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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, file photo, flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires jump Interstate 80 in Vacaville, Calif. The highway was closed in both directions shortly afterward. Fire crews across the region scrambled to contain dozens of wildfires sparked by lightning strikes as a statewide heat wave continues. Despite strides made in evacuation alerts since deadly blazes tore through the area three years ago, many are still vulnerable without a statewide system for alerting people. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
August 28, 2020 - 7:53 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When Debra DeAngelo went to sleep, she thought the flames chewing through Northern California wine country were too far away to be dangerous. Plus, she had signed up for all the alerts that emergency officials pressed on people after years of catastrophic wildfires. A frantic...
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2018 file photo, a sign marks the entrance to the Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nev. Tesla CEO Elon Musk solved a mystery involving a 27-year-old Russian who prosecutors say flew to the United States to offer a major-company insider $1 million to assist in a ransomware extortion attack on the firm. According to the billionaire, the scheme took aim at the electric car company’s 1.9 million-square-foot factory in Sparks, Nevada, which makes batteries for Tesla vehicles and energy storage units. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 28, 2020 - 7:23 pm
BOSTON (AP) — In a tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk solved a mystery involving a 27-year-old Russian, an insider at an unnamed corporation and an alleged million-dollar payment offered to help trigger a ransomware extortion attack on the firm. Prosecutors declined to name the target, but Musk was happy...
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FILE - In this June 20, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer talks during a news conference in Los Angeles. Feuer's office filed misdemeanor charges against TikTok celebrities Bryce Hall and Blake Gray after they hosted recent parties in the Hollywood Hills despite the city's ban on large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Feuer said he is not aware of any COVID-19 cases that have been linked to their parties. (AP Photo/Christopher Weber, File)
August 28, 2020 - 2:57 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — TikTok celebrities Bryce Hall and Blake Gray are facing criminal charges after they hosted recent parties in the Hollywood Hills despite the city's ban on large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said Friday. The Los Angeles city attorney's office filed...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2020 file photo, a man opens social media app 'TikTok' on his cell phone, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Walmart said Thursday, Aug. 27, that it's interested in teaming up with Microsoft to buy the U.S. business of TikTok, the popular Chinese video app. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)
August 27, 2020 - 6:27 pm
Walmart is the latest company to want a piece of TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned video app that has come under fire from the Trump administration. The world's largest retailer made a joint bid with tech giant Microsoft to buy TikTok's U.S. business, according to a person close to the deal who isn...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, early rush hour traffic rolls along I-10 in Phoenix. The U.S. government’s road safety agency is offering a smartphone app that will alert drivers if their vehicles are recalled. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was to roll out the app for Android and Apple phones on Thursday, Aug. 27. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
August 27, 2020 - 10:43 am
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's road safety agency is offering a smartphone app that will alert drivers if their vehicles are recalled. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was scheduled to roll out the free app for both Android and Apple phones Thursday. Owners key in or scan...
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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2014, file photo shows the Facebook app icon on an iPhone in New York. Facebook is pushing back on Apple’s new privacy rules for iOS users — and putting app developers in the middle. The social network said Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 that anew policy by Apple that requires apps to ask users for permission to collect data on what devices they are using — and let ads follow them around on the internet — could lower the amount of money apps will make advertising through Facebook's audience network. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof, File)
August 26, 2020 - 2:49 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is pushing back on new Apple privacy rules for its mobile devices — and putting app developers in the middle. Apple will soon require apps to ask users for permission to collect data on what devices they are using and to let ads follow them around on the internet...
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Thai Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Phutthipong Punnakan greets journalists ahead of a press conference to discuss the government's decision to request Facebook to block an account in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. Facebook bowed to pressure from the Thai government and blocked Facebook account belonging to a group whose members have an open discussion about the Thai monarchy. "Royalist Marketplace," on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
August 26, 2020 - 5:21 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A top official in Thailand said Wednesday that his country will step up action against online content that breaks its laws, two days after forcing Facebook to block a group that was posting material critical of the monarchy. Minister of Digital Economy and Society Buddhipongse...
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August 25, 2020 - 9:07 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Palantir Technologies Inc., a data-mining company with deep ties to U.S. intelligence and military agencies, has shed a good deal of its trademark secrecy about its business in filing for a Wall Street stock offering. Like many other tech companies, it will be going public without...
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Parvez Imroz, right, a prominent Kashmiri human rights lawyer talks to Khurram Parvez an official of the Jammu-Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society inside their office in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. A prominent rights group in Indian-administered Kashmir issued a report Tuesday calling India's communications blackout following the scrapping of the disputed region's semiautonomy last year "collective punishment" and urged the international community to question New Delhi over what it called "digital apartheid."(AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)
August 25, 2020 - 8:15 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A prominent rights group in Indian-administered Kashmir on Tuesday described a communications blackout imposed by India following its scrapping of the disputed region’s semi-autonomy last year “collective punishment” and urged the international community to question New Delhi...
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In this image taken from video, Pavin Chachavalpongpun, administrator of Facebook page "Royalist Marketplace" group which was recently blocked in Thailand, speaks to the Associated Press during a Zoom interview on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 from Kyoto, Japan. Facebook has blocked in Thailand the “Royalist Marketplace” group, which has more than a million members and engages in open discussion about the Thai monarchy, an institution that is staunchly protected from criticism by strict laws. (AP Photo)
August 25, 2020 - 7:13 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Facebook has blocked in Thailand a group with more than a million members that engages in open discussion about the Thai monarchy, an institution that is staunchly protected from criticism by strict laws. The Facebook group, “Royalist Marketplace,” was blocked late Monday after the...
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