AP Technology NewsBrief at 9:07 p.m. EDT
(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Apple CEO Tim Cook emerges from Steve Jobs' shadowNEW YORK (AP) _ Apple CEO Tim Cook has long seen as the humorless and unemotional guy running the show from behind the scenes. But he is beginning to reveal a more assertive and eloquent side, hinting that he's learning to shoulder more of Steve Jobs' role as a front man and leader. On a conference call with journalists and financial analysts late Tuesday, Cook showed some fire when talking about competitors, echoing the combative Jobs. He also spouted a vivid metaphor that spread like wildfire over Twitter before the call was over.
Ancestry.com acquiring Archives.com for $100MPROVO, Utah (AP) _ Ancestry.com Inc. will acquire rival family history website Archives.com for about $100 million in cash and assumed liabilities, the companies announced Wednesday. The two companies said they're combining their strengths and key employees but will maintain separate websites.
Review: 4 camera app alternatives to InstagramBEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) _ I'm one of the millions of smartphone owners addicted to Instagram, the free camera app that makes tweaking and sharing photos miraculously easy. While it's wildly popular and the target of Facebook's $1 billion takeover deal, Instagram isn't the only camera app worth having. I've been hooked on taking photos on my iPhone and sharing them using Instagram since I bought my first iPhone last fall.
Sprint loss widens on Nextel, iPhone lifts salesNEW YORK (AP) _ The iPhone boosted struggling Sprint Nextel Corp. in the latest quarter, letting it beat AT&T and perhaps even Verizon in recruiting high-paying phone subscribers to the Sprint network. Sprint started selling the iPhone in October, after AT&T and Verizon. To get it, it had to promise Apple that it would buy phones for $15.5 billion over four years _ a big sum for a company in a precarious financial position _ and analysts have noted that the phone could push Sprint over the edge, into bankruptcy.
Shutterfly stock flies on Eastman Kodak dealNEW YORK (AP) _ Shutterfly's stock climbed after the online photo publishing company emerged as the sole and thus the likely winning bidder for Eastman Kodak's online photo services business. The company says no other offers have emerged for Kodak Gallery. Pending final approval by a bankruptcy court, the business will be Shutterfly's for $23.8 million. Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection in January.
Spidey foes to rattle 'Amazing Spider-Man' gameSAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Spider-Man must contend with more than just a lizard in his latest video game adventure. The web-slinging superhero will also face off against Rhino, Iguana and Felicia Hardy in "The Amazing Spider-Man," the upcoming free-roaming action game from Activision Inc. based on director Marc Webb's film of the same name. The game, created by Canadian developer Beenox, will serve as an epilogue to the movie starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.
White House threatens veto of cybersecurity billWASHINGTON (AP) _ The Obama administration on Wednesday threatened to veto a House bill designed to defend critical U.S. industries and corporate networks from electronic attacks by foreign governments, cybercriminals and terrorist groups, arguing the measure falls short in protecting civil liberties. "Cybersecurity and privacy are not mutually exclusive," the administration said in a statement issued just as proponents of the bill made their case for the legislation at a House hearing.
First wizards, now pirates for online game makerNEW YORK (AP) _ For one online game maker, pirates evolved from wizards. KingsIsle, the maker of a popular multiplayer game for kids, is unveiling its second title, "Pirate 101," on Wednesday. It's a world of floating ships and do-gooder pirates inspired by its other game, "Wizard 101."
Facebook strengthens security with partnershipsNEW YORK (AP) _ Facebook is strengthening its security controls in an attempt to protect its 900 million users from spam and malicious content. Facebook said Wednesday that it will work with Microsoft Corp. and with computer security firms Trend Micro Inc., Sophos, Symantec Corp. and Intel Corp.'s McAfee to provide safeguards on Facebook.
Apple trumps expectations, sells 35M iPhones in 2QNEW YORK (AP) _ Apple Inc., the world's most valuable company, trumped skeptics once again by reporting blowout iPhone sales. Apple says it sold 35 million iPhones in the January-to-March quarter, almost twice as many as it sold a year ago and above analyst expectations.
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