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Gov't proposal envisions phone calls on airline flights


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Airlines could let passengers make in-flight phone calls using Wi-Fi under a proposal from federal regulators....

Apple chief Tim Cook picked to give MIT commencement speech


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has chosen Apple CEO Tim Cook to deliver its 2017 commencement address....

Pebble discontinuing smartwatches after its sale to Fitbit


PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Pioneering smartwatch maker Pebble is no longer manufacturing or selling any of its devices after the bulk of the company was bought by Fitbit....

Banking on change: Tech startups target financial services


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- It may not be much longer before bank branches join video-rental stores and record shops as relics of a bygone era....

Innovation or monopoly? Panel looks at ATT-Time Warner deal


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators questioning the logic of a proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner turned their focus to the nickels and dimes of the issue, at least as to how the $85.4 billion mega-deal would affect Americans. OK, you say this huge merger will enhance, not quash, competition and benefit consumers. Will it actually reduce prices that consumers pay?...

German intel agency: Russia is trying to destabilize Germany


BERLIN (AP) -- Russia is trying to destabilize German society with propaganda and cyberattacks ahead of the country's general election, Germany's domestic intelligence agency said Thursday....

Sandberg: False stories on Facebook didn't sway election


NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg says she doesn't think misinformation spread on the social media platform swayed the election in favor of President-elect Donald Trump....

Car company offering red light-reading vehicles in Las Vegas


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- On the theory that a driver who knows when a red light will turn green is more relaxed and aware, vehicle manufacturer Audi is unveiling this week in Las Vegas a technology that enables vehicles to "read" traffic signals ahead and tell the motorist how long the wait will be....

Millions leap at party invite by Mexican rural family


MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Millions of people have responded to an invitation to a coming of age party for a girl in rural northern Mexico after her parent's video innocently asked "everybody" to attend ended up going viral....

6 ways to keep phone charges low during international travel


FLORENCE, Italy (AP) -- It's a sure-fire way to dampen the holiday cheers: Spend a week on a dream vacation abroad, then come back to find an additional several hundred dollars on your cellphone bill....