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Facebook's ads just keep creeping into new apps

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:55:08 GMT2017-07-26T21:55:08Z

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....

Now hiring at Amazon: Thousands of people in 1 day

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:39:34 GMT2017-07-26T20:39:34Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon plans to make thousands of job offers in just one day as it holds a giant job fair next week at nearly a dozen warehouses across the U.S....

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....

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....

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....

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....

Whole Foods sales struggle shows Amazon buying a fixer-upper

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:32:21 GMT2017-07-26T20:32:21Z

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Amazon is set to have a fixer-upper on its hands, with Whole Foods reporting that a key sales figure declined again....

Experts: Software theft shows threat of mercenary hackers

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:23:01 GMT2017-07-26T21:23:01Z

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- On an October morning in 2012, the system administrator of a tiny Vermont defense contractor arrived at work to find the business' computers had been hacked and a sophisticated software program stolen. Prosecutors later concluded the thieves were a group of Iranians who sold the software to organizations within the Iranian government....

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....

Authorities warn virtual kidnapping scams are on the rise

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:44:07 GMT2017-07-26T06:44:07Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The caller who rang Valerie Sobel's cellphone had a horrifying message: "We have Simone's finger. Do you want to see the rest of her in a body bag?"...