• Pirate Bay founder jailed for hacking Danish data

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish court on Friday sentenced the Swedish founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to 3½ years in prison after he was found guilty of hacking into a private company handling sensitive information for Danish authorities. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and a 21-year-old Dane were found guilty a day earlier of breaking into the servers of the Danish branch of CSC in 2012 and accessing more than 91,000 social security numbers, driver's license numbers and police records of sought-after people in Europe. Svartholm Warg, who is known by his Internet alias "Anakata," didn't dispute his computer had been used in the hacking. However, the Copenhagen court rejected his claims that it must have been used b

  • UN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new United Nations report says the world is facing a challenge of foreign fighters in terror groups on an "unprecedented scale," with about 15,000 in Syria and Iraq alone. The report by a panel of experts monitoring al-Qaida and the Taliban, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, has been submitted to the U.N. Security Council. The panel says fighters from more than 80 countries working with al-Qaida associates in Syria and Iraq "form the core of a new diaspora that may seed the threat for years to come," and that domestic terrorism could rise as fighters return to their home countries. The report, issued Wednesday, adds that the increasingly sophisticated use of social media is giving the Is

  • Bombs at marketplaces near Baghdad kill 15 people

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of bomb attacks struck marketplaces near Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 15 people, Iraqi officials said as security forces recaptured parts of a strategic Sunni oil town north of the capital from Islamic State militants. Iraq is embroiled in its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops in the wake of a blitz this year by the Sunni militant Islamic State group, which has seized a third of the country's territory. After heavy fighting overnight, Iraqi security forces backed by Shiite volunteers managed to push into the strategic oil town of Beiji on Friday, taking control of some of the town's southern districts, according to officials.

  • Hungary suspends Internet tax after huge protests

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Following large-scale protests, Hungary's prime minister said Friday that the government would suspend a planned tax on Internet use and reconsider the matter next year. A scheme to make Internet service providers pay 150 forints ($0.62) per gigabyte of Internet traffic, later proposed to be capped at different monthly rates for individual and business users, prompted tens of thousands of people to make their discontent known during two protests in the capital Budapest over the past week. Many protesters also considered the tax as another effort by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to centralize power, muffle the media and greatly increase the role and influence of the state in many walks of life, from bu

  • Israel presents maritime version of 'Iron Dome'

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Israel's "Iron Dome" is heading to the seas, the maker of the rocket-blocking defense system says. State-owned defense contractor Rafael wants to leverage the system's much-vaunted success in protecting Israeli civilians in this summer's Gaza war, hoping to draw navies as buyers for a new maritime version seen as especially useful in protecting national economic resources at sea like oil and gas platforms. At this week's Euronaval conference near Paris, Rafael unveiled "C-Dome," which endeavors to help combat vessels counteract any threats from the air, including missiles, helicopters and tiny unmanned drone aircraft, which could increasingly become tools of combat and reconnaissance at sea just as

  • Sony's quarterly loss balloons on mobile woes

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. says losses for July-September ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink. The Tokyo-based maker of the PlayStation 4 video game machines, Spider-Man movies and Xperia smartphones had reported a 19.6 billion yen loss for the same period a year earlier. The results Friday came despite a 7 percent increase in quarterly sales to 1.9 trillion yen ($17.3 billion) as performance improved in cameras, TVs and game businesses. Sony stuck to its forecast for the year through March 2015 at a 230 billion yen ($2.1 billion) loss. Sony is struggling amid intense competition from Apple Inc. of t

  • Oklahoma solar customers may see charges for grid costs

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: 13 hr ago

    An informational meeting to discuss a new customer class for users of distributed generation was held at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Thursday. A new law for rooftop solar and small wind turbine users goes into effect on Saturday.

  • Oklahoma phone bill fee for Internet in schools, hospitals to go up

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    The Oklahoma Corporation Commission approved an fee increase Thursday for the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund, which provides Internet access for schools, hospitals and libraries. The increase came as one commissioner warned of waste and abuse in the program.

  • Burkina Faso president won't resign after protests

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's longtime leader refused to resign Thursday in the face of violent protests that posed the greatest threat to his nearly three-decade rule, saying instead he will lead a transitional government after parliament was dissolved. Protesters stormed the parliament building and set part of it ablaze in a day of violence around the country to stop a parliamentary vote that would have allowed President Blaise Compaore to seek a fifth term in office. At least one person was killed and several others were wounded amid the melee, authorities said, and a curfew was put in place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. A state of emergency was imposed for several hours but lifted late Thursday.

  • Devices drain energy, even when not in use

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    As children — and some of us who are somewhat older — dress in costume and scour the neighborhood for candy, another scary monster likely is at your home, drinking your electricity.

