Google asks FISA court to lift gag order
2013-06-19 05:53:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Google on Tuesday sharply challenged the federal government's gag order on its Internet surveillance program, citing what it described as a First Amendment right to divulge how many requests it receives from the government ...
HIV drug can also protect injection drug users
2013-06-17 04:10:34 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. health officials say doctors should consider giving a daily AIDS drug to another high risk group to prevent infection — people who shoot heroin, methamphetamines or other injection drugs.
A similar recommendation is alre...
Lilly stops mid-stage Alzheimer's drug study
2013-06-17 04:05:25 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Eli Lilly and Co. said Thursday that it stopped a mid-stage clinical trial of an experimental Alzheimer's disease drug because of potential side effects on patients' livers.
The company stopped testing LY2886721 because of abn...
Web giants get broader surveillance revelations
2013-06-15 07:00:46 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook and Microsoft Corp. representatives said Friday night that after negotiations with national security officials their companies have been given permission to make new but still very limited revelations about government...
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 ...
As Brood II emerges, questions remain about cicada cycles
2013-06-13 08:39:24 UTC
Periodical cicadas may be marvels of synchrony, but they’re also marvelously out of step, usually years off, with much of their own species.
This year researchers published the most detailed look yet at the evolutionary history of the seven spe...
Bird penises start strong, wither away
2013-06-13 08:35:15 UTC
Some ducks have penises longer than their bodies, while chickens make do with a tiny bump. The vast size difference between the two types of fowl is due to a wave of cell death during chicken development, researchers report June 6 in Current Biolo...
Chinese craft blasts into space on docking mission
2013-06-12 05:16:14 UTC
JIUQUAN, China (AP) — A Chinese spacecraft blasted off to begin the country's fifth and longest manned space mission, taking three astronauts to an orbiting space lab from where they will give science lessons to youngsters.
A Long March...
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 developer...
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 se...
Calif. utility will close troubled nuclear plant
2013-06-07 16:27:48 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant on the California coast is closing after an epic 16-month battle over whether the twin reactors could be safely restarted with millions of people living nearby, officials announc...
Lawmakers push cyber bill targeting foreign agents
2013-06-07 04:46:20 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing legislation to punish cyber thieves backed by countries like China and Russia.
House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers and two other lawmakers — Republican Sen. Ron Johnson o...
Obama pushes plan for fast Internet in US schools
2013-06-07 04:21:20 UTC
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Touting the need to give every child the tools for success, President Barack Obama on Thursday toured a North Carolina school where every student has a laptop and called for 99 percent of American students to be co...
A hunch is enough for searching your laptop
2013-06-06 07:02:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. border agents should continue to be allowed to search a traveler's laptop, cellphone or other electronic device and keep copies of any data on them based on no more than a hunch, according to an internal Homeland Secur...
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 asse...
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.
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 ...
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 c...
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 m...
Atlantic puffins in peril in US
2013-06-03 04:33:15 UTC
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Atlantic puffin population is at risk in the United States, and there are signs the seabirds are in distress in other parts of the world.
In the Gulf of Maine, the comical-looking seabirds have been dying of sta...
USSR's old domain name attracts cybercriminals
2013-06-01 05:48:04 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — The Soviet Union disappeared from the map more than two decades ago. But online an 'e-vil empire' is thriving.
Security experts say the .su Internet suffix assigned to the USSR in 1990 has turned into a haven for hackers who...
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 ...
Americans talk, surf more than Europeans on cells
2013-06-01 05:29:44 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans pay more for their cell service than Europeans, but they're getting a lot more use out of their phones, a global wireless trade group said Wednesday.
In releasing the report, GSM Association urged European regu...
Judge orders Google to turn over data to FBI
2013-06-01 00:45:07 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Google Inc. to comply with FBI warrantless demands for customer data.
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston on Tuesday rejected Google's argument that the so-called National Security Letters we...
Texas plant to make first US-assembled smartphones
2013-05-30 05:23:35 UTC
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cellphone pioneer Motorola announced Wednesday that it's opening a Texas manufacturing facility that will create 2,000 jobs and produce its new flagship device, Moto X, the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S.