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Yahoo salvages Verizon deal with $350 million discount

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts. After the Verizon deal closes, any future bills stemming from ...

Online options for Oscar-nominated flicks expand Tuesday

Online options for Oscar-nominated flicks expand Tuesday NEW YORK — More movies and cheaper options arrive online Tuesday for movie fans still needing to catch up on Oscar-nominated flicks. Of the 62 full-length movies and shorts nominated for any category , 45 are available in some form online. ...

Historic Manhattan cathedral activates eco-friendly power

The system is designed to harness clean, renewable power to regulate the temperature of the cathedral and adjoining buildings.

Italy cabbies clash with riot police during strike over Uber

ROME — Thousands of Italian taxi drivers protesting legislation they say will favor Uber clashed with riot police Tuesday, intensifying a weeklong cab strike that has crippled transportation in Rome, Milan and Turin. The cabbies marched through Rome and protested in front of parliament, at the ...

Nigerians starved of electricity access turn to solar

JOHANNESBURG — The surprise was finding that people dependent on candles, batteries, kerosene and fuel for generators in countries without a secure supply of electricity spend more on power than solar options. In Nigeria, for the cost of powering a small generator for two hours they offer enough ...

NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites

DENVER — Instrument-laden aircraft are surveying the Colorado high country this month as scientists search for better ways to measure how much water is locked up in the world's mountain snows — water that sustains a substantial share of the global population. One-sixth of the world's population ...

Uber says Eric Holder, Arianna Huffington will help with sexual harassment investigation

Following a sexual harassment claim posted by a former Uber employee named Susan Fowler Rigetti, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has announced the company will launch an independent review into the company's workplace environment.

Uber to investigate sexual harassment claim by engineer

LONDON — Uber's chief executive ordered an investigation Monday into a sexual-harassment claim made by a female engineer who said her prospects at the company evaporated after she complained about advances from her boss. "Upper management told me that he 'was a high performer' and they wouldn't ...

Big hit for Bulls, 'Benny's Day Off' connects online

CHICAGO — Dancing on the roof, microphone in hand as he lip-synched to "Twist and Shout," Benny the Bull was putting on quite a performance as his tricked-out black van rolled through downtown Chicago. The story starring the Chicago Bulls' mascot played out almost in real time on social media on a ...

AP, other media ask judge to order release of iPhone records

"While it is undisputed that the vendor developed the iPhone access tool, the government has identified no rational reason why knowing the vendor's identity is linked in any way to the substance of the tool, much less how such knowledge would reveal any information about the tool's application," ...

Uber to investigate sexual harassment claim by engineer

LONDON — Uber's chief executive ordered an urgent investigation Monday into a sexual harassment claim made by a female engineer who alleged her prospects at the company evaporated after she complained about advances from her boss. "Upper management told me that he "was a high performer" and they ...

New Zealand judge upholds Kim Dotcom extradition ruling

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A New Zealand judge on Monday upheld an earlier court ruling that flamboyant internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges. The decision comes five years after U.S. authorities shut down Dotcom's ...

Uber CEO promises 'urgent investigation' into former employee's sex harassment claims

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick on Sunday announced an "urgent investigation" into detailed allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination by a former employee.

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry — Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports. ...

Milwaukee to 'Pokemon' monsters: Get a permit to enter parks

At the height of the game's popularity last summer, the large crowds it attracted to one Milwaukee park left county officials at a loss for how to deal with the sudden influx of players and the trash they left behind. With more augmented-reality games in development, the permitting process Milwaukee ...

Milwaukee to 'Pokemon' monsters: Get a permit to enter parks

MILWAUKEE — "Pokemon Go" monsters will need a permit to get into Milwaukee County parks after the game's popularity last summer left officials wondering how to handle large crowds and the trash they left behind. The ordinance signed Feb. 10 requires game developers to get a permit and pay a fee to ...

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry — Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports. The ...

How to watch Oscar-nominated flicks from your couch

Of the 62 full-length movies and shorts nominated for any category, only 11 are available online through an all-you-can-watch subscription — Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or HBO Now. Narrowing your ambitions by focusing on just best picture and the four acting categories will still cost you about ...

New supercomputer aids climate research in top coal state

— A new supercomputer in the top coal-mining state has begun critical climate-change research with support from even some global warming doubters, but scientists worry President Donald Trump could cut funding for such programs. Located in a windy business park near the city of Cheyenne, the ...

