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Report: Facebook's privacy lapses may result in record fine

Jan. 18, 2019 4:02 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook may be facing the biggest fine ever imposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations involving the personal information of its 2.2 billion users. The FTC is considering hitting Facebook with a penalty that would top its previous record fine of $22.5 million...

On the road to make an affordable car, Tesla cuts jobs

Jan. 18, 2019 1:44 PM EST

Tesla will cut 7 percent of its workforce as it tries to lower prices and break out of the niche-car market to produce an electric vehicle that more people can afford. Tesla's cheapest model right now is the $44,000 Model 3, and it needs to broaden its customer base to survive. "Looking ahead at our mission of...

Cohen says he rigged online polls for Trump in 2014, 2015

Jan. 17, 2019 3:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's estranged former lawyer acknowledged Thursday that he paid a technology company to rig Trump's standing in two online polls before the presidential campaign. Michael Cohen tweeted that "what I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of" Trump. "I truly...

Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts

Jan. 17, 2019 10:28 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations targeting users outside the U.S. The social media company said its latest effort to fight misinformation came after it found two networks "that...

Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis

Jan. 17, 2019 3:42 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft says it will devote $500 million to address a problem its own success helped create: the severe need for affordable housing in the Seattle area. As the tech industry Microsoft brought to the region has boomed with the expansion of Amazon and other companies, the cost of housing has...

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EU's Vestager, Silicon Valley nemesis, doesn't shy from tech

Jan. 21, 2019 4:54 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The European Union's competition commissioner, Margarethe Vestager, has made her name challenging Silicon Valley tech companies. But the Danish politician isn't exactly a luddite when it comes to using technology herself. She detailed her preferences in a recent interview when it...

EU's antitrust cop lays groundwork for more tech scrutiny

Jan. 21, 2019 4:50 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Silicon Valley's notorious nemesis, Margrethe Vestager, plans to end her term as the European Union's antitrust enforcer this year with a bang, laying out a long-term plan to intensify scrutiny of the world's big tech companies. As the EU's competition commissioner, Vestager is...

Army Corps of Engineers pursues Lake Pepin island project

Jan. 20, 2019 12:13 PM EST

LAKE CITY, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is moving forward with a proposal to build islands near the head of Lake Pepin by using sand and sediment removed from the Mississippi River. The federal agency has proposed the project to restore backwater fish and wildlife habitat. The plans call...

Army Corps of Engineers pursues Lake Pepin island project

Jan. 20, 2019 12:13 PM EST

LAKE CITY, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is moving forward with a proposal to build islands near the head of Lake Pepin by using sand and sediment removed from the Mississippi River. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the federal agency is proposing the project to restore backwater...

Project looks into how drones can predict spread of wildfire

Jan. 20, 2019 11:25 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri researcher is teaming up with scholars in Kansas and Georgia to develop drone technology to monitor and potentially predict the spread of wildfires. The $1.2 million research project that began last month aims to use unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to...

Sudan police clash with demonstrators in fresh protests

Jan. 20, 2019 11:23 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese police clashed with demonstrators in and around the capital Khartoum on Sunday, after they deployed in large numbers in anticipation of fresh protests calling on longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir to step down, activists said. Video clips circulating online showed hundreds of security...

Utah starting $2.5M debt forgiveness program for tech grads

Jan. 20, 2019 11:04 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is rolling out a program to forgive college debt for tech workers who stay and work in the state. Lawmakers created the Talent Development Incentive Loan Program $2.5 million program last year to retain graduates and keep Utah's tech sector growing, the Deseret News reported. It...

Montgomery aims to transform downtown into high-tech zone

Jan. 20, 2019 10:50 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's capital city is launching free Wi-Fi in the central part of downtown. It's one of several planned upgrades involving technology, The Montgomery Advertiser reported . Other plans call for street cameras and a cellphone app designed to help people find parking. Also planned:...

'A very complex occupation': Auto shops struggle to hire

Jan. 20, 2019 12:01 AM EST

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Last July, in Frisco, Texas, Gerald Sartin realized the problem wasn't limited to Greenwood. Sartin, the director of Piedmont Tech's automotive technology program, had gone to an annual conference organized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Greenwood's auto...

WVU gets $2.2 million software gift

Jan. 19, 2019 3:47 PM EST

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A software company is letting West Virginia University use one of its expensive products for free. WBOY-TV reports Petroleum Exports Limited is letting West Virginia University students use its MOVE software to model geological structures and how they form. The software is valued...