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Amazon testing TikTok-style feed on its app, AI firm says

Amazon appears to be getting the TikTok bug, joining other companies seeking to hold consumers’ attention by introducing replicas of the popular social platform
4 hours ago
This August 2022 screenshot provided by Watchful.ai shows a feed Amazon is testing on its app that enables shoppers to scroll through TikTok-like photos and videos of products posted by other users. Using the feature, called Inspire, customers can like, save and share posts of products, and purchase items directly from the feed, according to Watchful Technologies, an Israeli-based artificial-intelligence firm that analyzes apps and has tracked the feature. (Watchful.ai via AP)
August 17

Gen Z is bypassing Google for TikTok as a search engine

"They don't have a long attention span," a social media expert says.
August 17
"They don't have a long attention span," a social media expert says.
August 17

Wind energy boom and golden eagles collide in the US West

The rush to build wind farms to combat climate change is colliding with preservation of one of the U.S. West’s most spectacular predators, the golden eagle
August 17
August 17

Gen Z is bypassing Google for TikTok as a search engine

"They don't have a long attention span," a social media expert says.
August 17
August 17

Russian spacewalk cut short by bad battery in cosmonaut suit

A Russian spacewalk has been cut short because of a bad battery in a cosmonaut's suit
August 17
In this photo taken from video footage released by Roscosmos Space Agency, Roscosmos' cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev are seen during their spacewalk on the International Space Station (ISS), Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. Roscosmos' cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev make a spacewalk at the space station to continue installation work of the European Space Agency's robot arm on the new Russian lab. (Roscosmos Space Agency via AP)
August 17

NASA's moon rocket moved to launch pad for 1st test flight

NASA's new moon rocket has arrived at the launch pad for its first test flight.
August 17
The NASA Artemis rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard leaves the Vehicle Assembly Building moving slowly to pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. NASA is aiming for an Aug. 29 liftoff for the lunar test flight. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
August 17

Scientists seek to develop hybrid coral reef off of Miami

Scientists and students from the University of Miami dove into the dark waters a few miles off the shores of Miami as part of an effort to develop hybrid reefs
August 17
University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science student diver prepares to go down during a night dive to check on coral spawning as the sun sets, Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Key Biscayne, Fla. A group of students and scientists were hoping to observe the coral spawn and collect their eggs and sperm, called gametes, to take back to the lab to hopefully fertilize and create new coral that will later be transplanted to help repopulate part of the Florida Reef Tract. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
August 17

Prehistoric fish may spawn in Georgia: 1st time in 50 years

The “living fossils” may be reproducing in Georgia for the first time in years.
August 17
This photo provided by University of Georgia graduate research assistant Matt Phillips, shows research technician Hunter Rider of Opelika, Ala., holding a a lake sturgeon with its vacuum-hose-like mouth extended on the Coosa River, on July 14, 2022, at Rome, Ga. The university is making the largest population study of the fish since the state began restocking them in 2002. (Matt Phillips via AP)
August 17

Supersonic commercial flights may return soon

American Airlines ordered 20 high-speed jets from Boom Supersonic and said it hopes to have the aircraft ready for passengers by 2029.
August 17
VIDEO: Supersonic commercial flights may return soon
August 17

Scientists warn of dire effects as Mediterranean heats up

Climate scientists are warning of dire consequences for the Mediterranean Sea's marine life as it burns up in a series of severe heat waves
August 17
August 16

Airbnb is rolling out new screening tools to stop parties

Airbnb says it's rolling out new technology to spot and block people who try to use the short-term rental service to throw a party
August 16
FILE - The Airbnb app icon is displayed on an iPad screen in Washington, D.C., on May 8, 2021. Airbnb announced Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, that it will use new methods to spot and block people who try to use the short-term rental service to throw a party. The company said it has introduced technology that examines the would-be renter's history on Airbnb, how far they live from the home they want to rent, whether they're renting for a weekday or weekend, and other factors. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
August 16

Amazon to raise seller fees for holidays amid rising costs

Amazon is raising charges on third-party sellers again —- this time adding a holiday fee for merchants who use the company’s fulfillment services to pack and ship items to customers
August 16
FILE - An Amazon Prime truck passes by a sign outside an Amazon fulfillment center on the Staten Island borough of New York, on March 19, 2020. Amazon is raising charges on third-party sellers again — this time adding a holiday fee for merchants who use the company’s fulfillment services to pack and ship items to customer, according to a notice the company sent to merchants on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
August 16

