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Why you still can't ditch your cable box

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:23:18 GMT2017-07-27T18:23:18Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Not that long ago, the clunky cable box looked like it was on its way out. The federal government was pressuring cable companies to open up their near-monopoly on boxes to more competition, and industry leader Comcast promised apps that could render some boxes obsolete....



Greek police see leads in money laundering suspect's phone

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:16:38 GMT2017-07-27T14:16:38Z

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Greek police say a cellphone seized from a Russian man the U.S. wants extradited for allegedly laundering vast sums through bitcoin transactions should provide key data for the investigation....



Comcast

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:25:45 GMT2017-07-27T12:25:45Z

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Comcast is reporting second-quarter net income of $2.51 billion....



Why Twitter won't ban President Donald Trump

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:53:48 GMT2017-07-27T11:53:48Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Twitter has made it clear that it won't ban Donald Trump from its service, whether the president follows its rules against harassment or not....



Samsung poised to unseat Intel as king of microchips

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:36:22 GMT2017-07-27T10:36:22Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Intel's more than two decade-long reign as the king of the silicon-based semiconductor is poised to end Thursday when South Korea's Samsung Electronics elbows the U.S. manufacturer aside to become the leading maker of computer chips....



Samsung soars, sidestepping jailing of chief, Note 7 fiasco

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:07:59 GMT2017-07-27T08:07:59Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- No leader and scorched Note 7 smartphones? No problem....



Nokia reports loss, warns of decline in networks industry

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:45:41 GMT2017-07-27T07:45:41Z

HELSINKI (AP) -- Nokia continued to be hit by a decline in its core networks sector in the second quarter with almost flat sales, and cautioned Thursday that a weakening in networks would be greater than previously expected....



Amazon and Foxconn reflect a growing trend: Deliver it now

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:16:36 GMT2017-07-27T07:16:36Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In today's economy, speed is everything....



Samsung, surmounting legal woes, logs record profit on chips

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 04:04:57 GMT2017-07-27T04:04:57Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- After a tumultuous year when its chief was jailed and its fire-prone smartphones were recalled and then discontinued, Samsung Electronics has reported record high quarterly earnings thanks to booming demand for memory chips....



New York eyes textalyzer to bust drivers using cellphones

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 02:27:15 GMT2017-07-27T02:27:15Z

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Police in New York state may soon have a high-tech way of catching texting drivers: a device known as a textalyzer that allows an officer to quickly check if a cellphone has been in use before a crash....



At hacker summit, a new focus on preventing brazen attacks

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:17:52 GMT2017-07-27T00:17:52Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Against a backdrop of cyberattacks that amount to full-fledged sabotage, Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos brought a sobering message to the hackers and security experts assembled at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. In effect, he said, it's time to grow up....



Facebook's ads just keep creeping into new apps

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:28:23 GMT2017-07-26T20:28:23Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Scrolling through an ad-free Instagram is now a distant memory, much like the once ad-free Facebook itself. Soon, users of its Messenger app will begin to see advertisements, too - and WhatsApp may not be too far behind....



Pew poll: A quarter of blacks have been harassed online

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:47:04 GMT2017-07-26T18:47:04Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new study says African-American adults are facing more harassment online than other races and ethnicities in the United States....



Whole Foods' sales figure falls as Amazon deal looms

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:09:35 GMT2017-07-26T18:09:35Z

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Whole Foods is reporting another quarterly sales decline as it prepares to be acquired by online giant Amazon....



EU court: EU-Canada passenger data deal breaches privacy

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:14:49 GMT2017-07-26T16:14:49Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's top court said in a written opinion Wednesday that parts of a deal between the EU and Canada on sharing airline passenger data breaches citizens' privacy and the agreement cannot be concluded in its current form....



How scientists redesign DNA codes

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:35:51 GMT2017-07-26T14:35:51Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Scientists are working to create yeast that operates with custom-made DNA....



Swedish parties plan no-confidence vote over security leak

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:20:54 GMT2017-07-26T13:20:54Z

HELSINKI (AP) -- Sweden's left-leaning minority government faced a crisis Wednesday after a populist party said it would support four opposition parties in a no-confidence vote against it over one of the largest security breaches in the country....



Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:26:27 GMT2017-07-26T11:26:27Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here....



Italian bank says 400,000 loan account details hacked

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:36:14 GMT2017-07-26T10:36:14Z

MILAN (AP) -- The accounts of some 400,000 customers at Italy's largest bank have been hacked, with the loss of data on personal loans, but not account passwords....



