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Comcast leapfrogs Google Fiber with new 2Gbps internet service

Rollout begins in Atlanta next month and will reach 18 million American homes by the end of the year<p>One way to answer critics and competitors alike is to simply do better, and for once Comcast is doing exactly that. The US cable giant is today announcing a new 2Gbps broadband service, which it will …

Senate's old guard just says 'no' to pot overhaul

A generational split in the Senate spells trouble for the movement to change marijuana laws.<p>When it comes to overhauling pot policy in the U.S. Senate, the young pols are running headfirst into the old guard.<p>A high-wattage trio of junior senators — Democrats Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand plus …

Republican Thorn Ted Cruz Announces Run For President

The 2016 presidential campaign has its first official candidate. Republican Ted Cruz jumped into the race for the presidency, announcing his intentions in a tweet at 12:09 am EDT Monday morning.<p>"I'm running for president and I hope to earn your support!" the firebrand Texas senator tweeted simply …

How To Rewire Your Brain For Happiness

Is happiness something we can cultivate or is it a result of our environment? New scientific research is shedding light on the answer, and the results are encouraging.<p>Imagine your brain has all these neural pathways connecting different responses. If you’re stuck in a traffic jam, and you feel …

Mindfulness

Windows 10 might not peacefully coexist with other OS

It seems that Microsoft is developing a pattern lately. After a flood of good news comes the fine print and some sad, if not worrying, follow ups. …

Need A Security Expert? Hire A Coder

<i>Peleus Uhley is lead security strategist at Adobe</i><p>As security moves more increasingly into the national spotlight, the need for security engineers and experts has never been greater. For those interested in security researcher positions, my best advice is to never stop coding. This is true whether …

Employers Warm To Obamacare, Stick With Coverage

Five years after employers were considering terminating health coverage due to costs and other issues related to the Affordable Care Act, companies have largely changed their tune as fears have not been realized, according to a new analysis.<p>Just three percent of employers are now likely to …

Police raid club of Charlo Greene, pot activist who quit TV job on air

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage police served search warrants at marijuana activist Charlo Greene's Alaska Cannabis Club, after receiving reports of …

Data and Goliath: Four Ways You Can Protect Yourself From Digital Surveillance

If a policeman sits down within earshot, it's within your rights to move your conversation someplace else. If the FBI parks a van bristling with cameras outside your house, you are perfectly justified in closing your blinds.<p>Likewise, there are many ways we can protect our personal data and defend …

The driver's license of the future is coming to your smartphone

"We have a number of serious unresolved concerns about how the use of the smartphone as a driver's license may implicate privacy rights."<p>Rita Bettis, legal director, ACLU of Iowa

Driver's Licenses

Android rolls out 'on-body' smart lock to foil device thieves

Google's mobile operating system adds a function that brings up your device's lock screen when the accelerometer senses you've set the gadget down, according to a report.<p>Google is rolling out a new automatic "smart lock" function that uses your mobile device's accelerometer to determine when you …

Wisconsin federal judge finds state abortion law unconstitutional | Reuters

(Reuters) - A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled as unconstitutional on Friday a state law requiring any doctor performing an abortion to have privileges to admit patients to a nearby hospital.<p>U.S. District Judge William Conley temporarily blocked the law in August 2013, which requires doctors to …

A simple guide to GCHQ's hacking powers

We now know a lot more about GCHQ's hacking operations -- and the details haven't come from Edward Snowden. New documents released by the government …

Tutanota, An Open Source Encrypted Gmail Alternative, Heads Out Of Beta

Germany based encrypted email startup, Tutanota, is taking its service out a beta next week — after a year of testing and almost 100,000 users signed up to send and receive secure email.<p>Additional domains will also be offered in the new release, coming on Tuesday, including .com and .io options (in …

Supreme Court Justices Raise Doubts About Arizona Redistricting Commission

(Adds details from argument, paragraphs 9-11)<p>By Lawrence Hurley<p>WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared skeptical of a voter-approved plan that stripped Arizona state lawmakers of their role in drawing congressional districts in an bid to remove partisan politics …