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Dogs may be the best line of defense against subway attacks

TERROR DEFENSE-DOGS

NEW YORK (AP) – Even in an era of high-tech crime-fighting, the best line of defense against a Brussels-style attack on airports and subways has four legs and a tail. Dogs, with their exquisitely sensitive noses, have been trained in recent years to pick up the scent of explosives on …

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Activist investor seeks to replace Yahoo’s entire board

Marissa Mayer

NEW YORK (AP) – Starboard Value LP says it wants to replace Yahoo’s entire board, setting up a battle between the activist investor and the faded Internet company. Starboard on Thursday nominating nine people to the board. Tension between Starboard and Yahoo has been escalating. Yahoo named two new directors …

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How the FBI might hack into an iPhone without Apple’s help

Apple Encryption-Cracking Methods

NEW YORK (AP) – For more than a month, federal investigators have insisted they have no alternative but to force Apple to help them open up a phone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. That changed Monday when the Justice Department said an “outside party” recently showed the …

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The Apple-FBI fight may be the first salvo in a bigger war

Encryption-Battle Widens

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Apple-FBI fight may just be the opening salvo in a broader war over encryption, as technology companies continue to lock up their users’ messages, photos and other data to shield them from thieves and spies – and, incidentally, criminal investigators. WhatsApp, the globally popular messaging …

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Startup makes virtual reality intuitive with eye-tracking

Japan Virtual Reality

TOKYO (AP) – No more fiddling with remote-controller buttons or a mouse. Just look. San Francisco-based startup Fove has developed eye-tracking for virtual reality – that kernel of technology many feel is key for the illusion of becoming immersed in a setting. Glance, and a video-game character talks back. Or …

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VW sued by big investors, including CalPERS pension fund

Volkswagen-Whistleblower Lawsuit

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Institutional investors are suing automaker Volkswagen in a German court, seeking 3.25 billion euros ($3.57 billion) in damages over the company’s diesel emissions scandal. Attorney Andreas Tilp said Tuesday in a statement that the suit was joined by investors from 14 countries, including the U.S., Australia, …

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Durability tests: Samsung phones survive water, not falls

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NEW YORK (AP) – You can dunk Samsung’s new smartphones in water, but don’t drop them on a sidewalk, a new study finds. SquareTrade, a company that offers extended-protection plans for gadgets, said the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge still functioned after being submerged in water for 30 minutes. Audio …

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Capital One to let users pay bills via Amazon’s Echo

Amazon Echo

NEW YORK (AP) – Capital One has teamed with Amazon to let owners of Amazon’s Echo smart speaker system pay their bills and get other account information through voice commands. Amazon’s Echo speakers use a voice-command service called Alexa to help users perform various tasks, such as turning on smart …

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All about Go, the ancient game in which AI bested a master

South Korea Game Human vs Computer

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – The rules of Go, the ancient Chinese board game that is the stage for a man-vs-machine battle this week, are beautifully simple. Actually playing it is anything but. Go is considered to be far more complex than chess, making it remarkable that a cutting-edge computer …

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Snapchat, Seagate among companies duped in tax-fraud scam

Evan Spiegel, Snapchat

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Tax-filing season is turning into a nightmare for thousands of employees whose companies have been duped by email fraudsters. A major phishing scheme has tricked several major companies – among them, the messaging service Snapchat and disk-drive maker Seagate Technology – into relinquishing tax documents that …

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