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Solar industry on edge as Trump weighs tariffs on panels

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:39:56 GMT2018-01-23T06:39:56Z

DALLAS (AP) -- Solar energy is booming in the United States, but companies riding the wave fear that President Donald Trump could undercut them this week if he decides to impose new tariffs on imported solar panels....



South Korea to start real-name trading of crypto currency

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:08:32 GMT2018-01-23T05:08:32Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea plans to require local banks to launch a real-name system for crypto currency trading that will make the up-to-now anonymous transactions be traceable as the country seeks to curb speculation and criminal activities....



Get your stuff and go: Amazon opens store with no cashiers

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:08:40 GMT2018-01-23T01:08:40Z

SEATTLE (AP) -- No cashiers, no registers and no cash - this is how Amazon sees the future of store shopping....



Uber driver in US illegally charged with 4 California rapes

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:21:25 GMT2018-01-23T00:21:25Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally used his job as an Uber driver to target intoxicated young women and was charged Monday with raping, assaulting and robbing four victims, California prosecutors said....



Netflix's success turns net neutrality into an afterthought

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:27:43 GMT2018-01-22T23:27:43Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Netflix once fought fiercely for net neutrality, fearing that its online video service would suffer if internet providers were free to discriminate against it....



Montana mandates 'net neutrality' for state contracts

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:10:19 GMT2018-01-22T23:10:19Z

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Montana on Monday became the first state to bar telecommunications companies from receiving state contracts if they interfere with internet traffic or favor higher-paying sites or apps, under an order from Gov. Steve Bullock intended to protect so-called net neutrality....



French president hosts 140 world business leaders

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:36:34 GMT2018-01-22T18:36:34Z

PARIS (AP) -- French President Emmanuel Macron promoted his government's changes to French tax and labor laws Monday in front of 140 world business leaders in a bid to convince them to invest and hire in France....



Rocket launched in New Zealand deploys commercial satellites

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:11:15 GMT2018-01-22T02:11:15Z

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A rocket launched from New Zealand on Sunday successfully reached orbit carrying small commercial satellites....



Russian networks pushing conservative meme, researchers say

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:28:11 GMT2018-01-20T02:28:11Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations are pushing a conservative meme related to the investigation of Russian election interference, researchers say....



Facebook to emphasize 'trustworthy' news via user surveys

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:30:55 GMT2018-01-19T23:30:55Z

Facebook is taking another step to try to make itself more socially beneficial, saying it will boost news sources that its users rate as trustworthy in surveys....



Lithuania probing bogus story after TV station is hacked

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:27:50 GMT2018-01-19T17:27:50Z

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) -- Lithuania's Defense Ministry says an investigation was launched Friday after hackers posted a bogus story on the website of a television news station....



Catalan ex-president to risk arrest, travel to Denmark

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:47:30 GMT2018-01-19T16:47:30Z

MADRID (AP) -- Catalonia's former president, a fugitive sought by Spain over a foiled secession bid, will travel to Denmark next week for a university debate despite the possible risk of arrest, officials said Friday....



Amazon raises monthly Prime membership fees by 20 percent

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:51:39 GMT2018-01-19T15:51:39Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon is raising the price of its Prime membership monthly plan by nearly 20 percent. The fee of $99 for an annual membership will not change, the company said Friday....



Amazon boosts monthly Prime membership fees by 20 percent

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:28:15 GMT2018-01-19T15:28:15Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon is raising the price of its Prime membership monthly plan by nearly 20 percent. The fee of $99 for an annual membership will not change, the company said Friday....



The Latest: Catalan president to travel to Denmark next week

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:22:07 GMT2018-01-19T13:22:07Z

MADRID (AP) -- The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political situation (all times local):...



Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:04:09 GMT2018-01-19T06:04:09Z

DETROIT (AP) -- For some of the 200-plus cities knocked out of the running for Amazon's second headquarters, the effort may turn out to be a trial run for other opportunities....



Drone rescue off Australian beach heralded as world-first

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:48:54 GMT2018-01-19T04:48:54Z

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue....



Buses carrying tech workers targeted outside San Francisco

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:46:09 GMT2018-01-18T23:46:09Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Six shuttle buses transporting Apple and Google employees were deliberately targeted by vandals who broke the windows with unknown objects while traveling on a highway south of San Francisco, authorities said Thursday....



Report links hacking campaign to Lebanese security agency

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:02:46 GMT2018-01-18T23:02:46Z

LONDON (AP) -- A major hacking operation tied to one of the most powerful security and intelligence agencies in Lebanon has been exposed after careless spies left hundreds of gigabytes of intercepted data exposed to the open internet, according to a report published Thursday....



