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Paris hosts major climate summit _ and it's all about Trump

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:30:47 GMT2017-12-12T19:30:47Z

PARIS (AP) -- The global climate summit in Paris was designed to bypass Donald Trump, but the U.S. president ended up playing a starring role....



The Latest: Jerry Brown to Trump: "Get out of the way"

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:12:24 GMT2017-12-12T18:12:24Z

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on the climate summit taking place in Paris (all times local):...



Italian prosecutors seek to shelve Hacking Team breach case

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:05:01 GMT2017-12-12T17:05:01Z

LONDON (AP) -- Italian prosecutors want to drop their investigation into the 2015 breach of surveillance company Hacking Team, leaving a question mark over a dramatic release of material that exposed the global market for spy software and embarrassed intelligence figures across the world....



The Latest: Schwarzenegger urges students to think positive

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:33:42 GMT2017-12-12T15:33:42Z

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on the climate summit taking place in Paris (all times local):...



Comcast reportedly no longer in deal talks with Fox

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:32:41 GMT2017-12-12T00:32:41Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Citing a Comcast statement, the Wall Street Journal reported that the cable company is no longer in discussions to buy pieces of 21st Century Fox . That could open the door to a Disney bid....



Apple orchestrates deal for song-recognition app Shazam

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:00:49 GMT2017-12-11T20:00:49Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple has bought Shazam, the maker of a song-recognition app that Apple's digital assistant Siri has already been using to help people identify the music playing on their iPhones....



Bitcoin futures soar amid frenzy over virtual currency

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:33:25 GMT2017-12-11T18:33:25Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- Bitcoin's debut on a major U.S. exchange is a hit so far, with the price of the first-ever futures contract for the virtual currency rising 16 percent....



Talk of a bubble intensifies as price of bitcoin soars

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:40:25 GMT2017-12-11T15:40:25Z

Is bitcoin in a bubble?...



The Latest: Bitcoin futures soar in debut on major exchange

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:28:52 GMT2017-12-11T15:28:52Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Latest on the debut of bitcoin futures trading (all times local):...



As bitcoin soars, warnings of a bubble proliferate

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:15:14 GMT2017-12-11T14:15:14Z

Is bitcoin in a bubble?...



The Latest: Bitcoin futures soar in first hours of trading

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:06:33 GMT2017-12-11T09:06:33Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Latest on the debut of bitcoin futures trading (all times local):...



Insider Q&A: PayPal founder talks digital payments, bitcoin

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:06:14 GMT2017-12-10T17:06:14Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Max Levchin helped introduce the masses to the concept of a digital wallet when he co-founded PayPal in the late 1990s....



German intelligence warns of increased Chinese cyberspying

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:45:04 GMT2017-12-10T12:45:04Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency warned Sunday that China is using social networks to try to cultivate sources of information among lawmakers and officials, while Chinese hackers are increasingly attacking European companies through trusted suppliers....



Net neutrality fans speak up as FCC set to strike down rules

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:26:28 GMT2017-12-08T20:26:28Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Net neutrality is a simple concept but a dense and often technical issue normally discussed in tech and telecom circles. Now it's hit the mainstream....



Can better policies prevent workplace sexual harassment?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:20:02 GMT2017-12-08T17:20:02Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sexual misconduct happens at work not because companies don't publish anti-harassment policies, experts say, but because managers don't enforce them - and because people fail to apply them to themselves....



Music streaming giants Spotify, Tencent invest in each other

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:22:39 GMT2017-12-08T15:22:39Z

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Swedish music streaming service Spotify and Chinese internet company Tencent have struck a deal to take minority stakes in each other....



Blood test may help predict which breast cancers will recur

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:01:14 GMT2017-12-08T14:01:14Z

A blood test five years after breast cancer treatment helped identify some women who were more likely to relapse, long before a lump or other signs appeared, a preliminary study found....



New Jersey advances bill that would bar drunken drone flying

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:33:31 GMT2017-12-08T00:33:31Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- State lawmakers on Thursday passed legislation that would bar people from operating drones while drunk....



California sent fire danger text alert to 12 million people

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:05:15 GMT2017-12-07T23:05:15Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Millions of Southern Californians already dealing with a siege of destructive wildfires received an unprecedented text alert warning them to be ready for extreme fire potential early Thursday, but conditions turned out to be less dire than predicted even though strong Santa Ana winds were blowing....



Ohio awards $10M to boost opioid, addiction breakthroughs

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 22:38:30 GMT2017-12-07T22:38:30Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio awarded $10 million in grants Thursday to six companies and a university that have come up with innovative scientific ideas to address the national opioid epidemic....



