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Waze gets into the order-ahead business with Dunkin' Donuts

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:39:51 GMT2017-03-28T09:39:51Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Waze's traffic navigation app already shows ads prodding drivers to swing by fast-food joints like Dunkin' Donuts and Taco Bell. Now it's adding a new item to its menu - the ability to place orders at some shops....



Souq.com says Amazon has bought it after $800M counteroffer

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:25:43 GMT2017-03-28T09:25:43Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Amazon purchased the Middle East's biggest online retailer Souq.com on Tuesday for an undisclosed amount, a day after a state-backed firm disclosed an $800 million counteroffer....



Self-driving car crash comes amid debate about regulations

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:42:52 GMT2017-03-28T06:42:52Z

PHOENIX (AP) -- A crash that caused an Uber self-driving SUV to flip onto its side in a Phoenix suburb serves as a stark reminder of the lack of state oversight of autonomous vehicles in Arizona....



AP Exclusive: Colombia 'panic buttons' expose activists

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:06:54 GMT2017-03-28T00:06:54Z

It is supposed to help protect human-rights activists, labor organizers and journalists working in risky environments, but a GPS-enabled "panic button" that Colombia's government has issued to about 400 people could be exposing them to more peril....



A closer look at the 'panic buttons' distributed in Colombia

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:50:08 GMT2017-03-27T19:50:08Z

The Associated Press found that a "panic button" issued in Colombia to activists and journalists who work in risky areas has vulnerabilities that could let hostile parties disable the devices, eavesdrop on conversations and track users' movements. Here's a closer look:...



Uber resumes self-driving car program after brief suspension

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:48:04 GMT2017-03-27T19:48:04Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Uber says it is resuming its self-driving car program in Arizona and Pittsburgh after it was suspended following a crash over the weekend....



Justices won't hear appeal in music copyright dispute

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:37:16 GMT2017-03-27T13:37:16Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from record companies that want to pursue copyright infringement claims against music site Vimeo for hosting unauthorized recordings from the Beatles, Elvis Presley and other classic artists....



The Latest: Greece: man carrying asylum papers found hanged

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:43:26 GMT2017-03-27T12:43:26Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local):...



Syrian refugee in Germany won't pursue case against Facebook

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:45:47 GMT2017-03-27T09:45:47Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A Syrian refugee in Germany won't pursue further legal action against Facebook after a court rejected his call for an injunction forcing the company to seek and delete posts falsely linking him to crimes committed by migrants....



EU calls for privacy-security balance on message encryption

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:03:42 GMT2017-03-27T08:03:42Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's presidency says people's privacy must be protected following British calls for police access to encrypted messages in case of attacks....



Vehicle attacks: Easy success for IS, a challenge for police

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:34:29 GMT2017-03-25T18:34:29Z

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -- In the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group became infamous for its spectacular variations on explosive vehicles. For attacks in the West, it has suggested a simpler method, encouraging followers to use regular vehicles to kill people on foot....



Self-driving Uber SUV struck during Arizona accident

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:26:47 GMT2017-03-25T18:26:47Z

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Officials say a self-driving Uber SUV was operating on its own when it was struck by another vehicle making a left turn at an intersection in Arizona, where the company is testing autonomous vehicles....



More big brands pull ads from YouTube in widening boycott

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:15:37 GMT2017-03-24T22:15:37Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening, a sign that big-spending companies doubt Google's ability to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos....



Trump touts jobs commitment first made in 2015

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:19:28 GMT2017-03-24T19:19:28Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Friday praised a plan by cable company Charter Communications to hire 20,000 American call center workers. But the hiring initiative dates back to 2015 as part of the company's successful efforts to merge with Time Warner Cable....



Apple: Software flaws in latest WikiLeaks docs are all fixed

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:11:48 GMT2017-03-24T17:11:48Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple said purported hacking vulnerabilities disclosed by WikiLeaks this week have all been fixed in recent iPhones and Mac computers....



Senate votes to kill privacy rules guarding your online info

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:03:07 GMT2017-03-23T23:03:07Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Senate voted to kill Obama-era online privacy regulations , a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell your browsing habits and other personal information as they expand their own online ad businesses....



17,000 AT&T workers will come back on the job Thursday

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:36:42 GMT2017-03-23T17:36:42Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some 17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada are returning to their jobs after a one-day walkout. They had been protesting changes in job duties for some employees....



ABC News says 3 of its Twitter accounts were hacked

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:50:54 GMT2017-03-23T15:50:54Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- ABC News said three of its Twitter accounts were hacked Thursday morning, sending out profanity-filled tweets to its millions of followers....



For some airline passengers, new warnings bring new hurdles

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:50:28 GMT2017-03-22T20:50:28Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- As far as the indignities of modern air travel go, the latest ban on laptops and tablets on some international flights falls somewhere between taking off shoes at the security checkpoint and testing baby food and milk for bomb residue....



AP Interview: Emirates defends security as laptop ban looms

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:13:19 GMT2017-03-22T19:13:19Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The president of Emirates, the Middle East's biggest airline, defended security measures at the carrier's Dubai hub on Wednesday and said the ban on personal electronics onboard U.S.-bound flights came without warning....



