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AP Top Technology News At 7:08 p.m. EDT

Microsoft makes design central to its future
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft's Surface tablet, he designed food - or "food concepts," he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that can be pulled with two fingers from a car cup holder base; and a fork that squeezes out sauce....

Netflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soar
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Netflix's second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from a hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time....

Yahoo buying app and analytics company Flurry
NEW YORK (AP) -- Yahoo is buying Flurry Inc., a startup that helps other programmers build better mobile applications and craft marketing campaigns for smartphones and tablets....

Verizon launches rewards program with tracking
NEW YORK (AP) -- Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests....

Verizon boosts FiOS uploads to match downloads
NEW YORK (AP) -- Verizon is boosting the upload speeds of nearly all its FiOS connections to match the download speeds, vastly shortening the time it takes for subscribers to send videos and back up their files online....

Experts: Social media can feed Munchausen by proxy
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Experts say the case of a mother accused of poisoning her 5-year-old son to death with salt appears be an example of how social media feeds into Munchausen by proxy, a disorder in which caretakers purposely harm children and then bask in the attention and sympathy....

Review: Amazon unlimited e-book service is limited
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon's new "unlimited" e-book service lets you read 600,000 books. That sounds like more than you'll ever read, but I found myself struggling to find the books I wanted....

Amazon rolls out 'Netflix-for-books' style service
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to attract more users....

How Kindle Unlimited compares with Scribd, Oyster
Amazon is the latest (AP) -- and largest - company to offer unlimited e-books for a monthly fee. Here's how Kindle Unlimited, which Amazon announced Friday, compares with rivals Scribd and Oyster....

Axed Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each....

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Yahoo buying app and analytics company Flurry

Netflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soar

Microsoft makes design central to its future

Verizon launches rewards program with tracking

Verizon boosts FiOS uploads to match downloads

Experts: Social media can feed Munchausen by proxy

Review: Amazon unlimited e-book service is limited

How Kindle Unlimited compares with Scribd, Oyster

Amazon rolls out 'Netflix-for-books' style service

Correction: Apple-Board story

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