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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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."

4. To Update or Not to Update? -

At some point, most of us have felt the need to be up-to-date with the newest technology. Smartphone makers and software developers alike pressure us regularly to download updates for an app’s latest version or enhanced security. But it’s important to be strategic in how we choose to handle these updates instead of making impulse decisions.

5. Smith Helps Mayor Pick the Right Team -

As chief human resources officer for the city of Memphis, Alexandria Smith is responsible for the HR strategy and talent management for the city as an employer. She provides advice to the mayor and senior leadership team, a role that has played an important part in shaping the city’s future, including leading the recent search for a police chief.

6. Can Alan Zucker Do for Titans’ Marcus Mariota What He’s Done for Mannings & Taylor Swift? -

As an NFL quarterback, Sunday is show time for Marcus Mariota. That’s when he suits up and does everything in his power to help the Tennessee Titans win football games.

But a recent Sunday morning was a different kind of show time. Mariota spent four hours on the opposite side of the Cumberland River from Nissan Stadium on a commercial shoot. A camera crew captured footage of him jogging in downtown Nashville and posing in front of various landmarks.

7. 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.

8. Samsung's New Jumbo Phone Unlocks With Iris Scanner -

NEW YORK (AP) – You'll be able to unlock Samsung's new phone by just looking at it.

The Galaxy Note 7 will come with an iris scanner, which matches patterns in your eyes with what was detected by your phone during setup. It offers an alternative to fingerprint ID, which doesn't work well when fingers are wet. Of course, the four-digit passcode will still work.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. As Desire to Acquire Mounts, So Does Risk of Losses -

NEW YORK (AP) – The word suggests compassion, benevolence. It even sounds nice: Goodwill. Mankind needs more of it. But in the financial world, there may be far too much already.

Goodwill is the accounting term for the premium that companies pay when they buy each other, over the value of the actual assets being purchased, such as factories, products in a warehouse and office equipment. Goodwill is the value placed on the intangible, special something about the company being bought – its reputation, perhaps, or its skilled workforce or corporate culture.

12. Last Word: The Untouchable Compromise, Go West and World Series in August -

Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer actually brought a suitcase with her to Wednesday’s commission budget session and special meeting.

13. Microsoft Readies Windows 10 Update, Answers Critics -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Microsoft has a birthday present for Windows 10 users: more capabilities for its Cortana digital assistant and new ways to ditch passwords.

The company is also changing the notices it sends to users of previous versions, following complaints that it was too aggressive in pushing them to get the free Windows 10 upgrade.

14. Database Expert Kline to Speak in Memphis -

Database expert and software industry veteran Kevin Kline is set to speak at the FedEx Institute of Technology next month.

15. Database Expert Kline to Speak in Memphis -

Database expert and software industry veteran Kevin Kline is set to speak at the FedEx Institute of Technology next month.

16. XQ Super Schools Reform Effort Looks at Memphis -

On a dry erase board by the National Civil Rights Museum, a new education reform group in town last week asked citizens to fill in the blanks about their high school experience with a sentence that began, “I thought high school would be…”

17. Last Word: Chips Moman, ServiceMaster Incentives and Crosstown High -

Chips Moman has died. Word of his death Monday at a hospice in Georgia came two years after Moman was honored for his contributions to Memphis music and the city's history.

Those contributions were substantial and for quite a while they were overlooked – even while he was running the definition of a hit factory at American Sound Studios, a non-descript recording studio on Danny Thomas Boulevard at Chelsea Avenue in North Memphis.

18. Microsoft to Buy Networking Site LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion -

NEW YORK (AP) – In a surprise move, Microsoft said Monday that it is buying LinkedIn for about $26.2 billion, a deal that could bring subtle but significant changes for the professional network's more than 430 million members.

19. Lenovo, Google Unveil Phone That Knows Surroundings -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A Lenovo smartphone unveiled Thursday will be clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings – such as the room's size and the presence of other people – and potentially transform how we interact with e-commerce, education and gaming.

