This week’s cellphone outage makes it clear: In the United States, landlines are languishing

NEW YORK — When her cellphone’s service went down this week because of an AT&T network outage, Bernice Hudson didn’t panic. She just called the people she wanted to talk to the old-fashioned way — on her landline telephone, the kind she grew up with and refuses to get rid of even though she has … Read more

Reddit strikes $60M deal allowing Google to train AI models on its posts, unveils IPO plans

SAN FRANCISCO — Reddit has struck a deal with Google that allows the search giant to use posts from the online discussion site for training its artificial intelligence models and to improve products such as online search. The arrangement, announced Thursday and valued at roughly $60 million, will also give Reddit access to Google AI … Read more

Florida gets closer to banning social media for kids under 16

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida is on the verge of passing one of the nation’s most restrictive bans on minors’ use of social media after the state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would keep children under the age of 16 off popular platforms regardless of parental approval. The measure now goes back to the state … Read more

Americans reporting nationwide cellular outages from AT&T, Cricket Wireless and other providers

FILE – A man uses a cell phone in New Orleans on Aug. 11, 2019. A number of Americans are dealing with cellular outages on AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Verizon, T-Mobile and other service providers, according to data from Downdetector, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

CEOs of OpenAI and Intel cite artificial intelligence’s voracious appetite for processing power

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Two tech CEOs scrambling to produce more of the sophisticated chips needed for artificial intelligence met for a brainstorming session Wednesday while the booming market’s early leader reported another quarter of eye-popping growth. The on-stage conversation between Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman unfolded in a San Jose, … Read more

Tennessee free-market group sues over federal rule that tightens worker classification standards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee free-market nonprofit group on Wednesday joined the ranks of organizations challenging a new Biden administration labor rule that changes the criteria for classifying workers as independent contractors or employees. The Beacon Center of Tennessee filed its federal lawsuit in Nashville on behalf of two freelance journalists, Margaret Littman and Jennifer … Read more

Biden to create cybersecurity standards for nation’s ports as concerns grow over vulnerabilities

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order and create a new federal rule Wednesday aimed at better securing the nation’s ports from potential cyberattacks. The administration is outlining a set of cybersecurity regulations that port operators must comply with across the country, not unlike standardized safety regulations that seek to … Read more

Ex-Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer discusses the current tech scene from vantage point of her AI startup

Marissa Mayer has long been an inspiration for innovative women battling to break through the gender barriers in a male-dominated technology industry. After graduating from Stanford University, Mayer joined Google in 1999 when the internet search giant was still a startup and then went on to design breakthrough products such as Gmail. She left Google … Read more

Judge to set prison sentences for YouTube mom Ruby Franke and business partner in child abuse case

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah judge will set prison sentences Tuesday for Ruby Franke, a mother of six who gave parenting advice via a once-popular YouTube channel called “8 Passengers,” and her business partner after they admitted to physically and emotionally abusing Franke’s children. In back-to-back sentencing hearings in southern Utah, Franke and mental … Read more