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Looking back, 2015 was filled with major moments in technology and media. Comcast failed to close its mega-merger with Time Warner Cable, after regulators effectively spiked the deal. A European court struck down an important data-sharing agreement with the United States. And Google underwent a major restructuring, setting itself up as a subsidiary of a new holding company called Alphabet.More →

ATLANTA — With Walmart Stores Inc. becoming the latest retailer to launch a mobile pay system, there are more places than ever to break out a digital wallet to pay for the things you want. Apple, Rite Aid, Starbucks, KFC, and others are now using some form of mobile payment system with a smartphone seemingly in every pocket and purse. Forrester predicts that money spent in stores by people using digital wallets will grow from the $4 billion of 2014 to $34 billion by 2019. But not all digital wallets are the same. So which ones should you use and how safe are they? Here’s a look at mobile payment systems and how they work.More →

NEW YORK — Apple Maps quickly became the butt of jokes when it debuted in 2012. It overlooked many towns and businesses and misplaced famous landmarks. It marked New York’s Madison Square Garden arena as park space because of the word “Garden.” The service was a rare blunder for a company known for simple, easy-to-use products.More →

The Snapchat and Runkeeper apps for the iPhone share your location data with Apple. Boston telemedicine company American Well’s phone app transmits information about the medical terms you search from your phone to its servers. Until recently, when customers logged into their language training app Duolingo, the app would transmit their password in an unsecured way, allowing eavesdroppers on open networks to pick it out.More →