Category: Technology

Leaders to tech firms at UN: Remove terror posts in 2 hours

The leaders of Britain, France and Italy are setting an ambitious goal for tech companies to tackle online posts that promote terrorism: Take them down within an hour or two. Convening world and tech leaders Wednesday at the United Nations, British Prime Minister Theresa May said internet companies are making progress but need to go […]

StoryCorps’ Thanksgiving Listen asks kids to record elders

StoryCorps is hoping people give their social media apps a break for a few minutes this Thanksgiving and instead use one designed for listening. The nonprofit oral history project on Thursday announced the 2017 edition of its Great Thanksgiving Listen, which calls for high school students to record a conversation with an elder over the […]

London mayor: Uber to blame for loss of license in city

London’s mayor said Saturday that people angry about the decision by transit authorities to strip Uber of its license to operate in the city should blame the ride-hailing company itself. “I have every sympathy with Uber drivers and customers affected by this decision, but their anger really should be directed at Uber,” Mayor Sadiq Khan […]

Billionaire gives $30M to Univ. of Arizona for Biosphere 2

Texas billionaire Edward P. Bass is giving $30 million to the University of Arizona to support the Biosphere 2 research facility. Biosphere 2 Director Joaquin Ruiz says Bass’ gift will allow continued research into global climate change and other “grand scientific challenges” affecting daily life. The university has operated Biosphere 2 since 2007. Bass says […]

The ATM at 50: How it’s changed consumer behavior

An automated teller machine. The cash machine. In Britain, a cashpoint. ATMs, known for spitting out $20 bills (and imposing fees if you pick the wrong one), turn 50 years old this year. They’re ubiquitous — and possibly still a necessity, despite the big changes in how people pay for things. It was a radical […]

Lawyer: Hacker in Spanish custody sought by US, Russia

The lawyer for an alleged Russian hacker said Friday that authorities in Moscow are fighting his extradition from Spain to the U.S., the third time in recent moves that Russia has moved to block U.S. prosecution of suspected cybercriminals. Pyotr Levashov, a 37-year-old known as one of the world’s most notorious spammers, was arrested earlier […]

Uber to lose its license to operate in London

London’s transport authority said Friday it won’t renew Uber’s license to operate in the British capital, arguing that it demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility with implications in public safety and security. Transport for London says the car-hailing app was not “fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license.” Uber, whose app is […]

The Latest: Warner eyes social-media political-ad regulation

The Latest on Facebook and the Russia investigation (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel says he is pleased with Facebook’s announcement that the company is going to provide Congress with thousands of ads bought by Russians and increase transparency. But he’s still planning legislation to prevent foreign election […]

Facebook to release Russia ads, beef up election ‘integrity’

Facebook is slowly acknowledging the outsized — if unintended — role it played in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Bowing to pressure from lawmakers and the public, the company said it will provide the contents of 3,000 ads bought by a Russian agency to congressional investigators, while also pledging to make political advertising on its […]