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Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates speaks in Washington, D.C. Gates is taking a more targeted approach in his goal to help America's struggling school systems, this time by largely funding familiar groups to work directly with public s

Bill Gates directs education funding to poor US schools

Marking another phase in his education agenda, Bill Gates is now taking a more targeted approach to help struggling U.S. schools. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is now funding groups working directly with clusters of public schools in some of the most impoverished regions of the country.

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The action Monday comes after the social media giant was criticized for being used to inflame ethnic and religious conflict in the country, particularly against Rohingya Muslims. Some 700,000 Rohingya fled their homes in western Myanmar over the past year

Myanmar military chief among those banned by Facebook

Facebook said Monday that it is banning Myanmar's powerful military chief and 19 other individuals and organizations from its site to prevent the spread of hate and misinformation.

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This August 2018 photo provided by RR Auctions shows a vintage Apple Computer.

Functioning Apple computer built in 1970s up for auction

A piece of computer history that helped launch a trillion dollar company is hitting the auction block.

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Apple Computer. This Apple-1, which will be auctioned in September 2018, is one of about 60 remaining models of the original 200 that were designed and built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976 and 1977. (Sarina Carlo/RR Auctions via AP)

Functioning Apple computer built in 1970s up for auction

A piece of computer history that helped launch a trillion dollar company is hitting the auction block.

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Microsoft is requesting the Federal Election Commission's advisory opinion to make sure Microsoft's new free package of online account security protections for

Google takes on alleged Iranian influence campaign

Google announced Thursday it had disabled dozens of YouTube channels and other accounts linked to a state-run Iranian broadcaster for a political influence campaign.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

Facebook takes down 652 accounts linked to Russia, Iran

Facebook has identified and banned hundreds of accounts, groups and pages engaged in misleading political behavior, a far larger discovery than a "sophisticated" effort it reported three weeks ago with great fanfare.

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Nare Ratnapala, front, and Jia Jiang, explore the features of the new Apple iPhone, as they wait at an Apple store in Tysons Corner, Va. Apple’s iPhone debuted in 2007 and was a fairly new product when the market was at its low point. Today, it’s the sour

Ranks of most valuable companies shifted during bull market

The most valuable American companies at the start of the current bull market included an oil company and retail and consumer goods giants, and just one technology company.

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The company said Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, that a hacking group tied to the Russian government created fake internet domains that appeared to spoof two conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute.

Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks ahead of midterms

Microsoft said Tuesday it has uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections.

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The logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square.

US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads

Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook's advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination.

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A women demonstrates using the Natural Cycles smartphone app, in London, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Nishat Ahmed)

Birth control app highlights emerging health tech market

The condom, the pill and now, the smartphone? Natural Cycles, a mobile fertility app, this month became the first ever digital contraceptive device to win FDA marketing approval.

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Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook’s advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination.

US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads

Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook's advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination.

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Google employees are upset with the company’s secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship, and a letter signed by more than a thousand of them calls on executives to review ethics and transparency at the company.

More than 1,000 Google workers protest censored China search

More than a thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the company's secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship.

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Alex Jones, a right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist, arrives at the courthouse in Austin, Texas. Twitter says it is suspending the account of the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week after he violated the company’s rules against i

Twitter muzzles conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for a week

Twitter is joining other prominent tech companies in muzzling Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who's used their services to spread false information.

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ThruVision suicide vest-detection technology reveals a suspicious object on a man, at left, during a Transportation Security Administration demonstration in New York's Penn Station.

Los Angeles is first in US to install subway body scanners

Los Angeles' subway will become the first mass transit system in the U.S. to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives, officials said Tuesday.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is shown in this photo, in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. Samsung's Note phones are niche products for heavy-duty consumers, especially those who use their phones heavily for work on the go. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Samsung's new phone shows how hardware innovation has slowed

Samsung's new smartphone illustrates the limits of innovation at a time when hardware advances have slowed.

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This photo combo of images shows, clockwise, from upper left: a Google sign, and apps for Twitter, Spotify and Facebook.

Tech giants still stumbling in the social world they created

Who knew connecting the world could get so complicated? Perhaps some of technology's brightest minds should have seen that coming.

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FILE- In this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, a Nasdaq employee works at his computer at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York. Facebook and a small group of other giant technology companies have been some of the market’s biggest gainers in recent years. But the g

Of Mutual Interest: FANG stocks fumble

Facebook's recent plunge slowed technology stocks, but it didn't stop them. Facebook and a small group of other giant technology companies have been some of the market's biggest gainers in recent years.

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In this Monday, July 30, 2018, photo, Anki Inc. CEO Boris Sofman holds Vector, the company’s new home robot, in New York. The wheeled robot is designed as a successor to the San Francisco company’s toy robot, Cozmo, which was introduced in 2016. (AP Photo

Robots are getting more social. Are humans ready?

Personal home robots that can socialize with people are starting to roll out of the laboratory and into our living rooms and kitchens. But are humans ready to invite them into their lives?

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Already threatened by escalating U.S. taxes on its exports, China is about to find it much harder to invest in U.S. companies and buy American technology in cutting-edge areas such as robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

New US slap against China: Tighter curbs on tech investment

Already threatened by escalating U.S. taxes on its goods, China is about to find it much harder to invest in U.S. companies or to buy American technology in such cutting-edge areas as robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

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The company on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, announced the agreement with DowDuPont Inc. and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, developers of the nascent gene editing technology. (J.R. Simplot Company via AP)

Genetics technology could lead to more crops, fresher food

A multinational agricultural company based in Idaho has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to help farmers produce more crops and make grocery store offerings such as strawberries, potatoes and avocados stay fresher longer.

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