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3 men convicted in Swedish rape livestreamed on Facebook

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A Swedish court on Tuesday sentenced three men aged 18-24 for participating in a gang rape that was streamed live on a closed Facebook group. During the four-day trial, the video was aired behind closed doors, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Lady Gaga, 'Pokemon Go,' Women's March snag Webby Awards

Gaga won a pair of Webbys for her high-tech tribute to David Bowie at last year's Grammys, which was produced in partnership with Intel. The Women's March that took place the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration is being honored as Webby Social Movement of the Year.

World's last male rhino getting help from Tinder dating app

A Kenyan wildlife conservancy is teaming up with Tinder for a campaign called "The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World," focusing on the rhino named Sudan. The money will be used for ongoing research into methods, including in-vitro fertilization, to assist the rhinos in breeding.

FCA, Google begin offering rides in self-driving cars

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving automobiles they are building under an expanding partnership. The companies announced in the spring of last year that they would build 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrids minivans. ...

EU investigators probe Swedish mobile telecoms firms

BRUSSELS — The European Union's competition watchdog says investigators have launched surprise inspections at a number of Swedish mobile telecoms companies amid concerns over a possible cartel. The inspections are helping to establish whether "Swedish mobile network operators may have engaged in ...

Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign

PARIS — Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding more details to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic ...

Clarification: China-Auto Show-GM story

SHANGHAI — In a story April 22, The Associated Press reported that General Motors Co. expects annual sales of electric vehicles to reach 150,000 by 2020 and possibly surpass 500,000 by 2025. Those figures include GM's Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet brands but not the Baojun brand made by its ...

Official: 'Silver lining' in hacker, foreign nation alliance

Criminal hackers hired by nations are more likely to travel and expose themselves to the risk of being arrested and prosecuted, and may be less savvy about evading detection than a sworn intelligence officer, Adam Hickey, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's national ...

Sheryl Sandberg's new book a tale of grief, resilience

"The grief felt like a void, like it was sucking me in and pushing on me, pulling me in and I couldn't even see or breathe," she said in an interview with The Associated Press. Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy, written with psychologist Adam Grant — chronicles the devastating ...

Tests find Samsung's S8 phones more prone to screen cracks

The nearly all-glass design of Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus makes them beautiful, SquareTrade said, but also "extremely susceptible to cracking when dropped from any angle." The new phones have received positive reviews from The Associated Press and other outlets. SquareTrade didn't test the ...

Excerpts: Sandberg recounts grief and building resilience

Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy, chronicles her grief and road to recovery and resilience. Sandberg is a firm believer in pre-traumatic growth — that is, people's ability to build up resilience before something bad happens so that they are able to cope with it better. What we ...

Dish unveils $999 system to make live online video easier

NEW YORK — Dish, a company known largely for its old-school satellite TV, is now trying to make it easier for people to stream quality video live over YouTube and Facebook. Dish is unveiling a wireless device, SlingStudio, meant to enable multi-camera productions without high-end equipment. might ...

Taiwan's "hacker minister" reshaping digital democracy

SEOUL, South Korea — Taiwan's "digital minister" Audrey Tang, a computer prodigy and entrepreneur who taught herself programming at age 8, says she's a "civic hacker," who like a locksmith uses specialized skills to help rather than harm. Appointed by leaders hoping to better connect with young ...

Sheryl Sandberg picks 'Option B' in her book on resilience

"The grief felt like a void, like it was sucking me in and pushing on me, pulling me in and I couldn't even see or breathe," she said in an interview with The Associated Press. Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy, written with psychologist Adam Grant — chronicles the devastating ...

Social media timeout as French election reaches final stage

PARIS — The final hours of many electoral campaigns are frantic affairs, dominated by last-minute pitches, late-breaking polls and massive social media campaigns aimed at drumming up turnout. Rules dating back more than half a century impose a 44-hour timeout ahead of the polls' closure Sunday, ...

Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can't grasp it

the revered Icelandic language, seen by many as a source of identity and pride, is being undermined by the widespread use of English, both for mass tourism and in the voice-controlled artificial intelligence devices coming into vogue. In the 19th century, when its vocabulary and syntax were heavily ...

Drones used for first time in major search at Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is the only national park with its own fleet of unmanned aircraft for locating people who have gotten lost, stranded, injured or killed. While the aerial search for the two hikers came up empty, it threw a spotlight on technology that can enter crevices and other rugged spots ...