20. Your Phone May Soon Sense Everything Around You -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Suppose your smartphone is clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings – the room's size, the location of doors and windows and the presence of other people. What could it do with that info?

21. Microsoft, Facebook Team Up to Build Undersea Internet Cable -

Microsoft and Facebook are building a new underwater Internet cable that will cross the Atlantic Ocean, carrying customers' data between North America and Southern Europe.

The giant tech companies say they helped design the high-speed cable to carry data for their growing numbers of online consumers and commercial customers. The project will be operated by an affiliate of Spanish telecommunications firm Telefonica, which will sell unused capacity on the cable to other customers. It will connect data hubs in Northern Virginia and Bilbao, Spain.

22. Last Word: Grizzdale?, Rio Bound and The Ways of the City Council -

The Grizzlies just about have their new coach. He is David Fizdale who comes to Memphis from being an associate coach for the Miami Heat.

23. Microsoft Cuts More Jobs in Troubled Mobile Unit -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft said Wednesday it will cut up to 1,850 jobs and take a $950 million hit to its books as it attempts to salvage its rocky entrance into the smartphone market.

The company acquired Nokia's phone business in 2014 for $7.3 billion, hoping to expand its share of the fast-growing mobile tech industry. But by last summer it had slashed the value of that business severely and eliminated 26,000 jobs.

24. Microsoft Opens Wallet to Extend Internet in Remote Areas -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Microsoft has joined other tech giants working to deliver the Internet in remote parts of the world, although it's taking a smaller-scale approach than some of its rivals.

25. Microsoft Sues US Over Secret Demands for Customer Data -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – In the latest clash over privacy rights in the digital age, Microsoft is suing the U.S. government over a federal law that allows authorities to examine customer emails or online files without the individual's knowledge.

26. Microsoft Pitches 'Intelligent' Conversations With Computers -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Microsoft wants people to have more intelligent conversations with their computers.

The giant software company is promoting new tools for software developers to build intelligent "bots" or commercial programs that will work with Cortana, its voice-activated digital assistant, to perform tasks like booking a hotel room, ordering a meal or arranging a delivery.

27. Stop Settling for Ordinary -

We live in a world of stiff competition with so much noise competing for consumer attention that it can be painfully difficult for brands to get noticed and stand apart from their competition.

That’s why the lion’s share of brands simply settle for being ordinary. It’s just easier. As football coaching legend Lou Holtz said, “In this world you’re either growing or you’re dying, so get in motion and grow.”

28. Automation Plus Computer Services Takes Pride in South Memphis Roots -

When it comes to computers, Luster Williams is an old pro. He started in computers 42 years ago while in the U.S. Air Force. He spent six years as a trouble shooter for NATO and another three years tracking satellites for NASA.

29. Farm and Gin Show Features Startup-Ag Combo -

The annual Mid-South Farm and Gin Show looks like any other gathering of farmers over the years, but there is a distinct entrepreneurial underpinning this year merging technology with venture capital.

30. CEO Tim Cook Defends Apple's Resistance in FBI iPhone Case -

CUPERTINO, California (AP) – Apple CEO Tim Cook defended his company's opposition to the FBI's iPhone-hacking plan at its annual shareholder meeting, one day after the tech giant formally challenged a court order to help the FBI unlock an encrypted iPhone used by a murderous extremist in San Bernardino, California.

31. Zuckerberg to Press On With Internet Access Despite Setback -

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg vowed Monday to press on with his 3-year-old effort to bring the developing world online, even after Indian regulators banned one of the pillars of the campaign.

32. Alexandria Smith Learning the ‘Undercurrents’ of Politics on the Job -

It would have made a good story, how another stone-hearted stockbroker that thrives on the “action” had been honing all the necessary skills since age 10.

How the future Wall Street wolf used to listen in on her grandfather’s speakerphone calls with his stockbroker and then ask questions, how the grandfather bought her shares in McDonald’s and Disney and Yahoo.

33. The Latest in Gadgets: Even Footballs Are Getting Smarter -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest developments surrounding the consumer-electronics show in Las Vegas known as CES (all times PST):

12:15 p.m.