American Airlines places deposit on 20 supersonic planes

American Airlines says it has agreed to buy up to 20 supersonic jets that are still on the drawing board and years away from flying
August 16
This undated image provided by Boom Supersonic shows Boom Supersonic Overture Aircraft. American Airlines says it has agreed to buy up to 20 supersonic jets that are still on the drawing board and years away from flying. American announced the deal Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022 with Boom Supersonic.(Boom Supersonic via AP)
August 16

Buffett's firm buys more Apple shares while betting on oil

Warren Buffett’s company bet more on high-tech darling Apple during the second quarter
August 16
FILE - Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, smiles as he plays bridge following the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Neb., on May 5, 2019. Warren Buffett's company bet more on high-tech darlings Apple and Amazon during the second quarter of 2022 while also investing billions in old school oil producers Occidental Petroleum and Chevron. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
August 16

Norway group wants to erect statue of euthanized walrus

A private fundraising campaign is underway in Norway to erect a statue of a walrus that was euthanized after authorities concluded the massive marine mammal posed a risk to humans
August 16
A walrus named Freya at the waterfront in Frognerstranda in Oslo, Norway, Monday July 18, 2022. Authorities in Norway said Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022 they have euthanized a walrus that had drawn crowds of spectators in the Oslo Fjord after concluding that it posed a risk to humans. (Tor Erik Schrøder/NTB Scanpix via AP)
August 16

Europe drought: German industry at risk as Rhine level falls

Germany’s main industry lobby group has warned that factories may have to throttle production or halt it completely because plunging water levels on the Rhine are making it harder to transport cargo on the river
August 16
A barge passes exposed rocks and sandbanks on the river Rhine in Bacharach, Germany, Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. After weeks of drought, the water levels of the Rhine have reached historic lows. If the water levels continue to fall, shipping is in danger of coming to a standstill. (Boris Roessler/dpa via AP)
August 16

Europe drought: German industry at risk as Rhine falls

Germany’s main industry lobby group has warned that factories may have to throttle production or halt it completely because plunging water levels on the Rhine are making it harder to transport cargo on the river
August 16
A barge passes exposed rocks and sandbanks on the river Rhine in Bacharach, Germany, Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. After weeks of drought, the water levels of the Rhine have reached historic lows. If the water levels continue to fall, shipping is in danger of coming to a standstill. (Boris Roessler/dpa via AP)
August 16

Europe drought: German industry at risk as Rhine falls

Germany’s main industry lobby group has warned that factories may have to throttle production or halt it completely because plunging water levels on the Rhine are making it harder to transport cargo on the river
August 16
A barge passes exposed rocks and sandbanks on the river Rhine in Bacharach, Germany, Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. After weeks of drought, the water levels of the Rhine have reached historic lows. If the water levels continue to fall, shipping is in danger of coming to a standstill. (Boris Roessler/dpa via AP)
August 16

Google releases Android 13 Pixel phone

The phone has new features, including the ability to customize non-Google app icons to match the home screen's wallpaper.
August 16
VIDEO: Google releases Android 13 pixel phone
August 16

AP PHOTOS: Stargazers watch meteors at ancient Turkish site

Stargazers gathered to watch the Perseid meteor shower among ancient statues atop Mount Nemrut in southeastern Turkey. Hundreds spent the night at the UNESCO World Heritage Site for the annual meteor show that stretches along the orbit of the comet Swift–Tuttle. Perched at an altitude of 2,150 meters (over 7,000 feet), the statues are part of a temple and tomb complex that King Antiochus I, of the ancient Commagene kingdom, built as a monument to himself. A 50-meter-high (164-foot-high), man-made mound — the presumed tomb of Antiochus — sets the background. The ancient site that includes giant 10-meter (33-foot)-high, seated statues of Antiochus, surrounded by ancient Gods, including Zeus and Apollo, was discovered in 1881 by a German engineer. Excavations began there in the 1950s. Son of the founder of the Commagene kingdom, Antiochus reigned between 64 and 38 B.C., until he was deposed by the Romans. The kingdom spanned an area from the eastern edge of the Taurus mountains to...
August 16
Stargazers gather to watch the Perseid meteor shower among ancient statues atop Mount Nemrut in southeastern Turkey, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Hundreds spent the night at the UNESCO World Heritage Site for the annual meteor show that stretches along the orbit of the comet Swift–Tuttle. Perched at an altitude of 2,150 meters (over 7,000 feet), the statues are part of a temple and tomb complex that King Antiochus I, of the ancient Commagene kingdom, built as a monument to himself. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
August 15

