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Google self-driving unit Waymo picks Detroit factory site

DETROIT (AP) — Google's self-driving car spinoff Waymo says it will reopen an axle plant in Detroit to convert conventional vehicles so they can drive autonomously.

The company says it will lease a now-closed American Axle & Manufacturing plant north of downtown so it can convert the vehicles, mostly Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

Samsung delays folding phone launch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung is pushing back this week's planned public launch of its highly anticipated, $2,000 folding phone after reports that reviewers' phones were breaking.

The company had been planning to release the Galaxy Fold on Friday, but instead it will now run more tests and announce a new launch date in the "coming weeks."

Kohl's wants more of your Amazon returns

NEW YORK (AP) — Kohl's wants you to skip the post office and bring your Amazon returns to its stores.

The department store chain said Thursday it will accept Amazon returns at all its 1,150 stores starting in July, expanding its nearly two-year test of the service from 100 stores.

Twitter profit rises as Trump demands 'fairer' social media

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter Inc. on Tuesday trumpeted strong quarterly growth in earnings and users while President Donald Trump tweeted criticism of the social media site for allegedly discriminating against him politically.

Sri Lanka blocks social media after Easter bombings

Sri Lankan authorities flicked the off switch on most social media after Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels killed hundreds of people, a dramatic reaction that reflects distrust in the capability of American internet companies to control harmful content.

Internet provider Pavlov Media acquires tech-support firm Simplified Computers

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign-based internet provider for off-campus student housing has bought a Champaign-based tech-support company.

Pavlov Media announced Thursday that it acquired Simplified Computers, which is headquartered at 901 S. Neil St., C.

Simplified will continue to operate out of that location.

Uber rolls out feature urging riders to 'check your ride'

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber is releasing a new feature to help riders ensure they're getting into the right vehicles.

The development comes several weeks after a University of South Carolina student was killed after getting into a car she had mistaken for the Uber ride she hailed.

Review units of Samsung's new Galaxy Fold already breaking

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some of Samsung's new, almost-$2,000 folding phones appear to be breaking after just a couple of days.

UI College of Engineering halts new partnerships with Huawei

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois will stop accepting new partnerships with the Chinese tech firm Huawei, which the U.S. government considers a national-security threat.

The new policy was announced earlier this week in an email to faculty and staff in the College of Engineering.

Apple to pay chipmaker Qualcomm in settlement over web technology

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple and mobile-device chipmaker Qualcomm have settled a bitter financial dispute centered on some of the technology that enables iPhones to connect to the internet.

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