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SAN FRANCISCO | Apple releases update to prevent FaceTime eavesdropping

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has released an iPhone update to fix a software flaw that allowed people to eavesdrop on others while using FaceTime. The bug enabled interlopers to turn an iPhone into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime. Callers were able to activate another person’s microphone remotely even before the person has … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Apple releases update to prevent FaceTime eavesdropping

SAN FRANCISCO | Apple drops iPhone bombshell on already reeling stock market

SAN FRANCISCO— Jan 02, 2019—Apple acknowledged that demand for iPhones is waning, confirming investor fears that the company’s most profitable product has lost some of its luster. The reckoning came in a letter from Apple CEO Tim Cook to the company’s shareholders released after the stock market closed Wednesday. Cook said Apple’s revenue for the … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Apple drops iPhone bombshell on already reeling stock market

SAN FRANCISCO | Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ success gets Hollywood clucking

SAN FRANCISCO —Jan 02, 2019— Netflix said 45 million subscriber accounts worldwide watched the Sandra Bullock thriller “Bird Box” during its first seven days on the service, the biggest first-week success of any movie made for the company’s nearly 12-year-old streaming service. Netflix, which typically refuses to provide viewership numbers, made the rare disclosure in … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ success gets Hollywood clucking

AUSTIN, Texas | Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub locations

AUSTIN, Texas— One tech giant strung dozens of North American cities through a circus-like contest that led mayors and governors to desperately pitch their regions — and offer huge sums of public money — in hopes of landing a gleaming new corporate campus. The other swept in quietly before making its big move. The outcome … Continue reading AUSTIN, Texas | Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub locations

AUSTIN, Texas | Apple deepens Austin ties, expands in other tech hotbeds

AUSTIN, Texas — Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months after Apple CEO Tim Cook … Continue reading AUSTIN, Texas | Apple deepens Austin ties, expands in other tech hotbeds

SAN FRANCISCO | Cruise control: GM’s No. 2 exec to run self-driving car unit

SAN FRANCISCO — General Motors’ No. 2 executive is moving from Motor City to Silicon Valley to run the automaker’s self-driving car operations as it attempts to cash in on its bet that robotic vehicles will transform transportation. GM President Dan Ammann will become CEO of the company’s Cruise Automation subsidiary at the beginning of … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Cruise control: GM’s No. 2 exec to run self-driving car unit

SAN FRANCISCO | Google bows to worker pressure on sexual misconduct policy

SAN FRANCISCO  — Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after thousands of high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated culture. Google bowed to one of the protesters’ main demands by dropping mandatory arbitration of all sexual misconduct cases. That … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Google bows to worker pressure on sexual misconduct policy

SAN FRANCISCO | Google reforms sexual misconduct rules

SAN FRANCISCO— Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated culture. CEO Sundar Pichai spelled out the concessions in an email sent Thursday to Google employees. The note of contrition came a week … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Google reforms sexual misconduct rules

ATLANTA | Midterm voting exposes growing problem of aging machines

ATLANTA — Election experts have long warned about the nation’s aging fleet of voting equipment. This week’s elections underscored just how badly upgrades are needed. Across the country, reports poured in Tuesday amid heavy voter turnout of equipment failing or malfunctioning, triggering frustration among voters and long lines at polling places. Scanners used to record … Continue reading ATLANTA | Midterm voting exposes growing problem of aging machines

SAN FRANCISCO | Google employees leave work to protest treatment of women

SAN FRANCISCO  — Carrying signs that included a mocking use of the company’s original “Don’t be evil” motto, thousands of Google employees around the world briefly walked off the job Thursday to protest what they said was the tech giant’s mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives. From Tokyo, Singapore and London to New York, … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Google employees leave work to protest treatment of women

SAN FRANCISCO | Apple’s fiscal 4Q results disappoint amid tech jitters

SAN FRANCISCO  — Apple’s faithful customers aren’t snapping up iPhones quite as enthusiastically as anticipated heading into the crucial holiday shopping season. But the latest models costing $1,000 and more are popular enough to keep propelling profits ever higher for the world’s most prosperous company. The mixed bag emerged in the quarterly results that Apple … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Apple’s fiscal 4Q results disappoint amid tech jitters

