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Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

Friday's election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists. And it's not clear if the companies have taken sufficient action to prevent something similar from happening again. Thirteen Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin, were charged...
Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

Friday's election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists. And it's not clear if the companies have taken sufficient action to prevent something similar from happening again. Thirteen Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin, were charged...
The Latest: 13 Russians accused of plot to disrupt election

The Latest: 13 Russians accused of plot to disrupt election

The Latest on the indictments in the special counsel's Russia probe (all times local): 10 p.m. The U.S. special counsel has accused 13 Russians of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. The federal indictment, brought by...
The Latest: Clinton spokesman says Trump 'won't protect us'

The Latest: Clinton spokesman says Trump 'won't protect us'

The Latest on the indictments in the special counsel's Russia probe (all times local): 6 p.m. A spokesman for Hillary Clinton says the indictments in the special counsel's Russia probe confirms "what we've long known." Nick Merrill says on Twitter, "Time will tell us more, but Russia went to great lengths to undermine our democracy, & the President won't protect us." The indictment...
Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. The federal indictment, brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, represents the most detailed...
Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. The federal indictment, brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, represents the most detailed...
Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. The federal indictment, brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, represents the most detailed...
Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. The federal indictment, brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, represents the most detailed...
Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook's financial support of some advisers who approved of the app. Messenger Kids lets kids under 13 chat with friends and family. It displays no ads and lets parents approve who their children message. But critics say it serves to lure kids into...
Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook's financial support of some advisers who approved of the app. Messenger Kids lets kids under 13 chat with friends and family. It displays no ads and lets parents approve who their children message. But critics say it serves to lure kids into...
Stocks stretch winning streak to 6 days despite turbulence

Stocks stretch winning streak to 6 days despite turbulence

Stocks closed out their strongest week in five years Friday and have now recovered more than half of the losses they suffered in a plunge at the beginning of the month. Investors got back to buying stocks almost as quickly as they started dumping them. The gain Friday was the sixth in a row for the Standard & Poor's 500 index. A combination of cheaper prices for stocks as well as solid company profits...

Belgian court orders Facebook to stop collecting data

Belgian media say a Brussels court has ordered Facebook to stop collecting data about citizens in the country or face fines for every day it fails to comply. The daily De Standaard reported Friday that the court upheld a Belgian privacy commission finding that Facebook is collecting data without users' consent. It said the court concluded that Facebook does not adequately inform users that it is collecting...

Belgian court orders Facebook to stop collecting data

Belgian media say a Brussels court has ordered Facebook to stop collecting data about citizens in the country or face fines for every day it fails to comply. The daily De Standaard reported Friday that the court upheld a Belgian privacy commission finding that Facebook is collecting data without users' consent. It said the court concluded that Facebook does not adequately inform users that it is collecting...

Indianapolis ending contract for electric vehicle fleet

The city of Indianapolis is ending a contract for an electric municipal vehicle fleet. WXIN-TV reports administration of Mayor Joe Hogsett has signed an agreement to wind down the Vision Fleet deal. The 2014 deal was signed by Hogsett's predecessor Mayor Greg Ballard, who envisioned a 400-vehicle municipal fleet running on electricity or a hybrid-gasoline option. Now, the city will return 200 cars...
Unsecured server left FedEx customer documents for 100K+ accounts exposed

Unsecured server left FedEx customer documents for 100K+ accounts exposed

Here’s the latest in the ongoing saga of how corporate America fails to protect consumer information! FedEx is the latest major company to announce that an unsecured server it failed to password protect exposed the passports, driver’s licenses and other security identification and more of 119,000 customers. RELATED: Amazon warning — Beware of deliveries you didn’t order...
Report: Your favorite smart TV may have some big security flaws

Report: Your favorite smart TV may have some big security flaws

That smart TV you have in your living room may not have been such a smart purchase after all when it comes to privacy, according to a new report. Certain TV models made by such iconic brands as Samsung, Hisense, Hitachi, Insignia, Philips, RCA, and Sharp and TCL can be easily hacked, according to Consumer Reports. The reason those TVs are most susceptible to security and privacy flaws is because of...
Spacewalking astronauts finish months of robot arm repair

Spacewalking astronauts finish months of robot arm repair

Spacewalking astronauts wrapped up months of repair work Friday on the International Space Station 's big robot arm. The Canadian-built, 58-foot robot arm had both of its aging mechanical hands replaced on spacewalks conducted in October and January. NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Japan's Norishige Kanai quickly moved one of those old hands to a long-term storage location outside, and took the...

