• Experts: Home, baby cameras not secure worldwide


    LONDON (AP) — A child playing in Bucheon, South Korea. An empty crib in Absecon, New Jersey. Cattle feeding in Behamberg, Austria. Footage from more than 100 countries is being streamed from bedrooms, office buildings, shops, laundromats, stables and barns. Experts have a message for anyone with a webcam, baby monitor or home security camera: change your password now, because feeds from the cameras are being posted online by a Russian website. The site takes advantage of the fact that camera users receive default passwords to get devices working — such as "1234." Many manufacturers also put default passwords online, Britain's Information Commissioner's Office said Thursday.

  • AP Exclusive: Some in NSA warned of a backlash


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn't providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say. The NSA took the concerns seriously, and many senior officials shared them. But after an internal debate that has not been previously reported, NSA leaders, White House officials and key lawmakers opted to continue the collection and storage of American calling records, a domestic surveillance program without parallel in the agency's recent history.

  • The ultimate homecoming: Arianna introduces HuffPost Greece

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    ATHENS -- As The Huffington Post has expanded around the world, I have used this space to introduce each of our new international editions. But none of the announcements I've made has had as much significance for me personally as what I have to share today: the launch of The Huffington Post in my native Greece. If I veer into some emotional territory (and spoiler alert: I will -- it's in my genes), it's because even now, surrounded by our wonderful team of editors in our office with a stunning view of the Parthenon, I'm overwhelmed by gratitude. For me, this is the ultimate homecoming, not only because this is where I and my accent were born but because HuffPost is very firmly rooted in a Greek tradition of bringing people together and facilitating interesting conversations.

  • Cookbooks see growth, but slow to move to digital


    A few years ago, Ken Hagemann was drawn to what he thought was the future of cookbooks. Lured by the ease and searchability promised by e-books and apps, he purged most of his old school volumes. But instead of a digital culinary epiphany, he found only disappointment. "You can't get the spirit and the intent of the author," says the 46-year-old systems analyst and avid cook from Arlington, Virginia. "You can get 100 recipes that cover the Italian regions, but that doesn't make it an Italian cookbook. It's the person writing it who gives it the thread all the way through." He's hardly alone. While books across categories have surged into digital, cookbooks generally have lagged well behind.

  • Sheriff's office warns of hit man email scam


    MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Officials in the Florida Keys are warning of an email scam that that claims to be from a "professional hit man" hired by a friend to kill the person receiving the document. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says it has recently had two reports of such an email. The email warns the receiver against contacting police and includes the phrase "contact my email if you want to live." The sheriff's office says the email warns that the victim is being watched. It also claims the threats will be extended to the person's family members if they don't follow the instructions. Officials say the next step in the scam is likely to extort money. Sheriff's officials say people should not respond to s

  • Michelin making airless tires at its 10th SC plant


    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Michelin's 10th plant in South Carolina, opening Thursday, will produce the company's innovative airless radial tire and develop the concept's future generations, company officials told The Associated Press in advance of a news conference. Commercial production of the Tweel, named to reflect the tire and wheel combination, comes nearly 10 years after Michelin introduced it as a concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. But the entire development process, from concept to prototype to pilot, occurred in Greenville, home to the company's second-largest research center worldwide, said Pete Selleck, chairman and president of Michelin North America.

  • Human rights groups release anti-surveillance tool


    BERLIN (AP) — Four human rights groups have released a tool that lets users check whether their computer has been infected with surveillance software. Amnesty International says the tool released Thursday, called Detekt, is designed for right activists and journalists but will be freely available to anybody who fears their computer is being used to monitor them. Developer Claudio Guarnieri, a security researcher based in Germany, says Detekt can currently find eight different pieces of spy software, including FinSpy. FinSpy, made by German company FinFisher, is sold to governments for criminal investigations. It has also been found on computers used by human rights lawyers and activists in countries such as Bahrain an

  • Coconino County to begin enforcing cellphone ban


    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Coconino County authorities can start citing drivers Saturday for talking on their cellphones without a hands-free device. The county approved an ordinance in April that generally bans texting and making calls with cellphones and other electronic devices while driving. Authorities have been giving warnings for the past few months. The ban has several exceptions. For example, it doesn't apply in emergency calls to police or fire departments, or to a hospital, doctor's office or ambulance service. Anyone found violating the ban could be fined $100. The fee goes up to $250 if the violation causes a collision.

  • Electronic monitoring projects advancing in Maine


    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are hoping to expand the use of electronic monitoring systems for domestic violence abusers. The Maine State Board of Corrections is seeking proposals from counties interested in beginning electronic monitoring pilot programs in their areas. The state hopes to launch the six-month projects in one rural and one urban location beginning in January. House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport sponsored the bill creating the pilot programs and funding for them. The state currently has $36,000 available for counties to start the pilot programs and Fredette has introduced a bill for next session that would add another $500,000 to the fund.

  • Yahoo replaces Google as Firefox's default search


    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo will supplant Google's search engine on Firefox's Web browser in the U.S., signaling Yahoo's resolve to regain some of the ground that it has lost in the most lucrative part of the Internet's ad market. The five-year alliance announced Wednesday will end a decade-old partnership in the U.S. between Google Inc. and the Mozilla Foundation, which oversees the Firefox browser. The tensions between Google and Mozilla had been rising since Google's introduction of the Chrome browser in 2008 began to undercut Firefox. Google's current contract with Mozilla expires at the end of this month, opening an opportunity for Yahoo to pounce.

