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Czech office says election result web sites were hacked

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Statistics Office says the web sites it used to publish results from a parliamentary election were hacked. The office made the announcement on Sunday, a day after two sites the office used to post returns of the election for the lower house of Parliament were unavailable for some period of time. The office described the problem as "massive and sophisticated"...
FBI couldn't access nearly 7K devices because of encryption

FBI couldn't access nearly 7K devices because of encryption

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The FBI hasn't been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Sunday, turning up the heat on a debate between technology companies and law enforcement officials trying to recover encrypted communications. In the first 11 months of the fiscal year, federal agents were unable to...

More than a dozen states still refuse to release voter data

These are state-by-state responses to a request for detailed voter data from President Donald Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which is investigating voter fraud. The information indicates whether a state is willing to comply with, is denying or is undecided on the request for data. Some of the states that are willing to comply have fees or other requirements of the...
Google parent turns on internet balloons in Puerto Rico

Google parent turns on internet balloons in Puerto Rico

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Google's parent Alphabet Inc. said Friday that its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria. Two of the search giant's "Project Loon" balloons are already over the country enabling texts, emails and basic web access to AT&T customers with handsets that use...
Questions and answers on proposed ban on laptops in luggage

Questions and answers on proposed ban on laptops in luggage

WASHINGTON (AP) — First the U.S. government temporarily banned laptops in the cabins of some airplanes. Now it is looking to ban them from checked luggage on international flights, citing the risk of potentially catastrophic fires. The Federal Aviation Administration recently recommended that the U.N. agency that sets global aviation standards prohibit passengers from putting laptops and other...
Questions and answers on proposed ban on laptops in luggage

Questions and answers on proposed ban on laptops in luggage

WASHINGTON (AP) — First the U.S. government temporarily banned laptops in the cabins of some airplanes. Now it is looking to ban them from checked luggage on international flights, citing the risk of potentially catastrophic fires. The Federal Aviation Administration recently recommended that the U.N. agency that sets global aviation standards prohibit passengers from putting laptops and other...
Questions and answers on proposed ban on laptops in luggage

Questions and answers on proposed ban on laptops in luggage

WASHINGTON (AP) — First the U.S. government temporarily banned laptops in the cabins of some airplanes. Now it is looking to ban them from checked luggage on international flights, citing the risk of potentially catastrophic fires. The Federal Aviation Administration recently recommended that the U.N. agency that sets global aviation standards prohibit passengers from putting laptops and other...
KFC Twitter follows 11 Herbs and Spices, intrigues internet

KFC Twitter follows 11 Herbs and Spices, intrigues internet

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Twitter user has earned kudos online for discovering a subtle message on KFC's account. The KFC account follows just 11 users; five of them are former members of the Spice Girls and the other six are men named Herb, including Green Bay Packers cornerback Herb Waters and music legend Herb Alpert. It adds up to 11 herbs and spices, part of the famous secret recipe KFC...
These children’s smartwatches are raising some serious privacy concerns

These children’s smartwatches are raising some serious privacy concerns

Some popular children’s gadgets, including smartwatches available internationally, have been found to have security flaws so serious that individuals could track and eavesdrop on kids’ conversations, according to a consumer safety panel in Norway. The Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) reviewed the smartwatches with European security company Mnemonic and found gross invasions of...
G7 backs internet industry effort to detect, blunt extremism

G7 backs internet industry effort to detect, blunt extremism

ISCHIA, Italy (AP) — The Group of Seven industrialized nations threw their support behind a new technology industry alliance aimed at detecting and blunting online propaganda, saying Friday it had a "major role" to play in combatting extremism on the internet. G7 interior ministers meeting in Italy invited representatives from Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter to a session Friday...
Mormons allow more technology, smartphones for missionaries

Mormons allow more technology, smartphones for missionaries

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church's gradual embrace of the digital age for missionaries took another step forward Friday as the religion announced it is nearly doubling the missions where technology is allowed and swapping out tablets for smartphones. The change signals ongoing adaption to reflect how people communicate and interact as the religion updates rules for young men and women...

