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Postal Service head to retire amid mounting financial woes

Oct. 16, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Postmaster General Megan Brennan, who became the first woman to hold the position, is retiring early next year after working to stabilize the organization's mounting financial woes. Brennan took the job in 2015. The Postal Service says she will step down Jan. 31. The announcement comes as...

Warren escalates Facebook fight with ad targeting Zuckerberg

Oct. 14, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has escalated her tiff with Facebook by running an ad — on Facebook — taking aim at its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. It's the latest example of growing resentment of Big Tech by Republicans and Democrats alike. The list of...

Big Tech is now a big punching bag for politicians

Oct. 11, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Republicans and Democrats don't agree on health care, immigration or taxing the rich. But one subject draws critics from both parties: Big Tech. The list of grievances is long and growing by the week. Companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon are too big and powerful. They're bad for...

Khashoggi remembered outside Saudi consulate where he died

Oct. 2, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos joined activists and friends of Jamal Khashoggi near Saudi Arabia's Consulate in Istanbul on Wednesday on the first-year anniversary of his horrific death at the hands of Saudi agents. The memorial began just after 1:14 p.m. (1014 GMT) — the time that...

Big Tech's eco-pledges aren't slowing its pursuit of Big Oil

Oct. 2, 2019 7:09 AM EDT

Employee activism and outside pressure have pushed big tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google into promising to slash their carbon emissions. But there's another thing these tech giants aren't cutting: Their growing business ties to the oil and gas industry. When Microsoft held an all-staff meeting in...

UPS gets government approval to become a drone airline

Oct. 1, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — UPS has won government approval to operate a nationwide fleet of drones, which will let the company expand deliveries on hospital campuses and move it one step closer to making deliveries to consumers. Many regulatory obstacles remain, however, before UPS — or other operators who are...

Can a new space race connect the world to the internet?

Sep. 23, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a 21st century space race: Amazon, SpaceX and others are competing to get into orbit and provide internet to the Earth's most remote places. And like the last century's battle for space supremacy that was triggered by the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik 1, this one involves...

'Middle of the herd' no more: Amazon tackles climate change

Sep. 19, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Online shopping giant Amazon revealed a carbon footprint Thursday that rivals that of a small country and vowed to reduce the damage to the planet by cutting its use of fossil fuels. The company, which ships more than 10 billion items a year on fuel-guzzling planes and trucks, said it has...

Lawmakers ask 4 big tech companies for documents in probe

Sep. 13, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers investigating the market dominance of Big Tech on Friday asked Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple for a broad range of documents, marking a step forward in Congress' bipartisan probe of the companies. Letters went out to the four companies from the leaders of the House Judiciary...

DC's free commuter paper ends run with shot at smartphones

Sep. 12, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's daily free commuter newspaper, Express, always prided itself on wit. The paper is published by The Washington Post and when Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos bought the Post in 2013, Express ran the headline: "Bezos Buys Express! (oh ... and the Washington Post too)." So when it...