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AT&T thinks increased bandwidth costs are Netflix subscribers' problem

AT&T's swinging back at Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' recent assertion that ISPs (internet service providers) should shoulder the cost of increased bandwidth demands. In a post on AT&T's Public Policy Blog, Senior EVP Jim Cicconi denounced Hastings' desire for a "cost-free delivery" agreement with …

Google's 3D-sensing phones are taking a trip to the International Space Station

It's arguably cool enough that Google is working on smartphones that can scan your surroundings, but now those devices are slated to take a spin in space too. How's that for living in the future? NASA first started sticking smartphones to machines back in 2011 when it used Samsung's Nexus S as the …

Artificial intelligence startup Vicarious collects $40 million from tech elites

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / StudioSmart<p>It has been a big year for artificial intelligence. Google bought DeepMind in January for …

IBM’s Watson Tackles The Tumor Genome, On The Way To Personalized Cancer Treatments

To develop a specific treatment for each person’s cancer, doctors would need to learn their tumor’s genetic code. It’s a task too difficult for humans to do for every cancer patient. But it might not be too difficult for a problem-solving supercomputer.<p>IBM’s advanced artificial intelligence program …

Musicians might have figured out an ingeniously simple way to game Spotify

Spotify, the Swedish streaming service that looks primed for an IPO, has divided the music industry for years.<p>Vociferous detractors like Radiohead’s Thom Yorke (who had an imaginative description for the service last year) and David Byrne of Talking Heads fame have criticized the penny-pinching …

Spotify

Dying Lake Urmia reflects a broader problem in Iran

LAKE URMIA, Iran — An eerie and forlorn tableau greets visitors to the arid shores of this once-vast lake in Iran's far northwest. Rusting ships sit wedged in deep black mud. Stray dogs nibble on rotting planks from long-discarded beach chairs and derelict bungalows.<p>Lake Urmia, long counted among …

Hassan Rouhani

GOP candidate for governor is a registered sex offender

One of four gubernatorial candidates introduced to California Republicans recently is a registered sex offender who spent more than a decade in state prison, convicted of crimes including voluntary manslaughter and assault with intent to commit rape.<p>Glenn Champ, 48, addressed hundreds of GOP …

Kosovo youth reunited through rock music

Six years on from its unilateral declaration of independence, there are still deep divisions in Kosovo.<p>Nowhere is this more true than Mitrovica - a town divided by a river, with ethnic-Serbs living on one side, and ethnic-Albanians on the other.<p>But one project has been trying to bring them together …

Kosovo

Will Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam dry the Nile in Egypt?

<b>Ethiopia is pressing ahead with construction of a major new dam on the River Nile, despite stiff opposition from Egypt. BBC correspondents in both countries report from both sides of an increasingly bitter water dispute.</b><p>Emmanuel Igunza, Ethiopia<p>A vast section of northern Ethiopia has been turned …

Africa

How the Russia Sanctions Could Backfire

Vladimir Putin turned up more than an hour late for a speech to Russia’s business elite on Thursday. This was not an insult, however, since he is habitually late. The Russian president once made his (now deposed) Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich cool his heels for four hours while he hung …

U.S. Products Made In China Cause An Extra Full Day Of Smog A Year In Los Angeles

The consumer demand that goes around comes around–in the form of pollution carried on the wind.<p>There’s a certain sense of poetic justice, maybe, to the fact that all of the manufacturing we’ve outsourced has somehow come back to bite us in the butt. Much of the pollution created in manufacturing …

Pollution

Zombie moss: Plant revives after 1,500 frozen years

Scientists pull a sample of moss out of an ancient deep-freeze and discover it was just waiting for a chance to grow again.<p>It sounds like the next purposefully bad SyFy channel production: "Zombie moss! It came from beneath the Antarctic!" Researchers pulled up a sample of moss that had been …

Ice Age