Researchers: Hacking campaign linked to Lebanese spy agency

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:05:12 GMT2018-01-18T15:05:12Z

LONDON (AP) -- Researchers say a major hacking operation tied to Lebanon's main intelligence agency has been revealed after careless spies left hundreds of gigabytes of stolen data exposed to the open internet....



China criticizes US moves on intellectual property, telecoms

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:41:32 GMT2018-01-18T09:41:32Z

BEIJING (AP) -- China on Thursday criticized recent moves by the U.S. targeting the sale of fake goods and Chinese telecoms equipment, saying Washington lacks "objectivity" in its approach to Chinese businesses....



Lawmakers ask if states or feds should alert about missiles

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:03:47 GMT2018-01-18T02:03:47Z

HONOLULU (AP) -- Nearly 40 terrifying minutes passed between the time Hawaii officials fired off a bogus alert about an incoming missile over the weekend and the moment the notice was canceled....



Apple banks on tax break to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:58:31 GMT2018-01-18T00:58:31Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple is planning to build a new corporate campus and hire 20,000 U.S. workers in an expansion driven in part by a tax cut that will enable the iPhone maker to bring an estimated $245 billion back to its home country....



Big swings continue as bitcoin briefly dips below $10,000

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:11:39 GMT2018-01-17T22:11:39Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The volatility of the digital currency markets was on display again Wednesday, as bitcoin briefly fell below $10,000 before rebounding back above $11,000 in the U.S. afternoon....



Senators grill social media companies over terrorist posts

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:34:32 GMT2018-01-17T21:34:32Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lawmakers grilled executives Facebook, Google's YouTube and Twitter on Wednesday about what the companies are doing to prevent terrorists from using their platforms to spread propaganda and recruit new followers....



Indiana health network pays about $55,000 ransom to hackers

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:01:29 GMT2018-01-17T21:01:29Z

GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) -- A suburban Indianapolis health network said it paid a $55,000 ransom to hackers to regain access to hospital computer systems, making it the latest health system around the globe targeted by money-seeking hackers....



Cellphone jamming system tested at Maryland prison

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:46:54 GMT2018-01-17T20:46:54Z

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Federal prisons officials on Wednesday tested a jamming technology inside the walls of a federal prison, a rare move that authorities said they hope will help combat the danger posed by inmates with cellphones....



Hidden cameras offer unique glimpse of animals in the wild

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:48:32 GMT2018-01-17T19:48:32Z

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- How does a bighorn sheep say "cheese?"...



China, Europe jointly test technology for storm satellite

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:44:48 GMT2018-01-17T18:44:48Z

BERLIN (AP) -- China and Europe are jointly testing new technology that could help satellites peer through clouds and analyze storms....



Apple says it will build a second corporate campus, hire 20,000 workers in $350 billion, 5...

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:22:18 GMT2018-01-17T18:22:18Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple says it will build a second corporate campus, hire 20,000 workers in $350 billion, 5-year commitment to US economy....



Group pinpoints riches hidden in Europe's mountains of waste

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:08:29 GMT2018-01-17T17:08:29Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Researchers have completed the first survey of valuable materials they say are waiting to be mined from Europe's vast landfills and scrapyards....



New UVa data center part of $200M microelectronics venture

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:24:38 GMT2018-01-16T19:24:38Z

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A new, multimillion-dollar center at the University of Virginia will bring together researchers to eliminate a data bottleneck built into computer systems 70 years ago....



Click, tap, buy: Holiday shoppers spent record amount online

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:09:17 GMT2018-01-16T17:09:17Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shoppers spent a record amount online during the holiday season....



'Superfast' internet cable to cross Mediterranean sea

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:42:59 GMT2018-01-16T13:42:59Z

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- A Cypriot company says its new sub-sea internet cable that will connect Israel with Spain will be powerful enough to handle up to 60 percent of the world's internet traffic at peak time....



Lifelike robots made in Hong Kong meant to win over humans

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:19:47 GMT2018-01-16T07:19:47Z

HONG KONG (AP) -- David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become "super-intelligent genius machines" that might help solve some of mankind's most challenging problems....



Intel underfoot: Floor sensors rise as retail data source

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:03:35 GMT2018-01-15T15:03:35Z

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The next phase in data collection is right under your feet....



German startup AUTO1 gets $558 million Softbank investment

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:57:24 GMT2018-01-15T14:57:24Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Japan's Softbank is investing 460 million euros ($558 million) in German used car trading platform AUTO1....



