Virgin Orbit analyzing data to find cause of rocket failure
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virgin Orbit engineers were analyzing data Tuesday to find out what caused the maiden flight of its air-launched satellite booster to fail.
Worry, haste, retail therapy: What have we bought and why?
NEW YORK (AP) — Between technical glitches and food worries, retail therapy and sheer amnesia, something has happened to shopping during the pandemic that can be summed up thusly: rubber chickens.
Branson's Virgin Orbit fails on first rocket launch attempt
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit failed Monday in its first test launch of a new rocket carried aloft by a Boeing 747 and released over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California.
German court ruling clears the way to settle VW diesel cases
KARLSRUHE, Germany (AP) — A German court has ruled that Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners of its diesel cars equipped with software that evaded emissions testing — but consumers must accept the current value of the car based on the mileage they drove since buying it, not the purchase price.
1st test launch by Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit postponed
MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit postponed its first space launch Sunday due to a technical problem. The company said one sensor was “acting up" and fuel was being offloaded from the rocket in Mojave, California, to address what it termed a minor issue.
Top UN official warns malicious emails on rise in pandemic
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. disarmament chief warned Friday that cyber crime is on the rise, with a 600% increase in malicious emails during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pompeo: China measure a 'death knell' for Hong Kong autonomy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday condemned China's effort to take over national security legislation in Hong Kong, calling it “a death knell for the high degree of autonomy" that Beijing had promised the territory.
IBM cuts jobs around U.S. as new CEO looks for revival
ARMONK, N.Y. (AP) — IBM told the Wall Street Journal it is laying off an undisclosed number of workers across the U.S. IBM representatives didn't return numerous calls and emails Friday to confirm the job cuts, which were also reported by Bloomberg.
Tech privacy firm warns contact tracing app violates policy
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A contact tracing app pushed by the governors of North Dakota and South Dakota as a tool to trace exposure to the coronavirus violated its own privacy policy by sharing location and user identification information with third-party businesses, according to a report from a tech privacy company.
Coronavirus pandemic claims another victim: Robocalls
Have you been missing something amid the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders? No, not human contact. Not even toilet paper. Robocalls.
UK regulators investigating misleading online reviews
LONDON (AP) — Britain's competition watchdog has launched an investigation into misleading reviews on several big websites amid the surge in online shopping during pandemic lockdown restrictions.
Texas court holds first US jury trial via videoconferencing
DALLAS (AP) — The potential jurors popped onto the screen one by one. They confirmed their names and told the judge how they were connecting to the court: on laptops, tablets and iPhones.
Tech giants are embracing remote work. Others may follow
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — For a preview of the future of office work, watch how the biggest tech companies are preparing for a post-pandemic world.
Study: Philippines a global hot spot for online child abuse
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has emerged as a global hot spot for online child sexual exploitation, and coronavirus lockdowns that restrict millions to their homes may be worsening the abuses, a U.S.
Singapore sentences drug suspect to death at Zoom hearing
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Singapore sentenced a drug suspect to death at a court hearing held on the videoconferencing app Zoom because of the city-state's coronavirus lockdown, in a decision slammed by a human rights group as callous and inhumane.
Apple, Google release technology for pandemic apps
Apple and Google on Wednesday released long-awaited smartphone technology to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus.
AT&T to drop misleading '5G' marketing for non-5G networks
AT&T says it will stop advertising its wireless network as “5G Evolution” after a division of the Better Business Bureau determined that its language was misleading.
VIRUS DIARY: In Hong Kong lockdown, watched by a wristband
HONG KONG (AP) — It took only a few seconds. Shortly after I stepped off a flight from Singapore, an official at the Hong Kong immigration counter gestured for me to extend my arm, then strapped a bulky plastic box to my wrist.
AP PHOTOS: Quarantine and a bracelet for Hong Kong returnees
HONG KONG (AP) — It sits on your wrist, just as a wristwatch would. And in a moment when the world fears infections more than almost anything, it knows exactly where you are.
Tech-assisted COVID-19 tracking is having some issues
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Harnessing today's technology to fight the coronavirus pandemic is turning out to be more complicated than it first appeared.
Tesla shareholder suit over Elon Musk tweets remains on hold
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has denied a request by attorneys for Tesla shareholders to pursue a lawsuit seeking to prevent CEO Elon Musk from using his personal Twitter account to disseminate information regarding the electric vehicle and solar panel manufacturer.
France: Amazon back in business after virus deal with unions
PARIS (AP) — Amazon is gradually reopening its warehouses in France after working out virus safety measures with unions, in an effort to end weeks of legal troubles that had sharply curtailed the company’s French business and drawn worldwide attention.
Google says it won't build AI tools for oil and gas drillers
Google says it will no longer build custom artificial intelligence tools for speeding up oil and gas extraction, separating itself from cloud computing rivals Microsoft and Amazon.
LeBron James, Spotify, HBO among 2020 Webby Award winners
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James, Jimmy Fallon, Spotify and HBO are among the 2020 Webby Award winners for internet excellence. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced the winners Tuesday.
German court nixes law allowing foreign telecom monitoring
BERLIN (AP) — Regulations allowing Germany’s foreign intelligence service to monitor the communications of reporters working abroad and others violate the country’s constitution and must be changed, Germany’s highest court ruled Tuesday, deciding in favor of journalists' rights group Reporters Without Borders and others.