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Univision goes dark for Verizon's cable customers

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:39:11 GMT2017-10-17T17:39:11Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Univision's channels have gone dark for Verizon's 4.7 million Fios cable customers because of a contract dispute....



Parts of unmanned Russian spaceship burn up over Dubai

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:28:25 GMT2017-10-17T16:28:25Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Parts of an unmanned Russian cargo spaceship burned across the night sky of the Arabian Peninsula, drawing gasps from Dubai to Riyadh before breaking up in the Earth's atmosphere and scattering in the Indian Ocean....



Microsoft rolls out new Windows 10 update and lap

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:00:46 GMT2017-10-17T15:00:46Z

Microsoft has begun rolling out an update to its Windows 10 operating system, hoping to spark enthusiasm for its virtual- and augmented-reality ambitions....



Discarded, unmanned Russian spaceship burns up over Dubai

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:02:39 GMT2017-10-17T14:02:39Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A discarded Russian cargo spaceship burned across the night sky of the Arabian Peninsula, drawing gasps from Dubai to Riyadh before breaking up in the Earth's atmosphere and scattering in the Indian Ocean....



Google's Pixel 2: A phone built for artificial intelligence

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:02:17 GMT2017-10-17T13:02:17Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- What's most fascinating about Google's new Pixel 2 phone is what's to come....



Greenpeace faults many tech giants for environment impact

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:52:59 GMT2017-10-17T08:52:59Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The environmental group Greenpeace issued a report on Tuesday giving technology titans including Samsung Electronics, Amazon and Huawei low marks for their environmental impact....



US tech giants may find their future shaped by Europe

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:13:13 GMT2017-10-17T08:13:13Z

LONDON (AP) -- Silicon Valley is a uniquely American creation, the product of an entrepreneurial spirit and no-holds-barred capitalism that now drives many aspects of modern life....



Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:32:43 GMT2017-10-17T04:32:43Z

BOSTON (AP) -- A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl....



Netflix sinking deeper into debt to fuel subscriber growth

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:05:51 GMT2017-10-16T23:05:51Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Netflix is sinking deeper into debt in its relentless pursuit of more viewers, leaving the company little margin for error as it tries to build the world's biggest video subscription service....



Researchers discover vulnerability affecting Wi-Fi security

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:57:02 GMT2017-10-16T22:57:02Z

Security researchers have discovered a Wi-Fi network vulnerability that could allow attackers to steal sensitive information or spread malicious software while someone is logged into a computer or mobile device....



Fact-checking fake news on Facebook works - just too slowly

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:03:52 GMT2017-10-16T22:03:52Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook's effort to limit the spread of fake news using outside fact-checkers appears to be having an effect - although that finding comes with a major caveat....



Court agrees to take on US-Microsoft dispute over emails

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:11:41 GMT2017-10-16T17:11:41Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take on a major dispute over the government's authority to force American technology companies to hand over emails and other digital information sought in criminal probes but stored outside the U.S....



Yahoo can provide dead man's emails to family, court says

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:10:40 GMT2017-10-16T16:10:40Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts' highest court says federal law does not prohibit Yahoo from providing a deceased man's family members access to his email account....



Justices to hear government's email dispute with Microsoft

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:17:03 GMT2017-10-16T14:17:03Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is intervening in a digital-age privacy dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails stored abroad....



Twitter CEO vows to police sexual harassment, hate, violence

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:48:24 GMT2017-10-14T15:48:24Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is promising the company will do a better job weeding out sexual harassment, hateful symbols and violent groups from its short messaging service....



Body cameras, now gun cameras? Some police trying them out

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 14:48:16 GMT2017-10-14T14:48:16Z

A small number of police departments are showing interest in a new type of video camera that can be mounted directly on officers' guns, saying it may offer a better view of officer-involved shootings than body cameras. Some law enforcement officials and civil rights groups are skeptical....



Twitter turns over 'handles' of 201 Russia-linked accounts

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 01:03:29 GMT2017-10-14T01:03:29Z

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Twitter has handed over to Senate investigators the profile names, or "handles," of 201 accounts linked to Russian attempts at influencing the 2016 presidential election. The company has stepped up its efforts to cooperate with investigators after it was criticized for not taking congressional probes seriously enough....



Texas couple survives being stranded 6 days in rural Utah

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:02:19 GMT2017-10-13T22:02:19Z

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Texas couple who set out for a day trip to Lake Powell while on vacation in southern Utah ended up narrowly surviving six harrowing days stranded on a rocky, desolate dirt road that was impassable in their rental car, authorities said Friday....



Uber appeals decision to cancel its London license

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:34:11 GMT2017-10-13T11:34:11Z

LONDON (AP) -- Uber has appealed the decision to deny it a new operating license in London....