Russian man sentenced to 27 years in hacking case

SEATTLE — A federal judge on Friday handed down the longest sentence ever imposed in the U.S. for a cybercrime case to the son of a member of the Russian Parliament convicted of hacking into more than 500 U.S. businesses and stealing millions of credit card numbers, which he then sold on special ...

Russian accused of running spam ring is indicted in US

A federal grand jury in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Thursday indicted Levashov, 36, on charges including causing intentional damage to a protected computer, accessing protected computers in furtherance of fraud, and aggravated identity theft. American authorities say Levashov commanded the sprawling ...

Trump says he will release tax reform package next week

President Donald Trump says businesses and individuals will receive a "massive tax cut" under a tax reform package he plans to unveil next week. In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump says the plan will result in tax cuts for both individuals and businesses.

Pioneering computer scientist Harry Huskey dies at 101

Pioneering computer scientist Harry Huskey dies at 101 ENIAC made its public debut in Philadelphia in 1946 as one of the world's first electronic computers.

GM plans to launch 10 electric cars in China by 2020

SHANGHAI — General Motors Co. plans to launch 10 electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in China by 2020, an executive said Friday, as automakers speed up the rollout of alternative vehicles under pressure from Beijing to promote the industry. Ford Motor Co., Volkswagen AG, Nissan Motor ...

As orbit becomes more crowded, risk from space debris grows

BERLIN — Decades' worth of man-made junk is cluttering up Earth's orbit, posing a threat to spaceflight and the satellites we rely on for weather reports, air travel and global communications. Last year, a tiny piece of debris punched a gaping hole in the solar panel of Copernicus Sentinel-1A, an ...

Correction: Monaco-Flying Car story

MONACO — In a story April 20 about a flying car, The Associated Press reported erroneously the driving range of the AeroMobil vehicle. A Slovakian company called AeroMobil unveiled on Thursday its version of a flying car, a light frame plane whose wings can fold back, like an insect, and is ...

GM plans to launch 10 electric cars in China by 2020

SHANGHAI — General Motors Co. says it plans to launch 10 electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in China by 2020 amid government pressure on the industry to promote alternatives to gasoline.

Match for mutts? New website helps people adopt the best dog

BOSTON — People looking for the perfect family pet tend to choose a dog based on appearance or breed — but that's barking up the wrong tree. "If you think they're cute, you bring them home," said Jodi Andersen, a dog trainer and author. Several other online services match people with pets, but ...

Gunfire sensors credited with quick arrest in Fresno rampage

— Acoustic sensors mounted on lampposts and telephone poles picked up the crack of gunfire and rapidly enabled police to zero in on where it was coming from. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer credited the technology Wednesday with the swift capture of Kori Ali Muhammad, a 39-year-old black man who ...

Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices

once Home is trained to recognize a user named Joe, the assistant will automatically be able to tell him what traffic is like on his commute, list events on his daily calendar or even play his favorite songs. The ability to distinguish voices may help Home siphon sales from Amazon.com's Echo, a ...

Trump's cybersecurity review misses deadline

"The president has appointed a diverse set of executives with both government and private sector expertise who are currently working to deliver an initial cybersecurity plan through a joint effort between the National Security Council and the Office of American Innovation," said spokeswoman Lindsey ...

Every time you poop in Portland, you're helping the environment

Portland may soon become the nation's leader in converting bowel movements into a force for good.

Amid competition, Verizon loses key customers for first time

T-Mobile responded with other perks, such as free data when traveling abroad and when watching video from major streaming services in the U.S. T-Mobile ultimately turned to unlimited plans, as did Sprint, forcing Verizon to resurrect something it had ditched nearly six years ago. Verizon's unlimited ...

Correction: Trump-Wisconsin story

President Donald Trump is turning back to the economic populism that helped drive his election campaign, signing an order he says should help American workers whose jobs are threatened by skilled immigrants — Turning back to the economic populism that helped drive his election campaign, President ...

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Flying car to go on sale

A Slovakian company called AeroMobil unveiled on Thursday its version of a flying car, a light-framed plane whose wings can fold back, like an insect, and is boosted by a hybrid engine and rear propeller. Several companies are working on flying cars, either like Aeromobil's two-seater that needs a ...

AP Exclusive: Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study

The industry's request comes after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced last month he was reversing an Obama-era effort to bar the use of Dow's chlorpyrifos pesticide on food after recent peer-reviewed studies found that even tiny levels of exposure could hinder the development of children's ...

