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UK teen gets 2 years for targeting CIA chief's phone, email

A British teenager has been sentenced to two years in a youth detention center for compromising the email and phone accounts of senior U.S. government officials in what a judge called acts of "cyber-terrorism." Prosecutors say Kane Gamble conned call centers during 2015-16 into revealing information that got him into the accounts of then-FBI director Mark Giuliano, then-Secretary of Homeland...
3 secret ways to save even more money at Aldi

3 secret ways to save even more money at Aldi

All year long, Clark.com’s Michael Timmermann is sharing quick and easy ways to save money as part of our Michael Saves series. Check in every Monday as he puts new and familiar savings strategies to the test. Sign up for our newsletter to have these stories delivered to your inbox!  Thousands of Clark’s fans are already saving up to 50% on groceries after making the...
Audit clears Facebook despite Cambridge Analytica leaks

Audit clears Facebook despite Cambridge Analytica leaks

An audit of Facebook's privacy practices for the Federal Trade Commission found no problems even though the company knew at the time that a data-mining firm improperly obtained private data from millions of users — raising questions about the usefulness of such audits. Facebook agreed to outside audits every two years as part of a 2011 settlement with the FTC over its privacy practices. It is...
Tech companies help pull stocks lower in afternoon trade

Tech companies help pull stocks lower in afternoon trade

U.S. stocks were on course Friday afternoon to finish lower for the second straight day, weighed down by a broad slide led by consumer goods and technology companies. The latest market tumble comes as bond yields continued to rise, reflecting increasing investor concerns of higher inflation in the wake of rising commodity prices. KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 29 points, or 1.1 percent, to...
SunTrust warns 1.5 million clients of potential data theft

SunTrust warns 1.5 million clients of potential data theft

SunTrust Banks Inc. says accounts for 1.5 million clients could be compromised following a potential case of data theft. The Atlanta bank said Friday that it became aware of the potential theft by a former employee and that the investigation is ongoing. Compromised information could include names, addresses, phone numbers and account balances. SunTrust says it will offer identity protection for all...

Indiana prison guard helps save infant choking on food

A guard at a southwestern Indiana prison is being credited with helping save an infant who was choking on food in the prison's visiting area. Prison officials say Officer Regina Ward was working in a Wabash Valley Correctional Facility visiting room April 1 when she noticed the 1-year-old choking on a potato chip. Ward offered to help the stricken baby and the infant's grandmother handed her the child...
ZTE protests US penalty, says it is seeking solution

ZTE protests US penalty, says it is seeking solution

ZTE Corp., one of China's biggest tech companies, warned Friday a ban on access to U.S. technology threatens its survival and said the company is looking for a legal solution. State-owned ZTE "may enter a state of shock," which will hurt its employees and U.S. suppliers, its chairman said, according to Chinese news reports. A separate company statement said the ban "threatens ZTE's...
Cybersecurity expert's case delayed as new details emerge

Cybersecurity expert's case delayed as new details emerge

The case of British cybersecurity expert once heralded as a hero for stopping the WannaCry worldwide computer virus was delayed Thursday to allow his attorneys more time to prepare arguments on why a judge should suppress statements he made after his arrest for allegedly creating software to steal banking passwords. Marcus Hutchins, 23, pleaded not guilty after his arrest last year in Las Vegas before...
Maryland bill seeks transparency in online political ads

Maryland bill seeks transparency in online political ads

In the wake of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, Maryland is close to enacting a law that some experts say would set a new standard for how states deal with foreign interference in local elections and increase overall transparency in online political ads. If signed by Gov. Larry Hogan, the law would require online platforms to create a database identifying the purchasers...
Musk's LA transport tunnel proposal takes step forward

Musk's LA transport tunnel proposal takes step forward

A committee of the Los Angeles City Council has approved an environmental review exemption for a tunnel that Elon Musk wants to dig to test a novel underground transportation system. The Los Angeles Times reports that members of the council's public works committee said Wednesday they wanted to approve any proposal that could help untangle the city's notorious traffic. In addition to his Tesla electric...
Asian shares fall back on trade worries, tech outlook

Asian shares fall back on trade worries, tech outlook

Shares are lower in Asia after a major supplier to Apple forecast continued weak demand for mobile devices. A warning by the head of the IMF over the potential for trade tensions to harm global growth also weighed on sentiment. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 edged 0.1 percent lower to 22,183.05, shedding early gains. South Korea's Kospi lost 0.3 percent to 2,478.38 while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index...
Cell phones, biometrics fuel jump in bank account ownership

Cell phones, biometrics fuel jump in bank account ownership

Roughly seven out of every 10 adults worldwide now have some form of bank account, the World Bank said Thursday, largely due to the proliferation of cell phone-based bank accounts and other simple bank account programs in places like India and Sub-Saharan Africa. The finding is a sign of the improved financial wellbeing of those living in developing countries and particularly women, who increasingly...

