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Telecom tower climber gets $30M settlement in fall suit

May. 21, 2018 1:49 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A telecommunications tower climber who suffered severe injuries when a ladder rung dislodged and sent him hurtling 50 feet to the ground has reached a settlement with AT&T and others for $30 million. The June 2013 fall in Allentown, Pennsylvania, left then-23-year-old Thomas Jeglum...

Phone data-leak company: No record of location-data abuse

May. 18, 2018 7:28 PM EDT

A California company confirmed that a flaw in its website allowed outsiders to pinpoint the location of mobile phones in the United States without authorization. But LocationSmart, which gathers real-time data on cellular wireless devices, says it has no evidence that anyone exploited the vulnerability before May...

Phone data-leak company: No record of location-data abuse

May. 18, 2018 6:56 PM EDT

A California company confirmed that a flaw in its website allowed outsiders to pinpoint the location of mobile phones in the United States without authorization. But LocationSmart, which gathers real-time data on cellular wireless devices, says it has no evidence that anyone exploited the vulnerability before May...

Website flaw exposes real-time locations of US cellphones

May. 17, 2018 7:55 PM EDT

A website flaw at a California company that gathers real-time data on cellular wireless devices could have allowed anyone to pinpoint the location of any AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile cellphone in the United States to within hundreds of yards, a security researcher said. The company involved,...

Trump says 'no folding' in trade negotiations with China

May. 16, 2018 5:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says there has been "no folding" in his trade negotiations with China, as he addresses his efforts to help a Chinese telecommunications company that violated U.S. sanctions. Trump tweeted on Wednesday, "Nothing has happened with ZTE except as it pertains to the...

The Latest: Senate backs effort to restore 'net neutrality'

May. 16, 2018 4:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a Senate vote to repeal a rule from the Federal Communications Commission that scrapped Obama-era net-neutrality requirements. (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The Senate has voted to kill a Federal Communications Commission rule that repealed the Obama administration's ban on...

Emergency 911 technology struggles to keep up with the times

May. 16, 2018 2:59 PM EDT

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — High school students hiding from the gunman in Parkland, Florida, were forced to whisper in calls to 911 for fear of tipping off their location. Others texted friends and family who then relayed information to emergency dispatchers over the phone. A few months later, a woman in Michigan...

Senate Democrats urge Trump to rethink helping China's ZTE

May. 15, 2018 2:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are urging President Donald Trump to reconsider his plans for helping Chinese telecommunications company ZTE get back into business. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and other leading Democrats sent a letter Tuesday to the administration saying Trump's action...

Trump defends decision to revisit action on Chinese company

May. 15, 2018 1:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday defended his efforts to help a Chinese telecommunications company that violated U.S. sanctions "get back into business, fast," despite criticism from Democrats and Republicans that the company poses a national security risk. "ZTE, the large Chinese phone...

Trump's bid to help Chinese firm draws fire but raises hopes

May. 14, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A long-running dispute between American regulators and Chinese telecom company ZTE may have handed President Donald Trump some unexpected leverage in avoiding a trade war with Beijing. Trump's tweet Sunday that he was working with President Xi Jinping of China to put ZTE "back into...