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Tech companies continue efforts to banish extremist accounts

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:43:22 GMT2017-08-18T21:43:22Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tech companies' efforts to banish extremist groups and individuals are continuing as a social network popular with extremists disappeared from Google's Android app store....



Taylor Swift left 'a blank space, baby' on social media

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:17:54 GMT2017-08-18T19:17:54Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Taylor Swift had a "blank space, baby" across social media Friday - and Swifties couldn't get enough of it....



Former Uber CEO lashes out at VC firm suing company

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:34:22 GMT2017-08-18T18:34:22Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is skewering a lawsuit filed by a former ally, describing it as a malicious attempt to sever his remaining ties to the widely used ride-hailing service that he co-founded....



Hollywood's hacking pains are bigger than movie leaks

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:44:11 GMT2017-08-18T17:44:11Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Piracy is a long-running and even routine issue for Hollywood, whether it's street vendors hawking bootleg DVDs on street corners or video uploaded to file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay. Now cybercriminals are also putting embarrassing chatter and other company secrets at risk....



Alleged Yahoo hacker in Canada agrees to extradition to US

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:42:58 GMT2017-08-18T17:42:58Z

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) -- A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails agreed Friday to forgo his extradition hearing and go face the charges in the United States....



What major tech companies are doing on hate groups

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:38:14 GMT2017-08-17T21:38:14Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a growing cadre of extremist groups and individuals in the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia. Civil rights advocates welcomed the moves, but say more needs to be done - and more should have been done earlier....



Spacewalking cosmonauts release 3-D-printed satellite

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:21:31 GMT2017-08-17T21:21:31Z

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Spacewalking cosmonauts set free the world's first satellite made almost entirely with a 3-D printer on Thursday....



Lithuanian man brought to US to face $100 million fraud case

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:11:08 GMT2017-08-17T21:11:08Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Lithuanian businessman extradited to the United States to face charges that he duped Google and Facebook into sending him over $100 million was held without bail Thursday, hours after he was brought to the country....



Tech companies banishing extremists after Charlottesville

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:58:25 GMT2017-08-17T19:58:25Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- It took bloodshed in Charlottesville to get tech companies to do what civil rights groups have been calling for for years: take a firmer stand against accounts used to promote hate and violence....



Report: German-backed Arabic website blocked by Egypt

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:39:51 GMT2017-08-17T17:39:51Z

BERLIN (AP) -- German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle says an Arabic-language news and culture website it operates has been blocked in Egypt....



HBO regains control of hacked social media accounts

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:26:57 GMT2017-08-17T16:26:57Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- HBO says it has regained control of its social media accounts after the latest security breach to hit the entertainment company....



New Ford CEO says company will balance present with future

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:12:22 GMT2017-08-17T06:12:22Z

DETROIT (AP) -- The new CEO of Ford Motor Co. says the company isn't taking its eyes off the present as it prepares for transportation in the future....



Reverence for robots: Japanese workers treasure automation

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:59:11 GMT2017-08-17T00:59:11Z

MORIYA, Japan (AP) -- Thousands upon thousands of cans are filled with beer, capped and washed, wrapped into six-packs, and boxed at dizzying speeds - 1,500 a minute, to be exact - on humming conveyor belts that zip and wind in a sprawling factory near Tokyo....



Facebook bans white nationalist's accounts over hate speech

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:45:08 GMT2017-08-16T21:45:08Z

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- Facebook has banned the Facebook and Instagram accounts of a white nationalist who attended the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in deadly violence....



Protests at Google offices over worker's firing are canceled

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:42:04 GMT2017-08-16T20:42:04Z

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Protests planned at Google offices around the country over the firing of an employee who questioned company diversity efforts have been postponed....



Body scanners being piloted in Los Angeles subway system

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:42:22 GMT2017-08-16T19:42:22Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Passengers boarding subway trains in Los Angeles may soon be shuffled through airport-style body scanners that are aimed to detect firearms and explosives....



Neo-Nazi site sued for defamation, struggles to stay online

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:32:47 GMT2017-08-16T17:32:47Z

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A Muslim-American radio host is accusing the publisher of a notorious neo-Nazi website of defaming him by falsely labeling him the "mastermind" of a deadly concert bombing in England, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday....



Scottish Parliament under cyberattack, no systems breached

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:28:26 GMT2017-08-16T17:28:26Z

LONDON (AP) -- Officials at the Scottish Parliament say the legislature's IT systems are under sustained cyberattack but have not been breached....



German Chancellor Merkel's favorite emoji is a smiley

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:38:15 GMT2017-08-16T13:38:15Z

BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's favorite emoji is a smiley - and on a good day it's one with a heart....