Trump's personal attorney has dropped a pair of libel suits

President Donald Trump's personal attorney dropped a pair of libel lawsuits against BuzzFeed and investigation firm Fusion GPS amid the stir caused by an FBI search of the lawyer's files. Michael Cohen had sued in New York City over publication of the unverified dossier detailing alleged ties between Trump and Russia. He dropped the suits late Wednesday amid a separate legal battle over the seizure...

Trump's personal attorney has dropped a pair of libel suits

President Donald Trump's personal attorney dropped a pair of libel lawsuits against BuzzFeed and investigation firm Fusion GPS amid the stir caused by an FBI search of the lawyer's files. Michael Cohen had sued in New York City over publication of the unverified dossier detailing alleged ties between Trump and Russia. He dropped the suits late Wednesday amid a separate legal battle over the seizure...

Trump's personal attorney has dropped a pair of libel suits

President Donald Trump's personal attorney dropped a pair of libel lawsuits against BuzzFeed and investigation firm Fusion GPS amid the stir caused by an FBI search of the lawyer's files. Michael Cohen had sued in New York City over publication of the unverified dossier detailing alleged ties between Trump and Russia. He dropped the suits late Wednesday amid a separate legal battle over the seizure...
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba sets plans for Thailand

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba sets plans for Thailand

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has agreed to step up investments in Thailand as competition between online retailers heats up in fast-growing Southeast Asia. The founder of the online shopping giant, Jack Ma, met with Thailand's prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, on Thursday and later signed several agreements, including one to help set up a "smart digital hub" in a showcase project...

China: Qualcomm plan 'has difficulty' resolving concerns

Qualcomm Inc.'s latest proposal for its $44 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors "has difficulty" resolving concerns of Chinese anti-monopoly regulators, a government spokesman Thursday. The Commerce Ministry spokesman's comment was the first Chinese statement about the U.S. chipmaker's proposed acquisition since a trade dispute blew up between Beijing and President Donald Trump over...
Amazon's reveals its Prime service has 100 million members

Amazon's reveals its Prime service has 100 million members

Amazon has persuaded more than 100 million shoppers to subscribe to its Prime service that offers free two-day shipping and other perks that help bind people to the company and its ever-expanding empire. CEO Jeff Bezos quantified the size of Amazon's Prime membership for the first time Wednesday in his annual letter to the Seattle company's shareholders. Before Bezos' revelation, analysts had been...
Warning: Scam gives criminals complete control of your online accounts

Warning: Scam gives criminals complete control of your online accounts

As phone scams keep evolving, criminals are beginning to realize they can exploit two-factor authentication to take control of accounts in a way no one intended. By effecting a simple phone takeover hack, the bad guys are proving that the added layers of phone-based security we’ve come to rely on aren’t solid as they seem. That’s because the whole system hinges on who has control...

EU renews call for Zuckerberg to testify over data scandal

The European Parliament is repeating a call for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify about the internet giant's data privacy scandal, after Zuckerberg offered to send a subordinate in his place. In a letter to Zuckerberg on Wednesday, the EU assembly's president, Antonio Tajani, said political group leaders "stressed the absolute need of your personal presence." Facebook this month acknowledged...
Team backed by Microsoft co-founder locates USS Helena wreck

Team backed by Microsoft co-founder locates USS Helena wreck

A Microsoft co-founder's mission to locate sunken warships in the South Pacific has chalked up another victory with the discovery of the USS Helena nearly 75 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in the waters off the Solomon Islands, reviving stories of the battle-tested ship's endurance and the nearly unbelievable survival of 165 of the crewmen. Paul Allen's team searches for the ships to...
Team backed by Microsoft co-founder locates USS Helena wreck

Team backed by Microsoft co-founder locates USS Helena wreck

A Microsoft co-founder's mission to locate sunken warships in the South Pacific has chalked up another victory with the discovery of the USS Helena nearly 75 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in the waters off the Solomon Islands, reviving stories of the battle-tested ship's endurance and the nearly unbelievable survival of 165 of the crewmen. Paul Allen's team searches for the ships to...
Asian shares higher on optimism about global growth

Asian shares higher on optimism about global growth

Asian shares rose on Thursday as improving optimism about the global economy helped investors shake off worries about geopolitical risks for the moment. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.6 percent to 22,293.97 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.4 percent to 2,488.87. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added jumped 1.3 percent to 30,692.38 and the Shanghai Composite in mainland China gained...
Russia takes heavy hand to internet to block messaging app

