UW System adopts new software to reduce graduation gaps
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System is implementing new advising software in an effort to improve retention and reduce graduation gaps between students of color and their white...
NEW YORK (AP) — When cyberthieves attacked Empire Industries' computer network, technology manager Rich Shemanskis could see files in the process of being infected by malicious software.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City medical examiner says a 22-year-old software engineer who was found dead at the company's New York City headquarters suffered from an abnormal heart...
BMW fined for diesel software error
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany prosecutors have fined automaker BMW 8.5 million euros ($9.66 million) for lax oversight in installing defective engine software that led to excessive diesel...
Report: Apps give Facebook sensitive health and other data
NEW YORK (AP) — Several phone apps are sending sensitive user data, including health information, to Facebook without users' consent, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
BMW, Daimler: You can trust us with car-sharing data
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automakers Daimler and BMW say that trustworthy handling of personal data will be a key competitive advantage in their new joint venture that offers app-based services...
Mexican privacy watchdog criticizes government over spyware
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's privacy watchdog said Wednesday that the federal Attorney General's Office stonewalled it for more than a year as it tried to investigate the government's use of...
Equipment company Caterpillar Inc. to expand in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A construction machinery company known for its earth-moving equipment plans to expand its Chicago office in an effort to attract top tech talent.
Caterpillar Inc. is expanding its digital team, which includes software developers, data analysts, telecommunication experts and computer engineers, the Chicago Tribune reported .
Iowa software company seeks more than $2.5M in state help
AMES, Iowa (AP) — A software company wants more than $2.5 million in state aid to expand in Ames.
Station KCCI reports that the Ames City Council voted Tuesday to endorse the aid application by Vertex Software, which says the expansion could bring 300 new jobs to the area. Many of the jobs would pay more than $100,000 a year.
West Virginia company develops breakthrough tech for NASA
WHITE HALL, W.Va. (AP) — Scott Zemerick watched a simulated flight of NASA'S SLS (Space Launch System) play out on a TV screen.
He gestured toward the video as it showed the rocket going through the stages of its flight.
The simulation was part of a press conference at the Katherine Johnson IV&V Facility Wednesday to discuss a breakthrough software that will be used on SLS, which is NASA's replacement for the Space Shuttle.
Equity firm buys Ultimate Software for $11 billion
WESTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida software company is being purchased by a California private equity firm for $11 billion.
Facebook says Apple is restoring a key developer tool
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says Apple is restoring its access to a key development tool that the iPhone maker disabled Wednesday.
Late Tuesday, TechCrunch reported that Facebook paid teens and...
Software company expanding with Indianapolis headquarters
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A communications workflow software company is expanding its operations in Indiana and has selected Indianapolis as its headquarters.
Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett joined executives from Kerauno on Thursday in announcing the plans, which include increasing the company's Indiana workforce by up to 140 by 2022.
WVU gets $2.2 million software gift
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A software company is letting West Virginia University use one of its expensive products for free.
WBOY-TV reports Petroleum Exports Limited is letting West Virginia University students use its MOVE software to model geological structures and how they form. The software is valued at $2.2 million.
Bad math: Software error tweaks grades in N Carolina schools
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A software error caused public school students around North Carolina to receive incorrect end-of-term grades this school year, state education officials said.
Muslim group sues to block ‘No Boycott of Israel’ measure
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland's ban on contracting with businesses that boycott Israel tramples on the First Amendment rights of a software engineer who advocates for Palestinians, a Muslim civil rights group claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations' federal lawsuit seeks to block the state from enforcing an executive order that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed in October 2017.
Lincoln papers project gets grant for tracking software
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An ongoing project to digitize all of Abraham Lincoln's papers has received a grant.
Officials announced Tuesday that the Abraham Lincoln Association has given a $6,000 grant to the digitization project at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum .
Financial software company to add 1,200 jobs in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Charlotte financial technology startup plans to add more than 1,200 jobs in its hometown over five years.
North Carolina officials on Tuesday approved tax breaks for AvidXchange that with other state and local incentives could total almost $25 million. The software company sells software that helps midsize companies receive, approve, and pay their bills more efficiently.
Bug may have exposed photos from 7M Facebook users
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's privacy controls have broken down yet again, this time through a software flaw affecting nearly 7 million users who had photos exposed to a much wider audience than intended.