New climate deal spurs hopes of more carbon storage projects

A project in the country's top coal-producing area seeks to pump the carbon dioxide produced by burning that coal back underground
August 15
Fred McLaughlin, director of the Center for Economic Geology Research at the University of Wyoming, stands near one of two wells drilled near the Dry Fork Station coal-fired power plant outside Gillette, Wyo., on June 14, 2022. McLaughlin and other researchers are studying whether formations as deep as 10,000 feet can be used to store the power plant’s carbon dioxide emissions. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)
August 15

Deadline looms for drought-stricken states to cut water use

Seven states in the U.S. West are facing a deadline from the federal government.
August 15
FILE - Farmer John Hawk looks over his land as his seed onion fields are watered in Holtville, Calif., Sept. 3, 2002. For the seven states that rely on the Colorado River that carries snowmelt from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California, that means a future with increasingly less water for farms and cities although climate scientists say it's hard to predict how much less. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is expected to publish hydrology projections on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, that will trigger agreed-upon cuts to states that rely on the river. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
August 15

Apple to add more ads to pre-installed apps, Bloomberg reports

Apple reportedly recently tested ads in Apple Maps and may add them to the Apple Podcasts and Apple Books apps.
August 15
VIDEO: Apple to add more ads to pre-installed apps, Bloomberg reports
August 13

Officials: Loud 'boom' heard in north Utah likely a meteor

Officials say a loud “boom” was heard across areas of northern Utah and was likely a meteor
August 13
This image from video released by Snowbasin Resort shows their web cam capture of a meteor flying over Snowbasin in Huntsville, Utah on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. A loud "boom" heard across areas of northern Utah was likely a meteor, officials said Saturday. (Snowbasin Resort via AP)
August 12

Hot nights: US in July sets new record for overnight warmth

America sizzled through some hot nights last month, enough to make history
August 12
FILE - People spend time at the park at dusk during a summer heat wave, July 21, 2022, in Hoboken, N.J. The continental United States in July set a record for overnight warmth, providing little relief from the day’s sizzling heat for people, animals, plants and the electric grid, meteorologists said. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)
August 12

Hot nights: US in July sets new record for overnight warmth

America sizzled through some hot nights last month, enough to make history
August 12
FILE - People spend time at the park at dusk during a summer heat wave, July 21, 2022, in Hoboken, N.J. The continental United States in July set a record for overnight warmth, providing little relief from the day’s sizzling heat for people, animals, plants and the electric grid, meteorologists said. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)
August 12

European drought dries up rivers, kills fish, shrivels crops

An unprecedented drought is afflicting nearly half of the European continent.
August 12
FILE - A dead fish skeleton laying on the cracking earth of a dry lake bed near the village of Conoplja, 150 kilometers north-west of Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. Water shortages reduced Serbia's hydropower production. An unprecedented drought is afflicting nearly half of the European continent, damaging farm economies, forcing water restrictions and threatening aquatic species. Water levels are falling on major rivers such as the Danube, the Rhine and the Po. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
August 12

Facebook attempts to increase privacy functionality

Facebook is testing end-to-end encryption as a default on its Messenger app.
August 12
VIDEO:  Facebook attempts to increase privacy functionality
August 12

China's Huawei says sales down but new ventures growing

Chinese tech giant Huawei says its revenue fell in the first half of 2022 but new ventures in autos and industrial technology helped to offset a decline in smartphone sales under U.S. sanctions
August 12
FILE - A man wearing a face mask walks past a billboard advertising Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing, Oct. 14, 2020. Chinese tech giant Huawei said Friday, Aug. 12, 2022 its revenue fell in the first half of 2022 but new ventures in autos and other industries helped to offset a decline in smartphone sales under U.S. sanctions. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
August 12

