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In Tech: New Motorola smartphones; faster future memory chip

Motorola is refreshing its Android smartphones with better cameras and other improvements as it seeks to lure customers who want lower-cost alternatives to leading smartphones from Apple and Samsung. These new models — the Moto G, Moto...Show More Summary

Senator objects to anti-terrorism rules for online sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and skeptic of broad government surveillance, objected Tuesday to a bill that would have required social media and online sites like Google, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity. The proposal, by Sen. Show More Summary

Scientists worry about arms race in artificial intelligence

LONDON (AP) — Scientists and tech experts — including professor Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence. In an open letter with hundreds ofShow More Summary

Federal officials examine probable cause of spaceship crash

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is considering what caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot. The agency scheduled a meeting Tuesday to consider the likely cause of the accident. Show More Summary

Nike offers partial refund to end FuelBand lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — Nike will give partial refunds or gift cards to people who bought FuelBand fitness trackers in the last 3 1/2 years, resolving a lawsuit that says the products can't accurately tally how many steps a user is taking or...Show More Summary

Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's what that means

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information...Show More Summary

Stephen Hawking fields questions on artificial intelligence

LONDON (AP) — Have a question about artificial intelligence and think theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is the man to ask? The 73-year-old Hawking frequently makes public appearances, but he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or motor neuron disease, which makes giving spontaneous answers to questions difficult.

Lawsuit points to hacking by Ethiopia as Obama makes visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said last week that the U.S. Show More Summary

NY wins $600 million hub for photonics research, development

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A $610 million research and manufacturing hub dedicated to the science of photonics — the use of light in technology — will be developed in western New York, federal and state officials said Monday, which could...Show More Summary

Software turns smartphones into tools for medical research

Smartphone apps are the latest tools to emerge from the intersection of health care and Silicon Valley, where tech companies are also working on new ways of bringing patients and doctors together online, applying massive computing power...Show More Summary

Pope signs himself up for World Youth Day using tablet

The young man and young women joined Francis in prayer for the release of the Rev. Paolo Dall'Oglio, kidnapped two years ago in Syria as well as for the release of Orthodox bishops being held "and all the other people in conflict zones who have been kidnapped."

YouTube stars find acceptance online, in person at VidCon

The 26-year-old YouTube star openly wept as she was showered with cheers and applause from an enthusiastic crowd upon arrival on stage at this weekend's VidCon, the sixth annual celebration of online video. Hannah Hart, who hosts the...Show More Summary

As Democrats fret over 'sharing economy,' GOP moves in

Republicans are hungry to exploit that ambivalence and make inroads into a wealthy sector of the tech industry. Clinton did not identify Uber, whose lobbying operation is run by former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe and stocked...Show More Summary

Deep-sea mining looms on horizon as UN body issues contracts

Governments and private companies have been moving so rapidly to stake claims and assess deposits that insiders forecast that commercial deep-sea mining could start within the next five years using robotic collectors equipped with cameras...Show More Summary

AT&T-DirecTV deal set to close after approval from FCC

The AT&T deal did not trigger the same fears from consumer advocates because the company wouldn't contain an entertainment division like Comcast's NBCUniversal and wouldn't gain Internet customers, considered the future of the industry,...Show More Summary

Amazon's value surpasses Wal-Mart after surprise 2Q profit

Amazon shares surged 15 percent on Friday after the e-commerce powerhouse reported a surprise second-quarter profit and a better-than-expected 20 percent jump in revenue. The sharp increase in shares brought Amazon's market value toShow More Summary

France's top court OKs controversial surveillance bill

PARIS (AP) — France's Constitutional Council has ruled that a bill legalizing broad surveillance of terrorism suspects doesn't violate the country's constitution. The data will be anonymous, but intelligence agents could follow up with a request to an independent panel for deeper surveillance that could identify users.

Could Twitter stop the next terrorist attack?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity, according to industry and...Show More Summary

Trade deals wipes out tariffs on more than 200 tech products

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of countries have agreed to abolish duties on more than 200 technology products — from advanced computer chips to GPS devices, printer cartridges and video-game consoles. U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman called...Show More Summary

YouTube makes virtual reality push with 360-degree 3-D

(AP) — YouTube says it's making a further push into virtual reality, promising to add 3-D support for videos that play back in its 360-degree format. YouTube also said it would provide special camera rigs that support the format at its...Show More Summary

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