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Gov't proposal envisions phone calls on airline flights

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:14:08 GMT2016-12-09T01:14:08Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Airlines could let passengers make in-flight phone calls using Wi-Fi under a proposal from federal regulators....



Apple chief Tim Cook picked to give MIT commencement speech

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:31:55 GMT2016-12-09T00:31:55Z

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has chosen Apple CEO Tim Cook to deliver its 2017 commencement address....



Navy's futuristic-looking USS Zumwalt arrives in homeport

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:09:44 GMT2016-12-08T20:09:44Z

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The U.S. Navy's biggest, most expensive and most technologically advanced destroyer arrived at its homeport on Thursday after a nearly four-month transit that included some hiccups, such as a high-profile breakdown in the Panama Canal....



Banking on change: Tech startups target financial services

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:14:12 GMT2016-12-08T19:14:12Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- It may not be much longer before bank branches join video-rental stores and record shops as relics of a bygone era....



Sandberg: False stories on Facebook didn't sway election

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:39:44 GMT2016-12-08T18:39:44Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg says she doesn't think misinformation spread on the social media platform swayed the election in favor of President-elect Donald Trump....



German intel agency: Russia is trying to destabilize Germany

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:50:41 GMT2016-12-08T12:50:41Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Russia is trying to destabilize German society with propaganda and cyberattacks ahead of the country's general election, Germany's domestic intelligence agency said Thursday....



Black employees file discrimination suit against CNN, Turner

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:19:12 GMT2016-12-07T22:19:12Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Current and former black employees of Time Warner, owner of Turner networks including CNN, TNT and TBS, have filed a class-action racial discrimination suit against the company....



Innovation or monopoly? Panel looks at ATT-Time Warner deal

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:04:26 GMT2016-12-07T19:04:26Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators questioning the logic of a proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner turned their focus to the nickels and dimes of the issue, at least as to how the $85.4 billion mega-deal would affect Americans. OK, you say this huge merger will enhance, not quash, competition and benefit consumers. Will it actually reduce prices that consumers pay?...



6 ways to keep phone charges low during international travel

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:15:16 GMT2016-12-07T16:15:16Z

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) -- It's a sure-fire way to dampen the holiday cheers: Spend a week on a dream vacation abroad, then come back to find an additional several hundred dollars on your cellphone bill....



Car company offering red light-reading vehicles in Las Vegas

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:18:11 GMT2016-12-07T08:18:11Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- On the theory that a driver who knows when a red light will turn green is more relaxed and aware, vehicle manufacturer Audi is unveiling this week in Las Vegas a technology that enables vehicles to "read" traffic signals ahead and tell the motorist how long the wait will be....



Drake

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:36:23 GMT2016-12-07T03:36:23Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Drake was all over Apple Music this year, so perhaps no surprise the rapper tops the iTunes music lists as well....



High court sides with Samsung in patent dispute with Apple

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:52:04 GMT2016-12-07T00:52:04Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court unanimously sided with smartphone maker Samsung on Tuesday in its high-profile patent dispute with Apple over design of the iPhone....



Apple pays $450,000 for alleged hazardous waste violations

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:38:55 GMT2016-12-07T00:38:55Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple is paying $450,000 to settle allegations that the iPhone maker operated and closed two hazardous-waste processing plants without submitting the proper paperwork to California environmental regulators....



Q&A: A look at Trump's call to cancel new Air Force One

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:57:11 GMT2016-12-06T22:57:11Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he would cancel Boeing's contract to build a new fleet of presidential aircraft to replace the aging models that shuttle the president around the world. He cited "out of control" costs of more than $4 billion in a tweet that ended with "Cancel order!"...



Q&A: A look at Trump's call to cancel new Air Force 1

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:36:45 GMT2016-12-06T19:36:45Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he would cancel Boeing's contract to build a new fleet of presidential aircraft to replace the aging Reagan-era models that currently shuttle the president around the world. Trump cited "out of control" costs of more than $4 billion in a tweet that ended with "Cancel order!"...



Survey: Parents binge on media, say they're good role models

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:37:06 GMT2016-12-06T18:37:06Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Parents spend more than nine hours a day with TVs, computers and other screen devices while also giving themselves high marks as role models for their children's media use, according to a survey released Tuesday....



Google hits renewable energy goal in quest to pare pollution

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:16:24 GMT2016-12-06T15:16:24Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google is crossing a milestone in its quest to reduce pollution caused by its digital services that devour massive amounts of electricity....



