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Melinda Gates speaks on smoothing the shift to digital age

Oct. 19, 2018 12:49 AM EDT

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Instead of destroying jobs and leaving legions of people without work, the digital revolution can open doors to unseen opportunities and industries, but only if everyone has access to the internet and the ability to use it, Melinda Gates said in a recent interview with The...

What's next for Paul Allen's big investments? It's not clear

Oct. 18, 2018 6:28 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Prior to his death on Monday, billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen invested large sums in technology ventures, research projects and philanthropy, some of it eclectic and highly speculative. What happens to those commitments now? Outside of bland assurances from his investment...

Startup plans to launch small satellites from Virginia coast

Oct. 18, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A California-based startup has announced big plans to go small as it reaches into space, rocketing satellites the size of loaves of bread into orbit from Virginia. The endeavor reflects increasing demand from companies and governments alike to monitor ships, crops and the weather from...

Facebook's election 'war room' takes aim at fake information

Oct. 18, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — In an otherwise innocuous part of Facebook's expansive Silicon Valley campus, a locked door bears a taped-on sign that reads "War Room." Behind the door lies a nerve center the social network has set up to combat fake accounts and bogus news stories ahead of upcoming elections....

States and feds unite on election security after '16 clashes

Oct. 18, 2018 5:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weeks before the 2016 election, federal officials started making mysterious calls to the head of elections in Inyo County, California. They asked her to contact them if she noticed anything unusual. But they wouldn't elaborate. "I asked them: 'How am I going to be able to protect against...

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China's growth slows as officials try to reassure investors

Oct. 19, 2018 12:03 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China reported economic growth sank to a post-global crisis low as finance officials launched a media blitz Friday to shore up confidence in its sagging stock market. Growth in the quarter that ended in September slipped to 6.5 percent over a year earlier from the previous quarter's 6.7...

What's at stake if investors begin to shun Saudi Arabia

Oct. 19, 2018 10:48 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The disappearance of a Saudi journalist last seen entering the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul has shaken businesses' confidence in the country as a place to do business, with potential consequences for billions of dollars in investments into and out of the country. It's a blow,...

City pays $2,000 in computer ransomware attack

Oct. 19, 2018 10:33 AM EDT

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut city has paid $2,000 to restore access to its computer system after a ransomware attack. West Haven officials said Thursday they paid the money to anonymous attackers through the digital currency bitcoin to unlock 23 servers and restore access to city data. The attack...

Former deputy UK leader Nick Clegg takes post with Facebook

Oct. 19, 2018 10:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook has hired former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to head its global policy and communications teams, enlisting a veteran of European Union politics to help it with increased regulatory scrutiny in the region. Clegg, 51, will become a vice president of the social media giant,...

Financial watchdog: Regulate cryptocurrencies now, or else

Oct. 19, 2018 9:41 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A global financial body says governments worldwide must establish rules for virtual currencies like bitcoin to stop criminals from using them to launder money or finance terrorism. The Financial Action Task Force said Friday that from next year it will start assessing whether countries are...

Spain considers new taxes on internet companies

Oct. 19, 2018 8:24 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Socialist government wants to introduce new taxes on big internet companies and on financial transactions as a way of paying for improved pensions and public services. The proposed tax on digital services will be levied on companies with annual revenue of more than 750 million euros...

Russia to build two-reactor nuclear plant in Uzbekistan

Oct. 19, 2018 7:55 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and the president of Uzbekistan have agreed that Russia will build the ex-Soviet republic's first nuclear power plant. During Putin's visit to the Uzbek capital of Tashkent on Friday, he and President Shavkat Mirziyoyev ordered the start of preliminary work at...

Europe, Japan ready spacecraft for 7-year journey to Mercury

Oct. 19, 2018 7:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Final preparations were underway Friday for the launch of a joint mission by European and Japanese space agencies to send twin probes to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun. An Ariane 5 rocket is scheduled to lift the uncrewed spacecraft into orbit from French Guiana shortly before...

China says ex-Internet czar on trial over corruption charges

Oct. 19, 2018 7:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's former internet censor, who once held high-profile meetings with industry leaders such as Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, was standing trial Friday on corruption allegations, state media reported. Lu Wei is accused of accepting 32 million yuan ($4.6 million)...

Melinda Gates speaks on smoothing the shift to digital age

Oct. 19, 2018 12:49 AM EDT

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Instead of destroying jobs and leaving legions of people without work, the digital revolution can open doors to unseen opportunities and industries, but only if everyone has access to the internet and the ability to use it, Melinda Gates said in a recent interview with The...