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Uber to investigate sexual harassment claim by engineer

LONDON (AP) — Uber's chief executive has ordered an urgent investigation into a sexual harassment claim made by a female engineer who alleged her prospects at the company evaporated when she complained about advances from her boss.

New Zealand judge upholds Kim Dotcom extradition ruling

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand judge on Monday upheld an earlier court ruling that flamboyant internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges. The decision comes five years after U.S. Show More Summary

Uber CEO promises 'urgent investigation' into former employee's sex harassment claims

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick on Sunday announced an "urgent investigation" into detailed allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination by a former employee.

Milwaukee to 'Pokemon' monsters: Get a permit to enter parks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — "Pokemon Go" monsters will need a permit to get into Milwaukee County parks after the game's popularity last summer left officials wondering how to handle large crowds and the trash they left behind. The ordinance signed Feb. 10 requires game developers to get a permit and pay a fee to use county parks to help with maintenance.

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry (AP) — Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. Show More Summary

How to watch Oscar-nominated flicks from your couch

Of the 62 full-length movies and shorts nominated for any category, only 11 are available online through an all-you-can-watch subscription — Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or HBO Now. Narrowing your ambitions by focusing on just best picture and the four acting categories will still cost you about $70, not including the monthly subscriptions. [...]Show More Summary

Zuckerberg's goal: Remake a world Facebook helped create

NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg helped create the modern world by connecting nearly a quarter of its citizens to Facebook and giving them a platform to share, well, everything — baby pictures and Pepe memes, social updates and abusive bullying, helpful how-to videos and live-streamed violence. [...]Show More Summary

Robot probes show Japan reactor cleanup worse than expected

The plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. says the remote-controlled "scorpion" robot that was sent into a containment vessel Thursday to investigate the core area had failed while climbing over highly radioactive debris.

Surprise, surprise. AT&T trumpets its own new unlimited plan

Sprint also said Thursday that it's letting unlimited customers watch video in high definition rather than DVD quality. AT&T's unlimited plan degrades video to DVD quality, but customers can turn HD video back on for free.

Some excerpts from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's missive

In Mark Zuckerberg's vision, Facebook can help build communities, encourage civic engagement, and keep us safer and more informed. Online communities are a bright spot, and we can strengthen existing physical communities by helping people...Show More Summary

The Zuckerberg manifesto: How he plans to debug the world

NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg's long-term vision for Facebook, laid out in a sweeping manifesto, sometimes sounds more like a utopian social guide than a business plan. In a 5,500-word missive, Zuckerberg writes that Facebook should build new "supportive communities" as traditional institutions — like churches and labor unions — fade. [...]Show More Summary

Can internet-beaming balloons outmaneuver shifting winds?

(AP) — An eccentric laboratory spun out of Google believes it has discovered a way to bring remote parts of the world online more quickly with a smaller fleet of internet-beaming balloons than it previously thought. X now expects to need fewer balloons to fulfill its goal of delivering internet service to billions of people living in unconnected regions in the world.

AP FACT CHECK: Gates didn't say Trump would be like Reagan

In a December interview with CNBC, the Microsoft founder did say Trump had an opportunity to establish "American leadership through innovation." Gates pointed to President John F. Kennedy's rallying the country around the space program and told the CNBC that Trump's administration could get rid of "regulatory barriers."

Vienna cafe bills patrons to charge cellphones over drinks

VIENNA (AP) — A Viennese cafe owner has a message for customers who dawdle over drinks while charging their cellphones: Pay up. [...] Galina Pokorny says that instead of complaining when they see a power charge on their bills, customers should read the menu: "Electricity, 1 euro" is printed there.

Italian taxi drivers stage wildcat strike over pro-Uber bill

ROME (AP) — Taxi drivers in Rome, Milan and Turin are staging wildcat strikes to protest proposed Italian legislation they say will favor Uber and other car-sharing services. The ANSA news agency reported that with taxis still idled Thursday, Rome's airports arranged for extra shuttle services to get passengers into town.

Italian teams restore damaged busts from ancient Syrian city

Restorers in Rome used a 3-D printer to generate replicas of the missing parts of the busts, which date from the 2nd or 3rd centuries A.D. They attached the replacement parts with magnets.

Snap values itself at up to $22B ahead of IPO

The parent company of the social network Snapchat said in a regulatory filing Thursday that the IPO is likely to be priced between $14 and $16 per share. Had the IPO price matched the $30.72 per-share price obtained in its last round...Show More Summary

APNewsBreak: Yahoo issues new security warning to users

Yahoo said in a statement issued Wednesday that its investigation has identified user accounts for which we believe forged cookies were taken or used. Yahoo is in the process of notifying all potentially affected account holders.

French president calls for more cybersecurity for election

Hollande asked top security officials Wednesday to present electoral security measures next week "including in the cyber domain." Mounir Mahjoubi, head of digital campaigning for Macron, told The Associated Press that his team identified thousands of hacking attempts originating from Ukraine in recent weeks.

Swedish supermarket tests lasers to label organic produce

MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Something high-tech is happening in the produce aisle at some Swedish supermarkets, where laser marks have replaced labels on the organic avocados and sweet potatoes. Swedish supermarket chain ICA started experimenting...Show More Summary

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