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Justice Dept. sues to stop AT&T's $85B Time Warner deal

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:12:46 GMT2017-11-20T22:12:46Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Justice Department is suing AT&T to stop its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner, setting the stage for an epic legal battle with the telecom giant....



Volvo to supply Uber with thousands of self-driving cars

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:16:55 GMT2017-11-20T17:16:55Z

HELSINKI (AP) -- Volvo Cars said Monday it will sell tens of thousands of self-driving cars to Uber, which is expanding to become an operator and owner of its own car fleet....



Marvell Technology buying chip maker Cavium in $6B deal

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:43:20 GMT2017-11-20T13:43:20Z

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Marvell Technology has bid about $6 billion for Cavium in a cash-and-stock deal that would create a chip maker to compete with Intel and other giants in the industry....



Germany bans children's smart watches with listening app

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:23:21 GMT2017-11-18T14:23:21Z

BERLIN (AP) -- German regulators have banned certain types of smartwatches marketed to children, saying the devices have been used to listen in on school classrooms and run afoul of Germany's surveillance restrictions....



Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:10:06 GMT2017-11-18T13:10:06Z

BONN, Germany (AP) -- As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming....



New US weather satellite launched

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:59:21 GMT2017-11-18T12:59:21Z

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- An advanced U.S. weather satellite designed to improve the accuracy of extended forecasts has been launched into polar orbit from California....



Apple delays release of HomePod speaker until early 2018

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:48:39 GMT2017-11-17T19:48:39Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple is scrapping its plan to release its new internet-connected speaker in time for the holiday season....



Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:45:15 GMT2017-11-17T19:45:15Z

DETROIT (AP) -- After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs - and, more recently, solar panels - Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks....



UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on 'killer robots'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:59:05 GMT2017-11-17T17:59:05Z

GENEVA (AP) -- A U.N. panel agreed Friday to move ahead with talks to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, as human rights groups said governments are moving too slowly to keep up with advances in artificial intelligence that could put computers in control one day....



VW to spend $40B on electric cars, technology through 2022

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:38:16 GMT2017-11-17T13:38:16Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Volkswagen says it plans to spend more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) over the next five years on developing electric cars, autonomous driving and other new technologies....



Federal "extreme vetting" plan castigated by tech experts

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:23:04 GMT2017-11-17T01:23:04Z

Leading researchers castigated a federal plan that would use artificial intelligence methods to scrutinize immigrants and visa applicants, saying it is unworkable as written and likely to be "inaccurate and biased" if deployed....



FCC relaxes limits on owning newspapers, TV stations

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:28:26 GMT2017-11-16T20:28:26Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal regulators have weakened rules meant to support independent local media....



FCC weakens limits on owning newspapers, TV stations

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:26:31 GMT2017-11-16T20:26:31Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal regulators have weakened rules meant to support independent local media....



Phone companies get new tools to block spam calls

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:05:03 GMT2017-11-16T17:05:03Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Phone companies will have greater authority to block unwanted calls from reaching customers as regulators adopted new rules to combat automated messages known as robocalls....



European court rules against Greece over wiretap death

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:22:19 GMT2017-11-16T16:22:19Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A European court has ordered Greece to pay damages to relatives of a Vodafone telecoms executive who was found dead on the eve of the government's discovery of a major illegal wiretapping operation that had targeted the country's political and military leadership....



Kaspersky Lab releases report into upload of NSA documents

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:04:06 GMT2017-11-16T10:04:06Z

LONDON (AP) -- Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kasperksy Lab is releasing new details about how its software uploaded classified U.S. documents several years ago. The incident is at the center of a controversy over whether the company's popular anti-virus really works as described....



Amid global electric-car buzz, Toyota bullish on hydrogen

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:11:01 GMT2017-11-16T04:11:01Z

TOYOTA, Japan (AP) -- At a car factory in this city named after Toyota, the usual robots with their swinging arms are missing. Instead, workers intently fit parts into place by hand with craftsmanship-like care....



