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1. FCC Chief Lays Out Attack on 'Net Neutrality' Rules -

NEW YORK (AP) – Internet companies are readying for a showdown with a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said in a Wednesday speech that he wants to ditch the Obama-era rules, hated by telecoms, that prevent broadband and wireless companies from interfering with the sites and apps that consumers use. He wants to undo their legal basis and to eliminate the FCC's broad powers to monitor Verizon, AT&T and Comcast for bad behavior.

2. Google Targets 'Fake News,' Offensive Search Suggestions -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google has sprinkled some new ingredients into its search engine in an effort to prevent bogus information and offensive suggestions from souring its results.

The changes have been in the works for four months, but Google hadn't publicly discussed most of them until now. The announcement in a blog post Tuesday reflects Google's confidence in a new screening system designed to reduce the chances that its influential search engine will highlight untrue stories about people and events, a phenomenon commonly referred to as "fake news."

3. Influencer Marketing To Dominate in 2017 -

I am part of Generation X – the last generation that ever scheduled their childhood evenings around when a beloved TV program was set to air. It was a time when television created celebrities that brands coveted as spokespeople to promote their products. Think of Michael Jordan for Nike, Suzanne Somers for the ThighMaster or Michael Jackson for Pepsi.

4. Amid Competition, Verizon Loses Key Customers for First Time -

NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon, the once-unstoppable cellphone leader in the U.S., lost key wireless customers for the first time, even as it brought back unlimited data plans to counter smaller rivals.

5. Google Earth Invites You to 'Get Lost' Exploring the Planet -

NEW YORK (AP) – Google Earth is getting a revival, as the 3-D mapping service reorients itself to become more of a tool for adventure and exploration.

A central feature in the new Google Earth is Voyager. Google has partnered with such groups as the BBC and NASA to add video clips, photos and text narratives to three-dimensional representations of particular locations.

6. Russia, Google Reach $7.8 Million Settlement on Android Case -

MOSCOW (AP) – Russian officials and Google have reached an agreement to settle a two-year-old case against Google for requiring the pre-installation of some of its apps on mobile devices using the Android system.

7. Telecom Lobbying Muscle Kills Privacy Rules -

NEW YORK (AP) – The telecom industry's lobbying muscle pushed a consumer privacy measure to a swift death in Congress.

Republicans struck down Obama-era rules that would have imposed tight restrictions on what broadband companies such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast could do with their customers' personal data. Digital-rights and consumer-advocacy groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation supported keeping the rules. But they were outmatched by telecom trade groups and lobbyists.

8. The iPhone of Cars? Apple Enters Self-Driving Car Race -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple is joining the fiercely competitive race to design self-driving cars, raising the possibility that a company that has already re-shaped culture with its iPhone may try to transform transportation, too.

9. Google Refutes Charges, Says There is No Gender Pay Gap -

NEW YORK (AP) – Google said it's "taken aback " by the government's claim that it doesn't compensate women fairly.

The company said it conducts "rigorous analyses" that its pay practices are gender-blind and found "no gender pay gap" in 52 major job categories it analyzed last year. Google added that analysts who calculate suggested pay don't have access to employees' gender data.

10. Cable Giant Comcast Offers Cellular Plans on Verizon Network -

NEW YORK (AP) – The cable giant Comcast will start selling cellphone plans called Xfinity Mobile in the coming months, using a network it's leasing from Verizon.

Many subscribers will save money, especially if they don't use a lot of data. The catch: Only Comcast internet customers can sign up.

11. Award-Winner McCloy Brings Modern Applications to Library System -

Keenon McCloy got around to doing the math on her time at City Hall. “I just crossed over 25 years,” said McCloy, director of the Memphis Public Libraries system, a position she has held for 10 years. Before that she was director of the city’s Division of Public Service, head of the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center and started as director of the transition office for Memphis Mayor-elect Willie Herenton in 1991, one of four mayors whose administrations she has worked in.

12. Windows Update Will Bring 3-D, Game Tools and Doodling -

NEW YORK (AP) – A major update to Microsoft's Windows 10 system will start reaching consumers and businesses on April 11, offering 3-D drawing tools, game-broadcasting capabilities and better ways to manage your web browsing.

