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Tesla plans to lay off 10% of workforce after dismal quarterly sales, multiple news outlets report

Apr. 15, 2024 12:27 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — After reporting dismal first-quarter sales, Tesla is planning to lay off about a tenth of its workforce as it tries to cut costs, multiple media outlets reported Monday. CEO Elon Musk detailed the plans in a memo sent to employees. The layoffs could affect about...

Global smartphone shipments climb nearly 8% in 1st quarter as Samsung retakes the lead

Apr. 15, 2024 09:22 AM EDT

Global smartphone shipments rose nearly 8% in the first quarter, according to preliminary data from International Data Corp. It's the third straight quarter of shipment growth and marks the return of Samsung to No. 1. There were 289.4 million units shipped in the period, according to...

Biden administration agrees to provide $6.4 billion to Samsung for making computer chips in Texas

Apr. 15, 2024 07:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has reached an agreement to provide up to $6.4 billion in direct funding for Samsung Electronics to develop a computer chip manufacturing and research cluster in Texas. The funding announced Monday by the Commerce Department is part of a...

What to stream this week: Conan O’Brien travels, 'Migration' soars and Taylor Swift will reign

Apr. 15, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

Zack Snyder’s “Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver” landing on Netflix and Taylor Swift’s “The Tortured Poets Department” album are some of the new television, movies, music and games headed to a device near you. Also among the streaming offerings worth your time as...

AI-generated models could bring more diversity to the fashion industry — or leave it with less

Apr. 14, 2024 22:43 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — London-based model Alexsandrah has a twin, but not in the way you’d expect: Her counterpart is made of pixels instead of flesh and blood. The virtual twin was generated by artificial intelligence and has already appeared as a stand-in for the real-life Alexsandrah...

Faced with possibly paying for news, Google removes links to California news sites for some users

Apr. 12, 2024 18:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Google on Friday began removing California news websites from some people's search results, a test that acted as a threat should the state Legislature pass a law requiring the search giant to pay media companies for linking to their content. Google...

House passes reauthorization of key US surveillance program after days of upheaval over changes

Apr. 12, 2024 14:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Friday to reauthorize and reform a key U.S. government surveillance tool following a dramatic showdown on the floor over whether the FBI should be restricted from using the program to search for Americans’ data. The bill was approved on a...

Prosecutors: South Carolina prison supervisor took $219,000 in bribes; got 173 cellphones to inmates

Apr. 12, 2024 12:34 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A supervisor who managed security at a South Carolina prison accepted more than $219,000 in bribes over three years and got 173 contraband cellphones for inmates, according to federal prosecutors. Christine Mary Livingston, 46, was indicted earlier this month...

US-China competition to field military drone swarms could fuel global arms race

Apr. 12, 2024 05:44 AM EDT

As their rivalry intensifies, U.S. and Chinese military planners are gearing up for a new kind of warfare in which squadrons of air and sea drones equipped with artificial intelligence work together like a swarm of bees to overwhelm an enemy. The planners envision a scenario in which...

Driver of electric Ford SUV was using automated system before fatal Texas crash, investigators say

Apr. 11, 2024 20:59 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The driver of a Ford electric SUV involved in a February fatal crash in Texas was using the company's partially automated driving system before the wreck, federal investigators said Thursday. Data from the 2022 Mustang Mach E SUV showed that Ford's “Blue Cruise”...