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State attorneys general sue to block net-neutrality repeal

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia has sued to block the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net-neutrality rules. These rules barred companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. Show More Summary

Click, tap, buy: Holiday shoppers spent record amount online

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers spent a record amount online during the holiday season. That's according to Adobe Analytics, which reports online shopping during the holiday season reached $108.2 billion, up almost 15 percent from $94.4 billion the year before. Show More Summary

'Superfast' internet cable to cross Mediterranean sea

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Cypriot company says its new sub-sea internet cable that will connect Israel with Spain will be powerful enough to handle up to 60 percent of the world's internet traffic at peak time. Quantum Cable ChairmanShow More Summary

Intel underfoot: Floor sensors rise as retail data source

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The next phase in data collection is right under your feet. Online clicks give retailers valuable insight into consumer behavior, but what can they learn from footsteps? It's a question Milwaukee-based startup Scanalytics...Show More Summary

France wants tougher rules on bitcoin to avoid criminal use

PARIS (AP) — France's finance minister says he wants new regulation targeted at virtual currencies, to stop them from being used for tax evasion, financing terrorism and other crime. Bruno Le Maire said in a sweeping economic speechShow More Summary

France vs. fake news: An unwinnable battle?

PARIS (AP) — Can a democratic country outlaw fake news? France is about to find out, after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a law to quash false information disseminated around electoral campaigns. Impossible to enforce. Sure to backfire. Show More Summary

YouTube suspends star over suicide video, doesn't shut door

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — YouTube has suspended a star who posted video images of what appeared to be a suicide victim but says that doesn't mean it won't work with him in the future. The video service announced this week it had pulled...Show More Summary

Sandberg, Dorsey to leave the Disney board

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will be leaving the board of The Walt Disney Co. Neither executive will stand for re-election at the company's annual meeting in March. A Disney spokesperson...Show More Summary

Japanese PM kicks off six-nation European tour in Estonia

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Japan's prime minister has kicked off a five-day European tour to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania — becoming the first-ever head of the Asian nation to visit those countries. Prime Minister...Show More Summary

Virgin Galactic conducts 7th glide test of spacecraft

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Galactic says the latest glide test of its space tourism rocket plane was a success, nearly reaching the speed of sound high over California. The spaceship, named Unity, was carried aloft by its mother ship...Show More Summary

Indonesia hard-line Muslims protest ban on Facebook accounts

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslim hard-liners have protested in Indonesia's capital against Facebook's blocking of accounts belonging to the group. About 200 protesters, organized by the Islamic Defenders Front, known by its Indonesian...Show More Summary

India launches rocket carrying dozens of satellites

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has successfully launched a rocket from its space center carrying dozens of satellites from India and six other countries. A. S. Kiran Kumar, chairman of the state-run Indian Space Research Organization, says the...Show More Summary

House OKs spy program after conflicting Trump tweets

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's puzzling tweets about a key U.S. spying law threw the House into temporary disarray Thursday, but lawmakers ended up renewing the law — with a new restriction on when the FBI can dig into the...Show More Summary

GM says it's mass-producing cars without steering wheels

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it is making the first mass-production autonomous car without a steering wheel or pedals. The company says it has filed a petition with the federal government seeking permission to put the vehiclesShow More Summary

Facing critics, Facebook wants feeds to be more 'meaningful'

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is tweaking what people see to make their time on the site more "meaningful." The company says people will likely spend less time on Facebook as a result. The changes come as critics say social media can make...Show More Summary

The Latest: What robot strippers say about sexism and tech

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the CES technology show in Las Vegas (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Two robot strippers that made an appearance at a strip club in Las Vegas during the CES technology show have raised questions about gender...Show More Summary

Woman returns Christmas tree to Costco 'because it's dead'

Costco's magnanimous return policy was severely tested last week in Santa Clarita, Calif., when a woman returned her Christmas tree to the big-box store and asked for a full refund "because it was dead."

Stevie Wonder wows crowd on 'smart' piano at tech show

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Trying to distinguish your product among the thousands at the CES gadget show is no easy feat, so it helps when music legend Stevie Wonder pays an unexpected visit. Especially when your product is a "smart" piano designed...Show More Summary

The future of esports arrives with Overwatch League launch

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — In the soundstage where Johnny Carson and Jay Leno spent four decades filming "The Tonight Show," a former Washington State computer science student named Seagull is pursuing a South Korean teenager with a very...Show More Summary

S. Korea considers trading ban and digital currencies tumble

The value of numerous forms of digital currency is tumbling after South Korea, a hotbed for currencies like bitcoin, said it was weighing a trading ban. The country's justice minister said Thursday that South Korea plans to ban crypto...Show More Summary

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