13. AP Explains: What the Death of Broadband Privacy Rules Means -

NEW YORK (AP) – Now that both houses of Congress have voted to block Obama-era broadband privacy rules , what does that mean for you?

In the short term, not so much. The rules, which would have put tough restrictions on what companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T can do with information such as your internet history, hadn't yet gone into effect. So if President Donald Trump signs the measure, as the White House has indicated he will , the status quo will remain.

14. House Sends Bill to Trump Blocking Online Privacy Regulation -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could eventually allow internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.

15. Apple: Software Flaws in Latest WikiLeaks Docs Are All Fixed -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple said purported hacking vulnerabilities disclosed by WikiLeaks this week have all been fixed in recent iPhones and Mac computers.

The documents released by the anti-secrecy site Thursday morning pointed to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple devices using techniques that users couldn't disable by resetting their devices.

16. Senate Votes to Undo Privacy Rules That Protect User Data -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-led Senate moved Thursday to undo Obama-era regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers' permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information.

17. For Some Airline Passengers, New Warnings Bring New Hurdles -

NEW YORK (AP) – As far as the indignities of modern air travel go, the latest ban on laptops and tablets on some international flights falls somewhere between taking your shoes off at the security checkpoint and having your baby food and milk tested for bomb residue.

18. Wi-Fi on Wheels: Google Helps Students Get Online, on the Go -

ST. STEPHEN, S.C. (AP) – For some rural American school children, tech giant Google is stepping in to help ensure they can get online to do their homework during their often lengthy commutes to and from school.

19. Battered By Scandal, Marines Issue New Social Media Policy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Battered by a nude photo-sharing scandal, the Marine Corps has issued a longer and more detailed social media policy that lays out the professional and legal ramifications for service members culpable of online misconduct. Among the coming changes: a requirement that all Marines sign a statement acknowledging they have read and understand the new guidelines.

20. Google Hopes to Improve Search Quality With 'Offensive' Flag -

NEW YORK (AP) – Google is trying to improve the quality of its search results by directing review teams to flag content that might come across as upsetting or offensive.

With the change, content with racial slurs could now get flagged under a new category called "upsetting-offensive." So could content that promotes hate or violence against a specific group of people based on gender, race or other criteria.

21. Intel Drops $15B on Mobileye in Race for a Driverless Future -

DETROIT (AP) – Intel will buy Israel's Mobileye in a deal valued at about $15 billion, instantly propelling the computer chip and technology giant to the forefront of autonomous vehicle technology.

22. Google's Self-Driving Car Company Escalates Battle With Uber -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A self-driving car company founded by Google is presenting new evidence to support allegations that a former manager stole technology sold to Uber to help the ride-hailing service build its own robot-powered vehicles.

23. Multicultural Career Expo Returns March 13 -

More than 30 Memphis employers will be at the Memphis Multicultural Career Expo on Monday, March 13.

The fourth annual event brings together job seekers from different backgrounds and communities to connect with hiring managers from local companies. Available jobs span numerous fields, including health care, management, manufacturing, nonprofit and logistics.

24. Memphis Companies Make Fortune’s ‘Best to Work For’ -

Four Memphis companies have been named to the 2017 list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” published by Fortune magazine March 9.

They are St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (No. 36), Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (No. 92), Baker Donelson (No. 95) and FedEx Corp. (No. 99).

25. Will WikiLeaks Work With Tech Firms to Defend CIA Hacking? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks raised the prospect Wednesday of sharing sensitive details it uncovered about CIA hacking tools with leading technology companies whose flagship products and services were targeted by the U.S. government's hacker-spies.

26. WikiLeaks Reveals CIA Trove Alleging Wide-Scale Hacking -

WASHINGTON (AP) – WikiLeaks published thousands of documents Tuesday described as secret files about CIA hacking tools the government employs to break into users' computers, mobile phones and even smart TVs from companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung.

27. OP-ED: Public Records Are Your Records, So Go Search -

Although governments usually give special treatment to journalists, you, as a citizen, have just as much right to access these records. If you don’t know whether a record is public or not, just ask for it. It is the responsibility of the government to respond with the exact statute if they deny you. This makes it easy for you to look up the law.

28. Multicultural Career Expo Returns March 13 -

More than 30 Memphis employers are preparing for the return of the Memphis Multicultural Career Expo on Monday, March 13.