  • Cleveland preps for fastest Internet available


    CLEVELAND (AP) — Sometime next year, Cleveland will become the first city in the country to offer commercial Internet service at 100 gigabits per second, city and local officials said. An announcement about the project is scheduled for Friday in Cleveland. Officials hope the availability of exponentially faster Internet service will be a catalyst for attracting startups and existing technology companies to the city's burgeoning Health-Tech Corridor. One hundred gigabits per second is more than 300 times faster than the average download speed of residential Internet service in the U.S. The increased speed should allow health care providers and technology companies to move high-definition image files much faster than currentl

  • Surrogate sushi: Japan biotech for bluefin tuna


    TATEYAMA, Japan (AP) — Of all the overfished fish in the seas, luscious, fatty bluefin tuna are among the most threatened. Marine scientist Goro Yamazaki, who is known in this seaside community as "Young Mr. Fish," is working to ensure the species survives. Yamazaki is fine-tuning a technology to use mackerel surrogates to spawn the bluefin, a process he hopes will enable fisheries to raise the huge, torpedo-shaped fish more quickly and at lower cost than conventional aquaculture. The aim: to relieve pressure on wild fish stocks while preserving vital genetic diversity. Yamazaki, 48, grew up south of Tokyo in the ancient Buddhist capital of Kamakura, fishing and swimming at nearby beaches.

  • Stunning video pits science against music

    Natalie Crofts, KSL | Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    When science and music come together, it can be a beautiful sight.

  • Billboard ranking to include streams, track sales

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billboard's chart is getting a makeover. The music industry tracker says it's transforming the Billboard 200 chart from a sales-based ranking to one that better measures music consumption. The chart currently tracks each week's top 200 albums by sales. The updated ranking will include streaming and digital track sales beginning Dec. 3. It marks the biggest update since 1991, when Nielsen's point-of-sale data was added to measure album sales. Billboard says the new methodology aims to provide a more comprehensive sense of an album's popularity, and acts like Ariana Grande and Maroon 5 are likely to benefit because their streaming and digital song sales have been outperforming their album sales.

  • Utah lawmaker questions city water going to NSA

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker concerned about government spying on its citizens is questioning whether city water service should be cut off to a massive National Security Agency data storage facility outside Salt Lake City. Republican Rep. Marc Roberts, of Santaquin, said there are serious questions about privacy and surveillance surrounding the center, and several Utah residents who spoke at a legislative committee hearing Wednesday agreed. During the last legislative session, lawmakers opted to hold off on Roberts' bill to shut off the facility's water and decided to study it during the interim. "This is not a bill just about a data center. This is a bill about civil rights," web developer Joe Levi said.

  • 'This is my jail': Corruption case goes to trial

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Gang leaders ruled the Baltimore City Detention Center, using smuggled cellphones to direct crimes on the streets outside, dealing drugs and getting four guards pregnant, a prosecutor said Wednesday at the opening of a major corruption trial involving dozens of officers and inmates. Prosecutor Robert Harding said corrupt guards allowed the state-run jail to become the undisputed turf of the Black Guerilla Family, a gang led locally by Tayvon "Bulldog" White. White was indicted last year along with 16 other inmates and 27 correctional officers, but agreed to cooperate and is expected to testify against the others.

  • Self-driving cars: safer, but what of their morals

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane. Jerk the wheel left and smash into a bicyclist? Swerve right toward a family on foot? Slam the brakes and brace for head-on impact? Drivers make split-second decisions based on instinct and a limited view of the dangers around them. The cars of the future — those that can drive themselves thanks to an array of sensors and computing power — will have near-perfect perception and react based on preprogrammed logic. While cars that do most or even all of the driving may be much safer, accidents happen. It's relatively easy to write computer code that directs the car how to respond to a sudden dilemma.

  • Uber investigating if exec broke 'God' app rules

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber Technologies confirmed Wednesday that it is investigating whether one of its general managers violated the popular car-booking service's privacy policies by snooping on a reporter's ride. The probe stems from allegations that Josh Mohrer, general manager of Uber's New York office, used a company tracking tool called "God View" to monitor the location of a BuzzFeed reporter earlier this month. Internet news service BuzzFeed first reported the investigation. In a statement, Uber said access to the personal data of anyone using its car service is limited to "legitimate business purposes." The San Francisco company said employees violating the rules may be disciplined or fired.

  • Idaho asks for reconsideration on broadband ruling

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials are asking a judge to reconsider and clarify his ruling that voided the state's $60 million contract that provides broadband in public schools. Attorneys with the Idaho Department of Administration filed the 12-page motion Tuesday. Fourth District Judge Patrick Owen ruled last week that Idaho violated its procurement law after handing the multi-million statewide contract to Qwest to install broadband equipment for the Idaho Education Network. The project connects public high schools, universities and business in Idaho. Owen ruled that Idaho couldn't salvage the contract, but now the state is asking if that also applies a purchase order that wasn't legally challenged.

  • Showdown looms between US gov't, air bag maker

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — A showdown is looming between U.S. safety regulators and a Japanese company that makes air bags linked to multiple deaths and injuries. Car companies and the driving public are caught in the middle. The air bag inflators can explode with too much force, sending metal shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Takata Corp. insists that current recalls covering 8 million U.S. cars in high-humidity areas are sufficient. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants millions more added to the recalls, citing evidence the problem can occur outside of high-humidity regions. "Takata's initial response, yes, an unwillingness to move forward," David Friedman, the agency's deputy administrator, said