  • Mexican governor confirms 3 US siblings found dead

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Three U.S. citizens missing for more than two weeks have been found shot to death in Mexico near the border city of Matamoros, and authorities are questioning a local police unit about possible involvement, the attorney general in northern Tamaulipas state said Thursday. The father of the three, Pedro Alvarado, identified his children from photographs of the bodies showing tattoos, Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla Acosta told Radio Formula. Clothing found with the bodies also matched that of Erica Alvarado Rivera, 26, and brothers, Alex, 22, and Jose Angel, 21, who had been visiting their father in Mexico and disappeared Oct. 13 along with Jose Guadalupe Castaneda Benitez, Erica Alvarado's 32-year-old

  • Apple CEO publicly acknowledges that he's gay

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook's declaration that he's "proud to be gay" wasn't exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no secret. But advocates say that given Apple's immense reach and visibility, his coming-out could help change attitudes in workplaces across America. The 53-year-old successor to Steve Jobs made the announcement in an essay published Thursday by Bloomberg Businessweek. He is the highest-profile U.S. business executive to publicly acknowledge that he's gay.

  • Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Moscow and Kiev on Thursday clinched a multi-billion dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine and beyond to the European Union throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, whose offices mediated the talks for months, said the EU will also help cash-strapped Ukraine with the payments through aid and guarantees. "There is now no reason for people in Europe to stay cold this winter," he said. Barroso added that he was "hopeful that the agreement can contribute to increase trust between Russia and Ukraine.

  • Graffiti found in 3 more national parks in West

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The National Park Service says it has found more graffiti in some of the West's most scenic locations in a case that sparked an uproar on social media last week. Investigators also say they suspect 21-year-old Casey Nocket of New York state is responsible for the paintings and drawings on rocks in national parks, which could lead to felony charges. A phone listing for Nocket was disconnected, and a message left Thursday for a possible relative was not immediately returned. Rangers say they've now confirmed images in Joshua Tree in California and at two more Colorado locations, bringing the total number of tagged parks to eight. A drawing in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park was reported and

  • N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners entering the country for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter. North Korea is always on guard against outside influences, but now that it perceives the deadly disease to be a threat, its anxiety has reached a new level. It has banned tourists, put business groups on hold and is looking even more suspiciously than usual at every foreign face coming across its borders. Case in point: when a high-level delegation from Japan arrived in Pyongyang this week, two of the first people they met were dressed in fu

  • Online stores fight Amazon for piece of retail pie

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com's low prices and seemingly endless array of goods have made it the biggest online retailer in the U.S., commanding about 20 percent of all e-commerce. The company is projected to have over $89 billion in revenue this year. Its massive success has driven other sites to offer similar perks and deals to woo customers and hold on to their piece of the retail pie. Some retailers now even offer to match Amazon's prices to try to win your business. That's good news for shoppers. So if you're searching for anything from beauty products to books, here's a look at some Amazon-like deals to take advantage of: USED OR NEW — AND CHEAP! An old standby that may offer more than you think is eBay.

  • Israel closes Jerusalem holy site after shooting

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel closed all access to Jerusalem's most sensitive religious site on Thursday, a rare move that ratcheted up already heightened tensions following the attempted assassination of a prominent Jewish religious activist and the killing of his suspected Palestinian assailant by police. The Palestinians accused Israel of a "declaration of war," deepening a crisis fueled by failed peace efforts, continued Israeli settlement construction and months of simmering violence in the holy city. While Israel said it would reopen the site on Friday, the increasingly religious nature of the unrest risked igniting further violence. Both the Israeli and Palestinian leaders blamed each other for the tensions.

  • Sri Lanka says no hope finding mudslide survivors

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Hundreds of desperate Sri Lankan villagers dug with bare hands through the broken red earth of a deadly landslide Thursday, defying police orders after a top disaster official said there was no chance of finding more survivors at the high-elevation tea plantation. There were conflicting reports of how many people were missing in the slide, which struck Wednesday morning in the island nation's central hills after heavy monsoon rains. Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said the number of dead at the Koslanda tea plantation would be fewer than 100. But Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center — which Amaraweera oversees — reported 190 people missing. Villagers, meanwhile, said th

  • Business strikes back with user reviews

    Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    In business, it might pay to keep the customer happy, but how far should you go just to keep the peace? Thanks to new technology, a bad review now cuts both ways and the peer review is increasingly a feature of everything from holidays and restaurants to cab rides and flat shares. For Bereket Hagos, who drives an Uber car in central London, the two-way street of peer reviews has democratized a process that was normally arbitrated by employers.

  • Verizon ad tech raises privacy concerns

    Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Attention Verizon Wireless customers: you may be getting tracked online. The mobile carrier has been using technology that assigns unique identification codes to users as they browse the Web on their phones, sparking privacy concerns.