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Phishing ploy targets COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort

BOSTON (AP) — IBM security researchers say they have detected a cyberespionage effort using targeted phishing emails to try to collect vital information on...

Who did it? TV viewers intrigued by HBO’s ‘The Undoing’

NEW YORK (AP) — The dramatic conclusion to “The Undoing,” HBO's whodunit starring Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman, proved how it's still possible to...

Discovery’s reality-heavy streaming service launches in Jan.

Discovery is joining the increasingly crowded streaming fray with its own reality-focused service Discovery Plus that will include shows from the Food Network, HGTV,...

California county pays $10M after shooting paralyzed man

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California county has paid nearly $10 million to settle a lawsuit by a Silicon Valley software engineer who...

China’s space ambitions: Robot on Mars, a human on the moon

BEIJING (AP) — China’s landing of its third probe on the moon is part of an increasingly ambitious space program that has a robot...

UK to ban new Huawei gear installations after Sept

LONDON (AP) — Wireless carriers in the U.K. won’t be allowed to install Huawei equipment in their high-speed 5G networks after September 2021, the...

AP sources: NFL DQs Broncos QBs for not wearing masks

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos won't have any of their four quarterbacks available Sunday when they face the New Orleans Saints because...

Holiday trends to watch: Adult Play-Doh; stores that ship

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic is turning this into a holiday shopping season like no other. ...

Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gripped by the accelerating viral outbreak, the U.S. economy is under pressure from persistent layoffs, diminished income and nervous consumers, whose...

China’s Xi congratulates Biden, hopes for ‘win-win’ ties

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday and expressed hope for “win-win cooperation” amid conflicts over trade,...

Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Waiters and bartenders are being thrown out of work — again — as governors and local officials shut down indoor dining and drinking establishments...

Home Depot agrees to $17.5m settlement in 2014 data breach

BOSTON (AP) — Home Depot has reached a $17.5 million settlement with the attorney generals of 46 states and the District of Columbia over...

UK telecom companies face big fines under new security law

LONDON (AP) — Telecom companies in Britain face hefty fines if they don't comply with strict new security rules under a new law proposed...

Judge won’t lift San Diego County pandemic restrictions

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California judge on Monday denied a request to temporarily restore indoor service at restaurants and gyms in San Diego...

New this week: ‘Saved by the Bell,’ Miley Cyrus & McCarthy

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. ...

Alibaba CEO says regulations for internet firms ‘necessary’

HONG KONG (AP) — The chairman and CEO of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group praised Chinese regulators Monday in a possible attempt to repair ties...

Midwest health system CEO says he had virus, won’t wear mask

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The head of one of the largest regional health systems in the Midwest has told his employees that he has recovered...

Global tech giants threaten to leave Pakistan over new rules

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Internet and technology companies have threatened to leave Pakistan after the government granted blanket powers to authorities to censor digital content,...

Apple to cut app store fees as legal scrutiny intensifies

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Apple will cut its app store commissions in half for most developers beginning next year amid an intensifying debate...

Boeing Max cleared for takeoff, 2 years after deadly crashes

After nearly two years and a pair of deadly crashes, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has cleared Boeing’s 737 Max for flight. ...

David Copperfield halts Vegas show after staffer gets virus

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Illusionist David Copperfield is suspending his Las Vegas stage show after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19. ...

Internal email reveals 65 virus cases among WHO Geneva staff

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization has recorded 65 cases of the coronavirus among staff based at its headquarters, including five people who...

Privacy activists in EU file complaints over iPhone tracking

BERLIN (AP) — European privacy activists have filed complaints against Apple over its use of software to track the behavior of iPhone users. ...

Russian city to demolish derided ‘Robot’ building

MOSCOW (AP) — A hulking, never-occupied building sardonically likened to a robot’s head that has loomed over the Russian city of Kaliningrad for decades...

Finland fast-tracks ID code law change after hacking case

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The government of Finland said Thursday it was preparing legislation that would allow citizens to change their personal identity codes...

