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Report: Trucking firms using gadgets to cheat on emissions

Tests commissioned by ZDF and freight industry organization Camion Pro found that one in five diesel trucks operated by Eastern European firms had suspicious emission levels. In a program airing Tuesday, ZDF claims that trucking firms may be using gadgets to fool on-board computers into thinking the driver has used a diesel exhaust fluid, known as AdBlue.

Facebook introduces measures to tackle fake news in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Facebook says it's introducing measures to tackle the spread of fake news in Germany, months before the country holds a national election. Facebook last month launched plans to focus on the "worst of the worst" offenders and partner with outside fact-checkers and news organizations, including The Associated Press, to sort out true news reports from made-up stories.

Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment

Rising incomes in Asia, burgeoning populations of young adults, rapid obsolescence of products due to technological innovation and changes in fashion, on top of illegal global trade in waste, are among factors driving the increases. Open...Show More Summary

SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion in Florida

About nine minutes after the rocket blasted off, to cheers from the control room, its jettisoned first stage landed upright on a so-called droneship in the Pacific Ocean south of Vandenberg — part of Spacex's effort to make boostersShow More Summary

Cuba sees explosion in internet access as ties with US grow

While Cuba remains one of the world's least internet-connected societies, ordinary citizens' access to the internet has exploded over the last two years. Since the summer of 2015, the Cuban government has opened 240 public Wi-Fi spots...Show More Summary

Military's shift away from oil clashes with Trump's promises

Navy and Marine Corps brass, accompanied by green energy executives, showcased the energy-harnessing knee braces and other innovations at a renewable energy demonstration at Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base, one of many such events...Show More Summary

China aircraft carrier capabilities tested on latest mission

BEIJING (AP) — China's sole aircraft carrier has returned home following a far-ranging three-week training mission during which its combat capabilities were closely scrutinized and speculation soared over what future role the flat-top...Show More Summary

2 years after the hack, Sony CEO Lynton exits for Snap Inc.

Sony Pictures Entertainment and its various film divisions have been struggling of late at the box office with underwhelming performances from higher budget fare such as Ghostbusters, ''Inferno and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Lynton's...Show More Summary

Driverless electric shuttle being tested in downtown Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — There's a new thrill on the streets of downtown Las Vegas, where high- and low-rollers alike are climbing aboard what officials call the first driverless electric shuttle operating on a public U.S. street. The oval-shaped...Show More Summary

Nintendo: Nintendo Switch game console to launch in March

"Nintendo Switch is a brand-new kind of home gaming system that offers a wide variety of play modes," Nintendo's president Tatsumi Kimishima told reporters. Nintendo has been playing catch-up after consumers dumped older machines inShow More Summary

Nintendo: Nintendo Switch game console to launch in March

TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo Co. said Friday that its Nintendo Switch video game console will sell for 29,980 yen (about $260) in Japan, starting March 3. Players can play the device as a regular handheld, place the display on a table, or use the screen of a TV set, connecting by wireless.

Court revives suit alleging Apple monopoly on iPhone apps

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit accusing Apple of having an illegal monopoly on the sale of iPhone apps. The lawsuit says Apple only allows developers to sell iPhone apps through its App Store.

Phone hacking company falls victim to hackers

Cellebrite, a digital forensics firm known for helping law enforcement crack into locked smartphones, has itself fallen victim to hackers. In a series of messages posted to Twitter, he said that most of the data consisted of technical...Show More Summary

Microsoft workers say reviewing graphic content caused PTSD

SEATTLE (AP) — Two former Microsoft workers are claiming their work reviewing abuse, child pornography and other graphic material flagged for removal caused them post-traumatic stress disorder. Soto and Blauert worked to review and remove disturbing images, videos and accounts that depicted graphic violence and abuse.

Amazon plans to hire 100,000 over the next 18 months

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon plans to hire 100,000 full time workers over the next 18 months, highlighting its ambitious expansion plans — and the sharp contrast the e-commerce powerhouse strikes against traditional brick-and-mortar retailers,...Show More Summary

Testing wearable sensors as 'check engine' light for health

Wearable gadgets gave a Stanford University professor an early warning that he was getting sick before he ever felt any symptoms of Lyme disease. Interest in wearable sensors is growing along with efforts to personalize medicine, asShow More Summary

India outraged over national flag doormats sold on Amazon

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's foreign minister demanded an apology Wednesday from Inc. for selling doormats depicting the Indian flag on the online shopping giant's Canadian website. The doormats had outraged many people among the Indian diaspora in Canada, who posted pictures of them on social media and urged the foreign minister to formally object.

DirecTV Now: A trial is free, but it's a hard sell for some

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T says the market for its new internet cable service, DirecTV Now, could be as large as 20 million households. To put it to the test, I farmed out part of this review to several friends and relatives. Why wouldn't people jump at the chance to try something new? [...]Show More Summary

Surviving Carpenters member sues over digital royalties

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grammy winner Richard Carpenter sued Universal Music Group on Wednesday for millions in royalties he contends are owed from licensing Carpenters songs for online services such as Apple's iTunes. The suit, which also...Show More Summary

Twitter: Obama's 'thank you' tweet his most popular ever

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's tweet following his farewell address to the nation has become the most popular post on the presidential account. Twitter spokesman Nick Pacilio says that outperforms his previous top tweet, a message posted after the Supreme Court's June 2015 decision to overturn state bans on gay marriage.

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