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A line of Audi A4 cars are parked before a demonstration of Audi's vehicle-to-infrastructure technology Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. The technology allows vehicles to "read" red lights ahead and tell the driver how long it'll be before the signal turns green. For the driver, the system puts a traffic signal icon on the dashboard telling how many seconds the light will remain red. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Car company offering red light-reading vehicles in Las Vegas

On the theory that a driver who knows when a red light will turn green is more relaxed and aware, vehicle manufacturer Audi is unveiling this week in Las Vegas a technology that enables vehicles to "read" traffic signals ahead and tell the motorist how long the wait will be. ...

President-elect Donald Trump, accompanied by SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, speaks to members of the media at Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump: Japanese mogul pledges $50 billion US investment

After meeting with Donald Trump on Tuesday, Japanese tech billionaire Masayoshi Son said he will invest $50 billion in new startups in the United States, committing to creating 50,000 new jobs over an unspecified time period. Son is the founder and chief executive of SoftBank, one of Japan's largest technology ...

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2013 file photo, a man passes by the Samsung Electronics Co. logos at its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, sided with smartphone maker Samsung in its high-profile patent dispute with Apple over design of the iPhone. The justices said Samsung may not be required to pay all the profits it earned from 11 phone models because the features at issue are only a tiny part of the devices.  (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

High court sides with Samsung in patent dispute with Apple

The Supreme Court unanimously sided with smartphone maker Samsung on Tuesday in its high-profile patent dispute with Apple over design of the iPhone. The justices said Samsung may not be required to pay all the profits it earned from 11 phone models because the features it copied from the iPhone ...

Apple pays $450,000 for alleged hazardous waste violations

Apple is paying $450,000 to settle allegations that the iPhone maker operated and closed two hazardous-waste processing plants without submitting the proper paperwork to California environmental regulators. The agreement announced Tuesday involves a now-closed plant near Apple's Cupertino, California, headquarters and another one in nearby Sunnyvale. California's Department of Toxic ...

Survey: Parents binge on media, say they're good role models

Parents spend more than nine hours a day with TVs, computers and other screen devices while also giving themselves high marks as role models for their children's media use, according to a survey released Tuesday. Among all those surveyed — nearly 1,800 parents in the U.S. — daily screen time ...

This photo provided by Google shows windmills at a wind farm in Minco, Okla., that provides Google with some of its renewable energy. Google says it believes that beginning in 2017, it will have amassed enough renewable energy to meet all of its electricity needs throughout the world. (Tim Boyles Photography/Google via AP)

Google hits renewable energy goal in quest to pare pollution

Google is crossing a milestone in its quest to reduce pollution caused by its digital services that devour massive amounts of electricity. The internet company believes that beginning next year, it will have amassed enough renewable energy to meet all of its electricity needs throughout the world. That's significant, given ...

FILE - A Facebook log is displayed on the screen of an iPad, in this Wednesday, May 16, 2012 file photo taken in New York. Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube announced a major shared effort Dec. 5, 2016, to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online. The new program would create a database of unique digital “fingerprints” to help automatically identify videos or images the companies could remove. (AP Photo/James H. Collins, file)

Tech companies move to target terrorist propaganda online

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online. The new program announced Monday would create a database of unique digital "fingerprints" to help automatically identify videos or images the companies could remove. The move by the ...

Prosecutor's office paid bitcoin ransom in cyberattack

A state prosecutor's office in Pennsylvania was among hundreds of thousands of victims of a now-shuttered international cybercrime operation, paying nearly $1,400 in a bitcoin ransom to free up its infected computer network, authorities disclosed Monday. Federal prosecutors said in court documents only that an unidentified state government entity had ...

Many smartphone health apps don't flag danger, says review

Don't count on smartphone health apps in an emergency: A review shows many don't warn when you're in danger. The study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs found problems even with apps considered to be among the highest-quality offerings on the market. There's been a proliferation of health apps ...