Authorities warn virtual kidnapping scams are on the rise

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:41:46 GMT2017-07-26T06:41:46Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police and federal agents are warning that so-called virtual kidnappings are on the rise, and dozens of people already have found themselves terrorized into giving money to con artists....



Cyber staff: Wisconsin company offers to microchip employees

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:09:14 GMT2017-07-25T21:09:14Z

A Wisconsin company is offering to microchip its employees, enabling them to open doors, log onto their computers and purchase break room snacks with a simple swipe of the hand....



Snopes meets $500K crowdfunding goal amid legal battle

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:12:17 GMT2017-07-25T17:12:17Z

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Fact-checking website Snopes.com has quickly met a $500,000 goal set for an online fundraiser amid a legal battle with an outside vendor that Snopes says is holding it hostage....



Nielsen tries to quantify the Hulu, YouTube effect

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:38:02 GMT2017-07-25T16:38:02Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nielsen, the ratings service, announced Tuesday that it will begin to tabulate how many people get their live TV from Hulu and YouTube, an effort to provide a more accurate picture of how many people now watch broadcast networks by streaming them, rather than watching them on traditional TV....



Nielsen to count viewers for Hulu, YouTube live TV services

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:13:56 GMT2017-07-25T14:13:56Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nielsen will begin to tabulate how many people get their live TV from Hulu and YouTube, giving media companies and advertisers a better idea of how many people now stream broadcast networks rather than watching them on traditional TV....



Snopes launches online fundraiser amid legal battle

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:32:56 GMT2017-07-25T10:32:56Z

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Fact-checking website Snopes.com has launched an online fundraiser amid a legal battle with an outside vendor that Snopes says is holding it hostage....



In Google vs. the EU, a $2.7B fine could just be the start

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:22:46 GMT2017-07-25T00:22:46Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google's parent company Alphabet can easily afford the $2.7 billion write-down it's taking to cover a big antitrust fine in Europe. But it might find it harder to shrug off the rest of the European regulatory assault that's headed its way....



Google parent books $2.7B fine as European fight looms

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:22:20 GMT2017-07-24T20:22:20Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google parent Alphabet is taking a $2.7 billion write-down to cover a large fine EU antitrust enforcers assessed in June . While the search giant can shrug off the cost, uncertainty lingers over its ability to operate freely on the continent going forward....



Uber's airport service in Madrid under attack from town hall

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:45:15 GMT2017-07-23T10:45:15Z

MADRID (AP) -- The city of Madrid has asked Spain's anti-trust watchdog to investigate whether Uber's new airport transport service violates fair competition laws....



Robot finds likely melted fuel heap inside Fukushima reactor

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:32:11 GMT2017-07-23T00:32:11Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Images captured by an underwater robot showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant....



'Darknet' suspect's flashy cars raised eyebrows in Thailand

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:49:47 GMT2017-07-22T00:49:47Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- The neighbors had their suspicions....



Audi to update 850,000 cars as diesel recalls widen

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:30:20 GMT2017-07-21T18:30:20Z

BERLIN (AP) -- German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850,000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival Daimler as the auto industry tries to get ahead of public controversy over the technology....



Review: Amazon meal kits offer easy dinners _ for a price

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:07:08 GMT2017-07-21T16:07:08Z

SEATTLE (AP) -- Amazon's new ready-to-eat meal package is the perfect recipe for someone who doesn't have enough time to shop and cook, yet has a healthy appetite and a need for balanced meals....



Lyft forms own autonomous vehicle unit, will open network

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:08:05 GMT2017-07-21T15:08:05Z

DETROIT (AP) -- Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars.....



Russian parliament bans use of proxy Internet services, VPNs

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:54:45 GMT2017-07-21T11:54:45Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's parliament has outlawed the use of virtual private networks, or VPNs, and other Internet proxy services, citing concerns about the spread of extremist materials....



China announces goal of AI leadership by 2030

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:00:06 GMT2017-07-21T06:00:06Z

BEIJING (AP) -- China's government has announced a goal of becoming a global leader in artificial intelligence in just over a decade, putting political muscle behind growing investment by Chinese companies in developing self-driving cars and other advances....



Cops wage psychological warfare against online drug bazaars

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:09:24 GMT2017-07-21T04:09:24Z

HOUSTON (AP) -- In an innovative blow to illicit internet commerce, cyberpolice shut down the world's leading "darknet" marketplace - then quietly seized a second bazaar to amass intelligence on illicit drug merchants and buyers....



Microsoft 4Q gets boost from cloud computing

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:45:36 GMT2017-07-20T22:45:36Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Microsoft's cloud computing business helped boost its fourth-quarter revenue and earnings above Wall Street's expectations, further validating a strategy pushed by CEO Satya Nadella since he took over in 2014....