Anheuser-Busch orders 40 Tesla Semi trucks

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:48:08 GMT2017-12-07T21:48:08Z

DETROIT (AP) -- Your beer could soon be delivered in a Tesla....



1st state opts out of broadband public safety network

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:00:58 GMT2017-12-07T17:00:58Z

CARROLL, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire is the first state to officially opt out of the nationwide public safety communications system known as FirstNet....



Bitcoin

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:18:32 GMT2017-12-07T16:18:32Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Bitcoin surged past $17,000 Thursday as the frenzy surrounding the virtual currency escalated just days before it starts trading on major U.S. exchanges. Bitcoin has gained more than $5,000 in just the past two days....



Internet betting firms settle suits over NYX acquisition

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:03:45 GMT2017-12-07T16:03:45Z

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Three gambling companies have agreed to end their legal battle over the proposed acquisition of NYX Gaming by Scientific Games....



Q&A: How is a bitcoin mined? A look at the virtual currency

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:28:25 GMT2017-12-07T15:28:25Z

LONDON (AP) -- A company in Slovenia that mines bitcoin says it has been hacked, for a potential loss of tens of millions of dollars....



New Jersey to vote on bill barring drunken drone flying

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 05:03:24 GMT2017-12-07T05:03:24Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote on legislation that would make it illegal to operate a drone while drunk....



Idaho fighting order to destroy wilderness wolf, elk data

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 23:10:13 GMT2017-12-06T23:10:13Z

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho officials are challenging a federal court order to destroy information collected from tracking collars placed on elk and wolves obtained illegally by landing a helicopter in a central Idaho wilderness area....



Lyft offers self-driving car rides in Boston

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:25:25 GMT2017-12-06T20:25:25Z

BOSTON (AP) -- The ride-hailing company Lyft is now sending self-driving cars to pick up passengers in a Boston neighborhood....



Here are your options if YouTube vanishes from Amazon gizmos

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:56:11 GMT2017-12-06T17:56:11Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Attention Fire TV owners: YouTube might soon disappear from your Amazon streaming device. But you'll still have options....



Greek high court to rule on Russian bitcoin suspect Dec 13

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:15:37 GMT2017-12-06T14:15:37Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, who is wanted in the United States on charges of laundering billions of dollars' worth of the virtual currency bitcoin, appeared Wednesday before Greece's Supreme Court for a hearing into his extradition to the U.S....



China dominates top Western economies in patent applications

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:54:44 GMT2017-12-06T13:54:44Z

GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N.'s intellectual property agency says China racked up a record 1.3 million patent applications last year, topping the combined total in the U.S., Japan, Korea and Europe....



Greek Supreme Court extradition hearing for Russian suspect

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:21:09 GMT2017-12-06T10:21:09Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, wanted in the United States on charges of laundering billions of dollars' worth of bitcoin, is appearing before Greece's Supreme Court for a hearing into his extradition to the U.S....



San Francisco to regulate delivery robots on city sidewalks

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:42:37 GMT2017-12-06T00:42:37Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Delivery robots in San Francisco will need permits before they can roam city sidewalks under legislation approved by city supervisors....



Google blocks YouTube on Amazon devices in escalating feud

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:59:49 GMT2017-12-05T23:59:49Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google is pulling its popular YouTube video service from Amazon's Fire TV and Echo Show devices in an escalating feud that has caught consumers in the crossfire....



The top retweets for 2017

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:29:32 GMT2017-12-05T19:29:32Z

A guy with an insatiable appetite for chicken nuggets and President Barack Obama are among those making the biggest splash on Twitter this year. Twitter on Tuesday released its top trending people and topics for 2017, ranging from sports, to politics, to Korean boy bands....



YouTube says over 10,000 workers will help curb shady videos

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:29:41 GMT2017-12-05T18:29:41Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- YouTube is hiring more people to help curb videos that violate its policies....



Dish CEO Charlie Ergen steps aside to focus on wireless

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:19:01 GMT2017-12-05T18:19:01Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Charlie Ergen, the founder of satellite TV company Dish, is stepping aside as CEO to focus on the company's wireless business....



Have you been 'pwned' in a data breach? Troy Hunt can tell

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:23:04 GMT2017-12-05T15:23:04Z

Troy Hunt has collected a trove of 4.8 billion stolen identity records pulled from the darkest corners of the internet - but he isn't a hacker....



Ireland to start collecting $15 billion in tax from Apple

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:13:26 GMT2017-12-05T12:13:26Z

LONDON (AP) -- Ireland has struck a deal with Apple to collect up to 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in back taxes and hold it in an escrow account pending an appeal before the Court of Justice of the European Union....



Facebook launches parent-controlled Messenger app for kids

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 03:10:56 GMT2017-12-05T03:10:56Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is coming for your kids....



