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  • California law that blocked posting actors’ ages struck down

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California law that sought to prevent age discrimination in the entertainment industry by blocking a popular Hollywood website from posting the ages of actors was struck down Tuesday as unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco said the law passed in 2016 violated the First Amendment rights […]
  • The top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks-US

    iBook charts for week ending February 18, 2018: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher : iBooks US Bestseller List – Paid Books 1. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen – 9781250130938 – (St. Martin’s Press) 2. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – 9781250165619 – (St. Martin’s Press) 3. […]
  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending February 18, 2018: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3. Pocket Build, MoonBear LTD 4. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations 5. NBA 2K18, 2K 6. Bloons TD 5, Ninja Kiwi 7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 8. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. 9. Florence, […]
  • Italy warns of election threat as rival parties court Russia

    ROME (AP) — Italian government officials are warning of possible foreign interference in the March 4 general election, sounding the alarm following the U.S. indictment of Russian trolls and evidence of Russian-sourced fake news on popular Italian platforms. Premier Paolo Gentiloni on Tuesday released Italy’s annual security report, which aside from highlighting the threat of […]
  • Groups want details on Trump’s approval of Keystone pipeline

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada are asking a judge to force the U.S. government to turn over emails and other documents related to President Donald Trump’s approval of the project. Environmentalists who sued to stop the 1,179-mile (1,800-kilometer) pipeline said the documents could bolster their case […]
  • Insiders: Russia troll farm even zanier than indictment says

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Clinton-Obama sex tape using body doubles. A Facebook page promoting Texas independence riddled with grammatical mistakes. Islamic State anthems blasting out during the nightshift. The U.S. indictment centered on a Russian troll farm only scratches the surface of the St. Petersburg agency that allegedly produced online content to sway the 2016 […]
  • Democrats on House panel urge Equifax to extend protections

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers on a House investigative panel are asking the credit-monitoring company Equifax Inc. to provide free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for at least three years. Equifax has offered up to one year of complementary protections after a massive data breach last year compromised personal information for about 145 million […]
  • Czechs to open satellite center to serve intelligence, NATO

    PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic’s army says it is planning to open a new satellite center to serve the country’s military intelligence and NATO. The center will receive images of the situation on the ground around the globe from satellites, analyze them and provide them for the alliance’s defense planning and the local army’s […]
  • Qualcomm raises bid for NXP to about $43.22B

    Qualcomm is raising its takeover bid for NXP Semiconductors by nearly 16 percent to about $43.22 billion, citing in part NXP’s strong results since the companies first announced their merger in October 2016. The move announced Tuesday comes as Qualcomm itself is in the crosshairs of Broadcom Ltd., which earlier this month raised its own […]
  • Scientists: New lobster fishing technology could save whales

    FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are urging New England lobstermen to begin using new technology to help prevent the deaths of rare right whales. The Boston Globe reports scientists from the institution recently met with fishermen to push for the use of traps that can be brought to the […]
  • Maduro: Digital currency puts Venezuela on tech vanguard

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Cash-strapped Venezuela on Tuesday became the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move President Nicolas Maduro celebrated as putting his country on the world’s technological forefront. In its first hours on the market, the so-called petro racked in $735 million worth in purchases, Maduro said without providing […]
  • Connecticut’s Edible Arrangements sues Google over rival ads

    NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut-based fruit bouquet company Edible Arrangements has filed a federal lawsuit against Google, claiming its business is being hurt by rival ads that appear when people use the search engine. The Hour reports Edible Arrangements claims in its lawsuit filed in early February that Google’s placement of rival ads can […]
  • Volcanic blast reshaped summit of Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung that shot ash 5 kilometers (3 miles) high also blew away much of the mountain’s summit. Before and after images from Indonesia’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation show an enormous chunk missing from the peak, which it called “completely annihilated.” Volcanologist Devy Kamil […]
  • Experts: Underwater archaeology site imperiled in Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Pollution is threatening the recently mapped Sac Actun cave system in the Yucatan Peninsula, a vast underground network that experts in Mexico say could be the most important underwater archaeological site in the world. Subaquatic archaeologist Guillermo de Anda said the cave system’s historical span is likely unrivaled. Some of the […]
  • Study cited for blaming autism on TV cartoon does not exist

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There is no Harvard study that says a British children’s television cartoon causes autism, despite what a social media post claims. In fact, there’s at least one peer-reviewed study that hints that a children’s television show may help autistic kids. The post on the newsely site, and others that have circulated in […]