Kids tossing around a football probably hope to throw a perfect spiral in a big game one day. Technology is about to help them out.

34. Kiddie Tablets 'Grow Up' As Competition Grows -

NEW YORK (AP) – Kiddie tablets have grown up. Tablets designed just for kids are getting more sophisticated as they face increased competition from regular tablets. The new products also have better screens, speedier chips and fashionably slim bodies. They let older children do more, yet hold their hands until they're ready for unsupervised access.

35. A List of Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland’s Appointments So Far -

Memphis Mayor elect Jim Strickland still has some appointments to make, but he is methodically filling key positions in his administration ahead of taking office Jan. 1.

36. Strickland Names 6 Chiefs to Report Directly To Mayor -

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland rounded out his team of top advisers and division directors with six appointees who will report directly to him – a structural change to how previous mayoral administrations have worked.

37. Below the Waterline -

As of the end of October, the S&P 500 index had gained 2.59%. Unfortunately, for diversified investors, there is more to the story. The S&P 500 is a market capitalization weighted index, meaning the largest of the 500 companies have the largest influence over index performance.

38. Cybersecurity Starts With Employees -

Cybersecurity has been a hot topic for companies and individuals alike in recent years. Last month, the U.S. Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, a new bill aimed to protect companies from hackers. The purpose is to allow businesses to communicate with each other and also share information with the government on cyber-criminal intelligence.

39. Microsoft Gets Stingy With Free Online Storage -

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is getting stingy with online storage.

The company just cut the free space it offers through its OneDrive service by two-thirds, making it the second major company to retreat from a consumer cloud-storage boom that tempted users with price cuts and ever-larger free offers.

40. Rally Tally -

Having promoted the necessity of a solid GDP report from China to secure recent gains, I am happy to assert that, according to the data, the Chinese economy remains aloft…which was all the market needed to hear.

41. Modest Rise Gives Stocks a Third Straight Week of Gains -

U.S. stocks closed modestly higher Friday, giving the market its third straight week of gains.

Consumer staples and health care stocks were among the biggest risers as investors assessed the latest company earnings and economic news.

42. Dell Buying EMC in $67 Billion Bet on Data Storage -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dell is buying data storage company EMC for $67 billion in a huge bet on a segment of technology that has proven to be more profitable than the slumping personal computer market.

43. Microsoft Names Brad Smith President and Chief Legal Officer -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft has given longtime executive Brad Smith the title of president, as the company continues its transition to a new generation of leadership.

44. Apple Event to Focus on New iPhones, Apple TV and Siri -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hey, Siri, what does Apple have in store for us this week?

Along with new iPhones, the iconic tech company is expected to show off a new Apple TV system and a bigger role in the home for Siri, its voice-activated digital assistant.

45. Memphis Call Center Added As PILOT Resource -

A Memphis-based national call center has been added as a new resource for companies getting tax breaks in Memphis.

Operating in Clark Tower, at 5100 Poplar Ave., Ashaun LLC is now available to work with participating payment-in-lieu-of-taxes recipients as a diverse supplier under the “contracting services” component of the program.

46. Memphis Call Center Added As PILOT Resource -

A Memphis-based national call center has been added as a new resource for companies getting tax breaks in Memphis.

Operating in Clark Tower, at 5100 Poplar Ave., Ashaun LLC is now available to work with participating payment-in-lieu-of-taxes recipients as a diverse supplier under the “contracting services” component of the program.

47. Memphis IT Firm NexTek Keeps An Eye Toward Next Big Thing -

NexTek does all the work of a traditional information technology department through virtual networks. Instead of having expensive, in-house servers, small- to mid-sized businesses can turn to NexTek for data management, email hosting and computer and network support – all accomplished remotely with cloud-computing services.

48. Trezevant Hires Resident Services Head -

Kimberly O’Donnell has joined Trezevant as director of resident services. In her new position, she will be responsible for managing a variety of programs and functions while serving as liaison to the residential community.

49. After Netflix, Adobe Extends Parental Leave Policy -

NEW YORK (AP) — Adobe is the latest tech company to extend its paid parental leave policy after Netflix said it would offer corporate employees up to a year of paid leave to care for new babies.

50. United Pays Miles to Hackers Who Spotted IT-System Flaws -

Two hackers have scored a million frequent-flier miles each on United Airlines for finding security holes in the airline's computer systems.

The awards were made under a security program that United started in May. Technology companies have offered so-called bug bounties, but they are unusual in the transportation industry.

51. Colleges, Pro Franchises Seek Strategies to Keep Millennials Interested -

UT and Vanderbilt are accustomed to tough competition from Tuscaloosa, Athens and Gainesville. Likewise, the Titans must deal with the Colts, Steelers and Ravens.

On games days, they and many others now have to go against Sony, Microsoft, Apple and EA Sports.

52. Historic Ashlar Hall in Limbo After ‘Renovation’ -

The owner of historic but troubled Ashlar Hall says he will move forward with plans to redevelop the property into a veterans center as questions continue to swirl around the state of the building, located at 1397 Central Ave.

53. Media Heads Rule Ranks of Best-Paid CEOs -

NEW YORK (AP) – They're not Hollywood stars, they're not TV personalities and they don't play in a rock band, but their pay packages are in the same league.

Six of the 10 highest-paid CEOs last year worked in the media industry, according to a study carried out by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The Associated Press.

54. Daily News Seminar Brings Focus to Economy -

As part of his keynote address during The Daily News’ latest seminar, this time focused on the economy, Century Wealth Management president and founder Jay Healy pointed to a photo depicting a crowd a decade ago assembled near St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

55. Want a Great-Paying Job? Here’s the Deal -

Want a new career with nearly unlimited upside potential? One that will have employers beating down your door?

Uncle Sam wants you – to join the technology workforce.

Nationwide, skilled tech workers are in short supply, with more than half a million jobs going unfilled. And in Tennessee, where the rapidly expanding economy has companies competing for every qualified worker, the state is going to great lengths to train people in sought-after tech skills – footing the entire bill, in some cases, for adults willing to retool their careers.

56. Study: Top Tech Firms Bypassing Asian Workers for Executive Jobs -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google, Yahoo and other major technology companies are far more inclined to hire Asians as computer programmers than to promote them to become managers or executives, according to a study released Wednesday.

57. Googling on Mobile Devices Surpasses PCs in US for First Time -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world.

58. Inked and Irked: Apple Watch Users Report Tattoo Problems -

NEW YORK (AP) – It's an annoying problem for the unlucky few: the Apple Watch's heart rate monitor and even some other features might not work if you have a tattoo on your wrist.

Inked and irked Apple fans have dubbed the issue "TattooGate" on Twitter, complaining that they must choose between their body art and their stylish gadget. Apple, for its part, acknowledged the issue on its support website.

59. First Lady: Tech Industry to Train, Hire 90,000 Military Vets -

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) – Michelle Obama announced Thursday that the technology industry has promised to hire and train 90,000 military veterans and spouses over the next five years – the latest private-sector commitment to her campaign to help veterans.

60. Triumph Bank Unveils New Germantown Facility -

Triumph Bank has relocated its Germantown office to a new facility at 7550 West Farmington Blvd.

61. Triumph Bank Unveils New Germantown Facility -

Triumph Bank has relocated its Germantown office to a new facility at 7550 West Farmington Blvd.

62. Apple Watch Isn't The Only Gadget Out This Week -

NEW YORK (AP) – The public will have its first chance to see, touch and buy the Apple Watch on Friday, as Apple stores in the U.S. and eight markets abroad start previews and online orders commence.

63. Apple CEO Tim Cook Plans to Give Away Most of His Fortune -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple CEO Tim Cook is joining a long list of magnates promising to give away most of the wealth that they amass during their careers.

64. Tips to Use E-mail to Be More Efficient and Effective -

Do you ever feel that you are fighting a losing battle to keep up on e-mail? Office workers spend an average of 2.6 hours per day reading and answering emails, according to McKinsey Global Institute.

65. ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ -

After getting his degree in social work, Don Leyrer, 62, spent the first half of his career in the field, including housing abused children, before moving on to law enforcement as a probation officer.

66. Are You a Hack Waiting to Happen? Your Boss Wants to Know -

NEW YORK (AP) – The next phishing email you get could be from your boss.

With high-profile security breaches on the rise, from Sony Pictures to Anthem, companies are on the defensive. And they want to make sure their employees are not a hack waiting to happen.

67. Flipboard Magazines Not Just for Mobile Anymore -

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) – Smartphones and tablets have been pushing the personal computer aside, thanks in part to popular apps made by mobile-first entrepreneurs like Flipboard CEO Mike McCue.

68. McDonald’s Super Bowl Promotion Hits Memphis -

A social media analysis via Forbes found that McDonald’s Super Bowl ad was the most-liked spot during the big game.

In it, customers were shown being encouraged to “pay with loving” to get their food. It’s a marketing effort the chain has started to push beyond its Super Bowl commercial, taking the idea to participating restaurants across the U.S., including to Memphis.

69. Super Bowl Ad Winners and Losers -

Think there was only one big game on Super Bowl Sunday? A typical NFL game has only 11 minutes of actual “game action” compared to 63 minutes of commercials, according to The Wall Street Journal. With 30 seconds of commercial airtime going for $4.5 million this year, it is clear that Super Bowl advertising is serious business, making for an equally interesting off-the-field game unfolding when the clock stops.

70. High-Tech Teacher -

With the advent of video game systems like the Kinect for Microsoft’s Xbox as well as the Oculus Rift head-mounted display system that Facebook bought last year, it’s clear virtual reality technology has increasingly become mainstream.

71. Microsoft Shows Off Windows 10 and 'HoloLens' -

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) – Microsoft has taken the wraps off a new version of Windows – and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens.

The HoloLens is worn over the eyes like virtual reality headsets. While it's unclear when it might be available for sale, a Microsoft engineer showed how it could be used to view and edit three-dimensional renderings of people, machines or other objects.

72. Robin Williams Tops 2014 List of Google Searches -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.

73. Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack of Diversity -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work.

74. White House Focuses on Computer Science in Schools -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Smartphones and laptops have become essential tools for today's teenagers. But learning how these devices work has often taken a backseat to other priorities in U.S. schools.

75. Barnes & Noble, Microsoft End Nook Deal -

NEW YORK (AP) – Bookseller Barnes & Noble said Thursday it is ending its commercial agreement with Microsoft for its Nook e-book reader ahead of its planned Nook spinoff.

The news came as the largest U.S. traditional bookseller reported second-quarter net income that missed expectations.

76. Obama's Immigration Move Disappoints Businesses -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.

77. How Much Do You Know About How the Internet Works? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – We may be the Internet generation. But we don't know much about how it works.

A new Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday found most people can recognize Microsoft founder Bill Gates and know that hashtags belong in tweets, but are confused about whether having a privacy policy means that a company actually keeps consumer information confidential.

78. Do You Need to Break the Bank to Get a Good Phone? -

NEW YORK (AP) – It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens – and their top-end price tags – and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost.

79. Microsoft Surpasses Exxon as 2nd Most Valuable Co. -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The bull run in Microsoft's stock this past year has helped the tech giant surpass Exxon Mobil and seize the rank of the second most valuable company, behind Apple Inc.

80. Blackberry Expanding Its Mobile-Security Arsenal -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – BlackBerry is expanding its efforts to sell mobile-security software on its rivals' smartphones and tablets to help counter the waning popularity of its own devices.

81. Microsoft Unveils Fitness Gadget, Health Tracking -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices.

82. Microsoft CEO Launches Diversity Training Effort -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Still working to repair damage caused by his gaffe about women seeking pay raises, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has again apologized to employees and announced in a company-wide memo that all workers will receive expanded training on how to foster an inclusive culture.