Cisco stock up on upbeat earnings, revenue growth forecast

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:14:28 GMT2017-11-16T00:14:28Z

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Shares of Cisco Systems Inc. rose in after-hours trading Wednesday after the internet gear maker reported better-than-expected earnings and forecast revenue growth after two years of decline....



California may limit liability of self-driving carmakers

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:13:41 GMT2017-11-15T22:13:41Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California regulators are embracing a General Motors recommendation that would help makers of self-driving cars avoid paying for accidents and other trouble, raising concerns that the proposal will put an unfair burden on vehicle owners....



Feds charge man they say worked for 'darknet' marketplace

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:02:22 GMT2017-11-15T21:02:22Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- An Illinois man who federal prosecutors say worked as a spokesman for a "darknet" marketplace for illicit internet commerce has been charged in Atlanta....



Twitter, BuzzFeed join for breezy online morning show

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:41:31 GMT2017-11-15T19:41:31Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Twitter and BuzzFeed initially planned to start their new morning show, "AM to DM," each weekday at 8 a.m. Then they considered their likely audience, and scheduled it for 10....



AP Exclusive: US scientists try 1st gene editing in the body

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:49:12 GMT2017-11-15T12:49:12Z

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to try to cure a disease....



Britain's cyber security chief warns of Russian interference

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:56:00 GMT2017-11-15T11:56:00Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's cyber security chief says Russian hackers are targeting the country's telecommunications systems, media and energy networks....



Extradition hearing for Russian cybercrime suspect postponed

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:52:27 GMT2017-11-15T11:52:27Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's Supreme Court on Wednesday postponed until December an extradition hearing for Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, wanted in the United States on charges of laundering billions of dollars' worth of bitcoin....



Rise in teen suicide, social media coincide; is there link?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:28:52 GMT2017-11-14T19:28:52Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens occurred at the same time social media use surged and a new analysis suggests there may be a link....



New internet TV service has $16 monthly tab and no sports

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:40:15 GMT2017-11-14T16:40:15Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The hook of the latest internet TV service is a low price and no sports....



Missouri attorney general investigating Google

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:52:05 GMT2017-11-13T18:52:05Z

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's attorney general announced Monday that his office is investigating Google for potential violations of the state's consumer-protection and antitrust laws....



Qualcomm rejects Broadcom's $103 billion offer

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:24:06 GMT2017-11-13T16:24:06Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Qualcomm rejected an unsolicited, $103 billion offer from Broadcom, saying that the proposal is significantly undervalued and that a tie-up between the massive chipmakers would face substantial regulatory resistance....



Water wizards: Dutch flood expertise is big export business

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 11:47:59 GMT2017-11-12T11:47:59Z

SPAKENBURG, Netherlands (AP) -- On a calm, clear morning, historic wooden fishing boats float tranquilly on the glassy waters of the Dutch harbor of Spakenburg. Yet just over a century ago, they were slamming through the houses lining the harbor as a powerful storm unleashed flooding that devastated this picturesque fishing village....



Water world: Dutch flood expertise is big export business

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 10:07:28 GMT2017-11-12T10:07:28Z

SPAKENBURG, Netherlands (AP) -- On a calm, clear morning, historic wooden fishing boats float tranquilly on the glassy waters of the Dutch harbor of Spakenburg. Yet just over a century ago, they were slamming through the houses lining the harbor as a powerful storm unleashed flooding that devastated this picturesque fishing village....



UK panel rules Uber drivers have rights on wages, time off

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 23:23:19 GMT2017-11-10T23:23:19Z

LONDON (AP) -- Uber lost the latest round in the battle over its operating model Friday, when a British panel ruled that the company's drivers are workers, not independent contractors, in a decision with broad implications for the so-called gig economy....