Man pleads guilty in scheme to sell paintings from art heist

A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to pretending he had access to paintings stolen in the largest art heist in U.S. history and fraudulently trying to sell them on the internet for millions of dollars. Todd Andrew Desper pleaded guilty in Boston's federal court Thursday to wire fraud and attempted wire fraud. He's scheduled to be sentenced in May. Prosecutors say Desper solicited buyers on Craigslist...
Amazon to pay $1.2 million in illegal pesticide settlement

Amazon to pay $1.2 million in illegal pesticide settlement

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced a $1.2 million settlement with Amazon over the sale and distribution of illegal pesticides, one of the largest penalties assessed under federal pesticides laws. Federal regulators said the agreement settles allegations that the Seattle-based internet giant committed nearly 4,000 violations between 2013 and 2016 for selling and distributing...
Amazon to pay $1.2 million in illegal pesticide settlement

Amazon to pay $1.2 million in illegal pesticide settlement

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced a $1.2 million settlement with Amazon over the sale and distribution of illegal pesticides, one of the largest penalties assessed under federal pesticides laws. Federal regulators said the agreement settles allegations that the Seattle-based internet giant committed nearly 4,000 violations between 2013 and 2016 for selling and distributing...
Here’s how your friends could help you recover your Facebook account

Here’s how your friends could help you recover your Facebook account

We’ve all got a million things on our mind these days and it’s not uncommon for us to become forgetful at the most inopportune moments. One of the most frequent memory lapses many of us experience is when we’re logging onto our online accounts. I don’t know what it is, but remembering that password — whether it’s comprised of letters, numbers, special symbols are...

Surprise visit: Police warn alleged darknet drug buyers

It was an unexpected knock on the door for those who allegedly bought drugs anonymously — or so they thought — on a darknet market place. Police and federal agents in the Netherlands and the United States paid unannounced visits Wednesday and Thursday to nearly 100 people they say are drug buyers who used the Hansa Market, an online bazaar operating in the "darknet," an anonymity-friendly...
Shares keep gaining as tech, industrial companies rise

Shares keep gaining as tech, industrial companies rise

Shares were higher in Japan and Australia, with all other Asian markets closed Friday for the lunar new year holiday. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index climbed 1.1 percent to 21,699.71 and the S&P ASX 200 in Australia added 0.1 percent to 5,914.60. JAPAN CENTRAL BANK: As expected, the government proposed reappointing Haruhiko Kuroda as governor of the Bank of Japan. The decision underscores...

EU not happy with Facebook, Twitter consumer rule remedies

The European Commission says social media giants Facebook and Twitter have only partially responded to its demands to bring their practices into line with EU consumer law. The Commission asked the two companies a year ago to change their terms of service following complaints from people targeted by fraud or scams on social media websites. The EU's executive arm said Thursday that the firms only partly...
Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station

Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station

An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering a fresh batch of supplies for the crew. The Russian space agency Roscosmos said the Progress spacecraft moored at the station Thursday in automatic mode, bringing 2.7 metric tons (3 tons) of food, fuel and instruments. It was launched Tuesday from the Russian space complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan...
Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station

Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station

An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering a fresh batch of supplies for the crew. The Russian space agency Roscosmos said the Progress spacecraft moored at the station Thursday in automatic mode, bringing 2.7 metric tons (3 tons) of food, fuel and instruments. It was launched Tuesday from the Russian space complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan...
Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station

Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station

An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering a fresh batch of supplies for the crew. The Russian space agency Roscosmos said the Progress spacecraft moored at the station Thursday in automatic mode, bringing 2.7 metric tons (3 tons) of food, fuel and instruments. It was launched Tuesday from the Russian space complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan...
Report: President calls for 25-cent hike in federal gas tax

Report: President calls for 25-cent hike in federal gas tax

Following the release of his $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, President Trump has reportedly called for a 25-cent hike to the federal gas tax to help pay for fixes to roads, bridges and other public works. If a gas tax hike were to go through, it would be the first time the feds raised the gas tax since 1993. At its current level, Americans now pay a levy of 18.4 cents per gallon on gasoline...
UK blames Russian military for 'malicious' cyberattack

UK blames Russian military for 'malicious' cyberattack

Britain and the United States blamed the Russian government on Thursday for a cyberattack that hit businesses across Europe last year, with London accusing Moscow of "weaponizing information" in a new kind of warfare. Foreign Minister Tariq Ahmad said "the U.K. government judges that the Russian government, specifically the Russian military, was responsible for the destructive NotPetya...

