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FCC Chair: $2 Annual Tax Would Expand High-Speed Internet Connections At Schools

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told reporters that he estimates the average consumer or business would pay roughly $1.90 extra a year per phone line to make that happen. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday issued a statement endorsing the plan.

11/17/2014

Some of the stolen jewelry posted to the police department's Pintrest page. (Credit: Mountain View Police's Pintrest)

Police Use Pintrest To Find Owners Of Pilfered Jewelry

A Northern California police department turned to Pinterest to find the owners of stolen jewelry and also pinned four people to the thefts.

11/13/2014

An National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team surveys a tail section from the crashed Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California, on November 01, 2014. (Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

NTSB: SpaceShipTwo Pilot Thrown Free As Craft Broke Apart

The surviving pilot of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that tore apart over the Mojave Desert was thrown clear of the disintegrating craft and did not know his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked the re-entry braking system, federal investigators said Wednesday.

11/12/2014

California cities and counties have spent more than $65 million on high-tech surveillance technology in the past decade, including drones, cellular “stingray” simulators and license plate readers being given to local law enforcement with little to no public oversight.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Report: California Cities Spent $65M On Spy Gear In Past Decade With Almost No Oversight

California cities and counties have spent more than $65 million on high-tech surveillance technology in the past decade, including drones, cellular “stingray” simulators and license plate readers being given to local law enforcement with little to no public oversight.

11/12/2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook  speaks during Apple's special event at the California Theatre in San Jose, Calif., on Oct. 23, 2012. (Credit: KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images)

Apple CEO Tim Cook Publicly Acknowledges He’s Gay

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s declaration that he’s “proud to be gay,” makes him the highest-profile business executive in the nation to publicly acknowledge his sexual orientation.

10/30/2014

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Google Working On Pill That Could Detect Cancer Cells

Still in the experimental stage, the pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which can travel through a patient’s bloodstream, search for malignant cells and report their findings to a sensor on a wearable device.

10/29/2014

220,000 Stores Start Accepting Apple Pay

Retailers Block Apple Pay, Google Wallet For System That Lets Them Retain Customer Data

Big merchants like McDonald’s, Macy’s and Foot Locker are all accepting Apple Pay. But a consortium of retailers called Merchant Customer Exchange plans to offer a rival mobile payment system next year which could direct debit customers’ checking accounts, instead of using a credit card.

10/28/2014

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Lowe’s Dispatches Robots To Aisles For Customer Service Inquiries

The robots dubbed OSHbots look like white columns with two large black screens on either side of them, and wheels to help them move. They are equipped with 3D cameras so they can scan and identify items. And customers can research items they want to buy on their screen. Then the robot can lead them to the aisle where an item is located.

10/28/2014

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA - MAY 2:  Panamian leader General Manuel Antonio Noriega (R) fakes a punch to a supporter (L) 02 May 1989 at the laying of the foundation of a group home in the neighborhood of Panama City where boxer Roberto Duran was born. Panamians are preparing to vote 07 May for president amidst charges by the U.S. that Noriega is preparing to rig the election.  (Photo credit should read MANOOCHER DEGATHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Judge Tosses Manuel Noriega’s Lawsuit Over ‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops II’

Superior Court Judge William Fahey’s ruling determined that Activision Blizzard, Inc. created a complex and multi-faceted game, “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” and it relied very little on the inclusion of Noriega in a pair of missions.

10/28/2014

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Associated Press, Seattle Times Object To FBI’s Fake News Story Used To Catch Bomb-Threat Suspect

Police in suburban Lacey, near Olympia, sought the FBI’s help as repeated bomb threats prompted a week of evacuations and closures at Timberline High School in June 2007.

10/28/2014

File photo of a gavel. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

FBI Says It Faked Associated Press Story To Catch High-School Bomb Threat Suspect

The “communication,” which contained a software tool that could verify Internet addresses, turned out to be a link to a phony AP story about the bomb threats posted on a Web page created by the FBI. The 15-year-old suspect clicked on the link, revealing his computer’s location and Internet address, and helping agents confirm his identity.

10/28/2014

File photo of a judge's gavel. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Defense Claims FBI Impersonated Repairmen To Surreptitiously Collect Evidence

ederal agents turned off Internet access to three luxury villas at a Las Vegas hotel then impersonated repair technicians to surreptitiously get inside and collect evidence in an investigation of online sports betting, according to defense lawyers challenging the practice.

10/28/2014

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Space X Launch To Space Station

Early Saturday morning, a private company is set to make history by launching a supply ship to the International Space Station. Here’s a look at the mission preps and what Space X and NASA expect the mission to look like.

A page focusing on the love for Allah and the Islamic faith. Interactions: 568,446 (credit: Facebook)

By The Numbers: Most Engaging Facebook Pages

There are Facebook pages and then there are Facebook pages! Here is a look at the Top 20 Most Engaging Facebook pages on Feb. 6, 2012 according to All Facebook. The ranking is based on the number of time followers interact with the Facebook page.

Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives In DC Area, To Be Permanently Housed At Smithsonian

Space Shuttle Discovery’s Final Flight

The Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final flight aboard a 747 carrier aircraft from Florida to Washington D.C. where it will be displayed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Take the top tennis players in the world and focus just on their cleavage. That was the premises of the "Adult Tennis Boobs" app. Apple said no thanks. (credit: Overdamped)

Banned: Most Controversial iPhone Apps

Apple now has strict policies on which applications for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch are approved for their App Store. But some risque or offensive apps have made it through the approval process, while others were rejected before getting to market. Here’s a look at a few of the most controversial apps.

A humanoid robot for educational purpose is unveiled by Japan’s Nippon Institute of Technology associate professor Yuichi Nakazato at the college’s campus at Miyashiro town in Saitama prefecture on Dec. 19, 2009. The robot has been developed with Japanese robot venture ZMP for use as an assistant for teachers utilizing a mobile projector on its head. (credit: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

Japanese Robots

Back in the 1970s, it was easy for the “Six Million Dollar Man,” Steve Austin, to spot a robotic person — or a fembot as the hip sci-fi show called them. In 2010, Japanese robotics makers have taken careful notes and are creating some of the most life-like robots ever — so life-like they can even be used for medical training. It seems the future is indeed now.

Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Opens New Ward

The Rise Of Bionics

The term “bionic” denotes an effort to use biological design principles to create mechanical substitutes for extension of biological organs. Basically, it’s the replenishment or enhancement of body parts by mechanical versions.

An internet user looks at a Facebook page dedicated to Anna Chapman in Paris on July 23, 2010. Two weeks after 10 Russian spies flew back from the United States to Moscow, the buzz of interest around the ring's most photogenic member, the feisty redhead Anna Chapman, shows no signs of receding. While Chapman remains in an unknown location since her arrival in Moscow, reportedly being debriefed, she has apparently found time to write enigmatic Facebook updates and negotiate with journalists on her first interview. (Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

The Rise Of Facebook

Facebook, populated by at least 500 million users, has been both a source of innovation, controversy and fascination.

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