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Serena Williams accepts a new challenge - in Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO — Tennis star Serena Williams has 39 Grand Slam titles, four Olympic medals, major endorsement deals and her own line of clothing and accessories. Williams didn't offer specifics about her goals as a corporate director, implying that her very presence can help push the company — ...

China blocks online broadcast of computer go match

The event got little coverage from Chinese newspapers and broadcasters, suggesting they may have received orders to avoid mentioning Google, which closed its China-based search engine in 2010 in a dispute over censorship and computer hacking. The official response to the game, a major event for go ...

China shuts some live streaming sites, punishes companies

BEIJING — Chinese authorities have punished dozens of companies involved in live online broadcasting and shut down numerous hosting platforms for showing content that was pornographic, related to gambling or involved content considered superstitious and harmful to minors. In its latest crackdown ...

Airlines do limit what you can photograph, video on flights

In April, a JetBlue Airways crew called airport police to meet a man who they said continued to record a selfie video during a security-sensitive time in flight, while the cockpit door was opened. With airline customer service in decline, videotaping is the only way that passengers can make sure ...

Pinterest's new feature sounds like the 'Shazam for food' pitch from 'Silicon Valley'

No, this isn't "Not Hotdog."

Google helps advertisers track spending in physical stores

SAN FRANCISCO — Google already monitors online shopping — and now it's keeping an eye on physical stores to try to sell more digital advertising. The internet company said Tuesday that a new tool will track how much money people spend in merchants' brick-and-mortar stores after clicking on their ...

Microsoft Surface gets battery boost, better viewing angles

innovation has slowed down since 2014, when the Surface Pro 3 got a fully adjustable kickstand to give the screen a broader range of viewing angles, similar to real laptops. Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research, expects the new Surface will help revive sales. The Surface's stylus will now ...

Microsoft Surface gets battery boost, better viewing angles

innovation has slowed down since 2014, when the Surface Pro 3 got a fully adjustable kickstand to give the screen a broader range of viewing angles, similar to real laptops. The Surface's stylus will now mimic pencil shading when tilted, much like the Apple Pencil for iPad Pro tablets. Along with ...

Computer beats Chinese champion in ancient board game of go

WUZHEN, China — A computer defeated China's top player of the ancient board game go on Tuesday, earning praise that it might have finally surpassed human abilities in one of the last games machines have yet to dominate. The computer will also face other top-ranked Chinese players during the ...

Computer beats Chinese champion in ancient board game of go

WUZHEN, China — A computer defeated China's top player of the ancient board game go on Tuesday in the latest test of whether artificial intelligence can master one of the last games that machines have yet to dominate. During the five-day event, the computer also is to face off against other ...

Sony chief promises profitability, but is short on specifics

TOKYO — Sony's leader promised a comeback for the Japanese electronics and entertainment company having its best profitability in two decades. When questioned how profitability will be gained in the movies division, Hirai said he hoped to get a hit by working with creators with a good "batting ...

With catcalls and applause, Cannes debates rise of Netflix

CANNES, France — This year's Cannes Film Festival has been a sprawling, international referendum on Netflix, with votes registered in catcalls and applause, and some of the biggest names in cinema staking out their positions. The festival for the first time has two Netflix films in competition for ...

Baseball coming June 1 to virtual-reality headsets

Rather, the app places you behind home plate and shows you graphical depictions of each pitch, including a colored streak tracing the ball's trajectory. The app also lets you hover over icons to see the speed and type of each pitch, as well as which parts of a strike zone is strong or weak for a ...

Chinese online retailer developing one-ton delivery drones

BEIJING — China's biggest online retailer, JD.com Inc., announced plans Monday to develop drone aircraft capable of carrying a ton or more for long-distance deliveries. Drones are part of the industry's response to the challenge of expanding to rural areas where distances and delivery costs rise. ...

Schools using smart phone technology against sex assaults

Using apps, victims and bystanders can alert school officials, police or parents to trouble. While the systems can be used by kids pranking each other, app developers and school officials say most claims end up being credible. school insurance companies increasingly are picking up the tab, seeing ...

New Zealand space launch has nation reaching for the stars

Founded by New Zealander Peter Beck, the company was last week given official approval to conduct three test launches from a remote peninsula in the South Pacific nation. Rocket Lab sees an emerging market in delivering lots of small devices, some not much bigger than a smartphone, into low Earth ...

Twitter leader laments social media role in Trump's election

Twitter leader laments social media role in Trump's election SAN FRANCISCO — A co-founder of Twitter says he's sorry if the popular social media platform helped put Donald Trump in the White House, as the president has suggested.

