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US seeks to blacklist Chinese artificial intelligence firms

Oct. 8, 2019 7:13 AM EDT

The United States is blacklisting a group of Chinese tech companies that develop facial recognition and other artificial intelligence technology that the U.S. says is being used to repress China's Muslim minority groups. A move Monday by the U.S. Commerce Department puts the companies on a so-called Entity List...

Goodbye, iTunes: Once-revolutionary app gone in Mac update

Oct. 7, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's time to bid farewell to iTunes, the once-revolutionary program that made online music sales mainstream and effectively blunted the impact of piracy. That assumes, of course, that you still use iTunes — and many people no longer do. On iPhones, the functions have long been...

Crusading tech mogul aims to prove CEOs can be activists too

Oct. 4, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Salesforce founder Marc Benioff oversees a $130 billion software empire from a 62-story skyscraper that towers above everything else in San Francisco. But he sits uneasily in his lofty perch because of a worsening economic divide on the streets down below, where the lavish pay doled...

US authorities seek access to Facebook encrypted messaging

Oct. 3, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Attorney General William Barr and other U.S., U.K. and Australian officials are pressing Facebook to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages sent by ordinary users, re-igniting tensions between tech companies and law enforcement. Facebook’s WhatsApp already uses...

Insider Q&A: Venturing in the Midwest with a VC founder

Oct. 7, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jan Garfinkle is not your typical VC founder, and not just because she's a rare woman running a venture capital firm she founded nearly two decades ago. Though she hails from the Bay Area, she started Arboretum Ventures, a health care VC firm, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also serves as...

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Cybersecurity whiz: Combined threats endanger 2020 vote

Oct. 13, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

Alex Stamos served as chief security officer at Facebook for three years before joining Stanford University, where he studies internet security, including systems related to conducting elections. He warns that there's little the federal government can do now for the 2020 elections. And he laments the arrival of...

Big changes to grueling Special Forces course draw scrutiny

Oct. 13, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

CAMP MACKALL, N.C. (AP) — Deep in the dark North Carolina woods, a small white light flickers in the heavy underbrush. It's after midnight and a soldier is taking a risk by turning on his headlamp to find his way. The overnight land navigation test is just one hurdle in the grueling, monthslong course to...

China, Nepal sign deals for connectivity, security and trade

Oct. 13, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal and China signed 20 agreements on Sunday, including one on a trans-Himalayan railway, as Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up a two-day visit to the Himalayan nation. After talks in Kathmandu, Xi and Nepalese Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli witnessed the signing of 18...

Utah tech CEO reported missing in San Francisco Bay Area

Oct. 12, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The CEO of a Utah-based tech company has been reported missing during a business trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. Family members say Erin Valenti, head of Tinker Ventures, was last seen in Palo Alto on Monday. Her husband, Harrison Weinstein, wrote on Facebook that phone activity...

Army defends decision to close space, tech library

Oct. 12, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Army is defending a decision to close its historic 57-year-old space and technical library at Redstone Arsenal. Army officials said it was a joint decision made by interested parties. The Redstone Scientific Information Center, or RSIC, closed its doors Sept. 30, Al.com...

Anatomy of the phone call now imperiling Trump's presidency

Oct. 12, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There were dozens of ears listening to President Donald Trump's 30-minute phone call with the leader of Ukraine that is at the center of a House impeachment inquiry , and as many eyes that saw what he said. White House staffers, working in the secure, soundproof Situation Room in the West...

Facebook's Libra currency battered by defections, pushback

Oct. 12, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

Facebook faces a rough road ahead with Libra, but defections by high-profile partners are still unlikely to spell the end for the digital currency. On Friday, Visa and MasterCard announced their departures from the Libra project, as did e-commerce giant eBay and payments startup Stripe. Last week, PayPal became...

Companies welcome US-China trade truce, warn disputes remain

Oct. 12, 2019 3:22 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Companies have welcomed a U.S.-Chinese trade truce as a possible step toward breaking a deadlock in a 15-month-old tariff war, while economists caution there was little progress toward settling core disputes including technology that threaten global growth. President Donald Trump said...

Boeing, FAA both faulted in certification of the 737 Max

Oct. 11, 2019 8:52 PM EDT

A panel of international aviation regulators found that Boeing withheld key information about the 737 Max from pilots and regulators, and the Federal Aviation Administration lacked the expertise to understand an automated flight system implicated in two deadly crashes of Max jets. In its report issued Friday, the...

US-China issues of dispute remain vast despite trade truce

Oct. 11, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and China declared a temporary truce Friday in their 15-month trade war. Yet the grievances that led them to impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other's goods remain largely unresolved. The administration agreed to suspend a tariff hike on...