Wired In: Brandon Yates

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood interviews a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet BRANDON YATES, a University of Illinois civil-engineering student and a founder of DeepWalk Research Group, which aims to improve accessibility in wide areas of public space.

Rich Warren | Microphone suggestions for smartphones

Smartphones compete on camera quality, but manufacturers rarely, if ever, advertise the quality of their microphones.

U.S. extradition case against Assange set for next year

LONDON (AP) — A British court has set a date early next year for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face a U.S. extradition attempt over his role in revealing classified government and military information.

Lawmakers say doctored videos pose national security threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers and experts said Thursday that videos altered with artificial intelligence software pose a threat to national security and the 2020 U.S. election.

Facebook launching app that pays users for data

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook on Tuesday launched an app that will pay users to share information with the social media giant about which apps they're using.

The company previously rolled out two similar apps that tracked what activities people did on their phones. But both were shut down after drawing criticism for infringing on privacy and violating Apple's App Store guidelines.

Champaign IT chief tells council about increased risk of cybercrime

CHAMPAIGN — The city's information-technology director warned council members at Tuesday's meeting about an increase in cybercrime directed at municipal governments.

Private equity firm buying Shutterfly

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Private equity firm Apollo Global Management is buying online photo publishing company Shutterfly for $51 per share.

Facebook building massive solar farm in Texas

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facebook is building a massive solar farm in West Texas that's believed to be one of the largest solar projects in the nation and the social media giant's first direct investment in renewable energy.

Customs says hack exposed images of travelers, license plates

Customs and Border Protection said Monday that photos of travelers and license plates collected at a single U.S. border point have been exposed in a malicious cyberattack in what a leading congressman called a "major privacy breach."

U.S. submits extradition request for WikiLeaks founder

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States government has formally submitted an extradition request to the United Kingdom for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange , a U.S. official said Tuesday.