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US seeks to blacklist Chinese artificial intelligence firms

Oct. 8, 2019 7:13 AM EDT

The United States is blacklisting a group of Chinese tech companies that develop facial recognition and other artificial intelligence technology that the U.S. says is being used to repress China's Muslim minority groups. A move Monday by the U.S. Commerce Department puts the companies on a so-called Entity List...

Goodbye, iTunes: Once-revolutionary app gone in Mac update

Oct. 7, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's time to bid farewell to iTunes, the once-revolutionary program that made online music sales mainstream and effectively blunted the impact of piracy. That assumes, of course, that you still use iTunes — and many people no longer do. On iPhones, the functions have long been...

Crusading tech mogul aims to prove CEOs can be activists too

Oct. 4, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Salesforce founder Marc Benioff oversees a $130 billion software empire from a 62-story skyscraper that towers above everything else in San Francisco. But he sits uneasily in his lofty perch because of a worsening economic divide on the streets down below, where the lavish pay doled...

US authorities seek access to Facebook encrypted messaging

Oct. 3, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Attorney General William Barr and other U.S., U.K. and Australian officials are pressing Facebook to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages sent by ordinary users, re-igniting tensions between tech companies and law enforcement. Facebook’s WhatsApp already uses...

Insider Q&A: Venturing in the Midwest with a VC founder

Oct. 7, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jan Garfinkle is not your typical VC founder, and not just because she's a rare woman running a venture capital firm she founded nearly two decades ago. Though she hails from the Bay Area, she started Arboretum Ventures, a health care VC firm, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also serves as...

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Army's use of TikTok app raises concerns on Capitol Hill

Nov. 12, 2019 6:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army's use of a China-owned video app called TikTok as part of a new campaign to recruit young people into the service is raising concerns on Capitol Hill. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy asking about potential national security risks posed...

Google's health care ambitions now involve patient data

Nov. 12, 2019 5:22 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google announced a partnership with a large U.S. health care system aimed at modernizing its information system and providing new tools for doctors, in the tech giant's latest foray into the health industry. Announcement of its arrangement with the Catholic health care system Ascension...

US stock indexes turn mixed after early rally loses momentum

Nov. 12, 2019 4:53 PM EST

Stocks on Wall Street closed with modest gains Tuesday after an early rally lost momentum toward the end of the day. The Nasdaq composite still finished with its second record high in three days, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended unchanged from the all-time high it set a day earlier. The S&P 500...

Markets Right Now: Stocks manage meager gains on Wall Street

Nov. 12, 2019 4:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks are closing with tiny gains on Wall Street, eking out another record high close for the Nasdaq. Health care and materials companies rose the most on Tuesday, but the gains were checked by losses in real estate,...

AP Exclusive: FBI eyes how Pennsylvania approved pipeline

Nov. 12, 2019 3:31 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The FBI has begun a corruption investigation into how Gov. Tom Wolf's administration came to issue permits for construction on a multibillion-dollar pipeline project to carry highly volatile natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania, The Associated Press has learned. FBI agents have...

Google's health care ambitions now involve patient data

Nov. 12, 2019 2:36 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is working with large health care system Ascension, the latest foray into the health industry by the tech giant. The partnership is intended to use artificial intelligence to find patterns that could help doctors, but some are concerned about privacy and protecting patients'...

Disney Plus suffers some technical difficulties at launch

Nov. 12, 2019 2:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney's brand-new streaming service Disney Plus may be a victim of its own success. The $7-a-month service offering an array of Disney classics and new shows suffered some technical difficulties hours after launching at 3 a.m. E.T. on Tuesday. The problems started a little before 7 a.m.,...

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Nov. 12, 2019 12:34 PM EST

App Store Official Charts for the week ending November 10, 2019: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations 4. iSchedule, HotSchedules 5. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi 6. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 7. Procreate Pocket, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd 8....

Report: Election vendors are 'prime targets,' need oversight

Nov. 12, 2019 11:54 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The private companies that make voting equipment and build and maintain voter registration databases lack any meaningful federal oversight despite the crucial role they play in U.S. elections, leaving the nation's electoral process vulnerable to attack, according to a new report. The Brennan...

After boost from Perry, supporters got huge Ukraine gas deal

Nov. 12, 2019 7:43 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two political supporters of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry secured a potentially lucrative oil and gas exploration deal from the Ukrainian government soon after Perry proposed one of the men as an adviser to the country's new president. Perry's efforts to influence Ukraine's energy...