Useful or creepy? Machines suggest Gmail replies

NEW YORK (AP) — Google is suggesting auto-responses to emails in its latest version of Gmail on the web, expanding on a feature already available on Android devices and iPhones.

The responses toe the line between useful and creepy and are drawing mixed responses from users. They're just one more example of how artificial intelligence is seeping into everyday online life, whether to tailor product recommendations or correct spelling.

The feature, dubbed Smart Reply, offers three short responses, like "It was great seeing you too," or "I'll look into it," to an email. They're based on the message and subject line of the email and the context of past emails.

You can turn that off on the phone, but not in the web version without going back to a "classic" version of Gmail.


California net neutrality bill clears key hurdle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly has voted to enshrine net neutrality in state law, delivering a major victory to advocates looking to require an equal playing field on the internet.

The 58-17 vote Thursday was surprisingly one-sided after the Assembly was seen as a potential barrier to the bill's passage. It returns to the Senate, which passed an earlier version and is expected to sign off on changes from the Assembly before the Legislature adjourns on Friday.

The bill is the latest effort by California lawmakers to drive national policy and rebuff President Donald Trump. It seeks to revive regulations repealed last year by the Federal Communications Commission that prevented internet companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.


Hack causes major apps to show anti-Semitic name

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology users had gotten a surprise when their social and lifestyle apps seemingly labeled the United States' most populous city with an anti-Semitic header.

Mapbox, a provider of digital map technology, said it suffered a "malicious edit" Thursday morning by a person who tried to make multiple changes to its maps' data. Only one edit was published due to human error and was live for less than an hour before being deleted.

A number of people posted screenshots on Twitter showing that "New York City" had been relabeled on the Mapbox map used by companies such as Snapchat parent Snap, Citi Bike and Foursquare.

Mapbox said it "has a zero tolerance policy against hate speech."

The Anti-Defamation League says anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise in New York state.