Buffett's firm invests in drugmaker Teva, trims Phillips 66

Billionaire Warren Buffett's company on Wednesday revealed a new investment in struggling Israeli drugmaker Teva Pharmaceuticals and trimmed its holdings in oil refiner Phillips 66 by selling 35 million shares back to the company for $3.3 billion. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. disclosed those moves and several other tweaks to its stock holdings in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission...
Apple's new speaker making an unwelcome mark in some homes

Apple's new speaker making an unwelcome mark in some homes

Apple's new internet-connected speaker is proving to be more appealing to the ears than to the eyes, depending on where the device is placed. Some people who bought the just-released $349 speaker, dubbed the HomePod, are reporting that it leaves a white ring on the surfaces of wooden furniture. In an explanation posted Wednesday, Apple said the problem occurs with speakers that, like the HomePod,...
Apple's new speaker making an unwelcome mark in some homes

Apple's new speaker making an unwelcome mark in some homes

Apple's new internet-connected speaker is proving to be more appealing to the ears than to the eyes, depending on where the device is placed. Some people who bought the just-released $349 speaker, dubbed the HomePod, are reporting that it leaves a white ring on the surfaces of wooden furniture. In an explanation posted Wednesday, Apple said the problem occurs with speakers that, like the HomePod,...
Critics wary as Google's Chrome begins an ad crackdown

Critics wary as Google's Chrome begins an ad crackdown

On Thursday, Google will begin using its Chrome browser to eradicate ads it deems annoying or otherwise detrimental to users. It just so happens that many of Google's own most lucrative ads will sail through its new filters. The move, which Google first floated back in June, is ostensibly aimed at making online advertising more tolerable by flagging sites that run annoying ads such as ones that auto-play...
Critics wary as Google's Chrome begins an ad crackdown

Critics wary as Google's Chrome begins an ad crackdown

On Thursday, Google will begin using its Chrome browser to eradicate ads it deems annoying or otherwise detrimental to users. It just so happens that many of Google's own most lucrative ads will sail through its new filters. The move, which Google first floated back in June, is ostensibly aimed at making online advertising more tolerable by flagging sites that run annoying ads such as ones that auto-play...
Uber CEO aims to pare losses and get 'the love back'

Uber CEO aims to pare losses and get 'the love back'

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is focused on cutting the company's massive losses and "getting the love back" after a year of damaging revelations about the ride-hailing service's sometimes heartless treatment of its employees, drivers, regulators and rivals. "We strive to be and should be a brand that is as beloved as Amazon and Google," Khosrowshahi said late Wednesday during an...
First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets US OK

First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets US OK

The first blood test to help doctors diagnose traumatic brain injuries has won U.S. government approval. The move means Banyan Biomarkers can commercialize its test, giving the company an early lead in the biotech industry's race to find a way to diagnose concussions. The test doesn't detect concussions and the approval won't immediately change how patients with suspected concussions or other brain...
First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets US OK

First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets US OK

The first blood test to help doctors diagnose traumatic brain injuries has won U.S. government approval. The move means Banyan Biomarkers can commercialize its test, giving the company an early lead in the biotech industry's race to find a way to diagnose concussions. The test doesn't detect concussions and the approval won't immediately change how patients with suspected concussions or other brain...

Trump has chosen nominee to lead NSA, US Cyber Command

President Donald Trump has picked Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone to be the next director of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. Trump's cyber adviser, Rob Joyce, announced the president's pick in a tweet late Tuesday, praising Nakasone for having a strong background in cyber issues. If confirmed by the Senate, Nakasone would take on one of the nation's top intelligence posts. He currently...
How to add a PIN to your smartphone account to prevent SIM hijacking

How to add a PIN to your smartphone account to prevent SIM hijacking

Think two-factor authentication for your financial accounts and a passcode on your phone protects you from hackers? Think again… RELATED: 5 great smartphone deals under $200 In a new scam that’s generically being called “mobile hacking” and more accurately termed “SIM hijacking,” BuzzFeed reports criminals are now able to breach your financial accounts with...
MoviePass was dream come true for film fans — now it’s making a lot of them angry

MoviePass was dream come true for film fans — now it’s making a lot of them angry