The fourth annual event brings together job seekers from different backgrounds and communities to connect with hiring managers from local companies. Available jobs span numerous fields, including health care, management, manufacturing, nonprofit and logistics.

29. LG to Build $250M Plant In Middle Tennessee -

South Korean appliance maker LG Electronics Inc. announced Tuesday, Feb. 28, that it has selected Tennessee as the site for its first washing machine plant in the United States.

30. Yahoo Salvages Verizon Deal With $350 Million Discount -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts.

31. Having It Their Way -

She was working for a major petroleum company and had just been transferred to Cody, Wyoming. She was relatively new to the industry and certainly to the boots-on-the-ground oil field where on Day One she got out of her SUV wearing a long skirt and flats.

32. West Memphis Takes Tourism Cue From Big River Crossing -

As a book-end to the newly opened Big River Crossing, West Memphis is rebooting its convention and visitors bureau with a renewed approach to marketing the town and its municipal building and auditorium as a destination for tourists and businesses.

33. Experts Provide Recruiting Tips For Increasingly Active Job Market -

Qualified job seekers should see more career options opening up this year, as nearly 50 percent of employers are expecting to increase staffing in 2017, according to Employer Associations of America.

34. Collierville Police Radio Transmissions Available -

The Collierville Police Department is offering a “play-by-play of the department’s daily radio transmissions online to citizens.

The radio traffic is available on the web through Broadcastify.com and on mobile devices via the Broadcastify app, available in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

35. Create a Cash Flow Plan With Taxes in Mind -

Ray’s Take When you head out the door on the last day of your job, you want to know that you've made a solid plan to take care of finances during your retirement years. And, even though that regular paycheck from your employer is out of the picture, Uncle Sam will still want his share of your money. Understanding the tax repercussions of distributions from various retirement vehicles and planning accordingly ahead of time can help you be more tax efficient in your planning.

36. Data: Self-Driving Cars Needing Less Human Help Than in Past -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Self-driving car prototypes appear to be getting better at negotiating California streets and highways without a human backup needing to intervene, according to data made public Wednesday by California transportation regulators.

37. Google Launches Fund That Could Donate $4M to ACLU, Others -

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Google has created a crisis fund that could raise up to $4 million for four immigrant rights organizations.

Google has confirmed a USA Today report that it is funding an initial $2 million for the fund that can be matched with up to $2 million in donations from employees. The money will go toward the American Civil Liberties Union, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the International Rescue Committee and the U.N. Refugee Agency.

38. US Sues Oracle, Says It Pays White Men More Than Others -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Labor Department is suing Oracle, claiming that the technology giant pays white male workers more than their non-white and female counterparts with the same job titles.

39. New Prescription: Doctor Offices That Look Like Apple Stores -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health-care system that he diagnosed as an inefficient and outdated mess.

40. Saving More – Can It Be Done? -

Ray’s Take When you’re busy focusing on living your life, it’s easy to fall into spending habits that aren’t exactly consistent with your long-term goals. Marketing departments hire some very smart people who can get you to buy things that you didn’t even know you wanted!

41. Comcast Wants to Tackle Bad Home Internet -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Comcast is hoping to make Wi-Fi in the home faster through an updated router – the machine that serves as data traffic cops for Wi-Fi networks.

Although home internet speeds have gotten faster, laptops and phones on Wi-Fi might still feel sluggish because older routers can't transmit data as fast.

42. Study: Fringe, Mainstream News Sites Differ in Ad Technology -

NEW YORK (AP) – The contrast between mainstream and fringe news sites isn't just about content. A web analytics firm has found clear differences in their underlying advertising technology.

43. AP Explains: How Amazon Echo Listens and What It Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Can Amazon's Echo speaker really be a witness to a murder? Authorities investigating the death of an Arkansas man found floating face-up in a hot tub believe that Amazon might have some evidence, given how Echo listens for commands and questions and communicates with Amazon's servers to respond.

44. Mold the Future Of Unplanned Purchases -

A Back End of Innovation Conference talk by Melissa Crompton, senior manager, New Model Innovation, The Hershey Co. In this changing retail landscape where trips in-store are down, how does a highly impulsive category remain relevant? And how do we become relevant to new audiences who are not going in stores? 

