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Can wireless challenge cable for home internet service?
/ from October 1, 2018
NEW YORK -- Cellular companies such as Verizon are looking to challenge traditional cable companies with residential internet service that promises to be ultra-fast, affordable and wireless.Using an emerging wireless technology known as 5G, Verizon's 5G Home service provides an alternative to cable for connecting laptops, phones, TVs and other ...
Facebook says 50M user accounts affected by security breach
/ from September 29, 2018
NEW YORK -- Facebook reported a major security breach in which 50 million user accounts were accessed by unknown attackers.The attackers gained the ability to "seize control" of those user accounts, Facebook said, by stealing digital keys the company uses to keep users logged in. They could do so by ...
I never said that! High-tech deception of 'deepfake' videos
/ from July 2, 2018
WASHINGTON -- New technology on the internet lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they've never said.Republicans and Democrats predict this high-tech way of putting words in someone's mouth will become the latest weapon in disinformation wars against the United States and other Western democracies.This technology ...
Xiaomi: A Chinese startup out to challenge Google, Amazon
/ from June 21, 2018
SEOUL, South Korea -- Xiaomi, a Chinese startup that helped pioneer the trend toward ultra-low-priced smartphones, is preparing for what would be the biggest initial public offering since e-commerce giant Alibaba's in 2014.The 8-year-old is a star among the Chinese unicorns, a term that refers to startup companies that are ...
Facebook to end partnership with China's Huawei
/ from June 7, 2018
FACEBOOK said it will end its data partnership with Huawei by the end of this week following a backlash over the Chinese phone maker's access to Facebook user data.Huawei, a company flagged by US intelligence officials as a national security threat, is the latest device maker at the center of ...
Hacker gets 5 years for Russian-linked Yahoo security breach
/ from May 30, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO -- A young computer hacker who prosecutors said unwittingly worked with a Russian spy agency was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for using data stolen in a massive Yahoo data breach to gain access to private emails.US Judge Vince Chhabria also fined Karim Baratov $250,000 during ...
Google to showcase AI advances at its big conference
/ from May 8, 2018
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California -- Google is likely to again put artificial intelligence in the spotlight at its annual developers conference Thursday.The company's digital concierge, known only as the Google Assistant, could gain new abilities to handle tasks such as making restaurant reservations without human hand-holding.Google may also unveil updates to ...
Data firm at center of Facebook privacy scandal will close
/ from May 3, 2018
NEW YORK -- Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-affiliated data firm at the center of Facebook's worst privacy scandal in history, is declaring bankruptcy and shutting down.The London firm blamed "unfairly negative media coverage" and said it has been "vilified" for actions it says are both legal and widely accepted as part ...
Love it or not, Facebook launches dating service
/ from May 3, 2018
NEW YORK -- Facebook doesn't think hookups are meaningful and doesn't want you to date your friends — but it's known for a long time that its vast map of human connections could help people find long-term partners. At least that's the takeaway from a new dating feature the social ...
As doors close in the US, China's Huawei shifts to Europe
/ from April 20, 2018
SHENZHEN, China -- As trade disputes simmer, Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, the No. 3 smartphone brand, is shifting its growth efforts toward Europe and Asia in the face of mounting obstacles in the US market.Shenzhen-based Huawei, the world's largest maker of telecoms equipment, has long coveted access to the US ...