• Facebook wants to bring back the anonymous chatroom

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Remember in the late '90s when you would kill time in AOL and IRC chatrooms or post on Usenet? You'd strike up conversations with strangers about subjects you were all interested in, say "The X-Files," container gardening or The Fugees. Facebook wants to bring some of that community back with a fun new iOS app called Rooms. The free app, released on Thursday, lets you create or join chatrooms based on shared interests

  • Obese crash test dummies key to prevent road deaths?

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Car safety testing has come a long way since the days of dropping cadavers down unused elevator shafts in the 1930s. That we enjoy greater peace of mind on the road -- with fatal accidents in the US at historic lows -- is largely due to the evolution of crash test dummies. Vehicle manufacturers must prove their safety wi dummies before they can be legally sold in the US and Europe, and these unsung heroes have developed into extraordinarily sophisticated tools for collecting data and assessing risk.

  • US tech firm fined for underpaying Indian workers

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S. The probe announced this week by the U.S Department of Labor uncovered several egregious violations at Electronics for Imaging Inc., a printing technology specialist that generated revenue of $728 million last year, when the misconduct occurred.

  • Coalition airstrikes in Syria killed over 500

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 500 people since they began last month, mainly Islamic militants, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared yet again in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani. Despite the large death toll and international intervention to aid Kurdish forces fighting to defend Kobani, Islamic State forces on Thursday seized a hilltop overlooking the town along the Syria-Turkey border, activist said. To aid their brethren, Iraqi Kurds pledged to send dozens of fighters over the coming days to battle alongside Syrian Kurdish forces in Kobani.

  • AP Interview: Libya FM wants Tripoli negotiations

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Libya's newly appointed foreign minister said Thursday that he hopes to see a negotiated solution to the standoff in the capital, Tripoli, where Islamist-allied militias have taken over the city and forced out the elected lawmakers. The dramatic developments have further mired Libya in its worst turmoil since Moammar Gadhafi's ouster in 2011, with the country deeply fractured and having two rival governments and parliaments. Foreign Minister Mohamed Dayri, who assumed his post in late September, said he hopes mediation efforts by U.N. special representative, Bernardino Leon, would produce a political power-sharing agreement.

  • Comcast wins more Internet customers, ad sales up

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast Corp.'s third-quarter net income jumped 50 percent in the third quarter, helped by a one-time tax settlement, growth in Internet subscribers and fewer defectors from its cable service. Its shares rose more than 3 percent in afternoon trading. Comcast is in the midst of a $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, a deal that is under regulatory review. Cable providers have been consolidating as more viewers shift to watching video on mobile tablets, computers and smartphones rather than through traditional cable TV stations. AT&T Inc. is planning to buy satellite service DirecTV for $48.5 billion in a merger also under review.

  • OU's Radar Innovations Lab represents waves of the future — literally

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Updated: 19 hr ago

    The University of Oklahoma’s new 35,000-square-foot Radar Innovations Lab, which was formally dedicated Wednesday on the university’s Research Campus, will serve as an incubator for new ideas in radar research and development.

  • Lebanon says it won't accept more Syrian refugees

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon announced on Thursday it will not accept any more refugees from neighboring war-torn Syria, except in what authorities deem to be "exceptional" cases — a move that could prevent tens of thousands of Syrians from escaping the civil war. Information Minister Ramzi Jreij said Lebanon can simply not handle any more refugees. The tiny Mediterranean country has 1.1 million officially registered Syrian refugees, although the number is believed to be far higher. They make up almost a quarter of the country's population of 5 million. The refugees have stretched the country's already fragile infrastructure and compete with Lebanon's poorest for low-paid jobs, causing tensions.

  • AP Interview: Jerusalem mayor vows to calm city

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Jerusalem's mayor on Thursday called for a crackdown against a wave of Palestinian unrest, as police beefed up security after a Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded light rail train station and killed a baby girl. The crash Wednesday night escalated already heightened tensions in east Jerusalem, the section of the holy city captured by Israel in 1967 and claimed by the Palestinians as their capital. Since the summer, Palestinian youths have clashed frequently with Israeli police, thrown stones and firebombs at Israeli motorists and disrupted service of the city's light rail train — a service meant to unify the city.

  • After alarm, Lebanese man tests negative for Ebola

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese man who arrived in Beirut from West Africa believing he may have Ebola was reassured by doctors that he is disease free but was still taken into a hospital quarantine on Thursday as a practice run to check the country's preparedness, a health official said. The case initially raised concerns because it was announced by the health minister, Wael Abu Faour, who said earlier in the day that Lebanon had quarantined a man suspected of having Ebola. The announcement came after days of warnings by the government that the country was at a high risk of exposure to the disease.