Zuckerberg's goal: Remake a world Facebook helped create

NEW YORK — Mark Zuckerberg helped create the modern world by connecting nearly a quarter of its citizens to Facebook and giving them a platform to share, well, everything — baby pictures and Pepe memes, social updates and abusive bullying, helpful how-to videos and live-streamed violence. he ...

Robot probes show Japan reactor cleanup worse than expected

The plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the remote-controlled "scorpion" robot was sent into the Unit 2 reactor's containment vessel Thursday to investigate the area around the core that had melted six years ago, but its crawling function failed while climbing over highly radioactive ...

Samsung family succession hits snag with chief's arrest

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea was taken by surprise Friday with the arrest of the scion of the country's richest family and de-facto leader at Samsung over his alleged involvement in a massive corruption scandal that engulfed the president and riveted the nation. Prosecutors believe Lee ...

Robot probes show Japan reactor cleanup worse than expected

The plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the remote-controlled "scorpion" robot was sent into the Unit 2 reactor's containment vessel Thursday to investigate the area around the core that had melted six years ago, but it failed while climbing over highly radioactive debris. Earlier this ...

The Zuckerberg manifesto: How he plans to debug the world

NEW YORK — Mark Zuckerberg's long-term vision for Facebook, laid out in a sweeping manifesto , sometimes sounds more like a utopian social guide than a business plan. While most people now use Facebook to connect with friends and family, Zuckerberg thinks that the social network can also encourage ...

Surprise, surprise. AT&T trumpets its own new unlimited plan

Sprint also said Thursday that it's letting unlimited customers watch video in high definition rather than DVD quality. AT&T's unlimited plan degrades video to DVD quality, but customers can turn HD video back on for free.

Can internet-beaming balloons outmaneuver shifting winds?

Project Loon has been doing most of its testing recently in South America, although Teller said that isn't necessarily where it will team up with a telecommunications provider to determine the effectiveness of its wind-defying technology. Since launching in New Zealand in 2013, the balloons have ...

Some excerpts from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's missive

In Mark Zuckerberg's vision, Facebook can help build communities, encourage civic engagement, and keep us safer and more informed. Online communities are a bright spot, and we can strengthen existing physical communities by helping people come together online as well as offline. Problems like ...

AP FACT CHECK: Gates didn't say Trump would be like Reagan

In a December interview with CNBC, the Microsoft founder did say Trump had an opportunity to establish "American leadership through innovation." Gates pointed to President John F. Kennedy's rallying the country around the space program and told the CNBC that Trump's administration could get rid of ...

Vienna cafe bills patrons to charge cellphones over drinks

VIENNA — A Viennese cafe owner has a message for customers who dawdle over drinks while charging their cellphones: Pay up. Galina Pokorny says that instead of complaining when they see a power charge on their bills, customers should read the menu: "Electricity, 1 euro" is printed there.

Snap values itself at up to $22B ahead of IPO

NEW YORK — The parent company of the social network Snapchat is valuing itself at up to $22 billion as it prepares for the tech industry's biggest initial public offering in years. Had the IPO price matched the $30.72 per-share price obtained in its last round of financing, Snap would have ...

Italian taxi drivers stage wildcat strike over pro-Uber bill

ROME — Taxi drivers in Rome, Milan and Turin are staging wildcat strikes to protest proposed Italian legislation they say will favor Uber and other car-sharing services. The ANSA news agency reported that with taxis still idled Thursday, Rome's airports arranged for extra shuttle services to get ...

Italian teams restore damaged busts from ancient Syrian city

Restorers in Rome used a 3-D printer to generate replicas of the missing parts of the busts, which date from the 2nd or 3rd centuries A.D. They attached the replacement parts with magnets.

Snap values itself at up to $22B ahead of IPO

The parent company of the social network Snapchat said in a regulatory filing Thursday that the IPO is likely to be priced between $14 and $16 per share. Had the IPO price matched the $30.72 per-share price obtained in its last round of financing, Snap would have a market value of about ...

Yahoo issues another warning in fallout from hacking attacks

LONDON — Yahoo is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016, the latest development in the internet company's investigation of a mega-breach that exposed 1 billion users' data several years ago. In a statement, Yahoo tied some of the potential ...

French president calls for more cybersecurity for election

Hollande asked top security officials Wednesday to present electoral security measures next week "including in the cyber domain." Mounir Mahjoubi, head of digital campaigning for Macron, told The Associated Press that his team identified thousands of hacking attempts originating from Ukraine in ...