France wants tougher rules on bitcoin to avoid criminal use

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:49:03 GMT2018-01-15T14:49:03Z

PARIS (AP) -- France's finance minister says he wants new regulation targeted at virtual currencies, to stop them from being used for tax evasion, financing terrorism and other crime....



EU tasks experts to find ways to fight fake news

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:22:50 GMT2018-01-15T13:22:50Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has set up an expert group to help identify fake news and propose ways to tackle the problem amid concern that false information is influencing elections....



Palestinians to get 3G in West Bank, after Israel lifts ban

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:12:32 GMT2018-01-15T06:12:32Z

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinians in the West Bank are finally getting high-speed mobile data services, after a yearslong Israeli ban that cost their fragile economy hundreds of millions of dollars, impeded tech start-ups and denied them simple conveniences enjoyed by the rest of the world....



France vs. fake news offers test case for democratic dilemma

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:00:33 GMT2018-01-14T21:00:33Z

PARIS (AP) -- Can a democratic country outlaw fake news?...



YouTube suspends star over suicide video, doesn't shut door

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 20:21:08 GMT2018-01-13T20:21:08Z

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- YouTube has suspended a star who posted video images of what appeared to be a suicide victim but said Saturday that doesn't mean it won't work with him in the future....



Sandberg, Dorsey to leave the Disney board

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 03:21:08 GMT2018-01-13T03:21:08Z

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will be leaving the board of The Walt Disney Co. Neither executive will stand for re-election at the company's annual meeting in March....



Cybersecurity firm: US Senate in Russian hackers' crosshairs

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 02:40:28 GMT2018-01-13T02:40:28Z

PARIS (AP) -- The same Russian government-aligned hackers who penetrated the Democratic Party have spent the past few months laying the groundwork for an espionage campaign against the U.S. Senate, a cybersecurity firm said in a report Friday....



Classified US satellite launched from California after delay

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:52:30 GMT2018-01-12T22:52:30Z

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- A rocket carrying a classified U.S. satellite has blasted off from California....



Q&A: What Facebook's shift could mean to users, businesses

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 21:25:49 GMT2018-01-12T21:25:49Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- In coming days, Facebook users will see fewer posts from publishers, businesses and celebs they follow. Instead, Facebook wants people to see more stuff from friends, family and other people they are likely to have "meaningful" conversations with - something the company laments has been lost in the sea of videos, news stories (real and fake), and viral quizzes on which "Big B...



A look at Facebook's changes over the years in what you see

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:03:52 GMT2018-01-12T18:03:52Z

Facebook is once again tweaking what you see to focus more on personal connections and take the spotlight off brands and news articles....



Virgin Galactic conducts 7th glide test of spacecraft

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:57:14 GMT2018-01-12T15:57:14Z

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) -- Virgin Galactic says the latest glide test of its space tourism rocket plane was a success, nearly reaching the speed of sound high over California....



Japanese PM kicks off six-nation European tour in Estonia

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:53:31 GMT2018-01-12T14:53:31Z

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- Japan's prime minister has kicked off a five-day European tour that will take him to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania - becoming the first-ever head of the Asian nation to visit these countries....



Facebook edits feeds to bring less news, more sharing

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:23:14 GMT2018-01-12T14:23:14Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is changing what its users will see to highlight posts they are most likely to engage with and make time spent on social media more "meaningful."...



Indonesia hard-line Muslims protest ban on Facebook accounts

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:09:35 GMT2018-01-12T12:09:35Z

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Muslim hard-liners marched in Indonesia's capital on Friday to protest Facebook's blocking of accounts belonging to their group....



India launches rocket carrying dozens of satellites

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 06:53:43 GMT2018-01-12T06:53:43Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- India launched a rocket carrying dozens of satellites from India and six other countries Friday from its island space center....



What robot strippers say about sexism, tech and the future

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 23:15:36 GMT2018-01-11T23:15:36Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- On a recent evening in Las Vegas during the CES technology show, robot strippers offered a window into technology's gender fault lines - not to mention our robot future....



Uber used tech tool to shield data from police outside US

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:45:57 GMT2018-01-11T22:45:57Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The ride-sharing company Uber confirmed Thursday that it had technology to shield company data when law enforcement raided its offices outside the U.S....



Digital currencies dip as South Korea considers trading ban

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:41:51 GMT2018-01-11T18:41:51Z

Digital currency prices wobbled Thursday after South Korea, a hotbed for currencies like bitcoin, said it will consider a trading ban....



Stevie Wonder wows crowd on 'smart' piano at tech show

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:57:27 GMT2018-01-11T17:57:27Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Trying to distinguish your product among the thousands at the CES gadget show is no easy feat, so it helps when music legend Stevie Wonder pays an unexpected visit....



