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FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software

The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies' internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts.<p>FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of …

USPS eyes alcohol delivery

WASHINGTON — Special delivery from the post office — beer, wine and spirits, if Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has his way.<p>In an interview with The Associated Press, Donahoe said Thursday delivery of alcoholic beverages is on his wish list as the agency considers ways to raise revenue and save …

Worms' Bright Blue Death Could Shed Light On Human Aging

Last year, researchers at University College London's Institute of Healthy Ageing were looking through their microscopes when they saw something amazing.<p>David Gems, professor of biogerentology, was part of the team looking for answers to big questions about human aging in small, squishy little …

Moroccan king to investigate Spanish paedophile pardon

<b>The Moroccan king has promised an investigation into the royal pardoning of a Spanish man convicted of raping 11 children aged between four and 15.</b><p>The paedophile was among 48 jailed Spaniards freed by King Mohammed VI, sparking angry protests and violent clashes with police in Rabat on Friday.<p>A …

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A 'tough nerd' takes on Detroit

DETROIT — Republican Rick Snyder, who famously ran for governor of Michigan as “one tough nerd,” made the toughest decision of his political career last month when he authorized the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. The former tech executive gambled his 2014 reelection, indeed his …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are …

Zynga Sues 'Bang With Friends' For Trademark Infringement

Social gaming company Zynga Inc. is suing the makers of casual sex app "Bang With Friends" for trademark infringement.<p>Zynga, the California-based company behind popular social games "Words With Friends," "Chess With Friends," "Matching With Friends" and "Farmville," is suing Bang With Friends Inc. …

Watch the Intricate Patterns of Global Infrastructure Emerge From Geocoded Tweets

China to ditch its one-child policy as ageing crisis looms

China's new leaders are close to abandoning the country's one-child policy, belatedly moving to avert an ageing crunch as the work force goes into sharp decline.<p>The official news agency Xinhua reported that the Family Planning Commission is studying proposals to lift the ban on a second child, if …