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Running Twitter may be much harder than Elon Musk thinks

May. 11, 2022 13:09 PM EDT

On Tuesday, Elon Musk said he would reverse Twitter’s ban of former President Donald Trump, who was booted in January 2021 for inciting violence at the U.S. Capitol, should he succeed in acquiring the social platform for $44 billion. But the day before, the Tesla CEO also said he...

Face-scanner Clearview agrees to limits in court settlement

May. 09, 2022 14:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Facial recognition startup Clearview AI has agreed to restrict the use of its massive collection of face images to settle allegations that it collected people's photos without their consent. The company in a legal filing Monday agreed to permanently stop selling...

Frontier settles allegations over California internet speeds

May. 05, 2022 19:33 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission has approved a $69 million settlement with Frontier Communications over allegations the tech company misrepresented internet service speeds to customers in Riverside and Los Angeles counties, officials said Thursday. The deal...

An algorithm that screens for child neglect raises concerns

Apr. 29, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

Inside a cavernous stone fortress in downtown Pittsburgh, attorney Robin Frank defends parents at one of their lowest points – when they risk losing their children. The job is never easy, but in the past she knew what she was up against when squaring off against child protective...

Target Corp. pays $5 million to settle pricing lawsuit

Apr. 29, 2022 15:55 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target Corp. has agreed to pay $5 million to settle a California lawsuit alleging the retail chain changed prices on its mobile app after customers entered stores and charged them more than advertised. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Friday that the San...

Micron Technology is sued for alleged patent infringement

Apr. 28, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Bell Semiconductor has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against computer chipmaker Micron Technology. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court contends that Boise, Idaho-based Micron is using without authorization a process for making semiconductor...

Mexican court strikes down cellphone personal date registry

Apr. 25, 2022 20:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Supreme Court struck down on Monday a 2021 law that would have required cellphone companies to collect biometric data like fingerprints or eye scans from customers. The court ruled the law was too invasive of personal liberty, in comparison with any...

Big Tech faces 'major' EU law on hate speech, disinformation

Apr. 22, 2022 19:15 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Taking aim at hate speech, disinformation and other harmful content online, the European Union is nearing agreement on a sweeping law that would force big tech companies to police themselves harder, make it easier for users to flag problems, and empower regulators to punish...

State lawyer alleges Newsom interfered in Activision lawsuit

Apr. 14, 2022 20:27 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A lawyer for California's civil rights agency has resigned over what she alleged were undue attempts by Gov. Gavin Newsom and his office to interfere in a state lawsuit against video game giant Activision Blizzard. Bloomberg reported that Melanie Proctor,...

Ohio prisons ramping up fight against flow of contraband

Apr. 12, 2022 07:45 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — From X-ray body scanners to anti-drone technology, the state is ramping up efforts to keep contraband out of Ohio prisons as drugs and other illicit goods flood inside, even when visitation was curbed during the pandemic. The anti-contraband measures are aimed...