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US seeks to blacklist Chinese artificial intelligence firms

Oct. 8, 2019 7:13 AM EDT

The United States is blacklisting a group of Chinese tech companies that develop facial recognition and other artificial intelligence technology that the U.S. says is being used to repress China's Muslim minority groups. A move Monday by the U.S. Commerce Department puts the companies on a so-called Entity List...

Goodbye, iTunes: Once-revolutionary app gone in Mac update

Oct. 7, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's time to bid farewell to iTunes, the once-revolutionary program that made online music sales mainstream and effectively blunted the impact of piracy. That assumes, of course, that you still use iTunes — and many people no longer do. On iPhones, the functions have long been...

Crusading tech mogul aims to prove CEOs can be activists too

Oct. 4, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Salesforce founder Marc Benioff oversees a $130 billion software empire from a 62-story skyscraper that towers above everything else in San Francisco. But he sits uneasily in his lofty perch because of a worsening economic divide on the streets down below, where the lavish pay doled...

US authorities seek access to Facebook encrypted messaging

Oct. 3, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Attorney General William Barr and other U.S., U.K. and Australian officials are pressing Facebook to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages sent by ordinary users, re-igniting tensions between tech companies and law enforcement. Facebook’s WhatsApp already uses...

Insider Q&A: Venturing in the Midwest with a VC founder

Oct. 7, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jan Garfinkle is not your typical VC founder, and not just because she's a rare woman running a venture capital firm she founded nearly two decades ago. Though she hails from the Bay Area, she started Arboretum Ventures, a health care VC firm, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also serves as...

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Researchers find second warship from WWII Battle of Midway

Oct. 20, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — A crew of deep-sea explorers and historians looking for lost World War II warships have found a second Japanese aircraft carrier that went down in the historic Battle of Midway. Vulcan Inc. director of undersea operations Rob Kraft said a review of sonar...

38 people cited for violations in Clinton email probe

Oct. 19, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has completed its internal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of private email and found violations by 38 people, some of whom may face disciplinary action. The investigation, launched more than three years ago, determined that those 38...

Corps: No more Dakota Access Pipeline study needed

Oct. 19, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An attorney for the Army Corps of Engineers is asking a judge to sign off on the Corps' conclusion that the Dakota Access oil pipeline doesn't harm American Indian tribes. The Corps wants U.S. District Judge James Boasberg to rule in favor of its August 2018 finding that no more...

Deep-sea explorers find Japanese ship that sank during WWII

Oct. 18, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Deep-sea explorers scouring the world's oceans for sunken World War II ships are focusing in on debris fields deep in the Pacific, in an area where one of the most decisive battles of the time took place. Hundreds of miles off Midway Atoll, nearly halfway...

1st of many federal broadband grants announced in Tennessee

Oct. 18, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced on Friday the first of many federal investments targeting the creation of critical broadband internet infrastructure in underserved rural areas across the country. Perdue visited the West Tennessee city of Halls to announce a $2.85...

Google affiliate begins drone deliveries in Virginia town

Oct. 18, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

A Google affiliate started using drones Friday to deliver customers' Walgreens and FedEx purchases in a test being run in a Virginia town. Wing, which is owned by Google parent Alphabet, received federal approval earlier this year to make commercial deliveries by drone. It was the first drone company to receive...

Facebook reaches licensing deal with News Corp for headlines

Oct. 18, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — News Corp. says it has reached a licensing deal with Facebook that lets the social network feature headlines from The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and other publications on its upcoming news section. The companies did not give financial details of the deal. Facebook has reportedly...

Huawei exec: Chinese tech giant wants to be 'transparent'

Oct. 18, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei said Friday that the company is prepared to be "open and transparent" as it looks to persuade the U.S. government that it can be trusted and that national security concerns about its technology are unfounded. "The first thing we need to do is...

New Facebook oversight board results to be public, exec says

Oct. 18, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new quasi-independent oversight board will soon make decisions on some of the most difficult questions on what material belongs on Facebook's platform in a "very public way," an executive for the social-media company said Friday. The board will consider a small number of cases where...

Illegal BASE jumper calls police after cell tower mishap

Oct. 18, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — A BASE jumper who jumped illegally from a northwestern Wisconsin cellphone tower ended up calling the police on himself after his parachute became caught on a guy wire, leaving him dangling perilously 50 feet (15 meters) from the ground. Police say the 20-year-old man jumped from the...