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In FBI hacks, tech firms get left in the dark as feds resist call to divulge secrets

Even when courts compel law enforcement agencies to reveal the ways they hack into technology products, it's criminal suspects — not the makers of hardware or software — who are most likely to learn the details.<p>As Apple Inc. considers legal tactics that could force the FBI to share how it unlocked …

Privacy

Italy Wants UNESCO to Recognize its Pizza

Pizza making is a cultural cornerstone of Italy.<p>Italy recently submitted the art of Neapolitan pizza making for inclusion in UNESCO’s cultural …

United Slams Timing of Board Fight While Dissidents Say Motives Are Pure

A United Continental Holdings official questioned the timing of the shareholder fight to elect six new members, including former Continental chairman …

The Cast Of "Captain America: Civil War" Dominated Tumblr With An Epic Q&A

The most amazing Answer Time in superhero history.

Reese Witherspoon posts touching tribute to Legally Blonde pooch, Bruiser

Bruiser Woods, the darling Chihuahua that Elle Woods toted around thoughout the <i>Legally Blonde</i> movies, died Thursday. Reese Witherspoon shared a photo …

FBI 'could force Apple to hand over private key'

A legal filing implies that Department of Justice has a plan B, which involves demanding the company’s electronic signature<p>If Apple doesn’t comply with the court order requiring it to weaken the security on the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, it may be asked to hand over the source code to the …

U.S. Department of Justice

Alphabet chairman and ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt caught using an iPhone

Eric Schmidt is one of the most important figures when it comes to Google and Alphabet's history. He served as CEO of Google between 2001 and 2011, and is now the Executive Chairman at Alphabet, Google's newly formed parent company. Google, of course, is the company behind Android.<p>Given Schmidt's …

The feds aren’t ready for the future of self-driving cars, report says

No steering wheel, no pedals, no clue<p>The federal government is operating in high gear trying to get out ahead of the self-driving car movement, which is probably good considering the existing laws and regulations are totally unprepared for what the future may bring, according to a draft report …

Morocco is producing solar power at night

Springing up on the edge of the Sahara desertare rows of curved mirrors as far as the eye can see.<p>They're part of what could become the biggest solar power plantin the world.<p>Morocco is investing about $2.6 billion on the construction of the Ouarzazate complex, which forms the heart of a $9 billion …

Here's why one of the world's richest men wears hand-me-down clothes

With a net worth of more than $40 billion, Ingvar Kamprad, founder of the furniture chain Ikea, is among the richest people in the world.<p>He is also, it appears, among its most frugal.<p>This week, the eccentric billionaire — No. 9 in last year's Bloomberg Billionaire's List — revealed in a documentary …

GM Buying Self-Driving Tech Startup for More Than $1 Billion

General Motors (GM) this morning announced that it will acquire Cruise Automation, a San Francisco-based developer of autonomous vehicle technology. …

Female traders may be the key to heading off stock market crashes

While the scenes depicted in the film <i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i> might be extreme, they do reflect a truth: that the world of finance is overwhelmingly male. It is this male-dominant culture, fueled by testosterone, that has been blamed by regulators, academics, and the popular press for instability …

Stock Markets

Microsoft is open sourcing Edge's Javascript engine, Chakra

If you’ve been paying attention to Microsoft over the last year, you’ve probably noticed that the company has changed its attitude toward the open-source community in a huge way.<p>In just the past few months the company has open sourced its code editor, Visual Studio’s code building tool, a video …

The housing market is going to be all about one issue in 2016

But unless there's a definitive pickup in wages, entry-level housing affordability could morph into a more serious issue.<p>"Deteriorating housing affordability will drive 2016 housing trends," according to Zillow's 2016 housing-market outlook published earlier this week.<p>"A lack of affordable homes …

Housing

The Company That's a Bigger Threat to Wall Street Than Occupy

The people having the most success destroying the Wall Street elite these days are not bomb-throwing anarchists. They are buttoned-up investment …