83. Promotions and Advanced Opportunities -

In the past week, Satya Nadella’s words have been all over the internet, television and newspaper. You may have seen the Microsoft CEO’s original statements, his later retractions or commentary from outsiders.

84. Zuckerberg, Wife Donate $25 Million to CDC for Ebola -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $25 million to the CDC Foundation to help address the Ebola epidemic.

85. Unequal Pay: Must Be a Lot of Good Karma Out There -

NEW YORK (AP) – Don't ask for a raise. Keeping quiet will give you "superpowers" that will translate into employer trust and other "good karma" that will eventually come back around to your purse.

86. 8 Ways to Protect Your Online Identity -

Each year, millions of Americans are victims of data breaches. Credit card fraud alone has affected 41 percent of consumers over the last five years, according to Aite Group's 2014 Global Consumer Fraud Survey.

87. Ballmer Steps Down From Microsoft Board -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company's board, bringing to a close 34 years with the software giant.

Ballmer says he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, civic contributions, teaching and study.

88. Google's Pivotal IPO Launched a Decade of Big Bets -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.

And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further.

89. Pew: Split Views on Robots' Employment Benefits -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In 2025, self-driving cars could be the norm, people could have more leisure time and goods could become cheaper. Or, there could be chronic unemployment and an even wider income gap, human interaction could become a luxury and the wealthy could live in walled cities with robots serving as labor.

90. Across US Job Market, Layoffs are Becoming Rare -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller.

As the U.S. economy has improved and employers have regained confidence, companies have been steadily shedding fewer workers. Which is why applications for unemployment benefits have dwindled to their lowest level since February 2006 – nearly two years before the Great Recession began – the government said Thursday.

91. Microsoft Cutting 18,000 Jobs, Signals New Path -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.

92. We’re All Invited -

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader:

“We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”

93. PC Shipment Slump Bottoms Out -

NEW YORK (AP) – A two-year slump in personal computer sales ended in the second quarter, helped by improving demand in developed markets like North America and Europe.

PC sales have fallen in recent years, hurt by surging demand for tablets and other mobile devices. Tough economic conditions around the world have also disrupted sales. But quarterly figures released Wednesday by the research firms Gartner Inc. and International Data Corp. show the global slump is easing.

94. Barnes & Noble to Separate Retail, Nook Media -

NEW YORK (AP) – Barnes & Noble hopes to survive by splitting in two.

The largest U.S. brick-and-mortar bookseller, beset by tough competition from online retailers like Amazon and discount stores like Wal-Mart, said Wednesday that it plans to split off its Nook e-reader division as it looks to boost shareholder value.

95. Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing Lure Interns With Perks -

SEATTLE (AP) – Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing sweeten already lucrative job offers in Seattle with subsidized, furnished housing. Transportation is covered from anywhere in the country, including airport food, baggage fees and taxis. There's free breakfast and dinner, biweekly housekeeping, a private party with Macklemore and Deadmau5.

96. Crime Data Show iPhone 'Kill Switch' Cuts Thefts -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday.

The report by state attorneys general, prosecutors, police and other officials from a year-old initiative called "Secure Our Smartphones" said Google and Microsoft will incorporate a kill switch into the next version of their operating systems on smartphones. The three systems – Android, iOS, and Windows Phone – are used in 97 percent of smartphones in the U.S.

97. Tech Giants Seek to Halt Overseas Snooping by US -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country.

98. Online Pirates Thrive on Legitimate Ad Dollars -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Movie and music piracy thrives online in part because crafty website operators receive advertising dollars from major companies like Comcast, Ford and McDonald's.

That's the conclusion of several recent reports that shed light on Internet piracy's funding sources.

99. Google Faces Up to Image Problem in Europe -

AMSTERDAM (AP) – As Google bowed to a European court ruling to consider users' claims to remove embarrassing search results, the company took the first step toward preventing any more such punishing decisions – acknowledging it has an image problem in Europe.

100. Appeals Court Judge Faces Ethics Questions -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit announced Friday that he's stepping down from his post, a day after reports that he sent a complimentary email to an attorney who had argued cases before him.