Apple unveils first Macs built to run more like iPhones

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Apple is rolling out new Mac computers powered by the same kind of chips that run iPhones and iPads,...

Indigenous candidates’ wins in Congress give hope for change

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Internet access, health care and basic necessities like running water and electricity within Indigenous communities have long been at the...

EU files antitrust charges against Amazon over use of data

LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators filed antitrust charges Tuesday against Amazon, accusing the e-commerce giant of using its access to data from companies...

Google ad costs, not its alleged monopoly, irks businesses

NEW YORK (AP) — When asked about Google, Bryan Clayton voices a familiar lament among small business owners. ...

Japan’s SoftBank back in the black as investments improve

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp. said Monday it bounced back to profitability in the last quarter as its investments improved...

For Biden, how to help mangled economy is next obstacle

BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Biden will inherit a mangled U.S. economy — one that never fully healed from the coronavirus and could suffer again...

Hiring held last month but signs of caution as virus worsens

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying fears of another slowdown, U.S. businesses kept hiring at a solid pace in October, yet there are signs they remain...

Macron speaks with CEOs to promote investment in France

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has turned to international CEOs to promote France’s recovery plan aimed at saving jobs and pave the...

Brazilian police investigate online hacking of high court

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's federal police opened an investigation into the hacking of computers at one of the country's high courts on Thursday. ...

Fed signals readiness to do more for economy as virus rages

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve kept its benchmark interest rate at a record low near zero Thursday and signaled its readiness to do...

DOJ sues to block Visa’s $5.3 billion purchase of Plaid Inc.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Department of Justice sued payment processing giant Visa Inc. on Thursday to block the company's purchase of financial technology...

June retrial date set for ex-CIA engineer in leak case

NEW YORK (AP) — The retrial of a former CIA software engineer charged with leaking secrets to WikiLeaks in an espionage case will begin...

Walmart abandons shelf-scanning robots, lets humans do work

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is laying off the robots it had deployed in about 500 stores to keep tabs on what’s on and...

Russian election threat potent, but interference so far slim

BOSTON (AP) — Russian interference has been minimal so far in the most tempestuous U.S. presidential election in decades. But that doesn’t mean the...

Lawn robot in Germany messages owner for help, foils thief

BERLIN (AP) — A lawnmower robot's electronic cries for help foiled a thief's plan to make off with the grass-cutting automaton. ...

China’s leaders vow to become self-reliant technology power

BEIJING (AP) — China’s leaders are vowing to make their country a self-reliant “technology power” as a feud with Washington cuts access to U.S....

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US health care system

BOSTON (AP) — Federal agencies warned that cybercriminals could unleash a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the U.S. health care system, an effort...

Samsung reports record sales amid questions about future

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The flood of obituaries for Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-Hee since his death over the weekend have mostly shared...

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system

BOSTON (AP) — Federal agencies warned that cybercriminals are unleashing a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the U.S. healthcare system designed to lock...

Microsoft says Iranian hackers targeted conference attendees

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft says Iranian hackers have posed as conference organizers in Germany and Saudi Arabia in an attempt to break into...

Here’s why Ant Group is about to shatter IPO records

HONG KONG (AP) — Stella Su, who lives and works in Shanghai, has used an ATM only once in the past year. Instead of...

T-Mobile offers up yet another TV streaming service

Yet another service provider is jumping into the TV streaming wars. This time it's T-Mobile and its TVision service with live news, entertainment and...

Chinese leaders focus on tech as they make 5-year plan

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders met Monday to formulate an economic blueprint for the next five years that is expected to emphasize development of...

Lee Kun-Hee, force behind Samsung’s rise, dies at 78

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lee Kun-Hee, the ailing Samsung Electronics chairman who transformed the small television maker into a global giant of consumer...

Finland shocked by therapy center hacking, client blackmail

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s interior minister summoned key Cabinet members into an emergency meeting Sunday after hundreds — and possibly thousands — of patient...

