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Nevada: Feds should restudy seismic risk at nuke dump site

Jul. 18, 2019 5:59 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) —        Nevada's governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department to look again at seismic risks of burying the nation's most radioactive nuclear waste at a site in...

Dems pan 'Zuck buck,' want Facebook to rein in currency plan

Jul. 17, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook endured a second day of criticism from Congress over its plan to create a digital currency as senior House Democrats asked Facebook to scale back the project and threatened legislation that would block big tech companies from getting into banking. Facebook's massive market power...

Congress grills Big Tech over competition, money and power

Jul. 17, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

Big Tech faced tough questions this week as federal lawmakers focused on issues of potentially anticompetitive behavior by technology giants and expressed bipartisan skepticism over Facebook's plan for a new digital currency. Companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon have long enjoyed nearly unbridled...

Microsoft reports hundreds of election-related cyber probes

Jul. 17, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

Microsoft says it has detected more than 740 infiltration attempts by nation-state actors in the past year targeting U.S.-based political parties, campaigns and other democracy-focused organizations including think tanks and other nonprofits. A company spokeswoman would not name or further characterize the...

Apple, Google continue inclusive push with new emoji

Jul. 17, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

Apple and Google are rolling out dozens of new emoji that include cute critters, of course, but also expand the number of images of human diversity. Apple Inc. is releasing new variants of its holding hands emoji that allow people to pick any combination of skin tone and gender, 75 possible combinations in all....

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EU fines chipmaker Qualcomm for 'predatory pricing'

Jul. 18, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In yet another European Union move against a U.S. tech company, the bloc's antitrust chief on Thursday fined chipmaker Qualcomm $271 million, accusing it of "predatory pricing" to drive a competitor out of the market. EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Qualcomm was abusing...

Third well planned for central Montana water project

Jul. 18, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has proposed drilling a third well as part of a project that aims to deliver water to about 5,000 households in central Montana. The Billings Gazette reported Thursday that the well planned near the community of Garneill would be drilled down to about...

South Korean political parties back Moon in Japan trade row

Jul. 18, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Setting aside their usual bickering, South Korean liberal and conservative parties on Thursday vowed to cooperate to help the Seoul government prevail in an escalating trade row with Japan. After a meeting between the parties' leaders and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at...

Facebook's Libra gets stark warning from G-7 finance chiefs

Jul. 18, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

CHANTILLY, France (AP) — Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven rich democracies issued a stark warning on Thursday that cryptocurrencies like Facebook's Libra should not be allowed before "serious regulatory and systemic concerns" are put in check. France, which this year chairs the G-7 gatherings on...

Officer finds explosive device in Lincoln alley

Jul. 18, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say the Lincoln fire department used a robot to pick up for disposal an explosive device found in an alley. Station KOLN reports that a police officer responding to a call a few blocks south of downtown found the device around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday. The Lincoln Fire &...

Bitcoin craze hits Iran as US sanctions squeeze weak economy

Jul. 18, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians feeling the squeeze from U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's ailing economy are increasingly turning to such digital currencies as Bitcoin to make money, prompting alarm in and out of the country. In Iran, some government officials worry that the energy-hungry...

The Latest: US still mulling retaliation for French tech tax

Jul. 18, 2019 6:53 AM EDT

CHANTILLY, France (AP) — The Latest on the G-7 finance ministers' meeting (all times local): 12:50 p.m. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the White House will press ahead with its investigation of France's digital tax, which is aimed at companies like Google and Amazon, as a possible unfair trade...

Nevada: Feds should restudy seismic risk at nuke dump site

Jul. 18, 2019 5:59 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) —        Nevada's governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department to look again at seismic risks of burying the nation's most radioactive nuclear waste at a site in...

Maine senator joins push to boost rural broadband access

Jul. 18, 2019 5:39 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine senator says a plan to boost innovation and job growth in rural areas by providing money for broadband access would benefit his state, much of which is forested and sparsely populated. Independent Sen. Angus King says he's getting behind the Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural...

EU clears Vodafone's $22 billion deal to expand in Europe

Jul. 18, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has cleared telecom operator Vodafone's acquisition of Liberty Global's operations in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania but has imposed some conditions. The EU Commission said that the deal, valued at 18.4 billion euros ($21.8 billion), will go ahead if...