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What drug-dealing 'darknet' sites have in common with eBay

NEW YORK (AP) — AlphaBay, the now-shuttered online marketplace that authorities say traded in illegal drugs, firearms and counterfeit goods, wasn't all that different from any other e-commerce site, court documents show. Not only did...Show More Summary

Hot mics and neckties: Shareable OJ Simpson parole moments

The world watched live as O.J. Simpson convinced a Nevada parole board he should be released after spending nine years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist. Many pointed to his 1995 murder trial in Los Angeles, though he was acquitted,...Show More Summary

Microsoft 4Q gets boost from cloud computing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's cloud computing business helped boost its fourth-quarter revenue and earnings above Wall Street's expectations, further validating a strategy pushed by CEO Satya Nadella since he took over in 2014. The...Show More Summary

Alexa, turn up my Kenmore AC; Sears cuts a deal with Amazon

Sears, which also owns Kmart, said that its Kenmore Smart appliances will be fully integrated with Amazon's Alexa, allowing users to control things like air conditioners through voice commands. "The launch of Kenmore products on More Summary

Musk says government likes plan for high-speed tunnels

DETROIT (AP) — Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk says he has "verbal government approval" to build a tunnel for high-speed transportation from New York to Washington that could break ground by the end of this year. [...] the White House...Show More Summary

Justice Dept. announces takedown of online drug marketplace

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department officials are announcing a takedown of an internet marketplace for drugs, counterfeit goods, weapons, hacking tools and other illicit items. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other federal officials...Show More Summary

China clamping down on use of VPNs to evade Great Firewall

BEIJING (AP) — China is clamping down on use of virtual private networks, or VPNs, in a move that foreign companies worry might disrupt their operations or jeopardize trade secrets. In a letter to corporate customers seen by The Associated...Show More Summary

Rise in Google bikes stolen, dumped in Mountain View creek has locals annoyed

If you're in Mountain View, it's hard to mistake a Google campus bicycle. The multi-colored cruisers aren't the kind you'd see frequently rolling around town.

T-Mobile beats Wall Street views as it gains new customers

(AP) — T-Mobile, the country's No. 3 wireless carrier, on Wednesday said it continued to add new customers during the second quarter in a competitive wireless market. The company won new customers even as rivals AT&T and Verizon areShow More Summary

Amazon's social network seems a lot like Pinterest

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is launching a new social network aimed at getting its hardcore users to spend even more money with the e-commerce giant. The service launched publicly on Tuesday on Amazon's iPhone app, and is only open to Prime members, who pay $99 a year for Amazon's loyalty program.

Facebook working on way to charge for reading news articles

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is working on a way for news organizations to charge readers for articles they share and read on the social network. In a separate statement, Brown says Facebook is in early talks with publishers on "how we might better support subscription business models."

Amazon isn't technically dominant, but it pervades our lives

[...] it extends Amazon's long quest to make shopping so convenient that consumers often won't even think about stepping away from its embrace. Rather than dominate in market share, Amazon dominates by reaching into people's lives.

Facebook blames glitch for shutdown of Catholic pages

Catholic radio network Relevant Radio says on its website that its "Father Rocky" Facebook page went down on Monday and wasn't restored until late Tuesday night. A Facebook spokesperson apologized for the disruption Wednesday, telling The Associated Press in a statement that all pages have been restored.

Russian man who helped develop Citadel malware gets 5 years

ATLANTA (AP) — A Russian man who helped develop and distribute malicious software designed to steal personal financial information has been sentenced to five years in prison. Prosecutors say Vartanyan helped develop, improve, maintain and distribute Citadel, which infects computer systems and steals financial and personal identification information.

AP names Benjaminson as national news editor for beats

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press has named Wendy Benjaminson, a senior leader in its Washington bureau, to a role directing coverage of the cooperative's national reporting teams. Before that assignment, she was an assistant bureau chief in Washington who led coverage of national security issues, including the U.S. Show More Summary

New app reveals little-known history of Rio de Janeiro port

[...] while the area is home to attractions that include two museums and an aquarium, its rich history remains unknown to most visitors. Launched by the nonprofit investigative journalism agency Agencia Publica, the app called "Museum of Yesterday" offers tours of the port in Portuguese and English.

Swim robot probes Fukushima reactor to find melted fuel

The robot is on a mission to study damage and find fuel that experts say has melted and mostly fallen to the bottom of a chamber and has been submerged by highly radioactive water.

Cyberattack on Ukrainian clinics, pharmacies worries experts

The call would kick off a "crazy week" as Podkopaieva and her staff struggled with the sudden loss of half the computers at the Left Bank Pediatric Clinic in Kiev, where she serves as medical director. The central phone system collapsed,...Show More Summary

Afghan team among medal winners at global robotics event

Afghan team among medal winners at global robotics event The team that drew the most attention at the FIRST Global Challenge, which ended Tuesday, was a squad of girls from Afghanistan who were twice rejected for U.S. visas before President...Show More Summary

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