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US stock indexes mostly higher ahead of Fed policy update

Dec. 11, 2019 1:42 PM EST

Major U.S. stock indexes edged mostly higher in afternoon trading Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve’s latest announcement on interest rate policy. The central bank was expected to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged and likely signal that it expects rates to remain low well into next year,...

How streaming, diversity, #MeToo shaped TV decade of change

Dec. 11, 2019 1:28 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Game of Thrones” was both an unprecedented achievement and old-school role model in the TV decade that’s rolling its final credits. Installments of the elaborately produced hit were doled out one at a time by an established outlet, premium cable channel HBO. That...

Researchers warn Census about accuracy concerns with method

Dec. 11, 2019 12:47 PM EST

A new technique to protect the privacy of participants in the 2020 Census could foster distrust between the Census Bureau and researchers if it results in too many inaccuracies, demographers warned officials Wednesday. The demographers, who study population changes, delivered the message to bureau officials at a...

Meet the scholar who diagnosed ‘surveillance capitalism’

Dec. 11, 2019 12:28 PM EST

A year ago, Shoshana Zuboff dropped an intellectual bomb on the technology industry. She hasn’t stood still since. In a 700-page book, the Harvard scholar skewered tech giants like Facebook and Google with a damning phrase: “surveillance capitalism.” The unflattering term evokes how these...

Meet the scholar who diagnosed ‘surveillance capitalism’

Dec. 11, 2019 12:24 PM EST

Until the Cambridge Analytica scandal turned what had been a slowly gestating backlash against the technology industry’s intrusive trajectory into a torrent, people struggled to articulate what underlay the societal damage it was exacting. They did not include Shoshana Zuboff. The Harvard business...

China reportedly threatens tiny Faeroe Islands over Huawei

Dec. 11, 2019 11:38 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish media are reporting that the Chinese government threatened to cancel a trade deal with the tiny Faeroe Islands if the country does not agree to use internet networks supplied by Chinese tech company Huawei. Huawei is at the center of a global cybersecurity debate, with the...

Washington state student inmates can now access the internet

Dec. 11, 2019 11:26 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Incarcerated students have access to the internet for the first time in Washington state allowing them to work toward earning computer coding certificates. KOMO-TV reported Tuesday that 10 students at the state Corrections Center for Women received their Tacoma Community College certificates...

UK authorities give Amazon 5 days for new Deliveroo plan

Dec. 11, 2019 9:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British authorities are asking Amazon to address concerns that its plan to buy a stake in food delivery platform Deliveroo could damage competition between businesses that do takeaways and those that deliver groceries. The Competition and Markets Authority gave the online shopping shopping...

Report: Utah saw large population growth over past decade

Dec. 11, 2019 9:33 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah experienced a significant increase in its population over the past decade, according to a new University of Utah report. The university's Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute released analysis Monday that found the growth was especially strong in Utah County. The institute based its...

Dallas-based company building data center in Council Bluffs

Dec. 11, 2019 8:09 AM EST

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A data center that could employ up to 10 people is being built in the western Iowa city of Council Bluffs. The Daily Nonpareil reported that CyrusOne broke ground Tuesday on the $60 million facility. The first building phase is expected to be finished in fall 2020. CyrusOne...