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Facebook 2Q results soar as user base, mobile ads grow

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is attracting advertising dollars to where its users are — on mobile devices. The world’s largest online social network surpassed expectations on all fronts in the second quarter. Continue reading

Facebook Wins Friends With Mobile Growth

Facebook is making friends in the growing mobile sector, according to an earnings report published Wednesday by the social media company, which had a busy quarter expanding into e-commerce and virtual reality. The social media giant’s revenue grew during the three-month quarter that ended June 30, rising to $4 billion compared with $2.91 billion for the same period last year. Continue reading

Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm. But Aanya’s care-free attitude dissolved into paranoia a few months ago shortly after her mother bought Amazon’s Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a home or office to listen for various requests, such as for a song, a sports score, the weather, or even a book to be read aloud. After using the Internet-connected device for two months, Aanya, 16, started to worry that the Echo was eavesdropping on conversations in her Issaquah, Washington, living room Continue reading

Man dies in Channel Tunnel as migrant crisis deepens

By Estelle Shirbon and Dominique Vidalon LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – A Sudanese man died on Wednesday as migrants desperate to enter Britain from France stormed the channel tunnel entrance and British ministers and security chiefs held an emergency meeting to try to tackle the growing crisis. Freight and passenger traffic through the rail tunnel has been severely disrupted as migrants camped out in shanty towns in the Calais area have repeatedly tried to board trucks and trains traveling from France to Britain. The situation has turned into a blame game with Eurotunnel asking French and British governments to reimburse it for the 10 million euros ($11 million) it has spent to beef up security to cope with the latest migrant crisis at Calais Continue reading

New TSA chief aims to tighten U.S. airline screening: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Transportation Security Administration plans to retrain thousands of airport screeners to detect weapons better, scale back a pre-clearance program and more closely monitor security badges, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. Continue reading

Massachusetts man accused of plotting college bombing due in court

BOSTON (Reuters) – The son of a Boston police captain arrested this month and accused of planning to bomb a college cafeteria on behalf of the Islamic State militant group is due in court on Wednesday to face criminal charges. Alexander Ciccolo, 23, was arrested on July 4 after illegally receiving four guns from a person working with the U.S. Justice Department, which had placed him under surveillance after his father alerted authorities to his activities Continue reading

Obamacare case to be turned against government on emissions rule

By Lawrence Hurley By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Opponents of President Barack Obama’s soon-to-be-implemented policy to cut carbon emissions from power plants are planning to use an unlikely and potentially potent weapon against him: the recent U.S. Continue reading

Mexico Faces Cartel Security Risks in Opening Energy Sector

On one particular pipeline being built in Mexico’s desert, work stopped at 5 p.m. No exceptions. “After 5:30, when the cartels start moving drugs, they have to leave the site. Continue reading

Twitter 2Q revenue grows sharply but user growth stays slow

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter failed to grow its user base at a quick enough pace for investors in the second quarter even as revenue grew sharply, feeding concerns about whether it can ever become a mass-market service like Facebook or Google. The beleaguered company is searching for a permanent CEO to replace Dick Costolo, who stepped down at the beginning of this month. Co-founder and chairman Jack Dorsey is serving as interim CEO. Continue reading

Donald Trump’s lawyer gets law wrong, says, ‘You can’t rape your spouse’

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has distanced itself from Trump Organization special council Michael Cohen, who had asserted, “You can’t rape your spouse.” (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Donald Trump’s lawyer has apologized for his erroneous assertion about marital rape. “In my moment of shock and anger, I made an inarticulate comment — which I do not believe — and which I apologize for entirely,” Michael Cohen, executive vice president and special counsel at The Trump Organization, said in a statement on Tuesday, a day after he responded to a reporter’s question about an old divorce deposition — in which Ivana Trump used the word “rape” to describe a 1989 incident with her then-husband — by saying, “You can’t rape your spouse.” “You’re talking about the frontrunner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as a private individual who never raped anybody,” Cohen told the Daily Beast’s Tim Mak Continue reading