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Facebook suspends thousands of apps but user impact unclear

Sep. 20, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

Facebook said Friday that it has suspended "tens of thousands" of apps made by about 400 developers as part of an investigation following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The announcement came the same day that unsealed legal documents in Massachusetts disclosed that Facebook had suspended 69,000 apps. In the...

Why you don't need a 5G phone just yet

Sep. 20, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — No 5G iPhone? No problem. You probably don't want one anyway. For most people, it's smart to stick with a smartphone that isn't compatible with speedier 5G wireless networks, which are just starting to roll out. That's the case even if you think you'll be hanging on to your next phone for a...

House intel chief says Facebook working on election threats

Sep. 20, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the House Intelligence Committee said Friday he has been assured by the CEO of Facebook that the company is working on ways to prevent foreign actors from disrupting next year's elections. Rep. Adam Schiff of California met with Mark Zuckerberg and said the Facebook CEO showed...

How to navigate new privacy features in Apple iPhone update

Sep. 19, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's iOS 13 software update comes with plenty of privacy enhancements — but in some cases, only if you take the time to understand how they work. Among the changes: You'll be able to sign in to third-party services with your Apple ID account rather than Facebook's or Google's....

Microsoft: Free Windows 7 security updates for 2020 election

Sep. 20, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Microsoft said Friday it will offer free security updates through the 2020 election in the United States — and in other interested democratic countries with national elections next year — for federally certified voting systems running on soon-to-be-outdated Windows 7...

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Lancaster County Amish teen finds fame on TikTok video app

Sep. 21, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Rebecca Fisher never expected her first video on TikTok, a mobile-only video-sharing app, to go viral. "I wasn't going to post anything (on the app), but then I saw (Pennsylvania) was trending," the 14-year-old Amish girl said. Her first video, which featured Fisher educating viewers...

Amazon, other tech workers join Seattle climate rally

Sep. 20, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — As they joined a massive climate march led by Seattle school students Wednesday, hundreds of Amazon workers celebrated the company's recent vow to cut its use of fossil fuels but said there's more work to do. "We will not take our eyes off Amazon's carbon emissions," software developer...

Facebook suspends thousands of apps but user impact unclear

Sep. 20, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

Facebook said Friday that it has suspended "tens of thousands" of apps made by about 400 developers as part of an investigation following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The announcement came the same day that unsealed legal documents in Massachusetts disclosed that Facebook had suspended 69,000 apps. In the...

Fresh US-China trade worries erase early gains for stocks

Sep. 20, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

Wall Street closed out a volatile week with losses Friday as investors worried that upcoming trade talks aimed at resolving the costly trade war between Washington and Beijing could be in trouble. The selling, which erased modest early gains for the market, snapped a three-week win streak for the S&P 500. The...

Microsoft: Free Windows 7 security updates for 2020 election

Sep. 20, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Microsoft said Friday it will offer free security updates through the 2020 election in the United States — and in other interested democratic countries with national elections next year — for federally certified voting systems running on soon-to-be-outdated Windows 7...

House intel chief says Facebook working on election threats

Sep. 20, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the House Intelligence Committee said Friday he has been assured by the CEO of Facebook that the company is working on ways to prevent foreign actors from disrupting next year's elections. Rep. Adam Schiff of California met with Mark Zuckerberg and said the Facebook CEO showed...

Markets Right Now: Stocks fall on fresh trade worries

Sep. 20, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks are finishing lower Friday on concerns about the progress of trade talks between the U.S. and China. The market turned lower in the afternoon after reports said a Chinese trade delegation had cut short a trip...

Why you don't need a 5G phone just yet

Sep. 20, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — No 5G iPhone? No problem. You probably don't want one anyway. For most people, it's smart to stick with a smartphone that isn't compatible with speedier 5G wireless networks, which are just starting to roll out. That's the case even if you think you'll be hanging on to your next phone for a...

Twitter: Accounts targeting Ecuador's president deleted

Sep. 20, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Twitter has taken down 1,019 accounts in Ecuador, saying they're mostly fake and aimed at undermining President Lenín Moreno. Twitter on Friday said the accounts tied to the PAIS Alliance political party posted content about the president's administration, focusing on free...

Professor works with NASA to design better tires for Mars

Sep. 20, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Nine years ago, NASA's Mars rover Spirit sent its last signal from the Red Planet. The rover had ground to a halt on the sands of Mars, its tires sinking and spinning futilely in the fine-grained particles. "Spirit got stuck (and it) ended its mission," said Heather Oravec, a mechanical...