Tech companies move to target terrorist propaganda online

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:29:16 GMT2016-12-06T08:29:16Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online....



Prosecutor's office paid bitcoin ransom in cyberattack

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:56:29 GMT2016-12-05T23:56:29Z

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A state prosecutor's office in Pennsylvania was among hundreds of thousands of victims of a now-shuttered international cybercrime operation, paying nearly $1,400 in a bitcoin ransom to free up its infected computer network, authorities disclosed Monday....



Worker pleads guilty to snooping on emails for stock deals

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:32:32 GMT2016-12-05T22:32:32Z

SEATTLE (AP) -- A former information technology worker at Expedia Inc. pleaded guilty Monday to securities fraud after authorities said he used his access to the computers of top executives to rummage through their email, then made lucrative, illegal stock trades based on the inside information he discovered....



New VW firm to focus on mobility services like ride sharing

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:16:47 GMT2016-12-05T16:16:47Z

LONDON (AP) -- Volkswagen is launching a new company dedicated to car sharing and other "mobility services" in which people may need a ride but don't necessarily want to own the car....



US, China, EU, others fail to reach environmental goods deal

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:48:29 GMT2016-12-04T21:48:29Z

GENEVA (AP) -- Forty-six countries including the U.S., China and European Union nations failed Sunday to agree on a list of "environmental goods" like solar-powered air conditioners or LED light bulbs that could see lower tariffs....



Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:14:49 GMT2016-12-03T12:14:49Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A presidential commission on Friday made 16 urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, including creating a nutritional-type label to help consumers shop wisely and appointing a new international ambassador on the subject - weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office....



FCC: AT&T, Verizon shouldn't exempt own apps from data caps

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:46:22 GMT2016-12-02T21:46:22Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. regulators are calling out AT&T and Verizon for exempting their own video apps from data caps on customers' cellphones....



1st US offshore wind farm to begin production within days

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:36:20 GMT2016-12-02T18:36:20Z

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- There has been a hiccup at the nation's first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power....



German Parliament chief to OK probe of WikiLeaks documents

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:02:15 GMT2016-12-02T15:02:15Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The speaker of the German Parliament is planning to approve a criminal investigation into the leak of confidential documents relating to U.S. intelligence activities in the country....



Denmark files charges against Uber over 'illegal' business

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:22:35 GMT2016-12-02T10:22:35Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Danish prosecutors have filed charges against Uber's European regional hub in the Netherlands with "helping to commit illegalities."...



Russia warns of planned cyber attacks on its banks

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:03:20 GMT2016-12-02T08:03:20Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's main domestic security agency says unspecified foreign special services are plotting a series of cyber attacks aimed at destabilizing the nation's financial system....



Self-driving truck hits the road for debut on Ohio Turnpike

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:23:12 GMT2016-12-01T19:23:12Z

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A self-driving big rig is rolling down the Ohio Turnpike for the first time....



Police make 5 arrests in 'unprecedented' cybercrime takedown

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:29:01 GMT2016-12-01T18:29:01Z

PARIS (AP) -- U.S. and European officials say they've knocked out a cybercrime group accused of inflicting hundreds of millions of dollars in losses worldwide, putting five key suspects in custody....



Nation's largest solar installer to open Florida facility

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:38:06 GMT2016-12-01T17:38:06Z

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The largest U.S. solar panel installer is moving into Florida's residential market after the state's voters last month rejected a utility-backed ballot measure that critics said would make going solar more expensive....



Twitter accounts of Indian opposition party hacked

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:11:25 GMT2016-12-01T12:11:25Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Indian police are investigating hackers who infiltrated Twitter accounts belonging to the opposition Congress party and sent out a barrage of abusive posts....



EU wants to make e-books, e-newspapers cheaper

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:07:04 GMT2016-12-01T12:07:04Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union wants to apply the same sales tax rules for digital books and newspapers as their print versions, in a move that would bring down the price of electronic publications....



China's iQIYI and Sony to produce online series in Mandarin

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:46:06 GMT2016-12-01T11:46:06Z

BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese online video site announced Thursday it will be working with Sony Pictures Television to produce a Mandarin-language action thriller series for online viewers....



Reddit cracks down on 'most toxic users' of pro-Trump forum

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:33:05 GMT2016-12-01T11:33:05Z

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has announced a plan to crack down on the "most toxic users" of a forum on the site used to discuss President-elect Donald Trump....



