Rich Warren | Do your homework before buying a smartphone

I empathize with Goldilocks. Every couple of years, the appetite for a new smartphone consumes me, yet I never find the ideal serving of "smart" and "phone."

Autumn marks the debut of new models from Apple and Google, akin to American car models of yore. Other competitors, such as Samsung and LG, release phones throughout the year.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 20, 2018

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Facebook's election 'war room' takes aim at fake information

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — In an otherwise innocuous part of Facebook's expansive Silicon Valley campus, a locked door bears a taped-on sign that reads "War Room." Behind the door lies a nerve center the social network has set up to combat fake accounts and bogus news stories ahead of upcoming elections.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 18-25, 2018


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Netflix shares jump 6% on strong subscriber growth

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix shares jumped 6 percent in early trading after the company reported a big increase in subscribers.

The video-streaming service added 7 million subscribers worldwide from July through September, far above the company's target of 5 million

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

SEATTLE — Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65.

He died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his company Vulcan Inc. announced.

With Toys R Us gone, retailers stepping up holiday-season efforts

NEW YORK — When Toys R Us closed its doors, customers mourned the loss of a beloved brand that conjured memories of their own childhood.

Retailers, on the other hand, saw an opportunity.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 11-18, 2018

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Google's Waze expands carpooling service throughout U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google will begin offering its pay-to-carpool service throughout the U.S., an effort to reduce the commute-time congestion that its popular Waze navigation app is designed to avoid.

Google unveiling new Pixel phones, other services

NEW YORK (AP) — Google is expected to introduce two new smartphones Tuesday, part of its continuing push to embed its digital services and Android software more deeply into peoples' lives.