Investing

Charted: What the landmark Trans-Pacific trade deal really means

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific rim countries, including the US, Japan, Mexico and Vietnam, came to terms Monday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a landmark free-trade deal that’s being described as the most ambitious in a generation. What exactly does it all mean?<p>If the participants all ratify …

Economy

Airbus designs mezzanine to seat plane passengers on top of each other

Airbus, one of the world's biggest aircraft manufacturers, has designed a row of seats on a second level mezzanine for planes to make the most of vacant space.<p>A number of different designs show how seats built into another level on an aircraft could allow space for reclining chairs on both levels, …

Apple might have another new campus, and it's in Google's backyard

There will also be, of course, all the amenities we've come to expect from these massive Silicon Valley campuses. Included in the plans: an on-site bank, a cafeteria, a fitness center, a coffee bar, a conference center, a 500-person outdoor amphitheater, food truck access "in and around the quad," …

Map reveals ghostly antineutrinos lurking within Earth

A look inside of Earth has revealed the hiding places of weird antimatter particles that are nearly massless, resulting in a global map of the planet's so-called antineutrinos.<p>Antineutrinos are the antimatter versions of neutrinos, particles so light and insubstantial that they rarely interact with …

Forget Wall Street — this startup gives you the same investments at 1/100th of the cost

In volatile markets like these, sophisticated high-net worth investors run for cover by sheltering their investments in stable assets like commercial real estate. <b>And now that option is available to investors who don't have millions to spend.</b><p>Fundrise, a rapidly growing startup based in Washington, …

The CEO of controversial drug giant Valeant sent this letter to employees after its stock plunged 20% in 5 days

On Monday morning, the company disclosed that Pearson sent a letter to the company's employees emphasizing that everything was fine.<p>Pearson wrote:<p>A number of you have asked me and other senior members of our management team about the significant drop in our stock price — especially over the past 5 …

Markets

Google and NASA are getting a new quantum computer

The famous Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab is getting some powerful new hardware. A joint project between Google, NASA, and the Universities Space Research Association, the Quantum AI Lab today announced a multiyear agreement to install a D-Wave 2X, a state-of-the-art quantum processor released …

Security-focussed Blackphone 2 now available to order, extra privacy and flagship specs at a premium price

Silent Circle has released its second privacy-focussed smartphone. The Android-powered Blackphone 2 boasts some of the best security features around, as well as some flagship specifications. But, all this does come at a fairly hefty price tag…<p>The phone’s security comes from its custom operating …

Mobile Technology

GoPro’s Hero+ action camera brings Wi-Fi capture for just $200

GoPro has unveiled the Hero+, a new action camera that offers Full HD video capture along with Wi-Fi connectivity for $200, making it one of the company’s most affordable cameras yet.<p>The Hero+ is capable of shooting 1080p and 720p at 60 frames per second, as well as 8-megapixel photos and time …

These 5 Apps Will Help You Finally Organize Your Money

Organizing your personal finances is the first step toward solid budgeting and savings habits. Fortunately, there are plenty of free apps that can …

Personal Finance

Here's the disturbing impact that space has on the human body and mind

The mission saw a cosmonaut clock up more days in space than any other human being, the launch of the most audacious twin study in the history of science, and astronauts eating lettuce grown in space for the first time.<p>The crew have taught us plenty about how to survive beyond our own planet - …

Space Science

The spectacularly successful life of Palmer Luckey, the 22-year-old who sold his startup to Facebook for $2 billion

He founded Oculus VR, the headset company that's been described countless times as the future of virtual reality.<p>Facebook, which acquired Oculus for $2 billion last year, sees its software as the big computing platform of the next 10 years.<p>Luckey's path to greatness doesn't follow the typical …

Stunning images reveal SpaceX's revolutionary approach to landing on Mars

And as mind-blowing as these innovative ideas are, the video animations and illustrations that bring Space X's goals to life are equally impressive.<p>But these animations and illustrations aren't just fiction and propaganda: They are a way for SpaceX to envision the future and make it a reality.<p>For …

Space Travel