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2 top researchers quitting MIT Media Lab over Epstein ties

Aug. 21, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Two prominent researchers are quitting MIT's Media Lab over revelations that the famed technology research hub and its director took money from Jeffrey Epstein after he'd served time for sex offenses involving girls and young women. Ethan Zuckerman, director of the lab's Center for...

Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering

Aug. 20, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet — or at least on Facebook. Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps. The company said Tuesday that it is...

Trump attacks on Google recycle baseless claims

Aug. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump has been on a tear about Google that traces back to a series of unfounded claims about the technology giant circulating among conservatives. Among those claims: that Google interferes with U.S. elections, is biased against conservatives and prefers working with...

AP Explains: US sanctions on Huawei bite, but who gets hurt?

Aug. 20, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

Chinese technology giant Huawei has yet to feel the full force of U.S. sanctions due to temporary exemptions and other uncertainties. Nonetheless, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says he expects no permanent relief because of the political climate in Washington. In an interview with The Associated Press, he also...

Weedmaps to stop advertising unlicensed pot businesses

Aug. 21, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The major online pot shop directory and cannabis marketplace Weedmaps announced Wednesday that it will no longer allow black-market businesses to advertise on its site, a decision that could boost California's efforts to rein in its vast illegal market. State regulators and licensed...

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China warns US tariffs will 'escalate trade friction'

Aug. 22, 2019 4:26 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China appealed to Washington on Thursday to "meet each other halfway" and settle a trade war instead of going ahead with planned tariff hikes Beijing warned will trigger retaliation. Exporters are preparing for a Sept. 1 increase in U.S. duties in a fight over trade and technology. Those are...

China's rust belt looks abroad as growth slows, tariffs bite

Aug. 21, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

YINGKOU, China (AP) — From Thailand to Kenya, trains run on tracks from steel mills in China's northeast, a rust-belt region that is trying to capitalize on a multibillion-dollar national initiative to build ports, railways and other projects abroad. Announced in 2012, the Belt and Road Initiative is...

Weedmaps to stop advertising unlicensed pot businesses

Aug. 21, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The major online pot shop directory and cannabis marketplace Weedmaps announced Wednesday that it will no longer allow black-market businesses to advertise on its site, a decision that could boost California's efforts to rein in its vast illegal market. State regulators and licensed...

2 top researchers quitting MIT Media Lab over Epstein ties

Aug. 21, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Two prominent researchers are quitting MIT's Media Lab over revelations that the famed technology research hub and its director took money from Jeffrey Epstein after he'd served time for sex offenses involving girls and young women. Ethan Zuckerman, director of the lab's Center for...

Pentagon cancels billion-dollar missile defense project

Aug. 21, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is pulling the plug on a billion-dollar, technically troubled project to build a better weapon that would destroy incoming missiles. The move is aimed in part at considering new approaches to missile defense at a time of rapid technological change. The announced reason for...

Officers write 678 citations in 1st week of hands-free law

Aug. 21, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Department of Public Safety officials say officers cited 678 drivers across the state during the first week of the new hands-free cellphone law. The Star Tribune reports that officers handed out 286 citations in Hennepin County, or about 40 percent of the total tickets issued....

Southwestern Idaho school district hit with malware attack

Aug. 21, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Officials say schools in the Nampa School District in southwestern Idaho have shut down their internet following a malware attack. Spokeswoman Kathleen Tuck tells the Idaho Press that the attack started Wednesday morning and that no personal information appears to have been lost. She...

Chicago police to test phones that access high-tech tools

Aug. 21, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officers may soon be able to access the city's approximately 35,000 surveillance cameras through phones provided by the city. Jonathan Lewin of the Chicago Police Department's Bureau of Technological Services says the officers will be testing technology that also will allow...

Groups say some state lands aren't accessible to public

Aug. 21, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A conservation group and hunting technology group say 110 square miles (285 square kilometers) of state-owned land in Idaho isn't accessible because there's no public access. The Idaho Statesman reports in a story on Tuesday that the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and onX...

Pfizer expands N Carolina gene therapy plant, adds 300 jobs

Aug. 21, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

SANFORD, N.C. (AP) — Drug giant Pfizer is expanding its North Carolina manufacturing plant for gene-therapy medicines to treat rare diseases, adding about 300 jobs. The New York City-based company said Wednesday it plans to spend about $500 million to expand its plant in Sanford to improve production of...