Buying drinks for a band: the birth of payment service Venmo

Buying drinks for a band: the birth of payment service Venmo NEW YORK — It only took a few drinks — and a much-younger Iqram Magdon-Ismail forgetting his wallet at home one night — for him and his friends to come up with one of the most popular ways of splitting a bill: Magdon-Ismail is the ...

AP Exclusive: Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study

Over the last four years, government scientists have compiled an official record running more than 10,000 pages showing the three pesticides under review — chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion — pose a risk to nearly every endangered species they studied. The industry's request comes after EPA ...

Charge me up: Rural electric drivers face 'range anxiety'

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. — Sunita Halasz has tips for "driving electric" along lonely roads in New York's Adirondack Mountains: know the locations of charging stations, bring activities for the kids during three-hour recharges, turn on the energy-hogging window defroster in just 10-second bursts. The ...

EPA seeks to scuttle cleanup of coal power plant pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court in Washington to postpone consideration of 2012 rules requiring energy companies to cut emissions of toxic chemicals. Last week EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced he would seek to rewrite Obama-era rules limiting ...

Facebook wants to augment your reality

— Facebook wants you to sit in your bedroom wearing a headset and take a virtual vacation with faraway friends and family. CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the gathering of programmers and other tech folks by talking about augmented reality tools he envisions on Facebook. Zuckerberg said new ...

Trump targets visa program he says hurts American workers

— Turning back to the economic populism that helped drive his election campaign, President Donald Trump signed an order Tuesday he said should help American workers whose jobs are threatened by skilled immigrants. At the headquarters of hand and power tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., Trump signed ...

Live video feed that showed giraffe birth to be taken down

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. — A livestreamed video of a pregnant giraffe that has enthralled millions of YouTube viewers since February is coming to an end. The park made the announcement on its Facebook page late Monday amid a flurry of messages from fans concerned April had a slight limp. The giraffe cam ...

Yahoo bows out as public company with revenue shrinking

— Yahoo is bowing out as a public company with its revenue still declining, a chronic problem that culminated in its sale to Verizon Communications. After Verizon takes over, Yahoo's $8 billion in cash and valuable stakes in two Asian internet companies — Alibaba Group and Yahoo Japan — ...

Ex Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer offers facts on government

NEW YORK — Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has created a new organization to analyze government spending and revenue to make it easier to understand. The former Microsoft executive said he wants to provide clear information on government spending, adding that he hopes it will be easier to ...

AP Explains: Behind the visa program targeted by Trump

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump is targeting a visa program cherished by tech companies for bringing in programmers and other specialized workers from other countries. Trump signed an order Tuesday to direct the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and State to propose new rules to ...

Galaxy S8: More screen and elegance, but a hefty price tag

After spontaneous fires that forced the recall of the Galaxy Note 7 , Samsung is playing it safe on the battery and subjecting the S8 to tighter inspections. Samsung minimized the phone frame and got rid of a physical home button to free up space for an "infinity display," a screen that seems to ...

Google Earth invites you to 'get lost' exploring the planet

NEW YORK — Google Earth is getting a revival, as the 3-D mapping service reorients itself to become more of a tool for adventure and exploration. Google has partnered with such groups as the BBC and NASA to add video clips, photos and text narratives to three-dimensional representations of ...

Fantasy sports companies fold as legislative battle resumes

BOSTON — The daily fantasy sports industry has sharply contracted since the online games offered by companies such as FanDuel and DraftKings sparked court and legislative battles across the United States last year. More than two-thirds of companies that existed this time last year have shuttered, ...

Uber banned in Czech Republic's 2nd biggest city

The Brno regional court issued the ban after a legal complaint by a taxi company with support from Brno City Hall. In a statement issued Tuesday, Brno City Hall said it is not against mobile applications and new taxi services but they have to be provided in line with the law.

The Latest: Volkswagen unveils electric concept vehicle

Volkswagen has unveiled an electric crossover concept vehicle, the I.D. Crozz, on the eve of the Shanghai auto show. range could help electrics win wider consumer acceptance by reducing "range anxiety," or fear of running out of power without a charger nearby.

Volkswagen plans all-electric car for China next year

The announcement Tuesday comes on the eve of the Shanghai auto show, which showcases industry efforts to create electric models with consumer appeal. At the auto show, the global industry's biggest marketing event of the year, almost every global and Chinese auto brand is showing at least one ...