The bug disclosed Friday gave hundreds of apps unauthorized access to photos that could in theory include images that would embarrass some of the affected users. They also included photos people may have uploaded but hadn't yet posted, perhaps because they had changed their mind.
22-year-old employee found dead at Google’s NYC office
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 22-year-old software engineer was found dead at the company's New York City headquarters.
Scott Krulcik was found unconscious on the sixth floor of the company's offices in Chelsea at about 9 p.m. Friday. He was pronounced dead by Emergency Medical Service workers.
Police say there were no signs of trauma and the death does not appear to be suspicious. The city medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death.
Police department using seized assets to upgrade software
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police department is using funds from seized assets to update record keeping and data access.
Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston tells The Dominion Post that officers aren't able to see driver's license and registration information when in the field and are "working off 1980s technology."
Israeli firm rejects alleged connection to Khashoggi killing
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli company known for its sophisticated phone surveillance technology on Monday rejected accusations that its snooping software helped lead to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Software developed at ISU aids wildfire response
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Computer software that developed at Idaho State University to aid in post-wildfire recovery efforts is now being used by some fire managers during active fires.
PocketChange: New software combines altruism with capitalism
DENVER (AP) — Making money was never a mystery for Reyn Aubrey. The son of an entrepreneur and a freelance writer, he spent his high school years in Hawaii dabbling in several business ventures that brought in a nice income, at least for a 17-year-old, but also delivered a personal epiphany: Profit alone seemed like a boring pursuit.
Russian hackers use Brexit in phishing email, experts warn
LONDON (AP) — Cybersecurity experts at consulting firm Accenture are warning that Russian hackers are using public interest in Brexit as a lure in their latest phishing emails.
The company's security division issued an advisory Thursday about a Brexit-themed document intended to deliver malware to targets.
Accenture said the Microsoft Word file started circulating the same day this month that the British government agreed on a draft of its agreement to leave the European Union.
Bay Area software company bringing HQ, 200 jobs to Reno
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Another software company based in the San Francisco Bay Area has announced plans to move its headquarters to Reno, Nevada.
The Reno-Gazette Journal reports rfXcel plans to hire about 80 people over the next two years for its new base in Reno and eventually ramp up to 200 workers.
They will include software developers, finance experts, sales and marketing representatives with average wages that translate into about $47 per hour.
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Hawaii’s false missile alert leads to new recommendations
HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's inspector general has recommended changes to the nation's emergency alert system after Hawaii officials in January mistakenly warned the public about an incoming ballistic missile.
The report issued last week calls for mandating that software vendors include message preview and cancelling features in their alert software. It recommends requiring that software vendors provide training to officials using their products.
Supreme Court could allow suit over Apple iPhone apps’ sales
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed ready Monday to allow an antitrust lawsuit to go forward that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps.
The Latest: Justices seem open to Apple app case going ahead
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments over iPhone apps (all times local):
The Supreme Court sounds open to allowing a lawsuit to go forward that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps.
The court has heard arguments in Apple's effort to shut down an antitrust lawsuit. Chief Justice John Roberts was alone among the nine justices in seeming ready to agree with Apple.
Amazon HQ expansion means tough fight for talent
NEW YORK (AP) — When tech giants like Amazon expand, other companies don't just worry about losing business. They also fret about hanging on to their employees.
Some of the industries that have defined New York City and the Washington, D.C., area will face increased competition for talent when Amazon sets up shop in their territory, with plans to hire 50,000 new workers amid the tightest job market in decades.
Otter rips state education board, lawmaker over contract
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Butch Otter sent stern letters to the State Board of Education and state Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, scolding them for interfering with a state contract for computer software.
The Idaho Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, on which Horman serves, allocated $1 million in 2017 for a teacher evaluation program. Otter had requested $2.5 million.
Software company to boost Indiana presence, invest $1.2M
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A business-to-business software company is planning to boost its Indiana presence in the coming years and invest $1.2 million in its Indianapolis headquarters.
Cybersecurity ‘Paul Revere’ touts adversarial model
BURLINGTON, Mass. (AP) — Chris Wysopal and his Boston hacker collective pals from the L0pht sounded the alarm on the sad state of software vulnerability in a now-legendary 1998 appearance before Congress. Then-Sen. Joe Lieberman hailed the group as "modern-day Paul Reveres."
Michigan man gets job through tech incubator
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — From the time he joined 20Fathoms, Paul Van Dyke was going through a job interview.
He just didn't know it.
