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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...

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...

Florida mayor resigns due to 'inappropriate texting'

Jan. 19, 2019 3:19 PM EST

GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mayor is resigning due to inappropriate texting. The Pensacola News-Journal reported that Gulf Breeze Mayor David Landfair resigned on Friday. Landfair had just been sworn in as the mayor of the northwest Florida city in December. In his resignation letter, Landfair said...

Uber, Cabify cars are attacked in Spain; police arrest 7

Jan. 19, 2019 3:04 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police in Barcelona have arrested seven people on suspicion of attacking cars that work with ride-hailing apps like Uber and Cabify as part of a protest by taxi drivers that turned violent on Friday. The attacks occurred after taxi drivers announced an indefinite strike protesting a...

US says Congo's 20 days without internet '20 days too many'

Jan. 19, 2019 6:39 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States ambassador to Congo says 20 days without internet in the country are "20 days too many" and that access cut off just after the disputed presidential election "needs to be restored now." Ambassador Mike Hammer isn't the only diplomat in Congo expressing frustration....

Neo-Nazi publisher ordered to turn over personal information

Jan. 18, 2019 8:49 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ordered the publisher of a neo-Nazi website to reveal his net worth and identify any phone numbers, email addresses, social media accounts and technology he used when he called for his readers to unleash a "troll storm" on a Montana woman. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah...

Report: Snap fires 2 execs after alleged sexual misconduct

Jan. 18, 2019 8:44 PM EST

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Snap recently fired two executives after one allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a contract worker. The newspaper says an outside investigation found that Snap's head of global security, Francis Racioppi, fired the contractor after their relationship ended....

Stocks keep climbing as hopes for US-China trade deal rise

Jan. 18, 2019 5:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks in the U.S. and Europe jumped Friday as renewed hopes for progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China helped the markets finish the week with another strong gain. Indexes jumped after Bloomberg News reported that China's government offered to buy more goods and services from...

Markets Right Now: Stocks gain as US-China trade hopes rise

Jan. 18, 2019 4:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4:00 p.m. Stocks are closing higher Friday as renewed hopes for progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China contribute to optimism on Wall Street. Bloomberg News reported that China's government offered to buy more...