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Smarter Smartphones: What Is a Kill Switch?

With smartphone thefts on the rise, the mobile phone industry is working to make stolen devices worthless to criminals.

All Falls Down: Kanye Wins 'Coinye' Currency Lawsuit

"Who Will Survive In America"? Not Coinye.

Facebook Could Let Users Hail a Cab with Uber

Soon, you could be hailing an Uber from Facebook Messenger on your phone.

Google, Microsoft Adding 'Kill Switch' to New Phones

Following suggestions from a couple high-profile attorneys, Google and Microsoft are adding 'kill switches' to smartphones.

Police Investigate Drone That Buzzed Space Needle

Sightseers at Seattle's Space Needle saw a small drone buzz the landmark's observation deck — and the craft's owner got a police visit.

Amazon Loss Bigger Than Expected

Amazon has long focused on spending the money it makes to grow and expand into new areas. It reported a bigger-than-expected second-quarter loss.

Computer May Know the Beatles Better Than You Do

Computer scientists have developed a music analysis program that can put all the Beatles albums in order just by giving them a listen.

Drive-By Galactic Images Made Possible by Fiber Bundles

A new way of using fiber optics massively increases the amount of data this Australian observatory is getting from a night looking up.

Golden States: What's Behind Call to Split California?

A Silicon Valley-based tech entrepreneur has a plan to fix all of California's problems by dividing it up into six new states.

Average American Spends 40 Minutes a Day on Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg confirms what we already knew: everybody spends way too much time on Facebook.

Google Maps Explore Offers Suggestions Based on Weather

A new "Explore" button in the Google Maps app offers locale suggestions based on the time of day, weather and personalized proximity range.

Mark Cuban's Snapchat Competitor Comes to Android

This ephemeral messaging app comes with a celebrity billionaire's seal of approval.

#Monochromatic: Twitter Releases Diversity Data

The social media service joins Google, Facebook, and other prominent tech giants in releasing information on the demographics of its workforce.

Nigerian 419 Email Scammers Shift to Malware

Some of the same folks behind the Nigeria 419 email scam are apparently switching to more sophisticated cyberfraud tactics.

Mobile Ads Give Facebook Big Boost

Facebook posted sharply higher earnings as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, and more people used it, more often.

Automatic Parachute Could Slow Crashing Drones

Drones and remote-controlled copters are pretty safe, but if something goes wrong, it'd be nice to have a little insurance on board.

What is the Six Californias Plan?

A Silicon Valley-based tech entrepreneur has a plan to fix all of California's problems by dividing it up into six new states.

Precious Cargo: New App Aims To Block Hot-Car Kid Deaths

A new app seeks to remind parental drivers of two critical facts: They have a child in the vehicle and it’s hot outside.

Can the Cops Cuff You For Filming an Arrest?

Two recent smart-phone videos offered viral replays in full color, but laws allowing citizen’s to film arrests are steeped in one murky tone: gray.

Seven Arrested in StubHub Cyberfraud Case

A cybercrime ring allegedly hacked into StubHub users' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets to concerts and otehr events.

Humans Mistaken For Machines During Turing Tests

No machine has yet succeeded to reliably convince people it's real — and in fact, a few humans have failed, too, as a new study points out.

Facebook and Twitter Aim to Tap E-Commerce Market

The social networking sites are testing out "buy" buttons in an effort to tap into the $304 billion that estimates show will be spent on e-commerce this year.

Tim Cook: Businesses Could Pull iPad Sales Out of Slump

Although iPad sales were below analyst projections for a second straight quarter, Cook says the tablet can continue to grow.

Social Media: Where's the Satisfaction?

Social media may be extremely popular, but these are some of the worst-performing companies tracked by the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

Shatner Disses Celebrity Facebook App, George Takei

The "Star Trek" celeb took to Tumblr to slam Facebook's new app, along with former co-star George Takei.

Summer Programs Aim to Hack Tech's Diversity Problem

Across the country, summer programs are aimed at addressing what companies call a “pipeline problem” in science, technology, and math.

Amazon Fire Phone Innovates, But Is It Really Better?

Amazon's Fire phone has features that seem almost magical, but does that make it a good smartphone?

StubHub Ticket Reseller: We're Victim of Cyber Fraud

Arrests and details of the case will be announced in the U.S., Canada and England, authorities say.

Apple Faces Class-Action Suit for Unpaid Wages

A California court gave class-action status to a lawsuit by former Apple employees who claim they were denied breaks and are owed back wages.

Apple Just Sold How Many iPhones?

Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone.


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