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Senate votes down USA Freedom Act, putting bulk surveillance powers in jeopardy

In a midnight session, the Senate has voted down the USA Freedom Act, putting one of the legal bedrocks of the NSA's bulk surveillance programs into jeopardy. The Patriot Act is set to expire at the end of the month, and the USA Freedom Act would have extended large portions of the act in modified …

Google's E-Commerce Plans Are in Question as Executive Departures Mount

Is Google prepared to wage the war against Amazon?<p>A year ago, Google’s commerce initiatives finally seemed to be clicking. Its same-day delivery service, Google Express, was a hit with consumers in San Francisco and its business selling paid product ads in search was, by most accounts, a big …

eCommerce

Apple Wants Local TV in Its Web TV Service, Which Could Lead to Delays

Do cord cutters want to watch local TV? Apple - and the TV networks - think so.<p>If Apple launches a TV service, it won’t be the first company to offer TV subscriptions over the Web. But it wants to offer at least one thing rivals don’t have: Widespread access to live programming from local TV …

Smart TV

Microsoft, Salesforce Held Serious Talks, but Split Over Price

Mystery solved.<p>We now know who it was who contemplated the massive acquisition of cloud software company Salesforce.com in the last few weeks, and the answer likely won’t surprise you: Microsoft.<p>CNBC’s David Faber, citing sources familiar with the matter, reported a few minutes ago that Microsoft …

Satya Nadella

The Big Picture: Say hello to NASA's 'nastiest' star

NASA's "Nasty 1" isn't like other stars. Bigger than our Sun but barely older than humanity itself, this unusual celestial body sits just about 3,000 light years away from Earth. And while it's certainly similar to other Wolf-Rayet stars, which are identifiable by their lack of an outer …

Google Adds Traffic Alerts To Maps

Just in time for the hustle-and-bustle of Memorial Day Weekend, Google has added traffic alerts to Google Maps.<p>Google has shown traffic <i>conditions</i> for a while now, but this update actually brings with it explanations as to why various routes will be faster, alerts for a blockage or traffic jam up …

Easy Biscuit Recipes You Must Make for Breakfast

Part muffin and part scone, breakfast biscuits are a tender morning treat that can be sweet or savory and as light or hearty as you’d like. Appeal to …

Breakfast

If You Love Oatmeal, You Need to Know This Trick

My obsession for quick breakfasts and my love for steel-cut oats do not go hand in hand, that is, until this very moment. Since I'm way too hungry in the morning to sit around for 40 minutes to wait for my bowl of oats to cook, this little hack has changed my life. It turns steel-cut oats into …

Taiwanese Breakfast With the Pancake King

I wasn't an hour on the ground in Taipei before a pancake was shoved in my face and I was tearing into its oily belly, clumps of egg and chewy dough funneling down my throat. Nevermind that it was after midnight and I hadn't slept since leaving New York; the pancake was glorious—a flaky, laminated …

21 Healthy Smoothie Recipes (for breakfast, energy and more!)

How are you on your smoothie game? Lately there’s been a fruit overload happening in my fridge. They literally just keep climbing into my grocery …

Breakfast

The Big Collision Between Vacation Rentals and the Sharing Economy Is Happening Now

Earlier this year, Skift released its annual megatrends forecast and in it predicted the coming collision between the world of vacation rentals and …

Airbnb Moves Into Professional Vacation Rentals

Home-sharing company says offering will be limited to some markets initially<p>Airbnb Inc. is signaling an expansion into the professional vacation-rental business as tighter local government controls from Santa Monica, Calif., to New York threaten the home-sharing site’s growth in urban areas.<p>The …

Hospitality