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Apple to Pay up to $400 Million if It Loses E-Book Appeal

If Apple wins its appeal in the price-fixing suit, it will pay nothing.<p>Apple Inc. has agreed to pay a settlement of as much as $400 million if it loses its appeal in a price-fixing case brought by state attorneys general on behalf of consumers who they claim were hurt by artificially inflated …

Revisit the Battlefield That Shaped America

History comes alive in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.<p>"The Civil War was the most important event in American history, the crossroads of our being,” says documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, whose 1990 <i>The Civil War</i> won 40 major television and film honors. “And it was one hell of a crossroads. It really …

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WhatsApp Reaches 600 Million Active Users

WhatsApp leads the rest of the mobile messaging field when it comes to popularity, and now the Facebook-owned service has passed 600 million monthly active users, according to CEO and founder Jan Koum.<p>The app crossed the significant half a billion user milestone in April this year. Tencent’s WeChat …

New iTunes Pass credit refill service now available in United States and several other countries

Yesterday Apple rolled out its new iTunes Pass service to Japan, allowing users to use a Passbook card to add credit to an iTunes account from an Apple Retail Store. Starting today, the offer is also available in the United States and Australia. Users in Canada, Germany, and the UK are also …

High-Flying Highlights From The International Drone Photography Awards

From France to the Philippines, the winners of National Geographic and Dronestagram's International Drone Photography Awards.<p><i>Images via</i><p>On March 15, 2014, in association with National Geographic, drone-photography site Dronestagram announced their first-ever International Drone Photography Awards, …

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Dogs Carry Kissing Bug Disease In Texas And Latin America

We often think about people spreading diseases around the world. This spring,vacationers brought chikungunya from the Caribbean to the United States. Businessmen have likely spread Ebola across international borders in West Africa. And health care workers have carried a new virus from the Middle …

Scientists baffled by appearance of giant crater in Siberia

Mysterious hole discovered in remote tundra in Siberia leaves Russian scientists looking for answers<p>It is a barren landscape so remote that even the locals call it "the end of the world." Now the bleak tundra of Russia's remote Yamal peninsula has been scarred by a vast crater that has left …

Could Giant Viruses Be the Origin of Life on Earth?

The ancestors of modern viruses may have laid the groundwork for cellular life as we know it.<p>Chantal Abergel and Jean-Michel Claverie were used to finding strange viruses.<p>The married virologists at Aix-Marseille University had made a career of it. But pithovirus, which they discovered in 2013 in a …

Three next-generation dark matter experiments get a green light

Next generation, in this case, is defined as experiments that will be at least 10 times as sensitive as the current crop of dark matter …

Scientists follow magma from Earth's belly to base of Mt. Rainier

The lava that spews from the fiery rims of volcanoes originates deep in Earth's crust, often more than 50 miles below our feet. Although scientists have a general idea where this magma comes from, it's nearly impossible to see exactly what's happening so far beneath the surface.<p>Recently, however, …