45. Parting Words, Growing Orbits -

As I read of “Right Stuff” astronaut John Glenn’s Dec. 8 death in Columbus, Ohio, a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke runs through my head. The first stanza goes:

I live my life in growing orbits,

46. New Technology Gives Everyone a Personal Assistant -

If you’re a small-business owner or running a startup, you might dream of having a personal assistant to help you manage your calendar or do inventory of the office supply closet. Luckily, Amazon and Google have developed technology that offers many of the benefits of an assistant for a fraction of the cost.

47. U of M Researcher Receives US Patent for Algorithm -

Dr. Lan Wang of the University of Memphis has received a patent for “Devices and Methods for Forwarding Information Base Aggregation.”

Wang is professor and chair in the U of M’s computer science department and a research fellow in the Cluster to Advance Cyber Security & Testing (CAST) and Drones, Robotics and Navigation-Enable Systems (DRONES) research clusters.

48. Office Holiday Parties: Naughty or Nice? -

If there is any human resources professional who still needs a good argument to present to management in favor of NOT having a holiday party with copious amounts of alcohol, I encourage you to show your decision makers the new film, “Office Christmas Party,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman.

49. Univ. of Memphis Researcher Receives US Patent -

Dr. Lan Wang of the University of Memphis has received a patent for “Devices and Methods for Forwarding Information Base Aggregation.”

Wang is professor and chair in the U of M’s computer science department and a research fellow in the Cluster to Advance Cyber Security & Testing (CAST) and Drones, Robotics and Navigation-Enable Systems (DRONES) research clusters.

50. Facebook Finally Gets Serious About Fighting Fake News -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is taking new measures to curb the spread of fake news on its huge and influential social network, focusing on the "worst of the worst" offenders and partnering with outside fact-checkers to sort honest news reports from made-up stories that play to people's passions and preconceived notions.

51. Google's Self-Driving Car Project Gets a New Name: Waymo -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The self-driving car project that Google started seven years ago has grown into a company called Waymo, signaling its confidence that it will be able to bring robot-controlled vehicles to the masses within the next few years.

52. Last Word: Collierville Cold Feet, William Bell's Return and SCOTUS Rules -

Grizz beat the 76ers 96-91 Tuesday night at the Forum as Zach Randolph makes an emotional return to the court.after the death of his mother.

Don Wade has an NBA notebook with various stops around the league including the hardship rule that brought Toney Douglas to Beale Street. And Luke Walton came to town last weekend with the Lakers and Walton talked about his time working for Josh Pastner at the U of M.

53. High Court Sides With Samsung in Patent Dispute With Apple -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court unanimously sided with smartphone maker Samsung on Tuesday in its high-profile patent dispute with Apple over design of the iPhone.

The justices said Samsung may not be required to pay all the profits it earned from 11 phone models because the features it copied from the iPhone were only a part of Samsung's devices.

54. How a Trump Administration Could Shape the Internet -

Under a President Donald Trump, cable and phone companies could gain new power to influence what you do and what you watch online – not to mention how much privacy you have while you're at it.

55. Five Learning Strategies for Resilience In the Business Consolidation Age -

Global competition is heating up and a wave of consolidation is sweeping various industries, from the tech economy to the old economy. Google and General Electric continue to master their domains and expand their reach. Microsoft bought LinkedIn and Bayer is looking to buy Monsanto.
On Wall Street, the five largest banks have increased their share of banking assets from 25 percent in 2000 to 45 percent today. AT&T, America’s second-largest wireless-telecom firm, is looking to buy Time Warner, the country’s second-biggest media firm. Big companies have reaped enormous efficiencies by creating supply chains that stretch around the globe. They hope to realize immense gains by controlling complementary assets, as AT&T is looking to combine distribution with content. 

56. Google Releases App to Digitize Boxes of Old Photo Prints -

NEW YORK (AP) – Google wants to make digitizing your many boxes of old photo prints as easy as opening an app.

The PhotoScan app for iPhones and Android phones will use the phone's camera to capture an old photo in four sections and stitch them together, much like a panorama shot. Google says this approach helps eliminate glare that can mar attempts to digitize a print by simply photographing the whole photo.

57. Google Highlighting Inaccurate Story About Election Results -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's search engine is highlighting an inaccurate story claiming that President-elect Donald Trump won the popular vote in last week's election, the latest example of bogus information spread by the internet's gatekeepers.

