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Study: Obama most followed on Twitter, pope most influential

BERLIN (AP) — A new study shows U.S. President Barack Obama is still by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, but Pope Francis is considered the most influential by the number of his messages retweeted. The annual Twiplomacy analysis of Twitter accounts released Tuesday by PR firm Burson-Marsteller shows nearly 57 million people...

Google pledges $162M for European digital journalism fund

BERLIN (AP) — Google says it will give European publishers 150 million euros ($162.33 million) to help them adapt to the challenge of selling news online. The Internet giant has had a rocky relationship with the European publishing industry, which accuses Google of profiting from its content without sharing the revenue. Google said in a...

ESPN suing Verizon over unbundling of its sports channel

ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package. The complaint filed Monday in New York's state Supreme Court alleges Verizon is breaking its contract with ESPN, owned by Walt Disney Co., by unbundling the sports channel from the main programming line-up...

Applied Materials’ Tokyo Electron deal ends in DOJ roadblock

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Applied Materials has called off its $9.4 billion acquisition of Tokyo Electron Ltd. after hitting a regulatory roadblock. The companies said that they were told by the Department of Justice that there remained antitrust concerns about a deal that would have merged two of the world's biggest semiconductor industry suppliers....

Discover discovers Apple Pay for its US cardholders

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. users of Discover cards are getting their Apple Pay, the last holdout among major credit card networks in the country. After months of complaints from customers, Discover Financial Services announced Monday that it has reached an agreement with Apple Inc. that will let its cardholders make payments in participating stores...