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UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on 'killer robots'
GENEVA (AP) -- A U.N. panel agreed Friday to move ahead with talks to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, as human rights groups said governments are moving too slowly to keep up with advances in artificial intelligence that could put computers in control one day....

Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions
DETROIT (AP) -- After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs - and, more recently, solar panels - Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks....

VW to spend $40B on electric cars, technology through 2022
BERLIN (AP) -- Volkswagen says it plans to spend more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) over the next five years on developing electric cars, autonomous driving and other new technologies....

Phone companies get new tools to block spam calls
NEW YORK (AP) -- Phone companies will have greater authority to block unwanted calls from reaching customers as regulators adopted new rules to combat automated messages known as robocalls....

FCC relaxes limits on owning newspapers, TV stations
NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal regulators have weakened rules meant to support independent local media....

Federal "extreme vetting" plan castigated by tech experts
Leading researchers castigated a federal plan that would use artificial intelligence methods to scrutinize immigrants and visa applicants, saying it is unworkable as written and likely to be "inaccurate and biased" if deployed....

California may limit liability of self-driving carmakers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California regulators are embracing a General Motors recommendation that would help makers of self-driving cars avoid paying for accidents and other trouble, raising concerns that the proposal will put an unfair burden on vehicle owners....

AP Exclusive: US scientists try 1st gene editing in the body
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to cure a disease....

Kaspersky Lab releases report into upload of NSA documents
LONDON (AP) -- Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kasperksy Lab is releasing new details about how its software uploaded classified U.S. documents several years ago. The incident is at the center of a controversy over whether the company's popular anti-virus really works as described....

Cisco stock up on upbeat earnings, revenue growth forecast
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Shares of Cisco Systems Inc. rose in after-hours trading Wednesday after the internet gear maker reported better-than-expected earnings and forecast revenue growth after two years of decline....

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Apple delays release of HomePod speaker until early 2018

Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions

UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on 'killer robots'

VW to spend $40B on electric cars, technology through 2022

Federal "extreme vetting" plan castigated by tech experts

FCC relaxes limits on owning newspapers, TV stations

FCC weakens limits on owning newspapers, TV stations

Phone companies get new tools to block spam calls

European court rules against Greece over wiretap death

Kaspersky Lab releases report into upload of NSA documents

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