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China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

Feb. 18, 2019 10:14 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block its industrial development after Vice President Mike Pence said Chinese equipment poses a threat to countries that are rolling out next-generation mobile communications. And in a potential blow to U.S. efforts to rally...

New Zealand plans new tax for giants like Google, Facebook

Feb. 18, 2019 9:38 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government plans a new tax targeting online giants like Google and Facebook that earn plenty of money in the country but pay little tax. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there's a gap that needs to be closed. "Our current tax system is not fair in the way that...

'Digital gangsters': UK wants tougher rules for Facebook

Feb. 18, 2019 8:27 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that calls for tougher rules to keep Facebook and other tech firms from acting like "digital gangsters" and intentionally violating data privacy and competition laws. The report on fake news and disinformation on social media sites followed an...

Amazon's stormy week will blow over, but the debris may stay

Feb. 15, 2019 6:47 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's been a complicated few weeks for Amazon, what with its abrupt pullout from a massive New York City development, extortion claims related to intimate photos taken by its founder Jeff Bezos and increasing antitrust scrutiny in Europe . For now, these events seem unlikely to pose...

New Zealand leader says no final decision on using Huawei

Feb. 18, 2019 11:41 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that no final decision has been made on whether Huawei equipment can be used in a planned network upgrade. New Zealand's international spy agency in November stopped mobile company Spark from using the equipment in its...

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Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state

Feb. 19, 2019 5:38 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese database Victor Gevers found online was not just a collection of old personal details. It was a compilation of real-time data on more than 2.5 million people in western China, updated constantly with GPS coordinates of their precise whereabouts. Alongside their names, birthdates...

China's economy czar heading to Washington for trade talks

Feb. 19, 2019 3:34 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's economy czar is heading to Washington for talks Thursday and Friday aimed at ending a fight over Beijing's technology ambitions ahead of a deadline for a massive U.S. tariff hike. The announcement Tuesday via the official Xinhua News Agency follows talks last week in Beijing that...

New Zealand leader says no final decision on using Huawei

Feb. 18, 2019 11:41 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that no final decision has been made on whether Huawei equipment can be used in a planned network upgrade. New Zealand's international spy agency in November stopped mobile company Spark from using the equipment in its...

Group at MIT wants a celebration for a new college canceled

Feb. 18, 2019 10:32 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Some students and professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are asking the university to cancel celebrations for a new computing center. The Boston Globe reported Monday that 18 students, alumni and faculty published an opinion piece in The Tech , an MIT student publication. The...

China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

Feb. 18, 2019 10:14 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block its industrial development after Vice President Mike Pence said Chinese equipment poses a threat to countries that are rolling out next-generation mobile communications. And in a potential blow to U.S. efforts to rally...

New Zealand plans new tax for giants like Google, Facebook

Feb. 18, 2019 9:38 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government plans a new tax targeting online giants like Google and Facebook that earn plenty of money in the country but pay little tax. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there's a gap that needs to be closed. "Our current tax system is not fair in the way that...

Correction: Grab And Go Shopping story

Feb. 18, 2019 4:15 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Feb. 8 about retailers adopting technology to allow shoppers to buy goods without waiting in line, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a provider of checkout-free shopping technology. The company is Grabango, not Grabandgo. A corrected version of the story is below:...

German market watchdog bans short-selling of Wirecard shares

Feb. 18, 2019 12:38 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's financial market regulator issued a two-month ban Monday on short-selling shares of payment service provider Wirecard AG, whose stock has swung sharply in recent months. The regulator said creating new net short positions or increasing existing net short positions in Wirecard's...

Amazon aims to cut its carbon footprint

Feb. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, which ships millions of packages a year to shopper's doorsteps, says it wants to be greener. The online retail giant announced plans Monday to make half of all its shipments carbon neutral by 2030. To reach that goal, the online retail giant says it will use more renewable energy...

Berlin to get single travel app for public, private services

Feb. 18, 2019 10:02 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Travelers in Berlin will soon be able to use a single app to switch seamlessly between public transport, rental bikes, car-sharing and taxis without signing up for each service individually, officials said Monday. Lithuanian startup Trafi said Berlin will be the first major European capital...