Musk says government likes plan for high-speed tunnels

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:04:33 GMT2017-07-20T19:04:33Z

DETROIT (AP) -- In a tantalizing Tweet, Elon Musk says he has "verbal government approval" to build a tunnel for high-speed transportation from New York to Washington....



Justice Dept. announces takedown of online drug marketplace

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:02:35 GMT2017-07-20T14:02:35Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Justice Department officials are announcing a takedown of an internet marketplace for drugs, counterfeit goods, weapons, hacking tools and other illicit items....



China clamping down on use of VPNs to evade Great Firewall

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:22:34 GMT2017-07-20T05:22:34Z

BEIJING (AP) -- China is clamping down on use of virtual private networks, or VPNs, in a move that foreign companies worry might disrupt their operations or jeopardize trade secrets....



Amazon's new social network is looking a lot like Pinterest

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:35:14 GMT2017-07-19T22:35:14Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Take Amazon Prime, mix it with Pinterest and add a dash of Instagram. The result is Amazon Spark , a new shopping-focused "social network" aimed at getting hardcore Amazon users to spend even more money with the e-commerce giant....



Russian man who helped develop Citadel malware gets 5 years

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:20:32 GMT2017-07-19T19:20:32Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- A Russian man who helped develop and distribute malicious software designed to steal personal financial information was sentenced Wednesday in Atlanta to serve five years in prison....



Amazon isn't technically dominant, but it pervades our lives

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:42:45 GMT2017-07-19T18:42:45Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon is already a huge part of many people's lives. And its $13.7 billion deal for the organic grocer Whole Foods will likely bind its customers even more tightly....



AP names Benjaminson as national news editor for beats

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:06:21 GMT2017-07-19T15:06:21Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Associated Press has named Wendy Benjaminson, a senior leader in its Washington bureau, to a role directing coverage of the cooperative's national reporting teams....



Uber banned from operating in Czech Republic's number 2 city

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:52:06 GMT2017-07-19T11:52:06Z

PRAGUE (AP) -- A court has once again banned Uber from operating in Brno, the Czech Republic's second-largest city....



Cyberattack on Ukrainian clinics, pharmacies worries experts

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:30:34 GMT2017-07-19T09:30:34Z

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The cyberattack that ripped through Ukraine on June 27 disrupted operations at several medical clinics and pharmacies, knocking out scanners and briefly leaving patients in limbo....



Afghan team among medal winners at global robotics event

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:26:33 GMT2017-07-19T07:26:33Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An international robotics competition in Washington attracted teams of teenagers from more than 150 nations. The team that drew the most attention at the FIRST Global Challenge, which ended Tuesday, was a squad of girls from Afghanistan who were twice rejected for U.S. visas before President Donald Trump intervened. But there were even more stories than there were teams. Here are a few:...



Hi Bixby: Samsung phone's voice assistant now speaks English

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:39:23 GMT2017-07-19T06:39:23Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics said its Bixby voice assistant for smartphones will start speaking English but only in two countries: South Korea and the U.S....



Ready-to-cook meals from Amazon in bid to expand groceries

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:59:08 GMT2017-07-18T19:59:08Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon has begun selling ready-to-cook meal packages for busy households in a bid to expand its groceries business....



Ericsson plans more cost cuts as shares plunge after poor Q2

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:57:41 GMT2017-07-18T17:57:41Z

HELSINKI (AP) -- Ericsson shares plunged more than 15 percent Tuesday after the Swedish mobile networks company posted a second-quarter loss on falling sales and warned that there was unlikely to be any improvement soon....



Daimler to recall 3 million vehicles to ease diesel doubts

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:48:52 GMT2017-07-18T17:48:52Z

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German automaker Daimler will voluntarily recall 3 million Mercedes-Benz brand cars with diesel engines in Europe to improve their emissions performance, the company said Tuesday, in the wake of widespread public debate over the future of diesel....



South Africa condemns taxi violence after Uber driver death

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:34:57 GMT2017-07-18T15:34:57Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's government has condemned what it calls tit-for-tat violence between drivers of metered taxis and those driving for companies that use ride-hailing apps, one day after an Uber driver died from injuries suffered in an attack....



Facebook has plans to expand New Mexico data center

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:48:36 GMT2017-07-18T12:48:36Z

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Social media giant Facebook is making good on plans to expand its high-tech data center already under construction in New Mexico....