European drought dries up rivers, kills fish, shrivels crops

An unprecedented drought is afflicting nearly half of the European continent and is damaging farm economies, forcing water restrictions and threatening aquatic species
August 12
FILE - A dead fish skeleton laying on the cracking earth of a dry lake bed near the village of Conoplja, 150 kilometers north-west of Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. Water shortages reduced Serbia's hydropower production. An unprecedented drought is afflicting nearly half of the European continent, damaging farm economies, forcing water restrictions and threatening aquatic species. Water levels are falling on major rivers such as the Danube, the Rhine and the Po. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
August 11

Barber on helping the community & building his brand 'I’m focusing on the impact'

ABC News’ Phil Lipof spoke with barber and TikTok star Vic Blends about offering free haircuts to people, giving back, and creating the first barbering school for California prisons.
August 11
VIDEO: Barber on helping the community & building his brand 'I’m focusing on the impact'
August 11

OSHA investigates deaths of Amazon workers in New Jersey

Federal work-safety investigators are looking into the death of an Amazon worker and an injury that potentially lead to the death of another employee
August 11
FILE - Packages riding on a belt are scanned to be loaded onto delivery trucks at the Amazon Fulfillment center in Robbinsville Township, N.J., on Aug. 1, 2017. Federal work-safety investigators are looking into the death of an Amazon worker and an injury that potentially led to the death of another employee, adding to a probe already underway following a third fatality during the company's annual Prime Day shopping event in mid-July, 2022. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
August 11

Wildfires spread, fish die off amid severe drought in Europe

More than 1,000 firefighters in France are struggling to contain a huge wildfire burning through pine forests
August 11
A group of young men cool off in the hot weather by diving into the water at Cullercoats Bay in North Tyneside, England, Wednesday Aug. 10, 2022. The Met Office has issued an amber warning for extreme heat covering four days from Thursday to Sunday for parts of England and Wales as a new heatwave looms. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)
August 11

Satellite data finds landfills are methane 'super emitters'

Landfills are releasing large amounts of planet-warming methane gas into the atmosphere from the decomposition of waste and are a significant contributor to such emissions in urban areas, a study suggests
August 11
August 11

Google urges Apple to add next-generation standard for text messaging

Plus, LG announced a new 97-inch OLED EX TV panel that debuts the company's Cinematic Sound OLED and teens' addiction to social media has nearly doubled since 2014.
August 11
VIDEO: Google urges Apple to add next-generation standard for text messaging
August 11

Firefighters combat major wildfire in southwestern France

More than 1,000 firefighters are struggling to contain a major wildfire that has burned a large area of pine forest in southwestern France in a region that was already ravaged by flames last month
August 11
This photo provided by the fire brigade of the Gironde region SDIS 33, (Departmental fire and rescue service 33) shows firefighters tackling a blaze near Saint-Magne, south of Bordeaux, southwestern France, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. (SDIS 33 via AP)
August 10

Elon Musk sells $7B in Tesla shares ahead of Twitter fight

The move comes ahead of his court battle with Twitter.
August 10
FILE - Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks before unveiling the Model Y at the company's design studio on March 14, 2019, in Hawthorne, Calif. Musk is selling about 8 million Tesla shares worth nearly $7 billion as the billionaire looks to get his finances in order ahead of his court battle with Twitter. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
August 10

Disney+ ad-free subscription cost to rise by 38% in December

Disney said it is raising prices for streaming subscribers in the U_S_ who want to watch Disney+ without ads as more viewers switch to what CEO Bob Chapek described Wednesday as the “best value in streaming.”
August 10
FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, photo, a Disney logo forms part of a menu for the Disney Plus movie and entertainment streaming service on a computer screen in Walpole, Mass. Disney said Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, it is raising prices for streaming subscribers in the U.S. who want to watch Disney+ without ads, as more viewers switch to what CEO Bob Chapek described Wednesday as the “best value in streaming.” (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
August 10

Security firm finds flaws in Indian online insurance broker

A cybersecurity startup informed a major Indian online insurance brokerage last month that critical vulnerabilities in its network could expose sensitive personal and financial data from at least 11 million customers
August 10
A man looks at the website of policybazaar website at a local insurance company office in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. A cybersecurity firm told the major Indian online insurance brokerage last month that critical vulnerabilities in the company’s internet-facing network could expose sensitive personal and financial data from its 11 million customers. CyberX9 followed the standard ethical-hacker playbook, giving the brokerage time to patch the flaws and inform authorities. A week later, publicly traded Policybazaar said it had been illegally breached but “no significant customer data was exposed.” (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
August 10

Social media offers parents more controls. But do they help?

