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Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 13:21:17 GMT2017-11-24T13:21:17Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centers in Germany and one in Italy walked off the job Friday, in a protest timed to coincide with "Black Friday" to demand better wages from the American online giant....



This computer game comes thanks to 2 Supreme Court justices

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:58:05 GMT2017-11-24T08:58:05Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court's first female justice, Sandra Day O'Connor, has helped teach millions of students civics through computer games created by an organization she founded. Now, with a push from the Supreme Court's first Hispanic justice, Sonia Sotomayor, the group has translated one of its games into Spanish....



Facebook opens 2nd office combating hate speech in Germany

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:41:18 GMT2017-11-23T14:41:18Z

ESSEN, Germany (AP) -- Facebook is adding 500 more contractors in Germany to review content posted to the social media site, after a new law came into force targeting online hate speech....



Twitter verboten? German parliament edict irks lawmakers

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:30:59 GMT2017-11-23T14:30:59Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's new parliamentary speaker is meeting resistance to his suggestion that lawmakers refrain from tweeting or snapping photos during sessions....



What happens once 'net neutrality' rules bite the dust?

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:50:53 GMT2017-11-23T00:50:53Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Federal Communications Commission formally released a draft of its plan to kill net-neutrality rules , which equalized access to the internet and prevented broadband providers from favoring their own apps and services....



Did you 'like' Russian propaganda? Facebook will clue you in

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:02:09 GMT2017-11-22T20:02:09Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook says it will show users if they followed or 'liked' Russia propaganda accounts on its service or on Instagram....



Austria: Bitcoins stolen over public wireless network

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:11:37 GMT2017-11-22T09:11:37Z

VIENNA (AP) -- Austrian police say cyber thieves transferred bitcoins worth more than 100,000 euros ($117,000) from a man's account while he was logged in on a restaurant's public wireless network....



FCC chairman sets out to scrap open internet access rules

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:02:33 GMT2017-11-22T02:02:33Z

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission set out Tuesday to scrap rules around open internet access, a move that would allow giant cable and telecom companies to throttle broadband speeds and favor their own services if they wish....



AT&T suit may herald a new antitrust era - or Trumpian pique

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:02:28 GMT2017-11-22T01:02:28Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Trump administration's decision to oppose the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger may be clouded by suspicions of political influence. But considered on its merits, it could mark a significant departure in antitrust policy, one that might block or modify a broader set of mergers found to harm consumers....



Meg Whitman steps down as HP Enterprise CEO

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:08:30 GMT2017-11-21T23:08:30Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Meg Whitman, who oversaw the breakup of one of Silicon Valley's pioneering companies, is stepping down as the CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co....



AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:13:49 GMT2017-11-21T22:13:49Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, on Tuesday unveiled a plan to undo the Obama-era rules that have been Politics or policy? Behind the dispute over AT&T-Time Warner

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:07:12 GMT2017-11-21T21:07:12Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T is vowing to fight the U.S. government to save its $85 billion bid for Time Warner, after the Justice Department sued to block the deal on grounds it could hike television bills and hamper innovation....



Hulu sued over lack of audio track for blind people

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:24:10 GMT2017-11-21T18:24:10Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Advocacy groups have sued Hulu in an effort to force the subscription streaming service to provide an audio track that helps people who are blind and visually impaired enjoy TV shows and movies....



China says ex-top internet regulator under investigation

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:25:01 GMT2017-11-21T15:25:01Z

BEIJING (AP) -- China's former top internet regulator and censor is being investigated by the ruling Communist Party's anti-corruption arm, the agency said Tuesday....



Volvo to supply Uber with thousands of self-driving cars

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:16:55 GMT2017-11-20T17:16:55Z

HELSINKI (AP) -- Volvo Cars said Monday it will sell tens of thousands of self-driving cars to Uber, which is expanding to become an operator and owner of its own car fleet....



Marvell Technology buying chip maker Cavium in $6B deal

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:43:20 GMT2017-11-20T13:43:20Z

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Marvell Technology has bid about $6 billion for Cavium in a cash-and-stock deal that would create a chip maker to compete with Intel and other giants in the industry....



Germany bans children's smart watches with listening app

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:23:21 GMT2017-11-18T14:23:21Z

BERLIN (AP) -- German regulators have banned certain types of smartwatches marketed to children, saying the devices have been used to listen in on school classrooms and run afoul of Germany's surveillance restrictions....



Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:10:06 GMT2017-11-18T13:10:06Z

BONN, Germany (AP) -- As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming....



New US weather satellite launched

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:59:21 GMT2017-11-18T12:59:21Z

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- An advanced U.S. weather satellite designed to improve the accuracy of extended forecasts has been launched into polar orbit from California....



Apple delays release of HomePod speaker until early 2018

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:48:39 GMT2017-11-17T19:48:39Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple is scrapping its plan to release its new internet-connected speaker in time for the holiday season....



Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:45:15 GMT2017-11-17T19:45:15Z

DETROIT (AP) -- After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs - and, more recently, solar panels - Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks....



UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on 'killer robots'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:59:05 GMT2017-11-17T17:59:05Z

GENEVA (AP) -- A U.N. panel agreed Friday to move ahead with talks to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, as human rights groups said governments are moving too slowly to keep up with advances in artificial intelligence that could put computers in control one day....