From Isaac Asimov to Aimee Mann, 'robophobia' plagues humans

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:54:40 GMT2017-08-16T12:54:40Z

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Robots are secretly plotting to kill us. Or enslave us. Or, at best, they will take our jobs, one by one....



World's biggest shipper: cyberattack cost up to $300 million

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:47:11 GMT2017-08-16T08:47:11Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- The June cyberattack that paralyzed the computer systems in companies around the world is estimated to have cost the world's biggest container shipping line between $200 million and $300 million, A.P. Moller-Maersk said Wednesday....



Labor-short Japan more at home with automation than US

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:04:25 GMT2017-08-16T04:04:25Z

MORIYA, Japan (AP) -- Thousands upon thousands of cans are filled with beer, capped and washed, wrapped into six-packs, and boxed at dizzying speeds - 1,500 a minute, to be exact - on humming conveyor belts that zip and wind in a sprawling factory near Tokyo....



Prosecutors seek records related to Inauguration Day protest

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:48:28 GMT2017-08-15T21:48:28Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An internet company is fighting what it says is a "sweeping" request for information about an anti-Trump website that prosecutors allege was behind destructive Inauguration Day protests. The company says the government is seeking information about 1.3 million visitors to the site, among other information....



Judge orders LinkedIn to stop blocking data-scraping firm

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:00:14 GMT2017-08-15T17:00:14Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered LinkedIn to stop blocking a startup company from scraping LinkedIn personal profiles for data....



China says US trade probe would violate international rules

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:58:29 GMT2017-08-15T04:58:29Z

BEIJING (AP) -- China criticized President Donald Trump's order for a possible U.S. trade investigation of Beijing's technology policies as a violation of global rules and said Tuesday it will "resolutely safeguard" Chinese interests....



Google, GoDaddy boot neo-Nazi site that mocked rally victim

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:10:08 GMT2017-08-15T02:10:08Z

A leading neo-Nazi website was sporadically accessible Monday despite efforts by website registration companies Google and GoDaddy to oust it after it mocked the woman killed in a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia....



Tyson's solar eclipse tip: Don't video it, experience it

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:01:14 GMT2017-08-15T00:01:14Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Prominent astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a suggestion for anyone with a view of next week's solar eclipse: Put down your smartphone and take in the phenomenon yourself....



Social media harnessed to expose white nationalists at rally

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:17:08 GMT2017-08-14T23:17:08Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- One of the social media posts resembled a wanted poster or a missing-persons flyer: Photographs of men were arranged in rows, seeking their names and employers....



Music service Pandora names Dish streaming exec Lynch as CEO

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:51:07 GMT2017-08-14T21:51:07Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Music service Pandora named a new CEO on Monday as it wrestles with competition from Spotify and other newer streaming apps....



Netflix wins 'Scandal' creator Rhimes in blow to Disney, ABC

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:13:45 GMT2017-08-14T18:13:45Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Netflix has lured Shonda Rhimes, the well-regarded creator of TV series "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy," from ABC - announcing its scoop just days after ABC owner Disney laid out plans to pull programming from Netflix....



Target buys tech company to help it offer same-day delivery

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:31:10 GMT2017-08-14T16:31:10Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Target is buying a delivery logistics company to help it offer same-day delivery service to in-store shoppers....



The Latest: Attorney: British cyber expert will be cleared

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:03:50 GMT2017-08-14T16:03:50Z

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Latest on the U.S. case against a British cybersecurity researcher accused of creating a malware program (all times local):...



British cybersecurity expert pleads not guilty to US charges

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:36:58 GMT2017-08-14T15:36:58Z

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A British cybersecurity researcher credited with helping curb a recent worldwide ransomware attack pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges accusing him of creating malicious software to steal banking information three years ago....



The Latest: UK cyber-expert pleads not guilty in US case

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:17:49 GMT2017-08-14T15:17:49Z

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Latest on the U.S. case against a British cybersecurity researcher accused of creating a malware program (all times local):...



No 'Game of Thrones' in latest HBO hacker leak

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 21:25:59 GMT2017-08-13T21:25:59Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hackers continue to pester HBO, but didn't release any material related to the network's hit show "Game of Thrones" in their latest leak....



Danish police say no body found inside sunken submarine

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:58:34 GMT2017-08-13T10:58:34Z

HELSINKI (AP) -- Danish police say they have not found the body of a missing Swedish journalist inside an amateur-built submarine that sunk off the Nordic country's eastern coast last week....



Lawyer: Livestreamed, deadly crash caused by blown tire

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 22:03:08 GMT2017-08-12T22:03:08Z

MERCED, Calif. (AP) -- The defense attorney for a teenage driver accused of driving drunk while livestreaming the crash that killed her younger sister says a mechanical problem may have caused the accident in California....



