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APNewsBreak: Tesla in Autopilot mode sped up before crashing

May. 25, 2018 1:29 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Tesla that crashed while in Autopilot mode in Utah this month accelerated in the seconds before it smashed into a stopped firetruck, according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press. Two people were injured. Data from the Model S electric vehicle show it picked up speed...

Facebook to label election-related 'issue ads' in US

May. 24, 2018 6:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is expanding its advertising disclosure requirements to cover all U.S. ads on polarized issues such as gun control and abortion rights, even if they don't endorse a particular candidate. Ads coming from specific candidates have already included a disclosure label since October....

California court: Defendants get crack at some social media

May. 24, 2018 8:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook and other social media companies can be compelled to give criminal defendants preparing for trial user content that is already public, California's highest court ruled Thursday. The state Supreme Court's ruling gives an opening to defense lawyers whose requests for information...

Jury says Samsung must pay $539M for copying parts of iPhone

May. 24, 2018 8:10 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A jury has decided Samsung must pay Apple $539 million in damages for illegally copying some of the iPhone's features to lure people into buying its competing products. The verdict reached Thursday is the latest twist in a legal battle that began in 2011. Apple contends Samsung...

Feds: Uber self-driving SUV saw pedestrian, did not brake

May. 24, 2018 7:48 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The autonomous Uber SUV that struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, but did not stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled, according to federal...

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Oil prices fall sharply, pulling energy companies with them

May. 25, 2018 2:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Energy companies and oil prices are falling sharply again Friday on reports OPEC countries plan to produce more oil soon. Airlines are climbing as investors anticipate lower fuel costs. Overall, major market indexes are mostly lower. Another decline in bond yields is hurting banks but...

APNewsBreak: Tesla in Autopilot mode sped up before crashing

May. 25, 2018 1:29 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Tesla that crashed while in Autopilot mode in Utah this month accelerated in the seconds before it smashed into a stopped firetruck, according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press. Two people were injured. Data from the Model S electric vehicle show it picked up speed...

Universities study Alaskan-Aleutian subduction zone quakes

May. 25, 2018 10:29 AM EDT

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Researchers from Cornell University plan to explore why some areas along the Alaskan-Aleutian subduction zone are hotbeds for earthquakes, while others are relatively quiet. The researchers this week are placing underwater sensors in 75 locations around the island and west of it, The...

London police seize bitcoin worth $667,000 from hacker

May. 25, 2018 9:29 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — London police have seized half a million pounds ($667,000) worth of bitcoin from a prolific computer hacker in a case described as the first of its kind for the 188-year-old department. Cybercrime detectives seized the bitcoin from Grant West, 26, who was sentenced to 10 years and 8 months in...

China says US commerce secretary due June 2 for talks

May. 25, 2018 8:03 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China says U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will arrive in Beijing on June 2 for more talks on settling a sprawling dispute over technology policy and China's trade surplus with the United States. An announcement by the official Xinhua News Agency on Friday said the two sides will...

The Latest: Complaints vs Google, Facebook under new EU law

May. 25, 2018 7:37 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the European Union's new data privacy law (all times local): 12:35 p.m. A group that campaigns for data protection rights in Europe says it's filed legal complaints against Google, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp over the way they obtain users' consent under new EU privacy...

Amid confusion, EU data privacy law goes into effect

May. 25, 2018 6:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Lars Andersen's business handles some of the most sensitive data there is — the names and phone numbers of children. The owner of London-based My Nametags, which makes personalized nametags to iron into children's clothing, says protecting that information is fundamental to his...

AP Explains: What's changing under new data privacy rules

May. 25, 2018 6:16 AM EDT

Europe's new data and privacy rules take effect Friday, clarifying individual rights to the personal data collected by companies around the world for targeted advertising and other purposes. Years in the making, the rules are prompting companies to rewrite their privacy policies and in some cases, apply the...

Thai police probe suspected illegal e-waste recycling

May. 25, 2018 5:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police have raided several factories near Bangkok that allegedly were using a loophole to illegally import and process electronic waste. Police and industry ministry officials said Friday that they were still investigating after raids this week on at least four factories in industrial...

University of Vermont reports data breach, investigation

May. 25, 2018 1:23 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont says it is taking steps to address a data breach reported this week. UVM officials said Thursday that the breach could lead to malicious use of university usernames and passwords, but say they do not believe any personal information was compromised. WCAX-TV...