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As firms gauge cost, Ukraine says cyberattack under control

PARIS — The data-scrambling software epidemic that paralyzed computers globally is under control in Ukraine, where it likely originated, officials said Wednesday, as companies and governments around the world counted the cost of a crisis that is disrupting ports, hospitals and factories. ...

The Latest: Online group re-emerges to taunt US intelligence

The day after a particularly virulent strain of ransomware burst across the globe, the mysterious Shadow Brokers group has re-emerged to taunt the U.S. National Security Agency. The Shadow Brokers, who have spent nearly a year publishing some of the American intelligence community's most closely ...

The Latest: Maersk says it has 'contained' cyberattack

In a statement, Maersk said Wednesday they "have shut down a number of systems to help contain the issue," while several entities including its oil, tankers and drilling activities "are not operationally affected." The group said it is working on a technical recovery plan with key IT partners and ...

New highly virulent strain of ransomware cripples networks

PARIS — A new, highly virulent strain of malicious software that is crippling computers globally appears to have been sown in Ukraine, where it badly hobbled much of the government and private sector on the eve of a holiday celebrating a post-Soviet constitution. The fresh cyber-assault Tuesday ...

New cyberattack wallops Europe; spreads more slowly in US

Following a similar attack in May , the fresh cyber-assault paralyzed some hospitals, government offices and major multinational corporations in a dramatic demonstration of how easily malicious programs can bring daily life to a halt. Ukraine and Russia appeared hardest hit by the new strain of ...

The Latest: Pennsylvania health company restoring network

A Pennsylvania health care system says it is taking steps to restore its computer network after being hit by a ransomware attack that was carried out globally. Heritage Valley Health System says the attack Tuesday affected its two hospitals west of Pittsburgh as well as satellite operations. A ...

AP Explains: What is ransomware?

LOS ANGELES — Computers around the world were locked up and users' files held for ransom in a cyberattack Tuesday that paralyzed some hospitals, government offices and major multinational corporations. In most cases, the software infects computers through links or attachments in malicious messages ...

EU hits Google with $2.7B fine for abusing weaker rivals

BRUSSELS — European regulators fined Google a record 2.42 billion euros for abusing its dominance of the online search market in a case that could be just the opening salvo in Europe's attempt to curb the company's clout on that continent. The commission is also conducting at least two other ...

Florida bitcoin processing boss gets 5 1/2 years in prison

NEW YORK — A Florida man was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison by a judge who said he used a "pyramid of lies" to boost a business that helped criminals process millions of dollars in illegal bitcoin transactions. U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan in Manhattan noted that Murgio's victims ...

Mossad launches fund to invest in firms developing spy tech

Israel's Prime Minister's Office says in a statement announcing the fund's creation that in exchange for funding start-ups, "the Mossad will receive a license to use the technology developed, without imposing any restrictions on the IP developed, and without paying royalties."

Number of people using Facebook reaches 2 billion

CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the new marker was reached early Tuesday and in a Facebook post said that he's proud of the role his company is playing in connecting people around the world. The Menlo Park, California, company is putting more emphasis on creating virtual communities within the site while ...

Facebook now deleting 66K posts a week in anti-hate campaign

NEW YORK — Facebook said Tuesday that it deleted about 66,000 posts a week in the last two months as the social media giant cracks down on what it deems to be hate speech. Almost all tech companies with a social media side are wrestling to find the balance between allowing for free speech, and ...

Pandora CEO Tim Westergren departs

NEW YORK — The co-founder and CEO of Pandora, under intensifying competitive pressure from Spotify and Apple Music, has relinquished his position and will step down from the company board as well. After Westergren's return as CEO in March, the company launched a new $10 a month on-demand music ...

EU fines Google a record 2.4 billion euros in antitrust case

BRUSSELS — The European Union slapped a record 2.42 billion-euro fine on internet giant Google on Tuesday for taking advantage of its dominance in online searches to direct customers to its own online shopping business. European regulators gave the company based in Mountain View, California, 90 ...

A look back at the EU's 7 years of legal battle with Google

BRUSSELS — As the European Union fines Google for abusing its dominance in online searches, here is a look back at the key dates in the bloc's legal tussle with the technology company. The probe includes whether the search results favor Google's services, such as its price comparison business, how ...

Engineers use replica to pinpoint California dam repairs

The sound of rushing water is deafening as Utah State University hydraulics engineering professor Michael Johnson kneels in front of a replica of an Oroville Dam spillway the size of a small house to examine one of two channels that run the width of the spillway to allow air into the water to ...

Germany's Merkel doesn't tweet, but checks Trump on Twitter

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she doesn't really do Twitter, but sometimes visits the site to check out what U.S. President Donald Trump has to say.

Avis teams up with Waymo on self-driving car program

The partnership aims to support Waymo's fleet and its early rider program, which has a public trial in Phoenix. Avis Budget Group Inc. said Monday that it will provide fleet support and maintenance services for Waymo's program at its Avis and Budget car rental locations.

Engineers use replica to pinpoint California dam repairs

The sound of rushing water is deafening as Utah State University hydraulics engineering professor Michael Johnson kneels in front of the Oroville Dam replica the size of a small house to examine one of two channels that run the width of the spillway to allow air into the water to prevent bubble ...

Portugal airline chief fears increasing drone near-misses

LISBON, Portugal — Portugal's national airline chief said Monday he is considering asking authorities to order that all drones in the country be grounded, following a series of near-misses with commercial aircraft. Pinto, the head of TAP, told public broadcaster RTP he was a fan of drones, but ...