Facebook anonymously launched an app in China

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 20:11:24 GMT2017-08-12T20:11:24Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook anonymously launched a new photo-sharing app in China in a new effort to make inroads in the world's most populous country....



Submarine owner detained over journalist's disappearance

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 19:18:09 GMT2017-08-12T19:18:09Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A Danish court ordered the owner of an amateur-built submarine Saturday held in pre-trial detention for 24 days while police investigate the disappearance of a Swedish journalist who had been on the ship before it sank....



LA deputies' private body cams raise transparency questions

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 16:35:42 GMT2017-08-12T16:35:42Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The largest sheriff's department in the U.S. doesn't have a policy for body cameras after years of studying the issue....



The Latest: Sub owner ordered held in woman's disappearance

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:10:46 GMT2017-08-12T15:10:46Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- The Latest on a private submarine that sank off Denmark: (all times local):...



Judge to rule on submarine owner detained over disappearance

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:03:54 GMT2017-08-12T10:03:54Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A judge will decide Saturday if the owner of an amateur-built submarine should be held in custody during an investigation into whether he is responsible for the disappearance of a Swedish woman who had been onboard his submarine that sank off Denmark's east coast....



Snap stock hits lowest level since IPO after paltry earnings

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 23:06:37 GMT2017-08-11T23:06:37Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of Snap Inc. have fallen 14 percent after the parent company of Snapchat reported paltry earnings ....



The TV-streaming paradox: Why you may miss the cable bundle

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:46:12 GMT2017-08-11T15:46:12Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The future of TV may well be a mishmash of streaming services that could rival the cost of a $100 cable bundle - but that are way more difficult to use....



Lithuanian court OKs extradition in US phishing case

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:57:15 GMT2017-08-11T08:57:15Z

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) -- A Lithuanian court says a businessman suspected of tricking more than $100 million out of Google and Facebook in an elaborate cybercrime case should be extradited to the United States....



Experimental defense unit funds new tech but faces skeptics

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 02:04:33 GMT2017-08-11T02:04:33Z

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's administration is throwing its support to a Barack Obama-era effort enlisting startup companies to come up with solutions to the military's toughest technological challenges....



California court orders billionaire to reopen beloved beach

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:25:31 GMT2017-08-11T01:25:31Z

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) -- A San Francisco Bay Area billionaire needs to open an access road to a beloved beach, upholding a lower court ruling against a co-founder of a giant tech company, a California appeals court ruled....



More Uber woes: Exec resigns, investor sues ousted CEO

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 22:27:29 GMT2017-08-10T22:27:29Z

DETROIT (AP) -- Uber Technologies Inc. faced a fresh round of turmoil Thursday, with its global operations chief resigning and a major investor suing the ride-hailing company's former CEO....



Facebook envisions Watch feature as TV for social media

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:27:45 GMT2017-08-10T21:27:45Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook envisions its new Watch feature as TV designed for social media, a place where users comment, like and interact with show creators, stars and each other - and never leave....



Snapchat's not-growing pains are a boom for Instagram

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:21:15 GMT2017-08-10T21:21:15Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook once failed to buy Snapchat; ever since, it's tried to copy it, mostly without success....



Politicians blocking people on social media ignites debate

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 20:58:53 GMT2017-08-10T20:58:53Z

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An emerging debate about whether elected officials violate people's free speech rights by blocking them on social media is spreading across the U.S. as groups sue or warn politicians to stop the practice....



Consumers Reports pulls Microsoft laptop recommendation

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:11:51 GMT2017-08-10T12:11:51Z

Consumer Reports is pulling its recommendation of four Microsoft laptops after one of its surveys found that users were complaining about problems with the devices....



Kentucky man, transgender wife sue Amazon for workplace bias

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 20:23:51 GMT2017-08-09T20:23:51Z

A Kentucky man and his transgender wife sued Amazon on Wednesday, alleging that they endured sustained discrimination and harassment during a year as co-workers at the mammoth online retailer's warehouse in northern Kentucky....



Google gender debacle speaks to tech culture wars, politics

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:40:13 GMT2017-08-09T19:40:13Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Google engineer who blamed biological differences for the paucity of women in tech had every right to express his views. And Google likely had every right to fire him, workplace experts and lawyers say....



Spray can stunt prompts Twitter to act on hateful tweets

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 18:36:14 GMT2017-08-09T18:36:14Z

BERLIN (AP) -- An artist tired of seeing hateful tweets ignored by Twitter has managed to get the social network to remove or hide some of them - by spray-painting the offending posts in front of the company's German headquarters....