SAN FRANCISCO | Google spinoff to test truly driverless cars in Califo

SAN FRANCISCO — The robotic car company created by Google is poised to attempt a major technological leap in California, where its vehicles will hit the roads without a human on hand to take control in emergencies. The regulatory approval announced Tuesday allows Waymo’s driverless cars to cruise through California at speeds up to 65 … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Google spinoff to test truly driverless cars in Califo

SAN FRANCISCO | Wall Street sours on Silicon Valley, battering tech stocks

SAN FRANCISCO — Investors for years have seemingly adored technology stocks as much as most people love their smartphones. But Wall Street has suddenly soured on Silicon Valley and the rest of tech, triggering a stomach-churning downturn in a turbulent October. Some of the hardest hit stocks belong to five companies — Facebook, Apple, Amazon, … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Wall Street sours on Silicon Valley, battering tech stocks

SAN FRANCISCO | Facebook removes Iran-linked accounts spreading false info

SAN FRANCISCO  — Facebook has purged 82 pages, accounts and groups tied to an Iranian effort to exploit its social network and Instagram service to provoke social strife in the U.S. and the U.K. The housecleaning announced Friday is part of the countermeasures that Facebook put in place in an attempt to prevent abuses similar … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Facebook removes Iran-linked accounts spreading false info

SAN FRANCISCO | Tesla delivers on Elon Musk’s 3Q profit pledge

SAN FRANCISCO — Tesla Motors delivered on CEO Elon Musk’s promise to make money during its latest quarter after fulfilling his pledge to boost production of its first electric car designed for the mass market. The company earned $311.5 million during the three months ending in September, swinging from a loss of $619 million at … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Tesla delivers on Elon Musk’s 3Q profit pledge

SAN FRANCISCO | Google CEO to meet with US lawmakers after previous snub

SAN FRANCISCO — Google CEO Sundar Pichai is scheduled to meet privately with members of Congress Friday after he and his boss, Google co-founder Larry Page, stood up lawmakers at a public hearing earlier this month. The closed-door gathering is expected to include discussions about President Donald Trump’s recent allegations that Google has been rigging … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Google CEO to meet with US lawmakers after previous snub

SAN FRANCISCO | Facebook unveils Quest, its new virtual-reality headset

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is off to a slow start in his mission to bring virtual reality to the masses, so perhaps it’s appropriate his company’s next VR headset will be called Quest. The headset from Facebook’s Oculus division will be a stand-alone device that won’t require a smartphone or a connection … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Facebook unveils Quest, its new virtual-reality headset

CUPERTINO, Calif. | The Apple Watch is inching toward becoming a medical device

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch from a niche gadget into a lifeline to better health by slowly evolving it into a medical device. In its fourth incarnation, called the Series 4 and due out later this month, the Apple Watch will add features that allow it to take high-quality heart … Continue reading CUPERTINO, Calif. | The Apple Watch is inching toward becoming a medical device

CUPERTINO, Calif. | Got $1,100? Apple shows off its most expensive iPhone yet

CUPERTINO, Calif.  — Apple unveiled three new iPhones on Wednesday, including its biggest and most expensive model yet, as the company seeks to widen the product’s appeal amid slowing sales. CEO Tim Cook showed off the iPhone XS Max, which has a bigger screen than the one on last year’s dramatically designed model , the … Continue reading CUPERTINO, Calif. | Got $1,100? Apple shows off its most expensive iPhone yet

SAN FRANCISCO | Uber heads in new direction with Toyota on self-driving cars

SAN FRANCISCO— Uber is teaming up with Toyota to build self-driving cars for its ride-hailing service after its efforts to do it alone were derailed by a fatal collision and allegations of high-tech theft. Toyota, based in Japan, is also investing $500 million in Uber as part of the alliance announced Monday. The deal aims … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Uber heads in new direction with Toyota on self-driving cars