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eBay Experiments With A New Way To Get You To Sell Your Junk

The latest, a program called Sell It Forward, literally has people mailing it in. Customers sign up on a website; have a bag with postage prepaid sent to them; and mail in clothes, shoes, and handbags. eBay's partner in the program, the San Francisco Bay Area branch of nonprofit Goodwill …

eCommerce

Shanghai Firm Says 'Siri' Tech Belongs To Them

Apple (AAPL) faces another patent dispute in China, this time from Shanghai Zhi Zhen Internet Technology Co.<p>In this one, Zhi Zhen claims they created Siri and Apple use of it infringes on their patent rights, the <i>Shanghai Daily</i> reported on Wednesday. They’re dragging Apple into a Shanghai …

Yahoo sale makes UK schoolboy millionaire

A British schoolboy's hobby has turned him into one of the youngest self-made multi-millionaires in the world.<p>Yahoo! announced on Monday that Nick D'Aloisio, 17, had sold his news-condensing mobile app Summly to the US tech giant for an undisclosed sum, reported to be £20m ($30m).<p><b>"It was</b> …

Breathometer blows past funding goal and adds new stretch goals

We talked about the Breathometer when the device first hit indiegogo a couple weeks ago. The Breathometer is a hardware device that works in …

Portable

A Sirious matter: Apple hit with patent lawsuit in China while media bay for blood

Apple is appearing in a Shanghai court today to face China’s Zhi Zhen Internet Technology, which says that Apple’s dulcet-toned voice interface violates its patent. Zhizhen started developing the Xiao i—or “small i”—robot, a “voice-activated personal assistant”, in 2003 and was granted a patent in …

China

Arctic change reverberates around globe, experts say - Science

In this 2009 photo, a pair of German merchant ships traverse the fabled Northeast Passage through the Arctic.<p>Most of the sea ice that forms each fall and winter in the Arctic now melts each spring and summer, a recent change that is impacting global patterns of weather and trade as well as the U.S. …

A Hot Topic: Climate Change Coming To Classrooms

By the time today's K-12 students grow up, the challenges posed by climate change are expected to be severe and sweeping. Now, for the first time, new nationwide science standards due out soon will recommend that U.S. public school students learn about the climatic shift taking place.<p>Mark McCaffrey …

China’s First Lady Sparks Fashion Frenzy

As President Xi Jinping and his wife set off on their first state visit, China’s online fashion world began to scrutinize the wardrobe of First Lady …