Google begins launching Internet-beaming balloons
2013-06-15 16:28:04 UTC
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Google is launching Internet-beaming antennas into the stratosphere aboard giant, jellyfish-shaped balloons with the lofty goal of getting the entire planet online.
Eighteen months in the works, the top-secret project was announced Saturday in New Zeala...
Google launches Internet-beaming balloons
2013-06-15 07:02:04 UTC
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Wrinkled and skinny at first, the translucent, jellyfish-shaped balloons that Google released this week from a frozen field in the heart of New Zealand's South Island hardened into shiny pumpkins as they rose into the blue winter skies above Lake Tekapo, passing t...
Google asks to publish more US gov't information
2013-06-12 06:07:08 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is asking the Obama administration for permission to disclose more details about the U.S. government's demands for email and other personal information transmitted online in an effort to distance itself from an Internet dragnet.
In a show of unity, Google ri...
APPLE EVENT: New software, MacBooks, music
2013-06-11 04:40:16 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple announced a digital radio service, new MacBook Air laptops and updates to its operating systems for Mac and mobile devices Monday.
The announcements came at the company's annual conference for software developers in San Francisco.
Among the highlights: Apple...
Hillary Clinton joins Twitter
2013-06-11 04:36:00 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter, meet (at)HillaryClinton.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined Twitter on Monday, describing herself with a dash of humor as a "pantsuit aficionado" and a "hair icon."
The former New York senator and first lady sent out her first tweet unde...
Music service, mobile software expected from Apple
2013-06-09 17:49:03 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is expected to reveal a digital radio service and changes to the software behind iPhones and iPads on Monday as the company opens its annual conference for software developers.
Apple hasn't said what it will unveil at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Fra...
Intelligence chief defends Internet spying program
2013-06-09 04:54:52 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to quell a domestic furor over U.S. spying, the nation's top intelligence official stressed Saturday that a previously undisclosed program for tapping into Internet usage is authorized by Congress, falls under strict supervision of a secret court and cannot intent...
Denials in surveillance program require decoding
2013-06-08 06:27:14 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google CEO Larry Page and Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg are denying reports that depict two of the Internet's most influential companies as willing participants in a secret government program that gives the National Security Agency unfettered access to email ...
Obama says US, China must develop cyber rules
2013-06-08 05:49:29 UTC
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Treading carefully, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping avoided a direct public confrontation on cybersecurity Friday as they opened a two-day summit aimed at forging closer personal ties between the leaders of the world's largest economies. ...
Xi says China upholds cybersecurity
2013-06-08 05:47:50 UTC
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country is 'firm in upholding cybersecurity" and cautions that technology is a "double edged-sword" that can drive progress but can impede governments.
The U.S. has complained about hacking from China of government and U.S. p...
Tivo settles with Cisco, Motorola and Time Warner
2013-06-07 16:22:51 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Tivo settled patent disputes with Cisco, Motorola Mobility and Time Warner Cable, averting a trial that was to begin next week and bringing to a close a string of long-running legal squabbles over its pioneering digital video recorder technology.
The settlement fell wel...
Is Big Data turning government into 'Big Brother?'
2013-06-07 16:13:25 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials.
The revelations that the National Security Agency is pe...
Casinos ban gamblers from using Google Glass
2013-06-07 04:15:17 UTC
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Casinos in several states are forbidding gamblers from wearing Google Glass, the tiny eyeglasses-mounted device capable of shooting photos, filming video and surfing the Internet.
Regulators say the gadgets could be used to cheat at card games.
The New Jerse...
Apple poised for hiring spree in Silicon Valley
2013-06-07 04:12:54 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple expects to expand its Silicon Valley workforce by nearly 50 percent during the next three years, signaling the company's faith in its ability to keep coming up with hit products like the iPhone and iPad.
The projections detailed in a report released Tuesday env...
ITC rules for Samsung, bans iPhone 4 imports
2013-06-05 17:26:28 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. trade agency on Tuesday issued a ban on imports of Apple's iPhone 4 and a variant of the iPad 2 after finding the devices violate a patent held by South Korean rival Samsung Electronics.
Because the devices are assembled in China, the import ban would end Apple's a...
Apple enlists Winnie-the-Pooh in e-book argument
2013-06-05 04:37:20 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — An Apple Inc. lawyer used Winnie-the-Pooh and millions of customers too in trying to convince a judge the computer giant did not manipulate electronic book prices and stifle competition when it opened an online bookstore three years ago.
Attorney Orin Snyder enlisted th...
Cloud computing rains billion-dollar deals
2013-06-05 04:33:04 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A decade ago, the mere idea of cloud computing was a difficult concept to explain, let alone sell. Today, the technology is spurring a high-stakes scramble to buy some of the early leaders in the cloud-computing movement.
The latest examples of the trend emerged Tuesda...
'Internship' film focuses on Google's good side
2013-06-05 04:31:55 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — This scene isn't in the movie, but it might have been fitting if "The Internship" had ended with stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson wearing ruby red shoes while clicking their heels and dreamily whispering, "There's no place like Google; there's no place like Google."
Silicon Valley at front line of global cyber war
2013-06-04 16:29:43 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping and American counterpart Barack Obama will talk cyber-security this week in California, but experts say the state's Silicon Valley and its signature high-tech firms should provide the front lines in the increasingly aggressive fight against...
Mogul to pay $2.5M in settlement
2013-06-04 05:32:45 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook billionaire Sean Parker's lavish, $10 million Big Sur wedding got even more expensive Monday.
The California Coastal Commission and Parker said they have reached a $2.5 million settlement to pay for coastal conservation programs after the Napster co-founder ...
Zynga to cut 520 jobs amid performance woes
2013-06-04 05:25:41 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Online game maker Zynga Inc. said Monday that it is cutting 520 jobs, about 18 percent of its workforce, in a cost-saving move designed to help it adapt to consumers shifting game play from computers to mobile devices.
Zynga said it expects the move to save about $70 mil...
Apple antitrust suit over e-books set for NY trial
2013-06-03 04:39:26 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — In a civil case where the words of Steve Jobs play prominently, the government and Apple Inc. are set to square off over allegations that Apple Inc. conspired with the country's largest book publishers to make consumers pay more for electronic books.
U.S. District Judge D...
Judge: Google must give user info to FBI
2013-06-02 05:10:58 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google must comply with the FBI's demand for data on certain customers as part of a national security investigation, according to a ruling by a federal judge who earlier this year determined such government requests are unconstitutional.
The decision involves "National...
LinkedIn offers extra step to guard user accounts
2013-06-01 05:37:51 UTC
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — LinkedIn is joining the crowd of Internet services tying account security to mobile phones.
In a change announced Friday, the roughly 225 million users of LinkedIn Corp.'s online professional networking service can now choose to require a code to be sent to their p...
Judge orders Google to give customer data to FBI
2013-06-01 05:33:06 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Google Inc. must comply with the FBI's warrantless demands for customer data, rejecting the company's argument that the government's practice of issuing so-called national security letters to telecommunication companies, Internet service p...