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Spacewalking cosmonauts release 3-D-printed satellite

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:53:48 UT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking cosmonauts set free the world's first satellite made almost entirely with a 3-D printer on Thursday. In total, Russians Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy ended up releasing five nanosatellites by hand. One by one, the tiny craft — no more than 1 to 2 feet in size — tumbled safely away from the International Space Station. The exterior casing of the first one tossed overboard was made with a 3-D printer. So were the battery packs inside. Researchers want to see how 3-D-made parts weather the space environment. The 3-D satellite contains regular electronics.

Apple CEO makes $2 million pledge to fight hate

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:46:27 UT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is donating $2 million to two human rights groups as part of CEO Tim Cook's pledge to help lead the fight against the hate that fueled the violence in Virginia during a white-nationalist rally last weekend. Cook made the commitment late Wednesday in an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press. Cook also says he strongly disagrees with President Donald Trump's comparison between the actions of white nationalists and protesters opposing them. Cook believes equating the two "runs counter to our ideals as Americans," making him the latest prominent CEO to distance himself from Trump. Apple is giving $1 million apiece to Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.

Report: German-backed Arabic website blocked by Egypt

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:40:00 UT

BERLIN (AP) — German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle says an Arabic-language news and culture website it operates has been blocked in Egypt. A spokesman for Deutsche Welle says the broadcaster received initial reports earlier in the week that the site, , was unavailable to Egyptian internet users. Christoph Jumpelt told The Associated Press on Thursday that after conducting tests, Deutsche Welle concluded that the problem wasn't just a technical glitch. Qantara, which is also available in English and German, is intended as a platform for dialogue with the Islamic world.

Tech companies banishing extremists after Charlottesville

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:39:47 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — It took bloodshed in Charlottesville to get tech companies to do what civil rights groups have been calling for for years: take a firmer stand against accounts used to promote hate and violence. In the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia, major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a growing cadre of extremist groups and individuals for violating service terms. What took so long? For one thing, tech companies have long seen themselves as bastions of free expression. But the Charlottesville rally seemed to have a sobering effect.

Wisconsin Assembly set to approve $3 billion for Foxconn

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:18:10 UT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly planned to approve a $3 billion tax break Thursday for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state, a project President Donald Trump touted as a transformational win for the U.S. economy. Democratic critics in Wisconsin, who don't have the votes to stop the incentive package or the project, have questioned whether it's worth the cost. The tax breaks up for a vote Thursday would be the largest in state history and the biggest to a foreign company in the U.S. If built, the plant would be the first outside of Asia for liquid crystal display panels used in television, computers, medicine and other fields. Republican Gov.

HBO regains control of hacked social media accounts

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:27:06 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO says it has regained control of its social media accounts after the latest security breach to hit the entertainment company. The hacking group OurMine on Wednesday night took over several of HBO's Twitter accounts, including ones for "Game of Thrones" and John Oliver's show. The group posted that "we are just testing your security" and asked HBO to contact it for an upgrade. HBO said in a statement Thursday that "the infringement on our social media accounts was recognized and rectified quickly." It declined further comment. OurMine has a history of similar hacks showing companies' security vulnerabilities.

Gore to give keynote at US clean energy summit in Las Vegas

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:10:09 UT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore has agreed to be the keynote speaker at a national clean energy summit in Las Vegas this fall. Former Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval are co-hosting the Oct. 13 event. Reid launched the first summit 10 years ago, and Gore — who won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize — was the keynote speaker in 2009. Reid said that Gore is the "most prominent environmental activist in the world today." The ex-Senate majority leader says Gore will help lead a bipartisan conversation about the importance of developing clean energy to combat climate change at the October gathering with the theme "Integrating Innovation.

Turner is latest to plan sports streaming service

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:23:32 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Turner Sports is the latest TV company to announce a sports streaming service as traditional television companies chase millennial audiences. The service, expected next year in the U.S., has signed up European soccer with the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Higher-profile sports on Turner's TV channels, such as baseball and basketball, won't move to the new service. Instead, Turner is looking for new deals with content owners and leagues. Live sports get TV's biggest ratings and have helped keep customers hooked on the $100-and-up cable bundle. But it's getting easier to find sports online. Major sports channels come with cheaper, slimmer web versions of the bundle, like Sling and YouTube TV .