Van Dyke turned an individual membership at the Traverse City tech incubator into a position as a software developer at HealthBridge. The Grand Rapids-based start-up offers an employer-sponsored benefit that helps the employee manage the balance due after insurance with a consolidated statement and easy repayment terms.
New tuition-free coding school to launch in West Virginia
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say West Virginia has a new, tuition-free coding school.
The Herald-Dispatch reports Huntington Mayor Steve Williams was among officials who announced the launch of NewForce on Thursday at Mountwest Community and Technical College. Potential students do not need experience in coding, software development or math.
FAA orders engine software upgrade after aborted takeoffs
Safety regulators are ordering that engine software be replaced on some Airbus passenger jets because of a problem that has caused pilots to abort several takeoffs in cold weather.
The order covers 82 engines on planes registered in the United States. The engines were built by CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric, and France's Safran, for Airbus A320neo and A321neo jets.
Google brings camera twists, bigger screens to Pixel phones
NEW YORK (AP) — Google's new Pixel phones mirror an industry trend toward lusher, bigger screens and add twists on the camera for better pictures.
The third generation of Pixel phones unveiled Tuesday at an event in New York features screens that span from one edge to another. It's the first time Google has embraced the format, which Samsung has had for a few years and Apple adopted last year.
Honda recalls Accord, Insight vehicles for software problem
TOKYO (AP) — Honda is recalling about 232,000 2018 Accord vehicles and 2019 Insight hybrid cars in the U.S. for malfunctioning software for the rear camera display.
There have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the problem, Honda Motor Co. spokeswoman Tomoko Takemori said Friday.
The Tokyo-based automaker said that apart from the U.S. recall, Honda is recalling 14,000 vehicles in Canada, more than 6,000 vehicles in Germany and nearly 3,000 in South Korea for the same problem.
Transgender Nike contractor says company ignored harassment
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A transgender software engineer who worked as a Nike contractor says in a recently filed complaint with state labor officials that the company did nothing to stop abuse and harassment by other contractors.
Jazz Lyles, who identifies as "transmasculine/nonbinary" and prefers the pronouns "they" and "them," says in a complaint filed Tuesday that some of their colleagues refused to use gender-neutral pronouns.
Company penalized for disabling vehicles’ emissions controls
DETROIT (AP) — The government says a Florida company will spend more than $6 million in penalties and repair costs for selling computer software that disables automotive emissions controls.
The Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency say that Derive Systems of Sanford, Florida, sold 363,000 products that violated the Clean Air Act.
Apple, Salesforce teaming up on mobile apps for business
NEW YORK (AP) — Customer relations software company Salesforce says it will join with Apple to create new business apps exclusively for iPhone and iPad.
Twitter finds software privacy bug affecting direct messages
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says it found a software bug that may have sent some private messages to the wrong people.
But the company says the problem specifically involved direct messages or protected tweets sent to businesses and other accounts overseen by software developers.
The issue, which started in May 2017, could in some cases have directed messages to the wrong developer. The company discovered and fixed the flaw on Sept. 10.
Researchers find hints of Israeli spyware around globe
LONDON (AP) — Researchers say an increasingly notorious brand of Israeli surveillance software is being used further afield than previously known, with possible infections detected around the globe.
Renault-Nissan to use Android system in its dashboards
DETROIT (AP) — The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, one of the world's top-selling automakers, has decided to go with Google's Android operating system to run its dashboard information and entertainment features.
Wisconsin officials prepare for potential election hackers
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A private vendor inadvertently introduces malware into voting machines he is servicing. A hacker hijacks the cellular modem used to transmit unofficial Election Day results. An email address is compromised, giving bad actors the same access to voting software as a local elections official.
These are some of the potential vulnerabilities of Wisconsin's election system described by cybersecurity experts.
Notorious Russian cybercriminal pleads guilty to US charges
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian man considered to be one of the world's most notorious hackers pleaded guilty Wednesday to U.S. charges alleging he operated a network of devices used to steal computer credentials, distribute spam emails and install malicious software.
Peter Levashov, 36, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, wire fraud, identity theft and other charges during an appearance in federal court in Hartford, Connecticut.
Key details from hacking complaint against North Korean
LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. officials have charged a North Korean computer programmer in connection with high-profile cyberattacks, including the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack and the WannaCry ransomware virus that affected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide.
Here are key allegations from the complaint filed against Park Jin Hyok, who the FBI says is a part of a North Korean government-sponsored hacking group: