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January 25

Google says Chrome cookie replacement plan making progress

Google says it’s making progress on its plan to revamp Chrome user tracking technology aimed at improving privacy even as it faces challenges from regulators and officials
January 25
FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 file photo, a woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai. Google says it's making progress on plans to revamp Chrome user tracking technology aimed at improving privacy even as it faces challenges from regulators and officials. The company gave an update Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 on its work to remove from its Chrome browser so-called third-party cookies, which are used by a website's advertisers or partners and can be used to track user browsing habits across the internet. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
January 25

UN chief: World faces 'existential threats,' fragilities

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning global leaders that the world not only faces a COVID-19 emergency and the worst economic crisis in nearly a century
January 25
Norwegian Borge Brende, left, President and Member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum (WEF) speaks U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres via videolink during the Davos Forum, in Cologny near Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning global leaders that the world not only faces a COVID-19 emergency and the worst economic crisis in nearly a century but “existential threats” to the climate and biodiversity. He said it also faces the possibility of the largest economies, the United States and China, splitting the world in two.  (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
January 25

Mass logout reported for Facebook users

The social media platform is blaming a "configuration change" for the problem.
January 25
VIDEO: Mass logout reported for Facebook users
January 24

Scientists learn more about thundersnow from satellite imagery

New research links cloud top appearance to lightning during a snowstorm.
January 24
In this undated file photo, a snow storm is shown in Brooklyn, N.Y.
January 23

U of Louisiana-Lafayette mini-satellite zipping around Earth

A cubical satellite small enough to sit on the palm of your hand is zipping around the world and sending data about radiation to the Louisiana students who designed and built it
January 23
January 22

Chipmaker Intel Corp. blames internal error on data leak

The computer chipmaker Intel Corp. is blaming an internal error on a data leak that prompted it to release a quarterly earnings report early
January 22
FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo the symbol for Intel appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. Intel is replacing its CEO after two years. The computer company said Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, that Pat Gelsinger will become its new CEO, effective Feb. 15. He takes over for Bob Swan, who became CEO in January 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
January 22

Feds: Man in Capitol attack tried to flee to Switzerland

A judge has ordered a Colorado geophysicist accused of dragging a police officer down steps to be beaten outside the Capitol building detained after a prosecutor says he tried to flee the country and commit suicide
January 22
January 22

It's a secret: California keeps key virus data from public

California's public health agency recently surprised local officials by lifting a stay-at-home order in the 13-county Greater Sacramento region
January 22
FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services, discusses the coronavirus as Gov. Gavin Newsom, center, listens at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Sacramento area officials were caught off guard when the state public health agency lifted the regional stay-at-home order, allowing businesses like barber and beauty shops and nail salons, to reopen, restaurants to offer outdoor dining, and houses of worship to offer outdoor services. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
January 22

Google's parent deflates internet-beaming balloon company

Google’s parent company is letting the air out of an internet-beaming balloon company that was providing online access from the stratosphere
January 22
FILE- In this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo the logo for Alphabet appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York. Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., is letting the air out of an internet-beaming balloon company that was providing online access from the stratosphere. The plan to shut down Loon was announced late Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, ending what started out as one of Google’s secret projects in its so-called “moonshot factory.” (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
January 22

Google threatens to pull search engine in Australia

Google is threatening to make its search engine unavailable in Australia if the government proceeds with plans to make tech giants pay for news content
January 22
Mel Silva, right, the managing director of Google Australia and New Zealand, appears via a video link during a Senate inquiry into a mandatory code of conduct proposed by the government at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Google on Friday threatened to make its search engine unavailable in Australia if the government went ahead with plans to make tech giants pay for news content. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
January 22

Judge rules Amazon does not have to reinstate Parler

Plus, new shuffle option for Netflix users, and the hidden message on the White House website.
January 22
VIDEO: Judge rules Amazon does not have to reinstate Parlor
January 21

Facebook passes final decision to ban Trump to oversight board

The company suspended the former president's account after the Capitol riot.
January 21
President Donald Trump looks at his phone during a roundtable with governors on the reopening of America's small businesses, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington.
January 21

US government approves routes for Wyoming CO2 pipelines

The U.S. government has approved routes for a potential system of pipelines that would move carbon dioxide across Wyoming
January 21
FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, pipes and tanks snake around the inside of a carbon capture and storage facility during the official opening of the facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Boundary Dam has the only currently operational power plant-to-oilfield pipeline for carbon capture in North America. The U.S. government under Donald Trump's administration has approved routes for a system of pipelines that would move carbon dioxide across Wyoming in what could be by far the largest such network in North America, if developed. (Michael Bell/The Canadian Press, via AP, File)
January 21

Amazon offers help with vaccine rollout

Plus, Touch ID may return to the iPhone, and Katy Perry's "Firework" races up the charts.
January 21
VIDEO: Amazon offers to help with the vaccine rollout
January 21

