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Apple to build new Austin hub, expand in other tech hotbeds

Dec. 13, 2018 3:58 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months...

AP Exclusive: Iran-linked hackers have tried to break into private emails of nuclear scientists, US sanctions officials

Dec. 13, 2018 6:01 AM EST
LONDON (AP) — AP Exclusive: Iran-linked hackers have tried to break into private emails of nuclear scientists, US sanctions officials.

Detention of Canadians raises stakes in China-US-Canada row

Dec. 13, 2018 10:54 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China confirmed Thursday that it has detained two Canadian men, raising the stakes in a three-way dispute over a Chinese technology executive facing possible extradition from Canada to the United States. Entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig were taken into custody...

Verizon loses bet on digital ads, takes $4.6B accounting hit

Dec. 12, 2018 12:28 PM EST

Verizon's big bet on digital advertising isn't panning out. The wireless company spent more than $4 billion to buy AOL and nearly $5 billion to buy Yahoo as part of an effort to compete with Facebook and Google in a growing market for digital advertising. Now, Verizon is slicing the value of those two businesses...

California mulls texting fee to help poor people get phones

Dec. 12, 2018 4:38 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor, according to a newspaper report Wednesday. The proposal is scheduled for a vote next month by the state Public...

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Russia social media influence efforts ongoing, report says

Dec. 17, 2018 12:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's sweeping political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media was more far-reaching than originally thought, with troll farms working to discourage black voters and "blur the lines between reality and fiction" to help elect Donald Trump in 2016, according to reports released...

Silicon Valley East: Google plans $1B expansion in New York

Dec. 17, 2018 12:19 PM EST

Silicon Valley is becoming Silicon Nation. Google is planning a major expansion in New York City, announcing Monday it will spend more than $1 billion on a new office complex that will allow the internet search giant to double the number of people it employs there. The move follows similar steps by Amazon and...

First private Israeli lunar mission will launch in February

Dec. 17, 2018 11:47 AM EST

YEHUD, Israel (AP) — An Israeli nonprofit on Monday said it has pushed back the launch of what it hopes will be the first private spacecraft to land on the moon until February. Officials from SpaceIL and its project partner, the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, announced that the landing craft,...

US and European stocks dip again as health companies fall

Dec. 17, 2018 11:46 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly lower Monday, although they've steadied after a rocky start. Health insurers and hospitals are falling after a judge in Texas ruled that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Retailers are also sinking, but banks are rising. Other companies that tend to do...

California withdraws 'text tax' after FCC ruling

Dec. 17, 2018 11:38 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators have canceled a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones. The California Public Utilities Commission reversed course after a Federal Communications Commission ruling last week classified text messaging as an information service and not a...

Gift Guide: Some tech gadgets that actually fill a real need

Dec. 17, 2018 11:37 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes you can sense that tech products are striving to solve problems that are manufactured by their manufacturers. Smartwatches, for instance, have long been a nifty idea — but they've offered few tangible benefits for anyone but health and fitness enthusiasts. That's why it's...

Czech cyber security agency warns against use of Huawei

Dec. 17, 2018 11:10 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's cyber security watchdog is warning against the use of products by Chinese electronics giant Huawei and another Chinese telecommunications company, ZTE. The National Cyber and Information Security Agency said Monday that their software and hardware pose "a security...

US, China spar again over respective trade policies

Dec. 17, 2018 10:05 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — China and the United States clashed again over their respective trade policies Monday at a time the two countries are trying to iron out their differences so further U.S. tariffs are not imposed on Chinese goods. Dennis Shea, the U.S. ambassador to the WTO, said criticism from China about the...

Report: China is driving use of armed drones in Middle East

Dec. 17, 2018 7:21 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The use of armed drones in the Middle East, driven largely by sales from China, has grown significantly in the past few years with an increasing number of countries and other parties using them in regional conflicts to lethal effects, a new report said Monday. The report by the Royal United...

Google will spend $1 billion to establish 1.7 million square-foot campus in New York City

Dec. 17, 2018 6:50 AM EST
NEW YORK (AP) — Google will spend $1 billion to establish 1.7 million square-foot campus in New York City.