Woman sentenced for trying to frame ex through Facebook

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 02:33:33 GMT2016-12-01T02:33:33Z

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A woman who created a phony Facebook profile of her ex-boyfriend in order to frame the Southern California man for stalking has been sentenced to a year in jail....



IRS seeks names of virtual currency users in tax probe

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 02:27:10 GMT2016-12-01T02:27:10Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The IRS obtained a court order Wednesday allowing it to seek the names of people who may have failed to pay taxes on virtual currency exchanged through a San Francisco company....



Wacky gifts for the tech-savvy person who has everything

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:17:28 GMT2016-11-30T21:17:28Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The latest technology can make for an easy holiday gift, but when it comes to the ultra-tech-savvy people in your life, finding a cool gadget they don't already own can be tough....



Binge watching on Netflix no longer requires internet access

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:10:25 GMT2016-11-30T19:10:25Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Netflix subscribers can now binge on many of their favorite shows and movies even when they don't have an internet connection....



Facebook adds free games like 'Pac-Man' to Messenger app

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:42:10 GMT2016-11-29T19:42:10Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- You can now play "Pac-Man" with your Facebook Messenger buddies....



UK bill requiring firms to store Web histories becomes law

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:04:08 GMT2016-11-29T14:04:08Z

LONDON (AP) -- A contentious internet surveillance bill that creates databases of Britons' online activity has become law - though the government says some of its provisions still need "extensive testing" before taking effect....



Top German spy warns of political cyberattacks, Russia links

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:28:25 GMT2016-11-29T13:28:25Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's foreign intelligence chief is warning of cyberattacks aimed at political destabilization as the country prepares for an election next year, and says evidence suggests Russian involvement in hacking during the U.S. campaign....



Samsung to boost dividends, review corporate structure

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 04:21:18 GMT2016-11-29T04:21:18Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics said Tuesday it will increase shareholder returns and review its corporate structure as investors step up pressure to reform the South Korean tech giant's governance structure following the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco....



DirecTV wants to be the next online substitute for cable

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:27:48 GMT2016-11-29T01:27:48Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- There are already a few online services that aim to replace cable, but they haven't attracted many users yet. AT&T's DirecTV hopes to change that with a new service announced Monday....



San Francisco's public railway system hit by hackers

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:27:30 GMT2016-11-29T00:27:30Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Some passengers on San Francisco's public railway enjoyed free rides during part of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend after hackers infiltrated hundreds of its workers' computers and email accounts....



Chevy Bolt isn't stylish, but GM is pushing its practicality

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:11:45 GMT2016-11-28T18:11:45Z

DETROIT (AP) -- The executive in charge of marketing the new electric Chevrolet Bolt keeps coming back to one word....



World students face off in robot games in India

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:16:05 GMT2016-11-28T11:16:05Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Whizzing around a green felt table chasing a soccer ball beaming infrared light, the boxy robot shoots - and scores - and wins its Taiwanese teenage creators first prize at this year's student robot games....



Trump Tower becomes 'Dump Tower' on Google Maps

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:20:16 GMT2016-11-27T21:20:16Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Someone renamed Donald Trump's midtown Manhattan building on Google Maps, and the new moniker isn't very flattering....



Upstate NY towns embroiled in fight over tall wind turbines

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 17:30:09 GMT2016-11-27T17:30:09Z

Clean energy and environmental interests usually go hand in hand. But in western New York, they are battling over plans to build dozens of wind turbines that could be among the nation's tallest, rising 600 feet above the scenic shores of Lake Ontario....



Tech solutions to tackle overfishing, labor abuse at sea

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 06:29:40 GMT2016-11-26T06:29:40Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- Fishing boats used high-tech systems to find vast schools of fish for decades, depleting stocks of some species and leading to the complete collapse of others. Now more than a dozen apps, devices and monitoring systems aimed at tracking unscrupulous vessels and the seafood they catch are being rolled out - high-tech solutions some say could also help prevent labor abuse at sea....



Report: Russian propaganda effort spread fake news

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:06:56 GMT2016-11-25T21:06:56Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new report suggests a "sophisticated" Russian propaganda campaign helped flood social media with fake news stories leading up to the presidential election....



Senior charged in cyberattack on Pennsylvania schools

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:47:13 GMT2016-11-25T13:47:13Z

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- A senior has been charged with launching a cyberattack on her western Pennsylvania high school that wound up disrupting more than a dozen school district computer systems....