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Trump gets Obama's house, title _ even his Twitter handle

The technological transition came just as Trump took the oath of office Friday, giving him a clean digital slate while preserving hundreds of tweets and posts made during President Barack Obama's time in office. The White House's official Twitter and Facebook accounts were quickly purged and rebranded for the new administration — the first time social media accounts have been a part of the transition...

Apple depicts Qualcomm as a shady monopolist in $1B lawsuit

Apple is suing mobile chip maker Qualcomm for $1 billion in a patent fight pitting the iPhone maker against one of its major suppliers. The 100-page complaint filed Friday in a San Diego federal court depicts Qualcomm as a greedy monopolist abusing its power in a key segment of the mobile chip market to extort royalties for iPhone innovations that have nothing to do with Qualcomm's technology. For...

Apple depicts Qualcomm as a shady monopolist in $1B lawsuit

Apple is suing mobile chip maker Qualcomm for $1 billion in a patent fight pitting the iPhone maker against one of its major suppliers. The 100-page complaint filed Friday in a San Diego federal court depicts Qualcomm as a greedy monopolist abusing its power in a key segment of the mobile chip market to extort royalties for iPhone innovations that have nothing to do with Qualcomm's technology. For...
Report: 'Net neutrality' foe Ajit Pai is new FCC head

Report: 'Net neutrality' foe Ajit Pai is new FCC head

President Donald Trump has reportedly picked a fierce critic of the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules to be chief regulator of the nation's airwaves and internet connections. Citing unidentified people, Bloomberg and Politico both reported Friday that the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will be Ajit Pai, an old hand at the agency. Pai's chief of staff, Matthew Berry...
Freeze-dried food and 1 bathroom: 6 simulate Mars in dome

Freeze-dried food and 1 bathroom: 6 simulate Mars in dome

Crammed into a dome with one bathroom, six scientists will spend eight months munching on mostly freeze-dried foods — with a rare treat of Spam — and have only their small sleeping quarters to retreat to for solace. The simulated stay on Mars with a carefully selected crew of researchers embarked on a mission Thursday to gain insight into the psychological toll a similar real-life voyage...
New Mexico targets Takata, auto makers over faulty air bags

New Mexico targets Takata, auto makers over faulty air bags

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is suing Japanese manufacturer Takata and a long list of automakers in connection with the sale of cars with dangerous air bag inflators. The attorney general's office argues in a lawsuit filed Friday that the manufacturers had a duty to ensure their products were safe and that concealment of air bag defects amounted to unfair, deceptive and unconscionable...
New Mexico targets Takata, auto makers over faulty air bags

New Mexico targets Takata, auto makers over faulty air bags

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is suing Japanese manufacturer Takata and a long list of automakers in connection with the sale of cars with dangerous air bag inflators. The attorney general's office argues in a lawsuit filed Friday that the manufacturers had a duty to ensure their products were safe and that concealment of air bag defects amounted to unfair, deceptive and unconscionable...
Samsung to announce cause of Galaxy Note 7 fire on Jan. 23

Samsung to announce cause of Galaxy Note 7 fire on Jan. 23

Samsung Electronics said Friday it will announce on Jan. 23 the reason why its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones overheated and caught fire. The announcement will be livestreamed in Chinese, English and Korean on its websites. Koh Dong-jin, Samsung's mobile president, will give details of the probe. The Galaxy Note 7 was a fiasco for the world's largest smartphone maker. Samsung recalled and eventually discontinued...

Uber pays $20 million to settle claims of driver deception

Uber Technologies is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would have to pay to finance a car. The agreement announced Thursday with the Federal Trade Commission covers statements Uber made from late 2013 until 2015 while trying to recruit more drivers to expand its...

Uber pays $20 million to settle claims of driver deception

Uber Technologies is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would have to pay to finance a car. The agreement announced Thursday with the Federal Trade Commission covers statements Uber made from late 2013 until 2015 while trying to recruit more drivers to expand its...

Navy: Wind farm opposed by GOP lawmakers won't harm radar

The Pentagon says it disagrees with Republicans in North Carolina who claim a $400 million clean energy project slated to power data centers for Amazon.com Inc. poses a threat to national security. State legislative leaders have asked the incoming Trump administration to either kill or require major changes to the nearly completed wind farm, which they said will interfere with the operation of a military...
Trump steps into security bubble; will he bring his phone?

