Why some cities and states balk at face recognition tech

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police departments around the U.S. are asking citizens to trust them to use facial recognition software as another handy tool in their crime-fighting toolbox. But some lawmak...

Apple commits $2.5B to combat California housing crisis

Apple on Monday said it will put up $2.5 billion toward easing California's housing crisis. The sum from Apple eclipses pledges by fellow Silicon Valley giants Google and Facebook fo...

Pentagon awaits possible Amazon challenge over cloud deal

Amazon must decide soon if it will protest the Pentagon's awarding of a $10 billion cloud computing contract to rival Microsoft, with one possible grievance being the unusual attention given the proje...

Concert promoters turn away from facial recognition tech

BOSTON (AP) — Major concert promoters in the U.S. are stepping back from plans to scan festival-goers with facial recognition technology — at least for the time being. Live-entertain...

Big Tech's eco-pledges aren't slowing its pursuit of Big Oil

Employee activism and outside pressure have pushed big tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google promising to slash their carbon emissions. But there's another thing these tech giants aren't cu...

Big Tech faces a new set of foes: nearly all 50 US states

Big tech companies have long rebuffed attempts by the U.S. federal government to scrutinize or scale back their market power. Now they face a scrappy new coalition as well: prosecutors from nearly all...

Amazon, Microsoft wage war over the Pentagon's 'war cloud'

Amazon and Microsoft are battling for a $10 billion opportunity to build the U.S. military its first "war cloud." The Pentagon is preparing to award a contract for a computing projec...

Meet Big Tech's new foe - a congressman who fought City Hall

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Can the congressman who took on an entrenched machine politician in Rhode Island also stand up to Big Tech? Rhode Island Democratic Rep. David Cicilline (sihs...

FTC urged by child advocates to investigate Amazon's Alexa

Consumer advocates say the kids' version of Amazon's Alexa won't forget what children tell it, even after parents try to delete the conversations. A coalition of groups on Thursday i...

Dreams of social robots dashed again

Hopes that the tech industry was on the cusp of rolling out personal robots into homes are dimming now that several once-promising consumer robotics companies have shut down. The lat...

Sri Lanka blocks social media after deadly attacks

A group that monitors internet censorship says Sri Lankan authorities have blocked most social media services in the country following the Easter Sunday attacks that killed more than 200 people. ...

Booker, other Democrats target biased tech tools

Congress is starting to show interest in prying open the "black box" of tech companies' artificial intelligence with oversight that parallels how the federal government checks under car hoods and audi...

Face recognition researcher fights Amazon over biased AI

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Facial recognition technology was already seeping into everyday life — from your photos on Facebook to police scans of mugshots — when Joy Buolamwini noticed a serious glitch: ...

Apple's foray into video shows limits to tech growth

Apple's latest move into streaming video illustrates an escalating trend: Tech's biggest companies, faced with limits to their growth, are encroaching on each other's turf. Apple is ...

Microsoft workers protest use of HoloLens headsets for war

A group of Microsoft workers is demanding the company cancel a contract supplying U.S. Army soldiers with HoloLens headsets that could help them spot adversaries on the battlefield. ...