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US seeks to blacklist Chinese artificial intelligence firms

Oct. 8, 2019 7:13 AM EDT

The United States is blacklisting a group of Chinese tech companies that develop facial recognition and other artificial intelligence technology that the U.S. says is being used to repress China's Muslim minority groups. A move Monday by the U.S. Commerce Department puts the companies on a so-called Entity List...

Goodbye, iTunes: Once-revolutionary app gone in Mac update

Oct. 7, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's time to bid farewell to iTunes, the once-revolutionary program that made online music sales mainstream and effectively blunted the impact of piracy. That assumes, of course, that you still use iTunes — and many people no longer do. On iPhones, the functions have long been...

Crusading tech mogul aims to prove CEOs can be activists too

Oct. 4, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Salesforce founder Marc Benioff oversees a $130 billion software empire from a 62-story skyscraper that towers above everything else in San Francisco. But he sits uneasily in his lofty perch because of a worsening economic divide on the streets down below, where the lavish pay doled...

US authorities seek access to Facebook encrypted messaging

Oct. 3, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Attorney General William Barr and other U.S., U.K. and Australian officials are pressing Facebook to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages sent by ordinary users, re-igniting tensions between tech companies and law enforcement. Facebook’s WhatsApp already uses...

Insider Q&A: Venturing in the Midwest with a VC founder

Oct. 7, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jan Garfinkle is not your typical VC founder, and not just because she's a rare woman running a venture capital firm she founded nearly two decades ago. Though she hails from the Bay Area, she started Arboretum Ventures, a health care VC firm, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also serves as...

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Has tech made moving nukes safe enough? Depends whom you ask

Oct. 14, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The plutonium core for the first atomic weapon detonated in 1945 was taken from Los Alamos National Laboratory to a test site in the New Mexico desert in the backseat of a U.S. Army sedan. Officials put other bomb parts inside a metal container, packed it into a wooden crate and secured...

Warren escalates Facebook fight with ad targeting Zuckerberg

Oct. 14, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has escalated her tiff with Facebook by running an ad — on Facebook — taking aim at its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. It's the latest example of growing resentment of Big Tech by Republicans and Democrats alike. The list of...

Electric vehicle startup to begin manufacturing in Illinois

Oct. 14, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Thousands of people, including Gov. J.B. Pritzker, attended a weekend event showcasing prototypes of electric vehicles created by a startup in central Illinois. The Pantagraph reports Rivian Automotive on Sunday showed off its electric R1T pickup and R1S SUV, which are expected to be...

Uber lays off 350 employees in Eats, autonomous vehicles

Oct. 14, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber is laying off 350 employees from its food delivery, autonomous vehicles, safety, insurance and other teams. The move is the latest in a string of staff reductions at the ride-hailing giant since its ill-fated initial public offering. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an email to employees...

The Latest: Juggling marriage, kids and Nobel-winning work

Oct. 14, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the Nobel prize in economics (all times local): 6:55 p.m. Nobel Economics Prize winners Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo say they're just like any other married couple trying to juggle kids and work. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have two children...

Liz Weston: In 'SIM swap,' criminals really have your number

Oct. 14, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

If you're not familiar with SIM swap fraud, prepare to be terrified. This scam, also known as port-out or SIM splitting fraud, allows criminals to hijack your cell phone number. Once they have your number, the bad guys can clean out your financial accounts, confiscate your email, delete your data and take over...

Has tech made it safer to move nukes? Depends whom you ask

Oct. 14, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A fight is raging in courts and Congress over where radioactive materials should be stored and how to safely get the dangerous remnants of decades of bomb-making and power generation to a permanent resting place. Nationwide, spent fuel rods lie in temporary cooling ponds at commercial...

Facial recognition technology focus of Detroit forum

Oct. 14, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit city council member is hosting a community forum on the use of facial-recognition technology by police. The event by Roy McCalister Jr. is planned for Thursday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall in Detroit. It is expected to focus on how the software will...

State tests new technology to catch carpool lane cheaters

Oct. 14, 2019 7:09 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota transportation officials are testing new technology to catch carpool lane cheaters. Through September, the State Patrol issued nearly 3,500 citations to drivers who illegally used the lanes reserved for two or more people, buses, motorcycles and solo drivers who pay to use...

India restores post-paid cellphone services in Kashmir

Oct. 14, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Postpaid cellphone services were restored in India-administered Kashmir on Monday, more than two months after India's government downgraded the region's semi-autonomy and imposed a security and communications lockdown. Landline phones were restored in the region last month, but the...