58. Facebook Pushes Ahead With Video Ambitions -

NEW YORK (AP) – Whether it's a video clip of your friend's dog or a live stream of the presidential debates, you are likely watching more videos on Facebook than ever. And that means you're also more likely to see video ads.

59. Digital Assets – You Need a Plan -

Ray’s Take With all the technological changes that have happened in recent years, digital assets need to be a part of your estate plan. 

From bank accounts to Facebook, PayPal and more, a good chunk of our personal and financial lives are online. What about eBooks, iTunes and frequent flyer accounts? According to a 2013 McAfee survey, the average person has roughly $35,000 worth of assets stored on digital devices. That’s a lot of digital property to be left floating around. 

60. Google Launches Home Delivery Service in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Google has launched its home delivery service across Tennessee.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2dFa2qc) reports that Google Express launched Tuesday and will connect shoppers with select retailers across the state.

61. Tennessee State, Google Partner to Prepare Tech Students -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee State University has received designation as a Google School through a partnership with the tech company.

The university is one of 10 historically black colleges and universities participating in a program using Google engineers to teach introductory computer science classes and help students develop soft and technical skills.

62. Innovation And The Tech World -

While the world of technology has filled the world with tools of productivity and connection, it has its drawbacks. Many people today suffer from the shadow side of technology.

Droves of burned out, screen-addicted zombies sign up for Digital Detox weekends. Families schedule a family night without cellphones at the table once a week or only allow their preschoolers to play games after reading. Technology has imploded many of the societal norms we once held sacred: look how online dating has disrupted generations of rituals.

63. Real Life Can Wait: Former Tiger Alan Cross Walks On in the NFL -

The Cross family’s living room in Millington is something of a mini-museum. A living testament, really, to what can happen when someone lives out the clichés – keep trying, never quit, believe in yourself – and decides the best way to deal with doubters is to figuratively head-butt them.

64. Samsung Woes Show How Dependent We've Become on Smartphones -

NEW YORK (AP) – Tethered as we are to our smartphones, Samsung asking users of its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 to "power down and stop using the device" is not just an inconvenience. It's crazy.

65. Worried About Your Samsung Note 7? Here Are Your Options -

NEW YORK (AP) – Worries about the safety of Samsung's replacement Galaxy Note 7 smartphones have consumers fretting about what to do. And they're getting little guidance from the company.

66. Meet Olli -

With deep and well-funded resources such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, the Knoxville region is no stranger to innovation in science and technology.

But a new kid on the block, Local Motors, has the potential to spark a whole new era of manufacturing innovation and make Knoxville a hotbed for a technology sector widely considered to be truly revolutionary – self-driving cars.

67. FCC Proposal: Internet Providers Must Ask to Share Your Data -

A new privacy proposal unveiled Thursday will require broadband providers like Verizon and Comcast to get your permission before sharing with advertisers what you've been doing on your phone or computer.

68. Samsung Joins Digital Assistant Race With Acquisition of Viv -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Samsung Electronics is joining the race to create the smartest digital assistant by acquiring Viv, a Silicon Valley startup launched by the same entrepreneurs who sold Siri to Apple.

69. Google Gets Aggressive With New Phones, Other Gadgets -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google launched an aggressive challenge to consumer electronics giants like Apple and Samsung on Tuesday, introducing a new line of smartphones called Pixel and other gadgets designed to showcase a digital helper the company calls "Google Assistant."

70. Resume Preparation -

One of the hardest parts of looking for a job isn’t the looking part. It’s what happens during preparation. In particular, writing a great resume can be an incredibly stressful feat.

Imagine this. You’re asked to put an entire summary of your life down on paper. But it must fit on one or two pages, or it won’t be read. It must be 100 percent accurate, or you could be fired by your future employer. It must tell the story of every career victory, or no one will take you seriously. It must not make you look too old or too young, or you could be perceived as incompetent. Oh, and it should be up to date – always. You never know when someone might ask for it.

71. A Year of Alphabet: Great for Google, Less So for Moonshots -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Reorganizing itself under the umbrella company Alphabet has done wonders for Google – but less so for a grab bag of eclectic projects ranging from robotic cars to internet-beaming balloons, which are suffering costly growing pains.