Poland says it's repelled a 3rd Russian hacking attack

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:51:39 GMT2017-10-13T10:51:39Z

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's defense minister says the nation's cyber experts have successfully repelled a third hacking attempt from Russia but warns the cyberattack threat is mounting....



Head of Samsung's booming semiconductor business to resign

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 02:41:35 GMT2017-10-13T02:41:35Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The chairman of Samsung Electronics Co.'s board of directors, who has been the public face of the company after its de facto chief was jailed on corruption charges, said Friday he will resign next year to make way for a new leader....



The Latest: Head of Samsung semiconductor unit to resign

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 02:01:42 GMT2017-10-13T02:01:42Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The Latest on Samsung Electronics (all times local):...



Samsung predicts another record-high quarterly profit

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:32:48 GMT2017-10-13T00:32:48Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday its third-quarter profit likely surged nearly three-fold over a year earlier to a new record, putting it on track to report its best annual results at a time when its leader and former executives are fighting corruption convictions....



Facebook's Sandberg favors release of Russia-linked ads

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:39:27 GMT2017-10-12T23:39:27Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A top Facebook executive says ads linked to Russia trying to influence the U.S. presidential election should "absolutely" be released to the public, along with information on whom the ads were targeting....



Google pledges $1 billion to fund non-profit education

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:28:48 GMT2017-10-12T23:28:48Z

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Google says over the next five years it will spend $1 billion on nonprofit organizations helping to raise education levels around the world and commit its employees to a million hours of volunteer work doing the same....



After Twitter suspension, Rose McGowan says: 'HW raped me'

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:06:35 GMT2017-10-12T23:06:35Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- After a suspension earlier in the day from Twitter, actress Rose McGowan forcefully re-emerged Thursday, stating more frankly what she has long suggested: "HW raped me."...



Emergency alerts draw complaints in fast-moving wildfires

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:59:55 GMT2017-10-12T22:59:55Z

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -- The story is repeated again and again: The dead of night, no warning, then panic after realizing the smoke and flames were approaching....



APNewsBreak: Border Patrol tests camera-toting balloon

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:48:12 GMT2017-10-12T21:48:12Z

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The U.S. Border Patrol is considering a surveillance balloon that can be quickly moved to spot illegal activity, part of an effort to see if more eyes in the sky translate to fewer illegal crossings....



Shares of TV providers drop as AT&T warns of video losses

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:45:43 GMT2017-10-12T21:45:43Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Signs that more people are dropping their traditional TV subscriptions weighed on TV providers' stocks Thursday....



FDA advisers endorse gene therapy to treat form of blindness

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:38:00 GMT2017-10-12T20:38:00Z

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) -- A potentially groundbreaking treatment for a rare form of blindness moved one step closer to U.S. approval Thursday, as federal health advisers endorsed the experimental gene therapy for patients with an inherited condition that gradually destroys eyesight....



Congress calls on FCC to silence cellphones in prisons

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:36:12 GMT2017-10-12T20:36:12Z

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- More than 50 members of Congress are giving federal regulators a deadline for resolving how to prevent prisoners from using contraband cellphones behind bars....



Russia-backed Facebook page colored with hot-button phrases

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:53:19 GMT2017-10-12T19:53:19Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- What does Russia-sponsored political influence look like on Facebook?...



Greenpeace activists light fireworks at French nuclear plant

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:49:10 GMT2017-10-12T14:49:10Z

PARIS (AP) -- Eight environmental have broken into a French nuclear power station and set off fireworks to urge better protection for nuclear waste and protest France's dependence on atomic energy....



Facebook's Sandberg: Russia ads should be released to public

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:33:35 GMT2017-10-12T14:33:35Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, says the ads linked to Russia trying to influence the U.S. presidential election should "absolutely" be released to the public. This includes targeting information....



Target joins other retailers in offering voice shopping

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:00:41 GMT2017-10-12T14:00:41Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Target is jumping into voice-activated shopping as it deepens its relationship with Google, offering thousands of items found in the store except for perishables like fruit and milk....



Paris hopes to ban gas-powered cars in city by 2030

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:55:48 GMT2017-10-12T13:55:48Z

PARIS (AP) -- In the future, the noise of car engines revving around the streets of Paris might become just a memory....



Paris plans to ban gas-powered cars in city by 2030

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:43:23 GMT2017-10-12T11:43:23Z

PARIS (AP) -- The noise of car engines enveloping the streets of the French capital might in the future become a memory for Paris pedestrians....



Cambodia deports Chinese accused of operating online scam

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:28:05 GMT2017-10-12T07:28:05Z

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Cambodia on Thursday deported dozens of Chinese citizens accused of extorting money from women in mainland China with threats to circulate naked images of them online....



