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Robot fast-food chefs: Hype or a sign of industry change?

03 May 2018 0 Comments
BOSTON (AP) -- Robots can't yet bake a souffle or fold a burrito, but they can cook up vegetables and grains and spout them into a bowl - and are doing just that at a new fast casual restaurant in Boston. Seven autonomously swirling cooking pots - what the restaurant calls a "never-before-seen robotic kitchen" - hum behind the counter at Spyce, which opened Thursday in the city's downtown. Push a touch-screen menu to purchase a $7.50 meal called "Hearth." A blend of Brussels sprouts, Read more [...]

Q&A: Cambridge Analytica’s bankruptcy won’t halt probes

03 May 2018 0 Comments
LONDON (AP) -- The company at the center of the Facebook privacy scandal, political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, is going out of business. But that doesn't mean those behind the entity will escape the scrutiny of regulators. As authorities continue to investigate the use of the data of millions of people, here's a look at what the bankruptcy filings in the U.K. and U.S. mean for the probe. HOW DID THIS START? Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica in light of allegations that Read more [...]

Zuckerberg pledges to ‘keep building’ in no-apology address

02 May 2018 0 Comments
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- With a smile that suggested the hard part of an "intense year" may be behind him, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed developers Tuesday and pledged the company will build its way out of its worst-ever privacy debacle. It was a clear and deliberate turning point for a company that's been hunkered down since mid-March. For first time in several weeks, Zuckerberg went before a public audience and didn't apologize for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which Read more [...]

Apple’s tax break yields $102 billion boon for shareholders

02 May 2018 0 Comments
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple's tax break on its overseas profits is turning into a $102 billion boon for shareholders. The iPhone maker is raising its quarterly dividend by 16 percent to 73 cents per share, matching the largest increase since Apple restored the payment under shareholder pressure six years ago. Raising the dividend by 10 cents per share will cost Apple an additional $2 billion annually, based on its current outstanding stock. Apple also will spend $100 billion more Read more [...]

Love it or not, Facebook launches dating service

02 May 2018 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook doesn't think hookups are meaningful and doesn't want you to date your friends - but it's known for a long time that its vast map of human connections could help people find long-term partners. At least that's the takeaway from a new dating feature the social networking giant is launching because, well, why not? After all, Facebook already lets you "poke" people, whatever that means, and lets you broadcast your relationship status. If you ever download all Read more [...]

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum to leave Facebook amid privacy flap

01 May 2018 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum is breaking ties with his company's parent, Facebook, amid a privacy scandal that has dogged the social network for weeks. Koum confirmed his departure from WhatsApp Monday on his Facebook page . The Washington Post reported that Koum also plans to resign from Facebook's board of directors. Facebook wouldn't comment on that report. Facebook has been trying to defuse questions about whether it can be trusted with the reams of personal information Read more [...]

The Latest: Facebook CEO announces way to clear history

01 May 2018 0 Comments
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on Facebook's developer conference (all times local): 10:50 a.m. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company is working on a feature that allows users to clear their browsing history from the site and prevent it from keeping tabs on link clicks going forward. Zuckerberg warned that the service won't be quite as good if users take this step, as it has to relearn their history. But he added the goal is to put more power into its users' hands to Read more [...]

Facebook developer conference kicks off amid scandal

01 May 2018 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- A year ago , Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was dazzling thousands of software developers with the prospect of augmented reality features that could let people spruce up apartments with digital art. This year, things might be different. The company's annual F8 conference kicks off Tuesday in San Jose, California, following a year of fake news, privacy scandals, congressional testimony, Russia investigations and apologies. Facing the startups, software developers and Read more [...]

Supreme Court to hear Google class action settlement case

30 Apr 2018 0 Comments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has agreed to review the settlement of a class action lawsuit involving Google, where the settlement agreement largely directed money to organizations rather than search engine users. The court agreed Monday to take the case. The lawsuit involves Google users who sued saying Google violated privacy rights by disclosing to websites the search terms users entered to get there. Google agreed to an $8.5 million settlement. Attorneys were awarded about Read more [...]

Sprint, T-Mobile have to sell $26.5B deal to antitrust cops

30 Apr 2018 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- To gain approval for their $26.5 billion merger agreement, T-Mobile and Sprint aim to convince antitrust regulators that there is plenty of competition for wireless service beyond Verizon and ATT. The deal announced Sunday would combine the nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless companies and bulk them up to a similar size to Verizon and ATT, the industry giants. But the companies argued that the combination would allow them to better compete not only with those Read more [...]
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