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In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, photograph, Theresa Szczurek is shown in her office where she toils as the executive director of the Colorado Office of Information Technology in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Tech-starved government seeks industry's best, brightest

Feb. 17, 2020 1:36 PM EST

Denver (AP) — In this post-impeachment era of divisiveness and deadlock in the nation’s capital, Uncle Sam has a message for top U.S. technologists: I Still Want You. A Washington-based nerd strike force called the U.S. Digital Service is seeking private-sector coders, programmers and software...

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a campaign rally at the Buffalo Soldier Museum in Houston, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner stands at right. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Facebook's influencers nod shows murky side of campaign ads

Feb. 14, 2020 5:19 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook's green light for political campaigns to pay prominent social media users to spread their messages is highlighting the difficulties around setting rules for the fast-changing world of online political campaigning. The company's rule change comes days after Democratic...

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2018, file photo, the logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter reports earnings Thursday, Oct. 25. Twitter reported Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 that its fourth-quarter net earnings fell to $119 million from $255 million in the same period a year earlier but the number of daily users rose. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Twitter, Facebook fined for not moving user data to Russia

Feb. 13, 2020 8:45 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow fined Twitter and Facebook 4 million rubles each Thursday for refusing to store the personal data of Russian citizens on servers in Russia, the largest penalties imposed on Western technology companies under internet use laws. The fines of nearly $63,000 are the first...

FILE - This Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, shows the Federal Trade Commission building in Washington. Federal regulators are amping up their investigation of the market dominance of five giant tech companies, demanding detailed information on their acquisitions back to 2010.  The Federal Trade Commission announced the move Tuesday, issuing orders to Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Google's parent Alphabet Inc. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

US regulators probing 5 tech companies' acquisitions to 2010

Feb. 11, 2020 7:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are ramping up their investigation of the market dominance of giant tech companies, demanding detailed information on five companies' acquisitions of smaller firms back to 2010. The Federal Trade Commission announced the move Tuesday, issuing orders to Facebook,...

FILE- This July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Adam Pezen, Carlo Licata and Nimesh Patel are among the billions of Facebook users who use the site to keep up with friends. And like millions of others, the three men shared their own photographs and were

Unique Illinois privacy law leads to $550M Facebook deal

Feb. 9, 2020 10:54 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Pezen, Carlo Licata and Nimesh Patel are among millions of people who have been tagged in Facebook photos at some point in the past decade, sometimes at the suggestion of an automated tagging feature powered by facial recognition technology. It was their Illinois addresses, though,...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2011 file photo, traffic passes the New York Times building in New York.  The publisher of The New York Times posted a 20% gain in fourth-quarter profits as the paper continued to add digital subscribers, although ad revenue declined both online and in print. In 2019, the Times set a goal of 10 million subscribers by 2025, and hit the halfway mark in the latest quarter with 5.3 million print and digital subscribers. It sells access to its newspaper as well as separate subscriptions for its crosswords and recipes.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File

NY Times publisher's 4Q profit grows as it adds subscribers

Feb. 6, 2020 6:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of The New York Times posted a 20% gain in fourth-quarter profits as the paper continued to add digital subscribers, although ad revenue declined both online and in print. In 2019, the Times set a goal of 10 million subscribers by 2025, and hit the halfway mark in the latest...

FILE - This March 20, 2018 file photo shows the YouTube app on an iPad in Baltimore. YouTube is demanding that a facial recognition company that works with police stop harvesting its videos to identify the people in them.
The Google-owned video service said Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020  that it has sent a cease-and-desist letter to New York-based Clearview AI. The small firm has drawn scrutiny following investigative reports in January by the New York Times and Buzzfeed detailing its work with law enforcement agencies and its practice of scraping social media and other internet platforms for images. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Facebook, YouTube: Firm must stop scraping faces from sites

Feb. 5, 2020 8:55 PM EST

Facebook joined YouTube, Twitter and payment service Venmo on Wednesday in demanding that a facial recognition company stop harvesting user images to identify the people in them, which the startup does as part of its work with police. Facebook said it has demanded New York-based Clearview AI stop accessing or...

Stock trader Frank Masiello works at the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street, following gains overseas. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Asian shares up on China efforts despite virus worries

Feb. 4, 2020 10:32 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Wednesday on optimism that China's latest actions may help curtail some of the expected economic damage from the virus outbreak. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 1.1% to 23,330.11 in morning trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.3% to 6,967.20. South Korea's Kospi...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2019 file photo, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, speaks at the Justice Department in Washington. Delrahim, the Justice Department official leading the investigation of big tech companies’ market dominance is stepping aside from the department’s Google probe because of his previous lobbying work for Google. A person familiar with the matter says Delrahim is recusing himself from the investigation into Google. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on the condition of anonymity.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

US antitrust chief leaving Google probe because of lobbying

Feb. 4, 2020 5:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department official leading the investigation of big tech companies’ market dominance is stepping aside from the department’s Google probe because of his previous lobbying work for Google as a private attorney. Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, the...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the entrance hall of Google France in Paris. Ireland's Data Protection Commission said Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020, they have launched separate inquiries into Google and dating app Tinder over their processing of user data, in a fresh round of regulatory scrutiny aimed at tech companies.  (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Irish regulator probes Google, Tinder over data processing

Feb. 4, 2020 10:14 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Irish regulators have launched separate inquiries into Google and dating app Tinder over how they process user data, in a new round of regulatory scrutiny aimed at tech companies. Ireland's Data Protection Commission said Tuesday that it decided to look into how Google handles location data...