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Cybersecurity firm: More Iran hacks as US sanctions loomed

Sep. 18, 2018 10:06 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian government-aligned group of hackers launched a major campaign targeting Mideast energy firms and others ahead of U.S. sanctions on Iran, a cybersecurity firm said Tuesday, warning further attacks remain possible as America re-imposes others on Tehran. While the...

Too much screen time? New phone controls for you and kids

Sep. 18, 2018 5:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple and Google want to help you spend less time on their phones — really. Like that time you checked Facebook at 3 a.m. Stats don't lie. Their new tools for managing screen time will let you see how often you picked up the phone after bedtime or how long you're on Instagram at work...

Bill Gates calls for more global education assessments data

Sep. 18, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Bill Gates is rallying behind school quality in developing nations with a push for more assessment data, a new initiative that links the Microsoft co-founder's signature U.S. education priorities with his more prominent global philanthropy work. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as the...

Latest: SpaceX moon passenger to invite artists on journey

Sep. 17, 2018 9:55 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on SpaceX's announcement of the first private moon flight passenger (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa says he will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on a weeklong journey to circumnavigate the moon....

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

Sep. 18, 2018 1:38 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Monday that he plans to blast off on the first-ever private commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the weeklong journey "to inspire the dreamer in all of us." The...

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EU opens investigation into how Amazon uses data

Sep. 19, 2018 1:14 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European authorities said Wednesday they have opened a preliminary antitrust investigation into Amazon over the e-commerce giant's treatment of smaller merchants on its website. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said she wants to examine how Seattle-based Amazon uses data it...

Banks lead US stock indexes mostly higher in midday trade

Sep. 19, 2018 12:23 PM EDT

Major U.S. stock indexes edged mostly higher in midday trading Wednesday as gains in financial companies outweighed losses elsewhere in the market. Bond yields climbed to the highest level in four months, sending bank shares higher and weighing on utilities and other high-dividend payers. Energy stocks rose along...

Former exec sues Spotify over boys-only events and pay

Sep. 19, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former sales executive is suing Spotify for gender discrimination and equal pay violations, saying executives organized "boys' trips" that excluded women and that the company paid men more for the same work. The executive, Hong Perez, sued the music streaming company and its head of U.S....

Correction: Great Lakes-Water Diversion story

Sep. 19, 2018 9:53 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — In a story Sept. 18 about the diversion of Lake Michigan water to Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, The Associated Press erroneously referred to Peter Annin as director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. Annin is a journalist and director of the Mary Griggs Burke Center for...

Computer virus hampers city workers in southeast Nebraska

Sep. 19, 2018 8:57 AM EDT

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Officials in the southeast Nebraska city of Beatrice have been working on restoring phone and internet service lost to the work of a hacker. City administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says it seems a computer virus was installed around 3:30 Monday morning. He said Tuesday that city...

UK lawmakers: 'Wild West' cryptocurrencies need regulation

Sep. 19, 2018 7:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers have backed calls for greater regulation of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin in order to bring an element of control to a market that more resembles the "Wild West." In a report on digital currencies published Wednesday, the Treasury Select Committee called for regulations...

Edmunds highlights newest safety and technology trends

Sep. 19, 2018 6:16 AM EDT

Historically, the latest innovations in vehicle technology debut on high-end luxury vehicles. Developing new features is an expensive endeavor, and usually only wealthy shoppers are willing to pay for them. Features such as a navigation system, stability control and even traffic-adaptive cruise control were once...

China's premier appeals for free trade amid tariff battle

Sep. 19, 2018 6:11 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's No. 2 leader appealed Wednesday for support for free trade and promised to improve conditions for foreign companies following tit-for-tat U.S. and Chinese tariff hikes in a battle over Beijing's technology policy. Premier Li Keqiang's comments add to Beijing's effort to portray...

Germany to have 1 million electric cars by 2022

Sep. 19, 2018 5:21 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germans are beginning to embrace electric cars, with experts predicting the country will have a million hybrid or battery-electric vehicles on the road by 2022. The government originally aimed to have that many e-cars in Germany by 2020, but slow uptake in the land of the Autobahn forced it...

Palestinian schools strive to modernize classrooms

Sep. 19, 2018 3:38 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — As the teacher pointed to the large touch screen, her first-grade classroom came alive. With the click of a link, an animated character popped up on the screen, singing and dancing as it taught the children how to read. The day's lesson was the Arabic letter "Raa," and the screen...