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Italy takes action against Tik Tok following girl's death

Jan. 22, 2021 3:03 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s data protection authority said Friday it was imposing an immediate block on Tik Tok’s access to data for any user whose age has not been verified. The authority said it was acting with “urgency” following the death of a 10-year-old girl in Sicily, who died...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo the symbol for Intel appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York.  Intel is replacing its CEO after two years. The computer company said Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021,  that Pat Gelsinger will become its new CEO, effective Feb. 15. He takes over for Bob Swan, who became CEO in January 2019.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Chipmaker Intel Corp. probes reported website hack

Jan. 22, 2021 2:37 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The computer chipmaker Intel Corp. says it is investigating a reported hack of its corporate website that prompted it to release a quarterly earnings report early. The company's chief financial officer, George Davis, told The Financial Times that Intel published its earnings ahead of the...

Florida unveils telephone appointment system for vaccine

Jan. 22, 2021 1:56 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Health Department quietly launched a pilot program of a new telephone appointment system meant to help counties better handle the demand for life-saving coronavirus vaccines. Some hospitals, county health departments and vaccination centers were plunged in chaos after...

FILE - In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. in Tehran, Iran.  Twitter says on Friday, Jan. 22, it has permanently banned an account connected to the office of Iran’s supreme leader.   Other accounts thought to be tied to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s office remained active.  (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Twitter bans account of Iran's top leader after Trump threat

Jan. 22, 2021 1:45 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Twitter said on Friday it had permanently banned what it called a “fake” account thought to be connected to the office of Iran’s supreme leader, shortly after a posting that seemed to threaten former President Donald Trump. In the image posted late...

FILE- In this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo the logo for Alphabet appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York. Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., is letting the air out of an internet-beaming balloon company that was providing online access from the stratosphere. The plan to shut down Loon was announced late Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, ending what started out as one of Google’s secret projects in its so-called “moonshot factory.” (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Google's parent deflates internet-beaming balloon company

Jan. 22, 2021 1:29 PM EST

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google's parent company is letting the air out of an internet-beaming balloon company that was providing online access from the stratosphere. The plan to shut down Loon was announced late Thursday, ending what started out nine years ago as one of Google's secret projects in its...

YouTube bans German channel that spread virus misinformation

Jan. 22, 2021 1:12 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Google says it has banned a prominent German user of its YouTube video platform who had repeatedly posted false claims about the coronavirus outbreak. Google said Friday that a YouTube channel known as KenFM was no longer available and that the person operating it would not be allowed to...

Mel Silva, right, the managing director of Google Australia and New Zealand, appears via a video link during a Senate inquiry into a mandatory code of conduct proposed by the government at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Google on Friday threatened to make its search engine unavailable in Australia if the government went ahead with plans to make tech giants pay for news content.  (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

Google threatens to pull search engine in Australia

Jan. 22, 2021 10:24 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Google on Friday threatened to make its search engine unavailable in Australia if the government went ahead with plans to make tech giants pay for news content. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison quickly hit back, saying “we don't respond to threats.” ...

Ban on facial recognition technology advances in Minneapolis

Jan. 22, 2021 10:24 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal to ban the use of facial recognition technology by Minneapolis police and other city departments is advancing. The technology has raised concerns by some who worry it could be a dangerous step toward a surveillance state where people's movements are tracked the moment they...

Agency appeals order blocking Savannah River dam removal

Jan. 22, 2021 9:41 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is appealing a federal court decision that says it can't demolish a dam on the Savannah River. The Augusta Chronicle reports the agency gave notice this week that it would appeal a November decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel blocking the...

Kentucky project to gather data needed to expand internet

Jan. 22, 2021 4:11 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has launched a broadband speed test project to gather information needed to expand home internet access. The test is free and anonymous and can be taken at http://ewdc.ky.gov/Initiatives/Pages/KBI.aspx through Feb. 18. The information is needed to expand access for distance...