Stories by Barbara Ortutay

Monday, June 13, 2016

Microsoft says it is buying networking site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

NEW YORK - In a surprise move, Microsoft said Monday that it is buying LinkedIn for about $26.2 billion, a deal that could bring subtle but significant changes for the professional network's more ...
By Barbara Ortutay

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015

Reuse, resell, recycle old cellphones

NEW YORK - Each year, Apple dazzles its devoted fans with faster, sleeker, more powerful iPhones with better cameras and a bevy of bells and whistles. So, what's to become of last year's model?
By Barbara Ortutay

Saturday, Aug 22, 2015

'Like' this if you learn about something new on Facebook

NEW YORK — Did you know you can add a pronunciation guide to your name on Facebook? Overlay colorful text on the photos you post? How about mark the end of a relationship without your 500 closest ...
By Barbara Ortutay

Friday, July 31, 2015

Tough week for social media stocks - no one is spared

Tough week for social media stocks as even high-flying Facebook, LinkedIn dip.
By Barbara Ortutay

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Twitter stock falters as revenue misses mark

Twitter's stock dropped sharply as the company's revenue and outlook fell short of expectations at a time investors are seeking stronger advertising growth.
By Barbara Ortutay

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Search, social & shopping: Pinterest turns 5

Pinterest shaking up social, search and shopping as bookmarking site celebrates 5th birthday.
By Barbara Ortutay

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Facebook advertising revenue soars

NEW YORK - Facebook grew its advertising revenue by 64 percent in the third quarter, by a boost in mobile ads that are becoming a large chunk of overall advertising business.
By Barbara Ortutay

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

Unequal Pay: Must be a lot of good karma out there

On average, women in the U.S. working full time were paid 78 cents for every dollar that men earned in 2013, according to Census figures.
By Barbara Ortutay

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014

Some wary parents opt for a baby blackout on Internet

NEW YORK - Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother, "a little ...
By Barbara Ortutay

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wearable gadgets rule at conference

SAN FRANCISCO - Google's effort to broaden its focus beyond smartphones and tablets was on full display as the company unveiled plans to push further into the living room.
By Barbara Ortutay

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Facebook, Twitter gear up for World Cup

NEW YORK - This year's World Cup will play out on social media and messaging apps as it progresses in stadiums from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro.
By Barbara Ortutay

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Apple's Beats buy joins tech and street-wise style

NEW YORK - Beats Electronics' colorful, oversized headphones serve as a fashion accessory, but as tech companies are discovering, wearable gadgets still have a long way to go to become trendy.
By Barbara Ortutay

Friday, May 30, 2014

Zuckerberg, wife gift $120 million to California schools

MENLO PARK, Calif. - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.
By Barbara Ortutay

Thursday, May 8, 2014

FTC says Snapchat deceived customers

NEW YORK - Snapchat has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it deceived customers about the disappearing nature of messages sent through its service.
By Barbara Ortutay

Friday, April 11, 2014

Once-soaring tech stocks sink

The stocks of recent stars such as Netflix, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are 20 percent to 45 percent below their recent peaks. The steep downfall is raising questions about whether this is just ...
By Barbara Ortutay

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Facebook CEO's multibillion deal raises questions

Facebook's latest multibillion dollar acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus is prompting some people to wonder if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already living in an alternate reality.
By Barbara Ortutay

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

Crushed by Candy Crush

NEW YORK - Many people remember where they were when man first walked on the moon. I remember where I was when I passed Level 86 of "Candy Crush Saga."
By Barbara Ortutay

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

Brands vie to stand out amid Super Bowl chatter

NEW YORK - If it's on TV, it's on Twitter, at least when it comes to blockbuster events such as the Super Bowl.
By Barbara Ortutay

Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

Customers' encrypted PINs were stolen, target says

ATLANTA - Target said Friday that debit-card PIN numbers were among the financial information stolen from millions of customers who shopped at the retailer earlier this month.
By Barbara Ortutay

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Web sites try to nix comments

Companies including Google and the Huffington Post are trying everything from deploying moderators to forcing people to use their real names in order to restore civil discourse.
By Barbara Ortutay
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