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UK promises to prosecute online hate crimes vigorously

LONDON — British authorities are promising to prosecute hate crimes committed online as vigorously as those that take place face-to-face, recognizing the growth of hate speech on social media and the potential for such crimes to affect large numbers of people. New guidelines issued Monday outline ...

Tech companies continue efforts to banish extremist accounts

NEW YORK — Tech companies' efforts to banish extremist groups and individuals are continuing as a social network popular with extremists disappeared from Google's Android app store. Gab had already been unavailable in Apple's store, though it remains accessible on the web. The banishments come in ...

Cities seek creative ways to prevent car or van attacks

PARIS — From Barcelona to Times Square and beyond, extremists have used vehicles as deadly weapons with alarming frequency in recent years, whether to promote jihad, get attention or express despair. In response, ugly concrete blocks as well as more aesthetic deterrents are sprouting up in front ...

Former Uber CEO lashes out at VC firm suing company

SAN FRANCISCO — Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is skewering a lawsuit filed by a former ally, describing it as a malicious attempt to sever his remaining ties to the widely used ride-hailing service that he co-founded. Kalanick lashed out in legal documents filed late Thursday in response to a ...

Hollywood's hacking pains are bigger than movie leaks

NEW YORK — Piracy is a long-running and even routine issue for Hollywood, whether it's street vendors hawking bootleg DVDs on street corners or video uploaded to file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay. Now cybercriminals are also putting embarrassing chatter and other company secrets at risk. The ...

Wisconsin Assembly passes $3 billion for Foxconn

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Assembly approved a $3 billion tax break Thursday with bipartisan support for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state, a project President Donald Trump touted as a transformational win for the U.S. economy. ...

Apple CEO makes $2 million pledge to fight hate

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is donating $2 million to two human rights groups as part of CEO Tim Cook's pledge to help lead the fight against the hate that fueled the violence in Virginia during a white-nationalist rally last weekend. Cook made the commitment late Wednesday in an internal memo ...

Tech companies banishing extremists after Charlottesville

NEW YORK — It took bloodshed in Charlottesville to get tech companies to do what civil rights groups have been calling for for years: take a firmer stand against accounts used to promote hate and violence. In the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia, major ...

HBO regains control of hacked social media accounts

NEW YORK — HBO says it has regained control of its social media accounts after the latest security breach to hit the entertainment company. The hacking group OurMine on Wednesday night took over several of HBO's Twitter accounts, including ones for "Game of Thrones" and John Oliver's show. The ...

Turner is latest to plan sports streaming service

NEW YORK — Turner Sports is the latest TV company to announce a sports streaming service as traditional television companies chase millennial audiences. The service, expected next year in the U.S., has signed up European soccer with the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Higher-profile ...

New Ford CEO says company will balance present with future

DETROIT — The new CEO of Ford Motor Co. says the company isn't taking its eyes off the present as it prepares for transportation in the future. Jim Hackett, who replaced Mark Fields in May, says new mobility projects such as buying a shuttle company and the purchase of an artificial intelligence ...

Wisconsin Assembly set to approve $3 billion for Foxconn

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Assembly planned to approve a $3 billion tax break Thursday for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state, a project President Donald Trump touted as a transformational win for the U.S. economy. Democratic critics ...

Hyundai unveils new fuel cell SUV with longer travel range

SEOUL, South Korea — Hyundai Motor says its new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will travel more than 580 kilometers between fill-ups. The South Korean company said Thursday its second-generation fuel-cell SUV will be launched early next year. If delivered as promised, Hyundai's upcoming fuel cell ...

Reverence for robots: Japanese workers treasure automation

MORIYA, Japan — Thousands upon thousands of cans are filled with beer, capped and washed, wrapped into six-packs, and boxed at dizzying speeds — 1,500 a minute, to be exact — on humming conveyor belts that zip and wind in a sprawling factory near Tokyo. Nary a soul is in sight in this ...

