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  • BRUSSELS— Spain has welcomed a new agreement to connect its energy network with those in Portugal and France as a major step toward breaking Europe's dependence on Russian gas supplies. He said the MIDCAT project linking gas infrastructure through Spain's northeast Catalonia region to southern France would help ensure that " Europe reduces its dependence...

  • NEW YORK— Upscale hotel chain Mandarin Oriental says it is investigating a potential credit card breach at its hotels. Mandarin Oriental said it is coordinating with credit card agencies and forensic specialists. Mandarin Oriental operates hotels across the world including Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong, London, New York, Miami, San Francisco, Prague, Boston, Las...

  • MADRID— The European Commission's leader says he does not believe Spain and Portugal have a "diabolical" plot to oust Greece's new far left government as they pressure Greece to comply with bailout terms they both had to endure. EC President Jean-Claude Juncker made the comments Wednesday after a brief summit in Madrid with the leaders of France, Spain and...

  • NEW YORK— No cars and solar power for Facebook, it seems. Asked at a town hall event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, if the world's biggest social network had ambitions outside of social media and the Internet, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is "pretty focused." Google has a driverless car, has invested in solar power and is working on...

  • Internet invades everything at gadget fair in Barcelona Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 11:52 AM ET

    Pizza Hut has two new ways to make sure nobody waits too long for a pie. The Click'N'Pizza will go on sale this summer in Canada and will work to order Pizza Hut products. Visa is also testing a program with Pizza Hut for making payments from the car.

  • LONDON, March 4- The idea of using vaccines to fight cancer has received a shot in the arm from a $1 billion deal between Bristol-Myers Squibb and Bavarian Nordic. Unfortunately, they have run into problems in practice, leading to a series of failures with experimental products such as Merck KGaA's Stimuvax and GlaxoSmithKline's MAGE-A3. The idea of combining...

  • WIRELESS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS: Eyes on Apple, BlackBerry Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 3:50 PM ET

    NEW YORK— As a major wireless show continues this week in Barcelona, Spain, Apple is highlighting the capabilities of its iPhone cameras with a gallery of photos taken by its users around the world. Apple Inc. isn't at the Mobile World Congress show this week, but is making its presence felt, as new phones are inevitably compared with iPhones. Here's a look at some of...

  • Speaking at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said Tuesday that "there needs to be a referee" for the Internet. The FCC's vote last week approved "net neutrality" rules that prevent Internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon from slowing or blocking Web traffic or from creating Internet fast lanes that...

  • WIRELESS SHOW PHOTO GALLERY: Gadget fans in Barcelona Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 11:44 AM ET

    BARCELONA, Spain— Gadget lovers from around the world are in Barcelona to view the latest in handheld and wireless technology. Tech giants like Samsung, Sony, and Lenovo also showcased their latest offerings. Photographers Manu Fernandez and Emilio Morenatti contributed.

  • BARCELONA, Spain— BlackBerry may be launching four new smartphones over the coming year, but the struggling company is staking its future on becoming a giant in software. CEO John Chen said at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona on Tuesday that since he took over a year and a half ago BlackBerry has undergone a "philosophical" shift away from...

  • BlackBerry unveils new mid-market Leap smartphone Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 4:32 AM ET

    BARCELONA/ TORONTO, March 3- BlackBerry unveiled a new mid-market smartphone on Tuesday dubbed the BlackBerry Leap that is set to replace the Z3 device launched a year ago, in a move to woo buyers in certain emerging markets where BlackBerry still has a fairly large client base. The Waterloo, Ontario- based company said the phone, unveiled at the Mobile World...

  • BARCELONA, March 3- Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg was on hostile turf on Monday as spoke to executives at the world's biggest annual gathering of the mobile industry, renewing attempts to win their backing to help reach billions of users with no Internet access. His comments come amid an increasingly rancorous debate in which telecom and cable firms...

  • BARCELONA, Spain— Couldn't be in Barcelona this week? Here's a look from the floor of the wireless show as gadget heavy weight Samsung released its fancy new S6 Edge and Gear virtual reality headset, Google announced a foray into the wireless data plan market, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg talked about getting the world online. Photographers Manu Fernandez and...

  • NEW YORK— High-end smartphones from Samsung and HTC have gotten much of the attention at this week's wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, but cheaper options are coming from Microsoft, Lenovo and others too. Meanwhile, Google and Facebook are working on giving people more ways to use those devices. Here's a look at what's been unveiled so far at the Mobile World...

  • Google and Facebook are taking different routes to expanding Internet use and access among the unconnected in developing countries. The two Internet giants gave updates on their efforts— and differing approaches— at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona on Monday. And while Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google Vice President Sundar...

  • *Greece says can overcome immediate funding crunch. MADRID/ ATHENS, March 2- Euro zone countries are discussing a third bailout for Greece worth 30 billion to 50 billion euros, Spain's economy minister said on Monday, but EU officials said there were no such talks. Speaking at an event in Pamplona, northern Spain, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said the new rescue...

  • DUBLIN/ MADRID, March 2- Europe's tough treatment of Greece's new government has eased some immediate anti-austerity pressure in Ireland and Spain, but it may take a lot more than that to put Dublin and Madrid's ruling parties' re-election prospects back on track. They both toed the line with Germany in demanding that Greece stick to its bailout commitments- a...

  • MADRID— Spain created hours of confusion over the future of Greece's troubled finances Monday by announcing that eurozone nations were negotiating a third Greek bailout of up to 50 billion euros, then backtracking by saying the prospect of such a bailout is merely hypothetical. The high profile sequence of events began when Spain's Economy Ministry said...

  • The chief executives of Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom said on Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that network operators needed to give special treatment to data for new services like connected cars and smart electricity meters to ensure that they functioned properly. "We favour net neutrality, but we need to be allowed to have quality classes to...

  • Google wants more people to get online so they can search around and click on its ads. The announcement confirmed leaks and media reports in late January that Google planned to enter the telecom market. More information will be released "in the coming months," Sundar Pichai, Google Inc.' s senior vice president of products, said during his presentation.