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Internet firms winding up for a fight on 'net neutrality'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:11:58 GMT2017-04-26T04:11:58Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Internet companies are readying for a showdown with telecoms and a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality....



China launches 1st domestically-made aircraft carrier

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:30:49 GMT2017-04-26T03:30:49Z

BEIJING (AP) -- China launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own on Wednesday, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes....



Thai husband kills baby, self on Facebook Live

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:18:15 GMT2017-04-26T02:18:15Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- A man in Thailand upset with his wife hanged their 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live and then killed himself, police said....



AT&T sheds more lucrative wireless customers in 1Q

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:50:12 GMT2017-04-25T22:50:12Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T Inc. on Tuesday said it lost more of its most lucrative wireless customers during the first three months of the year as the country's biggest mobile carriers try to lure customers from each other with offers of unlimited data plans....



Hello? Justice Stephen Breyer's cellphone rings in court

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:43:24 GMT2017-04-25T22:43:24Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even Supreme Court justices forget to turn off their cellphones....



World's last male northern white rhino gets help from Tinder

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:21:57 GMT2017-04-25T21:21:57Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The world's last male northern white rhino has joined the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts make a last-chance breeding effort to keep his species alive....



Uber takes to the skies with next ride-hailing project

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:38:25 GMT2017-04-25T20:38:25Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Uber is taking to the skies with its next project - "flying cars" - even as all eyes are on its problems on the ground....



Ivanka Trump hears groans as she defends father in Berlin

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:50:20 GMT2017-04-25T18:50:20Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Ivanka Trump drew groans and hisses Tuesday from an audience in Berlin while defending her father's attitude toward women, but she brushed it aside as "politics" during her first overseas trip as a White House adviser....



UK man jailed for running global cyberattack business

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:27:46 GMT2017-04-25T15:27:46Z

LONDON (AP) -- A British man has been sentenced to two years in prison for creating and selling a program used in online attacks around the world....



Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:23:37 GMT2017-04-25T15:23:37Z

PARIS (AP) -- Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding more details to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin....



Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:04:12 GMT2017-04-25T14:04:12Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google has sprinkled some new ingredients into its search engine in an effort to prevent bogus information and offensive suggestions from souring its results....



Lady Gaga, 'Pokemon Go,' Women's March snag Webby Awards

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:25:43 GMT2017-04-25T13:25:43Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lady Gaga, "Pokemon Go" and January's Women's March among the winners of this year's Webby Awards....



3 men convicted in Swedish rape livestreamed on Facebook

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:19:16 GMT2017-04-25T13:19:16Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A Swedish court on Tuesday sentenced three men aged 18-24 for participating in a gang rape that was streamed live on a closed Facebook group....



FCA, Google begin offering rides in self-driving cars

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:29:36 GMT2017-04-25T12:29:36Z

DETROIT (AP) -- Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving automobiles they are building under an expanding partnership....



EU investigators probe Swedish mobile telecoms firms

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:37:03 GMT2017-04-25T11:37:03Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's competition watchdog says investigators have launched surprise inspections at a number of Swedish mobile telecoms companies amid concerns over a possible cartel....



UNHCR, Malaysian firm launch mobile app on refugee struggle

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:31:14 GMT2017-04-25T06:31:14Z

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The U.N. refugee agency and a Malaysian firm have launched an interactive smartphone application aimed at raising public awareness and empathy about the worldwide struggle of refugees....



Official: 'Silver lining' in hacker, foreign nation alliance

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:03:06 GMT2017-04-25T01:03:06Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Foreign governments that rely on the services of private criminal hackers leave their operations vulnerable to being exposed and disrupted, creating something of a "silver lining" for U.S. law enforcement investigations of cyberattacks, a top Justice Department official said Monday....



