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Microsoft divests from Israeli facial-recognition startup

Mar. 27, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

Microsoft said Friday it is pulling its investments from a facial-recognition startup that scans faces at Israeli military checkpoints, even though the tech giant couldn't substantiate claims that the startup's technology is used unethically. Microsoft late last year hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder...

Shoppers wearing face masks with a cart full of food supplies wait in line to pay at a supermarket counter in Singapore, Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020. Singaporeans were seen buying food supplies in supermarkets following neighboring Malaysia's announcement of a nationwide lockdown from the coronavirus to begin Wednesday which could affect the flow of food supplies to the city state. (AP Photo/Ee Ming Toh)

The Latest: Singapore penalizing social distancing violators

Mar. 26, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.S. leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases...

Judge clears way for New Mexico suit over kid privacy claims

Mar. 25, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. district judge has rejected an effort to derail New Mexico's lawsuit against Twitter, Google and other companies that develop and market mobile gaming apps for children. The judge concluded in a ruling Tuesday that the court has jurisdiction over the case, clearing the way...

The Latest: Milwaukee County courts extend tech requirements

Mar. 24, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin (all times local): 4 p.m. The leader of Milwaukee County's courts is extending an order to conduct business using remove audio-video technology by another two weeks in hopes of slowing the coronavirus. The state Supreme Court on...

Indiana bans holding cellphone while driving starting July 1

Mar. 21, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Drivers will be banned from using handheld cellphones on Indiana roads starting in July under legislation Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed into law to combat distracted driving. Holcomb signed the measure Wednesday, making Indiana the 22nd state to prohibit drivers from holding or using a...

Bill banning texting while driving heads to Idaho governor

Mar. 19, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation banning texting while driving but allowing hands-free uses such as talking or using the navigation function of an electronic mobile device headed to the governor on Thursday. The Senate voted 24-7 to approve the legislation backers say will save lives. Opponents said...

Utah tech firm settles over band's pay for canceled event

Mar. 16, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah technology company settled a lawsuit with the booking agency for The Killers that disputed the agency's contention the rock band should be paid for a scheduled show at the firm's canceled conference. Qualtrics LLC did not disclose the terms of its settlement agreement with Los...

Lawsuit alleges police seized cellphone without warrant

Mar. 13, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Police were wrong to seize a man's cellphone without a warrant after he recorded officers responding to a fight at a Manchester convenience store, the ACLU of New Hampshire said in a federal lawsuit. The ACLU said Neil Pineda-Landaverde was a bystander filming the interaction between...

FILE - This March 27, 2008, aerial file photo, shows the Pentagon in Washington.  The Pentagon is reconsidering its awarding of a major cloud computing contract to Microsoft after rival tech giant Amazon protested what it called a flawed bidding process. U.S. government lawyers said in a court filing this week of March 13, 2020  that the Defense Department “wishes to reconsider its award decision” and take another look at how it evaluated technical aspects of the companies' proposals to run the $10 billion computing project. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Pentagon reconsiders Microsoft contract after Amazon protest

Mar. 13, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is reconsidering its awarding of a major cloud computing contract to Microsoft after rival tech giant Amazon protested what it called a flawed bidding process. U.S. government lawyers said in a court filing this week that the Defense Department “wishes to reconsider...

Lebanese man pleads guilty to violating U.S. export laws

Mar. 10, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Lebanese national charged with conspiring to export drone parts and technology from the U.S. to Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate U.S. export laws. Issam Hamade pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Minnesota. His...