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House Republicans question telecoms on location tracking

Jan. 16, 2019 1:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Several House Republicans asked T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint how they share their users' cellphone location data, citing a recent report that telecoms are selling that information to shadowy companies without customer knowledge. The lawmakers said Wednesday that they are troubled...

England, Wales set to make 'upskirting' photos an offense

Jan. 16, 2019 10:53 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Parliament has approved a law that will make it illegal to take so-called "upskirting" photos. The House of Lords made no changes to a voyeurism bill that would ban covertly photographing under people's clothes. It carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison. Gina Martin, 26,...

GOP rejected Obama's executive reach, but accepts Trump's

Jan. 12, 2019 4:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama stunned Republicans when he bypassed Congress and, relying on what he called his pen and his phone, used executive powers to enact his agenda, including protecting millions of young immigrants from deportation. Now, with President Donald Trump proposing an even more...

Former Times editor not happy with reporters' cable punditry

Jan. 11, 2019 4:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Times editor Jill Abramson takes a dim view of many of the appearances that reporters at her former newspaper and The Washington Post make on cable networks to talk about President Donald Trump. "I really think that all the cable appearances on panels, particularly on CNN...

ACLU sues government to learn about NSA call records program

Dec. 25, 2018 5:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights group has sued the U.S. government, saying it needs more information about surveillance of Americans' phone and financial records to guide the public debate over what will happen when the law that regulates the scrutiny expires next year. The American Civil Liberties Union...

Digital detox: Resorts offer perks for handing over phones

Dec. 21, 2018 1:25 AM EST

Can you take a vacation from your cellphone? A growing number of hotels will help you find out. Some resorts are offering perks, like snorkeling tours and s'mores, to guests who manage to give up their phones for a few hours. Some have phone-free hours at their pools; others are banning distracting devices from...

Apples pulls iPhone 7, 8 from German stores in patent spat

Dec. 20, 2018 4:23 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Apple is pulling older models of its iPhone from German stores after losing two patent cases brought by chipmaker Qualcomm, the company said Thursday. A regional court in Munich ruled that Apple and its subsidiaries had breached a European patent held by San Diego-based Qualcomm, which has...

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...

California mulls texting fee to help poor people get phones

Dec. 12, 2018 4:38 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor, according to a newspaper report Wednesday. The proposal is scheduled for a vote next month by the state Public...

Markets Right Now: US stocks end a bumpy day slightly higher

Dec. 10, 2018 4:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks ended another bumpy day slightly higher as gains by big technology companies helped the market erase an early plunge. Facebook added 3.2 percent and Microsoft rose 2.6 percent Monday. Chipmaker Qualcomm rose...