Sheryl Sandberg's new book a tale of grief, resilience

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:32:27 GMT2017-04-24T19:32:27Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Though perhaps best known as Facebook's No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg is also a mentor, a mother, a billionaire and an author. When her husband Dave Goldberg died suddenly in 2015 while they were vacationing in Mexico, she added "widow" to the list....



Tests find Samsung's S8 phones more prone to screen cracks

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:24:46 GMT2017-04-24T19:24:46Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Samsung's latest phones feature big wraparound screens and lots of glass. They also appear to break more easily, according to tests run by SquareTrade, a company that sells gadget-repair plans....



Excerpts: Sandberg recounts grief and building resilience

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:22:43 GMT2017-04-24T19:22:43Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A few weeks after her husband died, Sheryl Sandberg was talking with a friend about finding someone to fill in for a father-child activity. Crying, the No. 2 Facebook executive told the friend, "But I want Dave." He put his arm around her and said, "Option A is not available. So let's just kick the s--- out of Option B."...



Dish unveils $999 system to make live online video easier

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:26:10 GMT2017-04-24T15:26:10Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Dish, a company known largely for its old-school satellite TV, is now trying to make it easier for people to stream quality video live over YouTube and Facebook....



Taiwan's "hacker minister" reshaping digital democracy

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 03:26:47 GMT2017-04-24T03:26:47Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Taiwan's "digital minister" Audrey Tang, a computer prodigy and entrepreneur who taught herself programming at age 8, says she's a "civic hacker," who like a locksmith uses specialized skills to help rather than harm....



Social media timeout as French election reaches final stage

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:47:18 GMT2017-04-22T21:47:18Z

PARIS (AP) -- The final hours of many electoral campaigns are frantic affairs, dominated by last-minute pitches, late-breaking polls and massive social media campaigns aimed at drumming up turnout....



Social media time out as French election reaches final stage

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:14:09 GMT2017-04-22T19:14:09Z

PARIS (AP) -- The final hours of many electoral campaigns are frantic affairs, dominated by last-minute pitches, late-breaking polls and massive social media campaigns aimed at drumming up turnout....



Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can't grasp it

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:48:17 GMT2017-04-22T15:48:17Z

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees "Solarfri" posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means "when staff get an unexpected afternoon off to enjoy good weather."...



Russian accused of running spam ring is indicted in US

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:21:38 GMT2017-04-21T21:21:38Z

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Russian man described by U.S. authorities as one of the world's most notorious criminal spammers has been indicted by a federal grand jury, officials announced Friday....



Pioneering computer scientist Harry Huskey dies at 101

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:26:26 GMT2017-04-21T15:26:26Z

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- One of the last surviving members of the team that created the pioneering ENIAC computer in the 1940s has died. Harry Huskey was 101....



As orbit becomes more crowded, risk from space debris grows

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:47:23 GMT2017-04-21T14:47:23Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Decades' worth of man-made junk is cluttering up Earth's orbit, posing a threat to spaceflight and the satellites we rely on for weather reports, air travel and global communications....



Correction: Monaco-Flying Car story

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:23:20 GMT2017-04-21T13:23:20Z

MONACO (AP) -- In a story April 20 about a flying car, The Associated Press reported erroneously the driving range of the AeroMobil vehicle. It is 700 kms (435 miles), not 100 kms (62 miles)....



GM plans to launch 10 electric cars in China by 2020

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:24:45 GMT2017-04-21T12:24:45Z

SHANGHAI (AP) -- General Motors Co. says it plans to launch 10 electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in China by 2020 amid government pressure on the industry to promote alternatives to gasoline....



Match for mutts? New website helps people adopt the best dog

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:39:52 GMT2017-04-21T04:39:52Z

BOSTON (AP) -- People looking for the perfect family pet tend to choose a dog based on appearance or breed - but that's barking up the wrong tree....



Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:35:38 GMT2017-04-20T22:35:38Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google's voice-activated assistant can now recognize who's talking to it on Google's Home speaker....