Appeals court strikes down FAA drone registration rule

WASHINGTON — An appeals court on Friday struck down a Federal Aviation Administration rule that required owners of drones used for recreation to register their craft. The ruling was a victory for hobbyists and a setback for the FAA, which cited safety concerns as it tried to tighten regulation of ...

Volkswagen has fix for more cars in cheating scandal

SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. and California regulators approved a fix for more Volkswagen cars caught up in the company's emissions cheating scandal, giving their owners an option to keep the vehicles instead of having the automaker buy them back, regulators announced Friday. The modification to bring the ...

Frenchmen claim cure for WannaCry-infected computers

PARIS — French researchers have released software tools that they claim can restore some of the computers locked up by a global cyberattack that held users' files for ransom. Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer with the software security company Veracode, said that after ransomware attacks, ...

Uber threatens to fire key exec in self-driving car dispute

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber is threatening to fire a key executive accused of stealing self-driving car technology from a Google spin-off unless he waives his constitutional right against self-incrimination so the ride-hailing service can comply with a court order. The development raises the possibility ...

Rape inquiry dropped, WikiLeaks' Assange remains in embassy

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange no longer is the subject of an active rape investigation in Sweden, but he remains holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London facing an unclear future because of uncertainty over whether American authorities will try to get him handed over next. Sweden's top ...

Experts question North Korea role in WannaCry cyberattack

North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador Kim In Ryong dismissed allegations that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea — the country's official name — was behind the recent wave of global cyberattacks as "ridiculous." "Whenever something strange happens it is the stereotype way of the United ...

Sweden drops case but WikiLeaks' Assange is not in the clear

Swedish prosecutors dropped cases of alleged sexual misconduct when the statute of limitations ran out in 2015, leaving only the rape allegation. Marianne Ny, the Swedish director of public prosecutions announced Friday that she was dropping the rape case because there is no prospect of bringing ...

Swedish prosecutor drops rape probe into WikiLeaks' Assange

STOCKHOLM — Sweden's top prosecutor said Friday she's dropping an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after almost seven years because there's no possibility of arresting him "in the foreseeable future." The announcement means the outspoken WikiLeaks leader no ...

China, Japan extract combustible ice from seafloor

BEIJING — Commercial development of the globe's huge reserves of a frozen fossil fuel known as "combustible ice" has moved closer to reality after Japan and China successfully extracted the material from the seafloor off their coastlines. The official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that the ...

Experts question North Korea role in WannaCry cyberattack

the media have since spun out stories on Pyongyang's league of hackers, its past involvement in cyberattacks and its perennial search for new revenue streams, legal or shady. The exact nature of Lazarus is cloudy, but it is thought by some to be a mixture of North Korean hackers operating in cahoots ...

China, Japan extract combustible ice from seafloor

BEIJING — Commercial development of the globe's huge reserves of a frozen fossil fuel known as "combustible ice" has moved closer to reality after Japan and China successfully extracted the material from the seafloor off their coastlines. Estimates of worldwide reserves range from 280 trillion ...

What Twitter's privacy changes mean for you

NEW YORK — Twitter's new privacy policy suggests ambitions of becoming more like Facebook — more tracking of users and more targeting of ads to rake in more money. With the changes, Twitter expands the pool of people it can track and lets the company collect more data about those people when ...

Here's the moment Zuckerberg found out he got into Harvard

Long ago, when a tweet was a sound a bird made and a filter was just something you used to make coffee, Mark Zuckerberg was just a teen, waiting for acceptance letters from universities to which he applied to attend.

FCC vote kicks off a battle over regulation of the internet

NEW YORK — A federal agency voted to kick off the repeal of "net neutrality" rules designed to keep broadband providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from interfering with the internet. Undoing the net neutrality rules — which, for instance, block providers from favoring their own apps and ...

Lithuania court delays extradition ruling in phishing case

VILNIUS, Lithuania — A court in Lithuania on Thursday requested more information from the United States before ruling on the extradition of a local businessman suspected of tricking Google and Facebook out of more than $100 million in an elaborate cybercrime case. Evaldas Rimasauskas was ...

EU fines Facebook over misleading information

BRUSSELS — The European Union has fined Facebook 110 million euros for providing misleading information over its buyout of mobile messaging service WhatsApp. The European Commission said Thursday that when Facebook informed it of the 2014 takeover it had said it would be unable to "establish ...

EU moves toward greater freedom for watching online content

Even if consumers have valid subscriptions to services like movies or live football, those are often cut once they travel to another EU country on business or holidays, raising frustrations and keeping the EU from becoming a seamless digital market.

