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Google's digital assistant branches out to Nest camera

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:38:25 GMT2018-02-21T17:38:25Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google's voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest's deluxe security camera in an expansion that may amplify the privacy concerns surrounding internet-connected microphones....



Turkey to develop unmanned tanks, president says

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:39:33 GMT2018-02-21T14:39:33Z

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's president says the country will develop unmanned tanks to minimize risks to soldiers in combat....



Broadcom is adjusting its buyout offer for Qualcomm

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:00:23 GMT2018-02-21T14:00:23Z

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Broadcom is adjusting its buyout offer for Qualcomm, a day after that chipmaker raised its bid for NXP Semiconductors to approximately $43.22 billion....



Maduro: Digital currency puts Venezuela on tech vanguard

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 02:49:21 GMT2018-02-21T02:49:21Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Cash-strapped Venezuela on Tuesday became the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move President Nicolas Maduro celebrated as putting his country on the world's technological forefront....



California law that blocked posting actors' ages struck down

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 01:55:36 GMT2018-02-21T01:55:36Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A California law that sought to prevent age discrimination in the entertainment industry by blocking a popular Hollywood website from posting the ages of actors was struck down Tuesday as unconstitutional....



Report: Hawaii wasn't ready to handle missile threat alert

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:42:25 GMT2018-02-21T00:42:25Z

HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii's nuclear missile scare showed that the state began testing alerts before fully developing a plan to address the ballistic missile threat and that a public outreach campaign months earlier wasn't effective, said a report released Tuesday....



Italy warns of election threat as rival parties court Russia

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:32:54 GMT2018-02-20T20:32:54Z

ROME (AP) -- Italian government officials are warning of possible foreign interference in the March 4 general election, sounding the alarm following the U.S. indictment of Russian trolls and evidence of Russian-sourced fake news on popular Italian platforms....



Italy warns of election meddling as parties court Russia

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:17:18 GMT2018-02-20T19:17:18Z

ROME (AP) -- Italian government officials are warning of possible foreign interference in the March 4 general election, sounding the alarm following the U.S. indictments of Russian trolls and evidence of Russian-sourced fake news on popular Italian platforms....



Insiders: Russia troll farm even zanier than indictment says

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:12:16 GMT2018-02-20T18:12:16Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- A Clinton-Obama sex tape using body doubles. A Facebook page promoting Texas independence riddled with grammatical mistakes. Islamic State anthems blasting out during the nightshift....



Czechs to open satellite center to serve intelligence, NATO

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:19:27 GMT2018-02-20T14:19:27Z

PRAGUE (AP) -- The Czech Republic's army says it is planning to open a new satellite center to serve the country's military intelligence and NATO....



Qualcomm raises bid for NXP to about $43.22B

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:40:47 GMT2018-02-20T13:40:47Z

Qualcomm is raising its takeover bid for NXP Semiconductors by nearly 16 percent to about $43.22 billion, citing in part NXP's strong results since the companies first announced their merger in October 2016....



Venezuela's digital coin makes debut

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:30:42 GMT2018-02-20T12:30:42Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela is launching Tuesday its own version of bitcoin that it hopes will provide a boost to its crippled economy....



Israel successfully tests advanced missile defense system

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:29:57 GMT2018-02-19T11:29:57Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel says it has successfully tested the country's advanced missile defense system capable of defending against ballistic missile threats outside the atmosphere....



Medical examiner taps DNA science to find missing persons

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:41:38 GMT2018-02-18T16:41:38Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- For families who have searched years for missing loved ones, donating a sample of their DNA is often a last, desperate act to confirm their worst fears....



Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:56:02 GMT2018-02-17T16:56:02Z

Friday's election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists....



Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:56:30 GMT2018-02-17T00:56:30Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook's financial support of some advisers who approved of the app....



Belgian court orders Facebook to stop collecting data

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:33:13 GMT2018-02-16T17:33:13Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgian media say a Brussels court has ordered Facebook to stop collecting data about citizens in the country or face fines for every day it fails to comply....



UK blames Russian military for 'malicious' cyberattack

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:44:05 GMT2018-02-15T21:44:05Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain and the United States blamed the Russian government on Thursday for a cyberattack that hit businesses across Europe last year, with London accusing Moscow of "weaponizing information" in a new kind of warfare....



