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Mounting antitrust scrutiny has Silicon Valley on the defensive
On Tuesday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee gathered for a hearing with a dry, forgettable title: "Understanding the Digital Advertising Ecosystem and the Impact of Data Privacy and Competition Policy." It would have been clearer to say it was a meeting about power, and whether some Silicon Valley giants have amassed too much of it.

Facebook removed 2.2 billion fake accounts in three months
Facebook took down 2.2 billion fake accounts between January and March, a record high for the company.

Amazon might be working on a smart watch that can sense your feelings
Alexa, how am I feeling today? Amazon may be getting into the business of reading your emotions.

Uber and Lyft battle Los Angeles over the future of transportation
Scooters and electric bikes have become pawns in a power struggle between rideshare companies Uber and Lyft and the city of Los Angeles — a tug of war experts say will have far-reaching implications for quality of life in cities across the United States.

Didi wants to help millions of drivers power their electric cars
Didi Chuxing, China's top ride-hailing app, has teamed up with the country's giant power utility to make it easier and cheaper for drivers to recharge their cars.

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Portugal, Ireland woes dominate EU summit
BRUSSELS -- Just on the day EU leaders were hoping to present the final version of their plan to solve the region's debt crisis, their summit in Brussels was overwhelmed Thursday by debate over Portugal's political crisis and Ireland's banking woes.

Moody's downgrades ratings of Spanish banks
MADRID -- Moody's downgraded the debt of 30 Spanish banks Thursday but left untouched the ratings of the country's three largest banks, highlighting the weaknesses in Spain's financial system a day after the government in neighboring Portugal fell.

Markets brush off Portuguese bailout concerns
LONDON -- Markets on Thursday brushed aside mounting speculation that Portugal would soon be tapping a European bailout fund amid hopes that the continent's debt crisis may be about to claim its final scalp - for now.

Japan disaster reminds businesses about insurance
NEW YORK -- It might be inconceivable to small business owners that a disaster hundreds or thousands of miles away could shut them down. But the earthquake and tsunami in Japan have interrupted shipments of parts and finished goods to companies in the U.S., and sent many of them to call their...

Irish economy shrinks for 3rd straight year
DUBLIN -- Ireland's economy shrank in 2010 for the third straight year and the yields on Irish bonds rose to euro-era highs Thursday amid fears that the cost of rescuing the country's failed banks will overwhelm its finances even with the international bailout.

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Stocks rise on better outlook for jobs, Europe
U.S. stocks rose last week, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index to its biggest two-week gain since June, as concern about Europe's sovereign debt crisis eased and U.S. jobs data came in better than forecast.

Rising U.S. stocks spark economic optimism
U.S. stocks rose last week, snapping three weeks of declines, as better-than-estimated growth in private employment and manufacturing raised optimism that the economy will avoid a recession.

Stocks still mired in a losing streak
U.S. stocks fell for a third straight week, sending the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index to its longest losing weekly streak since February, as a record decline in home sales raised concerns that the economy may fall back into recession.

Stocks finish down again on weak data
U.S. stocks fell for a second straight week as a jump in jobless claims and an unexpected slump in manufacturing in the Philadelphia area suggested that a rebound in corporate profit growth won't be sustained.

U.S. stocks post biggest weekly loss in five weeks as economic uncertainty rises
U.S. stocks slid last week on concerns that the Federal Reserve's stimulus plan and a surge in jobless claims mean the economic recovery is in jeopardy, sending the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index to its biggest loss in five weeks.

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Researchers try to understand naked mole rats' resistance to cancer
With their pinkish, translucent and wrinkly skin, double-saber buck teeth and black-bead eyes, naked mole rats look like characters in a nightmare from hell. In fact, they do live underground in pitch-dark burrows where their air, from a human point of view, can contain chokingly little oxygen, t...

Doctors try new models to push health insurers aside
Just about everyone agrees that the way we pay for primary care needs fixing. Under the current insurance model, doctors get paid for procedures and tests rather than for time spent with patients, which displeases doctors and patients alike and increases costs. Now some medical practices are side...

Medigap supplemental coverage can be too pricey for younger Medicare beneficiaries
One night three years ago, Joe Hobson finished reading a book, went to sleep and woke up blind. The problem, caused by a rare hereditary disease, forced him to give up his 20-year communications job, along with its generous health insurance. Now 63, the Arlington man is covered by Medicare, the f...

Breathless, but not from asthma

Fish and seafood recipe recommendations
Jennifer LaRue Huget offers some suggestions

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Sneak peek at the world's first guitar-shaped hotel
Why stay at a regular multistory hotel when you could stay in a guitar?

Belgian monks brew beer to newly discovered recipe
Connoisseurs of Belgium's world-renowned beer will soon be able to taste a range of special brews made according to recipes that have been sitting untouched in the archives of Grimbergen Abbey for more than 200 years.

The most beautiful villages in Italy
These are 20 of Italy's most beautiful villages -- from the isolated hilltop of Civita di Bagnoregio to the Sicilian fishing port of Marzamemi. Check out CNN Travel's list and then start planning your holiday.

Sherpa summits Everest a record 24th time
Kami Rita Sherpa completed two ascents in the same week to break climb Mount Everest a total of 24 times, breaking his own record.

Lonely Planet reveals Europe summer hot list
Vevey in Switzerland and the Shetland Islands are among Lonely Planet's recommendations for summer travel in 2019. Find out which destination is the guide book publisher's top pick.