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Facebook reduces role of human editors in 'trending topics'

Facebook is taking new steps to reduce the role of human judgment in its "Trending Topics" feature, which drew controversy earlier this year over claims the service was suppressing conservative views. Although it denied bias, Facebook has sought to reassure users that it's not showing favoritism when it highlights stories ...

FILE - In this undated file photo, a fly fisherman casts his line as early morning mist rises above the Boise River, east of Boise, Idaho. Idaho, Oregon and Washington have shutdown online sales of hunting and fishing licenses amid concerns a vendor's computer system has been hacked and personal information is at risk. (AP Photo/Troy Maben, File)

Breach in fishing license system exposes data in Northwest

A breach in a vendor's system that processes online sales of hunting and fishing licenses in Idaho, Oregon and Washington state exposed several million records containing buyers' personal information, officials said Friday. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FBI are investigating the hack into Dallas-based Active Network, the Washington ...

'Game of Thrones' composer creating 'Gears of War 4' score

The composer for "Game of Thrones" is swapping the sword-filled realm of Westeros for the monster-plagued world of Sera. Emmy- and Grammy-nominated Ramin Djawadi has crafted the score for "Gears of War 4," the forthcoming fifth installment in the action-shooter series for Xbox One and PC. The prolific film and ...

Activist discovers iPhone spyware, sparking security update

The suspicious text message that appeared on Ahmed Mansoor's iPhone promised to reveal details about torture in the United Arab Emirates' prisons. All Mansoor had to do was click the link. Mansoor, a human rights activist, didn't take the bait. Instead, he reported it to Citizen Lab, an internet watchdog, ...

World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

The world's first self-driving taxis began picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday. Select members of the public can hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo, have been testing self-driving cars on public ...

FILE - In this July 20, 2015 file photo, a pedestrian crosses in front of a vehicle as part of a demonstration at Mcity on its opening day on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mich. Automakers say cars that wirelessly talk to each other are finally ready for the road. The cars hold the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths, improve the safety of self-driving cars and someday maybe even help solve traffic jams. Government and industry have spent more than a decade and more than $1 billion researching and testing the technology, known as vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Auto, technology industries clash over talking cars

Cars that wirelessly talk to each other are finally ready for the road, creating the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths, improve the safety of self-driving cars and someday maybe even help solve traffic jams, automakers and government officials say. But there's a big catch. The cable television and high-tech ...

FILE - In this Saturday, June 18, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks by the Sentinel Bridge in the Yosemite Valley in front of Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in the park, at Yosemite National Park, Calif. In a new project with National Geographic, Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to project himself into virtual reality, in this case, a 360-degree representation of Yosemite National Park. The 11-minute VR video, narrated by Obama, is one part paean to the wonders of America’s national parks and one part warning of the threat posed by climate change. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Yosemite, and President Obama, head into virtual reality

In a new project with National Geographic, Barack Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to project himself into virtual reality — in this case, a 360-degree representation of Yosemite National Park. The 11-minute VR video , narrated by Obama, is one part paean to the wonders of America's national ...

The Latest: Russian convicted of hacking into US businesses

The Latest on the case of a Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. businesses (all times local): 12:45 p.m. The lawyer representing the Russian man convicted of hacking into U.S. businesses said after the verdict was read that he plans to appeal. John Henry Browne said Thursday that one ...

Amazon starts car research and review site

Amazon is starting a site offering research, reviews and other information on new and used cars. The latest venture by the e-commerce powerhouse will compete with established players in the field including CarSoup.com, Edmunds.com, truecar.com and cars.com. Amazon Vehicles won't sell cars. But in addition to car specifications, images, videos ...

Volkswagen, dealers reach tentative deal in cheating scandal

Volkswagen has reached a tentative deal with its U.S. dealers to compensate them for losses they said they suffered as a result of the company's emissions cheating scandal, attorneys for the carmaker and dealers told a federal judge Thursday. The value of the settlement with the roughly 650 dealers was ...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 file photo, a person stands near the Apple logo at the company's store in Grand Central Terminal, in New York. The European Union's executive branch rejected Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 the U.S. government's complaint that its probes into sweetheart tax deals between EU governments and big companies are hitting U.S. firms hardest. The European Commission, which polices EU laws, is cracking down on the practice in which EU governments offer low corporate tax rates to multinationals. The Commission has opened tax probes into Apple in Ireland, Starbucks in the Netherlands and Amazon in Luxemburg. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Why the EU's tax probe of multinationals is raising US ire

The European Union's campaign to crack down on tax avoidance by multinationals has drawn unusually public criticism from the U.S., which says it is unfairly targeting American companies. The EU executive Commission responded with a sharp denial on Thursday, insisting it is being fair as it goes after corporate tax ...

