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Hints of Democratic agenda as Google CEO testifies

Dec. 11, 2018 4:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google CEO Sundar Pichai — and other tech executives who may be watching — got hints Tuesday of what issues they can expect to face as Democrats take control of the House in three weeks. While Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee grilled Pichai on what they perceive...

Russian official offers to unveil correspondence with US

Dec. 11, 2018 8:03 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A top official at Russia's cybersecurity agency has offered to publish its communications with American counterparts during the 2016 U.S. election campaign. Nikolai Murashov, a deputy head of the Russian National Coordinating Center for Computer Incidents, said Tuesday that the first U.S....

Huawei CFO gets bail; China detains ex-Canadian diplomat

Dec. 12, 2018 12:25 AM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian court granted bail Tuesday to a top Chinese executive arrested at the United States' request in a case that has set off a diplomatic furor among the three countries and complicated high-stakes U.S.-China trade talks. Hours before the bail hearing in Vancouver,...

Chinese court bans some iPhones over Qualcomm dispute

Dec. 10, 2018 2:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm says it's won an order in a Chinese court banning some Apple phones in China as part of a long-running dispute over patents. Qualcomm said Monday that the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China has granted preliminary injunctions ordering four Chinese...

How to plan your smart home - and weigh privacy risks

Dec. 10, 2018 10:07 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — You might have heard of lights that turn off with an app or voice command. Or window shades that magically rise every morning. Technology companies are pushing the "smart home" hard, selling appliances and gadgets that offer internet-connected conveniences you didn't know you needed. But...

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Google grilled in Congress: What's ahead for tech companies

Dec. 12, 2018 2:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. lawmakers' grilling of Google CEO Sundar Pichai may have sounded like a broken record, but it amplified the prickly issues facing tech companies as Democrats prepare to take control of the House next month. The 3 1/2-hour hearing Tuesday hit upon familiar themes — online...

"Little League for esports" hopes to organize youth gaming

Dec. 12, 2018 2:51 AM EST

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Christian Pineda plays a lot of video games, but he's best at "Minecraft." Hunched over a laptop in the front row of a half-full movie theater last month, the 13-year-old eagerly showed off why. "I basically know the controls like the back of my hand," he said before turning his...

Huawei CFO gets bail; China detains ex-Canadian diplomat

Dec. 12, 2018 12:25 AM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian court granted bail Tuesday to a top Chinese executive arrested at the United States' request in a case that has set off a diplomatic furor among the three countries and complicated high-stakes U.S.-China trade talks. Hours before the bail hearing in Vancouver,...

Rhode Island sues Google over privacy lapse

Dec. 12, 2018 1:05 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has filed a lawsuit against Google over a recent privacy flaw that exposed the personal information of 52.5 million Google Plus users. State General Treasurer Seth Magaziner tells WPRI-TV the class-action lawsuit filed Monday accuses Google executives of misleading...

University of Hawaii at Hilo plans aeronautical program

Dec. 12, 2018 12:20 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The University of Hawaii at Hilo has been cleared to launch a four-year degree program in aeronautical science. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the university's board of regents approved last month the provisional Bachelor of Science in two new concentrations: commercial professional...

Coal research facility's completion date pushed back 3 years

Dec. 12, 2018 12:11 AM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A facility that plans to allow companies to build pilot plants to test coal conversion technologies has been pushed back three years. The Gillette News Record reports officials have requested for the completion deadline of the Advanced Carbon Products Innovation Center planned for a...

The Latest: Trump says he could intervene in Huawei case

Dec. 11, 2018 7:28 PM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The latest on the arrest in Canada of Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou. (all times local): 4:25 p.m. President Donald Trump says he would consider intervening in the Justice Department's case against a top Chinese executive if it would be in the interest of U.S....

US military's Aegis system intercepts test missile in Hawaii

Dec. 11, 2018 6:39 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. military's land-based Aegis missile defense system has intercepted an intermediate range ballistic missile in a test near Hawaii. The Missile Defense Agency said Monday's test showed an interceptor missile the military is developing with Japan is ready to be manufactured. Defense...

Christmas tree farmers aim to boost sales via social media

Dec. 11, 2018 6:37 PM EST

TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) — Rosa Villarreal's three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement palpable as they raced from evergreen to evergreen. The boys, ages 2, 4 and 6, were picking out a real tree this year — a new tradition their young parents...

NASA's Mars lander takes selfie from above with robotic arm

Dec. 11, 2018 6:27 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's new Mars lander has taken a selfie from above, using a camera on its long robotic arm. The InSight lander snapped a series of pictures that NASA turned into a stunning mosaic, released Tuesday. InSight landed on Mars on Nov. 26. In the two weeks since, scientists are...