Amazon to pay $1.2 million for illegal pesticide sales

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:09:57 GMT2018-02-15T19:09:57Z

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency says it has reached a $1.2 million settlement with Amazon over the sale of illegal pesticides....



Surprise visit: Police warn alleged darknet drug buyers

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:21:57 GMT2018-02-15T16:21:57Z

DRIEBERGEN, Netherlands (AP) -- It was an unexpected knock on the door for those who allegedly bought drugs anonymously - or so they thought - on a darknet market place....



EU not happy with Facebook, Twitter consumer rule remedies

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:59:38 GMT2018-02-15T14:59:38Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Commission says social media giants Facebook and Twitter have only partially responded to its demands to bring their practices into line with EU consumer law....



Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:11:49 GMT2018-02-15T12:11:49Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering a fresh batch of supplies for the crew....



Pyeongchang Olympics showcases Korean self-driving vehicles

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:21:05 GMT2018-02-15T07:21:05Z

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- There's a competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics that has nothing to do with sports, and plenty to do with jousting between automakers and tech companies over autonomously driving vehicles....



Buffett's firm invests in drugmaker Teva, trims Phillips 66

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:25:36 GMT2018-02-15T00:25:36Z

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Billionaire Warren Buffett's company on Wednesday revealed a new investment in struggling Israeli drugmaker Teva Pharmaceuticals and trimmed its holdings in oil refiner Phillips 66 by selling 35 million shares back to the company for $3.3 billion....



Apple's new speaker making an unwelcome mark in some homes

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:22:29 GMT2018-02-15T00:22:29Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple's new internet-connected speaker is proving to be more appealing to the ears than to the eyes, depending on where the device is placed....



Critics wary as Google's Chrome begins an ad crackdown

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:45:28 GMT2018-02-14T23:45:28Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- On Thursday, Google will begin using its Chrome browser to eradicate ads it deems annoying or otherwise detrimental to users. It just so happens that many of Google's own most lucrative ads will sail through its new filters....



Sales tax breaks to lure data centers booming in Virginia

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:17:12 GMT2018-02-14T18:17:12Z

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- As Virginia has emerged as a top global market for data centers, tax breaks to attract some of the world's richest companies to the state have exploded, new records show....



How to get cleaner air? Germany considers free mass transit

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:38:51 GMT2018-02-14T15:38:51Z

BERLIN (AP) -- How best to get cleaner air? Some officials in Germany want residents to leave their polluting cars at home....



European officials: Virtual currencies are no way to pay

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:35:29 GMT2018-02-14T13:35:29Z

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Several of Europe's top finance officials are skeptical about virtual currencies like bitcoin, saying they are risky for investors and inefficient as a way to pay for things....



Melinda Gates embraces public role, calls out Trump

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:22:28 GMT2018-02-13T22:22:28Z

Bill and Melinda Gates say they're concerned about some of President Donald Trump's policies and statements. Here are excerpts from their recent interview with The Associated Press:...



UK judge upholds arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:46:36 GMT2018-02-13T19:46:36Z

LONDON (AP) -- A judge upheld a British arrest warrant for Julian Assange on Tuesday, saying the WikiLeaks founder should have the courage to come to court and face justice after more than five years inside Ecuador's London embassy....



Apple CEO leaves investors dangling on future dividend hike

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:18:16 GMT2018-02-13T19:18:16Z

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook is leaving shareholders in suspense about whether the iPhone maker will use its windfall from a tax cut on overseas profits for a big boost to its quarterly dividend....



Gates turns attention toward poverty, growing inequity in US

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:03:10 GMT2018-02-13T19:03:10Z

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Bill and Melinda Gates, as the world's top philanthropists, are rethinking their work in America as they confront what they consider their unsatisfactory track record on schools, the country's growing inequity and a president they disagree with more than any other....



Experts: What states can do to secure their elections

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:51:39 GMT2018-02-13T16:51:39Z

Newly released "playbooks" from a bipartisan team at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government aims to help state and local elections officials protect against hacking and disinformation....



UK unveils new technology to fight extremist content online

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:06:06 GMT2018-02-13T16:06:06Z

LONDON (AP) -- The British government is unveiling new technology designed to remove extremist material from social media, amid mounting pressure on companies like Facebook and Twitter to do more to remove such content from their platforms....