Bulgaria signs 5G deal with US excluding Chinese firms

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria has joined other Balkan countries in signing an agreement with the United States on high-speed wireless network security aimed...

Report: Ransomware disables Georgia county election database

A ransomware attack that hobbled a Georgia county government in early October reportedly disabled a database used to verify voter signatures in the authentication...

China hopes for change if Biden wins, but little likely

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders hope Washington will tone down conflicts over trade, technology and security if Joe Biden wins the Nov. 3 presidential...

Analysis: Racial inequity in who takes career, tech courses

Alphina Kamara wonders what might have happened if she’d been introduced to science and engineering careers at her high school in Wilmington, Delaware. ...

Justice Dept. files landmark antitrust case against Google

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Google for abusing its dominance in online search and advertising — the government’s most significant...

After years grappling with Google, Europe has tips for US

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. antitrust crackdown on Google might seem like deja vu for European Union regulators. ...

U.S. antitrust case against Google mirrors Microsoft battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's legal assault on Google actually feels like a blast from the past. ...

Fortunes of China’s internet tycoons soar amid pandemic

BEIJING (AP) — Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, held onto his status as China’s richest tycoon this year as surging demand for...

5 takeaways from the government’s lawsuit against Google

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's lawsuit against Google alleging antitrust violations marks the government’s most significant attempt to protect competition since its groundbreaking...

5 takeaways from the government’s lawsuit against Google

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's lawsuit against Google alleging antitrust violations marks the government’s most significant attempt to protect competition since its groundbreaking...

How Google evolved from ‘cuddly’ startup to antitrust target

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — In Google's infancy, co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin reviled Microsoft as a technological bully that ruthlessly abused its...

Intel to sell NAND business to SKorean rival for $9 billion

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Intel has agreed to a $9 billion deal to sell most of its memory business to South Korea’s SK...

US overdose deaths appear to rise amid coronavirus pandemic

Matthew Davidson was beating his heroin addiction. The 31-year-old was attending group recovery meetings. He had a restaurant job he liked. He was a...

Sweden bans Huawei, ZTE from 5G, calls China biggest threat

Sweden is banning Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE from building new high-speed wireless networks after a top security official called China one of...

6 Russian officers charged in ‘destructive’ hacking campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced charges against Russian intelligence officers in cyberattacks that targeted a French presidential election, the Winter Olympics in...

6 Russian military officers charged in vast hacking campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced charges Monday against Russian intelligence officers in cyberattacks that targeted a French presidential election, the Winter Olympics...

Trial of Russian charged in bitcoin fraud begins in Paris

PARIS (AP) — The trial of a Russian man alleged to have used ransomware in a 135 million euros ($157 million) bitcoin fraud will...

UK fines British Airways for failures in 2018 data hack

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s information commissioner has fined British Airways 20 million pounds ($25 million) for failing to protect personal data for some 400,000...

Shares of Chinese retailer Miniso rise in Wall Street debut

HONG KONG (AP) — Shares of Miniso Group Holding finished higher Thursday in their first day of trading on Wall Street but ended well...

US jobless claims rise to 898,000 with layoffs still high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week by the most in two months, to 898,000, a historically high...

France to restore state of health emergency after 3 months

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel President Macron’s office says France will restore a state of health emergency that expired on July 10. ...

Germany searches premises of spyware maker FinFisher

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Wednesday that authorities have searched 15 premises linked to spyware maker FinFisher as part of a probe into...

Microsoft attempts takedown of global criminal botnet

Microsoft announced legal action Monday seeking to disrupt a major cybercrime digital network that uses more than 1 million zombie computers to loot...

Twilio buys Segment for $3.2B as demand for cloud tech booms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twilio is buying customer data start-up Segment in a stock deal valued at about $3.2 billion as demand for cloud...

IBM to spin off $19B business to focus on cloud computing

ARMONK, N.Y. (AP) — IBM says it is breaking off a $19 billion chunk of its business to focus on cloud computing. ...

