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Business & Technology

Published Sat Jan 01 2000 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Business & Technology
Business & Technology

Microsoft keeps building in N Carolina with 500 more jobs


Microsoft Corp. is ready to grow its North Carolina workforce even further with 500 new jobs in the Raleigh-Durham area.  Gov. Roy Cooper and Microsoft executives made the announcement Tuesday,  less than two months after the software and cloud-computing giant unveiled 430 additional positions for Charlotte. The latest round of jobs predominantly will go to software engineers and developers, with average wages of $125,000. Microsoft can receive state cash incentives for both the Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham expansions if the company meets job-creation and investment goals. Microsoft already has nearly 2,000 employees in North Carolina. Houston was also in the running for the jobs announced Tuesday. 

Darknet moderator pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy


Authorities say a moderator for the darknet site AlphaBay has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and could face up to 20 years in federal prison. The U.S. attorney's office says 25-year-old Bryan Herrell of Colorado pleaded guilty Monday in Fresno, California to conspiracy to engage in a racketeer-influenced corrupt organization. AlphaBay was shut down in 2017 by law enforcement who called it one of the largest global marketplaces for illegal sales of guns, drugs and stolen identity information. Prosecutors said Herrell settled disputes between sellers and buyers and also acted as a watchdog against scams aimed at defrauding AlphaBay users. 

Waymo: Self-driving vehicle in manual mode at time of crash


Waymo says one of its self-driving minivans operating in manual mode was involved in a rear-end collision in a Phoenix suburb caused by the reckless driving of a sedan. Waymo says the sedan erratically swerved, braked aggressively and abruptly slowed before the crash Thursday night in Tempe. Waymo says its driver tried to avoid a collision but rear-ended the sedan and its driver was treated for neck pain. Police say only Waymo's driver was hurt. Waymo is among several companies testing autonomous vehicles in metro Phoenix. An Uber self-driving vehicle in 2018 hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe.

Apple, Broadcom told to pay Caltech $1.1B in patent lawsuit


A federal jury has decided that Apple Inc. and Broadcom Inc. must pay $1.1 billion to the California Institute of Technology for infringing on patents. The Los Angeles panel on Wednesday set damages in a lawsuit that said Broadcom infringed on Caltech's Wi-Fi data transmission patents in computer chips that went into iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and other Apple devices. Caltech, based in Pasadena, California, said it's pleased by the decision. Messages to Apple and Broadcom seeking comment weren't immediately returned Wednesday night.

Lawsuit: Apple, Microsoft profit from child cobalt miners


A new lawsuit accuses several of the world's largest technology firms of knowingly profiting from children laboring under brutal conditions in African cobalt mines. The lawsuit was filed this week in Washington by the nongovernmental organization International Rights Advocates. It seeks damages from Apple, Dell, Microsoft, Tesla and Google's parent company, Alphabet, on behalf of the families of child miners killed or maimed on the job. Cobalt is an essential element in the rechargeable lithium batteries that fuel many electronic devices.

Sheriff blasts Amazon for not helping with probe into driver


A sheriff's office in Florida says it caught an Amazon driver stealing a customer's package but got no help from the company during its investigation. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said Thursday in a statement that it had arrested 27-year-old Jose Campos after detectives tracked down the vehicle he was using from homeowners' association video and video from the Davenport, Florida residence where the package was stolen. Detectives had initially contacted Amazon at its logistics center in person, but they were told they needed a subpoena, according to the sheriff's office. The company later apologized.

California OKs highly questioned LA County voting system


California's secretary of state has approved Los Angeles County’s unique new publicly owned computerized voting system. But Alex Padilla is also requiring modifications for the system, which is the first-of-its-kind in the nation. The modifications ordered to the Los Angeles County system address serious security and technical issues identified in testing. They include potential tampering via access to a USB port, paper jams and the touchscreen user interface. Another major complaint has been the system’s usability. For many races with multiple candidates, not all fit on a single screen and a “more” button has to be pressed for additional choices. 

French govt defends teen girl bullied for anti-Islam posts


The cyber-bullying must stop. That is message being forcefully delivered by France's government on behalf of a 16-year-old who has been hounded and threatened online after posting comments on Instagram that were critical of Islam. French media have reported that the girl had to stop attending classes. A prosecutor has launched two police investigations after the location of the teen's school and other details about her were published online. Her anti-Islam comments and the reaction to them have inspired hashtags for and against the teen. Without getting into the right or wrong of what the teen said, the government's point-person against sexism and other forms of discrimination leapt to her defense Friday. 

UK opens inquiry into Google's takeover of data company

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo a sign is shown on a Google building at their campus in Mountain View, Calif. Google plans offer checking accounts run by Citigroup and a credit union, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Britain's competition watchdog has launched a formal merger inquiry into Google's purchase of cloud data analytics company Looker Data Sciences. The Competition and Markets Authority said on Tuesday that it notified the two companies that it is opening an initial inquiry. It said it would decide by mid-February whether to escalate it to a more in-depth investigation. Google says the acquisition of Looker has received regulatory approval in the U.S. and Austria and it is making progress with U.K. regulators. The U.S. tech giant had announced in June it was buying Looker, which helps customers visualize data, as it seeks to compete with rivals like Amazon.

Calif consumer privacy law can affect businesses across U.S.

This undated photo provided by APRA AMCOS shows Josh Simons. If the thousands of Californians who use Simons' app for musicians demand next month that Vampr delete their personal information, Simons will be ready to comply. The social network company expects to be one of thousands of businesses across the country subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act, a law that takes effect Jan. 1, 2020, and gives consumers control over personal information the companies collect, store and often share with other enterprises. (Jacinta Keefe/APRA AMCOS via AP)

Companies across the U.S. may find themselves subject to a new California law starting Jan. 1