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Race for Facebook data center raises tax-break questions

Los Lunas officials foresee a possible $1.8 billion construction project that provides as many as 300 direct temporary jobs, and just 50 permanent jobs thereafter — a fraction of the steady employment at the local Walmart distribution...Show More Summary

Apple expected to show new iPhone at event next week

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is expected to show off a new iPhone next week when the company holds its fall product launch event in San Francisco. The tech giant announced the date for the Sept. 7 launch by sending out invitations to technology journalists and industry analysts on Monday.

FBI warns of possible state election-system hacks

In a confidential "flash" alert from its cyber division, first reported by Yahoo News and posted online by others, the FBI says it's investigating the pair of incidents and advising states to scan their systems for specific signs of hacking.

Pokemon, just go: France doesn't want creatures in schools

The education minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, said Monday that the makers of the popular "Pokemon Go" smartphone game should stop beaming their most avidly hunted Pokemon figures into real-life schools. France remains in an official state of emergency following November attacks in Paris and last month's Nice truck massacre.

In drought, drones help California farmers save every drop

Equipped with a state-of-the-art thermal camera, the drone crisscrossed the field, scanning it for cool, soggy patches where a gopher may have chewed through the buried drip irrigation line and caused a leak. Michael is descended from...Show More Summary

Fitbit motivational feature to take users on virtual hikes

NEW YORK (AP) — Fitbit wants to help you exercise more by making you think you're hiking famous trails instead of your neighborhood. The feature tracks the distances you've walked or run and maps it against actual trails, starting with three at Yosemite National Park in California.

Behemoth bike: German eyes world record for heavy pedaling

BERLIN (AP) — Using giant tires from an industrial fertilizer spreader and scrap steel, a German man has built a bicycle weighing 940 kilograms (2,072 pounds) that he plans to pedal into the record books as the world's heaviest rideable bike. [...]Show More Summary

Pope Francis chats in person with Facebook CEO Zuckerberg

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke says one topic of discussion at Monday's meeting was "how to use communication technologies to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and make a message of hope arrive, especially to those most in need."

Facebook reduces role of human editors in 'trending topics'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is taking new steps to reduce the role of human judgment in its "Trending Topics" feature, which drew controversy earlier this year over claims the service was suppressing conservative views. Earlier, Facebook said editors would stop relying on outside news outlets to help decide which topics should be highlighted.

Breach in fishing license system exposes data in Northwest

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A breach in a vendor's system that processes online sales of hunting and fishing licenses in Idaho, Oregon and Washington state exposed several million records containing buyers' personal information, officials said Friday. About 80 percent of sales occur in person at those sites, officials said. "[...]Show More Summary

Pokemon doughnuts, exercise classes tap game's popularity.

NEW YORK (AP) — Weeks into the "Pokemon Go" craze, demand remains strong for "Poke Ball"-shaped treats made by a high-end doughnut company, one of many businesses and organizations coming up with creative ways to lure players in their...Show More Summary

'Game of Thrones' composer creating 'Gears of War 4' score

Emmy- and Grammy-nominated Ramin Djawadi has crafted the score for "Gears of War 4," the forthcoming fifth installment in the intergalactic shooter series for Xbox One and PC. The prolific film and TV composer says he put his own spin...Show More Summary

Activist discovers iPhone spyware, sparking security update

AJMAN, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The suspicious text message that appeared on Ahmed Mansoor's iPhone promised to reveal details about torture in the United Arab Emirates' prisons. [...] he reported it to Citizen Lab, an internet watchdog,...Show More Summary

Jones website hack reveals stars' tricky cyber landscape

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hateful hack of comedian Leslie Jones' personal website reveals the tricky cyber landscape celebrities tread and the murky legal protections that exist for personal digital content. While Jones' supporters have...Show More Summary

The Latest: Russian convicted of hacking into US businesses

The lawyer representing the Russian man convicted of hacking into U.S. businesses said after the verdict was read that he plans to appeal. A Russian man accused of orchestrating an international online theft scheme has been found guilty of hacking into U.S. Show More Summary

Amazon starts car research and review site

[...] in addition to car specifications, images, videos and customer reviews, the new site will let customers ask each other questions about cars. Most recently it launched a site for handmade goods, introduced a voice-recognition speaker and begun creating original movies and TV shows.

Volkswagen, dealers reach tentative deal in cheating scandal

Volkswagen, dealers reach tentative deal in cheating scandal SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Volkswagen has reached a tentative deal with its U.S. dealers to compensate them for losses they said they suffered as a result of the company's emissions cheating scandal.

Apple boosts iPhone security after Mideast spyware discovery

Computer forensics experts tell The Associated Press the spyware takes advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple's mobile operating system to take complete control of iPhone handsets.

Auto, technology industries clash over talking cars

The cars hold the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths, improve the safety of self-driving cars and someday maybe even help solve traffic jams. Cable television and high-tech industries want to take away a large share of the radio spectrum that the government dedicated exclusively for the safety technology in 1999, and use it instead for superfast Wi-Fi service.

Yosemite, and President Obama, head into virtual reality

NEW YORK (AP) — In a new project with National Geographic, Barack Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to project himself into virtual reality — in this case, a 360-degree representation of Yosemite National Park. The 11-minute...Show More Summary

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