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Microsoft Uncovers More Russian Attacks Ahead of Midterms

Microsoft Uncovers More Russian Attacks Ahead of Midterms

By Matt O'Brien | Aug 21
Microsoft said Tuesday it has uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections.

States Aim to Stop Internet Release of 3D-Printed Gun Plans

States Aim to Stop Internet Release of 3D-Printed Gun Plans

By Martha Bellisle | Aug 21
A federal judge in Seattle is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday on whether to block a settlement the U.S. State Department reached with a company that would allow it to post blueprints for printing 3D weapons.

UK Lawmakers Urge Government to Relax Rules on E-Cigarettes

UK Lawmakers Urge Government to Relax Rules on E-Cigarettes

Aug 20
A committee of British lawmakers is urging the government to loosen restrictions on e-cigarettes as a way of cutting the smoking rate.

More Than 1,000 Google Workers Protest Censored China Search

More Than 1,000 Google Workers Protest Censored China Search

By Ryan Nakashima | Aug 19
More than a thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the company's secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship.

Kroger Rolls Out Driverless Cars for Grocery Deliveries

Kroger Rolls Out Driverless Cars for Grocery Deliveries

Aug 19
At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries in a Phoenix suburb.

Google Clarifies Location-Tracking Policy

Google Clarifies Location-Tracking Policy

By Ryan Nakashima | Aug 19
Google has revised an erroneous description on its website of how its "Location History" setting works, clarifying that it continues to track users even if they've disabled the setting.

Birth Control App Highlights Emerging Health Tech Market

Birth Control App Highlights Emerging Health Tech Market

By Kelvin Chan | Aug 18
The condom, the pill and now, the smartphone? Natural Cycles, a mobile fertility app, this month became the first ever digital contraceptive device to win FDA marketing approval.

Study Shows PrEP Text Alerts Improve HIV Prevention

Study Shows PrEP Text Alerts Improve HIV Prevention

Aug 18
A new study shows success in creating a new system for HIV prevention, examining the use of personalized text messages to alert subjects to take PrEP.

Los Angeles 1st in U.S. with Subway Body Scanners

Los Angeles 1st in U.S. with Subway Body Scanners

Aug 17
Los Angeles' subway will become the first mass transit system in the U.S. to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives. The scanners do a full-body screening of passengers without slowing them down.

Tighter Regulations Could Take Bite out of Airbnb Profits

Tighter Regulations Could Take Bite out of Airbnb Profits

By Verena Dobnik | Aug 17
Airbnb faces tightening regulations in New York City that could take a big bite out of its profits, and on Wednesday the short-term rental company offered a counter-measure designed to appease hostile politicians: a $10 million contribution to charities.

Tesla's Musk Says Stress, Overwork Taking Heavy Toll

Tesla's Musk Says Stress, Overwork Taking Heavy Toll

Aug 17
Electric car maker Tesla's CEO Elon Musk admitted to The New York Times that stress is taking a heavy toll on him personally in what he calls an "excruciating" year.

APNewsBreak: Google Clarifies Location-Tracking Policy

APNewsBreak: Google Clarifies Location-Tracking Policy

By Ryan Nakashima | Aug 16
Google clarified how it tracks users even if they've disabled a "location history" setting, revising a help page that erroneously said turning off that setting would stop the tracking.

FBI Eyes Cybersecurity Threats to U.S.

FBI Eyes Cybersecurity Threats to U.S.

Aug 16
Roughly nine months into his job as special agent in charge of the New Orleans office of the FBI, agent Eric Rommal is keenly aware of the danger that cyber-criminals pose to Mississippi River-related businesses and infrastructure.

Twitter Suspends Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones for 1 Week

Twitter Suspends Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones for 1 Week

Aug 15
Twitter says it is suspending the account of the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week after he violated the company's rules against inciting violence.

 NASA Astronauts, SpaceX COO Talk 'Crew Dragon'

NASA Astronauts, SpaceX COO Talk 'Crew Dragon'

Aug 15
NASA astronauts who will be riding in the SpaceX Crew Dragon mission discussed the challenges they've faced and what they're looking forward to in the upcoming mission while speaking at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California on Monday.

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