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All-girls school becomes 1st in US with varsity esports

Jul. 23, 2019 2:50 AM EDT

As a liaison at the U.S. Department of Education, J Collins watched as colleges by the dozen rolled out varsity esports programs, complete with scholarships, coaches and even some arenas. Collins had a gnawing concern: Gaming was beginning to have an impact on education, and at least anecdotally, the benefits...

Microsoft pays $25 million to settle corruption charges

Jul. 22, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is paying more than $25 million to settle federal corruption charges involving a bribery scheme in Hungary and other foreign offices. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Microsoft will pay about $16.6 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt...

What consumers should know about Equifax $700M settlement

Jul. 22, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

Equifax's $700 million settlement with the U.S. government over a massive 2017 data breach includes up to $425 million for consumers. The breach was one of the largest ever to threaten private information, affecting 147 million people. The compromised data included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses,...

Trump meets with chipmakers on Huawei, other economic issues

Jul. 22, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met with executives from several of the nation's leading chip and computer part makers Monday and discussed restrictions his administration has imposed on the sale of components to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, the White House said. Huawei is embroiled in...

Deepfake videos pose a threat, but 'dumbfakes' may be worse

Jul. 19, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

Sophisticated phony videos called deepfakes have attracted plenty of attention as a possible threat to election integrity. But a bigger problem for the 2020 U.S. presidential contest may be "dumbfakes" — simpler and more easily unmasked bogus videos that are easy and often cheap to produce. Unlike...

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NBA 2K League, Tencent sign deal for Chinese broadcasts

Jul. 23, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA 2K League has partnered with internet giant Tencent to stream games in China for the first time. The league announced the deal Tuesday. Tencent is the league's first distribution partner in China and will offer condensed postseason and finals games for the 2019 season. The playoffs...

Global stocks rise on hopes for US-China trade talks

Jul. 23, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets rose Tuesday on optimism over the potential re-opening of U.S.-China trade talks and despite heightened Middle East tensions. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested last week that trade envoys might meet in person following two rounds of phone conversations,...

All-girls school becomes 1st in US with varsity esports

Jul. 23, 2019 2:50 AM EDT

As a liaison at the U.S. Department of Education, J Collins watched as colleges by the dozen rolled out varsity esports programs, complete with scholarships, coaches and even some arenas. Collins had a gnawing concern: Gaming was beginning to have an impact on education, and at least anecdotally, the benefits...

Chris Kraft, 1st flight director for NASA, dies at 95

Jul. 22, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Behind America's late leap into orbit and triumphant small step on the moon was the agile mind and guts-of-steel of Chris Kraft, making split-second decisions that propelled the nation to once unimaginable heights. Kraft, the creator and longtime leader of NASA's Mission Control, died...

Trump meets with chipmakers on Huawei, other economic issues

Jul. 22, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met with executives from several of the nation's leading chip and computer part makers Monday and discussed restrictions his administration has imposed on the sale of components to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, the White House said. Huawei is embroiled in...

Leader of American Airlines pilots wants candor from Boeing

Jul. 22, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The new president of the American Airlines pilots' union says his group will help assure the public that the Boeing 737 Max is safe when it is cleared to fly again. But Eric Ferguson also says Boeing needs to fully explain how the Max differs from previous versions of the 737...

Police investigate if crashed car was partially self-driving

Jul. 22, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman was arrested after running a red light in a rented Tesla in San Francisco and causing a crash that killed a tourist and left his wife critically injured, authorities said Monday. Officers were investigating whether the Tesla, which was rented through the peer-to-peer car rental...

Equifax to pay up to $700M in data breach settlement

Jul. 22, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Equifax will pay at least $700 million — and potentially much more — to settle lawsuits over a 2017 data breach that exposed the Social Security numbers and similar sensitive information of roughly half of the U.S. population. The settlement with federal authorities and states...

What consumers should know about Equifax $700M settlement

Jul. 22, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

Equifax's $700 million settlement with the U.S. government over a massive 2017 data breach includes up to $425 million for consumers. The breach was one of the largest ever to threaten private information, affecting 147 million people. The compromised data included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses,...

Microsoft pays $25 million to settle corruption charges

Jul. 22, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is paying more than $25 million to settle federal corruption charges involving a bribery scheme in Hungary and other foreign offices. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Microsoft will pay about $16.6 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt...