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Airbnb sues hometown San Francisco over rental regulation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco wants people who rent out their homes through Airbnb and other online platforms to follow some rules, and it wants the platforms to advertise only those rule-abiding listings — or face steep fines. [...]Show More Summary

Egypt cleric says too much Pokemon Go could be dangerous

Abbas Shumman, the deputy sheikh of Egypt's Al-Azhar institute, told The Associated Press that the game "makes people busy with it, ignoring their main work and it might also put them in danger," but says there is no problem with people playing it in moderation if they are at home or in a safe place.

China rolls out world's largest amphibious aircraft

BEIJING (AP) — An official news agency says China has unveiled the world's largest amphibious aircraft that Beijing plans to use for marine missions and fighting forest fires.

ACLU praises new Illinois limits on cellphone surveillance

(AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is praising a new Illinois law that limits how police can use devices that collect cellphone data and track phone locations. In a statement Friday after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the legislation into law, the ACLU said the technology is "too powerful to remain unregulated."

Too busy for Pokemon? These entrepreneurs will play for you

New ads are popping up on Craigslist nearly every day from people who say they will log on to your "Pokemon Go" account and effectively run up your score while you are stuck at work or sitting in class. On a recent July afternoon, two...Show More Summary

Watch it, cowboy: Japan's 9 safety tips for "Pokemon Go"

TOKYO (AP) — Aware of the reports of "Pokemon Go"-related mishaps elsewhere, Japan's government-run National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity has issued a flier with these nine public safety tips to keep overly...Show More Summary

The post-Ailes Fox News may have bigger problems

NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Ailes built the Fox News Channel into a ratings juggernaut, one that successfully presented a conservative alternative to mainstream news and garnered a large new audience in the Age of Trump. While Fox has been the top-rated U.S. Show More Summary

Samsung sues Huawei for alleged patent violations

The South Korean company said on Friday that it chose to take legal action to defend its intellectual property despite trying to resolve the dispute amicably. Huawei filed lawsuits against Samsung in May in the United States and China, accusing the South Korean company of violating 12 patents for mobile devices and networks.

Why the Pokemon-McDonald's deal in Japan could be big

TOKYO (AP) — The Japan launch of "Pokemon Go" on Friday included the game's first partnership with an outside company: fast-food giant McDonald's. The reason why people are talking about this McDonald's deal is it could constitute, and...Show More Summary

Russian balloonist hopes to circumnavigate globe on Saturday

Oscar Konyukhov said on Friday that Fedor Konyukhov hopes to land in the wheat fields near Northam in Western Australia state, shaving two days off the current record of 13 days and eight hours set by American businessman Steve Fossett in 2002.

The wait is over for 'Pokemon Go' fans in Japan

Japanese media and users on Twitter said Friday that "Pokemon Go" has been launched in the country of the character's birth. An AP reporter was able to capture a Pokemon character on a colleague's chair.

'Mr. Robot,' 'Suicide Squad' debut in VR form at Comic-Con

The creators of the USA Network hacker drama and the Warner Bros. supervillain mash-up respectively premiered virtual reality experiences Thursday in atmospheric venues located outside the San Diego Convention Center. Unlike most other promotional VR content released alongside films and TV shows, the "Suicide Squad" and "Mr. Show More Summary

1st bitcoin securities fraud case ends in 18-month sentence

1st bitcoin securities fraud case ends in 18-month sentence The judge said Shavers, of Prosper, Texas, carried out a classic Ponzi scheme after offering potential investors high interest rates to turn over bitcoins, the virtual currency that operates outside of government regulation.

Autopilot technology drives Teslas but comes with warnings

[...] instead of coming under heavy government scrutiny before being sold to the public, Tesla can mass-produce cars that automatically adjust speed with the flow of traffic, keep their lane and slam the brakes in an emergency. In a nod to those concerns, U.S. Show More Summary

Racism at Airbnb inspires new sites Innclusive and Noirbnb

NEW YORK (AP) — Accusations that Airbnb has been ignoring complaints of racism have led several black entrepreneurs to create two new vacation rental websites where they say racism will not be tolerated. Another case got attention in...Show More Summary

Israel takes on Facebook in battle against incitement

Hoping to further clamp down on what it sees as the driving force behind a 10-month spate of Palestinian attacks, Israel is now preparing a law that aims to rein in content on social media, including Facebook, a platform it says plays...Show More Summary

Asimo meets Pepper: Honda and Softbank partnering in robots

Automaker Honda Motor Co. and internet company SoftBank said Thursday they will work together on artificial intelligence to develop products with sensors and cameras that can converse with drivers. Major automakers and technology companies are interested in robotics to improve driving safety and comfort.

Southwest technology problems cancel, delay flights

DALLAS (AP) — Hundreds of Southwest Airlines flights across the country were delayed or canceled Wednesday after technology problems prevented many travelers from checking in or boarding flights. Southwest said that computer systemsShow More Summary

Tesla plans trucks, small SUV as part of future plans

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is working on multiple new vehicles, including heavy trucks and buses that could be unveiled as early as next year. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company also plans a compact SUV and "a new kind of pickup truck" to complement its existing fleet.

Leslie Jones is just the latest casualty of Twitter abuse

Twitter users hurled epithets, compared the comic actress to the gorilla recently killed at the Cincinnati Zoo and allegedly sent Jones obscene pictures. Twitter banned conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, technology editor of...Show More Summary

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