Tech company pledges bitcoin donation to build youth home

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 21:25:04 GMT2017-11-10T21:25:04Z

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A tech company in Eugene has pledged to donate $2 million to construct a facility for homeless teenagers in western Oregon, but the gift will be made in bitcoin....



IBM says it's reached milestone in quantum computing

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:48:56 GMT2017-11-10T14:48:56Z

IBM has announced a milestone in its race against Google and other big tech firms to build a powerful quantum computer....



Forklift operator crushed by machine days before his wedding

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:29:55 GMT2017-11-10T14:29:55Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Fire officials say an Ohio man died when a forklift he was operating tipped over on him just days before his wedding....



The Latest: UK panel says Uber drivers to get paid time off

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:00:43 GMT2017-11-10T11:00:43Z

LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on the ongoing legal cases against Uber (all times local):...



Sheriff: Wildfires point to usefulness of old technology

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 01:20:19 GMT2017-11-10T01:20:19Z

UKIAH, Calif. (AP) -- Wildfires that killed nine people in a remote Northern California county last month also crippled land lines, cell phones and internet service, the local sheriff said Thursday, saying the disaster shows old-fashioned sirens and ham radios have a place in emergencies....



Only if it serves the state: North Korea's online experience

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 23:15:59 GMT2017-11-09T23:15:59Z

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online....



Selfies and surveillance: North Korea's new connectivity

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 20:33:45 GMT2017-11-09T20:33:45Z

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online....



AP Exclusive: Russia Twitter trolls deflected Trump bad news

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 19:48:15 GMT2017-11-09T19:48:15Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Disguised Russian agents on Twitter rushed to deflect scandalous news about Donald Trump just before last year's presidential election while straining to refocus criticism on the mainstream media and Hillary Clinton's campaign, according to an Associated Press analysis of since-deleted accounts....



Zuckerberg nears end of US tour, wants to boost small biz

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:31:11 GMT2017-11-09T17:31:11Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- What's Mark Zuckerberg's biggest takeaway as he wraps up a year of travel to dozens of U.S. states? The importance of local communities....



Hydrogen-powered trains to run on German rails from 2021

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:39:52 GMT2017-11-09T13:39:52Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Commuters in northern Germany will be able to travel on the world's first hydrogen-powered trains in four years' time....



Las Vegas shooting victims still searching for their heroes

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:16:41 GMT2017-11-09T08:16:41Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As soon as Chris Gilman knew she would survive the gunshot wound she sustained in the Las Vegas massacre, she wanted to find the two strangers who saved her life - a man and woman whose names she didn't even know....



FBI again finds itself unable to unlock a gunman's cellphone

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 02:24:16 GMT2017-11-09T02:24:16Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Texas church massacre is providing a familiar frustration for law enforcement: FBI agents are unable to unlock the gunman's encrypted cellphone to learn what evidence it might hold....



Amid booming economy, homelessness soars on US West Coast

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:16:07 GMT2017-11-09T00:16:07Z

SEATTLE (AP) -- In a park in the middle of a leafy, bohemian neighborhood where homes list for close to $1 million, a tractor's massive claw scooped up the refuse of the homeless - mattresses, tents, wooden frames, a wicker chair, an outdoor propane heater. Workers in masks and steel-shanked boots plucked used needles and mounds of waste from the underbrush....



X Days With iPhone X: Changing habits to embrace the future

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 22:17:16 GMT2017-11-08T22:17:16Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The future of the smartphone, as Apple calls its new iPhone X, means breaking old habits....



New looks come to Snapchat and Twitter in bid for more users

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 21:49:23 GMT2017-11-08T21:49:23Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Struggling social-media darlings Twitter and Snapchat are taking on new looks as the services seek wider audiences in the shadow of Facebook....



Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk meets Erdogan in Turkey

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 19:32:32 GMT2017-11-08T19:32:32Z

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday to discuss cooperation between his companies and Turkish firms, including the launch of Turkish satellites, a senior official said....