AP FACT CHECK: Net-neutrality claims leave out key context

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:38:53 GMT2017-12-04T19:38:53Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Seeking to dispel "myths" about net neutrality, the Trump administration's telecom chief instead put out his own incomplete and misleading talking points when he suggested that internet providers had never influenced content available to their customers before neutrality rules took effect in 2015....



Documents: UK lawmakers flout explicit password-sharing ban

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:15:55 GMT2017-12-04T19:15:55Z

LONDON (AP) -- British lawmakers are flouting explicit instructions to lock their computers and not to share their passwords, documents obtained by The Associated Press show, a revelation that raises questions about the security of Britain's parliamentary network only months after a well-publicized email break-in....



Apple, Google at Chinese internet fest shows lure of market

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:27:18 GMT2017-12-04T14:27:18Z

HONG KONG (AP) -- The high-profile attendance of the leaders of Apple and Google at a Chinese conference promoting Beijing's vision of a censored internet highlights the dilemma for Western tech companies trying to expand in an increasingly lucrative but restricted market....



Facebook to add 800 jobs in London as it opens new office

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 12:26:21 GMT2017-12-04T12:26:21Z

LONDON (AP) -- Facebook is opening a new office in London, adding 800 jobs and creating the biggest engineering hub for the company outside the United States....



UK warns government agencies not to use Kaspersky software

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 12:35:15 GMT2017-12-02T12:35:15Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's cybersecurity agency has told government departments not to use antivirus software from Moscow-based firm Kaspersky Lab amid concerns about Russian snooping....



Gift Guide: Choosing a streaming device without overpaying

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:15:06 GMT2017-12-01T18:15:06Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Why watch video on a phone or a tablet when you can get a device for as little as $30 to stream shows on a big-screen TV?...



Tesla builds world' biggest battery in Australian Outback

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 06:27:27 GMT2017-12-01T06:27:27Z

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) -- The world's biggest lithium-ion battery has plugged into an Australian state grid, an official said Friday, easily delivering on Tesla Inc. chief executive Elon Musk's 100-day guarantee....



Google's phones and other gadgets have had a bumpy ride

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:34:25 GMT2017-11-30T20:34:25Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google, which prides itself on developing simple, intuitive software that seems to know what you want almost before you do, is finding itself in a very different world when it comes to its own phones and other gadgets....



Amazon pushes service that puts Echo in conference rooms

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:32:48 GMT2017-11-30T19:32:48Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Office workers who fumble through dialing into conference call numbers could soon have Amazon's Alexa start the meetings for them....



Wisconsin county settles suit over augmented-reality games

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:23:45 GMT2017-11-30T18:23:45Z

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee County plans to settle a lawsuit from an augmented-reality game developer that challenged an ordinance requiring developers to get local permits for apps like Pokemon Go to be played in parks....



Startup event in Finland puts spotlight on European tech

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:11:10 GMT2017-11-30T17:11:10Z

HELSINKI (AP) -- One of Europe's largest startup events opened Thursday in Finland, with 2,600 companies and 1,500 investors networking and negotiating funding, as the region looks to ramp up an industry that has long struggled to compete with the tech giants of the U.S....



What North Korean photos say about new ballistic missile

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:39:24 GMT2017-11-30T14:39:24Z

TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea released dozens of photos Thursday of the Hwasong-15, a new intercontinental ballistic missile it claims can reach any target in the continental United States. The photo dump, published in the paper and online editions of the ruling party's official daily, is a gold mine for rocket experts trying to parse reality from bluster....



Trump lashes out at wrong Theresa May on Twitter

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:20:26 GMT2017-11-30T11:20:26Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump initially responded on Twitter to British Prime Minister Theresa May's criticism of his retweeting of inflammatory anti-Muslim videos from a fringe British political group by directing his message to the wrong Theresa May....



Trump stokes anti-Muslim sentiment; censured in US, abroad

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 04:57:50 GMT2017-11-30T04:57:50Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stoking the same anti-Islam sentiments he fanned on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump on Wednesday retweeted a string of inflammatory videos from a fringe British political group purporting to show violence being committed by Muslims....



2 big Uber investors agree to sell shares in SoftBank deal

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 01:10:05 GMT2017-11-30T01:10:05Z

DETROIT (AP) -- At least two big Uber stakeholders have agreed to sell part of their private shares to a group led by Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank in a deal that lets investors cash out at a discount and could bring management stability to the troubled ride-hailing company....



Uber sinks deeper into trade-secret theft allegations

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:33:15 GMT2017-11-30T00:33:15Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A top Uber lawyer struggled to explain to a federal judge why the company reached a $7.5 million settlement with a former employee who accused it of stealing its rivals' trade secrets, even though Uber considered the allegations a bogus attempt at blackmail....