No cellphone found in Facebook killer's car after suicide

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:53:04 GMT2017-04-20T21:53:04Z

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Pennsylvania police say a cellphone used to record video of a Cleveland retiree's shooting death that was posted on Facebook was not found in the killer's car....



Trump's cybersecurity review misses deadline

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:50:56 GMT2017-04-20T21:50:56Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a receiving a U.S. intelligence assessment on Russian's interference in last year's elections, President Donald Trump vowed that he would have a team present him with a review of America's cybersecurity efforts within 90 days of taking office....



Amid competition, Verizon loses key customers for first time

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:47:25 GMT2017-04-20T18:47:25Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Verizon, the once-unstoppable cellphone leader in the U.S., lost key wireless customers for the first time, even as it brought back unlimited data plans to counter smaller rivals....



Correction: Trump-Wisconsin story

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:07:54 GMT2017-04-20T18:07:54Z

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- In a story April 18 about a U.S.-Canada dispute over milk, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Canada had begun imposing import taxes on U.S. ultra-filtered milk. Canada changed its policy on pricing its domestic milk to cover more dairy ingredients, leading to lower prices for Canadian products including ultra-filtered milk that compete with the U.S. product....



Buying drinks for a band: the birth of payment service Venmo

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:09:37 GMT2017-04-20T13:09:37Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- It only took a few drinks - and a much-younger Iqram Magdon-Ismail forgetting his wallet at home one night - for him and his friends to come up with one of the most popular ways of splitting a bill: Venmo....



Charge me up: Rural electric drivers face 'range anxiety'

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:25:51 GMT2017-04-20T05:25:51Z

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) -- Sunita Halasz has tips for "driving electric" along lonely roads in New York's Adirondack Mountains: know the locations of charging stations, bring activities for the kids during three-hour recharges, turn on the energy-hogging window defroster in just 10-second bursts....



Women in the military: US Navy redesigning its submarines

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:51:05 GMT2017-04-19T13:51:05Z

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Every submarine in the U.S. fleet was designed with the height, reach and strength of men in mind, from the way valves are placed to how display screens are angled....



Facebook wants to augment your reality

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:46:30 GMT2017-04-18T23:46:30Z

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Facebook wants you to sit in your bedroom wearing a headset and take a virtual vacation with faraway friends and family. Or use your smartphone's camera to spruce up your dinky apartment, at least virtually....



Yahoo bows out as public company with revenue shrinking

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:31:48 GMT2017-04-18T22:31:48Z

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) -- Yahoo is bowing out as a public company with its revenue still declining, a chronic problem that culminated in its sale to Verizon Communications....



Ex Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer offers facts on government

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:41:03 GMT2017-04-18T21:41:03Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has created a new organization to analyze government spending and revenue to make it easier to understand....



AP Explains: Behind the visa program targeted by Trump

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:01:34 GMT2017-04-18T20:01:34Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Donald Trump is targeting a visa program cherished by tech companies for bringing in programmers and other specialized workers from other countries....



The Latest: Trump vows to solve dairy dispute with Canada

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:00:06 GMT2017-04-18T20:00:06Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Wisconsin (all times EDT):...



Florida tests bacteria-infected mosquitoes to kill off bugs

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:47:50 GMT2017-04-18T19:47:50Z

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Thousands of bacteria-infected mosquitoes were released in the wild Tuesday near Key West, testing a new way to kill mosquitoes that carry Zika and other viruses....



Google Earth invites you to 'get lost' exploring the planet

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:48:57 GMT2017-04-18T18:48:57Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Google Earth is getting a revival, as the 3-D mapping service reorients itself to become more of a tool for adventure and exploration....



Galaxy S8: More screen and elegance, but a hefty price tag

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:41:16 GMT2017-04-18T18:41:16Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Samsung's new Galaxy S8 phone is stunning. But its $100 price hike is hard to swallow....



