Google Maps turns into Pac-Man’s chomping grounds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The virtual streets of Google Maps are being transformed into Pac Man's chomping grounds in celebration of April Fools' Day. Google added the option to convert its popular navigation service into the Pac Man video game on Tuesday morning, around the same day the calendar turned to April 1 in Asia....

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Microsoft’s new Surface 3 tablet comes with full Windows

Microsoft has announced the launch of the Surface 3, the latest in the Redmond company's line of tablets. The Surface 3, which runs a full version of Windows 8.1 and is eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 when the new operating system is released later this year, breaks what had been a two-track universe...

Historic matzo factory to cool ovens, move into future

The Streit’s factory is the oldest in the nation still churning out the unleavened flatbread that’s essential for Jewish holidays. But Streit’s will shut down its 9-decade-old ovens by year’s end and move to a 21st-century computerized plant somewhere in the New York area.

Microsoft general counsel Smith joins Netflix board of directors

Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith has joined the board of directors of on-demand video service Netflix. The Los Gatos, Calif., company announced the appointment of Smith and former Disney executive Anne Sweeney on Monday. In a message posted to Twitter, Smith said he was "looking forward to being part of such a great company." Smith, 56, manages Microsoft's...

Federal agents charged with stealing digital currency

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two former federal agents were charged with fraud in the theft of digital currency during an investigation into an online black market known as Silk Road that let users buy and sell drugs and other illegal items, authorities said Monday. Former U.S. Secret Service special agent Shaun W. Bridges, 32, of...

Tesla to unveil new product — likely a battery — next month

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors says it will reveal a new product next month, but it's not a car. CEO Elon Musk tweeted Monday that "a major new Tesla product line" will be revealed April 30. Tesla shares rose 3 percent to $190.60 after the tweet. Musk said in February that the company would soon...

AP Exclusive: NSA weighed ending phone program before leak

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits. After the leak and the collective surprise around the...

Apple’s Tim Cook calls ‘religious objection’ laws dangerous

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook said that so-called "religious objection" legislation being introduced in a number of states is dangerous and bad for business. The bills, like the one enacted last week in Indiana, create a legal framework for individuals, mostly business owners, to claim that a law or regulation mandated by...