Snapchat seeks to attract more users by redesigning app

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 22:48:52 GMT2017-11-29T22:48:52Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Snapchat is separating what friends share and what media organizations publish in an attempt to appeal to a broader range of users....



Bitcoin surges past $10,000 threshold, only to plunge

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:57:15 GMT2017-11-29T20:57:15Z

LONDON (AP) -- The price of bitcoin surged through $10,000 on Wednesday, adding to its ten-fold jump in value this year and fueling a debate as to whether the virtual currency is gaining mainstream acceptance or is merely a bubble waiting to burst....



AP Explains: What is bitcoin? A look at the digital currency

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:06:15 GMT2017-11-29T20:06:15Z

LONDON (AP) -- The price of a single bitcoin has pierced the $10,000 level and some experts say it could rise further. The world's most popular virtual currency allows people to buy goods and services and exchange money without involving banks, credit card issuers or other third parties....



Facebook to give relief groups data on users' needs

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:19:06 GMT2017-11-29T18:19:06Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is giving disaster-relief organizations such as the Red Cross access to data on what users need and where they are as part of an expansion of tools available for relief and charitable giving....



Arkansas judge drops murder charge in Amazon Echo case

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:00:14 GMT2017-11-29T18:00:14Z

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- An Arkansas judge has dismissed a murder charge in a case involving evidence gathered by an Amazon Echo smart speaker....



That's cheating! Video-game companies suing crooked players

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:53:16 GMT2017-11-29T17:53:16Z

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A video-game maker is suing online gamers for designing or using computer code allowing them to crush competitors playing the popular "Fortnite" survival video game....



Trump's Muslim retweets draw fire from US and abroad

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:35:01 GMT2017-11-29T17:35:01Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump retweeted inflammatory videos from a fringe British political group Wednesday that purported to show violence being committed by Muslims, drawing quick condemnation from civil rights groups as well as a spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May....



Spanish taxis strike to protest Uber, Cabify services

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:17:14 GMT2017-11-29T16:17:14Z

MADRID (AP) -- Spanish taxis refused to pick up passengers in a one-day strike Wednesday against the increase in cars run by private companies offering cheaper, mobile ride-hailing services....



Supreme Court takes up case about privacy in digital age

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:14:15 GMT2017-11-29T14:14:15Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is taking up a case about privacy rights that could limit the government's ability to track Americans' movements in the digital age....



Microsoft plans to rebuild its headquarters

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:43:00 GMT2017-11-29T13:43:00Z

SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft says it's overhauling its longtime headquarters with an 18-building construction project that will make room for another 8,000 workers....



'Distorted news' deemed health issue in junta-run Thailand

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:20:19 GMT2017-11-29T11:20:19Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's military government says it is fighting a new threat to public health: distorted news reports....



Lawsuit seeks to block California desert water project

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 02:11:21 GMT2017-11-29T02:11:21Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Environmental activists sued Tuesday to halt a plan to pump water from beneath the Mojave Desert and sell it to Southern California cities and counties....



"Hacker-for-hire" pleads guilty to Yahoo breach

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 01:53:47 GMT2017-11-29T01:53:47Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A Canadian man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from a massive breach at Yahoo that authorities say was directed by two Russian intelligence agents and affected at least a half billion user accounts....



Lawmakers back bill to combat 'revenge porn'

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:46:01 GMT2017-11-28T23:46:01Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A group of bipartisan lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday to combat online sexual exploitation, just a week after the leak on social media of an explicit photo of a Republican congressman from Texas....



FCC head Ajit Pai goes after Hollywood, tech companies

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:44:39 GMT2017-11-28T23:44:39Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The head of the Federal Communications Commission defended his plan to undo the country's net-neutrality rules by bringing the culture wars to telecommunications policy....



Report: Drones more damaging than bird strikes to planes

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:05:02 GMT2017-11-28T23:05:02Z

Drones that collide with planes cause more damage than birds of the same size because of their solid parts such as motors and batteries....



Uber facing federal probe on allegations of espionage

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:07:06 GMT2017-11-28T22:07:06Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that Uber deployed an espionage team to plunder trade secrets from its rivals. The revelation triggered a delay in a high-profile trial over whether the beleaguered ride-hailing service stole self-driving car technology from a Google spinoff....



FBI deviated from its policy on alerting hacking victims

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:14:17 GMT2017-11-28T20:14:17Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI deviated from its own policy to notify victims of computer hacking when it left U.S. officials and other Americans in the dark about Kremlin-aligned attempts to break into their personal Gmail accounts, The Associated Press has learned....