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  • Strong, deep undersea quake shakes Fiji; no damage expected

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A deep, undersea earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 has struck Fiji and small tsunami waves have been observed but no damage reported. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at a depth of 560 kilometers (348 miles) and was located 280 kilometers (174 miles) northeast of Fiji’s […]
  • Egypt president ratifies law imposing internet controls

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified an anti-cybercrime law that rights groups say paves the way for censoring online media. The law, published Saturday in the country’s official gazette, empowers authorities to order the blocking of websites that publish content considered a threat to national security. Viewers attempting to access blocked sites […]
  • Germany: No preparations made in case of alien landing

    BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it has made no preparations for the possibility that aliens might land in the European country. In a response to questions from opposition Green Party lawmaker Dieter Janecek, the government said “there are no protocols or plans for a possible first contact with alien life.” Justifying that stance, […]
  • Trump says he ‘won’t let’ social media target conservatives

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing social media companies of “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices” and says “we won’t let that happen.” Trump’s Saturday morning tweets come as companies have been working to ban right-wing “Infowars” conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms. Apple, YouTube and Spotify have permanently removed some of […]
  • Privacy group tells FTC Google tracking violated 2011 order

    A privacy group said in a letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission on Friday that Google has violated the terms of a 2011 settlement because of practices exposed in an Associated Press report this week. The Electronic Privacy Information Center said in the letter to the FTC that Google’s recording of time-stamped location data […]
  • Judge told to consider protections for Montana grayling fish

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An appeals court on Friday told a judge to take another look at whether a Montana fish should be protected, saying that U.S. wildlife officials did not consider all environmental factors when they decided against designating the Arctic grayling as a threatened or endangered species. The three-judge panel of the 9th […]
  • US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads

    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook’s advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said in an administrative complaint this week that Facebook violated the Fair Housing Act because its targeting systems allow advertisers to exclude certain audiences, […]
  • Birth control app highlights emerging health tech market

    LONDON (AP) — The condom, the pill and now, the smartphone? Natural Cycles, a mobile fertility app, this month became the first ever digital contraceptive device to win FDA marketing approval. Women take their temperatures and track their menstrual cycle on the app, which uses an algorithm to determine when they’re fertile and should abstain […]
  • Stocks jump as hopes rise for progress on China trade talks

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose late in the day Friday as investors welcomed signs of progress in resolving the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. The Wall Street Journal reported that the countries hope to have a resolution by November. Industrial, health care and basic materials companies made some of the biggest gains. […]
  • The Latest: Tesla shares drop 9 percent after Musk interview

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Tesla CEO Elon Musk (all times local): 4:00 p.m. Tesla shares are closing with a loss of $29.95, about 9 percent, at $305.50 after CEO Elon Musk told the New York Times that the stress of the job is getting to him. The company lost $5.5 billion in […]
  • As Musk admits to job stress, Tesla’s board may have to act

    Elon Musk’s erratic behavior was front and center again this week as the CEO of Tesla conceded that he’s overwhelmed by job stress, pushing his electric car company’s stock down and bringing pressure on its board to take action. Musk’s revelation, in a Thursday interview with The New York Times, came as government regulators are […]
  • More than 1,000 Google workers protest censored China search

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than a thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the company’s secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship. The letter calls on executives to review ethics and transparency at the company. The letter’s contents were confirmed by a Google employee who helped organize […]
  • Uber driver charged with assaulting woman in San Francisco

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Uber driver from San Francisco is accused of picking up a woman while off-duty and sexually assaulting her, police said Thursday. Kevin Barillas-Saballas, 30, was charged Thursday by the Alameda County district attorney’s office with sexual assault, sexual battery, kidnapping, imprisonment and criminal threats. Union City Police Lt. Steve Mendez […]
  • What Google changed in its location-tracking explanation

    Days after an AP investigation, Google has changed a help page that erroneously explained how its “Location History” setting works. The page now acknowledges that Google still tracks user location even if they turn the setting off. On Monday, The Associated Press revealed that several Google apps and websites store user location even if users […]
  • Tesla files lawsuit against Ontario government

    TORONTO (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors said Thursday it is suing Ontario’s new government, claiming it was treated unfairly in the cancellation of a program providing rebates to residents who bought electric vehicles. Tesla Motors Canada said in court documents that the decision by Premier Doug Ford’s conservative government to cancel the program […]