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FAA approves fully automated commercial drone flightsA Massachusetts company has just won government approval to make fully automated commercial drone flights without a human operator around
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Various Apple Podcasts are seen on an iPhone, 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/Tali Arbel)
Extremists exploit a loophole in social moderation: PodcastsMajor 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
The Associated Press23 hours ago
Feds Get First Conviction for Unsafe Drone OperationA man whose drone almost caused an LAPD helicopter to crash is the first person convicted under a 2018 federal law against unsafe drone operation, prosecutors say. Andrew Hernandez, a 22-year-old Hollywood resident, pleaded guilty to unsafe operation of an unmanned aircraft and faces a maximum penalty of up to...
Newser1 day ago
A person shows an ampoule Moderna vaccine against the COVID-19 disease, at the Diakonie Hospital "DIAKO" vaccination ward in Bremen, Germany, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Besides the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, Moderna is the second corona vaccine approved in the European Union. (Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/dpa via AP)
EU regulator: Hackers 'manipulated' stolen vaccine documentsThe European Union’s drug regulator says that COVID-19 vaccine documents stolen from its servers by hackers have been not only leaked to the web, but “manipulated.”
The Associated Press1 day ago
Joe Biden Has a New Twitter AccountA big transition will be happening on Twitter as well as in the White House on Wednesday. President-elect Joe Biden was on Friday issued the Twitter account @PresElectBiden , and it will become the @POTUS account at 12:01pm on Jan. 20, the BBC reports. Unlike when Barack Obama's official account...
Newser1 day ago
Mary Christian, 71, of McComb, Miss., recalls Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, the hours she spent on both her cell phone and iPad trying to arrange an appointment online for a COVID-19 vaccination through the Mississippi State Department of Health website and on their listed registration phone line. Eventually, with help from one of her sons, she was able to enter the registration site only to find vaccination locations with openings were at least an hour's drive from the county she lives in and upon trying to sign up was informed they had no more openings. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Online sign-ups complicate vaccine rollout for older peopleAs states across the U.S. roll out the COVID-19 vaccine to people 65 and older, senior citizens are scrambling to figure out how to sign up to get their shots
The Associated Press1 day ago
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)
US blacklists Xiaomi, CNOOC, Skyrizon, raising heat on ChinaThe 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 Associated Press1 day ago
Want to Cancel Amazon Prime? Prepare for an 'Ordeal'Consumer watchdogs in the US and Europe have filed complaints against Amazon, claiming the company makes it too difficult to cancel Prime membership. A report from the Norwegian Consumer Council finds a "deliberate attempt to confuse and frustrate customers" looking to cancel the streaming service that also comes with free...
Newser2 days ago
Scott Booth, a former pilot for Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, at his parents' home in Long Beach, Calif., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Booth was piloting a Papillon tour helicopter when the aircraft crashed, killing five of the six passengers. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
Deadly Grand Canyon copter crash likely caused by windThe pilot of a helicopter that crashed in the Grand Canyon in 2018, killing five British tourists, says he lost control of the aircraft after a “violent gust of wind” sent it spinning
The Associated Press2 days ago
FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, the logo for fItbit appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  Google has completed its $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness-gadget maker Fitbit. It's a deal that could help the internet company grow even stronger while U.S. government regulators pursue an antitrust case aimed at undermining its power. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 completion of the acquisition comes 14 months after Google announced a deal that immediately raised privacy alarms.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Google muscles up with Fitbit deal amid antitrust concernsGoogle has completed its $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness-gadget maker Fitbit
The Associated Press2 days ago
MIT professor charged with hiding work for ChinaA Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor has been charged with hiding work he did for the Chinese government while he was also receiving U.S. dollars for his nanotechnology research
The Associated Press2 days ago
FILE — In this Aug. 20, 2020 file photo, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong speaks to the media during a watch party for the Democratic National Convention, at Dunkin' Donuts Park, in Hartford, Conn. Connecticut authorities are investigating whether Amazon's e-book deals with certain publishers are anticompetitive and violate antitrust laws, state Attorney General William Tong said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
Connecticut probing Amazon's e-book deals with publishersConnecticut authorities are investigating whether Amazon’s e-book deals with certain publishers are anticompetitive and violate antitrust laws
The Associated Press2 days ago
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted by U.S. Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber inside the Capitol in Washington. Online supporters of President Donald Trump are scattering to smaller social media platforms, fleeing what they say is unfair treatment by Facebook, Twitter and other big tech firms looking to squelch misinformation and threats of violence. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Trump backers seek online refuges after big tech backlashOnline supporters of President Donald Trump are scattering to smaller and more secretive social media platforms
The Associated Press2 days ago
Twitter CEO: Trump Ban Represents a 'Failure'Jack Dorsey mused in a long Twitter thread Wednesday over one question: Was the social media network's banning of President Trump the right move? Ultimately, the Twitter CEO says that it was, because "offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real," and there were safety threats to...
Newser2 days ago
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