Lithuania court delays extradition ruling in cybertheft case

VILNIUS, Lithuania — A court in Lithuania wants more information from the United States before ruling on the extradition of a local businessman suspected of conning Google and Facebook out of over $100 million. Evaldas Rimasauskas was arrested in March at the request of U.S. authorities, who ...

Kosovo makes Dutchmen land drone over flying govt building

Police also were in contact with the Civil Aviation Agency and also took the case to the prosecutor's office for further consideration. Drones, also called unmanned aircraft systems, are considered aircraft models in Kosovo.

Asian funerals go green, high-tech at Hong Kong trade fair

Basket-weaving dates to the Tang Dynasty in northeast China's Shandong province, where Sun's factory uses fast-growing willow reeds to make caskets that are an eco-friendly alternative to wood. From China, Truthkobo Jewelry offered pendants made with ashes from deceased relatives or pets while ...

EU fines Facebook over misleading information

BRUSSELS — The European Union's competition watchdog has fined Facebook 110 million euros for providing misleading information over its buyout of mobile messaging service WhatsApp.

Cisco Systems announces 1,100 more layoffs

— Cisco Systems Inc. said Wednesday that it is laying off 1,100 more workers, deepening job losses at the internet gear maker battling declining revenue. Cisco sells routers, switches, software and services business and has seen its business hurt as more of its corporate customers rely on remote ...

Google unveils latest tech tricks as computers get smarter

— Google's computer programs are gaining a better understanding of the world, and now it wants them to handle more of the decision-making for the billions of people who use its services. CEO Sundar Pichai and other top executives brought Google's audacious ambition into sharper focus Wednesday at ...

Talks on airplane laptop ban end with no ban, more talks

The airline industry came out against the proposal in a strongly worded letter that said it would cause a severe downturn in trans-Atlantic air travel and cost travelers more than a billion dollars in lost time. On Wednesday, in a secure room in Brussels, officials from the U.S. Department of ...

The Latest: Familiarity in Google's newly unveiled services

Though not a competitor, Google's slimmed-down phone operating system aimed at cheap Android phones is reminiscent of Facebook's own "skinny" version, called Facebook Lite. The next version of Google's Android operating system wants to make using your phone easier, faster and more secure. Google ...

Qualcomm: Apple is pressuring contractors in patent dispute

NEW YORK — An escalating battle between Apple and Qualcomm over money and patent rights is drawing in Taiwanese contractors that assemble Apple's iPhones. According to a federal lawsuit Qualcomm filed Wednesday, Apple has also instructed its contractors to withhold those payments and has agreed to ...

Romania foreign ministry target of "surgical" cyberattack

BUCHAREST, Romania — A Romanian cyber intelligence official has confirmed the foreign ministry had been the target of a "surgical, targeted, specialized" cyberattack likely orchestrated by another country. Anton Rog, who heads the government's Cyberint center, called the attack "an advanced ...

Amazon refreshes lineup of low-cost tablets, new kids model

NEW YORK — Amazon is offering a thinner and lighter version of its cheapest, 7-inch tablet, while shaving $10 off the price of an 8-inch model. Amazon has found a niche in the tablet market with lower-cost models, while Apple, Samsung and Microsoft chase professionals with higher-end devices. ...

Ohio political commentators sue over online harassment ban

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland alleges a prohibition against knowingly posting text or audio statements or images on a website "for the purpose of abusing... or harassing another person" violates the commentators' constitutional rights to free speech and ...

Apple, Qualcomm spat intensifies, manufacturers drawn in

SAN DIEGO — Manufacturers that build Apple's iPhone and iPad are being drawn in to an escalating dispute between the tech giant and the chipmaker Qualcomm. Qualcomm Inc. has filed suit against FIH Mobile Ltd. and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Pegatron Corp., Wistron Corp. and Compal Electronics ...

Intel sharing at heart of US, Europe talks on laptop ban

BRUSSELS — The intelligence behind plans to broaden a U.S. ban on in-flight laptops and tablets to include planes from Europe took center stage on Wednesday as American and European officials met to discuss the looming decision. The White House has defended the decision by U.S. President Donald ...

No need to schlep wallet, keys at Universal's new water park

Universal executives hope the Tapu Tapu wearable wristbands get rid of some of the hassles for visitors at the water park which opens May 25, and they want the wristbands to lead to a "frictionless" experience. Tapu Tapu uses a combination of radio frequency, Bluetooth and near-field communication ...

US, Europe discuss new laptop ban on flights

The move would create logistical chaos on the world's busiest corridor of air travel — as many as 65 million people a year travel between Europe and North American on over 400 daily flights, many of them business travelers who rely on their electronics to work during the flight. There is also the ...