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Facebook: Fake account removal doubles in 6 months to 3B

May. 23, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months, the company said Thursday. Nearly all of them were caught before they had a chance to become "active" users of the social network. In a new report, Facebook said it saw a...

Insider Q&A: Velodyne advocates for safer self-driving cars

May. 19, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Self-driving Tesla electric vehicles could be on the road sometime next year under CEO Elon Musk's vision to bring financial success to his upstart company. But critics have called that vision faulty, saying Musk can't deploy autonomous vehicles safely without Lidar sensors that send out...

Schools turn to apps, other tech to guard against shootings

May. 16, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Schools trying to protect kids from mass shootings are turning to gunshot detection systems, cellphone apps and artificial intelligence — a high-tech approach designed to reduce the number of victims. Technology that speeds up law enforcement's response and quickly alerts teachers...

Why tariff war threatens Beijing's global economic ambitions

May. 12, 2019 11:41 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's intensified tariff war with the Trump administration is threatening Beijing's ambition to transform itself into the dominant player in global technology. The United States is a vital customer and source of technology for Chinese makers of electronics, medical equipment and other...

SoftBank profits rise, partly on gains from Saudi-tied fund

May. 9, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese technology company SoftBank has reported a 36% year-on-year increase in profit for the fiscal year through March, partly on gains from its Vision Fund. After the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, SoftBank said it would diversify sources of its funding for investments. Much...

Google's privacy push gets a mixed reception

May. 8, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google announced new privacy tools Tuesday intended to give people more control over how they're being tracked on the go or in their own home, part of a broader effort by big tech companies to counter increasing scrutiny of their data collection practices. The updates give...

Google promises better privacy tools, smarter AI assistant

May. 7, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google announced new privacy tools Tuesday intended to give people more control over how they're being tracked on the go or in their own home, part of a broader effort by big tech companies to counter increasing scrutiny of their data collection practices. The company also...

The Latest: Google unveils privacy plan to limit cookies

May. 7, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Google conference in California (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Google says it's working to overhaul its Chrome browser to let users limit the number of tracking cookies that follow you around. The privacy-focused announcement from Google comes as tech companies are...

Google's AI Assistant aims to transcend the smart speaker

May. 6, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When Google launched its now distinctive digital assistant in 2016, it was already in danger of being an also-ran. At the time, Amazon had been selling its Echo smart speaker, powered by its Alexa voice assistant, for more than a year . Apple's Siri was already five years old and...

'Privacy-focused' Facebook puts the spotlight on groups

Apr. 30, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is launching a major redesign of its app and website built around letting people connect with groups that share their interests — an attempt to shift its focus away from the untrammeled public sharing that has helped spread hate speech, extremism, misinformation and...