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    As ‘net neutrality’ vote nears, some brace for a long fight

    NEW YORK (AP) — As the federal government prepares to unravel sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet, advocates of the regulations are bracing for a long fight. The Thursday vote scheduled at the Federal Communications Commission could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from […]
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    Microsoft updates Bing search to highlight reputable results

    BOSTON (AP) — Microsoft on Wednesday rolled out new features on its Bing search engine powered by artificial intelligence, including one that summarizes the two opposing sides of contentious questions, and another that measures how many reputable sources are behind a given answer. Tired of delivering misleading information when their algorithms are gamed by trolls […]
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    Justice Department confirms criminal probe in Uber case

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A recent letter from the U.S. Attorney’s office confirms the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation connected to allegations that a former Uber executive stole self-driving car technology from a Google spin-off to help the ride-hailing service build robotic vehicles. The letter unsealed Wednesday by a federal judge marks the […]
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    Study: Loss of water in drought caused Sierra Nevada to rise

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Loss of water from rocks during drought caused California’s Sierra Nevada to rise nearly an inch (2.5 centimeters) in height from October 2011 to October 2015, according to a new NASA study made public Wednesday. The study also found that in the following two years of increased snow and rain, the […]
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    Inslee promises state action on net neutrality protections

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A day ahead of a vote by the Federal Communications Commission on a plan to undo the country’s net-neutrality rules, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he and other state leaders will take steps to protect consumers regardless of the outcome of the vote. At issue is Wednesday’s planned vote on the […]
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    Men plead guilty to creating ‘botnet’ used to crash the web

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three men pleaded guilty to creating a “botnet” known as Mirai that was used to paralyze chunks of the internet in 2016. Paras Jha, Josiah White and Dalton Norman admitted to one count of conspiracy in plea agreements filed earlier this month. Federal prosecutors in Alaska and New Jersey said Wednesday […]
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    Cellphone company T-Mobile to launch TV service next year

    NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile is launching a TV service next year, becoming the latest company to marry wireless and video. The service will target people who aren’t interested in traditional cable and satellite TV packages. T-Mobile promises to address consumer complaints such as “sky-high bills” and “exploding bundles.” The company wouldn’t provide details on […]
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    Venezuelans seeing bitcoin boom as survival, not speculation

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — In the last month, John Villar has bought two plane tickets to Colombia, purchased his wife’s medication and paid the employees of his startup business in Venezuela — all in bitcoin. As Venezuela’s national currency loses value at a catastrophic rate, thousands have begun turning to the world of cryptocurrency to […]
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    Alexa, can I do my holiday shopping through you?

    NEW YORK (AP) — It was a few weeks before Christmas and time to put my voice assistant to the test: Could I just shout out the gifts I needed to buy without having to get on a smartphone or computer? Alexa, the virtual assistant inside my Echo Dot, is really good at reordering stuff […]
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    Uber: No evidence hackers took rider credit card numbers

    DETROIT (AP) — An outside cyber security firm hired by Uber after a massive data theft found no evidence that rider credit card, bank account or Social Security numbers were downloaded by two hackers, the company said in a response to demands for information from U.S. senators. But the ride-hailing company disclosed that in some […]
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    Study: Almost 45 million tons of e-waste discarded last year

    BERLIN (AP) — A new study claims 44.7 million metric tons (49.3 million tons) of TV sets, refrigerators, cellphones and other electrical good were discarded last year, with only a fifth recycled to recover the valuable raw materials inside. The U.N.-backed study published Wednesday calculates that the amount of e-waste thrown away in 2016 included […]
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    ‘Mannequin Skywalker’ rides Blue Origin’s new crew capsule

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Blue Origin’s ‘Mannequin Skywalker’ has rocketed almost all the way to space, just in time for the new Star Wars movie. The aerospace company led by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos launched its New Shepard rocket Tuesday from West Texas for the seventh time. It marked the first flight, though, of the […]
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    US stocks indexes close mostly higher after Fed rate hike

    The major U.S. stock indexes finished mostly higher Wednesday, with small companies notching big gains as lawmakers in the House and Senate reached a deal on a sweeping tax reform package. The Dow Jones industrial average eked out its third record-high close in as many days, driven by a jump in Caterpillar. But a last-minute […]
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    Markets Right Now: US indexes close mostly higher

    The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local): 4 p.m. Stocks are closing mostly higher on Wall Street, but a pullback in bank stocks left the Standard & Poor’s 500 index slightly lower. The Dow Jones industrials closed higher Wednesday, driven by a jump in Caterpillar, giving the index another all-time high. Caterpillar […]
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    Studies: Warming made Harvey’s deluge 3 times more likely

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Global warming’s fingerprints were all over the record rainfall from Hurricane Harvey this year, confirming what scientists suspected, according to new research. While scientists say man-made climate change didn’t trigger Harvey, new studies calculate that a warmer, wetter world made it at least three times more likely that the stalled storm […]