S. Korea considers trading ban and digital currencies tumble

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:16:52 GMT2018-01-11T16:16:52Z

The value of numerous forms of digital currency is tumbling after South Korea, a hotbed for currencies like bitcoin, said it was weighing a trading ban....



YouTube punishes star blogger over apparent suicide post

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:17:55 GMT2018-01-11T14:17:55Z

TOKYO (AP) -- YouTube said Thursday it has punished well-known blogger Logan Paul over a video that appeared to show a body hanging in a Japanese forest that is said to be a suicide spot....



Samsung targeted by French lawsuit amid alleged labor abuse

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:50:37 GMT2018-01-11T12:50:37Z

PARIS (AP) -- Two French rights groups have filed a lawsuit against electronics giant Samsung, accusing it of misleading advertising because of alleged labor abuses at factories in China and South Korea....



Malaysia to pay US firm up to $70M if it finds missing plane

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 01:08:11 GMT2018-01-11T01:08:11Z

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's government said Wednesday it will pay U.S. company Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it can find the wreckage or black boxes of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 within three months, in a renewed bid to solve the plane's disappearance nearly four years ago....



Got batteries? Outage stalls giant tech show in Las Vegas

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:03:26 GMT2018-01-10T23:03:26Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- What happens to all those internet-connected refrigerators, robots and other devices when the power goes out?...



Tech gathering showcases gadgets we don't need - until we do

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:00:14 GMT2018-01-10T23:00:14Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Today's vision of a smart home has more to do with what's technologically possible than what people really need....



The Latest: CES organizers say power fully back at tech show

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:04:41 GMT2018-01-10T22:04:41Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Latest on the CES technology show in Las Vegas (all times local):...



Senate commerce leader confronts Apple about iPhone slowdown

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:08:06 GMT2018-01-10T21:08:06Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The chairman of the U.S. Senate's commerce committee wants Apple to lift the veil on its once-secret slowdown of older iPhones....



Behind the smart gadgets, Amazon and Google are waging war

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:55:14 GMT2018-01-10T20:55:14Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The flash of the CES technology show in Las Vegas is all about robots, drones and smart gadgets. But its subtext is all about Google versus Amazon....



The Latest: Worries remain over major security flaw in chips

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:20:03 GMT2018-01-10T19:20:03Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Latest on the CES technology show in Las Vegas (all times local):...



Reports: AT&T drops plan to sell Huawei smartphone in US

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:21:44 GMT2018-01-10T07:21:44Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. telecoms carrier AT&T has dropped plans to sell Chinese brand Huawei's smartphones in the United States, dealing a setback to the No. 3 global phone maker's expansion plans, according to news reports....



Microsoft s

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:39:15 GMT2018-01-10T00:39:15Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Microsoft has temporarily stopped fixing a serious security flaw on personal computers powered by certain chips from Advanced Micro Devices because the repair is crippling the affected machines....



Lawmakers demand probe into Intel CEO's stock sales

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:18:35 GMT2018-01-10T00:18:35Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Two U.S. lawmakers are asking federal regulators to open an investigation into stock sales that reaped a $25 million profit for Intel's CEO several weeks before the company disclosed a serious security flaw threatening millions of computers, phones and other devices....



The Latest: Toyota cars to integrate Amazon voice assistant

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 22:05:18 GMT2018-01-09T22:05:18Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Latest on the CES technology show in Las Vegas (all times local):...



Slack down? You might get some work done!

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 21:40:17 GMT2018-01-09T21:40:17Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Twitter jokers had a field day Tuesday with a widespread outage suffered by the work-focused messaging service Slack....



France investigating Apple's secret slowdown of old iPhones

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 21:13:26 GMT2018-01-09T21:13:26Z

PARIS (AP) -- French authorities have opened an investigation into Apple over revelations it secretly slowed down older versions of its iPhones, the Paris prosecutor's office said Tuesday....



Government reps join private businesses at CES tech show

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:23:08 GMT2018-01-09T17:23:08Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The annual CES gadget show in Las Vegas is no longer just about private businesses showing off their latest technological wizardry....



Take this job and shiver it: Chilly offices plague workers

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:09:44 GMT2018-01-09T15:09:44Z

Two long-sleeved shirts, a sweater, a fleece jacket, two scarves and two pairs of socks....



Intel CEO: Fixes on the way for serious chip security flaws

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:50:31 GMT2018-01-09T12:50:31Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Intel has big plans to steer toward new business in self-driving cars, virtual reality and other cutting-edge technologies. But first it has to pull out of a skid caused by a serious security flaw in its processor chips, which undergird many of the world's smartphones and personal computers....