Neo-Nazi site's publisher says he's got no home on internet

BATON ROUGE, La. — A neo-Nazi website's publisher said Wednesday that he has "effectively been completely banned from the internet" after mocking the victim of a deadly car attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. "Clearly, the powers that be believe that they have the ability to simply ...

Body scanners being piloted in Los Angeles subway system

LOS ANGELES — Aiming to stay ahead of an evolving threat against transit systems worldwide, officials in Los Angeles are testing out airport-style body scanners that screen subway passengers for firearms and explosives. As commuters raced to get on their trains Wednesday, the Los Angeles County ...

New tower fuels concerns over changing face of San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — More than 60 stories above the ground, construction workers climb makeshift stairs and cross narrow steel planks to put the finishing touches on Salesforce Tower, now San Francisco's tallest building. The $1.1 billion skyscraper has already changed the city's skyline, dwarfing ...

On a chaotic day in DC, Trump goes after Amazon, again

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on e-commerce giant Amazon, saying Wednesday that the company is "doing great damage to tax paying retailers." Trump, in a tweet, said that "towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt - many jobs being lost!" The president ...

Scottish Parliament under cyberattack, no systems breached

LONDON — Officials at the Scottish Parliament say the legislature's IT systems are under sustained cyberattack but have not been breached. Parliament chief executive Paul Grice said Wednesday that the system was under "brute force cyberattack," with hackers making repeated attempts to crack ...

Lonely Planet app Trips: Be inspired or tell your own story

NEW YORK — Lonely Planet has a new free app called Trips that offers inspiration for travel, along with an easy way for users to create visually driven stories about their own trips. For inspiration, scroll through content curated by Lonely Planet's editorial team in eight categories: adventure, ...

German Chancellor Merkel's favorite emoji is a smiley

Merkel talked about her emoji preferences Wednesday during a live interview on YouTube as part of her re-election campaign. Merkel was interviewed by four prominent German YouTubers about issues as diverse as education, electrically powered cars, migration, feminism and climate change.

New UK aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives at port

A band of Royal Marines added to the pageantry as the families of service members lined the jetty to cheer the 919-foot vessel, which has been conducting sea trials since setting out from Rosyth dockyard in Scotland on June 27. Russia's defense ministry fired back, with a spokesman dismissing the ...

Reverence for robots: Japanese workers treasure automation

MORIYA, Japan — Thousands upon thousands of cans are filled with beer, capped and washed, wrapped into six-packs, and boxed at dizzying speeds — 1,500 a minute, to be exact — on humming conveyor belts that zip and wind in a sprawling factory near Tokyo. The debate over machines snatching jobs ...

World's biggest shipper: cyberattack cost up to $300 million

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The June cyberattack that paralyzed the computer systems in companies around the world is estimated to have cost the world's biggest container shipping line between $200 million and $300 million, A.P. Moller-Maersk said Wednesday. The Copenhagen-based group, which was ...

Moller-Maersk: cyberattack cost up to $300 million

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The world's biggest container shipping line A.P. Moller-Maersk says the June cyberattack that paralyzed its core shipping business is estimated to have cost the company between $200 million and $300 million. The Copenhagen-based group says the impact will first be ...

$1 billion tower lifts San Francisco skyline to new heights

SAN FRANCISCO — More than 60 stories above the ground, construction workers climb makeshift stairs and cross narrow steel planks to put the finishing touches on Salesforce Tower, now San Francisco's tallest building. Tech giant Salesforce.com, which provides online software for business, bought ...

Labor-short Japan more at home with automation than US

MORIYA, Japan — Thousands upon thousands of cans are filled with beer, capped and washed, wrapped into six-packs, and boxed at dizzying speeds — 1,500 a minute, to be exact — on humming conveyor belts that zip and wind in a sprawling factory near Tokyo. The debate over machines snatching jobs ...