Trump steps into security bubble; will he bring his phone?

A few hours after President-elect Donald Trump was briefed by intelligence officials about Russian meddling in the election, an Associated Press reporter called his cellphone seeking an interview. The call went to voicemail and the reporter did not leave a message. About an hour later, Trump called back. It's hard to imagine many politicians — particularly one about to become president of the...
US ends probe of Tesla fatal crash without seeking recall

US ends probe of Tesla fatal crash without seeking recall

Tesla Motors Inc. won't face a recall or fine as a result of a fatal crash involving its Autopilot system, but U.S. safety regulators are warning auto manufacturers and drivers not to treat semiautonomous cars as if they were fully self-driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday it found that the system had no safety defects at the time of the May 7 crash in Florida...
US ends probe of Tesla fatal crash without seeking recall

US ends probe of Tesla fatal crash without seeking recall

Tesla Motors Inc. won't face a recall or fine as a result of a fatal crash involving its Autopilot system, but U.S. safety regulators are warning auto manufacturers and drivers not to treat semiautonomous cars as if they were fully self-driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday it found that the system had no safety defects at the time of the May 7 crash in Florida...
NY lawsuits blame social media in terror attacks

NY lawsuits blame social media in terror attacks

The families of victims of terror attacks in Paris, Brussels and Israel are blaming social media companies including Facebook and Twitter for facilitating communications among terrorists. Twitter says it has suspended hundreds of thousands of user accounts in the past 18 months for threatening or promoting acts of terrorism. But that isn't enough, say lawyers for the families of terror victims, including...
NY lawsuits blame social media in terror attacks

NY lawsuits blame social media in terror attacks

The families of victims of terror attacks in Paris, Brussels and Israel are blaming social media companies including Facebook and Twitter for facilitating communications among terrorists. Twitter says it has suspended hundreds of thousands of user accounts in the past 18 months for threatening or promoting acts of terrorism. But that isn't enough, say lawyers for the families of terror victims, including...

German anti-trust case against Audible, Apple dropped

Germany's anti-trust agency says it's dropping its investigation of Amazon subsidiary Audible and Apple after the two companies agreed to end exclusivity deals for audiobook supply and distribution. The Federal Cartel Office said Thursday the companies earlier this month terminated a deal that gave Audible exclusive rights to sell digital audiobooks on Apple's iTunes, and obliged Audible not to offer...

Facebook to build its 3rd data center outside US in Denmark

Facebook will build a 56,500 square meter (608,161 square foot) data center in central Denmark, its third such center outside the United States. Facebook executive Niall McEntegart says the facility to be built west of Denmark's third-largest city, Odense, "will be one of the most advanced, energy-efficient data centers." Odense Mayor Peter Rahbaek Juel said Thursday's announcement deserved...
Europe's Galileo satellites hit by anomalies

Europe's Galileo satellites hit by anomalies

The European Space Agency opened an investigation on Thursday into anomalies that have affected five of the first 18 Galileo satellites in orbit. The agency, which launched the navigation system last December, said however that the failures are not affecting the satellites' proper functioning. The Galileo system, named after the Italian engineer and astronomer, is designed to provide commercial and...
Hawaii bill aims for 100 percent renewable transportation

Hawaii bill aims for 100 percent renewable transportation

Hawaii has the most aggressive renewable energy targets in the nation, aiming for its utilities to get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045. Now advocates want to extend that goal to the transportation sector to urge all forms of ground transportation to fuel up using renewable sources by 2045. "The majority of our fossil fuel goes into transportation, and that's a...
It's getting harder for a plane to vanish and not be found

It's getting harder for a plane to vanish and not be found

Nearly three years after a Malaysian airliner vanished, it's still possible, if unlikely, for a plane to disappear. But that's changing with new satellites that will soon allow flights to be tracked in real time over oceans. New international safety standards also begin to kick-in beginning next year, although the deadline for airlines to meet most of the standards is still four years away. Even then...
It's getting harder for a plane to vanish and not be found