Trump hails experimental treatment for his virus recovery

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday credited an experimental drug treatment with helping his recovery from COVID-19 and suggested his diagnosis could...

California’s unemployment backlog shrinks to 1.3 million

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California embattled unemployment benefits agency said Wednesday it has cleared about 246,000 of its more than 1.6 million backlogged claims...

Spain unveils economic recovery plan amid pandemic

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Spain’s prime minister unveiled a major plan Wednesday to boost his country out of recession by spending 140 billion euros...

Trump halts COVID-19 relief talks until after election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday called an abrupt end to negotiations with Democrats over additional COVID-19 relief, delaying action until after...

Trump reports ‘no symptoms,’ returns to downplaying virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, said to be making progress in his recovery from COVID-19, tweeted his eagerness to return to the campaign...

Nvidia says it will build UK’s most powerful supercomputer

LONDON (AP) — Graphics chip maker Nvidia said Monday it plans to build Britain's fastest supercomputer that healthcare researchers can use to work on...

Asia Today: India has another 75,800 cases, recovery high

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has registered 75,829 confirmed coronaviruses cases in the past 24 hours, a day after crossing 100,000 total fatalities. ...

The Latest: India records 75,800 new cases, recovery high

NEW DELHI — India has registered 75,829 confirmed coronaviruses cases in the past 24 hours, a day after crossing 100,000 fatalities. ...

The Latest: Key US senators test positive for virus

WASHINGTON — Two Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising questions about upcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearings...

Trump COVID infection thrusts world in uncharted territory

PARIS (AP) — News that the world’s most powerful man was infected with the world’s most notorious disease dominated screens large and small, drawing...

Tokyo Stock Exchange resumes trading after technical outage

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Stock Exchange resumed normal operations Friday after repairs of malfunctions in its computer systems that halted trading for an entire...

Hacked hospital chain says all 250 US facilities affected

The hospital chain Universal Health Services said Thursday that computer services at all 250 of its U.S. facilities were hobbled in last weekend's malware...

US layoffs remain elevated as incomes and spending weaken

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week to a still-high 837,000, evidence that the economy is struggling to...

New Ford CEO replaces CFO, pledges stronger profit margins

DETROIT (AP) — On his first day in Ford's top job, CEO Jim Farley is replacing the company's chief financial officer and announcing other...

Russian man sentenced for LinkedIn, Dropbox data breaches

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Russian man convicted of hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring and stealing the personal information of more than 100 million...

Cyberattack hobbles major hospital chain’s US facilities

WASHINGTON (AP) — A computer outage at a major hospital chain thrust healthcare facilities across the U.S. into chaos Monday, with treatment impeded as...

Q&A: Will the Trump administration be able to ban TikTok?

A federal judge on Sunday postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned the popular video sharing app TikTok from U.S. smartphone app...

US judge dismisses New Mexico privacy claims against Google

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. district judge has dismissed New Mexico’s privacy claims against Google over privacy concerns, but New Mexico's top prosecutor...

Federal judge postpones Trump ban on popular app TikTok

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Sunday postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned the popular video sharing app TikTok...

Hacked software provider acknowledges ransomware attack

DALLAS (AP) — A major U.S. provider of software services to state and local governments acknowledged Friday that it was hit by a ransomware...

Justice Department seeks immediate ban on WeChat in US

NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department is seeking an immediate ban on downloads of WeChat in Apple and Google app stores, saying the...

Justice Dept. expected to file antitrust action vs. Google

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is expected to bring an antitrust action against Google in coming weeks, focusing on its dominance in online...

Hacked software provider won’t say if ransomware involved

DALLAS (AP) — A day after informing customers that it had been hacked by an unknown intruder, a major U.S. provider of software services...

Russian pleads not guilty in foiled Tesla ransomware plot

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Russian citizen accused of offering a Tesla employee $1 million to enable a ransomware attack at the electric car...

Apple’s smaller rivals unite to fight iPhone app store rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spotify and the makers of Fortnite and Tinder are taking on Apple and Google as part of a newly formed coalition...

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