Archive for category: Technology

Former Uber CEO lashes out at VC firm suing company

18 Aug 2017 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is skewering a lawsuit filed by a former ally, describing it as a malicious attempt to sever his remaining ties to the widely used ride-hailing service that he co-founded. Kalanick lashed out in legal documents filed late Thursday in response to a Delaware Chancery Court lawsuit filed against Uber last week by one of its major investors and a former Kalanick supporter, Benchmark Capital. The acrimony sets the stage for what could Read more [...]

Hollywood’s hacking pains are bigger than movie leaks

18 Aug 2017 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Piracy is a long-running and even routine issue for Hollywood, whether it's street vendors hawking bootleg DVDs on street corners or video uploaded to file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay. Now cybercriminals are also putting embarrassing chatter and other company secrets at risk. The reputational risk from leaked email is much more difficult to calculate than any financial risk from piracy. "In some ways, that risk can be higher because you have no way of knowing what's Read more [...]

Tech companies continue efforts to banish extremist accounts

18 Aug 2017 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tech companies' efforts to banish extremist groups and individuals are continuing as a social network popular with extremists disappeared from Google's Android app store. Gab had already been unavailable in Apple's store, though it remains accessible on the web. The banishments come in the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia. Civil rights advocates welcomed the moves, but say more needs to be done - and more should have been Read more [...]

What major tech companies are doing on hate groups

17 Aug 2017 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a growing cadre of extremist groups and individuals in the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia. Civil rights advocates welcomed the moves, but say more needs to be done - and more should have been done earlier. Here is a look at some of the technology services that have banned hate groups or have otherwise come out against white supremacists and their supporters: Read more [...]

Wisconsin Assembly passes $3 billion for Foxconn

17 Aug 2017 0 Comments
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly approved a $3 billion tax break Thursday with bipartisan support for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state, a project President Donald Trump touted as a transformational win for the U.S. economy. Foxconn announced three weeks ago it planned to invest $10 billion in Wisconsin on the first liquid crystal display panel factory located outside of Asia. The company, which employs about 1 Read more [...]

Tech companies banishing extremists after Charlottesville

17 Aug 2017 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- It took bloodshed in Charlottesville to get tech companies to do what civil rights groups have been calling for for years: take a firmer stand against accounts used to promote hate and violence. In the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia, major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a growing cadre of extremist groups and individuals for violating service terms. What took so long? For one thing, tech Read more [...]

From Isaac Asimov to Aimee Mann, ‘robophobia’ plagues humans

16 Aug 2017 0 Comments
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Robots are secretly plotting to kill us. Or enslave us. Or, at best, they will take our jobs, one by one. From science fiction written by Isaac Asimov eight decades ago to "Dilbert" cartoons today, the relationship between robots and humans has long fascinated - and worried - people. There's even a term, "robophobia," for an irrational anxiety about robots and other advanced automation machines. And there are concerns beyond the ones stoked by watching too much Read more [...]

Neo-Nazi site’s publisher says he’s got no home on internet

16 Aug 2017 0 Comments
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A neo-Nazi website's publisher said Wednesday that he has "effectively been completely banned from the internet" after mocking the victim of a deadly car attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. "Clearly, the powers that be believe that they have the ability to simply kick me off the internet," Andrew Anglin, who has published the site from an undisclosed location, complained to The Associated Press in an email. Access to The Daily Stormer had been Read more [...]

Reverence for robots: Japanese workers treasure automation

16 Aug 2017 0 Comments
MORIYA, Japan (AP) -- Thousands upon thousands of cans are filled with beer, capped and washed, wrapped into six-packs, and boxed at dizzying speeds - 1,500 a minute, to be exact - on humming conveyor belts that zip and wind in a sprawling factory near Tokyo. Nary a soul is in sight in this picture-perfect image of Japanese automation. The machines do all the heavy lifting at this plant run by Asahi Breweries, Japan's top brewer. The human job is to make sure the machines do the work Read more [...]

Prosecutors seek records related to Inauguration Day protest

15 Aug 2017 0 Comments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An internet company is fighting what it says is a "sweeping" request for information about an anti-Trump website that prosecutors allege was behind destructive Inauguration Day protests. The company says the government is seeking information about 1.3 million visitors to the site, among other information. More than 200 people were charged after protesters broke windows and set fire to a limousine on President Donald Trump's Inauguration Day on Jan. 20. Prosecutors Read more [...]
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