Google, French publishers sign copyright news payment deal

Google has signed a deal with a group of French publishers paving the way for the internet giant to make digital copyright payments for online news content
January 21
FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the entrance hall of Google France in Paris. After months of talks, Google France and the Alliance de la Presse d'Information Generale said Thursday Jan. 21, 2021, paving the way for the internet giant to make digital copyright payments for online news content. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
January 20

POTUS, VP Twitter accounts change from Trump to Biden administration

The digital transfer of power is complete.
January 20
Kamala Harris bumps fists with Joe Biden after being sworn in as Vice President of the United States during the inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2021.
January 20

EU fines video game firms for blocking cross-border sales

The European Union has issued fines to a U.S. video game platform and five game makers after they blocked players from buying cheaper copies of the games in other countries
January 20
January 20

Jack's back: Chinese e-tycoon ends silence with online video

China’s highest-profile entrepreneur, e-commerce billionaire Jack Ma, has appeared in a video posted online, ending a 2 1/2-month disappearance from public view that prompted speculation about his status and his business empire’s future
January 20
FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2018, file photo, Chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma speaks during a seminar in Bali, Indonesia. China’s highest-profile entrepreneur, e-commerce billionaire Jack Ma, appeared Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in a video posted online, ending a 2 1/2-month disappearance from public view that prompted speculation about his status and his business empire’s future. In the 50-second video, Ma congratulated teachers supported by his charitable foundation and made no mention of his absence from public view and scrutiny of his Alibaba Group and Ant Group by regulators.(AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati, File)
January 19

Alabama museum to restore full-sized mockup of space shuttle

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama says it will restore the world's only full-sized mockup of the space shuttle along with its external fuel tank and twin rocket boosters
January 19
FILE - In this Saturday Feb. 27, 2016, file photo, then-presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio holds rally in front of the Space Shuttle Pathfinder exhibit at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. In an announcement Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center said it will restore the world's only full-sized mockup of the space shuttle along with its external fuel tank and twin rocket boosters. (Bob Gathany/The Huntsville Times via AP, File)
January 19

Extremists exploit a loophole in social moderation: Podcasts

Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol
January 19
This combination of photos shows various podcasts, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. But Apple and Google, among others, have left open a major loophole: Podcasts. (AP Photo/David Hamilton)
January 19

Halted rocket test could stall NASA moon shot, redo possible

NASA is considering a second firing of its moon rocket engines after a critical test came up short over the weekend
January 19
In this Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 photo made available by NASA, the core stage for the first flight of NASA's Space Launch System rocket undergoes a hot fire test at NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. All four core-stage engines fired for barely a minute, rather than the intended eight minutes. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, NASA blamed the automatic shutdown on the strict test limits. (Robert Markowitz/NASA via AP)
January 19

Monarch butterfly population moves closer to extinction

Researchers say the number of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has plummeted to a record low, putting the orange-and-black insects closer to extinction
January 19
FILE - This Aug. 19, 2015, file photo, shows a monarch butterfly in Vista, Calif. The number of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has plummeted to a new record low, putting the orange-and-black insects closer to extinction, researchers announced Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. A recent count by the Xerces Society recorded fewer than 2,000 butterflies, a massive decline from the millions of monarchs that in 1980s clustered in trees from Marin County to San Diego County. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
January 19

Cybersecurity firm: Booting hackers a complex chore

The cybersecurity firm that discovered a cyberespionage campaign that has badly shaken U.S. government agencies and the private sector says efforts to assess the impact and boot the intruders remain in their early stages
January 19
FILE - This Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 file photo shows FireEye offices in Milpitas, Calif. Experts say it’s going to take months to kick elite hackers widely believed to be Russian out of U.S. government networks. The hackers have been quietly rifling through those networks for months in Washington’s worst cyberespionage failure on record. FireEye is the cybersecurity company that discovered the worst-ever intrusion into U.S. agencies and was among the victims. It has already tallied dozens of casualties. It’s racing to identify more. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
January 19

GM teams up with Microsoft on driverless cars

General Motors is teaming up with Microsoft to accelerate its rollout of electric, self-driving cars
January 19
This image provided by General Motors shows the new company logo. General Motors is changing its corporate logo and starting an electric vehicle marketing campaign as it tries to refurbish its image from a maker of gas-powered pickups and SUVs to a clean vehicle company. The 112-year-old Detroit automaker says, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, the campaign will show GM’s progressive company vision as it promises to roll out 30 new battery-powered vehicles globally by the end of 2025. (General Motors via AP)
January 19

A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

Mutations to the virus that causes COVID-19 are rapidly popping up and health officials say the pandemic could get worse unless people do more to curb cases
January 19
January 19

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

The top iPhone and iPad apps on Apple App Store for week ending 1/17/21
January 19
January 19