72. Last Word: The Law & Darrius Stewart, MEMShop's Return and The Pot Debate -

The Memphis Bar Association’s Law School for Journalists is where reporters and attorneys and a few judges meet annually to talk over the issues they have with each other. And it is usually about a specific topic. This year that topic was the July 2015 police shooting of Darrius Stewart.

73. Android's Nougat Update Isn't Flashy, But Still Pretty Handy -

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Nougat, Google's latest update of its Android smartphone software, isn't particularly flashy; you might not even notice what's different about it at first. But it offers a number of practical time-saving features, plus a few that could save money – and perhaps even your life.

74. Social Media Narrative -

You probably never thought you’d hear the words “social media” and “cover letter” together in one sentence. But today, I hope to convince you to consider them to be related when you’re looking for a new job.

75. Open and Shut -

The office of the future hacks down cubicle walls in favor of modular furniture that encourages collaboration. As many business sectors, from banking to legal services, move to a tech-first approach, companies are turning away from traditional office configurations to attract the next generation of talent.

76. FAA Contemplating Whether Millions of Drones Will Fill Skies -

WASHINGTON (AP) – So many people are registering drones and applying for drone pilot licenses that federal aviation officials said Friday they are contemplating the possibility of millions of unmanned aircraft crowding the nation's skies in the not-too-distant future.

77. LG Unveils the First Phone to Ship With Google's New Android -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – LG is unveiling the first phone to ship with Google's new Android Nougat software, in hopes of appealing to people who like to take and share photos and video.

The new V20 phone comes on the eve of a San Francisco event where Apple is expected to launch new iPhones.

78. Tech May Help Steer Older Drivers Down a Safer Road -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Older drivers may soon be traveling a safer road thanks to smarter cars that can detect oncoming traffic, steer clear of trouble and even hit the brakes when a collision appears imminent.

79. Pera’s Ubiquiti Networks at Pivotal Moment -

Big tech companies like Google and Facebook have been generating news headlines and public interest for a while now over their plans to bring internet connectivity to the large swaths of the world that still don’t have it, or that need a better offering of some kind.

80. The Hidden Risk to the Economy in Corporate Balance Sheets -

NEW YORK (AP) – America has a debt problem, but it's not what you think. Yes, the federal government owes trillions of dollars more than it did a few years ago. Yes, Americans are still struggling to pay off mortgages and student loans. But it's the buildup in debt elsewhere that is most worrying some experts, and the big borrower this time may come as a surprise: Corporate America.

81. Self-Driving Car Race Sees Flurry of Partnerships -

Uber announced Thursday that it will partner with Volvo to make autonomous vehicles. The tie-up is the latest between automakers and tech companies hoping to speed driverless cars to market. Here's a rundown of who's working with whom:

82. Android Makers Really Want to Make Their Phones Eye-Catching -

NEW YORK (AP) – It's getting rarer for phone launches to generate excitement these days – especially in the Android world, where all models use the same underlying Google software. Every year, phones get routine refreshes such as faster processors, better cameras and longer battery life.

83. Google Fiber Warns It Could Pull Plug Over Nashville Impasse -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Google is warning that an impasse over access to utility poles could lead the company to pull the plug on its plans to bring its fiber optic broadband service to Nashville.

84. Brand Essence: The Rock ‘n’ Roll of Business, Part 1 -

Editor’s note: Part one of a three-part series. Like famous musicians, effective brands maintain a certain sway over those who come into contact with them, a sense of awe and authority that translates talent, focus and hard work into an essence that communicates instantly.

85. Toro: ‘Stay True to the Vision’ -

To talk to Lisa Toro at her business, the coffeehouse and retail store City & State, is to see the energy that she and her husband hoped to help activate in the Broad Avenue neighborhood when they first saw their vintage building.

86. Virtual Fun: VR Technology Comes to Rec Room -

The Broad Avenue arcade bar Rec Room already boasts a suite of video game consoles for players to essentially rent, everything from old school Nintendo to Xbox and Playstation consoles whose games can be projected onto the space’s giant walls.

87. In a Sign of Broader Ambitions, Facebook Opens Hardware Lab -

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) – Facebook built its fortune on the internet, that non-physical space where people share updates and digital videos with friends. But deep inside its Silicon Valley headquarters, engineers have stocked a new lab with computerized lathes, industrial mills and tools for making physical goods.