Virtual-reality field trips give students advanced adventure

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:12:54 GMT2018-02-13T14:12:54Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- On a February afternoon in a Brooklyn classroom, 16-year-old Taylor Engler came face to face with a cow. But it was all in her head....



UK to unveil new tech to fight extremist content online

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:07:39 GMT2018-02-13T11:07:39Z

LONDON (AP) -- The British government is unveiling new technology to remove extremist material from social media....



Virtual field trips: Schools embrace advanced adventures

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:03:17 GMT2018-02-13T05:03:17Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- On any given day, classrooms of students are using virtual reality to visit the pyramids, observe medical operations, even swim through the human circulatory system....



Holidaying frog game finds fans among China's harried youth

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 02:05:41 GMT2018-02-13T02:05:41Z

BEIJING (AP) -- Wang Zhuyin studies 10 hours a day preparing for a series of tests to obtain a U.S. physician's license. But like millions of young Chinese adults, the 26-year-old has found a new way to cope with the pressure: an online game about a frog....



Federal judge upholds Montana prohibition on most robocalls

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:50:55 GMT2018-02-12T21:50:55Z

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A federal judge has upheld the constitutionality of Montana's law prohibiting most robocalls after a challenge by a political consulting firm that sought to do business in the state....



Amazon to lay off 'small' number of people in Seattle

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:44:37 GMT2018-02-12T21:44:37Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- After a ramp-up of hiring last year, Amazon says it will cut a "small" number of positions at its Seattle headquarters....



Albanian sought by US arrested in cybercrime market probe

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:40:39 GMT2018-02-12T19:40:39Z

TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Police in Albania say they have arrested a 25-year-old citizen who is accused of being part of a cybercrime organization that U.S. authorities allege cost consumers and businesses more than half a billion dollars....



4 robots that aim to teach your kids to code

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:25:01 GMT2018-02-12T19:25:01Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- You've seen apps and toys that promise to teach your child to code. Now enter the robots....



Mexico catches 9 accused of offering drugs on Facebook

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:06:08 GMT2018-02-12T18:06:08Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Prosecutors in the northern Mexico border state of Sonora say they have captured nine people for allegedly offering drugs to minors via Facebook and messaging apps....



Denmark's TDC gets takeover approach, scraps MTG deal

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:21:47 GMT2018-02-12T17:21:47Z

HELSINKI (AP) -- Danish telecoms company TDC Group said Monday it received a sweetened bid from an Australian-Danish consortium for all of its shares. That led it to call off its own $2.5 billion takeover plan of Sweden's Modern Times Group's broadcasting and entertainment operations....



German court rules several Facebook settings violate laws

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:58:34 GMT2018-02-12T14:58:34Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A German court has ruled that Facebook's insistence that users provide their real names violates the country's data protection laws....



Energy riches fuel bitcoin craze for speculation-shy Iceland

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 02:24:28 GMT2018-02-12T02:24:28Z

KEFLAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- Iceland is expected to use more energy "mining" bitcoins and other virtual currencies this year than it uses to power its homes....



Q&A: How is the growth of bitcoin affecting the environment?

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 08:23:18 GMT2018-02-11T08:23:18Z

The growth of bitcoin is fueling speculation and debate about the environmental impact of the energy needed to power the virtual currency in the era of climate change. Some questions and answers about the issue:...



Esports officially arrives in Japan, home of game giants

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 01:49:21 GMT2018-02-11T01:49:21Z

CHIBA, Japan (AP) -- A crowd cheers, banging on balloons, in front of glitzy stages, each with a giant screen. The rising stars at the sprawling Makuhari Messe hall are the quietly seated men in hoodies and T-shirts, with names like Noppi and Refresh, jiggling on buttons and grimacing at screens....



Russian nuke researchers arrested for illicit crypto-mining

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 14:59:54 GMT2018-02-10T14:59:54Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Two employees of Russia's top nuclear research institute have been arrested for using the facility's supercomputer for crypto-currency mining....



The Latest: Officer in Canada prime minister motorcade hurt

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 11:28:47 GMT2018-02-10T11:28:47Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Latest on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to California (all times local):...



In US swing, Trudeau mixes job deals with defense of NAFTA

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 06:46:16 GMT2018-02-10T06:46:16Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came with an unambiguous message on his latest US visit: the North American Free Trade Agreement is a success that needs to be modernized, not abandoned....



