Defense in murder case can obtain private social media posts
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has effectively ruled that the defense in a gang-related murder trial can obtain private postings from social media companies.
The Latest: Facebook mulls response to private posts ruling
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a California Supreme Court ruling on defense lawyer access to private social media postings (all times local): 4:30 p.m.
Report: YouTube to pay FTC fine over kids' data protection
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is expected to pay a multimillion dollar penalty from the Federal Trade Commission over its handling of kids' information on its popular video site YouTube.
Instagram expands hiding 'likes' to make you happier
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many "likes" people's posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others.
Fast-growing web of doorbell cams raises privacy fears
The woodsy community of Wolcott, Connecticut, doesn't see a lot of crime. But when the police chief heard about an opportunity to distribute doorbell cameras to some homes, he didn't hesitate.
Virgin Orbit in launch deal with UK's Royal Air Force
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Orbit says it has been selected by the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force to provide launches of small satellites on short notice.
Deepfake videos pose a threat, but 'dumbfakes' may be worse
Sophisticated phony videos called deepfakes have attracted plenty of attention as a possible threat to election integrity. But a bigger problem for the 2020 U.S.
Microsoft cloud growth beats expectations
Microsoft on Thursday reported quarterly profit of $13.2 billion, powered in large part by a steadily growing cloud computing business that the company says now accounts for almost a third of its total revenue.
Trump: Administration to review Pentagon computer contract
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the administration will "take a very long look" at a massive multibillion-dollar contract the Pentagon is preparing to award for a cloud computing system, citing "tremendous complaints" he's heard about the process.
Netflix subscriber drop hints at streaming-service fatigue
NEW YORK (AP) — How much is too much for streaming video? A dramatic slowdown in worldwide growth at Netflix — including the first quarterly drop in its U.S.
Facebook's Libra gets stark warning from G-7 finance chiefs
CHANTILLY, France (AP) — Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven rich democracies issued a stark warning on Thursday that cryptocurrencies like the Libra digital money recently unveiled by Facebook should not be allowed before "serious regulatory and systemic concerns" are addressed.
EU fines chipmaker Qualcomm for 'predatory pricing'
BRUSSELS (AP) — In yet another European Union move against a U.S. tech company, the bloc's antitrust chief on Thursday fined chipmaker Qualcomm $271 million, accusing it of "predatory pricing" to drive a competitor out of the market.
Bitcoin craze hits Iran as US sanctions squeeze weak economy
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians feeling the squeeze from U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's ailing economy are increasingly turning to such digital currencies as Bitcoin to make money, prompting alarm in and out of the country.
Nevada: Feds should restudy seismic risk at nuke dump site
LAS VEGAS (AP) —        Nevada's governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S.
EU clears Vodafone's $22 billion deal to expand in Europe
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has cleared telecom operator Vodafone's acquisition of Liberty Global's operations in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania but has imposed some conditions.
Myths and risks in app that gives you peek into older self
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Is a peek into the future worth your privacy in the present? That concern was pushed to the spotlight this week with the resurgence of a smartphone app that uses artificial intelligence to transform your current face into your younger and older selves.
Top senator calls for FBI to review popular photo app
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Democrat is calling on the FBI to review a Russian company's trendy smartphone app that transforms faces from photos into younger and older images of the person, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.
Alaska village will install new river power generator
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tiny Native village in southwest Alaska has turned to an emerging technology to transform the power of a local river into a sustainable energy source that's expected to free residents from dependency on costly diesel fuel.
Microsoft reports hundreds of election-related cyber probes
Microsoft says it has detected more than 740 infiltration attempts by nation-state actors in the past year targeting U.S.-based political parties, campaigns and other democracy-focused organizations including think tanks and other nonprofits.
Dems pan 'Zuck buck,' want Facebook to rein in currency plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook endured a second day of criticism from Congress over its plan to create a digital currency as senior House Democrats asked Facebook to scale back the project and threatened legislation that would block big tech companies from getting into banking.
With Big Tech's dominance under scrutiny, EU probes Amazon
BRUSSELS (AP) — While the U.S. Congress talks about reining in big tech companies, Europe is taking action. The European Union said Wednesday it is investigating whether Amazon uses data from independent retailers to gain an unfair advantage, a decision that could lead to changes in how the internet's biggest marketplace works.
French prosecutors want Air France tried for 2009 Rio crash
PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors want Air France to stand trial for manslaughter in the 2009 crash of a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that killed all 228 people aboard, a judicial official said Wednesday.
Apple, Google continue inclusive push with new emoji
Apple and Google are rolling out dozens of new emoji that include cute critters, of course, but also expand the number of images of human diversity.
The Latest: Facebook won't commit to starting small on Libra
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional hearings on the reach of big tech (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Facebook is moving forward on an ambitious plan for a new digital currency and won't commit to U.S.