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Tech companies banishing extremists after Charlottesville

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...

 

Apple CEO makes $2 million pledge to fight hate

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...

 

What major tech companies are doing on hate groups

NEW YORK (AP) — Major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a growing cadre of extremist groups and individuals in the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia. Civil rights advocates...

 

State Department email restored after worldwide outage

WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department email service has been restored after a nearly 12-hour worldwide outage hit its entire unclassified system. Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said service resumed slowly shortly after midday Friday and was...

 

Colorado debuts driverless truck to protect road crews

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's transportation agency began using a driverless truck on Friday that is designed to protect highway work crews from oncoming traffic. The truck is officially known as an Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle, but it is not re...

 

Hollywood's hacking pains are bigger than movie leaks

NEW YORK (AP) — Piracy is a long-running and even routine issue for Hollywood, whether it's street vendors hawking bootleg DVDs on street corners or video uploaded to file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay. Now cybercriminals are also putting embarrass...

 

Alleged Yahoo hacker in Canada agrees to extradition to US

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails agreed Friday to forgo his extradition hearing and go face the charges in the United States. Karim Baratov was arrested in Hamilton, Ontario, in March under the...

 

In US, factory jobs are high-tech, but the workers are not

NORWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Herbie Mays is 3M proud, and it shows — in the 3M shirt he wears; in the 3M ring he earned after three decades at the company's plant in suburban Cincinnati; in the way he shows off a card from a 3M supervisor, praising Mays...

 

Prosecutors seek records related to Inauguration Day protest

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internet company is fighting what it says is a "sweeping" request for information about an anti-Trump website that prosecutors allege was behind destructive Inauguration Day protests. The company says the government is seeking...

 

Judge orders LinkedIn to stop blocking data-scraping firm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered LinkedIn to stop blocking a startup company from scraping LinkedIn personal profiles for data. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen has sided with hiQ Labs, a San Francisco company that...

 

Ukraine rocket maker denies leaking know-how to North Korea

DNIPRO, Ukraine (AP) — The head of Ukraine's top rocket-making company on Tuesday rejected claims that its technologies might have been shipped to North Korea, helping the pariah nation achieve a quantum leap in its missile program. KB Yuzhnoye...

 

Changes in drone business take off in Kansas

Wichita, Kan. (AP) — A group of young military veterans with background in unmanned aircraft thought their services would be in demand when they formed a company in Kansas in 2014 to operate commercial drones. The company, Blue Chip UAS, was the... Full story

 

Facebook envisions Watch feature as TV for social media

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook envisions its new Watch feature as TV designed for social media, a place where users comment, like and interact with show creators, stars and each other — and never leave. It's a potential threat to Twitter, YouTube,...

 

Snapchat's not-growing pains are a boom for Instagram

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook once failed to buy Snapchat; ever since, it's tried to copy it, mostly without success. Until now. Facebook's Instagram Stories, a clear Snapchat clone, has more daily users than Snapchat itself — and parent company Snap...

 

Politicians blocking people on social media ignites debate

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An emerging debate about whether elected officials violate people's free speech rights by blocking them on social media is spreading across the U.S. as groups sue or warn politicians to stop the practice. The American Civil...

 

Surface tablets for officiating reviews takes hold in NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — Alberto Riveron sounds genuinely excited about the NFL's decision to use Microsoft Surface tablets for referees to watch replay. That procedure began in earnest with last week's Hall of Fame game between Dallas and Arizona. The tech...

 

Experimental defense unit funds new tech but faces skeptics

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — An Obama-era effort enlisting startup companies to come up with solutions to the military's toughest technological challenges is funding experimental drones, new cybersecurity technology and advanced communications systems...

 

Google CEO Pichai cancels 'town hall' on gender dispute

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Google CEO Sundar Pichai has canceled an internal town hall meant to address gender discrimination after employee questions for management began to leak online. Pichai said in an email to staff that several Google...

 

Leaked email shows HBO negotiating with hackers

BOSTON (AP) — Hackers this week released an email from HBO in which the company expressed willingness to pay them $250,000 as part of a negotiation over data swiped from HBO's servers. The July 27 email was sent by John Beyler, an HBO executive...

 

The TV-streaming paradox: Why you may miss the cable bundle

NEW YORK (AP) — The future of TV may well be a mishmash of streaming services that could rival the cost of a $100 cable bundle — but that are way more difficult to use. Disney's plan for two new streaming services (and possibly more) is just the...

 

What the Google gender 'manifesto' really says about Silicon Valley

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Five years ago, Silicon Valley was rocked by a wave of “brogrammer” bad behavior, when overfunded, highly...

 

Google gender debacle speaks to tech culture wars, politics

NEW YORK (AP) — The Google engineer who blamed biological differences for the paucity of women in tech had every right to express his views. And Google likely had every right to fire him, workplace experts and lawyers say. Special circumstances...

 

Fact vies with fantasy in 'Black Death' model kidnap case

LONDON (AP) — The man accused of kidnapping a British model in Italy painted a picture of big money, international intrigue and spine-chilling dealings as a member of Black Death, an organization selling drugs, guns and murder on the dark web. The...

 

Docs: Bomb threats suspect offered services on dark net

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. authorities say an American-Israeli Jew charged with threatening to bomb Jewish community centers and schools across the United States advertised his threat-making services on an online black marketplace — and he may have...

 

New supercomputer seen as big boost for science, Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — One of the world's fastest supercomputers is helping scientists better understand the sun's behavior and predict weather months in advance but also got touted Tuesday as an important tool for diversifying Wyoming's economy,...

 

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