Google Maps already tracks you; now other people can, too

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:08:17 GMT2017-03-22T17:08:17Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family - the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to sacrifice in an era of rampant sharing....



Altered Facebook news headline jolts Virginia governor race

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:55:23 GMT2017-03-22T00:55:23Z

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- An altered Facebook headline on a newspaper story involving a statue of Robert E. Lee has blown up into a major sore point in the Virginia GOP primary for governor - another instance of politicians or their allies changing headlines to suit their own purposes on that platform....



Comey corrects Trump's tweets in real time

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:24:21 GMT2017-03-21T22:24:21Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As FBI Director James Comey was in the hot seat, being grilled on Russia's interference in the 2016 election, the White House was busy trolling him on Twitter....



Apple cuts prices on lower-end iPads, releases red iPhones

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:34:26 GMT2017-03-21T20:34:26Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple is cutting prices on two iPad models and introducing red iPhones, but the company held back on updating its higher-end iPad Pro tablets....



Wells Fargo: All ATMs will take phone codes, not just cards

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:34:05 GMT2017-03-21T20:34:05Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Wells Fargo plans to upgrade all 13,000 of its ATMs next week to allow customers to access their funds using their cellphones instead of traditional bank cards....



Court: Sex offender can challenge internet restrictions

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:57:15 GMT2017-03-21T18:57:15Z

A convicted sex offender banned from using the internet won a victory in New Jersey's top court on Tuesday in a case that echoes a larger battle being fought elsewhere in the U.S....



Jailed over locked computer, ex-cop loses again in court

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:43:05 GMT2017-03-21T15:43:05Z

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A U.S. appeals court has rejected a fired police sergeant's stance that forcing him to unlock his encrypted computer files in a child porn investigation would violate his constitutional rights....



Google affiliate offers tools to safeguard elections

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:12:17 GMT2017-03-21T15:12:17Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- An organization affiliated with Google is offering tools that news organizations and election-related sites can use to protect themselves from hacking....



Google opens 'shortcuts' to information, tools on phones

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:01:29 GMT2017-03-21T13:01:29Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google wants to make it easier for you to find answers and recommendations on smartphones without having to think about what to ask its search engine....



YouTube reverses some restrictions on gay-themed content

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:17:59 GMT2017-03-20T22:17:59Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The YouTube video shows two women, dressed in suits and ties. They smile; they sniffle back tears; they gaze into each other's eyes. They are reading their wedding vows to one another....



Some electronics to be banned on some US-bound flights

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:32:36 GMT2017-03-20T20:32:36Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. government is barring passengers on Royal Jordanian Airlines flights from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and other electronics in carry-on luggage on certain U.S.-bound flights starting Tuesday, the airline said in a tweet Monday....



US says Canadian accused in Yahoo hack poses flight risk

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:24:30 GMT2017-03-20T20:24:30Z

TORONTO (AP) -- A Canadian man accused of breaking into hundreds of millions of Yahoo email accounts poses an "extremely high flight risk" due to alleged ties to Russian intelligence agents, U.S. authorities say....



Wi-Fi on wheels: Google helps students get online, on the go

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:04:45 GMT2017-03-20T20:04:45Z

ST. STEPHEN, S.C. (AP) -- Eighth-grader Lakaysha Governor spends two hours on the bus getting back and forth to school each day. Thanks to a grant from Google, she can now use that time more productively and get her homework done....



Russian pleads guilty to charge related to Citadel malware

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:32:17 GMT2017-03-20T19:32:17Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- A Russian man accused of helping develop and distribute malicious software designed to steal personal financial information pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of computer fraud....



Leadership change at Comcast cable as CEO Smit changes role

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:07:30 GMT2017-03-20T18:07:30Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Comcast's cable unit is switching up its leadership ranks, with longtime executive Dave Watson taking over for Neil Smit as CEO....



YouTubers claim restrictions targeting gay-themed content

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:06:53 GMT2017-03-20T16:06:53Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- YouTube says it is looking into why some gay-themed content is being blocked to those browsing YouTube under its "restricted" setting....



How the Media Insight Project poll was conducted

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:27:06 GMT2017-03-20T14:27:06Z

The Media Insight Project poll on sharing news on social media was conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute Nov. 9-Dec. 6, 2016. It is based on online and telephone interviews of 1,489 adults who are members of NORC's nationally representative AmeriSpeak panel....



Insider Q&A: Girding for net neutrality fight

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:06:10 GMT2017-03-20T09:06:10Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some tech companies are gearing up for a fight over Obama-era rules that prohibit broadband providers from treating some web services - ahem, their own - better than rival services....



Vodafone's Indian telecom unit merges with local company

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:14:08 GMT2017-03-20T08:14:08Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- British telecom company Vodafone's Indian unit on Monday announced a merger with Idea Cellular, a local company, creating India's largest telecom operator, with around 400 million customers....



Meetup takes risky leap into the Trump resistance

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:20:22 GMT2017-03-19T16:20:22Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Meetup is taking a leap into the Trump resistance....



