Microsoft cloud growth beats expectations
Microsoft on Thursday reported quarterly profit of $13.2 billion, powered in large part by a steadily growing cloud computing business that the company says now accounts for almost a third of its total revenue.
Trump: Administration to review Pentagon computer contract
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the administration will "take a very long look" at a massive multibillion-dollar contract the Pentagon is preparing to award for a cloud computing system, citing "tremendous complaints" he's heard about the process.
Netflix subscriber drop hints at streaming-service fatigue
NEW YORK (AP) — How much is too much for streaming video? A dramatic slowdown in worldwide growth at Netflix — including the first quarterly drop in its U.S.
Facebook's Libra gets stark warning from G-7 finance chiefs
CHANTILLY, France (AP) — Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven rich democracies issued a stark warning on Thursday that cryptocurrencies like the Libra digital money recently unveiled by Facebook should not be allowed before "serious regulatory and systemic concerns" are addressed.
EU fines chipmaker Qualcomm for 'predatory pricing'
BRUSSELS (AP) — In yet another European Union move against a U.S. tech company, the bloc's antitrust chief on Thursday fined chipmaker Qualcomm $271 million, accusing it of "predatory pricing" to drive a competitor out of the market.
Bitcoin craze hits Iran as US sanctions squeeze weak economy
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians feeling the squeeze from U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's ailing economy are increasingly turning to such digital currencies as Bitcoin to make money, prompting alarm in and out of the country.
Nevada: Feds should restudy seismic risk at nuke dump site
LAS VEGAS (AP) —        Nevada's governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S.
EU clears Vodafone's $22 billion deal to expand in Europe
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has cleared telecom operator Vodafone's acquisition of Liberty Global's operations in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania but has imposed some conditions.
Myths and risks in app that gives you peek into older self
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Is a peek into the future worth your privacy in the present? That concern was pushed to the spotlight this week with the resurgence of a smartphone app that uses artificial intelligence to transform your current face into your younger and older selves.
Top senator calls for FBI to review popular photo app
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Democrat is calling on the FBI to review a Russian company's trendy smartphone app that transforms faces from photos into younger and older images of the person, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.
Alaska village will install new river power generator
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tiny Native village in southwest Alaska has turned to an emerging technology to transform the power of a local river into a sustainable energy source that's expected to free residents from dependency on costly diesel fuel.
Microsoft reports hundreds of election-related cyber probes
Microsoft says it has detected more than 740 infiltration attempts by nation-state actors in the past year targeting U.S.-based political parties, campaigns and other democracy-focused organizations including think tanks and other nonprofits.
Dems pan 'Zuck buck,' want Facebook to rein in currency plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook endured a second day of criticism from Congress over its plan to create a digital currency as senior House Democrats asked Facebook to scale back the project and threatened legislation that would block big tech companies from getting into banking.
With Big Tech's dominance under scrutiny, EU probes Amazon
BRUSSELS (AP) — While the U.S. Congress talks about reining in big tech companies, Europe is taking action. The European Union said Wednesday it is investigating whether Amazon uses data from independent retailers to gain an unfair advantage, a decision that could lead to changes in how the internet's biggest marketplace works.
French prosecutors want Air France tried for 2009 Rio crash
PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors want Air France to stand trial for manslaughter in the 2009 crash of a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that killed all 228 people aboard, a judicial official said Wednesday.
Apple, Google continue inclusive push with new emoji
Apple and Google are rolling out dozens of new emoji that include cute critters, of course, but also expand the number of images of human diversity.
The Latest: Facebook won't commit to starting small on Libra
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional hearings on the reach of big tech (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Facebook is moving forward on an ambitious plan for a new digital currency and won't commit to U.S.
Congress grills Big Tech over competition, money and power
Big Tech faced tough questions this week as federal lawmakers focused on issues of potentially anticompetitive behavior by technology giants and expressed bipartisan skepticism over Facebook's plan for a new digital currency.
US objections to French tech tax overshadow G-7 finance meet
CHANTILLY, France (AP) — The Trump administration is objecting to France's plan to tax Facebook, Google and other U.S. tech giants, a rift that's overshadowing talks between seven longtime allies this week on issues ranging from digital currencies to trade.
US wants role in efforts to settle South Korea-Japan dispute
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States will "do what it can" to help resolve festering trade and political disputes between South Korea and Japan, a senior U.S.
Protesters seek Hawaii mountain access during road closure
MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — Protesters against building a giant telescope on top of a mountain some Native Hawaiians consider sacred said they tried unsuccessfully Tuesday to negotiate access up Mauna Kea while the road to the summit is closed in preparation for construction equipment to be taken up.
Feds: Microsoft worker stole millions in digital currency
SEATTLE (AP) — A former Microsoft worker has been charged in what investigators describe as a scheme to steal $10 million in digital currency.
Facebook's currency plan gets hostile reception in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users' data.
Senators urge FCC to maintain quake wireless alert speeds
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A group of U.S. senators from the West Coast is urging the government to ensure that planned changes to the national Wireless Emergency Alert system do not impair its ability to provide rapid warnings about earthquakes.