Lumentum buys Coherent in $5.7B push into lasers, photonics

Lumentum Holdings will spend $5.7 billion to buy Coherent and expand its reach into lasers and photonics
January 19
January 19

AppleWatch detects coronavirus 1 week before symptoms

Smartwatches may be able to detect the virus by showing small changes in the user’s heartbeat.
January 19
VIDEO:  AppleWatch detects coronavirus 1 week before symptoms
January 18

Spaniards killed women, kids over slaying of conquistadores

New research suggests Spanish conquistadores butchered at least a dozen women and children in an Aztec-allied town where the inhabitants sacrificed and ate a detachment of Spaniards they had captured months earlier
January 18
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2015 file photo, the skeletons of sacrificed Spaniards are displyed inside a glass case at the museum of the Zultepec-Tecoaque archeological site in Tlaxcala state, Mexico. The National Institute of Anthropology and History published findings Monday, January 18, 2021, suggesting that Spanish conquistadores butchered at least a dozen women and their children in an Aztec-allied town where the inhabitants sacrificed and ate a detachment of Spaniards they had captured months earlier. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
January 18

Biden says his advisers will lead with 'science and truth'

In a dig at the outgoing Trump administration, President-elect Joe Biden says his team of scientific advisers will lead with “science and truth
January 18
President-elect Joe Biden, right, listens as his nominee for the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and adviser on science Eric Lander speaks during an event at The Queen theater, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
January 18

Facebook is blocking certain events through Inauguration Day

Plus, dating apps are swiping left on Capitol Hill rioters, and a wristband to track your mood.
January 18
VIDEO: Facebook is blocking certain events through Inauguration Day
January 17

Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit reaches space on 2nd try

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit has reached space eight months after the first demonstration flight of its air-launched rocket system failed
January 17
Virgin Orbit Boeing 747-400 rocket launch platform, named Cosmic Girl, takes off from Mojave Air and Space Port, Mojave (MHV) on its second orbital launch demonstration in the Mojave Desert, north of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)
January 17

Beetle keeps rivals off scent of food buried for offspring

New research suggests that some beetles are adept at hiding their food from competitors
January 17
January 16

Biden says his advisers will lead with 'science and truth'

In a dig at the outgoing Trump administration, President-elect Joe Biden says his team of scientific advisers will lead with “science and truth
January 16
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2010, file photo, Eric Steven Lander, head of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, gestures as he delivers a speech during the forum Mexico XXI Century, organized by the Telmex Foundation, in Mexico City. President-elect Joe Biden picked a pioneering geneticist to be his science advisor and elevated the job to his Cabinet. Friday's announcement of Lander won wide praise (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz, File)
January 16

Extremists exploit a loophole in social moderation: Podcasts

Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol
January 16
This combination of photos shows various podcasts, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. But Apple and Google, among others, have left open a major loophole: Podcasts. (AP Photo/David Hamilton)
January 16

Semeru volcano on Indonesia's Java island spews hot clouds

Indonesia’s Mount Semeru has spewed hot clouds as far away as 4.5 kilometers
January 16
In this photo released by Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Mount Semeru spews volcanic material during an eruption in Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. The highest volcano on Indonesia's most densely populated island of Java, spewed hot clouds as far away as 4.5 kilometers (nearly 3 miles) on Saturday. (National Disaster Mitigation Agency via AP)
January 15

Extremists exploit a loophole in social moderation: Podcasts

Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol
January 15
FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, speaks with reporters in New York after pleading not guilty to charges that he ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a southern border wall. William A. Burck, a prominent Washington lawyer defending Bannon against the charges, notified a judge on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, that he will no longer be representing Bannon in the case. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, File)
January 15

Biden picks geneticist as science adviser, puts in Cabinet

President-elect Joe Biden has chosen a pioneering geneticist to be his science adviser and is elevating the job to a Cabinet position
January 15
President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
January 15

US blacklists Xiaomi, CNOOC, Skyrizon, raising heat on China

The U.S. government has blacklisted Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. and China’s third-largest national oil company for alleged military links, heaping pressure on Beijing in President Donald Trump's last week in office
January 15
FILE - In this July 9, 2018, file photo, an advertisement for Xiaomi is displayed at a subway station in Hong Kong. The U.S. government has blacklisted Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. and China’s third-largest national oil company for alleged military links, heaping pressure on Beijing in President Donald Trump’s last week in office. The Department of Defense added nine companies to its list of Chinese companies with military links, including Xiaomi and state-owned plane manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (Comac). (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
January 15

Samsung releases 3 new Galaxy phone models

Plus, a robocaller is fined nearly $10 million and President-elect Biden has a new Twitter account.
January 15
VIDEO: Samsung releases 3 new Galaxy phone models
January 14

Snapchat permanently bans Trump

Plus, Airbnb is canceling and blocking reservations in the D.C. area, and a Space X capsule's unique cargo.
January 14
VIDEO: Snapchat permanently bans Trump