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Google and Microsoft step in to oppose Marriott Hotels' Wi-Fi blocking petition

A petition to grant hoteliers the right to block personal Wi-Fi on their premises is being met with staunch opposition from the biggest technology companies. Google and Microsoft are among those who have filed objections, noting the illegality of any devices capable of interfering with radio …

ToyTalk Raises $15 Million In Series C Round Led By Khosla Ventures

ToyTalk, the kids entertainment applications startup founded by former Pixar execs has raised $15 million in a Series C round of financing led by Khosla Ventures. Former investors Greylock, First Round Capital, Charles River Ventures and True Ventures join this latest round, putting the total …

Prof Brian Cox: 'There’s a naivety in saying there is no God’

Professor Brian Cox talks about religion, alien life and the Reithian ideals behind his new TV series<p>Once he was a scientist who used to be a rockstar, now he’s a rockstar scientist. So successful have his TV programmes become that Professor Brian Cox is more in the limelight now than he ever was …

As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?

New projections of escalating growth increase the tension between humanity’s expanding needs and what the planet can provide.<p><b>There are more than 7 billion people on Earth now, and roughly one in eight of us doesn't have enough to eat. The question of how many people the Earth can support is a</b> …

Ebola's spread to US is 'inevitable' says health chief

Head of Centre for Disease Control says deadly virus likely to spread to America but will not be large<p>Ebola's spread to the United States is "inevitable" due to the nature of global airline travel, but any outbreak is not likely to be large, US health authorities has said.<p>Already one man with dual …

People losing patience for apps that don't perform well

A new study by AppDynamics shows that glitchy apps are increasingly frustrating users, many of whom delete them rather than trying again.<p>What do you do if you're trying to access an app and it won't load or function? Keeping trying, give up, or delete the app? If you're like the majority of the …

Apps

So you want to fly drones? Here’s what the law says

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Amazon(s amzn) may have big plans to fill the urban air with drones, but many amateurs have already beaten the company to the …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

Before You Take Another Selfie in the Name of Personal Branding, Read This | Inc.com

The guy who sat down beside me noticed my shirt and said, "Hey, are you a cyclist?"<p>"I like to ride bikes, but I wouldn't call myself a cyclist," I said. "I'm nowhere near that good."<p>"Still," he said. "What's the toughest climb you've done?"<p>I thought about it. "I guess the back side of Reddish Knob."<p>…

Personal Branding

CDC importing meningitis vaccine to fight Princeton outbreak

Federal health officials have agreed to import a meningitis vaccine approved in Europe and Australia but not the U.S. as officials at Princeton University consider measures to stop the spread of the disease on the Ivy League campus.<p>The Food and Drug Administration this week approved importing …

Sony SmartWatch2 review

Sony’s third try at a smart watch hits <i>almost</i> all the bases<p>Sony is no stranger to the concept of smart wearables. We’ve seen the Sony Ericsson …

Google Play

Are Smartphones Turning Us Into Bad Samaritans?

In late September, on a crowded commuter train in San Francisco, a man shot and killed 20-year-old student Justin Valdez. As security footage shows, …

San Francisco

The [Extremely Thorough and Rather Compelling] Case Against Sugar

I’m surprised that I’ve never written about this video before, but it’s always better late than never.<p>Meet Robert Lustig, MD. He’s kind of a big deal.<p>…

It's Time For The Supreme Court To Pull Us Back Into Reality

Before the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court hear oral argument today, Oct. 16, 2013, in <i>Kaley v. United States</i>, they might want to reread “Through the Looking Glass.” In Lewis Carroll’s fictional classic, Alice is befuddled when the White Queen explains that in her realm punishment comes first, …

Dice+ Review: A Bluetooth-Enabled Die That Will Make Your Android Tablet The Star Of Family Game Night

Article Contents<p>1 What Is Dice+?<p>1.0.0.1 The Good<br>• 1.0.0.2 The Bad<p>2 Getting Started<p>3 The Hub<p>4 The Games<p>4.0.0.1 Bundled Games:<br>• 4.0.0.2 Free …

California ban on foie gras to remain, court rules

A federal appeals court has ruled California can keep in place its ban on selling foie gras.<p>A Los Angeles court will still hear the case against the ban, but in its decision Friday, the ninth US circuit court of appeals expressed doubt opponents of the law would be successful.<p>The appeals court …

Wife of Ted Nugent arrested at Dallas airport over gun in carry-on bag

The wife of the rock musician Ted Nugent has been arrested, after a handgun was found in her carry-on luggage at an airport security checkpoint. Police confirmed on Friday that 51-year-old Shemane Ann Nugent was taken into custody at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.<p>An incident report says …

Lavabit founder: 'My own tax dollars are being used to spy on me'

The Obama administration has created a surveillance state on a scale not seen since senator Joe McCarthy's infamous 1950s crackdown on suspected communists, according to the tech executive caught up in crossfire between the NSA and whistleblower Edward Snowden.<p>"We are entering a time of …

Copper may be a trigger of Alzheimer's disease

Copper, which is found in anything from drinking water to red meats, may be an environmental trigger of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.<p>The study, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests copper keeps toxic proteins from leaving the …

10 Little-Known Apps That Entrepreneurs Can’t Live Without

Everybody knows Evernote and Dropbox. Here’s a sneak peek at the next wave of productivity apps that top entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, and Guy Kawasaki are working with daily.<p>Recently something terribly obvious–yet powerful–occurred to me: If you want to achieve things that no one …

Plank Lounger by Council Might Be The Perfect Deck Chair

Designed by Eric Pfeiffer for Council, the Plank Lounger was made for relaxing in the great outdoors. (Remember, we first spotted it during …

Furniture

Jesus Needs Reza Aslan, Author of 'Zealot'

Kirsten Powers talks to the writer about why Muslims rarely write about Christianity.<p>What is it about Reza Aslan that has unhinged so many people?<p>The …

For First Time, Astronomers Read Exoplanet's Color

Astronomers have determined that an alien planet is blue like Earth.<p><b>A giant gaseous planet that's orbiting a star 63 light-years away is a deep cobalt blue that's reminiscent of Earth's color as seen from space, scientists say, marking the first time an exoplanet's true color has been …

Data disaster averted! How to back up your Android smartphone

So you dropped your phone in the street. Then it was run over. Twice. And then you were almost hit by a Subaru trying to rescue it from the middle of …