AT&T exec says 'uncertain' when Time Warner deal will close

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 18:45:52 GMT2017-11-08T18:45:52Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T now says it's "uncertain" when its $85 billion Time Warner purchase will close, making investors worry that regulators may try to block it or require significant changes to the deal for approval....



No one is immune from hacks, says former Yahoo CEO

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 18:27:16 GMT2017-11-08T18:27:16Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer told lawmakers Wednesday that the threat from state-sponsored hackers has changed the playing field so dramatically that even the best-defended companies can fall victim....



Tencent buys 12 percent stake in Snap

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:44:11 GMT2017-11-08T15:44:11Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Chinese internet company Tencent has acquired a 12 percent stake in Snap, with the social media company struggling to boost user growth....



BroadwayHD to offer West End plays and musicals

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:49:43 GMT2017-11-08T14:49:43Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The digital theater streaming network BroadwayHD is growing bigger than its name. It will soon be the first to stream hits from London's West End....



German officials celebrate doubled Twitter character limit

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:28:49 GMT2017-11-08T14:28:49Z

BERLIN (AP) -- German bureaucrats - notorious for their ability to create lengthy tongue twisters consisting of one single word - are celebrating the doubling of Twitter's character limit....



Waymo rolls out autonomous vans without human drivers

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 23:53:49 GMT2017-11-07T23:53:49Z

DETROIT (AP) -- A self-driving car company created by Google is pulling the human backup driver from behind the steering wheel and will test vehicles on public roads with only an employee in the back seat....



AP Explains: Why smartphones are giving the police fits

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 23:43:59 GMT2017-11-07T23:43:59Z

BOSTON (AP) -- The phone used by the gunman who fatally shot 26 people inside a small Texas church has become the latest flashpoint in the privacy wars....



Snap 3Q loss more than triples, stock tumbles after-hours

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:44:17 GMT2017-11-07T22:44:17Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Snapchat is getting a redesign to make it easier to use. But the new look will not make the latest earnings report from its parent company any prettier for investors....



Soaring Silicon Valley costs put homes out of reach for poor

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:30:15 GMT2017-11-07T22:30:15Z

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- In the same affluent, suburban city where Google built its headquarters, Tes Saldana lives in a crowded but tidy camper she parks on the street....



Twitter doubles character limit to 280 for (nearly) everyone

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 21:06:06 GMT2017-11-07T21:06:06Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Twitter says it's ending its iconic 140-character limit - and giving nearly everyone 280 characters....



AP PHOTOS: High rent, low vacancy fuel surge in homelessness

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:15:15 GMT2017-11-07T16:15:15Z

Homelessness is not a new issue to America's West Coast. But it's getting worse - much worse....



Volkswagen, Google cooperate on quantum computing research

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:24:12 GMT2017-11-07T12:24:12Z

BERLIN (AP) -- German automaker Volkswagen and Google have announced plans to cooperate in exploring possible uses in the auto industry for quantum computers....



World's biggest shipping company counts cost of cyberattack

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:49:15 GMT2017-11-07T09:49:15Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- The world's biggest shipping company, Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk, has fallen to a quarterly loss due partly to the cost of a cyberattack....



Face to Face with Nest's smartest home security camera

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 08:12:43 GMT2017-11-07T08:12:43Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Nest's new home security camera is supposed to be so smart that it can identify people it's been introduced to....



Indonesia threatens to block WhatsApp over sexual content

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 05:23:01 GMT2017-11-07T05:23:01Z

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian authorities say they will block access to the popular WhatsApp instant messaging app if it doesn't remove sexually explicit content....



Report: Apple revamped overseas ops to find new tax havens

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 04:07:31 GMT2017-11-07T04:07:31Z

Apple revamped its overseas subsidiaries to take advantage of tax loopholes on the European island of Jersey after a crackdown on Ireland's loose rules began in 2013, according to The New York Times and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists ....