP) -- PayPal, Apple and others are betting on billions in mobile payments....

Facebook apologizes to drag queens for name policy
NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is apologizing to drag queens and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names like Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith....

US appeals court OKs evidence from no-warrant GPS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that prosecutors can use evidence gathered after a GPS device was put on a suspect's van without a warrant....

Could a merger follow the PayPal-eBay split?
NEW YORK (AP) -- PayPal's split from long-time partner eBay Inc. makes Carl Icahn mighty happy. But he doesn't think PayPal should stay single for long....

What's PayPal's first solo move?
NEW YORK (AP) -- PayPal's impending split from long-time partner eBay Inc. will ratchet up its appeal to online retail competitors such as Amazon.com and give it the freedom to aggressively take on new mobile pay challenger Apple Pay. For eBay, the challenge will be how to drive revenue without its fastest-growing division....

App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it....

New York Times cutting 100 jobs, NYT Opinion app
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Times Co. is launching another round of buyouts and layoffs, telling staff on Wednesday that it must cut 100 newsroom jobs to further reduce costs and focus resources on its digital operations. It's also axing its NYT Opinion app after four months and relegating the NYT Now app to a smartphone-only product aimed at new and younger readers, after the lower-priced subscription products failed to take off as hoped....

Windows 10 tries blending new with familiar
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Microsoft is trying to soften an unpopular redesign of Windows by reviving features from older versions while still attempting to nudge desktop users into a world of touch screens and mobile devices....

EU says Apple gets illegal tax benefits in Ireland
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Apple risks having to repay Ireland tax rebates worth billions of dollars after the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday the company appears to be benefiting from illegal tax deals there....

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Facebook apologizes to drag queens for name policy

US appeals court OKs evidence from no-warrant GPS

San Francisco expands free public Wi-Fi access

Review: Pay by phone or just keep using plastic?

New York Times cutting 100 jobs, NYT Opinion app

World's 1st bullet train, made in Japan, turns 50

Could a merger follow the PayPal-eBay split?

App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

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