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New step to curb tech giants' power advanced by Senate panel

Jan. 21, 2022 12:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has taken a new step toward reining in the market dominance of Big Tech. Bipartisan legislation advanced by a Senate panel would bar the dominant online platforms from favoring their own goods and services over those of rivals. It could, for example,...

Chief justice: Technology helped courts adapt to pandemic

Jan. 21, 2022 11:52 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's courts have adapted well to the coronavirus pandemic with help from new technology, but the judicial branch is struggling with worker shortages, the state's top judge said Friday. Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican said the...

Texas sues Google over local radio ads for its smartphones

Jan. 19, 2022 19:19 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' attorney general on Wednesday sued Google, alleging the company asked local radio DJs to record personal endorsements for smartphones that they hadn't used or been provided. In the lawsuit filed in Montgomery County, Republican Attorney General Ken...

Ban on drivers holding cellphones heads to SC Senate floor

Jan. 19, 2022 19:03 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill that would make it illegal for drivers to hold a cellphone in their hands in South Carolina is heading to the Senate floor. The proposal passed the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday, moving a debate that has repeatedly failed in the House...

Felony charges are 1st in a fatal crash involving Autopilot

Jan. 18, 2022 14:42 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — California prosecutors have filed two counts of vehicular manslaughter against the driver of a Tesla on Autopilot who ran a red light, slammed into another car and killed two people in 2019. The defendant appears to be the first person to be charged with a felony in...

Lawsuit: Google, Facebook CEOs colluded in online ad sales

Jan. 14, 2022 16:41 PM EST

Newly unredacted documents from a state-led antitrust lawsuit against Google accuse the search giant of colluding with rival Facebook to manipulate online advertising sales. The CEOs of both companies were aware of the deal and signed off on it, the lawsuit alleges. The original,...

Report: Dozens of El Salvador journalists, activists hacked

Jan. 14, 2022 10:53 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Dozens of journalists and human rights defenders in El Salvador had their cellphones repeatedly hacked with sophisticated spyware over the past year and a half, an internet watchdog said Wednesday. Reporting on its latest findings about use of the Israeli firm...

North Dakota police confiscate then return reporter's phone

Jan. 12, 2022 17:42 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota police investigator violated state law by confiscating a local radio journalist's cellphone without a valid warrant and has been forced to return the device, the state's attorney general said Wednesday. Tom Simon, 62, who works for Williston...

Jury in Elizabeth Holmes trial hears replay of her boasts

Dec. 23, 2021 18:39 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Jurors in the fraud trial of former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes returned to the courtroom Thursday to listen again to audio recordings that captured Holmes' brash promises about vaunted blood-testing technology that propelled her meteoric rise and scandalous downfall. ...

Elizabeth Holmes' fraud case heads to the jury

Dec. 17, 2021 20:14 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The jury that will weigh 11 charges of fraud and conspiracy against former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes finally got the case Friday afternoon after a three-month trial that captivated Silicon Valley. The hand-off came after lawyers for the opposing sides...