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Looking to Nevada, will Dems avoid mistakes of Iowa?


February 22, 2020

Nevada Democrats are hoping to avoid a repeat of the chaos that ensnared the Iowa caucuses, as voters gather across the Silver State on Saturday to make their presidential preferences known. Iowa's process cratered this month following a rushed effort by state Democrats to deploy a mobile app for caucus ...

US expert says 5G tiff could affect information exchanges

February 20, 2020

MADRID (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat for cybersecurity policy says he welcomes European Union moves toward recognizing the risks at stake in 5G technology, but warned that the U.S. will not be able to share top-level information with countries that choose “untrusted” vendors, such as China’s Huawei....

Microsoft announces $1.1 billion investment in Mexico

February 20, 2020

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Microsoft announced a five-year, $1.1 billion investment plan in Mexico on Thursday to develop training programs and increase the availability of cloud computing services.Company executives said the money will be used to establish a regional data center, as part of a program Microsoft ...

Democrats won’t commit to same-day release of Nevada results


February 19, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrats won’t commit to releasing the unofficial results of Saturday’s Nevada caucuses on the day of the vote, as they emphasize accuracy over speed in the aftermath of the chaos surrounding the Iowa caucuses.Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, told The Asso...

Turkey probes judges who acquitted businessman, activists


February 19, 2020

ISTANBUL (AP) — The body overseeing Turkish judges and prosecutors has launched an investigation into three judges who acquitted philanthropist businessman Osman Kavala and eight other activists of terrorism charges, Turkey's state media reported on Wednesday.The move by the parliament- and government-app...

EU proposes rules for artificial intelligence to limit risks


February 19, 2020

LONDON (AP) — The European Union unveiled proposals Wednesday to regulate artificial intelligence that call for strict rules and safeguards on risky applications of the rapidly developing technology.The report is part of the bloc's wider digital strategy aimed at maintaining its position as the gl...

Shift to digital census raises fear of Iowa-like breakdown


February 15, 2020

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The stakes are high when a major civic exercise involves a large population, new technology that has not been thoroughly tested and an entire country waiting on the results.Just ask the organizers of the Iowa caucuses, which offered a cautionary tale on the technological woes t...

Twitter, Facebook fined for not moving user data to Russia

February 13, 2020

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow fined Twitter and Facebook 4 million rubles each Thursday for refusing to store the personal data of Russian citizens on servers in Russia, the largest penalties imposed on Western technology companies under internet use laws.The fines of nearly $63,000 are the first fi...

How the Iowa caucuses ‘broke down in every way possible’


February 11, 2020

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Days before the Iowa caucuses, Democratic Party activist Lindsey Ellickson prepared to run her Cedar Rapids precinct by downloading the new smartphone app designed to calculate and report results.But her planning ran into a problem: Her phone was ruined when she accidentally d...

Amid uncertainty, French wine industry puts itself on show


February 11, 2020

PARIS (AP) — France's big wine industry, shaken by U.S. President Trump’s painful tariff hikes and the threat of climate change, is hoping to re-energize global interest in its products with a big trade fair in Paris.Two thousand winemakers - including giant Moet-Hennessy - are wooing some 30,000...

Amazon wants to question Trump over losing $10B contract bid


February 10, 2020

Amazon wants President Donald Trump to submit to questioning over the tech company's losing bid for a $10 billion military contract.The Pentagon awarded the cloud computing project to Microsoft in October. Amazon later sued, arguing that Trump's interference and bias against the company harmed Amazon's chances.Amazon was co...

Unique Illinois privacy law leads to $550M Facebook deal


February 9, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Pezen, Carlo Licata and Nimesh Patel are among millions of people who have been tagged in Facebook photos at some point in the past decade, sometimes at the suggestion of an automated tagging feature powered by facial recognition technology.It was their Illinois addresses, though,...