It's getting harder for a plane to vanish and not be found

Nearly three years after a Malaysian airliner vanished, it's still possible, if unlikely, for a plane to disappear. But that's changing with new satellites that will soon allow flights to be tracked in real time over oceans. New international safety standards also begin to kick-in beginning next year, although the deadline for airlines to meet most of the standards is still four years away. Even then...
Scientists will live in a dome for 8 months to simulate Mars

Scientists will live in a dome for 8 months to simulate Mars

Six carefully selected scientists have entered a man-made dome on a remote Hawaii volcano as part of a human-behavior study that could help NASA as it draws up plans for sending astronauts on long missions to Mars. The four men and two women moved into their new simulated space home Thursday afternoon on Mauna Loa, settling into the vinyl-covered shelter of 1,200 square feet, or about the size of...
Hawaii bill aims for 100 percent renewable transportation

Hawaii bill aims for 100 percent renewable transportation

Hawaii has the most aggressive renewable energy targets in the nation, aiming for its utilities to get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045. Now advocates want to extend that goal to the transportation sector to urge all forms of ground transportation to fuel up using renewable sources by 2045. "The majority of our fossil fuel goes into transportation, and that's a...
Netflix's shrinking DVD service faces uncertain future

Netflix's shrinking DVD service faces uncertain future

Originally cast in a starring role, Netflix's original DVD-by-mail service has been reduced to a bit player — one that may eventually get killed off as the company focuses on its booming video streaming service. Netflix's fourth-quarter earnings report released Wednesday provided the latest glimpse at the DVD service's descent into oblivion as the streaming service hogs the spotlight. The DVD...

Esquire network will transition from cable to online channel

Esquire Network said Wednesday it is shutting down as a cable channel and will transition into a digital online outlet. The Esquire online network will launch this spring, around the time the cable channel goes dark. The TV channel had struggled as major cable providers dropped it from their lineups. A partnership of NBCUniversal and Hearst Magazines, the network began in 2013 in a rebranding of what...
Exiting rail safety chief looks to technology to save lives

Exiting rail safety chief looks to technology to save lives

Sarah Feinberg was on the job as the nation's chief railroad regulator for just three weeks when a packed commuter train slammed into an SUV stopped on tracks north of New York City, killing six people. The February 2015 crash highlighted a problem that has plagued the railroad industry since the invention of the automobile: the potential for danger wherever tracks and roads meet. Feinberg, a former...
Study illustrates Facebook's growth as campaign news source

Study illustrates Facebook's growth as campaign news source

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton voters had different media diets, but a study finds common ground in Facebook as an important news source — even if their individual feeds bore little resemblance to each other's. Facebook was the top non-television source for election news cited by supporters of both candidates, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. The social media site's import...
Study illustrates Facebook's growth as campaign news source

Study illustrates Facebook's growth as campaign news source

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton voters had different media diets, but a study finds common ground in Facebook as an important news source — even if their individual feeds bore little resemblance to each other's. Facebook was the top non-television source for election news cited by supporters of both candidates, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. The social media site's import...
Study illustrates Facebook's growth as campaign news source

Study illustrates Facebook's growth as campaign news source

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton voters had different media diets, but a study finds common ground in Facebook as an important news source — even if their individual feeds bore little resemblance to each other's. Facebook was the top non-television source for election news cited by supporters of both candidates, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. The social media site's import...
Flabby heart keeps pumping with squeeze from robotic sleeve

Flabby heart keeps pumping with squeeze from robotic sleeve

Scientists are developing a robotic sleeve that can encase a flabby diseased heart and gently squeeze to keep it pumping. So far it's been tested only in animals, improving blood flow in pigs. But this "soft robotic" device mimics the natural movements of a beating heart, a strategy for next-generation treatments of deadly heart failure. The key: A team from Harvard University and Boston...
US sues Oracle, says it pays white men more than others

US sues Oracle, says it pays white men more than others

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Oracle, claiming that the technology giant has a "systemic practice" of paying white male workers more than their non-white and female counterparts with the same job titles. The suit also says that the company favors Asian workers in its recruiting and hiring practices for product development and other technical roles, which resulted...
Federal study on Dakota Access pipeline to move forward

Federal study on Dakota Access pipeline to move forward

A federal judge said Wednesday he won't keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline's disputed crossing under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg denied Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners' request to stop the Corps from proceeding until he rules on whether the company already...
The Latest: London mayor wants softer Brexit, market access

