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Feds seize websites after probe of pirated Latin music

Jun. 27, 2022 15:03 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Federal authorities have seized six websites that prosecutors say were illegally distributing copyrighted music to millions of users. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced the seizures Monday of the websites that primarily...

Jury takes fraud case against Elizabeth Holmes's ex-partner

Jun. 24, 2022 18:28 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The fate of hard-nosed technology executive Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani is now in the hands of a jury that will weigh criminal charges alleging he joined disgraced Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, his former partner, in an elaborate fraud that jarred Silicon Valley. ...

After Roe, Dems seek probe of tech's use of personal data

Jun. 24, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Supreme Court ending the constitutional protections for abortion, four Democratic lawmakers are asking federal regulators to investigate Apple and Google for allegedly deceiving millions of mobile phone users by enabling the collection and sale of their personal data to...

Indiana to get $2.9M in settlement over `free' TurboTax ads

Jun. 17, 2022 13:25 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana will get $2.9 million from a nationwide settlement with a software company that misled users who filed their taxes through TurboTax. Intuit Inc., the California-based company behind the TurboTax tax-filing program, advertised TurboTax as completely free,...

Amid crypto turmoil, senators propose sweeping oversight

Jun. 07, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wide-ranging bipartisan legislation unveiled Tuesday would regulate cryptocurrencies and other digital assets following a series of high-profile busts and failures. It’s unclear, though, whether the bill proposed by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Cynthia...

Spanish judge to seek testimony from NSO on Pegasus spyware

Jun. 07, 2022 08:15 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A Spanish judge will travel to Israel to seek testimony from the head of tech company NSO, the maker of the controversial Pegasus spyware used in tapping politicians’ phones in Spain, the country's National Court said Tuesday. The court said that José...

Bill makes coding an alternative to language for scholarship

Jun. 06, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — High school students working to earn free college tuition through Louisiana's TOPS state scholarship program could take computer coding instead of a foreign language under a bill passed Monday amid complaints efforts to revive the French language could be undermined. ...

House votes bill to penalize cellphone use while drivers

May. 23, 2022 18:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Driving while using a handheld cellphone could become a traffic violation punishable by a ticket and fine under legislation approved Monday by the state House. State Rep. Mike Huval, a Republican from Breaux Bridge, got the bill passed with a 55-38 vote...

Running Twitter may be much harder than Elon Musk thinks

May. 11, 2022 13:09 PM EDT

On Tuesday, Elon Musk said he would reverse Twitter’s ban of former President Donald Trump, who was booted in January 2021 for inciting violence at the U.S. Capitol, should he succeed in acquiring the social platform for $44 billion. But the day before, the Tesla CEO also said he...

Face-scanner Clearview agrees to limits in court settlement

May. 09, 2022 14:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Facial recognition startup Clearview AI has agreed to restrict the use of its massive collection of face images to settle allegations that it collected people's photos without their consent. The company in a legal filing Monday agreed to permanently stop selling...