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Traffic wasn't bad as expected for the eclipse, but who knew it would draw sharks?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Across the Carolinas, residents paused Monday to watch the skies for the first total solar eclipse to span the United States in 99 years.

Despite predictions of traffic jams, the roads weren't as hectic as some had warned. Traffic, however, was at a crawl in some areas of the North Carolina mountains.

That's not to say there...Read more

Elon Musk and AI experts urge UN to ban artificial intelligence in weapons

NEW YORK -- Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk has joined dozens of CEOs of artificial intelligence companies in signing an open letter urging the United Nations to ban the use of AI in weapons before the technology gets out of hand.

The letter was published Monday -- the same day the U.N.'s Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous ...Read more

Trump looks at eclipse without glasses

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday took in the solar eclipse from the White House balcony, first looking up at the phenomenon without the necessary glasses to protect his eyes.

Trump, along with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron, took in the sight from the Truman balcony, which overlooks the South Lawn. While the three ...Read more

From Oregon to S. Carolina, solar eclipse delivers shadow of awe across the land

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Millions of sky-watchers gazed heavenward Monday as the moon's shadow raced eastward along a slender corridor bisecting the mainland United States, blotting out the sun in a grand celestial show that had not been visible all across America in nearly a century.

As if by the machinations of some great astral clock, the magic ...Read more

Nighttime forecast for Mars: Bursts of rapidly falling snow

Headed to Mars? Remember to pack your snow gear. Turns out that there are snowstorms on the Red Planet at night, according to a new paper.

The findings, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, could shed light on the dynamics of the planet's ancient climate -- and reveal that even today, Mars remains a more dynamic world than some ...Read more

The scent of plastic trash makes fish think it's food, new study finds

If you thought "empty calories" were bad for you, consider this: Plastic is ending up in the bellies of fish and other marine life -- and it may not be an accident. A new study finds that anchovies were actually attracted to some kinds of plastic, mistaking it for a tasty meal.

The findings, described in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, ...Read more

Google, other tech companies warned over 'dangerous' banning of neo-Nazis, hate groups

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer has been pushed offline or perhaps to the dark web by GoDaddy, Google and Cloudflare, which one by one made it impossible for the news and commentary provider to keep operating after it published an article that criticized a woman who died during last weekend's violent protests in ...Read more

Former Uber CEO calls investor's lawsuit against him a smear campaign

NEW YORK -- Uber's co-founder and former chief executive, Travis Kalanick, struck back at venture capital firm Benchmark this week when he sought to dismiss a fraud lawsuit Benchmark had filed against him, describing it as a "smear campaign."

Kalanick's motion to dismiss, filed Thursday, comes a week after Benchmark sued him, alleging that he ...Read more

Cutting off white supremacists: Apple Pay, Cloudflare and PayPal join the trend

NEW YORK -- Apple, Cloudflare and PayPal have joined the parade of companies cutting off services to white nationalists after an anti-racist counter-protester was killed and others were injured in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.

In statements circulated among employees and published online, the companies condemned hate groups and distanced ...Read more

New bill in California would crack down on VC sexual harassment

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Appalled by the recent spate of sexual harassment allegations shaking Silicon Valley's venture capital community, a California legislator is introducing a bill that would, for the first time, lay out explicit legal penalties for investors who harass founders.

California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Santa Barbara ...Read more

Website security firm CEO wakes up mad, sends neo-Nazi website to its doom

SAN FRANCISCO -- A tech executive's anger led him to lash out against the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website hounded from the internet domain registries of GoDaddy and Google after it rhetorically attacked the woman killed during the recent alt-right violence in Charlottesville, Va.

On Wednesday, Matthew Prince, CEO of Cloudflare, a San ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Avoiding Android 'drive-by' malware

Q: Several times a day, I get a pop-up on my Samsung Galaxy S7 phone that says "Kskas.apk" is ready to download. I assume this is malicious software, so I always delete the message. But is there any way to stop these pop-ups from appearing on my phone?

-- Glenn Correnti, Metairie, La.

A: Congratulations on avoiding Kskas.apk, which is malware ...Read more

Protests against Google are postponed as culture wars roil Silicon Valley

Conservative protesters scuttled plans to gather outside Google's offices this weekend, putting on hold an effort to take America's culture wars directly to Silicon Valley.

The region was long insulated from political rancor but now has become one of the most important ideological battlegrounds. That became more clear Wednesday, when protest ...Read more

How Facebook is tackling hate speech after the Charlottesville rally

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Facebook has cracked down on hate speech in the wake of a violent Charlottesville, Va., rally by removing online accounts and posts from white supremacists.

A company spokesperson on Tuesday pointed to eight pages or accounts, which the Menlo Park tech firm pulled down from Facebook and Instagram, including the Right Wing ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Avoiding Android 'drive-by' malware

Q: Several times a day, I get a pop-up on my Samsung Galaxy S7 phone that says "Kskas.apk" is ready to download. I assume this is malicious software, so I always delete the message. But is there any way to stop these pop-ups from appearing on my phone?

-- Glenn Correnti, Metairie, La.

A: Congratulations on avoiding Kskas.apk, which is malware ...Read more

New non-native species emerges in Great Lakes after a mostly clean decade

MILWAUKEE--The stew of non-native species known to be swarming in the Great Lakes just got a little thicker.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that a new type of zooplankton, commonly reported in Europe and Asia, has been discovered in the western basin of Lake Erie.

Precisely how the rotifer Brachionus leydigii arrived...Read more

This odd-looking creature may be the 'missing link' in dinosaur evolution

Chilesaurus, a two-legged dinosaur with a Frankenstein-like mix of features, could be the "missing link" that fills a mysterious gap in the dinosaur family tree, a new analysis shows.

The findings, published in the journal Biology Letters, may support a new proposal that could alter our understanding of dinosaur evolution.

Chilesaurus, ...Read more

Uber settles federal probe over alleged spying on passengers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Uber must beef up its privacy protections and submit to 20 years of outside monitoring after failing to safeguard both drivers' and passengers' sensitive information, federal regulators said Tuesday.

The penalties -- announced as part of a settlement the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company reached with the Federal Trade ...Read more

Amazon launches Instant Pickup service at five college campuses

SEATTLE -- has launched yet another brick-and-mortar experiment, this time geared to college students in a hurry on their campuses.

The service, dubbed Instant Pickup, offers a limited stock of basic items that range from snacks to phone chargers and Amazon devices.

Using the service, shoppers -- members of Prime, or the discounted ...Read more

Forget China: Here's why the next manufacturing boom could come from space

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- These days, it's hardly exotic to see a "made in China" sticker slapped on your favorite product. But what if that sticker said "made in space?"

A Mountain View-based startup earlier this month revealed new breakthroughs in its quest to build in-space factories that will orbit the Earth and pump out products that are ...Read more


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