Lessons from Yahoo hack: Simple tips to safeguard your email

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:01:45 GMT2017-03-19T13:01:45Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Many people are still not taking routine precautions to safeguard their email accounts - and hackers are exploiting that....



Report: Alleged Yahoo hacker worked at Prokhorov bank

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:06:26 GMT2017-03-18T11:06:26Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian news report says an intelligence agent charged by the United States in the hacking of half a billion Yahoo user accounts worked at an investment bank owned by billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who also owns the Brooklyn Nets basketball team....



Bail hearing set for Canadian accused in Yahoo email hack

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:26:40 GMT2017-03-17T20:26:40Z

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) -- A Canadian man of Kazakh origins who was arrested in a massive hack of Yahoo emails appeared briefly via video link in a Hamilton, Ontario court on Friday where a date has been set for his bail hearing....



Alaska sea lion study gets help from crowdsource volunteers

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:40:42 GMT2017-03-17T19:40:42Z

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers who are studying the decline of Steller sea lions in Alaska have turned to a new venue for assistance....



Telecom policy tilts in favor of industry under Trump's FCC

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:52:55 GMT2017-03-17T18:52:55Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Trumpism is slowly taking hold on your phone and computer, as the Federal Communications Commission starts chipping away at hard-fought protections on privacy and competition....



Israeli tech firms revving up engines for self-driving cars

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:42:10 GMT2017-03-17T18:42:10Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- As the world moves toward an era of self-driving cars, Israel is positioning itself to be the Detroit of the future....



Chaffetz' iPhone gaffe lands him well-funded Utah challenger

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:16:42 GMT2017-03-17T18:16:42Z

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Rep. Jason Chaffetz has strolled to four easy re-election wins in his Republican-friendly Utah congressional district, but now he's facing a surprising challenge from a Democratic political newcomer who raised nearly a half million dollars - by tapping into anger over Chaffetz' recent comment suggesting people should spend their money on health insurance instead of iPhones....



Germany to test dialect analysis software on asylum-seekers

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:42:39 GMT2017-03-17T13:42:39Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany plans to test software that can automatically recognize a person's dialect to help determine whether asylum-seekers are really where they claim they're from....



Correction: Turkey-Twitter story

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:19:54 GMT2017-03-17T10:19:54Z

LONDON (AP) -- In a story March 15 about Twitter hijackings, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a security expert. His name is Javvad Malik, not Javid Malik....



Turning James Joyce's 'Ulysses' into a virtual reality game

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 05:58:36 GMT2017-03-17T05:58:36Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Students are developing a virtual reality game based on James Joyce's "Ulysses" as part of a class at Boston College....



Google hopes to improve search quality with 'offensive' flag

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:50:17 GMT2017-03-16T21:50:17Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Google is trying to improve the quality of its search results by directing review teams to flag content that might come across as upsetting or offensive....



Canada introduces rules for recreational drone users

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:25:20 GMT2017-03-16T21:25:20Z

TORONTO (AP) -- Canada is bringing in strict measures and fines for recreational users of drones....



Taxi drivers in Spain strike against Uber and Cabify

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:04:00 GMT2017-03-16T13:04:00Z

MADRID (AP) -- Taxi drivers in Spain's two main cities are striking to urge authorities to protect their regulated service against companies like Uber and Cabify, which offer cheaper services....



Yahoo breach indictments may shed light on other hacks

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:01:29 GMT2017-03-16T07:01:29Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. authorities may now be in a better position to figure out if Russian hackers and Russian spies swayed last year's presidential elections....



Details on the Russians charged in the Yahoo data breach

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:25:40 GMT2017-03-15T22:25:40Z

Four people charged by U.S. officials for a Yahoo data breach include two Russian intelligence officers and two hackers they enlisted. Some details on the men, according to an indictment, documents made public by the Justice Department and AP reporting:...



Cascading effect: One attack led to another at Yahoo

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:56:46 GMT2017-03-15T21:56:46Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Russian hackers working with Russian spies didn't crack Yahoo security all at once....



The seal whiskerers: Navy looks to sea life for new ships

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:23:24 GMT2017-03-15T21:23:24Z

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) -- The U.S. Navy is enlisting the help of seals - but not the kind of highly trained special operatives with whom it usually associates....



Swedish student startup gets deal to build electric cars

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:02:39 GMT2017-03-15T07:02:39Z

LUND, Sweden (AP) -- A group of Swedish university students that raised 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million) in crowdfunding for their startup to build electric cars has caught the attention of German industrial heavyweight Siemens....



Clarification: Yahoo-Executives story

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:24:20 GMT2017-03-14T20:24:20Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- In a story March 13, The Associated Press reported that more than 1 billion Yahoo users had been affected by two security breaches. The story should have specified that more than 1 billion user accounts had been broken into, as some accounts might have belonged to the same individuals....



German official wants $53M fines for social media hate posts

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:17:43 GMT2017-03-14T15:17:43Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's justice minister is proposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 million) for social networking sites that fail to swiftly remove illegal content, such as hate speech or defamatory "fake news."...