Top Democrat: WH won't ID employees who used private email

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House counsel's office is refusing to tell a committee on Capitol Hill which of President Donald Trump's aides used private email accounts for public business, a top Democrat said Friday. According to a letter from Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, attorneys from the White House counsel's office said this week that "several" aides to Trump have said they...
FAA warning: Laptops in checked luggage pose fire and explosion risk

FAA warning: Laptops in checked luggage pose fire and explosion risk

The U.S. government is urging the world airline community to ban large, personal electronic devices like laptops from checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic fire. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a paper filed recently with a U.N. agency that its tests show that when a laptop’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery overheats in close proximity to an aerosol spray can...
US stocks end higher; S&P 500, Dow on 6-week winning streak

US stocks end higher; S&P 500, Dow on 6-week winning streak

Wall Street capped a week with no shortage of milestones with a few more Friday. U.S. stocks closed modestly higher, lifting the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its fifth record close in a row. The Dow Jones industrial average, which crossed past the 23,000 mark for the first time on Wednesday, also finished the day with its fifth-straight all-time high. Banks led the gainers Friday. Technology companies...

BMW offices get 'inspection' in preliminary collusion probe

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — BMW said Friday that European Commission staff conducted an "inspection" at company offices in Munich earlier this week in connection with news media allegations that German carmakers colluded on technology including diesel emission controls. BMW said it was assisting the European Union's executive arm in its work and that the inspection did not mean a formal...
Spacewalking astronaut copes with frayed tether, bad jetpack

Spacewalking astronaut copes with frayed tether, bad jetpack

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A spacewalking astronaut successfully replaced a blurry camera outside the International Space Station on Friday, but had to contend with a balky jetpack and a frayed safety tether. Both jetpacks and safety ties are crucial for saving a flyaway astronaut. NASA said Joe Acaba was always securely attached to the orbiting outpost and never in any danger during the nearly...
Spacewalking astronaut copes with frayed tether, bad jetpack

Spacewalking astronaut copes with frayed tether, bad jetpack

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A spacewalking astronaut successfully replaced a blurry camera outside the International Space Station on Friday, but had to contend with a balky jetpack and a frayed safety tether. Both jetpacks and safety ties are crucial for saving a flyaway astronaut. NASA said Joe Acaba was always securely attached to the orbiting outpost and never in any danger during the nearly...
French-led EU push for heftier tax on internet giants stalls

French-led EU push for heftier tax on internet giants stalls

BRUSSELS (AP) — France's drive to force internet giants to pay more taxes is losing steam, amid resistance from other EU countries that serve as tax shelters to companies like Apple. Under pressure from Ireland, Luxembourg and Britain, EU leaders in Brussels stopped short of calling for a Europe-wide policy for digital multinationals. The EU's 28 leaders agreed to push for "an effective...
French-led EU push for heftier tax on internet giants stalls

French-led EU push for heftier tax on internet giants stalls

BRUSSELS (AP) — France's drive to force internet giants to pay more taxes is losing steam, amid resistance from other EU countries that serve as tax shelters to companies like Apple. Under pressure from Ireland, Luxembourg and Britain, EU leaders in Brussels stopped short of calling for a Europe-wide policy for digital multinationals. The EU's 28 leaders agreed to push for "an effective...
Daimler profits hit by costs of diesel emissions recall

Daimler profits hit by costs of diesel emissions recall

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Daimler said Friday that its net profit fell 16 percent in the third quarter as a voluntary recall to improve diesel emissions hurt earnings at its Mercedes-Benz luxury car brand. Net profit fell to 2.3 billion euros ($2.7 billion) despite a 6 percent increase in sales revenue to 40.8 billion euros. The company based in Stuttgart said that earnings...
Viral smartphone game lets ordinary Chinese 'clap' for Xi