New Ford CEO says company will balance present with future

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:08:59 UT

DETROIT (AP) — The new CEO of Ford Motor Co. says the company isn't taking its eyes off the present as it prepares for transportation in the future. Jim Hackett, who replaced Mark Fields in May, says new mobility projects such as buying a shuttle company and the purchase of an artificial intelligence startup have not taken money from car and truck development. Responding to criticism from dealers and investors about an aging product lineup, Hackett says that more new vehicles are in the pipeline. Dealers don't know everything the company is planning, Hackett said in a brief interview with The Associated Press.

Hyundai unveils new fuel cell SUV with longer travel range

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:05:56 UT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor says its new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will travel more than 580 kilometers (360 miles) between fill-ups. The South Korean company said Thursday its second-generation fuel-cell SUV will be launched early next year. If delivered as promised, Hyundai's upcoming fuel cell vehicle will travel 40 percent farther than its first generation fuel cell SUV, the Tucson ix FCEV, launched in 2013. Fuel cell cars, emission-free like pure electric cars, can be refueled in two to three minutes unlike electric vehicles that can take several hours to fully recharge. But the dearth of hydrogen fueling stations is an obstacle for mass adoption.

Reverence for robots: Japanese workers treasure automation

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:59:21 UT

MORIYA, Japan (AP) — Thousands upon thousands of cans are filled with beer, capped and washed, wrapped into six-packs, and boxed at dizzying speeds — 1,500 a minute, to be exact — on humming conveyor belts that zip and wind in a sprawling factory near Tokyo. Nary a soul is in sight in this picture-perfect image of Japanese automation. The machines do all the heavy lifting at this plant run by Asahi Breweries, Japan's top brewer. The human job is to make sure the machines do the work right, and to check on the quality the sensors are monitoring. "Basically, nothing goes wrong. The lines are up and running 96 percent," said Shinichi Uno, a manager at the plant. "Although machines make things, human beings oversee the machines.

Neo-Nazi site's publisher says he's got no home on internet

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:12:12 UT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A neo-Nazi website's publisher said Wednesday that he has "effectively been completely banned from the internet" after mocking the victim of a deadly car attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. "Clearly, the powers that be believe that they have the ability to simply kick me off the internet," Andrew Anglin, who has published the site from an undisclosed location, complained to The Associated Press in an email. Access to The Daily Stormer had been sporadic since Monday, when Google canceled its domain name registration, making its IP address nearly impossible for internet users to locate.

Body scanners being piloted in Los Angeles subway system

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:32:15 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aiming to stay ahead of an evolving threat against transit systems worldwide, officials in Los Angeles are testing out airport-style body scanners that screen subway passengers for firearms and explosives. As commuters raced to get on their trains Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched a two-day pilot program. But officials quickly experienced a hiccup when a scanner being demonstrated Wednesday morning at Union Station malfunctioned before passengers could be put through the machine.

New tower fuels concerns over changing face of San Francisco

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:30:42 UT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 60 stories above the ground, construction workers climb makeshift stairs and cross narrow steel planks to put the finishing touches on Salesforce Tower, now San Francisco's tallest building. The $1.1 billion skyscraper has already changed the city's skyline, dwarfing old favorites like Coit Tower and the Transamerica Pyramid. Unlike in New York or Chicago, the new 1,070-foot (326-meter) high-rise is a gargantuan presence in San Francisco. But Salesforce Tower and a massive adjoining transit center also embody a larger transition in this liberal West Coast city — one that pits the technology industry against San Francisco's charming neighborhoods. Tech giant Salesforce.

Facebook bans white nationalist's accounts over hate speech

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:45:14 UT

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Facebook has banned the Facebook and Instagram accounts of a white nationalist who attended the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in deadly violence. Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja tells The Associated Press that the profile pages of Christopher Cantwell have been removed as well as a page connected to his podcast. Cantwell was featured in a Vice News documentary about the rally and its aftermath. Facebook has also removed at least eight pages connected to the white nationalist movement over what Budhraja says were violations on the company's polices on hate speech and organizations.