Huge California military base still closed after big quakes
Jul09

Huge California military base still closed after big quakes

A sprawling Navy base in the Southern California desert is still closed to nonessential personnel Tuesday as the military works to determine the damage from two powerful earthquakes last week. Teams have so far surveyed just 10% of the 1,200 facilities at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, spokeswoman Margo Allen said. It’s unclear when personnel and their families will be able to return. Two strong quakes — a magnitude 6.4...

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Trump v. Big Tech: Social media summit will snub tech titans
Jul09

Trump v. Big Tech: Social media summit will snub tech titans

President Donald Trump is gathering conservative groups at the White House this week for a “summit” on social media that will prominently snub the tech titans who run big platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Google. It’s a sharp contrast to earlier days in Trump’s tenure when tech executives were occasional celebrity guests at the White House, serving as a fresh indication of the president’s escalating...

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AT&T to pull Friends from Netflix for its streaming service
Jul09

AT&T to pull Friends from Netflix for its streaming service

AT&T is pulling “Friends” from Netflix to beef up its own upcoming streaming service. With new services launching, popular shows are splintering onto several different platforms. The wireless company, which owns the WarnerMedia entertainment business, also said Tuesday that its service will be called HBO Max. It will launch widely in spring of 2020. As more companies — Comcast, Apple, Disney — unveil their own...

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More legroom, less conversation for Uber riders who pay
Jul09

More legroom, less conversation for Uber riders who pay

Uber is letting passengers tell their driver in advance that they’d like a little less conversation, and more legroom, if they’re willing to pay. The ride-hailing giant launched “comfort” rides Tuesday. Riders are guaranteed a minimum amount of legroom in cars less than five years old and can use the app to tell drivers they don’t want to talk. Comfort rides cost 20% to 40% more for time and distance than...

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Marriott faces $123 million fine in UK for data breach
Jul09

Marriott faces $123 million fine in UK for data breach

Marriott says it will fight a $123 million U.K. government fine related to its massive data breach. Marriott has the right to respond to the proposed fine before a final determination is made by the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office. The agency says the breach violated the European Union’s data protection regulations. Marriott announced last November that data from as many as 500 million guests at its Starwood...

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