Viral smartphone game lets ordinary Chinese 'clap' for Xi

BEIJING (AP) — Ordinary young Chinese may not have paid close attention to Xi Jinping's 3½-hour speech this week, but they're happy to "applaud" the president in the newest viral phenomenon to sweep China's internet. Tencent, the internet giant behind the WeChat messaging app, rolled out a game this week that lets users clap for Xi by pressing on their phone screen as many times...
South Koreans recommend gov't complete 2 nuclear reactors

South Koreans recommend gov't complete 2 nuclear reactors

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans recommended the government Friday continue building two stalled nuclear reactors that the new president had wanted to shutter, after months of deliberation on the issue that divided South Korea over the future of its key energy source. A state commission that surveyed a panel of 471 citizens said a little over half of them still wanted South Korea to rely...

Technicolor closing former Thomson Consumer Electronics site

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — The company once known as Thomson Consumer Electronics plans to close its suburban Indianapolis operations by year's end. Paris-based Technicolor says it will close its Carmel facility as part of a consolidation that will shift more work to its Lawrenceville, Georgia, operations. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that the closure is expected to cost about 125 workers...
US: Laptops in checked bags pose fire, explosion risk

US: Laptops in checked bags pose fire, explosion risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is urging the world airline community to ban large, personal electronic devices like laptops from checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic fire. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a paper filed recently with a U.N. agency that its tests show that when a laptop's rechargeable lithium-ion battery overheats in close proximity to...
US: Laptops in checked bags pose fire, explosion risk

US: Laptops in checked bags pose fire, explosion risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is urging the world airline community to ban large, personal electronic devices like laptops from checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic fire. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a paper filed recently with a U.N. agency that its tests show that when a laptop's rechargeable lithium-ion battery overheats in close proximity to...
US: Laptops in checked bags pose fire, explosion risk

US: Laptops in checked bags pose fire, explosion risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is urging the world airline community to ban large, personal electronic devices like laptops from checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic fire. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a paper filed recently with a U.N. agency that its tests show that when a laptop's rechargeable lithium-ion battery overheats in close proximity to...
Google parent leads $1B Lyft investment, deepening Uber rift

Google parent leads $1B Lyft investment, deepening Uber rift

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's parent company is throwing its financial support behind ride-hailing service Lyft, deepening its rift with market leader Uber. Alphabet Inc., which gets most of its money from Google's digital ad network, is leading a $1 billion investment in Lyft that values the privately held company at $11 billion. The investment announced Thursday is being made through Alphabet's...
Little Rock drops Amazon bid in ad: 'It's not you, it's us.'

Little Rock drops Amazon bid in ad: 'It's not you, it's us.'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' capital city pre-emptively broke up with Amazon Thursday rather than submit a long-shot bid for the e-commerce giant's second headquarters, telling the company in a full-page newspaper ad: "It's not you, it's us." The Seattle-based tech giant set off a nationwide race for its business last month with a call for bids, and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola...

Packers, Microsoft join in tech venture near Lambeau Field

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Green Bay Packers and Microsoft are launching a tech incubator near Lambeau Field in a $10 million partnership aimed at igniting innovation in an area not typically targeted by major, global companies. For Microsoft, the project announced Thursday is part of an initiative the company unveiled last week in Fargo, North Dakota, to spur technological advances and create jobs...
Applying for a credit card? Please take a selfie

Applying for a credit card? Please take a selfie

NEW YORK (AP) — The selfie is everywhere — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter — and soon your bank could be asking for one in order to approve your purchase or credit card application. Payment processing giant Visa Inc. is launching a platform to allow banks to integrate various types of biometrics — your fingerprint, face, voice, etc. — into approving credit card applications...
Toyota tops Consumer Reports' auto reliability rankings

