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Notorious troll calls the online tactics 'a national sport'

A notorious computer hacker whose anti-Semitic rhetoric matches the swastika tattooed on his chest, the 31-year-old views online trolling campaigns as a modern form of an age-old political tactic. Trolling ( http://apne.ws/2mPU2Gk )Show More Summary

Samsung's Galaxy S8 phone aims to dispel the Note 7 debacle

The Galaxy S8 features a larger display than its predecessor, the Galaxy S7, and sports a voice assistant intended to rival Siri and Google Assistant. Samsung has blamed the Note 7 fires on multiple design and manufacturing defects in...Show More Summary

Etihad to lend US-bound passengers iPads as ban workaround

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One Mideast airline affected by the ban on most electronics in the cabins of U.S.-bound flights will lend iPads to its top-paying travelers. The U.S. government last week barred passengers from 10 Mideast and North African cities from carrying electronics larger than cell phones onto U.S.-bound flights.

Windows update will bring 3-D, game tools and less clutter

NEW YORK (AP) — A major update to Microsoft's Windows 10 system will start reaching consumers and businesses on April 11, offering 3-D drawing tools, game-broadcasting capabilities and better ways to manage your web browsing. Microsoft...Show More Summary

AP EXPLAINS: What the death of broadband privacy rules means

For now, phone and cable companies remain subject to federal law that imposes on broadband providers a "duty to protect the confidentiality" of customer information and restricts them from using some customer data without "approval." Under...Show More Summary

House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could eventually allow internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habitsShow More Summary

Troll for the 'lulz'? A target of online abuse isn't amused

Schrode, a Democrat and activist who would come in third in the June primary in her Northern California district, had become the latest target of The Daily Stormer, a popular neo-Nazi website known for orchestrating internet trolling...Show More Summary

Insurers deny claims based on questionable cell tower data

(AP) — It took Jaclyn Bentley nearly three years to prove she didn't burn her house down for the insurance money, allegations she and her lawyer say were born of the junk practice of analyzing cellphone tower data. An investigator for State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. Show More Summary

What makes a cyberattack? Experts lobby to restrict the term

Schmitt, a professor of law at the U.S. Naval War College and University of Exeter in England, has spent years trying to defuse talk of cyberattacks, an expression used to describe everything from remotely disabling a city's power grid...Show More Summary

Uber diversity: low on women, like other tech companies

[...] Uber's report comes as pressure mounts on the company in light of sexual harassment claims by a former employee, the antics of its embattled CEO Travis Kalanick and ongoing criticisms of a boorish "brogrammer" culture. Other technology...Show More Summary

Got camera? Facebook adds more Snapchat-like features

The company says it wants to let your camera "do the talking" as more people are posting photos and videos instead of blocks of text. Years ago, Facebook tried to buy the company but was rebuffed. [...] it has been trying, with varying degrees of success, to clone Snapchat's most popular features.

Amazon tests grocery pickup service in Seattle

Eventually, members of Amazon's $99-a-year Prime loyalty program will be able to order groceries online and drive to a pickup location, where crews will deliver items to the car. At an Amazon Go convenience store in Seattle, items selected are automatically monitored and added to a virtual cart so shoppers can skip the checkout.

Elon Musk's latest target: Brain-computer interfaces

The company plans to develop brain implants that can treat neural disorders — and that may one day be powerful enough to put humanity on a more even footing with possible future superintelligent computers, according to a Wall StreetShow More Summary

Samsung's fire-prone Note 7 phone may return after recalls

The spontaneous fires, many chronicled in videos circulated on YouTube, prompted Samsung to recall millions of phones and take a $5.3 billion hit on its earnings. Samsung conducted extensive tests since then and has blamed multiple design and manufacturing defects in batteries made by two different companies.

World Video Game Hall of Fame names 2017 finalists

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The World Video Game Hall of Fame's 2017 finalists span decades and electronic platforms, from the 1981 arcade classic "Donkey Kong" that launched Mario's plumbing career to the 2006 living room hit "Wii Sports,"...Show More Summary

Waze gets into the order-ahead business with Dunkin' Donuts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Waze's traffic navigation app already shows ads prodding drivers to swing by fast-food joints like Dunkin' Donuts and Taco Bell. On Tuesday, the Google-owned app will start letting drivers purchase coffee and other...Show More Summary

AP Exclusive: Colombia 'panic buttons' expose activists

[...] the Associated Press, with an independent security audit, uncovered technical flaws that could let hostile parties disable them, eavesdrop on conversations and track users' movements. When effective, they can be crucial lifelines...Show More Summary

Amazon buys Mideast's Souq.com after $800M counteroffer

A joint statement described the purchase as expanding Amazon's influence into the Mideast as the chairman of the state-supported firm Emaar prepares to launch his own retail website in a country known more for its luxury malls than online...Show More Summary

Uber resumes self-driving car program after brief suspension

The company said Monday that it paused the operations over the weekend to better understand what happened in Arizona, but feels confident in returning the cars to the road. [...] in February 2016, a Waymo test car struck a public bus...Show More Summary

UK minister: WhatsApp must make itself accessible to police

LONDON (AP) — Encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp must make their platforms accessible to intelligence agencies, a top British security official declared Sunday amid reports that the Westminster attacker used the service minutes...Show More Summary

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