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Facebook left millions of passwords readable by employees

Mar. 21, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook left hundreds of millions of user passwords readable by its employees for years, the company acknowledged Thursday after a security researcher exposed the lapse . By storing passwords in readable plain text, Facebook violated fundamental computer-security practices. Those call...

Top US general to meet with Google on China security worries

Mar. 21, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer will meet with Google representatives next week amid growing concerns that American companies doing business in China are helping its military gain ground on the U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that efforts like...

Mom with kids on YouTube channel suspected of child abuse

Mar. 20, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — A woman who operated a popular YouTube channel featuring kids is facing allegations she used pepper spray to discipline her seven adopted children, and locked them for days in a closet at their home outside Phoenix, authorities said Wednesday. Machelle Hobson's children had no food,...

Report: Slain Mexican journalist's widow targeted by spyware

Mar. 20, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The widow of a renowned Mexican journalist murdered two years ago was the target of an attempted spyware attack 10 days after his death, an internet watchdog group reported Wednesday. The Toronto-based Citizen Lab said the attempt to place Pegasus spy software targeted Griselda Triana,...

First artificial intelligence Google Doodle features Bach

Mar. 21, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is celebrating composer Johann Sebastian Bach with its first artificial intelligence-powered Doodle. Thursday's animated Google Doodle shows the composer playing an organ in celebration of his March 21, 1685, birthday under the old Julian calendar. It encourages users to...

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Boeing to make safety feature standard on troubled Max jets

Mar. 21, 2019 11:08 PM EDT

Boeing will make standard on its troubled new airliner a safety feature that might have helped the crew of a jet that crashed shortly after takeoff last year in Indonesia, killing everyone on board. The equipment, which had been offered as an option, alerts pilots of faulty information from key sensors. It will...

Top US general to meet with Google on China security worries

Mar. 21, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer will meet with Google representatives next week amid growing concerns that American companies doing business in China are helping its military gain ground on the U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that efforts like...

Facebook left millions of passwords readable by employees

Mar. 21, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook left hundreds of millions of user passwords readable by its employees for years, the company acknowledged Thursday after a security researcher exposed the lapse . By storing passwords in readable plain text, Facebook violated fundamental computer-security practices. Those call...

Cummings concerned about Jared, Ivanka private emails, texts

Mar. 21, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a powerful White House aide, did not preserve all of her official emails as required by federal law, and her husband, Jared Kushner, used a messaging application to conduct U.S. business outside government channels, the chairman of the House...

The Latest: New Zealanders to observe Muslim call to prayer

Mar. 21, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local): 10:30 a.m. People across New Zealand will listen to the Muslim call to prayer on Friday as the nation marks one week since a gunman attacked two mosques and killed 50 people. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern...

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Mar. 21, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

Technology companies powered a broad rally for U.S. stocks Thursday, snapping the market's two-day losing streak. Retailers and industrial companies also notched solid gains, which offset losses in financial stocks. Levi Strauss soared 32 percent as the storied jeans maker went public for the second time. On...

S&P 500 ends 2-day losing streak as tech leads stocks higher

Mar. 21, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

Technology companies powered a broad rally for U.S. stocks Thursday, snapping the market's two-day losing streak. Apple and chipmakers led the wave of buying, helping to drive the technology sector to an overall gain of 2.5 percent. The sector is up 21.1 percent this year so far, well ahead of the S&P 500's...

Markets Right Now: Tech leads US stocks broadly higher

Mar. 21, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. The stock market closed broadly higher, led by gains in Apple and other big technology companies. Apple rose 3.7 percent Thursday. The company has made several product announcements this week and has an event...

You dumped cable? Comcast hopes to reel you back in

Mar. 21, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast is launching an aggregated bundle of existing streaming-TV apps for $5 a month to appeal to cord-cutters. The new service, "Flex," available March 26, brings together apps that customers already pay for, like Netflix, Amazon's video or HBO, and free services like YouTube, Pluto and...

Vermont hospital email hack exposes info of more than 72,000

Mar. 21, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Officials at a Vermont hospital say the information of more than 72,000 people may have been exposed during an email hack. Rutland Regional Medical Center says the email accounts had information such as patient names, medical records and contact information, as well as more than 3,500...