Target of online trolls suing neo-Nazi website's publisher

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:23:04 GMT2017-04-18T17:23:04Z

A Montana real estate agent sued the founder of a neo-Nazi website on Tuesday, saying the publisher orchestrated an anti-Semitic "campaign of terror" that bombarded the woman and her family with hateful messages from anonymous internet trolls....



Uber banned in Czech Republic's 2nd biggest city

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:25:44 GMT2017-04-18T12:25:44Z

PRAGUE (AP) -- A court has banned the ride-sharing service Uber from operating in Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic....



Volkswagen plans all-electric car for China next year

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:57:30 GMT2017-04-18T08:57:30Z

SHANGHAI (AP) -- Volkswagen, Europe's biggest automaker, plans to launch its first pure-electric car in China next year as Beijing steps up pressure on the industry to reduce reliance on gasoline....



Netflix standing on the threshold of 100 million subscribers

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:19:27 GMT2017-04-17T23:19:27Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Netflix is on the verge of surpassing 100 million global subscribers, a testament to how much the video streaming service has changed the entertainment landscape since its debut a decade ago....



California utility launches first hybrid power systems

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:08:18 GMT2017-04-17T23:08:18Z

NORWALK, Calif. (AP) -- A California utility has launched unique systems combining a hybrid battery and gas turbine to produce and store electricity for use during hot summer months and other times when power demand soars....



YouTube channel showing giraffe birth 2nd most live-viewed

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:07:43 GMT2017-04-17T21:07:43Z

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) -- The long-awaited arrival of April the giraffe's baby has made Animal Adventure Park the second most live-viewed channel in YouTube's history....



Cleveland shooting the latest crime video on Facebook

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:00:10 GMT2017-04-17T19:00:10Z

A Facebook video of an Ohio man shooting a 74-year-old retiree in Cleveland was up for three hours Sunday after it was posted, raising questions about the social-media network's process for taking down objectionable content posted by its users....



Kids prefer the TV for their viewing, but love other devices

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:53:36 GMT2017-04-17T15:53:36Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Grace Ellis has never known a time when you needed a TV to watch TV....



INFLUENCE GAME: Telecom lobbying muscle kills privacy rules

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:40:49 GMT2017-04-17T14:40:49Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The telecom industry's lobbying muscle pushed a consumer privacy measure to a swift death in Congress....



Russia, Google reach $7.8 million settlement on Android case

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:26:09 GMT2017-04-17T14:26:09Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian officials and Google have reached an agreement to settle a two-year-old case against Google for requiring the pre-installation of some of its apps on mobile devices using the Android system....



Microsoft says users are protected from alleged NSA malware

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 22:50:05 GMT2017-04-15T22:50:05Z

PARIS (AP) -- Up-to-date Microsoft customers are safe from the purported National Security Agency spying tools dumped online, the software company said Saturday, tamping down fears that the digital arsenal was poised to wreak havoc across the internet ....



Computer pioneer Robert W. Taylor dies at 85

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 19:46:17 GMT2017-04-15T19:46:17Z

WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- Robert W. Taylor, who was instrumental in creating the internet and the modern personal computer, has died. He was 85....



The iPhone of cars? Apple enters self-driving car race

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 03:03:46 GMT2017-04-15T03:03:46Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple is joining the fiercely competitive race to design self-driving cars, raising the possibility that a company that has already re-shaped culture with its iPhone may try to transform transportation, too....



Facebook targets 30,000 fake France accounts before election

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:58:05 GMT2017-04-14T14:58:05Z

PARIS (AP) -- Facebook says it has targeted 30,000 fake accounts linked to France ahead of the country's presidential election, as part of a worldwide effort against misinformation....



Report: Uber used secret program to track Lyft drivers

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:30:18 GMT2017-04-13T22:30:18Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new report says Uber used a secret program dubbed "Hell' to track Lyft drivers to see if they were driving for both ride-hailing services and otherwise stifle competition....



