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Commercial rocket from New Zealand deploys small satellites

A rocket launched from New Zealand on Sunday successfully reached orbit carrying small commercial satellites. California-based company Rocket Lab said its Electron rocket, which carries only a small payload of about 150 kilograms (331 pounds), successfully deployed an earth imaging and two other satellites for weather and ship tracking after blastoff from the Mahia Peninsula on North Island's east...
Russian networks pushing conservative meme, researchers say

Russian networks pushing conservative meme, researchers say

Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations are pushing a conservative meme related to the investigation of Russian election interference, researchers say. The purported Russian activity involves the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo, a reference to a secret congressional report about President Donald Trump's allegations that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration. A group that tracks Russian-linked...
Russian networks pushing conservative meme, researchers say

Russian networks pushing conservative meme, researchers say

Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations are pushing a conservative meme related to the investigation of Russian election interference, researchers say. The purported Russian activity involves the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo, a reference to a secret congressional report about President Donald Trump's allegations that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration. A group that tracks Russian-linked...
Crunch time: What Amazon wants for its new HQ

Crunch time: What Amazon wants for its new HQ

Just 20 cities are left standing in the competition for Amazon's second headquarters and the 50,000 jobs it will bring. Now comes the hard part for the finalists — and for Amazon. Based on the cities that made the cut, and what the company told some of the cities that didn't, the company will likely scrutinize six key criteria when making its final call. It plans to announce its decision later...
Facebook to emphasize 'trustworthy' news via user surveys

Facebook to emphasize 'trustworthy' news via user surveys

Facebook is taking another step to try to make itself more socially beneficial, saying it will boost news sources that its users rate as trustworthy in surveys. In a blog post and a Facebook post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg Friday, the company said it is surveying users about their familiarity with and trust in news sources. That data will influence what others see in their news feeds. It's the second...

SEC letter shows bitcoin funds won't happen soon, if ever

It may be a while, if ever, before investors can buy an exchange-traded fund made up of bitcoin and other digital currencies. Federal regulators have a long list of questions they want answered before they'll approve a digital currency fund for Main Street investors. This week the Securities and Exchange Commission sent a letter listing more than 30 of them to trade groups representing the investment...
How to use the new & improved Google Flights to save money

How to use the new & improved Google Flights to save money

The air travel industry has face some turbulent times lately, with factors like rising fuel costs and tightening corporate travel policies presenting particular challenges. That’s not to say that the sky is falling: Most air carriers are still enjoying big profits and in 2017 airlines enjoyed their safest year on record, as no fatalities involving jets were reported, according to the global...
Amazon raises monthly Prime membership fees by 20 percent

Amazon raises monthly Prime membership fees by 20 percent

Amazon is raising the price of its Prime membership monthly plan by nearly 20 percent. The fee of $99 for an annual membership will not change, the company said Friday. The online retailer had added the monthly payment option about two years ago as a way to hook shoppers — especially during the holiday season — who wanted faster free shipping, but didn't want to commit to an annual fee...
US stocks close higher as market sets latest record high

US stocks close higher as market sets latest record high

Investors shrugged off the potential for a federal government shutdown Friday, driving U.S. stocks higher and setting new milestones for several of the indexes. The Standard & Poor's 500 index, Nasdaq composite and Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks finished at record highs as the market bounced back from modest losses a day earlier. The S&P 500 has now posted a weekly gain in nine of the...