Toyota tops Consumer Reports' auto reliability rankings

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota Motor Co. is continuing its reign at the top of Consumer Reports' reliability rankings, a reward for its conservative approach to new technology. The Toyota brand came in first in this year's rankings, followed by the company's luxury Lexus brand. It's the fifth year in a row that a Toyota brand has topped the survey. Kia, Audi and BMW rounded out the top five. Cadillac...
These states are the most vulnerable to identity theft and fraud

These states are the most vulnerable to identity theft and fraud

If the Equifax data breach has taught Americans anything, it’s that even the institutions trusted with protecting consumers’ most personal data are not doing enough to safeguard it. Equifax, one of the three major credit-reporting agencies in the country, revealed in September that the company was the victim of a massive hack. The personal info of as many as 145.5 million Americans may...

Missouri proposes innovation corridor for Amazon's 2nd home

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials were submitting a bid Thursday for Amazon's second headquarters that would involve an innovation corridor between Kansas City and St. Louis rather than a single location in one of the state's major metropolitan areas. That proposal is in addition to individual applications submitted by Kansas City and St. Louis, two of a number of North American...

Toxic sediment dredging resumes at Indiana Harbor Ship Canal

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has resumed dredging toxic sediment from a northwestern Indiana canal that is among the country's most polluted waterways. At an East Chicago Waterway Management District board meeting Wednesday, Corps project manager Natalie Mills said the goal is to clear about 200,000 cubic yards of toxic material from the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal...
Asian shares rise as investors await Japan vote, Fed choice

Asian shares rise as investors await Japan vote, Fed choice

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian shares pushed higher on investor optimism over the global outlook despite uncertainties over the outcome of political events in China and Japan and speculation over Trump's choice for the next Fed chief. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 crept less than 0.1 percent higher to 21,451.78 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.4 percent to 2,483.08. Hong Kong's Hang Seng...
Is your iPhone 6 slow? This may be the reason why

Is your iPhone 6 slow? This may be the reason why

We’re now a month out from the release of the iPhone 8 and sales aren’t exactly booming. In fact, it’s been widely reported that the older iPhone 7 is outselling the iPhone 8. Meanwhile, we continue to hear reports about even older phones like the iPhone 6 get slower and slower. It’s gotten to the point that people are wondering about Apple purposely degrading the user experience...

Facebook bug puts Pittsburgh users in Philadelphia for a day

Facebook users in Pittsburgh and other western and central Pennsylvania locations have found themselves transplanted to Philadelphia for a day. A glitch on the social media site caused Pittsburghers and others to receive Facebook notifications welcoming them to the City of Brotherly Love on Wednesday. Facebook says a "bug" with the site's location services application caused the problem...

California education firm Chegg buys Berlin math app startup

Two Berlin math wizards have solved a problem that confounds many a startup company in the German capital: how to build a popular product and sell it for profit within a few years. Brothers Maxim and Raphael Nitsche have sold Cogeon, maker of the app Math 42, to California-based education publisher Chegg Inc. in a deal worth at least 12.5 million euros ($15 million). Chegg said in a statement late...

Facebook knocks down Thai PM's claim of Zuckerberg meeting

Facebook says its top executives aren't coming to Thailand, two days after the country's military ruler announced CEO Mark Zuckerberg would meet him this month. Facebook said in a one-sentence statement Thursday "There are no plans currently for any of our senior leaders to visit Thailand." Thailand and the social media giant have had a strained relationship this year. Facebook has irked...

LG, Qualcomm join hands for autonomous driving

LG Electronics said Thursday that it will work with Qualcomm to jointly research and develop autonomous driving technologies. The South Korean company said in a statement that the U.S. chipmaker and the company have opened a joint research center in Seoul and will open another one in Seoul by the end of 2018. Their joint research will focus on developing the fifth-generation wireless technology known...

