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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 21- Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg plans to speak at 12:30 p.m. California time on Thursday on "next steps protecting elections," he said on his Facebook page.

  • FACEBOOK INC CEO MARK ZUCKERBERG TO SPEAK LIVE AT 12:30 P.M. CALIFORNIA TIME THURSDAY ON' PROTECTING ELECTIONS'.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 21- Zenefits, a startup that has faced hefty regulatory penalties on its insurance brokerage, said on Thursday that it will exit that business and instead provide software to brokers. In a change of course, San Francisco- based Zenefits said it will no longer aim to displace traditional brokers with technology, but rather will provide software...

  • DETROIT, Sept 21- U.S. automakers are facing mounting pressure amid slowing demand in the country, as automakers from Asia and Europe aggressively ramp up vehicle production in North America, including a new investment by Daimler AG. In the latest move, German automaker Daimler said on Thursday it will spend $1 billion to expand its Mercedes Benz operations near...

  • DETROIT— Tesla Inc. is denying claims that it threatened to fire pro-union workers at its Fremont, California, factory and tried to prevent them from passing out union literature. The National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against Tesla earlier this month, citing multiple incidents in which Tesla security guards allegedly refused to let off-duty...

  • A group that represents state officials who administer Medicaid programs is telling Senate Republicans to slow down and rethink their latest health care bill. The group wants Congress to revisit Medicaid changes. A study finds the latest GOP effort to end "Obamacare" would take federal dollars away from states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable...

  • LONDON, Sept 21- Australia's Macquarie Group Ltd has overtaken Goldman Sachs to break into the top three banks for commodities business, having significantly expanded its U.S. energy operations in recent years while rivals cut back. This is the first time a bank outside the United States or Europe has broken into the top tier in commodities, or any other capital...

  • DETROIT, Sept 21- U.S. automakers are facing mounting pressure amid slowing demand in the country, as Asian and European automakers aggressively ramp up vehicle production in North America, including a new investment by Daimler AG. In the latest move, German automaker Daimler plans to spend $1 billion to expand its Mercedes Benz assembly plant near Tuscaloosa,...

  • NEW YORK— StoryCorps is hoping people give their social media apps a break for a few minutes this Thanksgiving and instead use one designed for listening. The nonprofit oral history project on Thursday announced the 2017 edition of its Great Thanksgiving Listen, which calls for high school students to record a conversation with an elder over the holiday...

  • DETROIT, Sept 21- U.S. automakers are facing mounting pressure amid slowing demand in the country, as Asian and European automakers aggressively ramp up vehicle production in North America, including a new investment by Daimler AG. In the latest move, German automaker Daimler plans to spend $1 billion to expand its Mercedes Benz assembly plant near Tuscaloosa,...

  • DETROIT, Sept 21- U.S. automakers are facing mounting pressure amid slowing demand in the country, as Asian and European automakers aggressively ramp up vehicle production in North America, including a new investment by Daimler AG. In the latest move, German automaker Daimler plans to spend $1 billion to expand its Mercedes Benz assembly plant near Tuscaloosa,...

  • NEW YORK— One of the nation's biggest homebuilders is putting its top executive on notice after a vulgar rant against comedian Kathy Griffin was caught on tape and went viral. KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger, who is a neighbor of Griffin's in California, was recorded by a security camera hurling slurs against Griffin while in a heated argument with her boyfriend.

  • The new Apple TV 4 K is out Friday starting at $179, or $30 more than the regular model. Roku and Amazon have 4 K models for less than $100 and non-4K versions for even less. Both are even ahead of Apple TV in being able to stream Amazon video now; it's coming soon to Apple TV.

  • SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Sept 21- The X26 is in a class by itself. Yet Taser International says its capacity to stop suspects is second to none. Taser stopped selling the X26 in the United States and Canada in 2014, telling police customers its analog workhorse was approaching obsolescence.

  • Sept 21- Toys "R" Us Inc, the U.S. toy retailer that filed for bankruptcy protection this week, said on Thursday it is hiring part-time seasonal workers to staff its stores for the holidays, including for a new position of toy demonstrator. Toys "R" Us has the largest need to hire in the New York City area, followed by Los Angeles and then Groveport, Ohio, at a DHL warehouse it...

  • "Our old fans used to play Japanese games, and those people are excited those games are coming back and they recognize them as Japanese-style games," game creator Koji Igarashi told The Associated Press at the show in Makuhari Messe hall in Chiba, a Tokyo suburb. After the dust settled, some of the games that stood the test of time turned out to be Japanese, such as "...

  • They are displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Despite their ubiquity, they started in 1998 with one man: A 25- year-old employee of mobile phone carrier NTT DoCoMo who created the first set of 176 in one month as he rushed to meet a deadline. If I hadn't done it, someone else would have, "said Shigetaka Kurita, who now is a board member at Dwango Co., a Tokyo...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Google is biting off a big piece of device manufacturer HTC for $1.1 billion to expand its efforts to build phones, speakers and other gadgets equipped with its arsenal of digital services. The deal underscores how serious Google is becoming about designing its own family of devices to compete against Apple and Amazon in a high-stakes battle to...

  • The future of self-driving cars is becoming a reality.

    The Apple veterans aim to give autonomous vehicles a more complete, detailed and reliable view of the world around them.

  • UNITED NATIONS— The leaders of Britain, France and Italy are setting an ambitious goal for tech companies to tackle online posts that promote terrorism: Take them down within an hour or two. French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni joined May in leading what she called a first-of-its-kind session on the sidelines of annual...