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Applying for a credit card? Please take a selfie

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:23:34 GMT2017-10-19T20:23:34Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The selfie is everywhere - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter - and soon your bank could be asking for one in order to approve your purchase or credit card application....

US: Lap

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:38:44 GMT2017-10-19T20:38:44Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. government is urging that large, personal electronic devices like laptops be banned from airline checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic fire....

Google parent leads $1B Lyft investment, deepening Uber rift

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:04:52 GMT2017-10-19T20:04:52Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google's parent company is throwing its financial support behind ride-hailing service Lyft, deepening its rift with market leader Uber....

Packers, Microsoft join in tech venture near Lambeau Field

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:12:08 GMT2017-10-19T18:12:08Z

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers and Microsoft are launching a tech incubator near Lambeau Field in a $10 million partnership aimed at igniting innovation in an area not typically targeted by major, global companies....

Social media helping college teams start new traditions

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:25:50 GMT2017-10-19T07:25:50Z

In an era when it's increasingly difficult to get fans in the stadium, it apparently isn't so hard to get them into new rituals....

Wooing Amazon with sun, fun ... and giant buttons

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:59:32 GMT2017-10-19T13:59:32Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Mayors from Toledo to Tulsa are so eager to woo Amazon's much-vaunted second headquarters that they've been brandishing bourbon, selling the sun, whispering sweet nothings to the company and even pushing its buttons....

Little Rock drops Amazon bid in ad: 'It's not you, it's us.'

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:37:13 GMT2017-10-19T19:37:13Z

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas' capital city pre-emptively broke up with Amazon Thursday rather than submit a long-shot bid for the e-commerce giant's second headquarters, telling the company in a full-page newspaper ad: "It's not you, it's us."...

Big question for US cities: Is Amazon's HQ2 worth the price?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:26:14 GMT2017-10-18T11:26:14Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dozens of cities are working frantically to land Amazon's second headquarters, raising a weighty question with no easy answer:...

Study: Lower-income kids give more time to TV, digital media

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:11:09 GMT2017-10-19T04:11:09Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Children in lower-income families spend more time watching TV and using electronic devices than kids in more affluent homes, according to a survey released Thursday....

Site of Amazon's HQ2 has much to learn from Seattle

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:36:46 GMT2017-10-18T18:36:46Z

SEATTLE (AP) -- Memo to the many places vying for Amazon's second headquarters: It ain't all food trucks and free bananas....