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British cyber expert pleads guilty to creating malware

Apr. 20, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A British cybersecurity researcher credited with stopping a worldwide computer virus has pleaded guilty to developing malware to steal banking information. Federal prosecutors in Wisconsin and Marcus Hutchins' attorneys said in a joint court filing Friday that the 24-year-old agreed to...

SpaceX capsule suffers 'anomaly,' smoke seen for miles

Apr. 20, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Officials say SpaceX's new capsule for astronauts suffered an "anomaly" during a routine engine test firing in Florida, causing smoke to be seen for miles. Forty-fifth Space Wing Spokesman Jim Williams tells Florida Today that the anomaly happened Saturday at Cape Canaveral Air...

Report: FTC considering oversight of Facebook's Zuckerberg

Apr. 19, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are reportedly considering seeking some kind of oversight of Mark Zuckerberg's leadership of Facebook over the social network giant's mishandling of users' personal information. Discussions between Facebook and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission officials about its...

Toyota, SoftBank fund, Denso invest $1 billion in Uber

Apr. 19, 2019 1:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top automaker Toyota, auto parts maker Denso and internet company SoftBank's investment fund are investing $1 billion in car-sharing Uber's technology unit. The Japanese companies said Friday that Toyota Motor Corp. and Denso Corp. will together invest $667 million and SoftBank Corp.'s...

Tesla wants to cut size of board from 11 directors to 7

Apr. 20, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Tesla plans to cut its board of directors from 11 to seven in a move the electric-car maker says will allow the board to act more nimbly and efficiently. Tesla says the four directors who will depart aren't leaving because of any disagreement with the company. The board has come...

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Telehealth company sues Indiana for ban on online eye exams

Apr. 21, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Chicago-based telehealth company that provides online eye testing is challenging Indiana's ban on doctors using online vision tests to issue prescriptions for corrective lenses. Visibly, formerly known as Opternative, filed the lawsuit in Marion County, taking issue with the 2016...

Texting service aims to aid Indiana mothers, their babies

Apr. 21, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's health commissioner says a newly launched texting service aims to connect Hoosier women with services and information that can promote a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. The Indiana State Department of Health says the texting service that's part of its MOMS Helpline will...

Harvey-damaged library to be transformed into a tech center

Apr. 21, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston public library that was already closed for renovations when it was damaged by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 will reopen next year as the city's first full TECHLink center. TECHLink is a digital creative space that offers access to numerous state-of-the-art technologies. A $1.6 million...

Maine senator backs push to narrow "digital divide" in US

Apr. 21, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A group of U.S. senators including Maine independent Sen. Angus King is introducing legislation designed to narrow the "digital divide" in the U.S. King's office says in a statement the legislation would create a pair of $125 million grant programs focusing on projects that provide...

City of Newport to seek grant for EV charging station

Apr. 21, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — The city of Newport wants to welcome drivers of electric vehicles with charging stations for them. The Caledonian Record reports the Newport City Council voted this week to seek a state grant of less than $30,000 with a 10 percent city match to install a two-port EV charging station....

SpaceX capsule suffers 'anomaly,' smoke seen for miles

Apr. 20, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Officials say SpaceX's new capsule for astronauts suffered an "anomaly" during a routine engine test firing in Florida, causing smoke to be seen for miles. Forty-fifth Space Wing Spokesman Jim Williams tells Florida Today that the anomaly happened Saturday at Cape Canaveral Air...

Doctor-services firm says private data of patients exposed

Apr. 20, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Nationwide physician-staffing company EmCare says a breach exposed personal data for about 31,000 patients, including in some cases their Social Security numbers and clinical information. EmCare Inc. said Saturday that an unauthorized third party gained access to the information through...

George Zimmerman banned from Tinder dating app

Apr. 20, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The ex-neighborhood watch volunteer who killed an unarmed black teen in Florida in 2012 has been banned from the dating app Tinder. An emailed statement from Tinder cited users' safety as a reason for removing George Zimmerman's profile. An article by Tampa, Florida, weekly Creative Loafing...

Players boycotting social media over racism receive abuse

Apr. 20, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Some soccer players in England boycotting social media in a protest against racism were targeted with abuse for posting about the 24-hour campaign. Talks with the social media companies are now being urgently sought by the Professional Footballers' Association, which coordinated...

British cyber expert pleads guilty to creating malware

Apr. 20, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A British cybersecurity researcher credited with stopping a worldwide computer virus has pleaded guilty to developing malware to steal banking information. Federal prosecutors in Wisconsin and Marcus Hutchins' attorneys said in a joint court filing Friday that the 24-year-old agreed to...