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1 in 3 Americans have trouble paying this bill

When it comes to "bill shock," a surprise medical expense can be particularly damaging. Over the past two years, nearly one-third of privately insured Americans has received an unexpected medical bill where their health plan paid less than expected, according to a May survey from the Consumer Reports National Research Center. For many, it's an expense that isn't so easy to handle. A 2014 ...
Source: CNBC.com | By: Kelli B. Grant
Report links hacking scheme to Iran

NEW YORK (AP) - Researchers have linked a sophisticated hacking scheme targeting Iranian dissidents and at least one freedom of expression activist back to Iran. A report released Thursday by the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs describes how the hackers used text message and phone-based phishing to try to get around the security of Google's Gmail and ...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer
What Alibaba's Jack Ma learned from his first IPO

As Alibaba 's shares edged ever lower this week, Daniel Zhang, chief executive, sought to reassure his employees: "Our values do not waver with the fluctuations in stock price". After hitting a $119 high in November, two months after its record-breaking $25 billion initial public offering, Alibaba's share price has fallen steadily. It dipped below its $68 list price for the first time on ...
Source: Financial Times | By: Charles Clover
FEATURE-Dead rats anyone? Hollywood gets creative to promote movies

LOS ANGELES, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Want to create buzz for a space movie? Take journalists to a real NASA lab. Promoting a horror film? Order up taxidermied rats and have zombies deliver them. Hollywood studios are going to ever more creative lengths to attract attention in a jam-packed entertainment market where social media plays a key role in promoting content. For Matt Damon's October film ...
Source: Reuters | By: Piya Sinha-Roy
Russian extends travel time to International Space Station

MOSCOW (AP) - The Russian Federal Space Agency says the next manned trip to the International Space Station will be extended from the usual six hours to two days. Roscosmos said in a statement released on Wednesday that the decision was made due to security concerns after the space lab had to adjust its orbit last month, dodging space junk. The roll-out of a new Soyuz rocket in March 2013 ...
Source: The Associated Press
Uber to work with UofA on mapping, self-driving cars

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Uber is partnering with the University of Arizona to develop mapping technology as the ride-hailing company expands its research of driverless car technology. The partnership announced Tuesday between the San Francisco-based company and the university includes a $25,000 grant to UofA's College of Optical Sciences. "We'll work with some of the leading experts in lens design ...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press
How Nasdaq managed trading frenzy: CEO  

Media Link Transcript Obviously we knew that have that kind of volume you have every participant in the market. Really fully engaged we're processing one point five million transactions per second. During the first half hour questions and messages per second. I'm Mervyn back when we would test for a million in the lab. And now we're doing more than that in real life we obviously have author ...
Source: CNBC.com
Tesla engineer joins Apple's growing team of automated car experts

DETROIT/SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Consumer electronics company Apple Inc has hired a senior engineer from electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc, according to a LinkedIn posting, as part of Apple's effort to build a team of experts in automated driving. A LinkedIn profile for Jamie Carlson shows that he has left Tesla and moved to Apple. At least six others with experience developing ...
Source: Reuters | By: Paul Lienert and Julia Love
Finding the right recipe to fix our pitted roads

On a steamy summer day, a crew spreads asphalt on a road that looks, to a casual observer, like a typical rural road in Alabama. It's really a test track run by the National Center for Asphalt Technology, or NCAT. The tests done on the 1.7-mile loop are an important step in the continuing journey to build better roads. "We're working to determine the best combinations of materials and the ...
Source: CNBC.com | By: Mary Thompson
Colorado rebrands anti-pot campaign for kids

DENVER (AP) - A state that has legalized recreational marijuana is now renewing efforts to get teens to stay away from it. Marijuana isn't evil, but teens aren't ready for it: That's the theme of a new effort by Colorado to educate youths about the newly legal drug. Colorado launched a rebranding effort Thursday that seeks to keep people under 21 away from pot. The "What's Next" campaign aims ...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press