MoviePass, the subscription movie ticket service, is both enjoying and enduring a run unprecedented in the company’s seven-year history. Within the last year, the company dropped tiered pricing in favor of a flat fee, hit 2 million subscribers and — in a show of bravado that we recently chronicled — even took on AMC, the nation’s largest movie theater chain. Industry watchers...
How to get cleaner air? Germany considers free mass transit

How to get cleaner air? Germany considers free mass transit

How best to get cleaner air? Some officials in Germany want residents to leave their polluting cars at home. German ministers have discussed considering offering free public transportation to get more people to use environmentally friendly mass transit, but their idea has run into opposition by some German cities and towns, who think the plan is too expensive. The head of the German Association of...
Asian shares track Wall St gains as inflation fears subside

Asian shares track Wall St gains as inflation fears subside

Asian shares posted solid gains on Thursday that mirrored Wall Street's advance as investors' worries over inflation receded, although trading was thinning as markets closed for Lunar New Year holidays. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 1.3 percent to 21,435.13 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng advanced 1.3 percent to 30,908.64. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.9 percent to 5,893.90. Markets...
YouTube TV adds more channels and markets, increases price

YouTube TV adds more channels and markets, increases price

YouTube TV, the live TV streaming service that launched in April 2017, is adding more channels and more markets — but it’s also getting more expensive. Starting March 13, a YouTube TV subscription will cost $40 per month for new members. RELATED: Should you sign up for YouTube TV? However, YouTube said in a news release, customers who sign up before March 13 will continue to...
Just announced: 3 big changes coming to Sam’s Club in 2018

Just announced: 3 big changes coming to Sam’s Club in 2018

After abruptly closing 63 locations nationwide, Sam’s Club is moving forward with some big changes that will affect members. The Walmart-owned warehouse club said in a news release that it’s committed to providing “irresistible value, amazing items, real convenience and simple choices” to its customers. Read on to learn how Sam’s Club is changing in 2018 to take on rivals...
European officials: Virtual currencies are no way to pay

European officials: Virtual currencies are no way to pay

Several of Europe's top finance officials are skeptical about virtual currencies like bitcoin, saying they are risky for investors and inefficient as a way to pay for things. Germany's top monetary official, Jens Weidmann, said in a speech Wednesday that virtual currencies such as bitcoin are not good means of payment because their values fluctuate so rapidly. The value of bitcoin jumped last year...
European officials: Virtual currencies are no way to pay

European officials: Virtual currencies are no way to pay

Several of Europe's top finance officials are skeptical about virtual currencies like bitcoin, saying they are risky for investors and inefficient as a way to pay for things. Germany's top monetary official, Jens Weidmann, said in a speech Wednesday that virtual currencies such as bitcoin are not good means of payment because their values fluctuate so rapidly. The value of bitcoin jumped last year...
US intel sees signs of Russian meddling in midterms

US intel sees signs of Russian meddling in midterms

Three of the nation's top intelligence officials confirmed Tuesday that they have seen evidence of Russian meddling in the upcoming midterm elections — part of what they say is Moscow's escalating cyber assault on American and European democracies. "We have seen Russian activity and intentions to have an impact on the next election cycle," CIA Director Mike Pompeo told the Senate intelligence...
Trump: Gut funding for climate science, boost fossil fuels

Trump: Gut funding for climate science, boost fossil fuels

The Trump administration is targeting federal funding for studying and tracking climate change while boosting the continued burning of planet-warming fossil fuels. The White House's 2019 spending plan seeks to reduce or eliminate climate science programs across an array of federal agencies, from gutting efforts to track greenhouse gas emissions and research to eliminating funding for NASA satellites...
Federal vote-protection efforts lag ahead of first primaries

Federal vote-protection efforts lag ahead of first primaries

With the first primaries of the 2018 elections less than a month away, you might expect federal officials to be wrapping up efforts to safeguard the vote against expected Russian interference. You'd be wrong. Federal efforts to help states button down elections systems have crawled, hamstrung in part by wariness of federal meddling. Just 14 states and three local election agencies have so far asked...
Apple CEO leaves investors dangling on future dividend hike

Apple CEO leaves investors dangling on future dividend hike

Apple's next big thing will likely be a large dividend increase financed by a tax cut on its overseas profits, but the famously secretive company isn't giving any clues about how big it might be. CEO Tim Cook had an opportunity to address the issue Tuesday at Apple's annual meeting, when a shareholder asked if the iPhone maker might double its current quarterly dividend of 63 cents per share. Not...
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