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By Anthony Celini | a collection of potential articles of the week

Facebook's New Feature Has Users Thoroughly Creeped Out

When enabled by users, the social network's new quirk allows its mobile app to turn on your smartphone's microphone, listen in on what's around you. Facebook identifies the music or TV shows it hears, and can tell the world you're currently "Listening to Iggy Azalea" if it hears you bumping "Fancy."<p>…

Teachers Hit The Common Core Wall

This time next year, millions of schoolkids in the U.S. will sit down for their first Common Core test. In some places, the stakes will be high — for kids, their teachers and their communities. The goal of the Core benchmarks in reading and math is to better prepare students for college, career and …

'A Change-up On Steroids:' The History Of A Sky-Scraping Pitch

In a recent Nippon Professional Baseball game in Japan, Kazuhito Tadano threw a slow, arcing pitch that caught the batter by surprise. Video of the play quickly went viral on the Internet, but the pitch has a history — and a name: the eephus pitch. Paul Dickson, author of the Dickson Baseball …

From Lunch (n.) To Balding (adj.), Some Words Are Just 'Bad English'

Ammon Shea, author of Reading the OED, has just come out with a new book about words — words like "dilapidated," "balding" and "lunch." Shea says those words were once frowned upon, as were more than 200 other words he has compiled.<p>His new book, <i>Bad English,</i> documents how the language has grown, …

Drone Wars: Who Owns The Air?

There are lots of entrepreneurs who would love to fly drones — tiny unmanned aircraft — all over the country. They dream of drones delivering packages and taking photos, but there's a battle in the courts right now standing in their way. The battle is about whether it's legal for drones to take to …

The nine companies that know more about you than Google or Facebook

You probably assume Google and Facebook know everything about you. You may not have heard of a group of companies who possibly know even more. They’re called data brokers, and their business is collecting and selling personal data—typically without your knowledge or consent—that are used to verify …

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When College Isn't Worth It

The <i>New York Times</i> highlighted new data yesterday that once again beats the drum: Despite skyrocketing costs, a college degree is a good investment. In fact, MIT economist David Autor writes in the journal <i>Science</i> that the value of a degree is <i>rising</i>. College grads made almost twice as much per hour …

Big Breweries Move Into Small Beer Town — And Business Is Hopping

With more breweries per capita than any U.S. city, Asheville, N.C., has become a sort of Napa Valley of beer. And at the third annual Asheville Beer Week this week, this tight-knit beer community is strutting its stuff with tastings of barrel-aged sour beers and fermented Chinese tea saisons, and …

How to Stop Your iPhone from Remembering Everywhere You Go, All the Time

You probably know that a lot of iPhone apps log your locations so they can offer directions or geographic-based recommendations. But did you know the …

Dems won’t support Cuomo for president in 2016: sources

Gov. Cuomo, long known for his presidential aspirations, won’t enjoy the support of his own Democratic Party if Hillary Rodham Clinton decides not to …

The Case for a Flat Tax

The idea of a flat tax as applied to income is not a new one. In fact, the Member of Congress that held my seat prior to me, former Majority Leader Dick Armey, was a champion of the idea in the 1980's and 90's. Since 2003, at the beginning of every new Congress, I have introduced H.R. 1040, the …

Book News: 'Captain Underpants' Is 2013's Most Vilified Book

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>In a clear victory for the villainous Dr. Diaper, <i>Captain Underpants --</i> Dav Pilkey's series about a heartless school principal who when hypnotized becomes a kindly superhero dressed only in a cape and a pair of …