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Esper defends as fair Pentagon contract disputed by Amazon

Nov. 15, 2019 3:13 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday he was certain that the awarding of a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft instead of Amazon was done fairly. The Pentagon awarded the contract to Microsoft in late October, and Amazon said there was “unmistakable...

Amazon appeals $10B Pentagon contract won by Microsoft

Nov. 14, 2019 8:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amazon is protesting the Pentagon’s decision to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, citing “unmistakable bias” in the process. Amazon’s competitive bid for the “war cloud” project drew criticism from President Donald...

Board of Google parent investigating sexual misconduct cases

Nov. 7, 2019 5:07 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In response to shareholder lawsuits, the board at Google parent Alphabet is investigating claims of sexual misconduct made against executives and how the company handled them. CNBC first reported Wednesday that the company has hired an outside firm to examine how its executives handled...

Study: Russia's web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators

Nov. 6, 2019 6:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia is succeeding in imposing a highly effective internet censorship regime across thousands of disparate, privately owned providers in an effort also aimed at making government snooping pervasive, according to a study released Wednesday. The study by University of Michigan researchers...

Impeachment inquiry focuses on 2 White House lawyers

Nov. 1, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House impeachment inquiry is zeroing in on two White House lawyers privy to a discussion about moving a memo recounting President Donald Trump's phone call with the leader of Ukraine into a highly restricted computer system normally reserved for documents about covert action....

Facebook sues Israeli company over WhatsApp spyware

Oct. 29, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

Facebook sued the Israeli hacker-for-hire company NSO Group on Tuesday in U.S. federal court for allegedly targeting some 1,400 users of its encrypted messaging service WhatsApp with highly sophisticated spyware. The lawsuit filed in San Francisco is the first legal action of its kind, according to Facebook,...

Google sued by Australian regulators over location tracking

Oct. 29, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's consumer watchdog sued Google on Tuesday alleging the technology giant broke consumer law by misleading Android users about how their location data was collected and used. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission accused Google of collecting information on...

Oklahoma prison officials say cellphone jamming would help

Oct. 21, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thousands of illegal cellphones are making it into the hands of prison inmates who use the devices to commit crimes, but prison officials testified Monday that they're prohibited from using one of the best tools to stop it — jamming technology. Prison officials from Oklahoma and...

Illegal BASE jumper calls police after cell tower mishap

Oct. 18, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — A BASE jumper who jumped illegally from a northwestern Wisconsin cellphone tower ended up calling the police on himself after his parachute became caught on a guy wire, leaving him dangling perilously 50 feet (15 meters) from the ground. Police say the 20-year-old man jumped from the...

J&J agrees to $117M settlement over pelvic mesh devices

Oct. 17, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson has agreed to a $117 million multistate settlement over allegations it deceptively marketed its pelvic mesh products, which support women's sagging pelvic organs. Ohio's attorney general said Thursday an investigation found that J&J, the world's biggest health...