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Visa, MasterCard sign mobile pay deals in countries where phones far outnumber bank accounts
NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans may just be getting used to mobile pay, but consumers in many African countries have been paying with their phones for years. Now payment processors Visa and MasterCard want to get a slice of that market, and are launching card services aimed at Africa's growing mobile payment industry....

FCC head defends 'net neutrality' decision amid criticism from industry, politicians
NEW YORK (AP) -- The head of the Federal Communications Commission is taking the defense of new Internet regulations on the road....

Sony plans to launch Project Morpheus virtual-reality headset in 2016
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Sony plans on putting its virtual-reality headset on consumers' noggins next year....

Venture capitalist in sex discrimination suit says firm not a boys club, has female partners
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A billionaire investor in a Silicon Valley venture capital firm is set to testify for a second day in a high-profile sex discrimination lawsuit that has accused the firm of being an all-boys club where women were denied chances to advance and treated as second-class citizens....

Researchers say Apple, Android browsers were vulnerable to outdated encryption
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as "FREAK attack."...

Though not there, Apple gets attention during wireless show; BlackBerry unveils new phone
NEW YORK (AP) -- As a major wireless show continues this week in Barcelona, Spain, Apple is highlighting the capabilities of its iPhone cameras with a gallery of photos taken by its users around the world....

A slideshow of the people and phones from the wireless show in Barcelona, Spain
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Gadget lovers from around the world are in Barcelona to view the latest in handheld and wireless technology....

BlackBerry to offer 4 new smartphones while continuing transformation into software company
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- BlackBerry may be launching four new smartphones over the coming year, but the struggling company is staking its future on becoming a giant in software....

Google, Facebook give updates on contrasting plans to connect rest of world
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Sci-fi solutions or making friends one at a time? Google and Facebook want more people online, searching around and clicking on ads. And they are finding new ways to make it happen - from selling smartphone data plans, to using solar-powered drone aircraft as floating cell towers to partnering with telecom providers in the developing world to get people hooked on apps....

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Google? Search giant turns data plan provider to get more people online
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Search giant, self-driving car developer, smartphone and tablet maker. Turned data plan provider?...

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