US fights Microsoft’s bid to tell users when feds take data

Jan 23rd, 2017 | By
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By Martha Bellisle/Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department asked a judge Monday to throw out a lawsuit from Microsoft and keep a law that prohibits technology companies from telling customers when the government demands their electronic data. Microsoft says its customers have a constitutional right to know when the government collects their
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Yahoo to change name, trim board if Verizon deal gets done

Jan 9th, 2017 | By
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Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo will adopt a new corporate identity and slash the size of its board if the proposed $4.8 billion sale of its digital services to Verizon Communications goes through. The company plans to change its name to Altaba Inc. after it turns over its email, websites, mobile apps and
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The Latest at CES: ‘Smart stores’ to draw shoppers from web

Jan 3rd, 2017 | By
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Technology may soon change the way you shop in brick-and-mortar stores, not just online. Last month, Amazon unveiled a test store that lets shoppers fill their bags and walk out without seeing a cashier or scanning any items. Many other stores have been experimenting with digital enhancements aimed at luring shoppers
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Quest Diagnostics says 34,000 customer accounts hacked

Dec 12th, 2016 | By

NEW YORK (AP) — Medical laboratory operator Quest Diagnostics Inc. says a hack of an internet application on its network has exposed the personal health information of about 34,000 people. The Madison, New Jersey-based company says “an unauthorized third party” on Nov. 26 gained access to customer information including names, dates of birth, lab results
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Binge watching on Netflix no longer requires internet access

Nov 30th, 2016 | By

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE,  AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix subscribers can now binge on many of their favorite shows and movies even when they don’t have an internet connection. The long-awaited offline option announced Wednesday gives Netflix’s 87 million subscribers offline access to videos for the first time in the streaming service’s decade-long
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Facebook fixing fake news problem with CEO at trade summit

Nov 19th, 2016 | By
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By BEN FOX,  Associated Press LIMA, Peru (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urged world leaders meeting in Peru on Saturday to help get more people online to improve global living standards while separately announcing new measures to cut down on fake news stories on the social network that some suggest could have helped sway
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Tips On Protecting Devices From Hackers

Nov 16th, 2016 | By
About 10 percent of Americans own a smartphone, but do not have broadband at home. And 15 percent own a smartphone, but say that they have a limited number of options for going online other than their cellphone. Verizon recently launched smartphone data speeds that compare to in-home broadband.

By TAMI ABDOLLAH,  Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Billions of fitness trackers, medical implants, surveillance cameras, home appliances, thermostats, baby monitors and computers in automobiles now are connected as part of a rapidly expanding “internet of things.” But many such devices were developed without security considerations. As a result, they are prime targets for hackers.
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Secretary of Commerce takes a look at semiconductor sector

Nov 10th, 2016 | By
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Journal Staff Pocatello is home to ON Semiconductor, one of the world’s foremost producers of semiconductors and other tech products. Idaho’s largest exports are also microchips and other technology hardware. On Nov. 2, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered an address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Semiconductors and the Future
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Report of different Samsung phone model exploding

Nov 7th, 2016 | By
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PARIS (AP) — A Samsung phone user in France says her Galaxy J5 smartphone caught fire and exploded on Sunday. The model is different from the Galaxy Note 7 that has been recalled worldwide. Lamya Bouyirdane told The Associated Press on Monday that she noticed the phone was very hot after she asked her four-year-old
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What to do about your Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Oct 10th, 2016 | By
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NEW YORK (AP) — Worries about the safety of Samsung’s replacement Galaxy Note 7 smartphones have consumers fretting about what to do. And they’re getting little guidance from the company. U.S. regulators ordered a recall of the original Note 7, a huge phone-bordering-on-tablet with a huge battery, in late September after the devices demonstrated an
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