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Chinese phones go global after pushing aside Apple, Samsung

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Move over, Apple and Samsung. The next big smartphone might be from little-known Chinese brands such as TCL and OPPO. Along with other Chinese phone makers such as Huawei and Xiaomi, Chinese brands have surpassed Samsung in China and are encroaching on Apple’s turf. In …

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Apple CEO: Feds should withdraw demand for iPhone hack help

WASHINGTON (AP) – Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook said in an early Monday morning email to employees that the U.S. government should withdraw its demand that Apple help the FBI hack a locked iPhone used by a shooter in the San Bernardino attack. The message, subject-lined “Thank you for your …

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Profit or patriotism? What’s driving fight between US, Apple

WASHINGTON (AP) – Battling in intense public broadsides, Apple Inc. and the government are making their cases before anyone steps into a courtroom over a judge’s order forcing Apple to help the FBI hack into an iPhone in a sensational terrorism case. Both sides are framing their statements in ways …

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Professor designs explosives detector to rival a dog’s nose

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) – A University of Rhode Island professor has developed a sensor that detects the kind of explosive used in the Paris bombings, to try to stop future attacks. Professor Otto Gregory compares his sensor to a dog’s nose, the gold standard in explosives detection. It “sniffs” …

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1,000 pages of Clinton emails released; 84 classifications

WASHINGTON (AP) – The State Department has released more than 1,000 new pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails. Eighty-one messages were classified, mostly at the lowest level of sensitivity. None was declared top secret. The department has now released more than 45,000 pages of emails from the private account Clinton used …

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Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service. On a vote of 75-20, the Senate gave final congressional approval to the wide-ranging …

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Fantasy sports companies defend embattled industry

BOSTON (AP) – Daily fantasy sports companies say their industry remains viable despite a rocky start to 2016. The industry’s top companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, are on the defensive after taking hits to their businesses in recent weeks as scrutiny by state policymakers across the country continues to intensify. This …

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TV producers may start making you wait for new shows online

NEW YORK (AP) – The Golden Age of Online Television may be in peril. Streaming TV has gotten popular as several online services such as Netflix make past seasons of TV shows available for binge-watching, while Hulu offers episodes from the current season. Now, some television companies are balking at …

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License plate readers a double-edged sword for NY village

FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) – When this Long Island village switched on its “ring of steel” last fall, it knew it was getting a potent policing tool. The system of 27 cameras would scan the license plate of every single vehicle that rolled into town. If a wanted criminal drove through, …

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Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorist supporters

WASHINGTON (AP) – Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday. The announcement demonstrated efforts by Twitter to automatically identify tweets supporting terrorism, reflecting increased pressure …

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