The Latest: London mayor wants softer Brexit, market access

The latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 12:30 a.m. London Mayor Sadiq Khan is arguing for keeping Britain's access to Europe's single market and urging European business leaders to help. He pushes against British Prime Minister Theresa May's plans for a so-called "hard Brexit," saying that "we must secure privileged access to the single market"...
The Latest: London mayor wants softer Brexit, market access

The Latest: London mayor wants softer Brexit, market access

The latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 12:30 a.m. London Mayor Sadiq Khan is arguing for keeping Britain's access to Europe's single market and urging European business leaders to help. He pushes against British Prime Minister Theresa May's plans for a so-called "hard Brexit," saying that "we must secure privileged access to the single market"...
10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. OBAMA HOLDS FINAL WHITE HOUSE NEWS CONFERENCE For all his campaign warnings about a Trump presidency, the outgoing president says: "At my core, I think we're going to be OK." 2. WHAT AMERICANS BELIEVE IS JOB NO. 1 People across the political spectrum put health care atop the list of the nation's priorities, an AP-NORC poll finds. 3. EPA PICK NOT IN LOCKSTEP WITH POTENTIAL BOSS Trump's...

VW will appeal court order to buy back customer's diesel car

Volkswagen says it will appeal a court ruling that it must buy back a German customer's diesel car rigged to cheat on emissions tests. Nicolai Laude, a VW spokesman, said Wednesday that the company expects the verdict by the court in Hildesheim in northern Germany to be overturned. Volkswagen noted that other courts had reached opposite decisions in previous cases. In its verdict Tuesday, the regional...

FTC sues Qualcomm alleging monopoly of semiconductor device

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Qualcomm Inc. for allegedly maintaining a monopoly over a key device used in cellphones and other electronics. The agency said Tuesday that Qualcomm, the world's dominant supplier of baseband processors, imposes "onerous" licensing terms on manufacturers and weakens its rivals. The FTC is seeking a court order to undo and prevent Qualcomm's methods....

California finishes safety review of wells after blowout

A California natural gas storage facility where a blowout spewed methane for nearly four months has completed a safety review required to resume operations, though it might never return to full capacity, state officials said Tuesday. The Southern California Gas Co. facility at Aliso Canyon has been crippled more than a year since the blowout discovered in October 2015 drove 8,000 families from their...

Utility plans vote on New York offshore wind project

A New York utility is set to vote later this month on a plan to construct an offshore wind farm off eastern Long Island. The Long Island Power Authority says the 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm 30 miles east of Montauk would be the largest offshore wind project built to date. Plans are also underway for a wind farm that would feature as many as 194 turbines in a 127-square-mile section south of...

Correction: Wind Energy story

In a story Jan. 17 about a wind energy project, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the Long Island Power Authority's plans. LIPA spokesman Sid Nathan says the utility plans to vote on whether to award a contract to Deepwater Wind, not that it plans to award the contract. A corrected version of the story is below: Utility plans vote on New York offshore wind project A New York utility is...

Indiana cancer agency hacked for data won't pay ransom

An Indiana cancer services agency says it will replace and rebuild its data after a computer hack demanding a ransom. Cancer Services of East Central Indiana-Little Red Door in Muncie says it was hacked Jan. 11 and the hackers demanded a ransom of 50 bitcoins, or about $43,000, for access to its data. Executive Director Aimee Fant says most of the agency's data is in cloud storage and it will replace...
Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on the moon, dies at 82

Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on the moon, dies at 82

Astronaut Gene Cernan traced his only child's initials in the dust of the lunar surface. Then he climbed into the lunar module for the ride home, becoming the last person to walk on the moon. It was a moment that defined the Apollo 17 commander in both the public eye and his own. "Those steps up that ladder, they were tough to make," Cernan recalled in a 2007 oral history. "I didn't...
New prescription: Doctor offices that look like Apple stores

New prescription: Doctor offices that look like Apple stores

After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health-care system that he diagnosed as an inefficient and outdated mess. Now he believes he has a remedy. It's called Forward, a health-management service that charges a $149 per month — roughly $1,800 a year — to tend to all of its patients' primary-care needs...
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