Russia takes heavy hand to internet to block messaging app

Russian authorities are freezing up vast swathes of the country's online world in what critics call a heavy-handed — and so far unsuccessful — attempt to block a popular messaging app, Telegram. The head of the communications watchdog acknowledged Wednesday that millions of IP addresses unrelated to Telegram have been blocked since a court ordered last week that the app be taken offline...
Amazon partners with Best Buy on smart TVs, a

Amazon partners with Best Buy on smart TVs, a "win-win"

Amazon has cut a deal to sell voice-controlled TVs at Best Buy, the latest attempt by the online retailer to get its burgeoning suite of tech products out where people can see and touch them. Best Buy already sells the Amazon Kindle and other gadgets, but the deal announced Wednesday makes the electronics retailer the only place where you can walk in and buy a TV powered by Amazon's Fire TV software...
Wayfair follows Amazon with its own made-up holiday: Way Day

Wayfair follows Amazon with its own made-up holiday: Way Day

Amazon started Prime Day. Alibaba capitalized on Singles Day. Now another e-commerce company is hoping for success with an invented shopping holiday. Online furniture seller Wayfair is calling April 25 Way Day and will offer discounts that it says are comparable to its Black Friday deals. Those kind of days are a tactic online retailers use to try to increase customer excitement and boost sales. Amazon...
Iceland: Bitcoin heist suspect has likely fled to Sweden

Iceland: Bitcoin heist suspect has likely fled to Sweden

A man suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers used to mine bitcoins and other virtual currencies has likely fled to Sweden after breaking out of a prison in Iceland, officials said Wednesday. Swedish police spokesman Stefan Dangardt says no arrest has been made in Sweden but Icelandic police have briefed them on the situation and issued an international arrest warrant. Police in...
Facebook adds privacy settings to comply with European rules

Facebook adds privacy settings to comply with European rules

Facebook is enhancing privacy safeguards for users around the world as it complies with new European rules designed to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data. Facebook is introducing the new policies this week in Europe, but eventually everyone on the social network will be asked to decide whether they want to enable features like facial recognition and...
Facebook adds privacy settings to comply with European rules

Facebook adds privacy settings to comply with European rules

Facebook is enhancing privacy safeguards for users around the world as it complies with new European rules designed to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data. Facebook is introducing the new policies this week in Europe, but eventually everyone on the social network will be asked to decide whether they want to enable features like facial recognition and...
Facebook adds privacy settings to comply with European rules

Facebook adds privacy settings to comply with European rules

Facebook is enhancing privacy safeguards for users around the world as it complies with new European rules designed to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data. Facebook is introducing the new policies this week in Europe, but eventually everyone on the social network will be asked to decide whether they want to enable features like facial recognition and...
Global stocks rise after Wall Street gains for 2nd day

Global stocks rise after Wall Street gains for 2nd day

Global stock markets followed Wall Street higher Wednesday despite a Chinese tariff hike on U.S. sorghum in a swelling trade dispute with Washington. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, London's FTSE 100 rose 0.7 percent to 7,278.02 and France's CAC 40 added 0.5 percent to 5,379.95. German's DAX advanced 0.3 percent to 12,630.42. On Tuesday, the DAX climbed 1.6 percent, the CAC 40 rose 0.8 percent and...
Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile

Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile

So you want to have a baby. Would you like a dark-haired girl with a high risk of someday getting colon cancer, but a good chance of above-average music ability? Or would you prefer a girl with a good prospect for high SAT scores and a good shot at being athletic, but who also is likely to run an above-average risk of bipolar disorder and lupus as an adult? How about a boy with a good shot at having...
Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile

Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile

So you want to have a baby. Would you like a dark-haired girl with a high risk of someday getting colon cancer, but a good chance of above-average music ability? Or would you prefer a girl with a good prospect for high SAT scores and a good shot at being athletic, but who also is likely to run an above-average risk of bipolar disorder and lupus as an adult? How about a boy with a good shot at having...
Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile

Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile

So you want to have a baby. Would you like a dark-haired girl with a high risk of someday getting colon cancer, but a good chance of above-average music ability? Or would you prefer a girl with a good prospect for high SAT scores and a good shot at being athletic, but who also is likely to run an above-average risk of bipolar disorder and lupus as an adult? How about a boy with a good shot at having...
Waze causing LA traffic headaches, city council member says

Waze causing LA traffic headaches, city council member says

Los Angeles should consider legal action against Waze over complaints that the traffic navigation app is recklessly guiding motorists off thoroughfares and into residential neighborhoods in search of shorter or quicker routes, a city council member said Tuesday. Councilman David Ryu sent a letter to the city attorney's office, outlining what he says are dangerous conditions created by Waze users....
Michigan company sues LeBron James over Shop Talk concept

