National Semiconductor beats 2Q earnings estimates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Semiconductor maker National Semiconductor Corp. beat analysts' earnings and sales estimates for its fiscal 2010 second quarter. The company reported net income of $47 million, or 20 cents per share, on $345...

Microsoft to reimburse Yahoo $150M in search deal

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — Microsoft will reimburse Yahoo for up to $150 million in expenses if their proposed Internet search partnership is approved by regulators. The financial commitment disclosed Thursday was among the minor changes...

GAO: FCC must improve wireless industry oversight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators receive tens of thousands of customer complaints about wireless services every year, but don't do enough to follow up or to protect consumers who have problems with their mobile...

Ciena shares tumble on wider-than-expected 4Q loss

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — Shares of Ciena Corp. tumbled 11 percent Thursday after the computer networking equipment maker posted a wider-than-expected loss for its fiscal 2009 fourth quarter and full year as costs offset...

AOL finally regains independence from Time Warner

NEW YORK (AP) — AOL resumed life as an independent Internet company Thursday as it completed its spinoff from Time Warner Inc. and closed the book on one of the most disastrous business combinations...

Malaysian tycoon buys networking site Friendster

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian tycoon Vincent Tan announced a deal to buy Friendster, a social networking site that still retains a strong following in Southeast Asia after losing in global popularity to...

Panasonic to buy 50.2 pct stake in Sanyo for $4.6B

TOKYO (AP) — Panasonic Corp. said Thursday it will take majority control of Sanyo Electric Co. in a $4.6 billion deal, forging one of the biggest electronics makers in the world with an edge...

TSA puts 5 employees on leave over online posting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five Transportation Security Administration employees have been placed on administrative leave since it was discovered that sensitive guidelines about airport passenger screening were posted on the Internet. The move was disclosed as...

FairPoint delays filing Ch. 11 reorganization plan

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — FairPoint Communications Inc. wants more time to file its bankruptcy reorganization plan. The troubled telecommunications company said Wednesday, a day before its filing deadline, that it will submit the plan by...

Feds go global to fight cybercriminals overseas

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tip came from another country's law enforcement officials: Eight major banks in the U.S. were being targeted by cybercriminals operating there. FBI agents fanned out that night to warn the branches...

A social networking timeline

Milestones in social networking over the past decade: 2002 — Friendster launches and becomes a social networking force until MySpace and the more buttoned-up LinkedIn hit the scene in 2003 and slowly gain more traction. 2004...

Google says Utah company behind online scam

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Google Inc. says a Utah company is using its name to defraud consumers. The Internet leader filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Pacific WebWorks Inc., a Salt Lake City company...

Summary Box: Facebook’s new privacy controls

HOLDING BACK: Facebook is altering its privacy settings to make it easier for its 350 million users to decide who can see the posts, photos and other information they share on the site. WHY NOW:...

EU regulator ‘optimistic’ about Oracle resolution

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top antitrust official said Wednesday she was "still optimistic" that regulators could resolve a bitter dispute over an EU investigation into Oracle Corp.'s planned takeover of Sun Microsystems...

China closes file-sharing sites in crackdown

BEIJING (AP) — China has closed one of the country's largest file-sharing sites in what it says is a fight against copyright infringement, but could be seen as another measure aimed at controlling what...

Decade of tweets, friends and hands across the Web

Picture a preschooler running through a grassy field next to her house, pretending she's holding a friend's hand. That was my attempt at social networking, way back when I made up an imaginary playmate after...

Colorado company offers ski info on iPhone 3GS

AVON, Colo. (AP) — Skiers stuck on a mountain with no trail map but with an iPhone 3GS in their pockets could get help finding their way with another iPhone application from a Colorado...

United Nations to probe climate e-mail leak

LONDON (AP) — The United Nations will conduct its own investigation into e-mails leaked from a leading British climate science center in addition to the probe by the University of East Anglia, a senior...

NYC trial ending for man accused of judge threats

NEW YORK (AP) — When three federal judges in Illinois upheld local handgun bans this year, blogger Hal Turner went on the offensive. Turner, a fierce gun control opponent, called the appellate judges "cunning, ruthless,...

Gift Guide: High-tech happiness for $100 or less

No one's going to blame you for keeping holiday gifts minimal this year. But if you want to round out your handmade cards, scarves, pickles and jam with a gadget or gizmo, here are...