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Apple to build new Austin hub, expand in other tech hotbeds

Dec. 13, 2018 3:58 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months...

AP Exclusive: Iran-linked hackers have tried to break into private emails of nuclear scientists, US sanctions officials

Dec. 13, 2018 6:01 AM EST
LONDON (AP) — AP Exclusive: Iran-linked hackers have tried to break into private emails of nuclear scientists, US sanctions officials.

Detention of Canadians raises stakes in China-US-Canada row

Dec. 13, 2018 10:54 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China confirmed Thursday that it has detained two Canadian men, raising the stakes in a three-way dispute over a Chinese technology executive facing possible extradition from Canada to the United States. Entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig were taken into custody...

Verizon loses bet on digital ads, takes $4.6B accounting hit

Dec. 12, 2018 12:28 PM EST

Verizon's big bet on digital advertising isn't panning out. The wireless company spent more than $4 billion to buy AOL and nearly $5 billion to buy Yahoo as part of an effort to compete with Facebook and Google in a growing market for digital advertising. Now, Verizon is slicing the value of those two businesses...

California mulls texting fee to help poor people get phones

Dec. 12, 2018 4:38 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor, according to a newspaper report Wednesday. The proposal is scheduled for a vote next month by the state Public...

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Tony Hawk returns to gaming with mobile download

Dec. 13, 2018 6:13 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Skateboarding pioneer Tony Hawk is updating his presence in the gaming world with the release of Tony Hawk's Skate Jam for mobile. The free download launched Thursday. It is available on iOS and Android devices. Hawk said he released a video game every year from 1999 to 2015, and the...

Facebook hosts offline privacy 'pop-up' in New York City

Dec. 13, 2018 6:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Wrapping up a year of privacy scandals , congressional hearings and a host of other problems, Facebook hosted a one-day "pop-up" event in New York City's Bryant Park on Thursday, hoping to talk to users about their privacy settings, ad preferences and whatever else may be on their mind....

Stocks indexes settle down, but small companies drop again

Dec. 13, 2018 5:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks wobbled Thursday as the markets turned fairly quiet after a very turbulent start to the week. Small companies dropped and high-dividend stocks, which investors favor when they want to reduce risk, rose. Major stock indexes spent the day switching between small gains and losses...

Billionaire builds beach access app after violating rules

Dec. 13, 2018 4:34 PM EST

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A tech billionaire whose elaborate wedding in a redwood grove violated California rules has helped create a smartphone app that shows users a map of more than 1,500 spots where people can get to the coastline. The California Coastal Commission planned to unveil the YourCoast...

Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches space in test

Dec. 13, 2018 4:18 PM EST

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space. The rocket ship hit an altitude of 51 miles (82 kilometers) before beginning its gliding...

Markets Right Now: US stocks drift to a mostly lower close

Dec. 13, 2018 4:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks drifted to a mostly lower close on Wall Street as trading calmed down following a turbulent few days earlier this week. Small-company stocks fell broadly Thursday, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average of...

Apple to build new Austin hub, expand in other tech hotbeds

Dec. 13, 2018 3:58 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months...

The Latest: Climate delegate: 'What's the point?' of talks

Dec. 13, 2018 3:33 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland and other climate news (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The head of the Maldives delegation to the U.N. climate conference is questioning the point of the yearly summits, saying they are "failing" to produce meaningful results. Former...

AP Exclusive: Iran hackers hunt nuke workers, US officials

Dec. 13, 2018 1:19 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them, The Associated Press has found — another sign of how deeply cyberespionage is embedded into the...

EU agency: Cocaine dealers' technology use complicates busts

Dec. 13, 2018 12:15 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Union agency that monitors drug abuse says cocaine dealers are increasingly using social media and encrypted communications to do business, making it harder for authorities to crack down on the trade. The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction agency...