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ICYMI: California withdraws 'text tax' after FCC ruling

Dec. 17, 2018 5:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators have canceled a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones. The California Public Utilities Commission reversed course after a Federal Communications Commission ruling last week classified text messaging as an information service and not a...

Report: Russia still using social media to roil US politics

Dec. 18, 2018 12:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's sweeping political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media was more far-reaching than originally thought, with troll farms working to discourage black voters and "blur the lines between reality and fiction" to help elect Donald Trump in 2016, according to reports released...

Gift Guide: Some tech gadgets that actually fill a real need

Dec. 17, 2018 11:37 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes you can sense that tech products are striving to solve problems that are manufactured by their manufacturers. Smartwatches, for instance, have long been a nifty idea — but they've offered few tangible benefits for anyone but health and fitness enthusiasts. That's why it's...

Next-generation of GPS satellites are headed to space

Dec. 16, 2018 5:19 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. But some of their most highly touted features will not be fully available until 2022 or later because of problems in a companion...

Executive's arrest, security worries stymie Huawei's reach

Dec. 16, 2018 8:31 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — While a Huawei executive faces possible U.S. charges over trade with Iran, the Chinese tech giant's ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries abroad. Australia and New Zealand have barred Huawei Technologies Ltd. as a supplier for fifth-generation...

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Settlement requires 'anti-hate training' for internet troll

Dec. 18, 2018 11:22 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — An internet troll who harassed a black college student with racist messages on social media has agreed to a court settlement requiring him to get "anti-hate training," apologize in writing and on video and publicly renounce white supremacy. Tuesday's settlement agreement would...

The Latest: Elon Musk allows rides on underground tunnel

Dec. 18, 2018 11:16 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Elon Musk's underground tunnel (all times local): 8 p.m. Elon Musk has unveiled his underground transportation tunnel, allowing invited guests to take some of the first rides ever on the tech entrepreneur's solution to "soul-destroying traffic." Guests boarded Musk's Tesla...

Elon Musk unveils underground tunnels, offers rides to VIPs

Dec. 18, 2018 11:15 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube — the tech entrepreneur's answer to what he calls "soul-destroying traffic." Guests...

Aurora police test tool that shoots rope to restrain people

Dec. 18, 2018 9:38 PM EST

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police department is testing a new device that restrains suspects by shooting a Kevlar rope that wraps tightly around the person's body. The Beacon-News reports officers from the Aurora police department are trying out the hand-held device, which is considered an...

Need some milk? Driverless cars start delivering groceries

Dec. 18, 2018 9:04 PM EST

The nation's largest grocery chain stepped into the driverless delivery market Tuesday, bringing milk, eggs and other items to a customer's home in a vehicle with nobody at the wheel. Although limited to delivering within about a mile (1.5 kilometers) of one Arizona supermarket owned by Kroger Co., it represents...

Google, Facebook to pay $450K for Washington state violation

Dec. 18, 2018 8:13 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Google and Facebook have agreed to pay $455,000 to settle allegations that they failed to keep proper records about who was paying for campaign ads on their sites, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday. Google will pay $217,000 and Facebook will pay $238,000 in response...

Huawei calls on US, others to show proof of security risk

Dec. 18, 2018 7:57 PM EST

DONGGUAN, China (AP) — The chairman of Huawei challenged the United States and other governments to provide evidence for claims the Chinese tech giant is a security risk as the company launched a public relations effort to defuse fears that threaten its role in next-generation communications. Talking to...

Uber approved to resume autonomous car tests in Pittsburgh

Dec. 18, 2018 7:12 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has approved Uber's request to resume testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads in the Pittsburgh area. The approval, effective Monday and lasting for one year, comes about nine months after one of Uber's autonomous test vehicles hit and...

Launch of next generation GPS satellite postponed for 1 day

Dec. 18, 2018 6:54 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The launch of a new GPS satellite was postponed for one day Tuesday because of an unspecified problem with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will put the satellite in orbit. Liftoff was rescheduled for Wednesday at Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX said Tuesday's launch was scratched because of...

Social media and misinformation: It's a game of whack-a-mole

Dec. 18, 2018 6:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a high-stakes game of whack-a-mole with no end in sight. Social media companies are fighting an expensive and increasingly complex battle against Russian trolls who are using catchy memes, bots and fake accounts to influence elections and sow discord in the U.S. and beyond. This week,...