VW to spend $40B on electric cars, technology through 2022

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:38:16 GMT2017-11-17T13:38:16Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Volkswagen says it plans to spend more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) over the next five years on developing electric cars, autonomous driving and other new technologies....



Federal "extreme vetting" plan castigated by tech experts

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:23:04 GMT2017-11-17T01:23:04Z

Leading researchers castigated a federal plan that would use artificial intelligence methods to scrutinize immigrants and visa applicants, saying it is unworkable as written and likely to be "inaccurate and biased" if deployed....



FCC relaxes limits on owning newspapers, TV stations

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:28:26 GMT2017-11-16T20:28:26Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal regulators have weakened rules meant to support independent local media....



FCC weakens limits on owning newspapers, TV stations

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:26:31 GMT2017-11-16T20:26:31Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal regulators have weakened rules meant to support independent local media....



Phone companies get new tools to block spam calls

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:05:03 GMT2017-11-16T17:05:03Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Phone companies will have greater authority to block unwanted calls from reaching customers as regulators adopted new rules to combat automated messages known as robocalls....



European court rules against Greece over wiretap death

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:22:19 GMT2017-11-16T16:22:19Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A European court has ordered Greece to pay damages to relatives of a Vodafone telecoms executive who was found dead on the eve of the government's discovery of a major illegal wiretapping operation that had targeted the country's political and military leadership....



Kaspersky Lab releases report into upload of NSA documents

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:04:06 GMT2017-11-16T10:04:06Z

LONDON (AP) -- Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kasperksy Lab is releasing new details about how its software uploaded classified U.S. documents several years ago. The incident is at the center of a controversy over whether the company's popular anti-virus really works as described....



Amid global electric-car buzz, Toyota bullish on hydrogen

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:11:01 GMT2017-11-16T04:11:01Z

TOYOTA, Japan (AP) -- At a car factory in this city named after Toyota, the usual robots with their swinging arms are missing. Instead, workers intently fit parts into place by hand with craftsmanship-like care....



Cisco stock up on upbeat earnings, revenue growth forecast

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:14:28 GMT2017-11-16T00:14:28Z

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Shares of Cisco Systems Inc. rose in after-hours trading Wednesday after the internet gear maker reported better-than-expected earnings and forecast revenue growth after two years of decline....



California may limit liability of self-driving carmakers

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:13:41 GMT2017-11-15T22:13:41Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California regulators are embracing a General Motors recommendation that would help makers of self-driving cars avoid paying for accidents and other trouble, raising concerns that the proposal will put an unfair burden on vehicle owners....



Feds charge man they say worked for 'darknet' marketplace

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:02:22 GMT2017-11-15T21:02:22Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- An Illinois man who federal prosecutors say worked as a spokesman for a "darknet" marketplace for illicit internet commerce has been charged in Atlanta....



Twitter, BuzzFeed join for breezy online morning show

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:41:31 GMT2017-11-15T19:41:31Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Twitter and BuzzFeed initially planned to start their new morning show, "AM to DM," each weekday at 8 a.m. Then they considered their likely audience, and scheduled it for 10....



AP Exclusive: US scientists try 1st gene editing in the body

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:49:12 GMT2017-11-15T12:49:12Z

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to try to cure a disease....



Britain's cyber security chief warns of Russian interference

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:56:00 GMT2017-11-15T11:56:00Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's cyber security chief says Russian hackers are targeting the country's telecommunications systems, media and energy networks....



Extradition hearing for Russian cybercrime suspect postponed

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:52:27 GMT2017-11-15T11:52:27Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's Supreme Court on Wednesday postponed until December an extradition hearing for Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, wanted in the United States on charges of laundering billions of dollars' worth of bitcoin....



Rise in teen suicide, social media coincide; is there link?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:28:52 GMT2017-11-14T19:28:52Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens occurred at the same time social media use surged and a new analysis suggests there may be a link....



New internet TV service has $16 monthly tab and no sports

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:40:15 GMT2017-11-14T16:40:15Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The hook of the latest internet TV service is a low price and no sports....



Missouri attorney general investigating Google

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:52:05 GMT2017-11-13T18:52:05Z

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's attorney general announced Monday that his office is investigating Google for potential violations of the state's consumer-protection and antitrust laws....



Qualcomm rejects Broadcom's $103 billion offer

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:24:06 GMT2017-11-13T16:24:06Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Qualcomm rejected an unsolicited, $103 billion offer from Broadcom, saying that the proposal is significantly undervalued and that a tie-up between the massive chipmakers would face substantial regulatory resistance....



Water wizards: Dutch flood expertise is big export business

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 11:47:59 GMT2017-11-12T11:47:59Z

SPAKENBURG, Netherlands (AP) -- On a calm, clear morning, historic wooden fishing boats float tranquilly on the glassy waters of the Dutch harbor of Spakenburg. Yet just over a century ago, they were slamming through the houses lining the harbor as a powerful storm unleashed flooding that devastated this picturesque fishing village....



Water world: Dutch flood expertise is big export business

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 10:07:28 GMT2017-11-12T10:07:28Z

SPAKENBURG, Netherlands (AP) -- On a calm, clear morning, historic wooden fishing boats float tranquilly on the glassy waters of the Dutch harbor of Spakenburg. Yet just over a century ago, they were slamming through the houses lining the harbor as a powerful storm unleashed flooding that devastated this picturesque fishing village....