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Colorado company sues IBM for development site contamination

Sep. 17, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado developing company has filed a lawsuit against a New York-based computer corporation for dumping toxic waste in a landfill decades ago. The Daily Camera reported Monday that Golden-based Stratus Redtail Ranch LLC filed a complaint against IBM and Woodward Inc. LLC for...

Estonia plans to restrict govt use of Huawei 5G technology

Sep. 14, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia, which is among Europe's most wired and technologically advanced nations, is set to restrict the use of equipment and technology from Chinese telecom giant Huawei in its government sector, citing security concerns and recommendations by the U.S., a key NATO ally. The Estonian news...

Lawmakers ask 4 big tech companies for documents in probe

Sep. 13, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers investigating the market dominance of Big Tech on Friday asked Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple for a broad range of documents, marking a step forward in Congress' bipartisan probe of the companies. Letters went out to the four companies from the leaders of the House Judiciary...

Google settles with labor board over employee speech

Sep. 12, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has reached a settlement over employees' ability to speak out about workplace issues after a former worker filed a complaint. Under the settlement with the National Labor Relations Board, Google said, the company will post notices to remind employees of their federal rights....

California could ban facial recognition technology for cops

Sep. 11, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies in California would be barred from using facial recognition technology in body cameras for three years under a bill that has cleared the state Senate. The state Senate voted 25-11 on Wednesday to temporarily ban the technology. The state Assembly must...

Israeli spyware firm adopts 'human rights policy'

Sep. 10, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli spyware company that has been accused of helping authoritarian governments stifle dissent says it has adopted "a new human rights policy" to ensure its software is not misused. The NSO Group said Tuesday it would institute a series of oversight measures to ensure adherence and...

Litify tech firm to open New Orleans office, create 20 jobs

Sep. 10, 2019 4:52 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A technology company that provides services to law firms is opening a regional office in New Orleans. State and local officials announced Monday that Litify is expected to create 20 new jobs by the end of next year. Louisiana's economic development office said the 20 jobs will provide an...

YouTube to pay $170M fine after violating kids' privacy law

Sep. 4, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google will pay $170 million to settle allegations its YouTube video service collected personal data on children without their parents' consent. The company agreed to work with video creators to label material aimed at kids and said it will limit data collection when users view such...

Poland pressured to say if it bought Israeli phone spyware

Sep. 4, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government came under pressure Wednesday to clarify whether it has purchased sophisticated and potentially illegal phone surveillance technology that has been used to stifle dissent in other countries. Opposition lawmakers asked Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki whether the...

Editorials from around Ohio

Sep. 3, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: ___ Gabbard's lawsuit puts Google on the spot Toledo Blade Sept. 3 Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has renewed the debate surrounding the outsized influence of tech companies in American politics with her lawsuit against...