88. Time Warner Invests in Hulu in Win for Cable Cord-Cutters -

NEW YORK (AP) – In another win for cable cord-cutters, Time Warner has become the latest media company to invest in streaming service Hulu.

The move could boost the viability of an online TV service that Hulu is expected to launch next year as an alternative to cable TV. Sony and Dish already operate online TV services, while Apple has expressed interest in one, according to published reports. None of those companies, however, have the networks themselves as full partners or owners, the way Hulu does.

89. First Tennessee Consolidating Real Estate -

First Tennessee Bank is renovating and restructuring three of its Memphis properties in a project totaling upwards of $62 million.

90. What Verizon's Acquisition Means for Yahoo Users -

NEW YORK (AP) – If you have a Yahoo email account or regularly visit services like Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports, you might be wondering what will happen to the once-venerable brand once Verizon takes over.

91. Verizon Buys Yahoo for $4.83B, Marking End of an Era -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.83 billion, marking the end of an era for a company that once defined the internet.

It is the second time in as many years that Verizon, extending its digital reach, has snapped up the remnants of a fallen internet star. The nation's largest wireless carrier paid $4.4 billion for AOL last year.

92. Plans for Self-Driving Cars Have Pitfall: The Human Brain -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Experts say the development of self-driving cars over the coming decade depends on an unreliable assumption by many automakers: that the humans in them will be ready to step in and take control if the car's systems fail.

93. Players in Hunt for Pokemon Go Monsters Feel Real-World Pain -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Beware: "Pokemon Go," a new smartphone game based on cute Nintendo characters like Squirtle and Pikachu, can be harmful to your health.

The "augmented reality" game, which layers gameplay onto the physical world, became the top grossing app in the iPhone app store just days after its Wednesday release in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. And players have already reported wiping out in a variety of ways as they wander the real world – eyes glued to their smartphone screens – in search of digital monsters.

94. Feds Ban Theranos CEO From Running Lab for 2 Years -

Federal regulators dealt a major blow to troubled blood-testing startup Theranos, banning its founder and CEO from owning or running a medical laboratory for two years.

The sanctions, announced late Thursday by the company, follow months of investigation by government testing regulators at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Theranos, which was reportedly worth $9 billion two years ago, is the latest much-hyped Silicon Valley firm to stumble while trying to enter the health care field.

95. Verizon Hikes Prices, But New Options Could Save You Money -

NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon is hiking prices on its cellphone plans, though the new rates come with changes that might actually save you money.

If you do nothing, your prices won't automatically go up. But new benefits announced Wednesday – including better options when traveling in Canada and Mexico – require you to switch to the new rates, which start Thursday.

96. Tesla Crash Could Hurt Sentiment on Driverless Cars -

DETROIT (AP) – It was the crash the auto industry knew was coming but still feared.

The death of a driver who was using Tesla Motors' semi-autonomous mode could add to the public's apprehension of driverless cars even before they reach the road in big numbers. Most major automakers and technology companies, including Google and Uber, are working on fully autonomous cars, and have worried that a highly publicized crash could hurt those efforts.

97. Google Calendar Outage Leaves Users Frustrated -

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Google says it expects to have Google Calendar up and running normally following widespread reports of an outage.

Google said Thursday that users had been seeing "server error" messages when opening the app. It later said that service had been restored for some users already and it expected a resolution for all users in the near future.

98. After Fire Flop, Amazon Unveils Phones With Its Apps, Ads -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is back in the phone business – sort of.

After its own Fire phone flopped, Amazon is selling special editions of other manufacturers' phones at a $50 discount. They'll come with ads on the lock screen and lots of Amazon apps on the home screen. You can hide those apps, but won't be able to uninstall them.

99. Google Offers New Way for Users to Manage Ads, Personal Data -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is trying to make it easier for you to manage the vast pool of information that it collects about your online activities across phones, computers and other devices.

100. White House Clears Small, Commercial Drones for Takeoff -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Routine use of small drones by real estate agents, farmers, filmmakers and countless other commercial operators was cleared for takeoff by the Obama administration Tuesday, after years of struggling to write rules that would both protect public safety and free the benefits of a new technology.