Obama pitches privacy bill, Democrats say it falls short

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid "rapid growth" in the collection of data on Americans, the White House on Friday proposed legislation that calls on businesses to do more to help consumers protect their personal information. The draft bill, first obtained by The Associated Press, gives a nod to consumers fed up with how much of their...

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FCC ‘net neutrality’ vote: what it means, and what’s next

WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists scored a major victory after the Federal Communications Commission agreed to rules that would ban service providers from creating Internet fast lanes. What "net neutrality" means and what is likely to happen next: ____ THE ISSUE Net neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers won't block or slow Web...

‘House of Cards’ dealt Netflix a winning hand

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Even if it never wins another award, "House of Cards" already ranks among the most influential series in television history. The political drama launched Netflix's expansion into original programming two years ago, a risky bet that might have toppled the Internet video service had "House of Cards" flopped and squandered its...

Sweden’s Ericsson sues Apple in patent dispute

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Wireless equipment maker Ericsson is suing Apple for alleged patent infringement. The Swedish company said Friday it has filed two complaints with the International Trade Commission and seven complaints with a federal court in the Eastern District of Texas. The complaints center on 41 patents for technology used in Apple devices such...

Google looks for more revenue from ads in Android app store

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google will start showing ads in its online store for mobile apps and entertainment as the Internet search leader strives to bring in more revenue from smartphones and tablets. The advertising expansion announced Thursday will provide Google with a new opportunity to profit from its Android software, the world's most...

PopCap co-founder dives into virtual-reality with Ballard startup

John Vechey, a co-founder of Seattle's PopCap Games, is starting a new company with a group of virtual-reality developers. Called Pluto VR, it's initially going to research and develop ways to improve "human collaboration and connection" with new virtual-reality and augmented-reality systems, Vechey said. The company joins a growing cluster of virtual-reality ventures in the...

Automakers hire rocket firm to probe air bag problems

DETROIT (AP) — The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding out why some air bags explode with too much force, has hired a Virginia rocket science company to investigate the matter. Ten automakers whose vehicles have been recalled because of problems with Takata Corp. air bags said Thursday they have jointly hired...

Barnes & Noble to keep Nook digital business after all

NEW YORK (AP) — Barnes & Noble is keeping its Nook Media digital business after all. The bookseller had planned to combine Nook and its college bookstores into a single company separate from its retail operations. But the biggest U.S. brick-and-mortar bookseller, with 649 stores, said Thursday that keeping Nook and the retail operations together...