China users report WhatsApp disruption amid censorship fears

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:24:17 GMT2017-07-18T12:24:17Z

BEIJING (AP) -- Users of WhatsApp in China and security researchers have reported widespread service disruptions amid fears that the popular messaging service may be at least partially blocked by authorities in the world's most populous country....



Samsung to recover rare metals, components in Galaxy Note 7s

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:40:30 GMT2017-07-18T06:40:30Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics plans to recover gold and other metals and components from recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to reduce waste....



Netflix still piling up viewers -- and big programming bills

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:01:03 GMT2017-07-17T23:01:03Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Netflix is pulling in new viewers and award nominations in droves, but the online video service still faces a long-term problem: Its acclaimed programming line-up is costing far more money than what subscribers pay for it....



Judge: Govt. asked Google for too much data in gender case

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:44:25 GMT2017-07-17T20:44:25Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- An administrative law judge has ruled that Labor Department officials investigating gender pay bias had asked Google for data in a way that's too broad and intrusive on employee privacy....



Somalia's internet returns after 3-week outage caused outcry

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:10:36 GMT2017-07-17T16:10:36Z

HARGEISA, Somalia (AP) -- Somalia's internet has returned after an outage of more than three weeks cost the Horn of Africa nation about $10 million a day, authorities said Monday....



Official: Kenya unlikely to shut down internet during vote

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:40:48 GMT2017-07-17T13:40:48Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's government is "unlikely" to shut down the internet during next month's presidential elections but some social media might be shut down as needed, government officials said Monday....



US to create independent military cyber command

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:10:12 GMT2017-07-17T07:10:12Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials say the Trump administration is pushing ahead with Obama-era plans to create an independent military Cyber Command in hopes of intensifying America's ability to wage cyberwar against the Islamic State group and other foes. Currently the cyber command, which was created in 2009, is essentially part of the National Security Agency. But the current plan would break it off into an independent command....



FBI's liaison to Congress cited for misconduct in Nevada

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:09:31 GMT2017-07-16T21:09:31Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The former top federal prosecutor in Nevada has been cited for misconduct in an 8-year-old sex discrimination case....



Facebook fighting court order over law enforcement access

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 19:31:48 GMT2017-07-16T19:31:48Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facebook is fighting a court order that blocks the social media giant from letting users know when law enforcement investigators ask to search their online information, particularly their political affiliations and comments....



Facebook fighting court order over secret government access

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 19:30:14 GMT2017-07-16T19:30:14Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Technology companies and civil liberties groups have joined Facebook in a fight over government access to social media accounts....



Teen charged in London acid attacks as UK plans crackdown

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:26:19 GMT2017-07-16T11:26:19Z

LONDON (AP) -- British police have charged a teenager with a spate of London acid attacks, as authorities considered whether tougher sentences would curb a spike in assaults with corrosive liquids....



Telegram blocks terror content after Indonesia threatens ban

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 03:47:50 GMT2017-07-16T03:47:50Z

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The encrypted messaging app Telegram is forming a team of moderators who are familiar with Indonesian culture and language so it can remove "terrorist-related content" faster, its co-founder said Sunday, after Indonesia limited access to the app and threatened a total ban....



Elon Musk talks cars _ and humanity's fate _ with governors

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 22:51:10 GMT2017-07-15T22:51:10Z

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Tesla CEO Elon Musk warned a bipartisan gathering of U.S. governors on Saturday that government regulation of artificial intelligence is needed because it's a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization."...



Coders to compete in national contest in Delaware

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:37:50 GMT2017-07-14T15:37:50Z

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- Up to 100 talented software creators are expected to converge on Delaware later this year for the final round of a nationwide coding competition....



AP Explains: Dispute could mean financial panic in bitcoin

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:22:49 GMT2017-07-14T15:22:49Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Got some bitcoin? An internal dispute over the digital currency could soon mean financial losses, whipsawing prices and delays in processing payments....



2 UK police forces team up to launch drone unit

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:20:48 GMT2017-07-14T12:20:48Z

LONDON (AP) -- Two British police forces have combined efforts to create what they say is the nation's first police unit dedicated to using drones....



Australia plans law to force tech giants to decrypt messages

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:48:08 GMT2017-07-14T03:48:08Z

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Australian government on Friday proposed a new cybersecurity law to force global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling encrypted messages sent by suspected extremists and other criminals....



Brazil foreign ministry hit by barrage of malicious emails

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 23:37:18 GMT2017-07-13T23:37:18Z

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Brazilian Foreign Ministry said Thursday that it was forced to disconnect from the internet for several hours after being bombarded by malicious emails....