  • Nokia turnaround since handset unit sale continues

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia is showing signs that it has turned around its fortunes following the sale of its ailing cellphone unit to Microsoft. The slimmed-down Finnish company said Thursday that it made a third-quarter net profit of 747 million euros ($950 million) of the year, compared with a 91 million-euro loss in the same period last year. The result beat expectations and Nokia Corp. stock closed up more than 3.5 percent at 6.74 euros in Helsinki. The profit came despite a 1.2 billion-euro impairment charge following revaluing the Here mapping and locations services. CEO Rajeev Suri said he was pleased to note strong growth in Nokia's three remaining operations — networks, mapping and software. Revenue in the third

  • French moving troops toward Libyan border

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — France is moving troops toward the Libyan border within weeks and, along with U.S. intelligence, is monitoring al-Qaida arms shipments to Africa's Sahel region, a top French military official said Thursday. A French base will go up within weeks in a desert outpost 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the lawless Libyan border region overrun by Islamic militants, the official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter. U.S. intelligence is helping French troops "a lot," he said. Earlier this month, French troops destroyed an arms convoy in northern Niger carrying three tons of weapons from Libya to Mali. A French drone had located and followed the convoy from sout

  • Google self-driving car: It may never actually happen.

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    A good technology demonstration so wows you with what the product can do that you might forget to ask about what it can't. Case in point: Google's self-driving car. There is a surprisingly long list of the things the car can't do, like avoid potholes or operate in heavy rain or snow. Yet a consensus has emerged among many technologists, policymakers, and journalists that Google has essentially solved—or is on the verge of solving—all of the major issues involved with robotic driving. The Economist believes that "the technology seems likely to be ready before all the questions of regulation and liability have been sorted out." The New York Times declared that "autonomous vehicles like the one Google is building will be able to pack roads more efficiently"—up to eight times so. Google co-founder Sergey Brin forecast in 2012 that self-driving cars would be ready in five years, and in May, said he still hoped that his original prediction would come true.

  • Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The young billionaire delighted an audience of students at a prestigious Beijing university this week with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese. — DID HE COMPLAIN ABOUT THE BAN? He made no explicit mention of China's ban on the social media giant, but an indirect reference to it drew laughter during the question-and-answer session Wednesday at Tsinghua University. Zuckerberg, whose company has long sought to enter China, noted Facebook already helps some Chinese companies in foreign markets, citing computer maker Lenovo's ads on Facebook in India. "Speaking of China, I have a more difficult question for Mark, which I hope

  • For teen with passport, Syria trip can be seamless

    Yesterday

    PARIS (AP) — The teenage sisters told their father they were staying home sick from their suburban Denver school. Instead, they took $2,000 and their passports and headed off for Syria with a 16-year-old friend. They made it as far as Germany before border guards detained them for questioning. The fact that adolescent girls could make their way across the Atlantic might come as a surprise to many parents, but a patchwork of laws and rules governing international air travel in many cases makes it easy for teenagers to travel with nobody's permission but their own.

  • Cyprus: crews locate small plane wreckage, bodies

    Yesterday

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The bodies of two people have been found near wreckage belonging to a small aircraft that vanished over the Mediterranean Sea while en route to Beirut from Cyprus, the defense minister said Thursday. Christoforos Fokaides expressed condolences to the families of the "two members of the crew." He said the bodies will be taken to the island nation for positive identification. Family members of both victims have been notified, according to a Defense Ministry statement. Cypriot authorities said the twin-engine Diamond DA42 plane with one Cypriot and one Lebanese national onboard disappeared Wednesday evening around 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of the coastal town of Larnaca.

  • Lebanese health minister says man suspected of having Ebola quarantined in Lebanon

    Yesterday

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese health minister says man suspected of having Ebola quarantined in Lebanon.

  • Danes summon Turkish diplomat over freed suspect

    Yesterday

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark has summoned Turkey's ambassador over the disappearance of a man suspected of attempted murder who was arrested in Istanbul at Denmark's request. Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard says he will tell Mehmet Donmez on Friday that "it is clearly not satisfactory" that Turkey has not informed Danes why and when Danish national Basil Hassan was freed. Lidegaard said Thursday the 27-year-old's release was "a huge problem." Hassan, suspected in the failed shooting of a Danish anti-Islamist in 2013, was arrested April 16. On Wednesday, Turkey said that a Turkish court was behind his release without giving further details.

  • Clarification: Turkey-Islamic State-Istanbul story

    Yesterday

    ISTANBUL (AP) — In a story Oct. 17, The Associated Press reported that the owner of a bookstore in Istanbul that sells pins bearing the emblem of the Islamic State group said jihadists should not be classified as terrorists. The story should have specified that Osman Akyildiz said he does not support the Islamic State militants' campaign of beheadings.

  • China, Iran defense officials pledge closer ties

    Yesterday

    BEIJING (AP) — China's defense minister met Thursday with Iran's navy commander in the latest sign of warming ties between their two militaries following their first joint naval drills in the Persian Gulf last month. Chang Wanquan told visiting Iranian Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari that China hopes for "further pragmatic cooperation and the uninterrupted development of ties between the two militaries," China's Defense Ministry said. It quoted Sayyari as saying that Iran attached great importance to its relations with China and also hoped for stronger military-to-military ties. China has been building closer ties with the militaries of U.S. rivals such as Russia to help counter American naval dominance in the Asia-Pa