FILE - This Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, file photo, shows a Twitter app on an iPhone screen in New York. British lawmakers on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 demanded that social media companies do more to police users who promote extremism, arguing that companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter are “consciously failing’’ to stop radicalization online.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

UK lawmakers urge social media companies to tackle extremism

British lawmakers on Thursday demanded that social media do more to police users who promote extremism, arguing that companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter are "consciously failing" to stop radicalization online. Social media companies are leaving cyberspace "ungoverned and lawless," allowing the forums to become the lifeblood of the so-called ...

US Treasury blasts European tax probe of multinationals

U.S. officials are publicly criticizing Europe's investigations into favorable tax arrangements that Apple and other multinational companies have reached with Ireland and a few other countries. The Treasury Department released a report Wednesday that complains the investigations disproportionately target U.S. companies and could end up costing American taxpayers if companies ...

FILE - This is a Aug. 17, 2016  file photo of  the Airlander 10, during its maiden flight at Cardington airfield  England , The Airlander 10   crashed during its second test flight in Wednesday Aug. 24, 2016, but manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles said no-one was injured. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

World's largest aircraft damaged on 2nd test flight

The developer of the world's largest aircraft says the blimp-shaped airship sustained damage after it made a bumpy landing Wednesday on its second test flight in eastern England. Hybrid Air Vehicles said it is trying to figure out what caused the rough landing of the 302-foot (92-meter) Airlander 10 during ...

Official: FBI probing attempted cyber breach of NY Times

The FBI is investigating attempted cyber intrusions targeting reporters of The New York Times and is looking into whether Russian intelligence agencies are responsible for the acts, a U.S. official said Tuesday. The Times reported Tuesday evening that the attempted cyberattack targeted the newspaper's Moscow bureau, and that there was ...

Posting could elevate severity of man's charges in killing

A Twitter posting by an Arizona man who was arrested on suspicion of killing his roommate during a struggle could elevate the severity of charges he could face. Two days before the fatal shooting, 21-year-old Zachary Dale Penton posted a comment saying he needed to move out of the metropolitan ...

Social Security rolls back security measures on website

The Social Security Administration has rolled back extra security measures on the agency's website after getting complaints from people who had trouble accessing their accounts. For years, workers and beneficiaries have been able to use the My Social Security website to get information about benefits, logging in with a user ...

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, left, and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve arrive for a joint media conference in Paris, Tuesday, Aug.23, 2016. The French and German interior ministers said Tuesday they're pushing for a Europe-wide policy limiting encryption, and want it discussed at an EU summit in Slovakia next month. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

France, Germany want encrypted app makers to help stop IS

France and Germany pushed Tuesday for Europe-wide rules requiring the makers of encrypted messaging apps such as Telegram to help governments monitor communications among suspected extremists. Privacy advocates argue that encryption is essential to online security, notably for banking transactions. But security experts say encrypted apps are increasingly used by ...

FILE - In a Aug. 1, 2014 file photo, Mobileye President & CEO Ziv Aviramon, left, CFO Ofer Maharshak, center, and Chairman Amnon Shashua, clasp hands to ring a ceremonial bell as their company's IPO begins trading, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  Auto parts and electronics company Delphi Automotive is joining with Israeli software maker Mobileye to develop the building blocks for a fully autonomous car in about two years. The companies announced their partnership early Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Delphi, Mobileye join forces on autonomous car platform

Auto parts and electronics company Delphi Automotive is joining with Israeli software maker Mobileye to develop the building blocks for a fully autonomous car in about two years. The companies announced their partnership early Tuesday. It's another in a flurry of auto industry and tech tie-ups as companies race for ...

Google rolling out latest Android system to Nexus phones

Google is ready to start sending out the latest version of its Android operating system to a handful of devices. The release announced Monday means many Nexus-branded devices should receive a free upgrade to Android 7.0, nicknamed "Nougat," during the next few weeks. The first models in line include the ...

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