Microsoft: Free Windows 7 security updates for 2020 election
WASHINGTON (AP) — Microsoft said Friday it will offer free security updates through the 2020 election in the United States — and in other interested democratic countries with national elections next year — for federally certified voting systems running on soon-to-be-outdated Windows 7 software.
House intel chief says Facebook working on election threats
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the House Intelligence Committee said Friday he has been assured by the CEO of Facebook that the company is working on ways to prevent foreign actors from disrupting next year's elections.
Why you don't need a 5G phone just yet
NEW YORK (AP) — No 5G iPhone? No problem. You probably don't want one anyway. For most people, it's smart to stick with a smartphone that isn't compatible with speedier 5G wireless networks, which are just starting to roll out.
Payouts from insurance policies may fuel ransomware attacks
CHICAGO (AP) — The call came on a Saturday in July delivering grim news: Many of the computer systems serving the government of LaPorte County, Indiana, had been taken hostage with ransomware.
Twitter, Facebook close accounts linked to Spanish party
MADRID (AP) — Twitter and Facebook say they have removed 365 fake accounts linked to Spain's conservative Popular Party that were used to influence public opinion and spread spam.
Senate tech critic to Facebook CEO: Sell WhatsApp, Instagram
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met Thursday with President Donald Trump and other critics of the tech industry, the Senate's most vocal detractor offered a challenge: Sell your WhatsApp and Instagram properties to prove you're serious about protecting data privacy.
Next-generation F-35 fighter jets go to National Guard unit
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The first two of an eventual 20 F-35 jets arrived Thursday at the Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington, the first Guard unit to receive the next-generation fighter.
Walgreens, Google affiliate to launch drone delivery test
Walgreens and a Google affiliate are testing drone deliveries that can put drugstore products on customer doorsteps minutes after being ordered.
Huawei debuts phone without Google apps as US sanctions bite
MUNICH (AP) — Huawei launched a new flagship smartphone on Thursday but it comes without popular Google apps such as Chrome or YouTube after U.S.
How to navigate new privacy features in Apple iPhone update
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's iOS 13 software update comes with plenty of privacy enhancements — but in some cases, only if you take the time to understand how they work.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg heads to Washington
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be in Washington Thursday to meet with lawmakers and talk about internet regulation.
Facebook still auto-generating Islamic State, al-Qaida pages
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and al-Qaida before it's reported.
Tech execs say they're acting faster on extremist content
WASHINGTON (AP) — Executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter told Congress on Wednesday that they've gotten better and faster at detecting and removing violent extremist content on their social media platforms in the face of mass shootings fueled by hatred.
Google ads: effective, a little frustrating, businesses say
NEW YORK (AP) — For many small business owners, Google is a necessary and successful way to advertise although it can also be expensive and frustrating.
Paris tests new bubble-shaped water taxi
PARIS (AP) — Paris is testing out a new form of travel: an eco-friendly bubble-shaped taxi that zips along the water up and down the Seine River.
Comcast tries to bolster streaming gadget by dropping fee
NEW YORK (AP) — As big entertainment companies prepare to launch new streaming services, Comcast is trying to bolster its Flex streaming TV device by giving it away.
Small business digital marketing: DIY or outsource?
NEW YORK (AP) — Marketing and advertising on the internet are an integral part of running a small business, one many owners handle themselves.
Facebook slashes price, size of Portal video call gadget
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is slashing the price and the size of the Portal, its screen and camera-equipped gadget for making video calls with friends and family as it attempts to get the device into more homes.
Facebook to name first oversight panel members by year-end
BOSTON (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday that it expects to name the first members of a new quasi-independent oversight board by year-end.
Gaming heavyweights raise $17M for new esports network
NEW YORK (AP) — A new venture backed by many of video gaming's biggest publishers is unveiling a network that hopes to be to esports what ESPN has been to traditional sports.
Researchers: AI surveillance is expanding worldwide
A growing number of countries are following China's lead in deploying artificial intelligence to track citizens, according to a research group's report published Tuesday.
Facebook to train AI systems using police video
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook will work with law enforcement organizations to train its artificial intelligence systems to recognize videos of violent events as part of a broader effort to crack down on extremism.
Apple awards $250 million to supplier of glass for iPhones
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Apple on Tuesday deepened its ties with a Kentucky manufacturing plant by awarding $250 million to support Corning Inc.'s continued work to develop glass for iPhones and other devices.
NBC's 'Peacock' to join the streaming fray in April
NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast's NBCUniversal said Tuesday that its upcoming streaming service will be called Peacock, in an homage to NBC's logo.
Facing US ban, Huawei emerging as stronger tech competitor
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Long before President Donald Trump threatened to cut off Huawei's access to U.S. technology, the Chinese telecom equipment maker was pouring money into research that reduces its need for American suppliers.