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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2019, file photo a firefighter prepares to battle the Cave Fire as it flares up along Highway 154 in the Los Padres National Forest, above Santa Barbara, Calif. As wildfire risks heat up, startups in California’s Silicon Valley are starting to take notice. They are hopeful more tech companies will get involved as wildfires continue to occur in California and Australia. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Why tech has been slow to fight wildfires, extreme weather

Jan. 22, 2020 7:39 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For two years running , California’s wildfires have sent plumes of smoke across Silicon Valley. So far, that hasn't spurred much tech innovation aimed at addressing extreme-weather disasters associated with climate change. It's true that tech companies from enterprise...

CEOs of Nike, Adobe, PayPal set for forum at Marshall Univ.

Jan. 22, 2020 4:42 AM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The CEOs of Nike, Adobe and PayPal are set to participate in a business panel discussion at Marshall University. The discussion is scheduled for Wednesday at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington, the university said in a news release. The event is being hosted by...

In this undated photo provided by Zyper, Amber Atherton poses for a photo. Atherton formed a software company called Zyper in 2017. It connects brands like Kelloggs, Nestle and cosmetics brand Rituals with “super fans”, every day customers who have a strong affinity toward the brand, instead of paid professional influencers. (Rick Heath/Zyper via AP)

Tech entrepreneur connects brands with top fans

Jan. 19, 2020 1:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When Amber Atherton hit celebrity status as the co-creator and star of of British reality TV show “Made in Chelsea" in 2012, companies making everything from cream cheese to leggings wanted to pay her big bucks to promote their products. That happened despite the fact that she...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo specialist Meric Greenbaum, center, works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 16. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Global stocks inspired by US rally, hopes for Chinese growth

Jan. 17, 2020 7:54 AM EST

Global stocks rose Friday, seemingly buoyed by high spirits on Wall Street, as new data suggested China's economic slowdown may have stabilized and Washington and Beijing signed a trade deal. European indexes were broadly higher, while markets in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong closed with gains, after the U.S.'s...

In this Jan. 8, 2020, photo Marian Nixon poses for a photo at her home in Chicago. Nixon finds its easier for her prints, clothes and sketch books to be seen on Amazon rather than on her own website. But selling online presents challenges that can be hard, even impossible to overcome. She gets good reviews for her designs, but she's had bad reviews when something has gone wrong with shipping, which is out of her control. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Want to sell on Amazon? Businesses must weigh pros, cons

Jan. 15, 2020 10:43 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — While many small manufacturers and retailers believe Amazon is the place to be, Lyris Autran is forgoing the opportunity. Autran wants to keep the prices on her leashes, bowls and other products for dogs competitive. It costs money to sell on Amazon.com — a 15% fee on each sale and...

FILE - This Aug. 7, 2017, file shows a Microsoft Widows sign on display at a store in Hialeah, Fla. The National Security Agency has discovered a major security flaw in Microsoft's Windows operating system. Microsoft says the NSA notified the company about it. A fix was made available Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

NSA finds major security flaw in Windows 10, free fix issued

Jan. 14, 2020 5:12 PM EST

The National Security Agency has discovered a major security flaw in Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system that could let hackers intercept seemingly secure communications. But rather than exploit the flaw for its own intelligence needs, the NSA tipped off Microsoft so that it can fix the system for everyone....

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 29, 2019 file photo, a woman checks the Grindr app on her mobile phone in Beirut, Lebanon. Dating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder leak personal information to advertising tech companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws, a Norwegian consumer group said in a report Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. The Norwegian Consumer Council said it found “serious privacy infringements” in its analysis of how shadowy online ad companies track and profile smartphone users. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, file)

Dating apps leak personal data, Norwegian group says

Jan. 14, 2020 4:25 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Dating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder leak personal information to advertising tech companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws, a Norwegian consumer group said in a report Tuesday. The Norwegian Consumer Council said it found “serious privacy...

Election officials look to launch security outreach plan

Jan. 13, 2020 1:47 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin officials are considering spending more than a quarter of a million dollars on a public relations push to reassure voters that elections in the state are secure after nearly three-quarters of respondents to a survey this fall said they were worried about threats. Wisconsin...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2009 file photo, David Drummond, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal officer of Google, addresses the 62nd World Newspaper Congress in Hyderabad, India. Drummond, the legal chief of Google parent company Alphabet, is leaving at the end of the month, following accusations of inappropriate relationships with employees. Alphabet did not give a reason for Drummond's departure in a short regulatory filing Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A., File)

Google legal chief leaving amid sexual misconduct troubles

Jan. 10, 2020 2:51 PM EST

David Drummond, the legal chief of Google parent company Alphabet, is leaving at the end of the month, following accusations of inappropriate relationships with employees. Alphabet did not give a reason for Drummond's departure in a short regulatory filing Friday. The company said in November that its board was...

FILE - This Jan. 17, 2017, file photo shows a Facebook logo at Station F in Paris. Facebook has decided not to limit how political ads can be targeted to specific groups of people, as its main digital-ad rival Google did in November 2019 to fight misinformation. Neither will it ban political ads outright, as Twitter has done. And it still won't fact check them, as it's faced pressure to do. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Facebook again refuses to ban political ads, even false ones

Jan. 9, 2020 2:07 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Despite escalating pressure ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Facebook reaffirmed its freewheeling policy on political ads Thursday, saying it won’t ban them, won’t fact-check them and won’t limit how they can be targeted to specific groups of people....