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White House seeks legal immunity for firms that hand over customer data

Obama administration asks legislators drafting NSA reforms to protect telecoms firms complying with court orders<p>The White House has asked legislators crafting competing reforms of the National Security Agency to provide legal immunity for telecommunications firms that provide the government with …

Antibiotics are losing effectiveness in every country, says WHO

Antibiotics are losing their power to fight infections in every country in the world, according to new data from the World Health Organisation – a situation that could have "devastating" consequences for public health. It raises the possibility that once-beaten diseases will re-emerge as global …

Psst! Wearable Devices Could Make Big Tech Leaps, Into Your Ear

It's early evening on a Thursday and you're at a networking event, balancing a small plate of appetizers in one hand. Someone comes up to you to say hello. She acts like you've met before, but you can't recall where.<p>"It's Jackie Barnes," she says.<p>"Jackie Barnes," you repeat like you remember. "It's …

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

Technology has altered human physiology. It makes us think differently, feel differently, even dream differently. It affects our memory, attention …

Popcorn Time, The Netflix For BitTorrent, Has Shut Down

Last week we told you about Popcorn Time, a new desktop app that was essentially like Netflix for streaming movies over BitTorrent. We were one of the first sites to pick up the app, and since then it has been featured on all kinds of mainstream outlets, including <i>Time Magazine</i> and <i>The Washington …

Popcorn Time

Apple's New Mac Pro Review: The Most Powerful Mac Ever

Apple has combined raw power with ingenious design into something that will make even non-professionals drool.<p>After languishing with only minor …

Xiaomi launches MIUI for tablets, new Nexus 7 gets first dibs (Update: WiFi version only)

While Xiaomi has yet to launch its very own tablet (the Eden Tab doesn't count), you can now get a first taste of its tablet-friendly MIUI Android ROM, which is available as an open beta for the 2013 edition Nexus 7. According to the company, this isn't merely a scaled up version of MIUI V5, as it …

Apple's iOS 7.1 update cures motion sickness problem

New option lets users disable the "parallax effect", which has caused physical sickness<p>While motion sickness is a feeling normally reserved for long car journeys and boat trips, when iOS 7 was launched on the iPhone and iPad some users complained of dizziness and physical illness from looking at …

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Government approves medical marijuana research

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration handed backers of<p>medical marijuanaa significant victory Friday, opening the way for aUniversity of Arizonaresearcher to examine whether pot can help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, a move that could lead to broader studies into potential benefits of …

Headhunters' Trophy Skulls Uncovered From Ancient London

Skull discoveries point to hard knocks, and untidy endings, for ancient Roman gladiators and criminals.<p>Beheadings and brutality aplenty marked the deaths of the Roman Empire's gladiators, criminals, and war victims, suggest forensic archaeologists looking at skulls from ancient London.<p>The thriving …

Obama will reportedly announce big changes to NSA on Friday

President Barack Obama is seriously considering some major changes to the National Security Agency (NSA) and its surveillance programs, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports. The president will announce his decisions on Friday.<p>Obama may extend privacy protections to cover non-Americans, after reports that …

Liberal power grows over nominees

In the new filibuster free world of presidential nominees, when it comes to President Barack Obama’s financial regulators all eyes are on the left.<p>Gone are the days when a Wall Street regulatory pick needed to placate at least a handful of Republicans to be confirmed and Democrats were under …

Balance Of Power At Stake In High Court Case

<b>Listen · 7:48</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a big constitutional fight over the balance of power between the president and the Senate.<p>At issue is whether the president's power to make temporary appointments during the Senate recess can be …

India marks three years since last polio case

Country hopes to be declared polio-free by March after rolling out vaccination scheme and strict border checks<p>India has marked three years since its last polio case was reported, a major milestone in eradicating the disease.<p>The marker puts the country on course to being formally declared polio-free …

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Read 700 Free eBooks Made Available by the University of California Press

The University of California Press e-books collection holds books published by UCP (and a select few printed by other academic presses) between …

Scientists Accurately Predict the Popularity of Books by Analyzing Their Sentences

(A Real Book Dies t-shirt now on sale at the NeatoShop)<p>The process is called statistical stylometry. It looks at sentence structure and can predict …

Michael Arndt's scrapped Star Wars story was about Luke and Han's kids

When Michael Arndt was replaced as the writer of <i>Star Wars: Episode VII</i> last fall, we were told it had to do with timing concerns. But according to a …

Star Wars

How Scared Should You Be of a Cyberwar?

Everything you need to know about the future of warfare.<p>Multiple justices of the U.S. Supreme Court—the people who will ultimately decide where the law stands on cyber-military issues—do not even use computers. P.W. Singer, director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and …

Official 'Star Wars' canon can now include Expanded Universe stories

The <i>Star Wars</i> franchise is changing. Yesterday, Leland Chee, the curator of the <i>Star Wars</i> canon, started tweeting that the existing canon hierarchy would be leveled off, giving the Expanded Universe of novels, video games, comic books, and characters the same standing as the original movies going …

Intel Wants to Make Computers Think More Like Humans

<b>LAS VEGAS --</b> Intel says it wants to make science fiction into reality. More specifically, it wants to make the way we interact with computers and tablets more human, more "natural."<p>"We want to communicate with the computing device naturally, as you would with another human," Mooly Eden, Intel's …

Some relief (not much) on the way after deadly polar vortex

A deadly, record-shattering polar vortex was beginning to ease late Tuesday, with temperatures expected to be closer to normal Wednesday, but its effects — thousands more canceled flights and power grids straining as people cranked up the heat — will continue to be felt for days.<p>Wednesday will …

Just four months until we can understand dogs! Dog-to-English translator to become a reality

Anxious to know what your dog is thinking? The wait could soon be over as a ‘dog-to-English’ translator is set to become a reality in just four …

Facebook Isn't Actually A Good Way To Judge Potential Employees, Say Researchers

Back in 2012, we learned that Facebook stalking would tell you if a person was worth hiring. Researchers at Northern Illinois University found that they could predict job performance based on just 5-10 minute reviews of college students’ Facebook pages, based on interviews with their employers six …

The Complete List: All the New Netflix and Hulu Releases

It's an all too familiar situation: You went to the grocery store to make sure that your fridge was stocked for this snowstorm, but now you're stuck …

Study predicts 54 million autonomous cars in 2035

A new study of autonomous cars by IHS details the progression of the technology into the marketplace.<p>A study by analyst firm IHS predicts milestones for autonomous cars entering the market, with global sales of 230,000 in 2025 and 11.8 million in 2035.<p>By 2035, the study predicts, 54 million …

Autonomous Cars

Marc Andreessen Just Suggested That Snapchat Could Become A $100 Billion Company

It's a lot of money to pass on. But, according to venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, Snapchat has an opportunity to build something much bigger, much more valuable.<p>In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Andreessen was asked about Snapchat's future as a business. Here's his answer:<p>"The bull …

Music sales decline for the first time since the iTunes Store opened

Digital music sales declined for the first time in 2013 since the iTunes Store opened a decade before, according to new data from Nielsen SoundScan. <i>Billboard</i> reports that sales of tracks declined 5.7 percent, to 1.34 billion units, while album sales fell 0.1 percent, to 117.6 million. The chief …