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Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed nearly 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class.

SAP will buy Concur Technologies for $7.36 billion

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

German business software maker SAP said it will buy travel and expense management software company Concur Technologies for $129 per share, or about $7.36 billion.

Questions, answers on cameras for Border Patrol

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The U.S. Border Patrol will begin testing the use of body cameras by agents on Oct. 1 at its training academy in Artesia, New Mexico. The White House has said requiring law enforcement officers to wear cameras could be a way to ease mistrust by the public.

Kauai County Council approves legal appeal funding

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The Kauai County Council has approved additional funding to appeal a court ruling saying state law pre-empts a county law regulating pesticides and genetically modified crops.

Home Depot breach affected 56M debit, credit cards

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Home Depot said Thursday that a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada affected 56 million debit and credit cards, far more than a pre-Christmas 2013 attack on Target customers.

End of era: Ellison steps aside as Oracle CEO

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world's best-known technology companies.

Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices.

Indian company plans 1,200 jobs in North Carolina

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Indian information technology services company HCL Technologies said Thursday its American subsidiary will add about 1,200 jobs in North Carolina over the next five years by continuing to prepare not-fully-ready workers to fill the IT jobs.

Records: Man urged victim to kill self via webcam

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

A Montana man in prison for raping a girl starting when she was 12 is now charged with trying to persuade her to kill herself by cutting her wrists and taking prescription medication while he watched on a webcam.

Red Hat buying FeedHenry for about $82M

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Open-source software company Red Hat is buying FeedHenry for about 63.5 million euros ($82 million) as it looks to broaden its cloud-based mobile app platform offerings.

Alibaba's plan: Today, China. Tomorrow, the world.

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Amazon and eBay should watch their backs.

Leesville officers to enforce cellphone law

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The city of Leesville will begin putting up signs in the next few days to remind drivers that a new state law prohibits them from using cellphones in a school zone.

News Corp opposes Google in EU antitrust case

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch is joining the fray in Google's protracted European antitrust case, saying the technology company unfairly distorts competition.

43 accused of running cybersex ring in Philippines

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Philippine authorities arrested 43 suspected members of a syndicate that runs a lucrative online cybersex operation catering to clients worldwide, officials said Thursday.

AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Voters in Scotland decide whether to break from UK and become independent

Alibaba symbol of China's new tech giants

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Alibaba Group's U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants in China's state-dominated economy.

Geocaching event planned at Kentucky parks

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The sport of geocaching is coming to the Kentucky State Parks system.

Most Purdue students optimistic about technology

|Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

A poll of Purdue University students has found that most of them believe technology will improve their lives despite worries that it could limit their online privacy.

Perry, A&M dedicate key element of vaccine center

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry and top officials from Texas A&M University dedicated a new 100,000-square-foot manufacturing plant Thursday that's intended to have the capacity to produce bulk flu vaccine that can be delivered to as many as 50 million people within four months of a declared pandemic.

Drag queens dress down Facebook over names

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules.