China’s Baidu Races Waymo, GM to Develop Self-Driving Cars | Business News

China’s Baidu Races Waymo, GM to Develop Self-Driving Cars |  Business News

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) – With no one at the wheel, a self-driving taxi developed by tech giant Baidu Inc. is rolling down a Beijing street when its sensors spot the corner of a delivery cart jutting into its lane. The taxi stops a half-car-length away. “So sorry,” a recorded voice … Read more

After Roe, Dems Seek Probe of Tech’s Use of Personal Data | Business News

By MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – With the Supreme Court ending the constitutional protections for abortion, four Democratic lawmakers are asking federal regulators to investigate Apple and Google for allegedly deceiving millions of mobile phone users by enabling the collection and sale of their personal data to third parties. The decision Friday … Read more

Ford Pledges to Work With Community Near Future Factory | Business News

By ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Ford Motor Co. Officials on Tuesday pledged to be good neighbors to those in rural west Tennessee who live near the automaker’s planned electric truck factory, a project expected to create thousands of jobs and change the face of the region. More than 200 people attended … Read more

Trial of Elizabeth Holmes’ Partner, Ex-Lover Nears Climax | Business News

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer A jury on Tuesday is scheduled to hear closing arguments in the trial of Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, the former Theranos official charged with teaming up with his secret lover, CEO Elizabeth Holmes, to carry out a massive fraud. The three months of testimony and evidence mirrored the case against … Read more

Verizon, AT&T Delay Some 5G Service Over Airlines’ Concerns | Business News

By DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer Federal regulators say Verizon and AT&T will delay part of their 5G rollout near airports to give airlines more time to ensure that equipment on their planes is safe from interference from the wireless signals, but the airline industry is not happy about the deal. An airline industry trade … Read more

SpaceX Reported to Fire Employees Critical of CEO Elon Musk | Business News

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) – SpaceX, the rocket ship company run by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, has fired several employees involved in an open letter that blasted the colorful billionaire for his behavior, according to media reports. The reports published Friday cited an email from Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX, saying the company had terminated employees … Read more

Apple Offers Glimpse at Upcoming Changes to IPhone Software | Business News

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer Apple on Monday provided a peek at upcoming tweaks to the software that powers more than 1 billion iPhones and rolled out two laptops that will be the first available with the next generation of a company-designed microprocessor. As usual, Apple spent most of the opening day of its … Read more

Australian Court Makes Google Pay Pay 515,000 for Defamation | Business News

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – An Australian court on Monday ordered Google to pay a former politician 715,000 Australian dollars ($ 515,000) over two defamatory YouTube videos. John Barilaro, the former New South Wales state deputy premier, had sued Google and comedian Jordan Shanks, also known as friendlyjordies, in the Federal … Read more

Sheryl Sandberg, Long Facebook’s No. 2 Exec, Steps Down | Business News

By BARBARA ORTUTAY and MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Sheryl Sandberg, the No. 2 executive at Facebook owner Meta, who helped turn its business from startup to digital advertising empire while also taking blame for some of its biggest missteps, is stepping down. Sandberg has served as chief operating officer at … Read more

Twitter to Pay $ 150M Penalty Over Privacy of Users’ Data | Business News

By MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Twitter will pay a $ 150 million penalty and put in new safeguards to settle federal regulators ‘allegations that the social platform failed to protect the privacy of users’ data over a six-year span. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission announced the settlement with … Read more