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HBO regains control of hacked social media accounts for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘John Oliver’

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO says it has regained control of its social media accounts after the latest security breach to hit the entertainment company. The hacking group OurMine on Wednesday night took over several of HBO’s Twitter accoun...

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  • Biotechnology

    Biotech explodes in LA County, tackling everything from sickle-cell anemia to spider-free silk

    Biotech companies across Los Angeles County are unlocking new solutions for a host of as-yet-untreatable ailments, from sickle-cell anemia and rheumatoid arthritis to all varieties of cancers. But, in response to consumer demands for sustainable, environmentally friendly products, they’re also developing lab-grown meat replacements, chemicals that don’t rely on petroleum to make plastic and alternatives to animal-derived textiles. And money is rolling in from the...

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  • Transportation

    Elon Musk says he has ‘verbal approval’ for a northeast U.S. Hyperloop transit system

    Elon Musk’s passion for tunnels as vast transportation networks is drawing suitors, but in typical Musk fashion he’s stingy with details. The SpaceX CEO, worth more than $13 billion, tweeted Thursday morning that he scored “verbal govt approval” for his Hawthorne-based Boring Co. to dig a high-speed underground...

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  • Technology

    Elon Musk touts ‘verbal govt agreement’ for new D.C. tunnel project, skeptics share disbelief

    SpaceX and Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk announced on Twitter Thursday morning that he has “verbal government approval” for his Hawthorne-based The Boring Company to build a Hyperloop underground tunnel system that will connect New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C. Musk has previously talked about building a tunnel system underneath Los Angeles to alleviate “soul destroying” traffic. Musk and his team are currently working on...

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  • Artificial intelligence

    Why SpaceX CEO Elon Musk believes artificial intelligence must be regulated by government

    Two days after sparking a national debate over perceived threats from artificial intelligence, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk reiterated Wednesday that machine-learning technologies are advancing at a staggering rate and should be regulated. But the billionaire entrepreneur isn’t asking for extreme regulation — just the same level of government oversight now given to aircraft, cars, drugs and other industries, he said. Computers’ abilities to reason, make complex...

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  • Air quality

    LA, Long Beach ports’ plan to clean up air pollution will cost as much as $14 billion

    Declaring it the largest environmental investment ever undertaken by a cargo complex to wean itself off diesel dependency, Los Angeles and Long Beach port officials Wednesday unveiled their Clean Air Action Plan update, with a price tag that could reach $14 billion. The latest installment in a decadelong effort to cut down pollution along the...

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  • Internet technology

    Google unveils new ‘smart feed’ in Search with a ‘follow’ option

    SAN FRANCISCO — Starting Wednesday, users of the mobile Google Search app can “follow” particular topics — and also be spoon-fed information Google has determined they’re interested in. At an unveiling in San Francisco on Tuesday, the Mountain View search giant gave a preview of the new “smart feed” scheduled to roll out for Apple iOS and Google Android mobile devices. It identifies areas of interest selected by a user, and their...

    By ETHAN BARON Bay Area News Group|

  • Driverless cars

    Tesla driver recants, says Autopilot not to blame for crash

    DETROIT >> A Tesla driver says his car’s partially self-driving Autopilot system wasn’t responsible for a crash in Minnesota, despite what he initially told investigators. In its police report obtained Monday by The Associated Press, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office said David Clark, 58, blamed Autopilot for a crash Saturday evening in Hawick, Minnesota. Clark initially told deputies that when he engaged the Autopilot feature, the car suddenly...

    By Dee-Ann Durbin The Associated Press|

  • Artificial intelligence

    Elon Musk warns of artificial intelligence’s risk to human civilization

    Elon Musk pleaded with a bipartisan gathering of U.S. governors to clear up regulatory challenges for his companies and smaller emerging tech businesses, as they compete against well-established corporations to revolutionize transportation industries. In an hourlong interview during a panel discussion at Saturday’s annual summer meeting of the National Governors Association, Musk also warned about...

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  • Politics

    US finalizing plans to revamp cyber command

    WASHINGTON >> After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation’s military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes of intensifying America’s ability to wage cyber war against the Islamic State group and other foes, according to U.S. officials. Under the plans, U.S. Cyber Command would eventually be split off from the intelligence-focused National Security Agency. Details are still being worked out,...

    By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press|

  • Technology

    Spokeo connects investigators to a wealth of records, social media data

    Criminal investigations are typically built on data — lots of it. Investigators sift through a slew of databases to locate potential suspects. They check court records, birth and death certificates, names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, property listings, divorce papers … the list goes on. Needless to say, all of that digging takes time. 12 billion-plus records But Spokeo, a Pasadena-based...

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