Fact vies with fantasy in 'Black Death' model kidnap case

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 18:21:22 GMT2017-08-09T18:21:22Z

LONDON (AP) -- The man accused of kidnapping a British model in Italy painted a picture of big money, international intrigue and spine-chilling dealings as a member of Black Death, an organization selling drugs, guns and murder on the dark web....



Take down: Hackers looking to shut down factories for pay

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:45:35 GMT2017-08-09T07:45:35Z

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- The malware entered the North Carolina transmission plant's computer network via email last August, just as the criminals wanted, spreading like a virus and threatening to lock up the production line until the company paid a ransom....



India's wild energy trends raise doubts over coal's future

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 06:03:47 GMT2017-08-09T06:03:47Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Within the wild energy market of the world's second-most populous nation, predictions are proving tricky. India had been projected to become a carbon-belching behemoth, fueled by thermal power plants demanding ever more coal for decades to come....



New supercomputer seen as big boost for science, Wyoming

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:02:23 GMT2017-08-09T00:02:23Z

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- One of the world's fastest supercomputers is helping scientists better understand the sun's behavior and predict weather months in advance but also got touted Tuesday as an important tool for diversifying Wyoming's economy, which has seen better days....



Snyder: 'Strong possibility' for Foxconn to come to Michigan

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:13:34 GMT2017-08-08T16:13:34Z

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder expressed optimism that Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group will open a facility in Michigan, but he said the specifics remain uncertain and it could be a few months before any potential deal takes shape....



AP Explains: Why HBO hackers demanded payment in bitcoin

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:23:26 GMT2017-08-08T15:23:26Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The digital currency Bitcoin is the payment of choice for HBO's cyberattackers. The hackers demand what they say is their "6-month salary" in bitcoin, suggesting it's at least $6 million....



Ex-UK spy chief to parents: Let kids spend more time online

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:17:12 GMT2017-08-08T15:17:12Z

LONDON (AP) -- A former British spy chief says parents should let kids spend more time online so they will learn vital cyber-skills, countering the conventional parenting advice....



Life-saving drones used to rescue swimmers off French coast

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:19:26 GMT2017-08-08T13:19:26Z

PARIS (AP) -- It could be the "Baywatch" of the future....



Court date looms for UK cybersecurity expert held in Vegas

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:50:06 GMT2017-08-08T07:50:06Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Tuesday court date looms in Wisconsin for a British cybersecurity researcher arrested last week in Las Vegas, where he was still being held in federal custody on Monday....



Hackers demand millions in ransom for stolen HBO data

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 04:12:47 GMT2017-08-08T04:12:47Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A group of hackers posted a fresh cache of stolen HBO files online Monday, and demanded a multimillion-dollar ransom from the network to prevent the release of entire television series and other sensitive proprietary files....



Google CEO slams memo on gender as employee reportedly fired

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 03:46:11 GMT2017-08-08T03:46:11Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A memo written by a male engineer at Google about gender differences sparked a quick rebuttal from Google after it circulated widely online....



The Latest: HBO says email system not breached 'as a whole'

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 01:28:30 GMT2017-08-08T01:28:30Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on the HBO files posted online by hackers (all times local):...



The Latest: Hackers post 'Game of Thrones' files from HBO

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 01:13:27 GMT2017-08-08T01:13:27Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on the HBO files posted online by hackers (all times local):...



Google exec denounces employee's views on female workers

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:09:42 GMT2017-08-07T17:09:42Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- When it comes to why there are so few women in tech, Silicon Valley is in the midst of an ideological battle....



Netflix makes 1st acquisition: comic book maker Millarworld

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:29:06 GMT2017-08-07T14:29:06Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Netflix says it made its first acquisition, comic book publisher Millarworld, with plans to turn its characters into new films and shows for the video streaming service....



Judge: IBM owes Indiana $78M for failed welfare automation

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:45:31 GMT2017-08-07T13:45:31Z

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A judge has ruled that IBM Corp. owes Indiana $78 million in damages stemming from the company's failed effort to automate much of the state's welfare services....



UK plans to strengthen online 'right to be forgotten'

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 12:28:36 GMT2017-08-07T12:28:36Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain plans to strengthen the online "right to be forgotten" with a law making social media companies delete personal information on request....



SoftBank adding technology ambitions, with ARM, robotics

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 10:07:26 GMT2017-08-07T10:07:26Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Photo ops of SoftBank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son sometimes show him chatting happily with his company's humanoid robot, the childlike Pepper, or grinning as President Donald Trump heaps praise on him for creating American jobs....



Prosecutors ask court to imprison Samsung heir for 12 years

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 06:24:15 GMT2017-08-07T06:24:15Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean prosecutors recommended imprisoning the billionaire heir of the Samsung business empire for 12 years on Monday, urging a court to convict him of bribery and other crimes in a national corruption scandal....