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NSA surveillance: narrow defeat for amendment to restrict data collection

The first major legislative challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records from millions of Americans was defeated by only a narrow margin on Wednesday, sending a clear signal to the Obama administration that congressional anger about the extent of domestic …

Edward Snowden's father says FBI asked him to fly to Moscow

The father of the whistleblower Edward Snowden has said the FBI tried to persuade him to fly to Moscow so that he could encourage his son to return to the United States.<p>"I said: 'I want to be able to speak with my son … Can you set up communications?' and it was 'Well, we are not sure,'" Lon …

Twitter Goes on UK PR Drive Ahead of Anti-Troll Boycott

A week after a storm erupted for Twitter over its perceived lack of action over abusive troll behavior by some users in the UK, the company has today gone on a PR drive to tackle the issue ahead of a proposed boycott by some users.<p>A post on the Twitter UK blog today notes that “We have updated the …

Facebook closes above $38 a share IPO price

Initial Facebook investors are finally in the black.<p>Shares of the No. 1 social networking firm Thursday rose $0.56, or 1.5%, to close at $38.05. It was the first time the stock has closed above its $38 a share offering price since the days following its initial public offering in May 2012.<p>Facebook …

Apple to make year-end push for slice of dashboard

While Steve Jobs regretted not making an iCar, Apple for years was ambivalent about the auto industry. Now it's vying for dashboard space held by …

Twitter boss personally apologises to female victims of abuse

The British head of Twitter, the micro-blogging social network, has issued a public apology to woman attacked by “trolls” on the site and promised to do more to prevent abuse.<p>Tony Wang, general manager of Twitter UK, posted a series of tweets today saying abuse was “simply not acceptable”, after …

10 Amazing River Trips in North America

There's a place for vacations that include museum tours and visits to the childhood homes of famous people, but sometimes you need to feel your heart pound and catch a lump in your throat. For the latter type of experience, head to the mountains: The rivers are calling.<p>Whitewater rafting can spice …

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The 19 Most '90s Songs Of The '90s

We've been writing a lot about bad songs lately.<p>And for some reason, most of them happened to be made during the '90s. Which isn't to say the '90s didn't also have its fair share of great songs.<p>Quite the opposite. Sort of.<p>Dipping our toe like this into the '90s nostalgia movement left us wanting …

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10-year-old saves family in errant car, credits Mario Kart

A heartwarming story out of Hugo, Colo., tells a tale of how a 10-year-old boy saved his great grandmother and brother's life after she passed out behind the wheel of their vehicle going 60 miles per hour. Where did his driving expertise come from? Mario Kart, naturally.<p>Denver NBC affiliate KUSA …