SFGate : Technology (34)

Macron's climate summit in Paris finds new money, tech help

PARIS — World leaders, investment funds and energy magnates promised Tuesday to devote new money and technology to slow global warming at a summit in Paris that President Emmanuel Macron hopes will rev up the Paris climate accord that U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected. Trump wasn't invited ...

Comcast reportedly no longer in deal talks with Fox

NEW YORK — Citing a Comcast statement, the Wall Street Journal reported that the cable company is no longer in discussions to buy pieces of 21st Century Fox . That could open the door to a Disney bid. Comcast declined to provide its statement to the Associated Press. A person familiar with the ...

Bitcoin futures soar amid frenzy over virtual currency

NEW YORK — Wall Street got its first taste of bitcoin on Monday, with the price of the first-ever futures contract for the digital currency jumping 20 percent. It's a step forward for the bitcoin, which has soared this year despite concerns that the surge of investor interest has transformed it ...

Apple orchestrates deal for song-recognition app Shazam

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has bought Shazam, the maker of a song-recognition app that Apple's digital assistant Siri has already been using to help people identify the music playing on their iPhones. The companies didn't disclose the price of the acquisition announced Monday. Technology news site ...

Soon you can watch the NFL free on your phone on Yahoo

NEW YORK — Watching NFL football games on your phone used to be mainly limited to Verizon customers. Soon anyone will be able to watch football games on the go for free on Yahoo's app, now that Verizon owns Yahoo. But people who want to watch football through online-TV services like Sling or ...

Green cash, carbon tax: What to expect at Paris climate meet

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting an international summit Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of the Paris climate agreement, hoping to inject the pact with new energy after President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from it. The accord reached two years ago set ...

German intelligence warns of increased Chinese cyberspying

BERLIN — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency warned Sunday that China allegedly is using social networks to try to cultivate lawmakers and other officials as sources. Hans-Georg Maassen said his agency, known by its German acronym BfV, believes more than 10,000 Germans have been ...

German intelligence warns of increased Chinese cyberspying

BERLIN — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency warned Sunday that China is using social networks to try to cultivate sources of information among lawmakers and officials, while Chinese hackers are increasingly attacking European companies through trusted suppliers. Hans-Georg Maassen ...

Pope urges nuclear disarmament, climate-change solutions

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is calling for a world without nuclear arms and for effective measures to combat climate change. Addressing the faithful Sunday in St. Peter's Square, he stressed what he called "the strong link between human rights and nuclear disarmament." Francis said working to ...

Net neutrality fans speak up as FCC set to strike down rules

NEW YORK — Net neutrality is a simple concept but a dense and often technical issue normally discussed in tech and telecom circles. Now it's hit the mainstream. Next week, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on gutting Obama-era rules meant to stop broadband companies such as ...

Can better policies prevent workplace sexual harassment?

NEW YORK — Sexual misconduct happens at work not because companies don't publish anti-harassment policies, experts say, but because managers don't enforce them — and because people fail to apply them to themselves. While the floodgates on reporting abuse and sexual harassment have opened with ...

Music streaming giants Spotify, Tencent invest in each other

STOCKHOLM — Swedish music streaming service Spotify and Chinese internet company Tencent have struck a deal to take minority stakes in each other. The companies said Friday in a joint statement they will acquire new shares representing minority equity stakes in each other for cash — Tencent ...

New Jersey advances bill that would bar drunken drone flying

TRENTON, N.J. — State lawmakers on Thursday passed legislation that would bar people from operating drones while drunk. The National Conference on State Legislatures says at least 38 states are considering drone legislation this year, going beyond the Federal Aviation Administration's regulations. ...

California sent fire danger text alert to 12 million people

LOS ANGELES — Millions of Southern Californians already dealing with a siege of destructive wildfires received an unprecedented text alert warning them to be ready for extreme fire potential early Thursday, but conditions turned out to be less dire than predicted even though strong Santa Ana winds ...

Bitcoin soars then falls back; banks raise risk concerns

NEW YORK — The price of bitcoin swung wildly Thursday, rising to more than $19,000 only to fall sharply within minutes, as both the euphoria and anxiety surrounding the virtual currency escalated just days before trading in bitcoin futures begins on a major U.S. exchange. The concerns about ...

Tech is taking over our lives, and our 401 accounts

As technology takes over more of people's daily lives, it's also taking over ever-bigger chunks of their retirement accounts. Surging prices for technology stocks around the world mean the industry is making up a larger proportion of global markets. In the United States, Apple, Google's parent ...

Are 3-D mammograms really better? US puts scans to the test

WASHINGTON — A better mammogram? Increasingly women are asked if they want a 3-D mammogram instead of the regular X-ray — and now U.S. health officials are starting a huge study to tell if the newer, sometimes pricier choice really improves screening for breast cancer. It's the latest dilemma in ...

