Sri Lanka expats wait to reconnect amid social media block
NEW YORK (AP) — Viji Devadas hasn't heard from her nephew in Sri Lanka on her family WhatsApp chat group since he reached out just after the Easter Sunday bomb blasts that tore apart churches and hotels and killed hundreds in the South Asian nation.
Tesla CEO plans to hand the car keys to robots next year
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects to start converting the company's electric cars into fully self-driving vehicles next year as part of an audacious plan to create a network of robotic taxis to compete against Uber and other ride-hailing services.
Arizona joins 47 other states with cellphone-driving law
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona ended a decade of resistance to restrictions on using a cellphone while driving when Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law Monday outlawing holding a phone behind the wheel.
Shelter uproar highlights strife in expensive San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's renowned waterfront hosts joggers, admiring tourists and towering condos with impressive views.
Samsung delays folding phone launch after breaking issues
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung is pushing back this week's planned public launch of its highly anticipated, $2000 folding phone after reports that reviewers' phones were breaking.
Back to Earth: Washington set to allow 'human composting'
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington appears set to become the first state to allow a burial alternative known as "natural organic reduction" — an accelerated decomposition process that turns bodies into soil within weeks.
Microsoft workers join China's debate over grueling workweek
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tech workers in China protesting a corporate culture of grueling work schedules are getting some support from their U.S.
California police say teen lured to assault with dating app
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — California police say a teenage victim of sexual assault was lured through a dating app. KABC-TV reports that Santa Ana police arrested 59-year-old Michael Komoto April 18 on a charge of engaging in sex acts with a minor.
Sri Lanka blocks social media after Easter Sunday bombings
Sri Lankan authorities blocked most social media after Easter Sunday attacks killed more than 200 people, with officials saying the temporary move was meant to curtail the spread of false information and ease tensions.
Doctor-services firm says private data of patients exposed
DALLAS (AP) — Nationwide physician-staffing company EmCare says a breach exposed personal data for about 31,000 patients, including in some cases their Social Security numbers and clinical information.
British cyber expert pleads guilty to creating malware
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A British cybersecurity researcher credited with stopping a worldwide computer virus has pleaded guilty to developing malware to steal banking information.
Tesla wants to cut size of board from 11 directors to 7
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Tesla plans to cut its board of directors from 11 to seven in a move the electric-car maker says will allow the board to act more nimbly and efficiently.
Oklahoma City bombing 'Survivor Tree' DNA to live on
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Science and technology are helping Oklahoma City to sustain the DNA — and the spirit — of a tree that has symbolized hope in the 24 years since the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S.
Report: FTC considering oversight of Facebook's Zuckerberg
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are reportedly considering seeking some kind of oversight of Mark Zuckerberg's leadership of Facebook over the social network giant's mishandling of users' personal information.
National Enquirer being sold to former newsstand mogul
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Enquirer is being sold to the former head of the airport newsstand company Hudson News following a rocky year in which the tabloid was accused of burying stories that could have hurt Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
IPO mania: Zoom zooms, Pinterest pins down Wall Street
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — There's some tech jubilance in the air on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley as a pair of newly public companies — Zoom and Pinterest — saw their stocks soar on their first trading day.
Musk, SEC get another week to reach deal in contempt case
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Tesla CEO Elon Musk and U.S. securities regulators are getting another week to negotiate a deal to keep Musk from being found in contempt of court.
Arizona lawmakers OK ban on cellphone use while driving
PHOENIX (AP) — The small list of states that allow either texting while driving or hand-held cellphone use is shrinking after the Arizona House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a cellphone use ban and sent it to Republican Gov.
New Mexico panel surprises Facebook with $39M utility bill
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A powerful New Mexico regulatory authority is requiring the state's largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction for its data center — a move the social media giant says it was not expecting.
2 Zooms soared after the IPO: Did you buy the wrong one?
NEW YORK (AP) — One IPO, two stocks zooming higher. Investors on Thursday pounced on their first chance to buy shares of Zoom Video Communications, the video-conferencing company that had its initial public offering of stock.
Facebook says more Instagram passwords exposed than thought
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions more Instagram users were affected by a password security lapse than parent company Facebook acknowledged nearly four weeks ago.
Assange friend jailed by Ecuador says case will collapse
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A Swedish programmer friendly with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he's confident the allegations that have him jailed in Ecuador lack substance and "will collapse."
Appeals court weighs Trump permit for Keystone XL pipeline
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Justice Department attorneys want an appeals court to let construction proceed on the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.
Uber rolls out feature urging riders to 'check your ride'
NEW YORK (AP) — Uber is releasing a new feature to help riders ensure they're getting into the right vehicles. The development comes several weeks after a University of South Carolina student was killed after getting into a car she had mistaken for the Uber ride she hailed.
Google: Android users get browser, search options in EU case
LONDON (AP) — Google said Thursday it will start giving European Union smartphone users a choice of browsers and search apps on its Android operating system, in changes designed to comply with an EU antitrust ruling.