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  • Apple closing iPhone security gap used by law enforcement

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is closing a security gap that allowed outsiders to pry personal information from locked iPhones without a password, a change that will thwart law enforcement agencies that have been exploiting the vulnerability to collect evidence in criminal investigations. The loophole will be shut down in a forthcoming update to Apple’s […]
  • Japan banks on 3D mapping deemed crucial for driverless cars

    TOKYO (AP) — Technology companies are racing to develop ultra-precise digital maps that can guide self-driving cars within inches of where they should be — a hurdle the industry needs to clear if it hopes to deliver on its promise of widespread use of driverless vehicles. Japan’s government is backing a three-dimensional mapping system developed […]
  • Study: 2014 Napa quake may be linked to groundwater changes

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Research suggests the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that rocked California wine country in 2014 may have been caused by an expansion of Earth’s crust because of seasonally receding groundwater under the Napa and Sonoma valleys. The vineyard-filled valleys flank the West Napa Fault, which produced the quake that killed one person, injured […]
  • Science Says: What happens when researchers make mistakes

    Everyone makes mistakes, but when scientists do, the remedy goes far beyond saying you’re sorry. Two fresh examples show how some journals and universities react when the need arises to set the record straight. On Wednesday, the New England Journal of Medicine retracted and republished a landmark study on the Mediterranean diet, and issued an […]
  • The Latest: Comcast eyes Fox’s international business

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Comcast’s challenge to Disney for Fox (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Comcast says Fox’s international presence is a key reason for its $65 billion offer for parts of the company. That’s assuming that it gets full ownership of Sky, which it is bidding for in conjunction with its […]
  • Breaking up the Murdoch empire: Who gets what

    A large part of the Fox entertainment empire is up for sale, though Fox News Channel and other U.S. television businesses are staying with the family of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Comcast made a $65 billion bid Wednesday, topping an offer Disney made in December. Here’s a look at what the businesses would look like […]
  • Comcast challenges Disney with $65B bid for Fox

    NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast made a $65 billion bid Wednesday for Fox’s entertainment businesses, setting up a battle with Disney to become the next mega-media company. The bid comes just a day after a federal judge cleared AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner and rejected the government’s argument that it would hurt competition in cable […]
  • Court rules no privacy for cellphone with 1-2-3-4 passcode

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man serving 18 years in prison in South Carolina for burglary was rightfully convicted in part because he left his cellphone at the crime scene and a detective guessed his passcode as 1-2-3-4 instead of getting a warrant, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Lawyers for Lamar Brown argued detectives […]
  • Antarctica’s ice sheet is melting 3 times faster than before

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new study. In the last quarter century, the southern-most continent’s ice sheet — a key indicator of climate change — melted into enough […]
  • Genealogies of Mayflower passengers helps find descendants

    BOSTON (AP) — Figuring out whether you’re a descendant of a Pilgrim is now just a mouse click away. A monthslong effort to digitize and index the authenticated genealogies of Mayflower passengers has been completed and is available online, the New England Historic Genealogical Society announced Wednesday. The society’s Pilgrim database project launched last year […]
  • NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s seemingly unstoppable Mars rover Opportunity has been knocked out by a gigantic dust storm that is enveloping the red planet and blotting out the sun. Officials said Wednesday they’re hopeful the rover will survive the storm, which already covers one-quarter of Mars and is expected to encircle the planet […]
  • Gun rights advocates challenge Maryland bump stock ban

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A gun rights group has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Maryland’s recently enacted ban on devices that increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic firearms. The complaint filed Monday by a group called Maryland Shall Issue says the ban passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Larry Hogan in April violates […]
  • Host of new worries pushes bitcoin to 4-month low

    NEW YORK (AP) — The price of bitcoin fell to a four-month low of $6,370 on Wednesday, days after South Korean digital currency exchange Coinrail said hackers had stolen over $37 million, or almost a third of the virtual currency it had stored. After Coinrail announced the theft, the price of bitcoin dropped to $6,333.95 […]
  • UK tech retailer suffers breach of customers’ card data

    LONDON (AP) — Smartphone seller Dixons Carphone says it is investigating a data breach of some 5.9 million customer bank card details and 1.2 million personal data records. The retailer says it has contacted the relevant card companies as well as police and data authorities but says there was no evidence of fraud on the […]
  • Australian court rules man can sue Google for defamation

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian man who alleges Google defamed him on Wednesday won a court battle to sue the search engine giant. Milorad “Michael” Trkulja was shot in the back in 2004 in a restaurant in Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city. The Australian High Court unanimously ruled in favor of Trkulja, supporting his […]