Brexit costs Britain data center for Europe's satnav system

Officials have decided to move a data center for the European Union's new satellite navigation system out of Britain because of Brexit. The European Commission says diplomats voted Thursday to relocate the Galileo Security Monitoring Center's backup site from Swanwick to Spain. In a statement Friday, the commission said it was "a consequence of the U.K. withdrawal from the EU." Spain welcomed...
Germany halts further arms exports to parties in Yemen war

Germany halts further arms exports to parties in Yemen war

Germany says it won't approve arms exports to countries involved in the conflict in Yemen, a move that could affect sales of military hardware to Saudi Arabia. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Union bloc and the center-left Social Democrats agreed during preliminary coalition talks last week to "immediately" stop approving arms exports to countries involved in the conflict. Government spokesman...
The Latest: Catalan president to travel to Denmark next week

The Latest: Catalan president to travel to Denmark next week

The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political situation (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Officials say that former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Brussels to avoid arrest in Spain nearly three months ago, will leave Belgium and travel to Denmark next week to attend a university forum. Puigdemont is being sought in Spain as part of an investigation into rebellion, sedition and embezzlement...

Lithuania probing bogus story after TV station is hacked

Lithuania's Defense Ministry says an investigation was launched Friday after hackers posted a bogus story on the website of a television news station. Television station TV3 said it was hacked late Thursday and shortly after that a bogus story appeared on the channel's website accusing Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis of sexually harassing a male radio journalist. Tensions have been running high...
Catalan ex-president to risk arrest, travel to Denmark

Catalan ex-president to risk arrest, travel to Denmark

Catalonia's former president, a fugitive sought by Spain over a foiled secession bid, will travel to Denmark next week for a university debate despite the possible risk of arrest, officials said Friday. Carles Puigdemont plans to make the trip to Copenhagen as he tries to get his old job back and step up the pressure on Spanish authorities, which have said a fugitive abroad can't be the Catalan regional...
Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs

Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs

For some of the 200-plus cities knocked out of the running for Amazon's second headquarters, the effort may turn out to be a trial run for other opportunities. But they're advised to not make the same kind of promises to just anyone. Cities such as Detroit, Memphis, Tennessee; and Gary, Indiana, failed to make Amazon's first cut as the online giant narrowed its list to 20 prospective sites for the...
Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs

Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs

For some of the 200-plus cities knocked out of the running for Amazon's second headquarters, the effort may turn out to be a trial run for other opportunities. But they're advised to not make the same kind of promises to just anyone. Cities such as Detroit, Memphis, Tennessee; and Gary, Indiana, failed to make Amazon's first cut as the online giant narrowed its list to 20 prospective sites for the...
Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs

Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs

For some of the 200-plus cities knocked out of the running for Amazon's second headquarters, the effort may turn out to be a trial run for other opportunities. But they're advised to not make the same kind of promises to just anyone. Cities such as Detroit, Memphis, Tennessee; and Gary, Indiana, failed to make Amazon's first cut as the online giant narrowed its list to 20 prospective sites for the...
Drone rescue off Australian beach heralded as world-first

Drone rescue off Australian beach heralded as world-first

A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue. Monty Greenslade and Gabe Vidler got into trouble on Thursday at Lennox Head, 750 kilometers (470 miles) north of Sydney. They were about a kilometer (0.6 mile) from lifeguards who were about to start training with the new drones...

Money-seeking hackers hit northeast Indiana health network

An Indiana health network has become at least the second in the state recently targeted by money-seeking computer hackers. Hackers infiltrated some of the Adams Health Network's computer servers last week and demanded a ransom for releasing encrypted files. WANE-TV reports the health network hasn't disclosed the ransom amount or whether it paid. The network released a statement saying it was still...
Neo-Nazi publisher won't reveal whereabouts, citing threats

Neo-Nazi publisher won't reveal whereabouts, citing threats

Andrew Anglin operates a neo-Nazi website notorious for publishing personal information about the targets of its internet trolling campaigns. But The Daily Stormer's publisher refused this week to publicly reveal where he is living, claiming he gets "credible" death threats. Anglin's whereabouts are a key issue in a federal lawsuit that accuses him of using his site to orchestrate an anti-Semitic...

