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Lithuanian agency warns against use of Chinese-made phones

Sep. 22, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian cybersecurity experts are urging the country's government agencies to abandon the use of Chinese smartphone brands after an investigation identified security vulnerabilities and censorship concerns with certain devices. Lithuania’s...

Gun, badge, app: NYPD uses tech to tackle community concerns

Sep. 22, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new smartphone app being rolled out this week allows officers in New York City’s community policing program to log neighborhood concerns like graffiti, loud music and public intoxication and keep track of whether they’ve been addressed. The...

Netflix buys Wonka author Dahl's catalog

Sep. 22, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Netflix has acquired the works of Roald Dahl, the late British author of celebrated children's books such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." The video streaming giant said Wednesday that it acquired the Roald Dahl Story Co., which manages the...

Report: Suspected Chinese hack targets Indian media, gov't

Sep. 22, 2021 08:41 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A U.S.-based private cybersecurity company said Wednesday it has uncovered evidence that an Indian media conglomerate, a police department and the agency responsible for the country's national identification database have been hacked, likely by a state-sponsored Chinese...

Ford invests in electric vehicle battery recycling company

Sep. 22, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is investing $50 million in an upstart electric vehicle battery recycling company as the automaker moves to shore up its U.S. battery supply chain. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker will invest in Redwood Materials, a Nevada-based...

Apple, Google raise new concerns by yanking Russian app

Sep. 22, 2021 06:20 AM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Big Tech companies that operate around the globe have long promised to obey local laws and to protect civil rights while doing business. But when Apple and Google capitulated to Russian demands and removed a political-opposition app from their local app stores, it...

Facebook oversight board reviewing 'XCheck' system for VIPs

Sep. 22, 2021 03:24 AM EDT

Facebook’s semi-independent oversight board says it will review the company’s “XCheck,” or cross check, system following an investigation by The Wall Street Journal into the use of this internal system that has exempted high-profile users from some or all of its rules. ...

Rural Nevada county details opposition to 'Innovation Zones'

Sep. 22, 2021 00:31 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — In their first public opportunity to voice concerns on a proposal to let tech companies that meet certain requirements create semi-autonomous jurisdictions called Innovation Zones, officials from Storey County dressed down the idea in a line-by-line fashion. ...

White House blacklists Russian ransomware payment 'enabler'

Sep. 21, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration sought Tuesday to choke the finances of criminal ransomware gangs, announcing sanctions against a Russia-based virtual currency brokerage that officials say helped at least eight ransomware gangs launder virtual currency. The...

US govt to probe Zoom's $14.7B Five9 deal for natsec risks

Sep. 21, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

A U.S. government committee that reviews foreign investment in telecom is probing videoconferencing company Zoom's $14.7 billion deal for cloud call center company Five9. In an August filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the Justice Department, which chairs...