$19.8 billion airwaves auction may mean better cell service

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 21:34:25 GMT2017-04-13T21:34:25Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Consumers could see more competition and better mobile service after the end of a big U.S. government auction transferring airwave rights from TV broadcasters to companies interested in wireless networks....



Ancestry.com helps family of dead boy find man posing as him

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:32:35 GMT2017-04-13T17:32:35Z

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man who assumed the identity of a baby who died in Texas in 1972 has been arrested on charges of Social Security fraud and aggravated identity theft after the baby's aunt discovered the ruse on Ancestry.com....



Russia blocks app used to organize protests

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:18:37 GMT2017-04-13T15:18:37Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has banned the use on its territory of a smartphone app widely used like a walkie-talkie to organize demonstrations and other gatherings....



Aspiring tech prodigy tries to re-route self-driving cars

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:36:00 GMT2017-04-13T12:36:00Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Austin Russell, now 22, was barely old enough to drive when he set out to create a safer navigation system for robot-controlled cars. His ambitions are about to be tested....



Phones and social media turn consumers into whistleblowers

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:11:06 GMT2017-04-13T07:11:06Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Look out, Corporate America. Customers armed with smartphones and video cameras are watching when you screw up....



Journalists at 2 New York digital news sites opt to unionize

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:31:48 GMT2017-04-12T23:31:48Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Journalists at two recently combined digital news organizations in New York have agreed to unionize....



Correction: Online Eye Exams story

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:12:33 GMT2017-04-12T22:12:33Z

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- In a story April 8 about optometrists supporting a Connecticut bill limiting online eye exams, The Associated Press reported erroneously the medical title of the co-founder of Opternative, a company that offers such tests. He is an OD, a doctor of optometry, not an OC....



Boy, 8, craves burger, drives dad's van a mile to McDonald's

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:45:57 GMT2017-04-12T21:45:57Z

EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (AP) -- A craving for a McDonald's cheeseburger apparently prompted an 8-year-old Ohio boy to take his 4-year-old sister for a ride in his dad's van, which he learned to drive on the internet....



8-year-old boy can't wait for burger; drives to McDonald's

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:41:10 GMT2017-04-12T21:41:10Z

EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (AP) -- A craving for a McDonald's cheeseburger apparently prompted an 8-year-old Ohio boy to take his 4-year-old sister for a ride in his dad's van, which he learned to drive on the internet....



Burger King's Whopper gets prank Wikipedia edits in ad gag

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:40:46 GMT2017-04-12T20:40:46Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Burger King's latest ad stunt is resulting in some less-than-flattering descriptions of its Whopper sandwich....



The Latest: Man who assumed dead baby's ID regrets judgment

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:58:04 GMT2017-04-12T18:58:04Z

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Latest on a Pennsylvania man charged with stealing the identity of a Texas baby who died in 1972 (all times local):...



Reports: Thailand bars online contact with monarchy critics

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:37:30 GMT2017-04-12T16:37:30Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- Media reports in Thailand say authorities have declared it illegal to exchange information on the internet with three prominent government critics who often write about the country's monarchy....



Uber's PR head resigns amid tumultuous time for company

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:16:07 GMT2017-04-12T16:16:07Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Uber's head of communications is leaving, the latest in a string of executive departures as the ride-hailing company tries to dig out from a pile of troubles....



Amazon aims to help parents monitor - and talk to - kids

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:54:06 GMT2017-04-12T14:54:06Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon is introducing new tools to help parents see what their kids are doing on the company's Fire tablets. As a bonus, the e-commerce giant says its service will also help spark discussions about the books kids read and the videos they watch....



BlackBerry wins $815 million in dispute with Qualcomm

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:37:34 GMT2017-04-12T13:37:34Z

WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) -- BlackBerry Ltd. says it has been awarded $814.9 million in a binding interim arbitration decision in a dispute with Qualcomm Inc. over royalty overpayments....