From Isaac Asimov to Aimee Mann, 'robophobia' plagues humans

Physicist Stephen Hawking and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk have also warned about the dangers of going too far, too quickly, in developing "thinking robots" with programmed intelligence that might keep evolving self-awareness, similar to the humanoids in the HBO series "Westworld ." in July 2015, a ...

Prosecutors seek records related to Inauguration Day protest

WASHINGTON — An internet company is fighting what it says is a "sweeping" request for information about an anti-Trump website that prosecutors allege was behind destructive Inauguration Day protests. Prosecutors say the website disruptj20.org was used in the "development, planning, advertisement, ...

In US, factory jobs are high-tech, but the workers are not

NORWOOD, Ohio — Herbie Mays is 3M proud, and it shows — in the 3M shirt he wears; in the 3M ring he earned after three decades at the company's plant in suburban Cincinnati; in the way he shows off a card from a 3M supervisor, praising Mays as "a GREAT employee." Bent on cutting costs and ...

New Facebook data center a boost to Ohio's technology sector

NEW ALBANY, Ohio — Facebook will spend $750 million on a new data center in central Ohio, the company announced Tuesday — marking another boost for the state's growing technology sector. The world's biggest social media company joined Republican Gov. John Kasich and a host of other ...

Pressured by government, Uber agrees to protect rider data

Uber said the allegations date to 2014, and before the government complaint, it had already put safeguards in place to protect data. it has strengthened privacy and data security and will keep investing in security programs, the company said. the FTC alleged in its complaint that after news reports ...

Judge orders LinkedIn to stop blocking data-scraping firm

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered LinkedIn to stop blocking a startup company from scraping LinkedIn personal profiles for data. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen has sided with hiQ Labs, a San Francisco company that analyzes workforce data scraped from public profiles.

As the laid-off struggle, high-tech US plants offer jobs

NORWOOD, Ohio — Herbie Mays is 3M proud, and it shows — in the 3M shirt he wears; in the 3M ring he earned after three decades at the company's plant in suburban Cincinnati; in the way he shows off a card from a 3M supervisor, praising Mays as "a GREAT employee." Bent on cutting costs and ...

High-tech US plants offer jobs even as the laid-off struggle

NORWOOD, Ohio — Herbie Mays is 3M proud, and it shows — in the 3M shirt he wears; in the 3M ring he earned after three decades at the company's plant in suburban Cincinnati; in the way he shows off a card from a 3M supervisor, praising Mays as "a GREAT employee." Bent on cutting costs and ...

Google, GoDaddy boot neo-Nazi site that mocked rally victim

A leading neo-Nazi website was sporadically accessible Monday despite efforts by website registration companies Google and GoDaddy to oust it after it mocked the woman killed in a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. Shortly after GoDaddy tweeted its decision, the site posted an ...

Social media harnessed to expose white nationalists at rally

A Twitter account dedicated to calling out racism identified people who attended the rally using photos culled from the news and social media and listed their places of employment and other information. I strongly believe that white people in particular have a responsibility to stand up against ...

Music service Pandora names Dish streaming exec Lynch as CEO

its user base has stagnated and its financial losses deepened as new competitors have gained steam. Pandora also said Monday that it is adding to its board Michael Lynton, the chairman of Snapchat's owner Snap Inc. and former head of film studio Sony Pictures.

Netflix wins 'Scandal' creator Rhimes in blow to Disney, ABC

NEW YORK — Netflix has lured Shonda Rhimes, the well-regarded creator of TV series "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy," from ABC, its latest big get as media companies old and new fight for viewers' attention. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said "fans can rest assured" that the network's ...

Legit sellers caught in Amazon recall of 'unsafe' eclipse glasses?

With the solar eclipse less than a week away, Amazon is refunding purchases of eclipse sunglasses that might not protect your eyes.

British cybersecurity expert pleads not guilty to US charges

MILWAUKEE — A British cybersecurity researcher credited with helping curb a recent worldwide ransomware attack pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges accusing him of creating malicious software to steal banking information three years ago. Marcus Hutchins entered his plea in Wisconsin ...