Technology

This photo provided by Netflix shows a demonstration of the service's new thumbs-up and thumbs-down rating system. Netflix’s video-streaming service is scrapping its familiar star-rating system and hoping to get a thumbs-up, the new way that its 94 million subscribers will be asked to signal whether they liked a movie or TV show. The change, unveiled Wednesday, April 5, 2017, is being driven by Netflix’s dissatisfaction with the amount of viewer feedback its computers have been getting to help customize recommendations about what else to watch on the service. (Netflix via AP)
April 05, 2017 - 9:02 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix's video-streaming service is officially scrapping its familiar star-rating system, hoping to make it easier for its 94 million subscribers to signal whether they liked a movie or TV show. The service is compressing its familiar one-to-five star system into a simpler...
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German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Brigitte Zypries, smiles prior to the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
April 05, 2017 - 6:51 am
BERLIN (AP) — The German government is trying to encourage more open Wi-Fi hotspots across Germany by relaxing rules on businesses providing the wireless connection. Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said her proposed law changes, adopted Wednesday by the Cabinet, mean business owners would no...
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April 05, 2017 - 5:32 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet has approved a new bill on curbing hate comments and fake news on social media. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet on Wednesday agreed on rules that would impose fines of up to 50 million euros (53.4 million dollars) on social networking sites that fail to swiftly...
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In this March 27, 2017, file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. The Trump administration issued a stern warning to U.S. companies as they began applying for coveted skilled-worker visas Monday, cautioning that it would investigate and prosecute employers that overlook qualified American workers for the jobs. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
April 04, 2017 - 4:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has issued a stern warning to U.S. companies as they begin applying for coveted skilled-worker visas, cautioning that it would investigate and prosecute those who overlook qualified American workers for jobs. The message came on the opening day of...
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April 03, 2017 - 7:58 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Verizon Communications will create a new company called Oath after it completes its $4.5 billion acquisition of Yahoo and melds the troubled internet company with its AOL operations. Oath will oversee Yahoo and AOL after the deal is completed. The Yahoo and AOL brands are...
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April 03, 2017 - 7:49 pm
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Federal immigration officials have detained a California prostitute after she completed a jail sentence for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the accidental heroin overdose of a Google executive she was entertaining aboard his yacht. Santa Cruz sheriff's...
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April 03, 2017 - 7:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law that could eventually allow internet providers to sell information about their customers' browsing habits. The bill scraps an online privacy regulation issued in October by the Federal Communications Commission to give consumers...
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FILE - This April 1, 2015, file photo, shows a Charter Communications van in St. Louis. Now cable giant Charter won't have to compete with other cable companies in new areas. Federal telecom regulators have tweaked a condition of its deal to buy Time Warner Cable. They had said Charter would have to compete with another fast-internet provider for 1 million customers. Now they can build in areas that don't have fast internet. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
April 03, 2017 - 4:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are letting Charter out of a requirement that would have forced it to compete with other broadband providers and possibly cut prices. The decision relaxes one of the conditions imposed on Charter when it absorbed Time Warner Cable and represents another sign that...
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April 03, 2017 - 4:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are letting Charter out of a requirement that would have forced it to compete with other broadband providers and possibly cut prices. The decision relaxes one of the conditions imposed on Charter when it absorbed Time Warner Cable and represents another sign that...
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This Nov. 1, 2016 photo provided by Drew Wharton shows a female black bear wearing GPS collar in Yosemite National Park. Rangers on Monday, April 3, 2017, unveiled a website that allows anybody around the world to track the movement of the park's iconic black bears. Bears are fitted with GPS collars that ping their location from a satellite onto the website, which rangers hope will educate the public about bears and ultimately protect them from harm. (Drew Wharton via AP)
April 03, 2017 - 3:58 pm
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife enthusiasts around the world can now follow the daily journey of Yosemite National Park's black bears from their laptops and smartphones, tracking the iconic animals as they lope up steep canyons and cross vast distances in search of food and mates. Park rangers told...
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