SpaceX launches 10 satellites from California air base

LOS ANGELES — A SpaceX rocket carried 10 communications satellites into orbit from California on Sunday, two days after the company successfully launched a satellite from Florida. About 7 minutes after liftoff, the rocket's first-stage booster returned to earth and landed on a floating platform on ...

UK Parliament investigates cyberattack on user accounts

LONDON — British officials were investigating a cyberattack Saturday on the country's Parliament after discovering "unauthorized attempts to access parliamentary user accounts." An email sent all those affected described a "sustained and determined attack on all parliamentary user accounts in an ...

Google to stop reading your Gmail to help sell ads

instead of scanning through email content, the company's software will rely on other signals to determine which ads are most likely to appeal to each of its 1.2 billion Gmail users. The paid Gmail doesn't include ads, so the company has never tried to scan the content of those users' emails for ...

German parties salvage vote on social media hate posts bill

BERLIN — Germany's governing parties have cleared the way for parliament to vote on legislation designed to get illegal content such as hate speech or defamatory fake news removed quickly from social networking sites. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc said the governing parties agreed ...

Founder of Russian messaging app defies official ultimatum

MOSCOW — The founder of a Russian encrypted messaging app is defying the government's request to provide information about his company.

Toshiba gets earnings report extension, faces delisting risk

TOKYO — Money-losing Japanese electronics and nuclear company Toshiba Corp. has until Aug. 10 to get auditors to sign off on its earnings statements, or else it faces the risk of getting delisted. Tokyo-based Toshiba, whose U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. filed for bankruptcy ...

Uber knew fired exec had info at center of Google theft case

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber acknowledged hiring a former Google engineer — now accused of stealing self-driving car technology — despite having received warnings that he was still carrying around some of his former employer's property. The admission, contained in a Thursday court filing, is the ...

Line messaging digital theme park to open in Thai capital

BANGKOK — The text-messaging service Line plans to inaugurate an indoor digital theme park in Thailand's capital, seeking to squeeze maximum advantage from its popularity in the country, its second biggest market after Japan. Line Village is located in Siam Square, for decades a hangout for young ...

Facebook wants to nudge you into 'meaningful' online groups

the Facebook founder wants to bring more meaning to its nearly 2 billion users by shepherding them into online groups that bring together people with common passions, problems and ambitions. The shift comes as Facebook continues to grapple with the darker side of connecting the world, from terrorist ...

A new platform for Whole Foods? How deal could upend grocery

the deal has the potential to boost the outsized ambitions of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Whole Foods chief John Mackey, each of whom has already radically altered the way Americans shop. If the deal goes through, those items could get prime real estate on a massive platform outside the chain's 440 ...

China tightens online video controls, jolting investors

BEIJING — Three popular Chinese internet services have been ordered to stop streaming video after censors complained it contained improper comments on sensitive issues. Thursday's announcement adds to efforts by President Xi Jinping's government to tighten media control ahead of a Communist Party ...

Fake quake: Report of major California temblor a false alarm

Seismologists said Wednesday's automatically generated report of a magnitude 6.8 quake in the Pacific Ocean 10 miles west of Santa Barbara was a false alarm based on a quake that happened in the same area nearly a century ago. "The quake did happen, but it happened in 1925," said Rafael Abreu, a ...

Uber searches for a new CEO in wake of Kalanick's departure

DETROIT — Uber seeks a strong manager who can repair a broken image, juggle multiple lawsuits and government investigations, develop and nurture a new corporate culture and lead a successful IPO. Uber needs a new leader after former CEO and company founder Travis Kalanick resigned Tuesday night ...

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Uber CEO is pushed out as company tries to clean up its act

DETROIT — Under Travis Kalanick's leadership, Uber's "Animal House"-style business plan was to grow as quickly as possible, steamrolling regulators while flouting the rules of workplace conduct. Kalanick is out as CEO, resigning under pressure as the company he co-founded eight years ago tries to ...

Spotify tested promotion of 'Sponsored Songs' within users' playlists

Spotify, a music streaming app, is "experimenting" with the idea of allowing music labels to promote and inject songs into the playlists of non-premium subscribers, as the BBC reports.

89-year-old Ukiah man builds hyperloop competitor in backyard

An 89-year-old man is attempting to reinvent the train in his backyard in Ukiah.

Ringing the changes: Dutch bike lock blocks rider's phone

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A telecom company in the Netherlands has developed a bicycle lock that also blocks its mobile network, in a move aimed at protecting young riders who regularly pedal through busy streets while looking at their phone. An app opens the lock and simultaneously blocks the KPN ...

Intel signs up as top Olympic sponsor through 2024

The IOC has been aggressive in introducing new sports and disciplines to the Olympics: snowboarding and freestyle skiing on the winter side, with surfing, skateboarding and 3-on-3 basketball coming to summer. Olympic viewership has been trending toward an older audience for more than a decade, and ...

529s make it easier to ask family, friends for college cash

NEW YORK — People have used crowdfunding sites to raise money for business ideas, help afford medical emergencies and even to pay for vacations. More 529 plans, the accounts that give families a way to put away cash for college, are adding crowdfunding-like tools that make it easier for savers to ...

All that's cool and quirky at the Paris Air Show

PARIS — There are flying cars and Concorde's would-be supersonic successor, a company offering to deliver cargo to the Moon — for a mere $1.2 million per kilogram — and the latest in funky futuristic aviation ideas, both big and small. The carbon-fiber four-wheeler drove out of Paris and ...

Leaders of Russia, Brazil agree to expand ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Brazilian counterpart Michel Temer signed a statement on "strengthening a strategic dialogue on foreign policy issues" following talks at the Kremlin on Wednesday.