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Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism
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NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook's financial support of some advisers who approved of the app. Messenger Kids lets kids under 13 chat with friends and
SpaceX's big new rocket blasts off with sports car on top
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX's big new rocket blasted off Tuesday on its first test flight, carrying a red sports car aiming for an endless road trip past Mars. The Falcon Heavy rose from the same launch pad used by NASA nearly 50 years ago to send men to the moon. With liftoff, the
Robots make coffee at new cafe in Japan's capital
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TOKYO (AP) — Japan has a robot cafe where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista. The robot barista Sawyer debuted this week at Henna Cafe in Tokyo's downtown business and shopping district of Shibuya. The single-armed robot scans a ticket purchased from a vending
Earnings surge for Samsung Electronics on huge chip profit
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Quarterly earnings surged again for Samsung Electronics, thanks to its record-breaking chip business. The South Korean company said Wednesday that its October-December earnings jumped 74 percent to 12 trillion won ($11.2 billion), compared with 6.9 trillion won a year
Apple to respond to US probes into slowdown of old iPhones
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is cooperating with U.S. government inquiries into its secret slowdown of older iPhones, further complicating its efforts to move past an issue that irked customers whose devices bogged down. The company acknowledged the probes late Tuesday after both The Wall Street
Blue moon, supermoon, total lunar eclipse rolled into one
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The moon is providing a rare triple treat this week. On Wednesday, much of the world will get to see not only a blue moon and a supermoon, but also a total lunar eclipse, all rolled into one. There hasn't been a triple lineup like this since 1982 and the next won't
Disco nights? Rocket Lab launches glinting sphere into orbit
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Look into the night sky at the right time and you might see what seems like a disco ball shimmering and glinting back. The founder of the company that launched the first rocket into orbit from New Zealand this week said on Wednesday he deployed a secret satellite
Apple poised to expand into speaker market with HomePod
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is finally ready to launch its attempt to compete with the internet-connected speakers made by Amazon and Google with the release of its long-awaited HomePod. Pre-orders for the HomePod will begin Friday in the U.S, U.K. and Australia, two weeks before the speaker
Amazon to debut cashier-less store in downtown Seattle
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SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon employees have been testing it, but is the public ready for a cashier-less store? More than a year after it introduced the concept, Amazon is opening its artificial intelligence-powered Amazon Go store in downtown Seattle on Monday. The store on the bottom floor of the
Edward Snowden unveils phone app, Haven, to spy on spies
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NEW YORK (AP) — The former National Security Agency contractor who exposed U.S. government surveillance programs by disclosing classified material in 2013 has a new job: app developer. Edward Snowden in a video message Friday unveiled a new phone app he helped create, called Haven, that aims
Toshiba unveils device for Fukushima nuclear reactor probe
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YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Toshiba Corp.'s energy systems unit on Friday unveiled a long telescopic pipe carrying a pan-tilt camera designed to gather crucial information about the situation inside the reactor chambers at Japan's tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant. The device is 13 meters (43
Amazon making nice, prepares sales of Apple TV, Chromecast
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MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Amazon is angling for a truce in its two-year battle with Apple and Google over streaming gadgets: It says it is preparing to put Apple TV and Chromecast back on sale. A spokeswoman for Amazon confirmed Friday it is preparing to sell the devices. However, fresh links
German intelligence warns of increased Chinese cyberspying
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BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency warned Sunday that China is using social networks to try to cultivate sources of information among lawmakers and officials, while Chinese hackers are increasingly attacking European companies through trusted suppliers. Hans-Georg
FCC chairman sets out to scrap open internet access rules
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MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission set out Tuesday to scrap rules around open internet access, a move that would allow giant cable and telecom companies to throttle broadband speeds and favor their own services if they wish. Ajit Pai followed
Self-operating shuttle bus crashes after Las Vegas launch
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The robots won this one. A driverless shuttle bus was involved in a minor crash with a semi-truck less than two hours after it made its debut on Las Vegas streets Wednesday in front of cameras and celebrities. The human behind the wheel of the truck was at fault, police
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