- Hacker threatens to release stolen copies of Netflix series
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix's hit series "Orange Is The New Black," and is demanding that the video streaming service pay an unspecified ransom to prevent all the new episodes from being prematurely released online.
- Robotic fruit pickers may help orchards with worker shortage
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Harvesting Washington state's vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States.
- Robots, high-tech tools join battle against invasive species
WASHINGTON (AP) — A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam's trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the U.S. Midwest.
- US stocks close modestly lower, but end higher for the week
U.S. stocks closed modestly lower Friday, ending just short of another milestone for Wall Street.
- Markets Right Now: Stocks end slightly lower on Wall Street
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- Apple ceases iPhone payments to Qualcomm, escalating feud
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is refusing to pay any royalties owed to mobile chip maker Qualcomm for some of the features in the iPhone, escalating a patent feud that has turned the former business partners into bitter adversaries.
- Ahoy, matey: Pirate Party seeks candidates to run for office
BOSTON (AP) — The Pirate Party is looking for a few good candidates for elected office — eye patches and parrots not required.
- Facebook gearing up to fight political propaganda
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is acknowledging that governments or other malicious non-state actors are using its social network to influence political sentiment in ways that could affect national elections.
- Germany arrests 2 Japanese, 1 American in darknet drug case
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say authorities have arrested two Japanese citizens and an American on suspicion of selling millions of euros worth of drugs online.
- Russian prosecutors seek 3½ years for 'Pokemon Go' blogger
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors requested a 3½ year prison sentence Friday for a blogger charged with inciting religious hatred for playing "Pokemon Go" in a church.
- Sony returns to black on healthy chip, game, battery sales
TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. reported Friday a January-March profit of 27.7 billion yen ($250 million) on the back of healthy sales of image sensors, PlayStation 4 game software and batteries for mobile devices, marking a recovery from its red ink a year ago.
- Australian police reveal they broke new metadata laws
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian police revealed on Friday that an officer broke the country's contentious new metadata laws by illegally accessing a journalist's phone records to identify an anonymous source.
- AP FACT CHECK: US anti-missile system in S. Korea has limits
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Neat certainties are rare in the North Korean nuclear crisis, which for decades has simmered and occasionally boiled over, without resolution.
- Uber self-driving car exec steps aside during Google lawsuit
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The executive running Uber's self-driving car division is stepping aside while the company defends itself against charges that he provided the project with technology stolen from a Google spinoff.
- In VR land rush, creators unlock an 'empathy engine'
NEW YORK (AP) — On a plain, overcast day in Poland, Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter walks toward the Nazi concentration camp Majdanek.