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Q&A: Binance CEO on bubbles, meme coins and crypto's swings

Nov. 17, 2021 07:34 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, doesn't try to explain why some cryptocurrencies that started purely as a joke have surged so much in price. He also doesn't want to say if the exuberance for meme coins like Dogecoin is...

Leaders in Paris call for protecting children online

Nov. 11, 2021 15:00 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Internet giants, including social media apps Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat, joined several world leaders to issue a global call to better protect children online at a Paris summit on Thursday. The call, initiated by France and the U.N. child...

Augmented reality project brings Olympics birthplace to life

Nov. 10, 2021 10:18 AM EST

OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — What would it be like to walk around the ancient religious sanctuary of Olympia when the Olympic Games were held? An unusual partnership between Microsoft and Greece’s Ministry of Culture and Sport is offering visitors the answer, launching an...

Japan game maker Nintendo sees no quick fix for chips crunch

Nov. 05, 2021 00:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The shortage in computer chips needed to make the Nintendo Switch machine is a serious problem unlikely to be resolved soon, the president of the Japanese video-game maker said Friday. “The extremely tight situation remains, and the future is...

US puts new controls on Israeli spyware company NSO Group

Nov. 03, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Biden administration announced Wednesday it is putting new export limits on Israel's NSO Group, the world’s most infamous hacker-for-hire company, saying its tools have been used to “conduct transnational repression.” The company, whose...

Facebook to shut down face-recognition system, delete data

Nov. 02, 2021 22:11 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Facebook said it will shut down its face-recognition system and delete the faceprints of more than 1 billion people amid growing concerns about the technology and its misuse by governments, police and others. “This change will represent one of...

Yahoo pulls out of China, citing 'challenging' environment

Nov. 02, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Yahoo Inc. said Tuesday it has pulled out of China, citing an increasingly challenging operating environment. The withdrawal was largely symbolic, as many of the company's services were already blocked by China's digital censorship. But recent...

In the middle of a crisis, Facebook Inc. renames itself Meta

Oct. 28, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Like many companies in trouble before it, Facebook is changing its name and logo. Facebook Inc. is now called Meta Platforms Inc., or Meta for short, to reflect what CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday is its commitment to developing the new...

EXPLAINER: What is the metaverse and how will it work?

Oct. 28, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

The term “metaverse" is the latest buzzword to capture the tech industry's imagination — so much so that one of the best-known internet platforms is rebranding to signal its embrace of the futuristic idea. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Thursday announcement that he's...

EXPLAINER: What is the metaverse and how will it work?

Oct. 28, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

The term “metaverse" is the latest buzzword to capture the tech industry's imagination — so much so that one of the best-known internet platforms is rebranding to signal its embrace of the futuristic idea. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Thursday announcement that he's...