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Deepfake videos pose a threat, but 'dumbfakes' may be worse

Jul. 19, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

Sophisticated phony videos called deepfakes have attracted plenty of attention as a possible threat to election integrity. But a bigger problem for the 2020 U.S. presidential contest may be "dumbfakes" — simpler and more easily unmasked bogus videos that are easy and often cheap to produce. Unlike...

Apollo 11 astronauts reunite on 50th anniversary of moonshot

Jul. 19, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins reunited Friday on the eve of the 50th anniversary of humanity's first moon landing. They gathered in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump, who got a rundown on his administration's plans to get astronauts back on the...

Defense in murder case can obtain private social media posts

Jul. 19, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has effectively ruled that the defense in a gang-related murder trial can obtain private postings from social media companies. The court on Wednesday lifted a stay of a ruling by the judge overseeing the San Francisco trial and noted that the judge's...

Instagram expands hiding 'likes' to make you happier

Jul. 19, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many "likes" people's posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has been running the test in Canada...

Dispute pulls CBS off the air for DirecTV customers

Jul. 20, 2019 11:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A business dispute took CBS off the air for millions of satellite television customers of DirecTV and AT&T U-verse on Saturday. CBS was black on satellite systems owned by AT&T in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and at least 11 other large cities across the United States. Both the...

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Moon back in NASA's court 50 years after 1st lunar landing

Jul. 21, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Fifty years after humanity's first lunar footsteps, the moon is back in NASA's court. The White House wants U.S. astronauts on the moon pronto — by 2024, a scant five years from now. The moon will serve as a critical proving ground, the thinking goes, for the real prize...

Dispute pulls CBS off the air for DirecTV customers

Jul. 20, 2019 11:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A business dispute took CBS off the air for millions of satellite television customers of DirecTV and AT&T U-verse on Saturday. CBS was black on satellite systems owned by AT&T in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and at least 11 other large cities across the United States. Both the...

China launches STAR, tech stock market to boost industry

Jul. 20, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Trading starts Monday on a Chinese stock market for high-tech companies that play a key role in official development plans that are straining relations with Washington. Regulators have approved 25 companies in information technology and other fields seen by communist leaders as a path to...

Russian capsule carrying 3 docks with space station

Jul. 20, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian space capsule with three astronauts aboard has docked with the International Space Station after a fast-track trip to the orbiting laboratory. The Soyuz capsule docked at 22:48 GMT Saturday, just six hours and 20 minutes after blasting off from Russia's launch complex...

Official: Tech execs gathering at White House

Jul. 20, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration official says tech company executives are due to meet Monday at the White House with the president's chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow. The official says participants will discuss "economic matters" and talks could touch on Huawei. The White House sanctioned the...

Technology, temporary help keeps farmers on job longer

Jul. 20, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (AP) — At 79 years old, Art McManus says he's still able to hop on the tractor and maintain the 160 acres of cherry trees at his orchard in Traverse City, Michigan. His children have gone on to start lives of their own, though he gets some help running his farmers market from his...

Report: Equifax to pay $700 million in breach settlement

Jul. 19, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Wall Street Journal says Equifax will pay around $700 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over a 2017 data breach that exposed Social Security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people. The Journal, citing unnamed sources familiar with the...

Defense in murder case can obtain private social media posts

Jul. 19, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has effectively ruled that the defense in a gang-related murder trial can obtain private postings from social media companies. The court on Wednesday lifted a stay of a ruling by the judge overseeing the San Francisco trial and noted that the judge's...

The Latest: Facebook mulls response to private posts ruling

Jul. 19, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a California Supreme Court ruling on defense lawyer access to private social media postings (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Facebook says it's deciding how to respond to a California Supreme Court ruling that says defense lawyers in a gang-related murder trial can obtain...

Report: YouTube to pay FTC fine over kids' data protection

Jul. 19, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is expected to pay a multimillion dollar penalty from the Federal Trade Commission over its handling of kids' information on its popular video site YouTube. That's according to a Washington Post report that Google has reached a settlement with the agency. The FTC was reportedly...