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Court agrees to take on US-Microsoft dispute over emails

17 Oct 2017 0 Comments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take on a major dispute over the government's authority to force American technology companies to hand over emails and other digital information sought in criminal probes but stored outside the U.S. The justices intervened in a case of a federal drug trafficking investigation that sought emails that Microsoft keeps on a server in Ireland. The federal appeals court in New York said that the emails are beyond the reach of a search Read more [...]

Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl

17 Oct 2017 0 Comments
BOSTON (AP) -- A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl. The report, released Tuesday by the Boston Consulting Group and the World Economic Forum, is a mostly optimistic take on how autonomous vehicles could change cities. Three companies are now testing self-driving cars in Boston's Seaport District. One of them, NuTonomy, Read more [...]

Netflix sinking deeper into debt to fuel subscriber growth

17 Oct 2017 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Netflix is sinking deeper into debt in its relentless pursuit of more viewers, leaving the company little margin for error as it tries to build the world's biggest video subscription service. The big burden that Netflix is shouldering hasn't been a major concern on Wall Street so far, as CEO Reed Hastings' strategy has been paying off. The billions of dollars that Netflix has borrowed to pay for exclusive series such as "House of Cards," ''Stranger Things," and Read more [...]

Shares of TV providers drop as AT&T warns of video losses

16 Oct 2017 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Signs that more people are dropping their traditional TV subscriptions weighed on TV providers' stocks Thursday. ATT said it lost 90,000 video subscribers in the U.S. in the third quarter. It's a steeper drop than the same period last year, even though gains from its newer, cheaper online cable-like service, DirecTV Now, are included. DirecTV Now wasn't available in the July-September quarter in 2016. DirecTV Now added 300,000 subscribers in the quarter, so ATT lost Read more [...]

Poland says it’s repelled a 3rd Russian hacking attack

15 Oct 2017 0 Comments
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's defense minister says the nation's cyber experts have successfully repelled a third hacking attempt from Russia but warns the cyberattack threat is mounting. Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said Friday the recent attack targeted companies in Ukraine that also have offices in other countries, including Poland. He told state TV1 television that "luckily in Poland we repelled them, but the threat increases daily." He did not elaborate. Poland, which Read more [...]

Google pledges $1 billion to fund non-profit education

15 Oct 2017 0 Comments
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Google says over the next five years it will spend $1 billion on nonprofit organizations helping to raise education levels around the world and commit its employees to a million hours of volunteer work doing the same. CEO Sundar Pichai announced the goal Thursday morning in Pittsburgh, the city where he arrived in the U.S. from India 24 years ago. Pichai also unveiled a program called "Grow with Google" aimed at training Americans how to get jobs or grow their businesses. Read more [...]

Target joins other retailers in offering voice shopping

15 Oct 2017 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Target is jumping into voice-activated shopping as it deepens its relationship with Google, offering thousands of items found in the store except for perishables like fruit and milk. The move is happening as Google says shopping will be available later this year through Google Assistant on iPhone and Android phones, joining its Google Home device and Android TV. So shoppers can shout out orders to their phone while they're running around doing errands or just walking. Read more [...]

Uber appeals decision to cancel its London license

14 Oct 2017 0 Comments
LONDON (AP) -- Uber has appealed the decision to deny it a new operating license in London. The ride-hailing app had until Friday to file an appeal, which will allow it to continue operating while the case is heard. It said in a statement it was hoping to "continue having constructive discussions with Transport for London." Uber's new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, met transport commissioner Mike Brown last week. Khosrowshahi apologized for "the mistakes" the company had made. London's transport Read more [...]

Twitter turns over ‘handles’ of 201 Russia-linked accounts

14 Oct 2017 0 Comments
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Twitter has handed over to Senate investigators the profile names, or "handles," of 201 accounts linked to Russian attempts at influencing the 2016 presidential election. The company has stepped up its efforts to cooperate with investigators after it was criticized for not taking congressional probes seriously enough. The handover occurred this week, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly about it. What remains Read more [...]

Facebook takes on food delivery, challenges Uber and others

14 Oct 2017 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Several online services already offer food delivery, but that doesn't mean Facebook won't jump on board anyway. The social-media giant says ordering food for takeout or delivery is complicated. It promises to help save time by bringing existing food-delivery services into its app and partnering with some restaurants directly. Of course, using Facebook to order food might prompt users to spend more time perusing their news feeds - and seeing ads. U.S. Facebook users Read more [...]
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