Michigan company sues LeBron James over Shop Talk concept

A Michigan company has filed a federal lawsuit against LeBron James, claiming his digital media platform stole an idea. Adventure Enterprise is suing "Uninterrupted," which was co-founded by James with business partner Maverick Carter, and Cree Nix for use of a "Shop Talk," concept. The Detroit-based company claims it shared the idea with Nix from 2014 to 2016, identifying her...
San Francisco to require permits for rental scooters

San Francisco to require permits for rental scooters

San Francisco is ordering three companies that began renting motorized foot-pedal scooters in the city last month to stop operating until they can ensure riders are obeying state laws and that the devices are not a hazard to the public. City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in letters to LimeBike, Bird and Spin that the city has received numerous complaints of riders whizzing by on sidewalks, not wearing...
TaskRabbit offline after security breach

TaskRabbit offline after security breach

TaskRabbit says it's investigating a cybersecurity incident that has caused it to shut down its online on-demand services platform. The Ikea-owned service has been offline since Monday and showed no signs of restarting Tuesday. A notice sent to users advises them to change their passwords if they use the same password on other sites. TaskRabbit is an online platform for people to hire someone to help...
Russia denies 'feeble' US, UK charges of internet tampering

Russia denies 'feeble' US, UK charges of internet tampering

Russia denied accusations from the United States and Britain that its agents have planted malware on key components of the internet to spy on rivals, steal trade and potentially launch cyberattacks. A Kremlin spokesman on Tuesday called the claim unfounded and "feeble." In a joint statement Monday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre...
Suspect in Iceland's 'Big Bitcoin Heist' escapes prison

Suspect in Iceland's 'Big Bitcoin Heist' escapes prison

A prisoner in Iceland suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers that were being used to mine bitcoin and other virtual currencies escaped custody and fled Tuesday on a passenger plane that a witness said also carried the remote North Atlantic nation's prime minister. Police said surveillance footage showed a suspect they identified as Sindri Thor Stefansson boarding a flight to Sweden...
Suspect in Iceland's 'Big Bitcoin Heist' escapes prison

Suspect in Iceland's 'Big Bitcoin Heist' escapes prison

A prisoner in Iceland suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers that were being used to mine bitcoin and other virtual currencies escaped custody and fled Tuesday on a passenger plane that a witness said also carried the remote North Atlantic nation's prime minister. Police said surveillance footage showed a suspect they identified as Sindri Thor Stefansson boarding a flight to Sweden...
Senator wants info on EPA chief's multiple email accounts

Senator wants info on EPA chief's multiple email accounts

The Republican chairman of a Senate oversight committee is pressing the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to provide details about his use of multiple government email addresses. Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso issued a letter asking EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to disclose all his email addresses and affirm that all were being searched in response to Freedom...
Mudslide survivors find hope in recovered belongings

Mudslide survivors find hope in recovered belongings

When a torrent of mud crashed through Mari Mitchel's bedroom in Southern California three months ago, it carried away everything from massive pieces of antique family furniture to a tiny pouch that held her wedding and engagement rings and a beloved pendant. As the days turned into weeks and the weeks into months, Mitchel had nearly lost all hope she would ever see her most treasured jewelry again...
US regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety

US regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety

U.S. health officials on Tuesday proposed steps to improve the government's system for overseeing medical devices, which has been criticized for years for failing to catch problems with risky implants and medical instruments. The plan from the Food and Drug Administration includes few immediate changes, but lists a number of ideas and proposals with the goal of improving safeguards on pacemakers,...
US regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety

US regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety

U.S. health officials on Tuesday proposed steps to improve the government's system for overseeing medical devices, which has been criticized for years for failing to catch problems with risky implants and medical instruments. The plan from the Food and Drug Administration includes few immediate changes, but lists a number of ideas and proposals with the goal of improving safeguards on pacemakers,...
US regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety

US regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety

U.S. health officials on Tuesday proposed steps to improve the government's system for overseeing medical devices, which has been criticized for years for failing to catch problems with risky implants and medical instruments. The plan from the Food and Drug Administration includes few immediate changes, but lists a number of ideas and proposals with the goal of improving safeguards on pacemakers,...

Online charter school heads back to court in funding case

An Ohio online charter school that was one of the nation's largest before it suspended operations amid a legal fight with the state is filing another appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is looking to overturn a State Board of Education order that the school repay $60 million in state funding in a dispute over the number of enrolled students. The Columbus Dispatch...

Supreme Court dismisses Microsoft search case

The Supreme Court has dismissed a dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails the government wanted as part of a drug trafficking investigation. The justices on Tuesday agreed with both the administration and Microsoft that last month's passage of the Cloud Act as part of a spending bill resolves the dispute and makes the court's intervention unnecessary. The legislation updated...
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