AP Technology NewsBrief at 3:33 p.m. EDT
(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Calif. mom finds missing children using FacebookSAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) _ A Southern California mother whose two children were reported missing 15 years ago has tracked them down in Florida using Facebook. San Bernardino Deputy District Attorney Kurt Rowley says Faustino Utrera, the father of the boy and girl, took off with them in 1995 when they were ages 2 and 3.
Apple conference likely to yield new iPhoneSEATTLE (AP) _ After a series of leaked prototypes, it's almost a given that Apple Inc. will unveil a new version of the iPhone during its annual software developers conference that opens Monday in San Francisco. The revelation of a splashy new iPhone would clear up one of the highest-profile Apple mysteries of the year _ second to the existence, confirmed in January, of the iPad. Yet it would leave another unknown simmering at Apple, one with far-reaching implications for how we listen to music.
Microsoft shutters Bing shopping rebate programREDMOND, Wash. (AP) _ Microsoft is shutting down a program that gave online shoppers rebates when they found items through Bing search. The cashback program started in May 2008. Microsoft Corp. was hoping cashback would help lure more people to its search engine.
Some blocked websites now accessible in ChinaBEIJING (AP) _ Some websites, including ones with pornography, that were previously blocked by China's Internet censors were accessible inside the country Friday, though reasons for the change were unclear. But China on Friday blocked Web service Foursquare, which lets users alert friends to where they are through their cell phones. The reason was not known, but many users had been "checking in" from Tiananmen Square to mark the anniversary of a bloody 1989 government crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests.
Oracle cutting more Sun jobsSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Oracle Corp. is cutting more jobs as part of its takeover of slumping computer-server maker Sun Microsystems. Oracle, the world's biggest database-software maker, said in a regulatory filing Friday that the new round of cuts would mostly hit employees in Asia and Europe.
Foxconn: latest employee death not work relatedTAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group, which has been shaken by a spate of worker suicides in China this year, said Friday another employee had died but denied it was work-related. The maker of iPhones, iPads and other electronic gadgets for global corporations including Apple Inc. said the 28-year-old engineer died "a sudden death" last week at his home near Foxconn's Shenzhen plant in China's southern Guangdong province.
Judge allows limits on Web coverage of Wis. sportsMADISON, Wis. (AP) _ The Wisconsin school athletic association has the right to limit who carries games live on the Internet, a judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled that the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association's exclusive agreement with the video production company When We Were Young Productions doesn't stifle media freedom.
Publishers see signs the iPad can restore ad moneyNEW YORK (AP) _ Good news for the news business: Companies are paying newspapers and magazines up to five times as much to place ads in their iPad applications as what similar advertising costs on regular websites. This doesn't mean Apple's tablet computer will live up to its hype as a potential lifeline for the media industry. Online ads still generate a small fraction of news companies' advertising revenue, and it's an open question whether print ads will return to what they totaled before the recession.
Warner makes artists available for `Tap Tap' gameLOS ANGELES (AP) _ Following the success of "Tap Tap Metallica," Warner Music Group Corp. is opening up its roster of artists to be featured on other versions of the popular play-along iPhone game. Artists such as B.O.B., Neil Young and Paramore will be featured in songs that come in two-, four- and six-pack bundles from 99 cents to $1.99. The main version of the game, "Tap Tap Revenge 3," is free.
EasyJet to test infrared ash detectors on planesLONDON (AP) _ Low-cost airline easyJet PLC unveiled plans Friday to test infrared technology's ability to detect volcanic ash clouds and urged other airlines to help map the ash risk across Europe's skies. The company said the devices _ which are placed on an aircraft's tail fin and can detect ash clouds within 60 miles (100 kilometers) _ are the first of their kind, calling them "essentially a weather radar for ash."
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