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Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering

Aug. 20, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet — or at least on Facebook. Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps. The company said Tuesday that it is...

Trump attacks on Google recycle baseless claims

Aug. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump has been on a tear about Google that traces back to a series of unfounded claims about the technology giant circulating among conservatives. Among those claims: that Google interferes with U.S. elections, is biased against conservatives and prefers working with...

AP Explains: US sanctions on Huawei bite, but who gets hurt?

Aug. 20, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

Chinese technology giant Huawei has yet to feel the full force of U.S. sanctions due to temporary exemptions and other uncertainties. Nonetheless, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says he expects no permanent relief because of the political climate in Washington. In an interview with The Associated Press, he also...

Twitter shuts Chinese accounts targeting Hong Kong protests

Aug. 20, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter said it has suspended more than 200,000 accounts that it believes were part of a Chinese government influence campaign targeting the protest movement in Hong Kong. The company also said Monday it will ban ads from state-backed media companies, expanding a prohibition it first...

Ransomware attack hits more than 20 Texas local governments

Aug. 20, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — More than 20 local governments in Texas were targeted in a coordinated ransomware attack of unprecedented size on Friday, but several of the cities had resumed normal operations by Tuesday, state officials said. The Texas Department of Information Resources said in a statement that it...

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Pfizer expands N Carolina gene therapy plant, adds 300 jobs

Aug. 21, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

SANFORD, N.C. (AP) — Drug giant Pfizer is expanding its North Carolina manufacturing plant for gene-therapy medicines to treat rare diseases, adding about 300 jobs. The New York City-based company said Wednesday it plans to spend about $500 million to expand its plant in Sanford to improve production of...

Pentagon cancels billion-dollar missile defense project

Aug. 21, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is pulling the plug on a billion-dollar, technically troubled project to build a better weapon that would destroy incoming missiles. The move is aimed in part at considering new approaches to missile defense at a time of rapid technological change. The announced reason for...

Putin says mysterious explosion posed no radiation threat

Aug. 21, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Wednesday that a recent deadly explosion at a military testing site in northwestern Russia hasn't posed any radiation threat, but he remained coy about the circumstances of the mysterious incident. Speaking after talks in Helsinki with Finnish...

Detectives: 1994 technology slowed search for serial killer

Aug. 21, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It wasn't hard for Daytona Beach police to figure out who killed John Hardy Roberts in March 1994: Gary Ray Bowles left a probation document at the scene and also was caught on an ATM camera trying to withdraw money from Roberts' account. He later confessed. What proved more...

Amazon to expand hub in Portland with 400 jobs

Aug. 21, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Amazon says it will double the size of its tech hub in Portland, Oregon by adding 400 jobs. The Oregonian/Oregonlive reported Wednesday that Amazon's Portland operations date to 2015, when it paid $296 million for Portland startup Elemental Technology. Amazon says it has added 3,500...

Senior MIT lab staffer to resign over Epstein donation

Aug. 21, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A senior employee of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab says he plans to resign over revelations the lab took money from Jeffrey Epstein. Ethan Zuckerman, director of the lab's Center for Civic Media, says director Joi Ito failed to disclose the deceased financier's...

Cops boost traffic enforcement near Hawaii telescope protest

Aug. 21, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — Police have issued about 100 tickets daily since last week for parking and traffic violations near the site of a protest against the construction of another telescope on Hawaii's tallest mountain. Big Island officers are not targeting protesters of the Thirty Meter Telescope...

Germany charges Russian for violating trade embargo

Aug. 21, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's federal prosecutor has charged a Russian citizen for crimes against the foreign trade law because he allegedly exported technology and chemicals to Russia that fall under an embargo. Prosecutors in Karlsruhe said Wednesday that Vladimir D., whose full name and age were not given,...

Thailand to set up center to combat 'fake news'

Aug. 21, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government on Wednesday announced a plan to set up a center to combat unverified news on social media platforms, rejecting concerns that it might be used to suppress free speech. The planned center's goal would be to fight all kinds of fake news, with a focus on misinformation...

In his words: Huawei CEO says company will not be crushed

Aug. 21, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said that U.S. restrictions on access to technology would not defeat the Chinese telecom equipment maker and that the United States and Australia should hold off on buying Huawei's 5G network gear if they fear it is a security risk. The U.S. has...