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Researchers: AI surveillance is expanding worldwide

Sep. 17, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

A growing number of countries are following China's lead in deploying artificial intelligence to track citizens, according to a research group's report published Tuesday. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace says at least 75 countries are actively using AI tools such as facial recognition for...

Facebook to name first oversight panel members by year-end

Sep. 17, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday that it expects to name the first members of a new quasi-independent oversight board by year-end. The oversight panel is intended to rule on thorny content issues, such as when Facebook or Instagram posts constitute hate speech. It will be empowered to make binding...

Facing US ban, Huawei emerging as stronger tech competitor

Sep. 17, 2019 6:12 AM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Long before President Donald Trump threatened to cut off Huawei's access to U.S. technology, the Chinese telecom equipment maker was pouring money into research that reduces its need for American suppliers. Huawei's founder says instead of crippling the company, the export curbs are...

Facebook auto-generating pages for Islamic State, al-Qaida

Sep. 18, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and al-Qaida before it's reported. But a whistleblower's...

Apple awards $250 million to supplier of glass for iPhones

Sep. 17, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Apple on Tuesday deepened its ties with a Kentucky manufacturing plant by awarding $250 million to support Corning Inc.'s continued work to develop glass for iPhones and other devices. The award builds on the $200 million that Corning received from Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Fund...

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Stocks mixed ahead of Fed, oil dips on Saudi output recovery

Sep. 18, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks were little changed Wednesday as investors watched for a U.S. Federal Reserve decision on a possible interest rate cut and as oil prices eased on hopes for a quick recovery in Saudi oil supplies. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt and Shanghai advanced while Tokyo and Hong Kong...

Welcome to Orcland: Lord of the Rings to film in New Zealand

Sep. 18, 2019 12:29 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Amazon announced Wednesday it will film its upcoming television series "The Lord of the Rings" in New Zealand, marking a return of the orcs, elves and hobbits to the country they became synonymous with over the course of six movies directed by Peter Jackson. Amazon Studios...

Facebook auto-generating pages for Islamic State, al-Qaida

Sep. 18, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and al-Qaida before it's reported. But a whistleblower's...

South Korea downgrades Japan trade status as dispute deepens

Sep. 17, 2019 11:46 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday dropped Japan from a list of countries receiving fast-track approvals in trade, a reaction to Tokyo's decision to downgrade Seoul's trade status amid a tense diplomatic dispute. South Korea' trade ministry said Japan's removal from a 29-member "white list"...

Facebook to name first oversight panel members by year-end

Sep. 17, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday that it expects to name the first members of a new quasi-independent oversight board by year-end. The oversight panel is intended to rule on thorny content issues, such as when Facebook or Instagram posts constitute hate speech. It will be empowered to make binding...

Progress reported in contract talks between GM, union

Sep. 17, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Faced with weakening sales, a deteriorating global economy and an unpredictable trade war, General Motors and striking auto workers appeared to be making progress Tuesday toward a four-year labor contract. The two-day walkout by 49,000 workers brought to a standstill more than 50 factories...

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Sep. 17, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

App Store Official Charts for the week ending September 15, 2019: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3. iSchedule, HotSchedules 4. Tap Roulette - Make Decisions with Friends!, Laan Labs 5. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 6. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi 7. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations...

Gaming heavyweights raise $17M for new esports network

Sep. 17, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new venture backed by many of video gaming's biggest publishers is unveiling a network that hopes to be to esports what ESPN has been to traditional sports. VENN is set to launch in 2020 and aims to give the fragmented esports scene a home base for content with higher production value...

Voting system components stolen from Atlanta election site

Sep. 17, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two machines used to check voters into their voting location as part of Georgia's election system have been stolen from an Atlanta precinct. The theft occurred overnight, just hours before local elections began Tuesday. Secretary of State spokeswoman Tess Hammock says Fulton County and...

Researchers: AI surveillance is expanding worldwide

Sep. 17, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

A growing number of countries are following China's lead in deploying artificial intelligence to track citizens, according to a research group's report published Tuesday. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace says at least 75 countries are actively using AI tools such as facial recognition for...