Bitcoin tops $17,000; hack raises concerns ahead of US trade

TOKYO — Bitcoin surged past $17,000 Thursday as the frenzy surrounding the virtual currency escalated just days before it starts trading on major U.S. exchanges. Bitcoin has gained more than $5,000 in just the past two days. At the same time, there are fresh concerns about the security of ...

Q&A: How is a bitcoin mined? A look at the virtual currency

LONDON — A company in Slovenia that mines bitcoin says it has been hacked, for a potential loss of tens of millions of dollars. The company, NiceHash, gives customers the ability to mine for bitcoins. As the price of the world's most popular virtual currency keeps surging — to a record ...

Bitcoin worth millions stolen days before US exchange opens

TOKYO — A bitcoin mining company in Slovenia has been hacked for the possible theft of tens of millions of dollars, just days before the virtual currency, which hit a record above $15,000 on Thursday, is due to start trading on major U.S. exchanges. NiceHash, a company that mines bitcoins on ...

A better mammogram? Huge study putting 3-D scans to the test

WASHINGTON — A better mammogram? Increasingly women are asked if they want a 3-D mammogram instead of the regular X-ray — and now U.S. health officials are starting a huge study to tell if the newer, sometimes pricier choice really improves screening for breast cancer. It's the latest dilemma in ...

Bitcoin miner NiceHash reports hack, theft of its "wallet"

TOKYO — The Slovenian-based bitcoin miner NiceHash says it is investigating a security breach and the possible theft of tens of millions of dollars' worth of bitcoins, as meanwhile the value of the virtual currency has soared to a new record high. NiceHash said Thursday in a statement posted on ...

New Jersey to vote on bill barring drunken drone flying

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote on legislation that would make it illegal to operate a drone while drunk. The Democrat-led Senate is scheduled to vote on the legislation Thursday. The National Conference on State Legislatures says at least 38 states are considering drone ...

Ransomware slows North Carolina county government to a crawl

A cyberattack slowed county government to a crawl Wednesday in North Carolina's most populous metro area as deputies processed jail inmates by hand, the tax office turned away electronic payments and building code inspectors switched to paper records. Data was frozen on dozens of Mecklenburg County ...

Idaho fighting order to destroy wilderness wolf, elk data

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho officials are challenging a federal court order to destroy information collected from tracking collars placed on elk and wolves obtained illegally by landing a helicopter in a central Idaho wilderness area. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore on Tuesday ...

Here are your options if YouTube vanishes from Amazon gizmos

NEW YORK — Attention Fire TV owners: YouTube might soon disappear from your Amazon streaming device. But you'll still have options. Google is threatening to pull YouTube from Fire TV by Jan. 1, the latest round in a fierce battle between the two tech heavyweights. If that happens, Fire TV owners ...

Greek high court to rule on Russian bitcoin suspect Dec 13

ATHENS, Greece — Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, who is wanted in the United States on charges of laundering billions of dollars' worth of the virtual currency bitcoin, appeared Wednesday before Greece's Supreme Court for a hearing into his extradition to the U.S. Vinnik is the ...

Delivery robots will need permits to roam San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Delivery robots in San Francisco will need permits before they can roam city sidewalks under legislation approved by city supervisors. San Francisco has struggled to regulate hometown startups that grew too popular, including short-term vacation rental platform Airbnb and ...

Google blocks YouTube on Amazon devices in escalating feud

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is pulling its popular YouTube video service from Amazon's Fire TV and Echo Show devices in an escalating feud that has caught consumers in the crossfire. The decision to block YouTube is retaliation for Amazon's refusal to sell some Google products that compete with Amazon ...

Obama and the chicken nugget guy ruled Twitter in 2017

NEW YORK — What do a former U.S. president, LeBron James and a guy who really, really likes chicken nuggets have in common? They made the biggest splash on Twitter this year. Twitter on Tuesday released its top trending people and topics for 2017, ranging from sports to politics to Korean boy ...

YouTube says over 10,000 workers will help curb shady videos

NEW YORK — YouTube is hiring more people to help curb videos that violate its policies. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said "some bad actors are exploiting" the Google-owned service to "mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm." Google will have more than 10,000 workers address the problem by next ...

Dish CEO Charlie Ergen steps aside to focus on wireless

NEW YORK — Charlie Ergen, the founder of satellite TV company Dish, is stepping aside as CEO to focus on the company's wireless business. He will remain chairman. The new CEO, Dish Network Corp. president Erik Carlson, will report to him. Dish has substantial rights to spectrum, or airwaves that ...

Facebook CEO to take a month of parental leave in December

NEW YORK — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he's taking parental leave this month to spend more time with his daughters. Zuckerberg said on Facebook and Instagram over the weekend that "you'll hear from me a little less" during this time. Facebook offers four months of paid parental leave for ...

Have you been 'pwned' in a data breach? Troy Hunt can tell

Troy Hunt has collected a trove of 4.8 billion stolen identity records pulled from the darkest corners of the internet — but he isn't a hacker. Instead, he uses that repository to help ordinary people navigate the growing scourge of the corporate data breach. All that personal information was ...