In today’s Bulldog wrapup of technology news:

  • Sling TV adds some ABC stations, including WTVD in the Triangle
  • Apple outlines court strategy to fight phone hack ruling
  • Google dropping site for insurance buyers
  • The FTC is settling with Asus over server security

The details:

  • Sling broadens lineup

Sling TV, the online TV service from satellite provider Dish, has added ABC stations in some cities.

Sling is aimed at “cord cutters,” people who don’t want to pay $70 and up for hundreds of channels. It offers 23 live cable channels, including ESPN, AMC and TBS, for $20 a month. You can add HBO and other mini-packs of channels focused on sports, Spanish-language TV or kids’ programming for an extra fee.

ABC is now available in a pack with two other over-the-air networks — Spanish-language broadcasters Univision and UniMas. The three stations will cost an extra $5 a month. While the Sling TV service is available nationwide, the broadcast package is limited to eight cities — Chicago; Fresno-Visalia, California; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; Philadelphia; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and San Francisco. You can also watch these broadcasters on a TV for free with an antenna.

Adding channels like ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC to online TV alternatives has been complicated because not all the local stations are owned by the networks. Some are owned by separate broadcasting companies and may require additional deals to get the streaming rights.

Sony’s TV service, called PlayStation Vue, has CBS, Fox and NBC as well as dozens of cable channels, but it starts at $50 a month for the cheapest package and is only available in seven cities. Sony said in November that it would be adding ABC for some markets as well as ESPN and other Disney-owned channels, but that hasn’t happened yet.

  • Apple wants Congress involved in phone case

Apple Inc. will tell a federal judge this week in legal papers that its fight with the FBI over accessing a locked and encrypted iPhone should be kicked to Congress, rather than decided by courts, The Associated Press has learned.

Apple will also argue that the Obama administration’s request to help it hack into an iPhone in the federal investigation of the San Bernardino attack is improper under an 18th century law, the 1789 All Writs Act, which has been used to compel companies to provide assistance to law enforcement.

A lead attorney for Apple, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., previewed for the AP some of the company’s upcoming arguments in the case. Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, has also hinted at the company’s courtroom strategy.

Apple’s effort would move the contentious policy debate between digital privacy rights and national security interests to Congress, where Apple — one of the world’s most respected technology companies — wields considerably more influence. Apple spent nearly $5 million lobbying Congress last year, mostly on tax and copyright issues. Key lawmakers have been openly divided about whether the government’s demands in the case go too far.

Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym in California ordered Apple last week to create specialized software to help the FBI hack into a locked, county-issued iPhone used by a gunman in the mass shootings last December in San Bernardino, California. Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people at an office holiday party in an attack at least partly inspired by the Islamic State group.

“The government is really seeking to push the courts to do what they haven’t been able to persuade Congress to do,” Boutrous said in an AP interview. “That’s to give it more broad, sweeping authority to help the Department of Justice hack into devices, to have a backdoor into devices, and the law simply does not provide that authority.”

  • Google dropping insurance site

Google is shifting into reverse and leaving behind a service that compares auto insurance prices.

The planned March 23 closure of “Google Compare” comes a year after the Internet search engine expanded the service in the U.S. to allow consumers to get quotes from a variety of auto insurers.

The service currently lists prices from 28 insurers.

Google Compare also allowed consumers in the U.S. and U.K. to look for the best deals on credit cards and mortgages.

Google told participating auto insurers and lenders in a letter that the comparison service didn’t attract as much traffic as it anticipated.

The comparison service had spurred speculation that Google was laying the foundation to sell auto insurance itself, something that the Mountain View, California, company denied was in the works.

  • FTC, Asus to settle

The Federal Trade Commission says Asus has agreed to settle complaints that its routers lacked needed security, which led to the exposure of the personal information of thousands of people.

The FTC says Asus marketed the routers as having significant security features that would protect users from hackers and malware, but in reality the devices had serious security flaws.

As part of the settlement announced Tuesday, the Taiwanese computer company will be required to maintain a security program that will be subject to audit for the next 20 years. The company must also notify customers of security updates and steps they can take to protect themselves from security flaws.

Asus officials didn’t immediately return an email seeking comment.

— Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer