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Elon Musk says in talks with Saudis on taking Tesla private

Washington - Tesla chief executive Elon Musk disclosed Monday that he was in talks with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund and other investors to take the electric automaker private.

Amnesty alleges 'hostile' government behind spyware attack

Dubai - Rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday said it had been targeted by surveillance spyware in a suspected infiltration attempt by a government "hostile" to its work.

EU anti-trust officials probe Thales, Gemalto merger

Apo - The European Union said Monday it has launched an anti-trust investigation into the planned purchase by French aerospace and defence group Thales of SIM manufacturer Gemalto.

Facebook probes whether data firm violated policies: report

Washington - Facebook has suspended a Boston analytics firm from its site and says it is investigating whether the company's contracts with the US government and a Russian non-profit violated policies, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Big tech firms agree on 'data portability' plan

San Francisco - Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter unveiled plans Friday to make it easier for users to take their personal data and leave one online service for another.

Microsoft profit climbs as cloud grows

San Francisco - Microsoft on Thursday said its revenue and profit climbed in the recently ended quarter, getting results from its bets on cloud computing services and artificial intelligence.The US tech giant reported its net income increased 10 percent to $8.

Elon Musk's latest outburst raises doubts on leadership

Washington - Elon Musk has had a series of angry social media dust-ups with Wall Street analysts, journalists, employees and others.

Netflix shares dive as subscriber growth misses mark

San Francisco - Netflix shares plunged Monday after the leading streaming television service said subscriber growth fell short of expectations in the recently ended quarter.Membership in the quarter grew 5.

Tesla shares tumble after Musk tweet controversy

New York - Tesla shares stumbled Monday as chief executive Elon Musk faced criticism over a public spat with a British diver who worked on the Thai soccer team rescue.Shares of the electric car maker were down 3.5 percent in late-morning trading at $307.

Twitter sweeps 'locked' accounts from follower tally

San Francisco - Twitter said Wednesday users are likely to see "follower" numbers drop as the service stops adding in potentially dubious or fraudulent accounts.

From cash-strapped roommates to Airbnb billionaires

San Francisco - A decade ago a pair of San Francisco roommates decided to make rent money by using air mattresses to turn their place into a bed-and-breakfast when a conference in the city made hotel rooms scarce.

Facebook responding to US regulators in data breach probe

San Francisco - Facebook acknowledged Tuesday it was facing multiple inquiries from US and British regulators about the major Cambridge Analytica user data scandal.

Apple and Samsung settle lengthy iPhone patent battle

San Francisco - Apple and Samsung have ended a years-long patent battle over copied iPhone design with an undisclosed settlement, according to a US court filing Tuesday.

Facebook halts production of drones for internet delivery

Washington - Facebook is ending a program launched in 2014 to build a fleet of drones that could deliver internet to underserved areas of the world.

Electric scooter-sharing moves into the fast lane

Washington - How fast is the electric scooter-sharingcraze growing?Fast enough to be declared a nuisance and kicked off the streets of San Francisco and a handful of others cities to allow local officials to mull regulations.

'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.
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