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'Norman,' when artificial intelligence goes psycho

San Francisco - No, it's not a new horror film. It's Norman: also known as the first psychopathic artificial intelligence, just unveiled by US researchers.

Facebook out to lure eSports fans with online portal

San Francisco - Facebook on Friday unveiled a portal devoted to streaming video game play and commentary as it ramped up its challenge to Amazon-owned Twitch and Google's YouTube for eSports fans.

Bonjour, Alexa: Amazon digital assistant heads to France

San Francisco - Amazon on Wednesday announced that its digital assistant Alexa is heading for France in Echo voice-commanded speakers as of next week.

Apple touts privacy features of new operating systems

San Jose - Apple on Monday unveiled new operating systems for its iPhones and computers with features designed to thwart the use of secret trackers to monitor people's online activities.

Long-soaring smartphone market heading to earth

San Francisco - After a decade of sizzling growth, the smartphone market has suddenly cooled.Surveys show smartphone sales last year shrank slightly for the first time since the 2007 debut of the iPhone, and preliminary data this year suggests further deceleration.

Facebook, Twitter tighten rules for political ads

Washington - Twitter on Thursday announced new guidelines to clearly mark political ads on its platform as Facebook said it began implementing a policy requiring labeling and verification of identities of those paying for political messages.

Facebook begins labeling, verification for political ads

Washington - Facebook said Thursday it began implementing a new policy requiring labeling of political ads and verification of identities of those paying for the messages.

As EU privacy law looms, debate swirls on cybersecurity impact

Washington - Days ahead of the implementation of a sweeping European privacy law, debate is swirling on whether the measure will have negative consequences for cybersecurity.

Cambridge Analytica files for voluntary bankruptcy in US: court filing

New York - British political consulting group Cambridge Analytica filed for voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York, court documents showed.

Cambridge Analytica shared data with Russia: whistleblower

Washington - Political consulting group Cambridge Analytica used Russian researchers and shared data with companies linked to Russian intelligence, a whistleblower told a congressional hearing on interference in the 2016 US election Wednesday.

Cambridge Analytica shared data with Russia: whistleblower

Washington - Political consulting group Cambridge Analytica used Russian researchers and shared data with companies linked to Russian intelligence, a whistleblower told a congressional hearing on interference in the 2016 US election Wednesday.

Twitter tweak steps up fight against trolls

San Francisco - Twitter said Tuesday it was stepping up its long-running battle against online trolls, trying to find offenders by looking at "behavioral signals.

Facebook shut 583 million fake accounts

Paris - Facebook axed 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018, the social media giant said Tuesday, detailing how it enforces "community standards" against sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech.

Facebook details policing for sex, terror, hate content

Paris - Facebook pulled or slapped warnings on nearly 30 million posts containing sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech in the first three months of 2018, the social media giant said Tuesday.

Tesla reorganizing to speed up production

San Francisco - Tesla chief Elon Musk told employees Monday the electric carmaker is being reorganized to speed up production of Model 3 vehicles -- a key to profitability at the fast-growing firm.

China hails Trump's ZTE olive branch ahead of trade talks

Bejing - China on Monday hailed President Donald Trump's offer to prevent Chinese telecom giant ZTE from collapsing due to a US technology ban, as the two sides prepare for new negotiations this week to avert a trade war.

Trump says working with Xi to save telecom giant ZTE

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Sunday he was working with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to prevent telecom giant ZTE from going out of business after it was hit by an American technology sales ban.

Zuckerberg unveils plans for Facebook dating service

San Jose - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday the world's largest social network will soon include a new dating feature -- while vowing to make privacy protection its top priority in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Zuckerberg says Facebook to add dating service

San Jose - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday that the world's largest social network will soon include a new dating service.

Amazon delivers hefty profits, led by web services

San Francisco - Internet colossus Amazon on Thursday reported that its quarterly profit more than doubled on soaring revenue from online commerce and cloud services.Amazon said it earned $1.

Profits up at Facebook, no impact from privacy scandal

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday reported a sharp jump in profits in the past quarter, with gains in its user base and strong ad growth as the social network appeared to see no impact from a controversy over privacy.

Profits up at Facebook, with no impact from privacy scandal

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday reported a sharp jump in profits in the past quarter, with gains in its user base and strong ad growth as the social network appeared to see no impact from a controversy on privacy.

Twitter momentum grows with second straight profit quarter

Washington - Twitter reported its second consecutive quarterly profit Wednesday in a positive sign for the short messaging service after years in the red.

Privacy fears weigh on Facebook with earnings ahead

San Francisco - Facebook reports quarterly results Wednesday as it grapples with a data privacy scandal that strikes at how the huge social network makes money from what it knows about people.

Cambridge Analytica says it is 'no Bond villain'

London - Cambridge Analytica claimed Tuesday it was "no Bond villain" as it vehemently denied exploiting Facebook users' data for the election campaign of US President Donald Trump.

Scientist in Facebook data scandal says being scapegoated

London - The academic behind the app that allowed consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to farm the data of some 87 million Facebook users said Tuesday he was being scapegoated while the social network was being "mined left and right by thousands" of companies.

Google parent Alphabet profit leaps on ad growth

San Francisco - Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a surge in quarterly profits, lifted by strong growth in the digital advertising segment it dominates along with Facebook.Profit in the first three months of 2018 soared more than 70 percent from a year to $9.

Tech firms sign pledge to refrain from helping cyberattacks

San Francisco - Thirty-four global technology companies and organizations signed a pact Tuesday calling for a stronger defense against cyberattacks in any form and pledging to refrain from helping governments attack "innocent" civilians or enterprises.

With bikes, transit, Uber unveils urban transport vision

Washington - Uber said Wednesday it plans to add mass transit, bike-sharing and other options to its mobile app, as it unveiled a vision for urban transport that goes well beyond its core ridesharing offer.

UN reopens talks on defining 'killer robots'

Geneva - A new round of talks on the use of so-called killer robots reopened at the United Nations on Monday, with a focus on defining the characteristics of autonomous lethal weapons.
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