Lawyers, prosecutors face off at Samsung heir's appeal case

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:32:49 GMT2017-10-12T06:32:49Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Prosecutors cited a past ruling on a North Korean spy case as one reason why Samsung's billionaire heir deserved a lengthy prison term after being convicted of offering bribes to the country's then-president and one of her associates....



Rare photos by early NASA astronauts being auctioned off

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 04:34:09 GMT2017-10-12T04:34:09Z

BOSTON (AP) -- A Massachusetts auction house is selling vintage photographs taken by American astronauts....



Self-driving cars: Not ready yet, but new rules open a path

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 23:00:11 GMT2017-10-11T23:00:11Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Although consumers can't yet get a self-driving car for themselves, the technology's long and windy road to market is getting shorter....



Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probe

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 22:26:50 GMT2017-10-11T22:26:50Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of Facebook's top executives met Wednesday with House members investigating the company's Russia-linked ads and told them the social media giant is serious about dealing with the issue....



Trump threatens NBC but experts see no real risk to licenses

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:36:26 GMT2017-10-11T19:36:26Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Donald Trump is threatening NBC's broadcast licenses because he's not happy with how its news division has covered him. But experts say his threats aren't likely to lead to any action....



Could cyberattacks knock out lights in the US? Not so easily

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:05:46 GMT2017-10-11T19:05:46Z

Hackers likely linked to the North Korean government targeted a U.S. electricity company last month, according to a security firm that says it detected and stopped the attacks....



Hundreds missing amid California fires; loved ones go online

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:57:21 GMT2017-10-11T18:57:21Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Desperate family members and friends checked hospitals and shelters and pleaded on social media for help finding loved ones missing amid California's wildfires, as the number of people unaccounted for Wednesday was put at 670 in hard-hit Sonoma County alone....



California moves toward public access for self-driving cars

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:32:55 GMT2017-10-11T18:32:55Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- California regulators took an important step Wednesday to clear the road for everyday people to get self-driving cars....



Russia scores temporary win against US on cybercrime suspect

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:17:49 GMT2017-10-11T15:17:49Z

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Russia on Wednesday won the latest round in a judicial tug-of-war with the U.S. over who should try a Russian cybercrime suspect arrested during a holiday in Greece....



Apple teams with Steven Spielberg on video expansion

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 23:16:46 GMT2017-10-10T23:16:46Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple is teaming up with award-winning director Steven Spielberg for its first major push into TV programming....



Digital-media firm exec fired over harassment claims

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:00:50 GMT2017-10-10T16:00:50Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Defy Media, a digital media firm, has fired the creator of its popular "Honest Trailers" online series, citing "egregious and intolerable behavior."...



Ikea on Amazon? Furniture giant to use online retailers

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:54:41 GMT2017-10-10T14:54:41Z

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Ikea will start selling furniture through third-party websites next year as it tries to find new ways to reach customers in the digital age....



Supreme Court rejects free speech appeal in sexting case

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:06:42 GMT2017-10-10T14:06:42Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has turned away a free-speech appeal from a former school lunch server in Minnesota who was charged with sexting a 15-year-old student....



Ikea on Amazon? Swedish firm to test sales in online stores

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:31:55 GMT2017-10-10T11:31:55Z

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Ikea will start selling furniture through third-party websites to find new ways to reach customers in the digital age, though "no decisions are made regarding what platforms/markets will be in the pilot."...



Uber riders in Dubai can now select electric-powered Tesla

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:48:53 GMT2017-10-10T08:48:53Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Uber is offering its customers the option to ride in one of 50 new Tesla electric-powered vehicles in Dubai, where large gas-guzzling sedans and luxury sports cars dominate the emirate's six-lane highways....



Reports: Google uncovers ads by Russian operatives

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:11:47 GMT2017-10-10T00:11:47Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Russian operatives likely spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads across Google products, including YouTube and Google search, according to reports....



Scientists say cost of capturing CO2 declining

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 19:51:05 GMT2017-10-09T19:51:05Z

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Technology now in limited use removes about 90 percent of carbon dioxide from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants, but energy experts say cost remains the chief obstacle to bringing the "clean coal" touted by President Donald Trump into the mainstream....



Fake news is still here, despite efforts by Google, Facebook

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 19:16:27 GMT2017-10-09T19:16:27Z

Nearly a year after Facebook and Google launched offensives against fake news, they're still inadvertently promoting it - often at the worst possible times....



Iraq demands Kurdish-based cell operators move to Baghdad

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:32:37 GMT2017-10-09T18:32:37Z

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's government is demanding Kurdish-based that cellular network operators relocate their headquarters to Baghdad....



SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:14:53 GMT2017-10-09T17:14:53Z

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- Ten new satellites for Iridium Communications Inc. have been carried into orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from California....



Buyer's remorse be gone, Walmart puts returns in fast lane

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:40:43 GMT2017-10-09T12:40:43Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Online sales have divided retailers into two camps: the quick and the dead....



Facebook begins 'human review' of potentially sensitive ads

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 19:47:16 GMT2017-10-07T19:47:16Z

Facebook says it will begin manually reviewing advertisements that target certain groups and address politics, religion, ethnicity and social issues....



Goodbye: Pioneering AOL Instant Messenger to be discontinued

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:37:14 GMT2017-10-06T18:37:14Z

AOL announced Friday that it is discontinuing its pioneering Instant Messenger chat platform after 20 years of service....



Renault wants half its cars to be electric or hybrid in 2022

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:51:36 GMT2017-10-06T14:51:36Z

PARIS (AP) -- French carmaker Renault said Friday that half of its models will be electric or hybrid by 2022 and it's investing heavily in "robo-vehicles" with increasing degrees of autonomy....



Police: Man charged after assault videos posted on Facebook

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:17:48 GMT2017-10-06T13:17:48Z

MARION, Ohio (AP) -- Authorities say an Ohio man has been charged criminally after using Facebook Live to record a beating....



Microsoft to help expand rural broadband in 6 states

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:39:10 GMT2017-10-05T23:39:10Z

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Microsoft says it will team up with communities in North Dakota, Wisconsin, Virginia, Texas, Wyoming and Washington state in a program broadly aimed at fostering economic growth in rural and smaller metropolitan areas....



Report: Russian hackers target secrets taken by NSA worker

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:02:25 GMT2017-10-05T23:02:25Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hackers allegedly working for the Kremlin stole details about how the U.S. infiltrates foreign networks and defends against cyberattacks after a National Security Agency contractor took the classified material home and put it on a personal computer, according to a news report published Thursday....



Watching Netflix' 'Stranger Things' likely to cost you more

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:20:16 GMT2017-10-05T17:20:16Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Netflix is raising the price for its most popular U.S. video streaming plan by 10 percent- a move aimed at bringing in more money to outbid HBO, Amazon and other rivals for addictive shows such as "Stranger Things."...



Hundreds of stations unable to inspect cars in Massachusetts

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:31:16 GMT2017-10-05T16:31:16Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts drivers are struggling to get inspection stickers after hundreds of vehicle inspection stations were unable to transition to new equipment....



German prosecutors say no evidence of US, UK eavesdropping

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:25:56 GMT2017-10-05T09:25:56Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say they have concluded a nearly four-year evaluation of possible eavesdropping of German telecommunications by U.S. and British secret services and concluded there is not enough evidence to open a formal investigation....



Google vies to make even smarter phones, speakers, cameras

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 22:33:55 GMT2017-10-04T22:33:55Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google's upgrades to its Pixel smartphones and other gadgets are its latest steps toward turning its digital services into your backup brain....



Verizon's top media executive Marni Walden is leaving

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 21:40:16 GMT2017-10-04T21:40:16Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Marni Walden, the executive in charge of Verizon's media business, is leaving the company....



Google unveils new phones, speakers to counter Amazon, Apple

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:21:23 GMT2017-10-04T19:21:23Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google on Wednesday unveiled new phones, smart speakers and other devices infused with artificial intelligence in its bid to claim the high ground against rivals Amazon and Apple....



DOJ's Rosenstein takes aim at Silicon Valley encryption

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:00:25 GMT2017-10-04T19:00:25Z

BOSTON (AP) -- A high-ranking Department of Justice official is taking aim at Silicon Valley's methods for protecting privacy, saying there should be a public debate about whether companies should create digital lock boxes that cannot be opened by police and judges....



The Latest: A Google hands-free camera snaps pics by itself

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 18:15:58 GMT2017-10-04T18:15:58Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Latest on Google's new-product showcase (all times local):...



Tracker: Trump

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:38:26 GMT2017-10-04T17:38:26Z

GENEVA (AP) -- President Donald Trump has passed Pope Francis to become the most-followed world leader on Twitter, a social media tracker says....



White House adviser: Phase out Social Security number as ID

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 15:23:00 GMT2017-10-04T15:23:00Z

BOSTON (AP) -- A cybersecurity adviser to President Donald Trump is pushing to phase out the use of Social Security numbers as a form of identification....



60 years after Sputnik, Russian space program faces troubles

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:43:14 GMT2017-10-04T14:43:14Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Six decades after Sputnik, a refined version of the rocket that put the first artificial satellite in orbit remains the mainstay of Russia's space program - a stunning tribute to the country's technological prowess, but also a sign it has failed to build upon its achievements....