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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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The Latest: Juggling marriage, kids and Nobel-winning work

Oct. 14, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the Nobel prize in economics (all times local): 6:55 p.m. Nobel Economics Prize winners Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo say they're just like any other married couple trying to juggle kids and work. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have two children...

Liz Weston: In 'SIM swap,' criminals really have your number

Oct. 14, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

If you're not familiar with SIM swap fraud, prepare to be terrified. This scam, also known as port-out or SIM splitting fraud, allows criminals to hijack your cell phone number. Once they have your number, the bad guys can clean out your financial accounts, confiscate your email, delete your data and take over...

Has tech made it safer to move nukes? Depends whom you ask

Oct. 14, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A fight is raging in courts and Congress over where radioactive materials should be stored and how to safely get the dangerous remnants of decades of bomb-making and power generation to a permanent resting place. Nationwide, spent fuel rods lie in temporary cooling ponds at commercial...

Does technology make moving nukes safe? Depends whom you ask

Oct. 14, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The plutonium core for the first atomic weapon detonated in 1945 was taken from Los Alamos National Laboratory to a test site in the New Mexico desert in the backseat of a U.S. Army sedan. Officials put other bomb parts inside a metal container, packed it into a wooden crate and secured...

India restores post-paid cellphone services in Kashmir

Oct. 14, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Postpaid cellphone services were restored in India-administered Kashmir on Monday, more than two months after India's government downgraded the region's semi-autonomy and imposed a security and communications lockdown. Landline phones were restored in the region last month, but the...

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,