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China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

Feb. 18, 2019 10:14 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block its industrial development after Vice President Mike Pence said Chinese equipment poses a threat to countries that are rolling out next-generation mobile communications. And in a potential blow to U.S. efforts to rally...

New Zealand plans new tax for giants like Google, Facebook

Feb. 18, 2019 9:38 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government plans a new tax targeting online giants like Google and Facebook that earn plenty of money in the country but pay little tax. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there's a gap that needs to be closed. "Our current tax system is not fair in the way that...

Trump says he's in no rush to see North Korea give up nukes

Feb. 19, 2019 4:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wants to see North Korea eventually give up its nuclear weapons program, but adds he's not in any rush because U.S. relations with Pyongyang are good going into next week's summit. "I have no pressing time schedule," Trump said. Trump said his...

'Digital gangsters': UK wants tougher rules for Facebook

Feb. 18, 2019 8:27 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that calls for tougher rules to keep Facebook and other tech firms from acting like "digital gangsters" and intentionally violating data privacy and competition laws. The report on fake news and disinformation on social media sites followed an...

Amazon's stormy week will blow over, but the debris may stay

Feb. 15, 2019 6:47 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's been a complicated few weeks for Amazon, what with its abrupt pullout from a massive New York City development, extortion claims related to intimate photos taken by its founder Jeff Bezos and increasing antitrust scrutiny in Europe . For now, these events seem unlikely to pose...

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UK expands no-fly zone for drones around airports

Feb. 19, 2019 7:02 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain is extending the no-fly zone for drones around airports to 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) in an attempt to avert disruptions like the December groundings of flights at Gatwick Airport. The Department for Transport says the zone will widen on March 13 from the current 1 kilometer (0.6...

FAA probes Southwest calculations of baggage weight on jets

Feb. 19, 2019 7:00 PM EST

Federal officials have told Southwest Airlines to fix the way it calculates the weight of luggage loaded on flights after finding frequent mistakes during a yearlong investigation. Southwest said Tuesday that it has made improvements in its methods for calculating the weight and balance of loads, and that it...

Flynn pushed to share nuclear tech with Saudis, report says

Feb. 19, 2019 5:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report citing whistleblowers within the Trump administration. Lawmakers from both parties...

And now for the weather on Mars, courtesy of new NASA lander

Feb. 19, 2019 5:14 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — And now for the weather on Mars: NASA's newest lander is offering daily reports on the red planet's frigid winter. Starting Tuesday, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is posting the highs and lows online , along with wind speed and atmospheric pressure from the InSight lander. On...

Markets Right Now: Stocks extend gains into a 4th week

Feb. 19, 2019 4:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks shook off a wobbly start and ended modestly higher on Wall Street, extending the market's gains into a fourth week. Solid earnings from Walmart sent the company up 2.2 percent Tuesday and also encouraged...

Trump says he's in no rush to see North Korea give up nukes

Feb. 19, 2019 4:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wants to see North Korea eventually give up its nuclear weapons program, but adds he's not in any rush because U.S. relations with Pyongyang are good going into next week's summit. "I have no pressing time schedule," Trump said. Trump said his...

New legislation bans Russian soldiers from using smartphones

Feb. 19, 2019 2:48 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers have approved a bill prohibiting military personnel from using smartphones on duty, a move intended to stop sensitive information from appearing on social media. The bill approved by the lower house Tuesday also forbids servicemen to post photos, videos and information about...

The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US

Feb. 19, 2019 2:12 PM EST

iBook charts for week ending February 17, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher : iBooks US Bestseller List - Paid Books 1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - 9780735219113 - (Penguin Publishing Group) 2. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides - 9781250301710 - (Celadon Books) 3. Educated...

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Feb. 19, 2019 2:09 PM EST

App Store Official Charts for the week ending February 17, 2019: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations 4. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. 5. iSchedule, HotSchedules 6. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 7. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi 8. NBA 2K19, 2K 9. Dark Sky...

Twitter tightens up EU political ad rules ahead of election

Feb. 19, 2019 11:47 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Twitter said Tuesday it is tightening up rules for European Union political ads ahead of bloc-wide elections this spring, following similar moves by fellow tech giants Facebook and Google. The social media company said it is extending restrictions already in place for federal elections in the...