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‘Rise of Skywalker’ is almost here, but a dark side looms

Dec. 13, 2019 3:06 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Disney bought Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion in 2012, there were lofty expectations of reviving “Star Wars” in spectacular hyper-speed fashion with a new trilogy that continued the story of Luke Skywalker and other beloved characters. The space saga has been a...

UK's Johnson claims Brexit mandate as Tories secure majority

Dec. 13, 2019 2:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has won a thumping majority of seats in Britain's Parliament — a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election that should allow Johnson to fulfill his plan to take the U.K. out of the European Union next month. With 642 of...

NATO researchers: Social media failing to stop manipulation

Dec. 6, 2019 10:58 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Social media companies are failing to stop manipulated activity, according to a report Friday by NATO-affiliated researchers who said they were easily able to buy tens of thousands of likes, comments and views on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Most of the phony accounts and the...

Groundbreaking set for Facebook broadband project in WVa

Nov. 17, 2019 2:05 PM EST

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A groundbreaking is set on Facebook’s plan to expand broadband internet in West Virginia. Gov. Jim Justice says he will attend a ceremony Monday in Beckley. The governor’s office says in a news release that the social media company is building a high-capacity fiber optic...

Clinton: UK voters must see Russian influence report

Nov. 12, 2019 12:30 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Hillary Clinton says she's "dumbfounded" that the U.K. government has failed to release a report on Russian influence in British politics before the country holds a national election next month. The former U.S. presidential candidate told British media that the public needs to know what is in...

Saudi recruitment of Twitter workers reflects insider risks

Nov. 7, 2019 11:04 PM EST

Allegations that two former Twitter employees spied on users for the Saudi government have spotlighted the threat posed by insiders who exploit their access to the mountains of sensitive data held by tech companies. The Twitter case adds an alarming international dimension to the longstanding problem of rogue...

The Latest: Twitter spying case shows insider risks

Nov. 7, 2019 5:58 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on allegations from U.S. prosecutors that Saudi Arabia recruited two Twitter employees to spy on accounts that included prominent government opponents (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Rogue employees pilfering data and spying across networks have long plagued governments and...

Juul halts US sales of popular mint-flavored e-cigarettes

Nov. 7, 2019 5:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juul Labs said Thursday it will halt U.S. sales of its best-selling, mint-flavored electronic cigarettes as it struggles to survive a nationwide backlash against vaping. The voluntary step comes days after new government research showed that Juul is the top brand among high schoolers who...

US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics

Nov. 6, 2019 11:07 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Saudi government, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to gather confidential personal information on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, prosecutors alleged Wednesday. The complaint...

The Latest: Twitter: Tools protect sensitive accounts

Nov. 6, 2019 6:21 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on two former Twitter employees charged with accessing personal account information on behalf of the Saudi government. (all times local): 3 p.m. Twitter has acknowledged that it cooperated in a U.S. investigation of two former employees accused of accessing personal account...