Kasich creates center to advance Ohio's smart vehicle hopes

Republican Gov. John Kasich created a statewide center Thursday to advance Ohio's efforts to become a national leader in autonomous vehicle research and smart road technology. His executive order establishing DriveOhio comes a day after aides say he successfully pitched the idea at the Detroit Auto Show. Automakers there are sharing the latest ideas for robotic cars. Kasich said in a phone interview...
Anger as Wells Fargo’s accidentally wipes out some customers bank accounts

Anger as Wells Fargo’s accidentally wipes out some customers bank accounts

Some Wells Fargo customers found their bank accounts drained to zero Wednesday when some sort of glitch caused their online bill payments to be processed twice. Numerous customers — so many that Wells Fargo’s customer service phone lines were jammed Wednesday night — were discovering that recent payments they had made using the bank’s online Bill Pay system had been deducted...
US indexes are weighed down by industrials, energy stocks

US indexes are weighed down by industrials, energy stocks

Losses among Boeing, General Electric and other big industrial companies weighed on U.S. stocks Thursday, pulling the market below the record highs it set the day before. Energy stocks contributed to the modest decline following a slide in crude oil prices. Technology companies accounted for the biggest gains. Bond yields climbed to their highest level since March as demand for bonds waned. Investors...
Report links hacking campaign to Lebanese security agency

Report links hacking campaign to Lebanese security agency

A major hacking operation tied to one of the most powerful security and intelligence agencies in Lebanon has been exposed after careless spies left hundreds of gigabytes of intercepted data exposed to the open internet, according to a report published Thursday. Mobile security firm Lookout, Inc. and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, said the haul, which includes nearly half...
Report links hacking campaign to Lebanese security agency

Report links hacking campaign to Lebanese security agency

A major hacking operation tied to one of the most powerful security and intelligence agencies in Lebanon has been exposed after careless spies left hundreds of gigabytes of intercepted data exposed to the open internet, according to a report published Thursday. Mobile security firm Lookout, Inc. and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, said the haul, which includes nearly half...
Work from home: Top 100 companies with remote jobs in 2018

Work from home: Top 100 companies with remote jobs in 2018

Working from home is a goal for many job seekers, but where should you begin your search? We have some help! FlexJobs, a job search site focused on telecommuting jobs, including freelance, flexible and part-time opportunities, has just released its annual list of the top 100 companies offering remote positions. It’s based on an analysis of more than 49,000 companies and how many remote...
APNewsBreak: GoDaddy to sponsor Patrick in 'Danica Double'

APNewsBreak: GoDaddy to sponsor Patrick in 'Danica Double'

Danica Patrick is going back to green. GoDaddy Green, to be exact — a fitting color for her farewell tour. The company will sponsor Patrick in the upcoming "Danica Double" that will close out her racing career, The Associated Press has learned. Patrick has no ride yet for next month's Daytona 500 or the Indianapolis 500 in May, but she now has the financial backing to pull it off....
GoDaddy to sponsor Danica Patrick in 'Danica Double'

GoDaddy to sponsor Danica Patrick in 'Danica Double'

The original "GoDaddy Girl" is back with sponsorship intact to push forward with her "Danica Double." Danica Patrick has secured the money needed to race in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Now she just needs to find the rides to get her back on racing's two biggest stages. GoDaddy reunited with Patrick on Thursday for the final two races of her career, even though...
France's PSA Group to offer 40 electric vehicles by 2025

France's PSA Group to offer 40 electric vehicles by 2025

The CEO of France-based automaker PSA Group says it will offer 40 electric models across its lineup by 2025, and it plans to sell vehicles in the U.S. within 10 years. Carlos Tavares told the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit on Wednesday night that PSA already offers mobility services in the U.S. and soon will start car-sharing in some major cities. It will use its experience to learn the...
Motion-activated cameras capture animals being wild, weird

Motion-activated cameras capture animals being wild, weird

How does a bighorn sheep say "cheese?" Some charismatic critters caught by motion-detecting wildlife cameras seem to know how to strike a pose. But it's not just show business. As these devices get ever smaller, cheaper and more reliable, scientists across the U.S. are using them to document elusive creatures like never before. "There's no doubt — it is an incredible tool to acquire...
Lawmakers ask if states or feds should alert about missiles

