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ICYMI: California withdraws 'text tax' after FCC ruling

Dec. 17, 2018 5:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators have canceled a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones. The California Public Utilities Commission reversed course after a Federal Communications Commission ruling last week classified text messaging as an information service and not a...

Report: Russia still using social media to roil US politics

Dec. 18, 2018 12:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's sweeping political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media was more far-reaching than originally thought, with troll farms working to discourage black voters and "blur the lines between reality and fiction" to help elect Donald Trump in 2016, according to reports released...

Gift Guide: Some tech gadgets that actually fill a real need

Dec. 17, 2018 11:37 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes you can sense that tech products are striving to solve problems that are manufactured by their manufacturers. Smartwatches, for instance, have long been a nifty idea — but they've offered few tangible benefits for anyone but health and fitness enthusiasts. That's why it's...

Next-generation of GPS satellites are headed to space

Dec. 16, 2018 5:19 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. But some of their most highly touted features will not be fully available until 2022 or later because of problems in a companion...

Executive's arrest, security worries stymie Huawei's reach

Dec. 16, 2018 8:31 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — While a Huawei executive faces possible U.S. charges over trade with Iran, the Chinese tech giant's ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries abroad. Australia and New Zealand have barred Huawei Technologies Ltd. as a supplier for fifth-generation...

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Launch of next generation GPS satellite postponed for 1 day

Dec. 18, 2018 2:51 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The launch of a new GPS satellite was postponed for one day Tuesday because of an unspecified problem with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will put the satellite in orbit. Liftoff was rescheduled for Wednesday at Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX said Tuesday's launch was scratched because of...

US hints at Trump Mideast peace plan: lots to like, some not

Dec. 18, 2018 2:08 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley gave a hint, but no details, of the Trump administration's peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday, saying it's long, takes advantage of new technology, and has a lot both sides will like and things they won't like. Haley said Israelis and...

Genoa announces $229M project to replace collapsed bridge

Dec. 18, 2018 1:12 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Genoa's mayor on Tuesday announced that a 202-million-euro ($229 million) project by hometown architect Renzo Piano inspired by a naval ship has been chosen to replace the Morandi Bridge that collapsed last summer, killing 43 people. The project will be carried out by three Italian firms,...

Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks

Dec. 18, 2018 12:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved Tuesday to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, and has made them illegal to possess beginning in late March. The devices will be banned under a federal law that prohibits machine guns,...

Grocery delivery, with no humans drivers, is underway

Dec. 18, 2018 12:25 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Deliveries from an Arizona grocery store will soon be arriving with no one behind the wheel. A fully autonomous vehicle is about to pilot public roads Tuesday with no back up driver, though it will be monitored by humans in another automobile. After almost a thousand test runs with...

Markets Right Now: Tech stocks help pull Wall Street higher

Dec. 18, 2018 12:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Stocks are moving higher in midday trading as the market regains some of the steep losses it suffered over the previous two days. Technology companies helped drive stocks higher Tuesday. Facebook added 3 percent....

Settlement requires 'anti-hate training' for internet troll

Dec. 18, 2018 11:45 AM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — An internet troll who harassed a black college student with racist messages on social media has agreed to a court settlement requiring him to get "anti-hate training," apologize in writing and on video and publicly renounce white supremacy. Tuesday's settlement agreement would...

Scary statistic: 90.5 percent of plastic is not recycled

Dec. 18, 2018 11:05 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The world's burgeoning plastic waste crisis has won the attention of Britain's Royal Statistical Society, which chose 90.5 percent — the proportion of plastic waste that has never been recycled — as its international statistic of the year. The society, which chooses a winner...

Czech government office stops using Huawei mobile phones

Dec. 18, 2018 10:55 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's prime minister has ordered his government office to stop using mobile phones by Chinese telecoms company Huawei. Tuesday's announcement by Prime Minister Andrej Babis comes a day after the country's National Cyber and Information Security Agency warned that the hardware...

Elon Musk to unveil underground tunnel, transport cars

Dec. 18, 2018 10:29 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is set to unveil an underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday that could move people faster than subways. Musk also plans to show off the autonomous cars that will carry people through the test tunnel, which runs about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) under the...