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Oculus reacts to virtual reality privacy questions

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) – An executive from virtual reality company Oculus says consumers shouldn’t be concerned about an invasion of their privacy when using the Oculus Rift. Jason Rubin , Oculus’ head of worldwide studios, is downplaying questions raised about the VR system’s privacy policy. “It’s a new medium,” said …

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Microsoft suit is latest tech clash with US over privacy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – As we live more of our lives online, the companies we trust with our digital secrets are increasingly clashing with authorities who want access to the messages, pictures, financial records and other data we accumulate in electronic form. Microsoft opened a new front in the battle …

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China’s live-streaming sites offer chance to gain cash, fame

BEIJING (AP) – China’s live-streaming sites have become a burgeoning cottage industry, offering money-making opportunities and even stardom to their mostly female hosts and an entertaining new alternative for millions of viewers to online dramas and stodgy state-controlled TV. Zhang Qige, a 23-year-old woman who plays computer games and chats …

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Why you might soon text robots as often as your friends

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The robots are coming – to help run your life or sell you stuff – at an online texting service near you. In coming months, users of Facebook’s Messenger app, Microsoft’s Skype and Canada’s Kik can expect to find new automated assistants offering information and services …

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‘Cuban Twitter’ fallout found relief in FOIA’s glacial pace

WASHINGTON (AP) – As U.S. officials dealt with the fallout of the government’s once-secret “Cuban Twitter” program, they had one thing on their side: notorious delays in the federal Freedom of Information Act. The government didn’t have copies of the documents, which formed the basis of an Associated Press investigation …

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US cites Chinese Internet filters as trade barrier

BEIJING (AP) – The American government has cited Chinese Internet controls as a trade barrier in a report that comes as Beijing tries to block its public from seeing news online about the finances of leaders’ families. Chinese filters, which block access to websites including the Google search engine and …

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A jetpack nears liftoff, but creator fears dream is grounded

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) – Glenn Martin was sitting in a bar with his college buddies 35 years ago when they got to wondering: What ever happened to flying cars and jetpacks? The next day, the New Zealander began looking for answers in the science library, triggering a lifelong quest …

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Orders for lower-price Tesla continue to climb

NEW YORK (AP) – Demand for Tesla Motors’ new lower-priced electric car continued to climb over the weekend with pre-orders rising to 253,000. CEO Elon Musk tweeted the numbers on Saturday, which jumped 28 percent from 198,000 Friday. People pay $1,000 to reserve their vehicle. The Model 3 is less …

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Apple remains in dark on how FBI hacked iPhone without help

WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI’s announcement that it mysteriously hacked into an iPhone is a public setback for Apple Inc., as consumers learned that they can’t keep the government out of even an encrypted device that U.S. officials had claimed was impossible to crack. Apple, meanwhile, remains in the dark …

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US hacks iPhone, ends legal battle but questions linger

WASHINGTON (AP) – The extraordinary legal fight pitting the Obama administration against technology giant Apple Inc. ended unexpectedly after the FBI said it used a mysterious method without Apple’s help to hack into a California mass shooter’s iPhone. Left unanswered, however, were questions about how the sudden development would affect …

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