Jonathan Ly, left, leaves U.S. District Court in Seattle after pleading guilty to one count of securities fraud, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Ly pleaded guilty to allegations that he used his access to the computers of top executives to rummage through their email, then made lucrative illegal stock trades based on the inside information he discovered. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Worker pleads guilty to snooping on emails for stock deals

A former information technology worker at Expedia Inc. pleaded guilty Monday to securities fraud after authorities said he used his access to the computers of top executives to rummage through their email, then made lucrative, illegal stock trades based on the inside information he discovered. Prosecutors said Jonathan Ly, 28, ...

Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump

A presidential commission on Friday made 16 urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, including creating a nutritional-type label to help consumers shop wisely and appointing a new international ambassador on the subject — weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. The release of the 100-page report follows the worst ...

1st US offshore wind farm to begin production within days

There has been a hiccup at the nation's first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power. Deepwater Wind, which owns the five-turbine farm off Block Island, Rhode Island, says one turbine is not turning. But spokeswoman Meaghan Wims said Friday that will not delay the start-up and ...

German Parliament chief to OK probe of WikiLeaks documents

The speaker of the German Parliament is planning to approve a criminal investigation into the leak of confidential documents relating to U.S. intelligence activities in the country. The documents, posted online Thursday by WikiLeaks, came from a parliamentary committee's inquiry into the relationship between German authorities and the National Security ...

In this Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, photo, former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps poses for a portrait while attending the Quickbooks Connect conference as a featured speaker in San Jose, Calif. Phelps is looking for his next golden opportunity in business after retiring from his sport as the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. He thinks he might find it in Silicon Valley, joining a growing list of athletes and entertainers trying to build upon their fortunes in a technology-driven area teeming with geeky millionaires. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Olympic hero Michael Phelps looks to dip his toes in tech

Michael Phelps wants to dive into Silicon Valley's investment opportunities as he tries to make the transition from Olympic swimming star and product pitchman to entrepreneur. "I would love to get involved, whether it's in a couple little startups here and there, take a little risk, have some fun and ...

FILE - This is Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 file photo of  the European police agency Europol in The Hague, Netherlands. Europol said Thursday Dec. 1, 2016, that five arrests have been made in connection with a massive operation aimed at knocking out a cybercrime group accused of inflicting hundreds of millions of euros in losses worldwide.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Police make 5 arrests in 'unprecedented' cybercrime takedown

U.S. and European officials say they've knocked out a cybercrime group accused of inflicting hundreds of millions of dollars in losses worldwide, putting five key suspects in custody. The European Union police agency said Thursday the sweep was "unprecedented in its scale" and resulted in the seizure of 39 servers ...

Nation's largest solar installer to open Florida facility

The largest U.S. solar panel installer is moving into Florida's residential market after the state's voters last month rejected a utility-backed ballot measure that critics said would make going solar more expensive. SolarCity, a San Mateo, Calif.-based subsidiary of electric car maker Tesla Motors, said Thursday it is opening an ...

Reddit cracks down on 'most toxic users' of pro-Trump forum

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has announced a plan to crack down on the "most toxic users" of a forum on the site used to discuss President-elect Donald Trump. Huffman writes in a post on the link-sharing and discussion platform that the actions being taken against some users of a forum ...

Woman sentenced for trying to frame ex through Facebook

A woman who created a phony Facebook profile of her ex-boyfriend in order to frame the Southern California man for stalking has been sentenced to a year in jail. Stephani Lawson of Las Vegas was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to perjury and false imprisonment. Prosecutors say Lawson waged a ...

Ohio to invest $15M on corridor for testing smart vehicles

As Gov. John Kasich announced a $15 million investment in advanced self-driving highway technology on Wednesday, he urged Ohioans to push back against old ideas about the state. "Who would ever want to be called the Rust Belt?" he said. "The Rust Belt's some deteriorating, eroding, old, tired and worn ...

Binge watching on Netflix no longer requires internet access

Netflix subscribers can now binge on many of their favorite shows and movies even when they don't have an internet connection. The long-awaited offline option announced Wednesday gives Netflix's 87 million subscribers offline access to videos for the first time in the streaming service's decade-long history. Netflix is matching a ...

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