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Facebook Seeks EU Approval of WhatsApp Deal to Avoid Antitrust Headaches

Facebook has asked the European Commission to perform an antitrust review of its $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports. …

Privacy

Skype shown automatically translating multilingual voice calls

Universal translation without the Babel fish<p>Microsoft's Skype will eventually be able to translate voice calls between people. In an on-stage demo at the Code conference today, Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella showed off Skype Translator, an upcoming version of the service that is capable of …

Google plans fleet of driverless cars — with no steering wheel or brakes

Maya Angelou: A Photo Gallery

Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent.<p>Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann. Angelou had been "frail" and suffering from heart problems, the agent …

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George Clooney Through the Ages

Because this man did not just appear on this earth with silver hair and celebrity. As he told us in our new profile, he "came from somewhere."<p><b>As ubiquitous and universally beloved</b> as his face is now, it's easy to forget sometimes that Clooney's actually gone through plenty of different faces, in …

Celebrity News

REVIEW: Motorola's New Dirt-Cheap Smartphone Is Perfect If You Hate Carrier Contracts

Following the success of its Moto G, which the company says is its best-selling smartphone to date, Motorola is aiming to offer a smartphone that anyone can afford.<p>The new Moto E is as basic as a smartphone can get. The company has clearly made a few trade-offs to keep the price down, making the …

Mobile Technology

India elections: Varanasi welcomes Narendra Modi

<b>India's Prime Minister-elect, Narendra Modi, has been performing religious rituals in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi after his election landslide.</b><p>Mr Modi offered prayers on the banks of the river Ganges after being greeted by jubilant supporters.<p>Observers say the ceremony was rich in political …

India

Whatever happened to Netscape?

Netscape's story reads like a proper fairy tale: takeovers, fierce and hostile competition, split-ups, a giant payout and even a dragon! While Netscape may now only be a sweet, sweet memory to those who used it to first discover the web, the browser's monstrous impact has cemented it as one of the …

Apple and Google end smartphone litigation

Technology giants settle string of lawsuits over phone operating systems<p>Apple and Google have agreed to end all outstanding litigation between them relating to smartphones in what is a major breakthrough for the two technology giants.<p>The pair had filed dozens of lawsuits against each other, each …

FAA considering a fast track for businesses that want to use drones

It's currently illegal to use unmanned aerial drones for anything commercial in the US, something that could be changing sooner than expected. Bloomberg reports that the US Federal Aviation Administration plans a "streamlined" approval process for low-risk commercial uses like farming and …

Protesters, police clash in Turkey amid mounting questions in mine fire

Police in Soma, Turkey, used tear gas, plastic pellets and a water cannon Friday on protesters angry over the government's response to a coal mine fire that killed at least 298 people.<p>Protesters chanting "Don't sleep, Soma, remember your dead!" coursed through city streets a few miles from the …

Tumblr, Tomfoolery, and 12 Months of Yahoo Acquisitions

“Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business,” noted Yahoo’s statement when it announced it had acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion.<p>That was on May 20, 2013, which is exactly one year ago this coming Tuesday. For the record, the …

An App For Selling Access To A Street Parking Space You Do Not Own

Parking spaces need to cost more. But creating a private market for a public good isn’t the way to do it.<p>In San Francisco, a tech startup is rolling out what may be the ultimate idea for co-opting public resources for the private good: Helping individual citizens to charge for access to city-owned …