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DoorDash sues New York City over rights to customer data

Sep. 15, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

DoorDash is suing New York City over a new law that requires delivery companies to share customer data with restaurants. The lawsuit filed Wednesday is the latest in a string of legal tussles between delivery companies and local governments, reflecting unease over the...

Apple delays iPhone photo-scanning plan amid fierce backlash

Sep. 03, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Apple is indefinitely delaying plans to scan iPhones in the U.S. for images of child sexual abuse following an outcry from security and privacy experts who warned the technology could be exploited for other surveillance purposes by hackers and intrusive governments....

Insider Q&A: What's next for student loans in the COVID era

Aug. 30, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Before starting advocacy group the Student Borrower Protection Center, Seth Frotman was the Student Loan Ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. That's effectively the federal government's point person for student loan issues. Frotman held...

T-Mobile CEO says "truly sorry" for hack of 50M users' data

Aug. 27, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — T-Mobile says it has notified nearly all of the millions of customers whose personal data was stolen and that it is “truly sorry” for the breach. CEO Mike Sievert said in a written statement Friday that the company spends lots of effort to try...

The secret bias hidden in mortgage-approval algorithms

Aug. 25, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

The new four-bedroom house in Charlotte, North Carolina, was Crystal Marie and Eskias McDaniels’ personal American dream, the reason they had moved to this Southern town from pricey Los Angeles a few years ago. A lush, long lawn, 2,700 square feet of living space, a...

Progressive Dem Morgan Harper enters US Senate race in Ohio

Aug. 18, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Progressive Morgan Harper jumped into the race for an open U.S. Senate seat in Ohio on Wednesday, promising to turn next year's primary against U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan into another test of the left wing's strength within the Democratic party. Harper,...

EXPLAINER: What the $65B broadband service plan will do

Aug. 11, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

The Senate's $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan includes a $65 billion investment in broadband that the White House says will “deliver reliable, affordable, high-speed internet to every household." It may not actually achieve that, but it's a major step in that...

Without 'right to repair,' businesses lose time and money

Aug. 10, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

As software and other technologies get infused in more and more products, manufacturers are increasingly making those products difficult to repair, potentially costing business owners time and money. Makers of products ranging from smartphones to farm equipment can...

Syria's Assad names new Cabinet, few changes in ministries

Aug. 10, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad appointed a new government on Tuesday, leaving most key posts unchanged in the war-torn country, state media reported. The development comes nearly three months after Assad's re-election for another seven-year term. The vote...

Coalition of Portland bars requiring proof of vaccination

Aug. 06, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A coalition of bars in Portland, Oregon has banded together to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the door as the delta variant spreads throughout the state. The coalition of 15 bars is being organized by Teardrop Cocktail Lounge owner Daniel...