AP Technology NewsBrief at 5:06 p.m. EDT
(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Microsoft's fiscal 3Q tops Wall Street predictionsREDMOND, Wash. (AP) _ Microsoft's fared better than analysts anticipated in its latest quarter, boosted by a surprising rise in sales of its Windows operating system for personal computers The fiscal third-quarter performance announced Thursday comes as investors look forward to the release of Windows 8 later this year. The next version marks the most radical overhaul of the widely-used operating system in decades.
Rumors swirl of smaller iPad, which Jobs detestedNEW YORK (AP) _ Apple generates more gossip than the Kardashians. There's a constantly spinning mill of rumors about Apple products, most of which turn out to be untrue. What's unusual this week is that talk has revived of a smaller iPad model, an idea company founder Steve Jobs derided publicly a year before he died.
IPhone bills boost Verizon 1Q revenue growthNEW YORK (AP) _ Holiday sales of the iPhone 4S started to boost revenue at Verizon Communications Inc. in the latest quarter, as subscribers settled in to paying their new monthly bills. That meant that wireless service revenues grew at their fastest pace in three years at Verizon Wireless. The country's largest cellphone company started selling the iPhone 4 a bit more than a year ago, but sales got a big boost when the 4S model was released in October.
Review: Baseball scores big with At Bat mobile appATLANTA (AP) _ Baseball is back, which means die-hard fans like me are hungry for updates and highlights when we're not near our televisions or computers. For the past six years, I've satisfied my appetite with Major League Baseball's evolving offerings. What used to be a glitch-filled, clunky desktop-based system is now a robust experience that includes sleek, high-performing apps for iPhones, iPads, Android and other devices.
Nokia posts $1.2 billion loss as sales plummetHELSINKI (AP) _ Struggling cellphone maker Nokia has suffered one of its worst quarterly results ever, blaming tough competition for a huge (EURO)929 million ($1.2 billion) net loss as sales plunged, especially in the smartphone market. The first-quarter loss compared with a net profit of (EURO)344 million in the same period last year and came as revenues slid 30 percent to (EURO)7.4 billion, Nokia Corp. said Thursday.
UK abortion provider under threat from hackersLONDON (AP) _ Britain's largest abortion provider said Thursday that thousands of attempts have been made to hack its website following a high-profile security breach when personal details of 10,000 women were stolen. Last week a judge jailed a computer hacker for breaking into the website of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and stealing the data.
Norway killer sharpened aim on computer gamesOSLO, Norway (AP) _ Anders Behring Breivik knew it would take practice to be able to slaughter dozens of people before being shot by police. In a chilling summary, the far-right fanatic claimed Thursday that he sharpened his aim by playing computer games for more than a year before Norway's worst peacetime massacre.
Info on 'Warcraft' game played by Norwegian killerConfessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik testified in Norway on Thursday that he played "World of Warcraft" for 16 hours a day in 2006. Breivik is in court in connection with last summer's attacks, in which Breivik killed eight people by setting off a bomb in central Oslo and then shot 69 others to death on the island of Utoya. Here are some details about the game:
Should teachers and students be Facebook friends?NEW YORK (AP) _ Should students and teachers ever be friends on Facebook? School districts across the country, including the nation's largest, are weighing that question as they seek to balance the risks of inappropriate contact with the academic benefits of social networking. At least 40 school districts nationwide have approved social media policies. Schools in New York City and Florida have disciplined teachers for Facebook activity, and Missouri legislators recently acquiesced to teachers' objections to a strict statewide policy.
Internet ad revenue hits record $31B in US in 2011NEW YORK (AP) _ Revenue from Internet advertising in the U.S. hit a record $31 billion last year, according to a study released Wednesday. That's up 22 percent from $26 billion in 2010, the previous record.
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