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.
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.
Some CBD vapes contain street drug instead of the real thing
Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. "It'll relax you," the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn't relax him.
Yada yada yada: Netflix to air 'Seinfeld' starting in 2021
LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Move aside, "Friends" and "The Office." Netflix now has a new gem — a show about nothing. The company announced Monday it would start streaming all 180 episodes of "Seinfeld" in 2021, gaining a hugely popular addition to its library as the battle for viewers heats up.
Big global climate protests on Friday get union support
BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to join worldwide demonstrations this week ahead of a U.N. climate summit in New York, as unions and some businesses lend their support for faster action to fight climate change.
German industrial designer Luigi Colani dies at 91
BERLIN (AP) — Luigi Colani, a renowned German industrial designer, has died. He was 91. German news agency dpa reported that his partner, Yazhen Zha, confirmed that Colani died Monday in the southwestern town of Karlsruhe after a severe illness.
Germany's Merkel faces decisive week on climate protection
BERLIN (AP) — Germany faces a decisive week in its efforts to combat climate change, with Chancellor Angela Merkel pledging Saturday that Europe's biggest economy will find good solutions but her governing coalition still haggling over a long-promised policy package.
Estonia plans to restrict govt use of Huawei 5G technology
HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia, which is among Europe's most wired and technologically advanced nations, is set to restrict the use of equipment and technology from Chinese telecom giant Huawei in its government sector, citing security concerns and recommendations by the U.S., a key NATO ally.
Climate change protests hit Frankfurt as auto show opens
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Thousands of people are demonstrating in Frankfurt to demand more action against climate change as the German city's auto show opens to the public, with some cycling into the city along highways that were temporarily closed for the occasion.
Disney CEO departs Apple's board with video showdown looming
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Walt Disney Co. CEO Robert Iger has stepped down from Apple's board of directors as the two companies prepare to launch competing video streaming services aimed at market leader Netflix.
Lawmakers ask 4 big tech companies for documents in probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers investigating the market dominance of Big Tech on Friday asked Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple for a broad range of documents, marking a step forward in Congress' bipartisan probe of the companies.
WeWork to list shares on Nasdaq, reduce CEO's voting power
NEW YORK (AP) — WeWork's parent company announced major changes in its corporate governance practices Friday as it revealed plans to list shares on the Nasdaq.
US Treasury sanctions 3 North Korean hacking groups
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three North Korean hacking groups suspected of perpetrating cyberattacks around the world were placed on a U.S.
EU competition chief hints at new data rules for tech firms
LONDON (AP) — The European Union's powerful competition chief indicated Friday that she's looking at expanding regulations on personal data, dropping an initial hint about how she plans to use new powers against tech companies.
Facebook expands new tool aiming to shrink 'news deserts'
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is trying to coax "news deserts" into bloom with the second major expansion of a tool that exposes people to more local news and information.
Google Earth leads to remains of missing Florida man in lake
WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) — It took 22 years, but a missing man's remains were finally found thanks to someone who zoomed in on his former Florida neighborhood with Google satellite images and noticed a car submerged in a lake, authorities said.
Ukrainian man pleads guilty to hacking, wire fraud charges
SEATTLE (AP) — A member of a sophisticated international hacking group that authorities say targeted businesses in 47 states to steal credit and debit card records pleaded guilty to hacking and wire fraud charges in Seattle.
Google settles with labor board over employee speech
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has reached a settlement over employees' ability to speak out about workplace issues after a former worker filed a complaint.
Google pays France over $1 billion to settle tax case
PARIS (AP) — Tech giant Google said Thursday it has paid over one billion dollars to French authorities to settle a years-long dispute over allegations of tax fraud.
3D gun company founder gets probation in underage sex case
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The founder of a Texas company that sells plans for making untraceable 3D printed guns has been sentenced to seven years of probation for having sex with an underage girl.
Uber vows to keep fighting sweeping California labor bill
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers confronting the changing definition of work approved sweeping legislation Wednesday designed to give many contract workers new pay and benefit protections, but tech giants Uber and Lyft vowed to keep fighting the changes, possibly by bankrolling an expensive fight on the 2020 ballot.
Google advertising practices targeted in antitrust probe
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State attorneys general investigating whether Google is engaged in monopolistic behavior are planning to take a deep look into the tech giant's advertising business.
Swiss say Facebook's digital currency plan will face hurdles
GENEVA (AP) — Facebook and its partners have asked financial authorities in Switzerland to evaluate their plan to create a new digital currency to be called Libra.
Apple takes on Netflix with a $5-a-month streaming service
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple is finally taking on Netflix with its own streaming television service and, uncharacteristically for the company, offering it at a bargain price — $5 a month beginning on Nov.
Germany's Merkel: Climate spending is 'money well invested'
BERLIN (AP) — Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel says her country will have to spend money to combat climate change, but doing so is a good investment.