Study: Lower-income kids give more time to TV, digital media

Children in lower-income families spend more time watching TV and using electronic devices than kids in more affluent homes, according to a survey released Thursday. The report by the nonprofit group Common Sense Media on the viewing habits of more than 1,400 children nationwide age 8 and under found that less-affluent youngsters spend nearly three-and-a-half hours daily watching TV and using varied...

House, Senate intel committees receive briefing from Google

Google has briefed the House and Senate intelligence committees ahead of two Nov. 1 hearings that will examine Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections through social media. Officials from Google talked to investigators behind closed doors in recent weeks as part of the committees' probes into Russian meddling in last year's election, according to people familiar with the briefings. The people...

House, Senate intel committees receive briefing from Google

Google has briefed the House and Senate intelligence committees ahead of two Nov. 1 hearings that will examine Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections through social media. Officials from Google talked to investigators behind closed doors in recent weeks as part of the committees' probes into Russian meddling in last year's election, according to people familiar with the briefings. The people...
Way beyond home-sharing: 5 new Airbnb initiatives that you probably don’t know about

Way beyond home-sharing: 5 new Airbnb initiatives that you probably don’t know about

We all know that in a few short years, Airbnb has transformed the home rental and travel landscape dramatically — becoming a beacon of success in the service and hospitality industries. The $31-billion company started in 2007 when its two co-founders advertised a night on an air mattress and breakfast in the morning (“Air Bed & Breakfast”) to attendees of a design conference...
5 ways to stop package thieves from striking your home

5 ways to stop package thieves from striking your home

With an ever-growing number of people shopping online, there are a lot of packages being delivered to people’s homes. That’s created a lot of opportunity for package thieves! RELATED: Amazon moving into nearly 1M apartments to make the package delivery process safe and easy While package theft can happen any time of the year, you need to pay extra attention...
Nearly 1 million landlords across the country are getting a new tenant — Amazon!

Nearly 1 million landlords across the country are getting a new tenant — Amazon!

With the holidays just around the corner, package theft is foremost on everybody’s mind (or at least it should be). Here’s why: An estimated 23 million Americans have had a package stolen from the front of their homes before they could retrieve it, according to a study done by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. And with all the package shipping expected this holiday season...

Ohio seeks technology ideas to solve national opioid crisis

Ohio launched an $8 million effort Wednesday to attract ideas for using technology to solve the national opioid addiction crisis that has touched scores of families, including that of Columbus mother Jacqueline Lewis, who said solutions can't come too soon. During a news conference announcing the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge, Lewis detailed her 29-year-old son's struggle with addiction to painkillers...

Ohio seeks technology ideas to solve national opioid crisis

Ohio launched an $8 million effort Wednesday to attract ideas for using technology to solve the national opioid addiction crisis that has touched scores of families, including that of Columbus mother Jacqueline Lewis, who said solutions can't come too soon. During a news conference announcing the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge, Lewis detailed her 29-year-old son's struggle with addiction to painkillers...
Asian markets mixed as data shows China growth slowed

Asian markets mixed as data shows China growth slowed

Asian markets were mixed on Thursday after Wall Street closed at record highs. Data showed that China's quarterly growth slowed slightly but was in line with expectations. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 gained 0.5 percent to 21,474.80, while South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.3 percent to 2,474.79. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 0.1 percent to 28,698.05 while the Shanghai Composite Index dropped 0...

Medical device supplier plans Fort Wayne expansion

A company that makes precision wire and cables for the medical device industry is planning a $51 million expansion of its Fort Wayne facilities. Fort Wayne Metals said Wednesday its project would include an addition to its corporate office building and renovation of a factory building it recently bought. Both facilities are near Fort Wayne International Airport. The company says construction is expected...
Trump says Comey knew he was going to exonerate Clinton

Trump says Comey knew he was going to exonerate Clinton

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to revive his long-standing complaint about the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation, alleging that then-Director James Comey had protected the Democratic presidential nominee by prematurely "exonerating" her before the 2016 election. "Comey stated under oath that he didn't do this — obviously a fix?"...
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