Uber to pay $245 million to settle Waymo's theft allegations

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:45:57 GMT2018-02-10T00:45:57Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Uber is paying $245 million to Google's self-driving car spinoff to end a legal brawl that aired out allegations of a sinister scheme that tore apart the once-friendly companies....



Shipping shakeup? Amazon may deliver its own packages

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 22:18:49 GMT2018-02-09T22:18:49Z

Amazon has already shown that it can rattle the retail, grocery and health insurance industries, and now it is doing the same in the delivery business....



YouTube suspends ads from video star Logan Paul's channels

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:32:50 GMT2018-02-09T17:32:50Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- YouTube has temporarily suspended all ads from video star Logan Paul's channels after what it calls a pattern of behavior unsuitable for advertisers....



Unlimited movie-theater deal could be too good to survive

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:08:12 GMT2018-02-09T17:08:12Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- MoviePass is trying to bring to movie theaters what Netflix did for DVDs and online streaming: Let subscribers watch as many movies as they want for $10 a month....



Shipping shakeup? Amazon may deliver some of its own orders

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:11:07 GMT2018-02-09T16:11:07Z

Amazon's next move may be to shake up the shipping industry....



Thais arrest alleged Russian cybercrime market operator

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:58:09 GMT2018-02-09T13:58:09Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- Police in Thailand announced Friday they have arrested a Russian national accused by U.S. authorities of running an online cybercrime marketplace where everything from stolen credit card information to hardware for compromising ATM machines could be purchased....



Twitter makes money for first time ever, but problems remain

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:34:06 GMT2018-02-08T21:34:06Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Twitter made money for the first time in its nearly 12-year history, a milestone that satisfied investors in the short term but might not resolve the company's broader problems any time soon....



Internet pioneer, songwriter John Perry Barlow dies at 70

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:34:57 GMT2018-02-08T20:34:57Z

John Perry Barlow, an internet activist and lyricist for the Grateful Dead, has died....



Kale to go: Amazon to roll out delivery at Whole Foods

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:24:13 GMT2018-02-08T17:24:13Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon is bringing its speedy delivery to Whole Foods....



Arizona university gets $1.9M to research future of TV news

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:36:22 GMT2018-02-08T16:36:22Z

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona State University's journalism school on Thursday was awarded nearly $2 million in funding to research the future of television news....



Clarification: Guatemala-Archaeology story

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:08:58 GMT2018-02-08T16:08:58Z

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- In a story Feb. 2, The Associated Press reported on the discovery that a Mayan settlement in Guatemala was much larger than thought. The Mayan Cultural and Natural Heritage Foundation that announced the discovery is more commonly known by its Spanish acronym, Pacunam....



Do's and don'ts when using shopping apps

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:33:11 GMT2018-02-08T15:33:11Z

Retailers such as Target and Amazon are embracing mobile applications to help consumers save money and time with features like digital wallets and augmented reality. When used strategically, apps can streamline in-store trips and online purchases, but shoppers could also find that convenience comes with a risk: impulsive decisions and overspending....



Walmart names Square CFO Friar as a board member

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:18:10 GMT2018-02-08T14:18:10Z

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Walmart, which has made a concerted push into technology to compete with Amazon, is tapping Square Chief Financial Officer Sarah Friar to serve as a director....



Twitter posts big numbers in the fourth quarter, shares soar

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:30:52 GMT2018-02-08T12:30:52Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Twitter is reporting fourth-quarter net income of $91.1 million, swinging to a profit a year after reporting millions in losses last year....



Jim Carrey says users should yank their Facebook accounts

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:46:13 GMT2018-02-08T06:46:13Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Delete your account....



The doctor's in, but jury is out on new LA Times owner

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:34:57 GMT2018-02-08T06:34:57Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The struggling Los Angeles Times found a local savior in a biotech billionaire willing to buy the storied newspaper from a corporation half a continent away, but the change of ownership brings its own set of questions and uncertainty....



Back to Earth: Tesla's losses grow on Model 3 delays

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 22:31:54 GMT2018-02-07T22:31:54Z

The day after Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk blasted his Tesla Roadster into space, his electric car company's mounting losses brought him back to Earth again....



The Latest: Ex-Uber CEO saw Google founder as a 'brother'

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 21:47:09 GMT2018-02-07T21:47:09Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Latest on the court fight between Google spin Waymo and ride-hailing service Uber (all times local):...