The new tools do offer some help, but they also share some deeper flaws.
August 10
FILE - The Snapchat app is seen on a mobile device in New York, Aug. 9, 2017. As concerns about social media's impact on teen psychology continue to rise, platforms from Snapchat to TikTok to Instagram are bolting on new features they say will make their services safer and more age appropriate. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
August 10

China criticizes US chip law as threat to trade

China is criticizing a U.S. law to encourage processor chip production in the United States and reduce reliance on Asian suppliers as a threat to trade and an attack on Chinese business
August 10
August 10

Samsung rolls out new products

The tech company’s Galaxy Unpacked event is expected to unveil new foldable smartphones.
August 10
VIDEO: Samsung rolls out new products
August 10

Japan's Honda sees declining profits on semiconductor crunch

The semiconductor shortage is hitting another of the world's automakers, despite demand for product
August 10
FILE - An employee of Honda Motor Co. cleans a Honda car displayed at its headquarters in Tokyo on July 31, 2018. Honda’s fiscal first quarter profit fell 33% from 2021 as a global computer chip shortage, a pandemic-related lockdown in China and the rising costs of raw materials hurt the Japanese automaker. Tokyo-based Honda Motor Co. reported Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, that its profit totaled 149.2 billion yen ($1.1 billion) in the April-June quarter, down from 222.5 billion yen ($1.7 billion) a year earlier. Quarterly sales slipped 7% to 3.8 trillion yen ($28 billion). (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
August 09

Former Twitter worker convicted of spying for Saudi Arabia

A former Twitter employee has been convicted of spying for Saudi Arabia, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering
August 09
FILE - A sign is pictured outside the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, Monday, April 25, 2022. A former Twitter employee has been convicted of failing to register as an agent for Saudi Arabia and other charges after accessing private data on users critical of the kingdom’s government in a spy case that spanned from Silicon Valley to the Middle East. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn, File)
August 09

Snapchat announces in-app family center to promote safe social media usage

The family center aims to promote conversation between parents and minors about safe social media practices.
August 09
The family center aims to promote conversation between parents and minors about safe social media practices.
August 09

Apple returns battery percentage indicator in new IOS update

The icon was originally removed due to it being difficult to read.
August 09
VIDEO: Apple returns battery percentage indicator in new IOS update
August 09

Russia successfully launches Iranian satellite

A Russian rocket has successfully launched an Iranian satellite into orbit
August 09
In this handout photo taken from video released by Roscosmos on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, a Russian Soyuz rocket lifts off to carry Iranian Khayyam satellite into orbit at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome near Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A Russian rocket has successfully launched an Iranian satellite into orbit. The Soyuz rocket lifted off as scheduled at 8:52 a.m. Moscow time (0552 GMT) Tuesday from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. (Roscosmos via AP)
August 08

Study connects climate hazards to 58% of infectious diseases

A new study finds climate hazards aggravate more than half of the known diseases that infect people
August 08
August 08

Axios Media purchased by Cox Enterprises

Axios Media is being acquired by Cox Enterprises, which says it plans to push the online news provider into new markets while broadening its coverage
August 08
One of the buildings of the Cox Communications campus is surrounded by foliage in Atlanta on, Aug. 2, 2004. Cox Enterprises, which owns Cox Communications, is buying Axios Media for $525 million as it looks to grow and diversify its business. Cox, which became an investor in Axios last year, said Monday Aug. 8, 2022, that it will look to expand Axios into more cities, while having it cover more national topics and serve more premium niches for professionals. (AP Photo/Ric Feld, File)
August 08

Twitter confirms vulnerability that may have affected 5.4 million accounts

The company said the vulnerability discovered in January didn't compromise user passwords, but some personal information may have been exposed.
August 08
VIDEO: Twitter data breach may have been affected as many as 5.4M users in January