Lawmakers ask if states or feds should alert about missiles

Nearly 40 terrifying minutes passed between the time Hawaii officials fired off a bogus alert about an incoming missile over the weekend and the moment the notice was canceled. The state was slow to contain the situation, waiting 23 minutes to call officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get unnecessary approval to send a retraction. That call lasted for about one minute, a state...
Lawmakers ask if states or feds should alert about missiles

Lawmakers ask if states or feds should alert about missiles

Nearly 40 terrifying minutes passed between the time Hawaii officials fired off a bogus alert about an incoming missile over the weekend and the moment the notice was canceled. The state was slow to contain the situation, waiting 23 minutes to call officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get unnecessary approval to send a retraction. That call lasted for about one minute, a state...
Oklahoma politicians stunned by discovery of possible spying

Oklahoma politicians stunned by discovery of possible spying

A Republican lawmaker's discovery of a magnetic box containing a high-tech tracking device affixed to the bottom of his truck is being investigated by Oklahoma officials, who also revealed that four other GOP legislators have reported concerns they were being followed. The mysterious discovery has stunned Oklahoma's political class, and raised questions about who would spy on lawmakers. "This...
Cellphone jamming system tested at Maryland prison

Cellphone jamming system tested at Maryland prison

Federal prisons officials on Wednesday tested a jamming technology inside the walls of a federal prison, a rare move that authorities said they hope will help combat the danger posed by inmates with cellphones. The test was conducted over several hours Wednesday morning at a federal prison in Cumberland, Maryland, Assistant Attorney General Beth Williams told The Associated Press as the testing took...
Verizon pushes further into sports streaming with NBA deal

Verizon pushes further into sports streaming with NBA deal

Yahoo users will be able to stream eight basketball games for free under a new deal with the NBA. Verizon, which owns Yahoo, is hoping to use sports to build a digital ad business to rival Facebook and Google. The company now lets anyone watch NFL games on a mobile Yahoo app; before games were limited to Verizon customers. Other major tech companies including Facebook and Amazon are also bidding for...
Senators grill social media companies over terrorist posts

Senators grill social media companies over terrorist posts

Lawmakers grilled executives Facebook, Google's YouTube and Twitter on Wednesday about what the companies are doing to prevent terrorists from using their platforms to spread propaganda and recruit new followers. The Senate's commerce, science and transportation committee hearing comes amid growing government scrutiny over misuse of social media platforms and questions about what the companies are...
Big swings continue as bitcoin briefly dips below $10,000

Big swings continue as bitcoin briefly dips below $10,000

The volatility of the digital currency markets was on display again Wednesday, as bitcoin briefly fell below $10,000 before rebounding back above $11,000 in the U.S. afternoon. With the drop below $10,000, bitcoin had lost about half its value since hitting a high above $19,000 in mid-December. Other digital currencies bounced around as well. Bitcoin has slumped 20 percent this week as traders worry...
Apple to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000 in $350B pledge

Apple to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000 in $350B pledge

Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. that will be partially financed by an upcoming windfall from the country's new tax law. The pledge announced Wednesday comes less than a month after Congress approved a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code championed by President Donald Trump that...
Group pinpoints riches hidden in Europe's mountains of waste

Group pinpoints riches hidden in Europe's mountains of waste

Researchers have completed the first survey of valuable materials they say are waiting to be mined from Europe's vast landfills and scrapyards. A group of 17 organizations on Wednesday launched an online database for 'urban mining' detailing precious raw materials slumbering in discarded batteries, electronics and cars across the continent. The project, known by the acronym ProSUM, aims to highlight...
Humans will review video from most popular YouTube creators

Humans will review video from most popular YouTube creators

Google says humans will now review video from its most popular YouTube creators after recent complaints. The videos being targeted are ones Google packages to advertisers as "preferred" content. While Google has had human reviewers before, it relies heavily on software to flag potential problems. YouTube was criticized for moving too slowly after one of its stars, Logan Paul, posted video...
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