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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

US talks tougher on Chinese tech, but offers few specifics

Aug. 5, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called for a big expansion of U.S. government curbs on Chinese technology, saying that it wants to see “untrusted Chinese apps" pulled from the Google and Apple app stores. Outside experts called Pompeo's proposal vague and possibly...

FILE - In this June 4, 2020, file photo Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks during a news conference in Richmond, Va. Virginia has rolled out a smartphone app to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus. It's the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology created by Apple and Google. The Covidwise app was available on the tech giants’ app stores Wednesday, Aug. 5,  ahead of an expected announcement from Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam.(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia first to roll out pandemic app from Apple, Google

Aug. 5, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has rolled out a smartphone app to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus, becoming the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology created by Apple and Google. But hopes for a nationwide app that can work seamlessly across state...

Top row, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, second from right, and bottom row Google CEO Sundar Pichai, left, and Apple CEO Tim Cook, second from left are sworn in remotely during a House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)

Inside Big Tech: Pulling back the curtain with 'hot' email

Aug. 5, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary chairman was closing in on his Perry Mason moment with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Fortified with “hot” internal company documents, Rep. Jerrold Nadler was building his case at a hearing that seemed almost like a trial for Facebook and three other tech...

FILE - In this file photo dated  Sunday, March 22, 2020, people run to keep fit along the south bank of the River Thames in London.  European Union regulators have said Tuesday Aug, 4, 2020, they're opening an in-depth investigation into U.S. tech giant Google's plan to buy fitness tracking device maker Fitbit. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)

EU regulators investigating Google's plan to buy Fitbit

Aug. 4, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators opened an in-depth investigation Tuesday into Google's plan to buy fitness tracking device maker Fitbit. The EU's executive commission said it was concerned the deal would entrench the U.S. tech giant's position in the online ad market by “increasing the...

An image provided by Google shows the Pixel 4A budget smartphone, which has the same high-quality camera and several other features available in fancier Pixel models. The phone, unveiled Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, will be available Aug. 20 after months of delay caused by supply problems triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. It will cost $349, a $50 discount from a cheap Pixel released last year. It's also a major markdown from other higher-end models in the existing product line-up that start at $799. (Google via AP)

Google unveils budget Pixel phone as pandemic curbs spending

Aug. 3, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google has started selling a long-delayed budget smartphone boasting the same high-quality camera and several other features available in fancier Pixel models that cost hundreds of dollars more. The Pixel 4a unveiled Monday will be available Aug. 20 after months of delay caused by...

FILE - This March 19, 2018 photo shows the Google app on an iPad in Baltimore.  Big Tech companies reported mixed quarterly earnings on Thursday, July 30, 2020, a day after their top executives faced a tough congressional grilling over their market power and alleged monopolistic practices.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Google buys $450M stake in ADT to give Nest a new perch

Aug. 3, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google is paying $450 million for a nearly 7% stake in longtime home and business security provider ADT Inc., a deal that will open new opportunities for one of the internet's most powerful companies to extend the reach of its Nest cameras and voice-activated voice assistant. As...

Microsoft, ADT rise; HSBC, American Tower fall

Aug. 3, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially on Monday: Microsoft Corp., up $11.53 to $216.54. Microsoft is in talks to buy the U.S. arm of TikTok, a popular Chinese-owned video app that has drawn from scrutiny from the White House. ADT Inc., up $4.87 to $13.48. The home security...

This photo provided by Metis Communications shows BaseCamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson.  Heinemeier Hansson has made a name for himself as one of the tech industry’s more prominent iconoclasts and industry critics. The Danish programmer is a successful entrepreneur who has testified before Congress to argue that Big Tech firms should be more regulated and started an anti-Facebook campaign. He is chief technology officer of BaseCamp, which makes workplace collaboration software, and is also the creator of a widely used software development framework called Ruby on Rails. (Peter Adams/Metis Communications via AP)

Insider Q&A: Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson

Aug. 3, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

David Heinemeier Hansson has made a name for himself as one of the tech industry’s more prominent iconoclasts and industry critics. The Danish programmer is a successful entrepreneur who has testified before Congress to argue that Big Tech firms should be more regulated and started an anti-Facebook...

FILE - This Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, shows the icon for TikTok in New York.   President Donald Trump will order China’s ByteDance to sell its hit video app TikTok because of national-security concerns, according to reports published Friday, July 31, 2020. “We are looking at TikTok,

Microsoft in advanced talks to buy TikTok's US business

Aug. 1, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is in advanced talks to buy the U.S. operations of TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned video app that has been a source of national security and censorship concerns, according to a person familiar with the discussions who spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the...

FILE - This March 19, 2018 photo shows the Google app on an iPad in Baltimore.  Big Tech companies reported mixed quarterly earnings on Thursday, July 30, 2020, a day after their top executives faced a tough congressional grilling over their market power and alleged monopolistic practices.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Amid the pandemic, Big Tech reports mixed earnings

Jul. 30, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

Big Tech companies reported mixed quarterly earnings on Thursday, a day after their top executives faced a tough congressional grilling over their market power and alleged monopolistic practices. All four were affected by the pandemic, although in strikingly different ways. Google and Facebook reported slowing...