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Harper Lee, author of classic novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' dies at 89

"To Kill a Mockingbird," the classic 1960 novel about racism in a small Southern town, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, became a staple of high school reading lists and turned its author into one of American literature's most revered figures.<p>But fame and its burdens overwhelmed Harper Lee, who …

Phil Collins returns: ‘I got letters from nurses saying, “That’s it, I’m not buying your records”’

In 2000, Phil Collins developed sudden deafness in one ear owing to a viral infection. Most professional musicians would have been horrified. Collins, however, was perversely relieved. “In a way, I felt like I was a slave to the thing,” he says, meaning his career. “This was like: ‘Sorry man, I …

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PBS Summons Queen Victoria As Its New Sunday Night Go-To Gal

Queen Victoria ruled Britain for 63 years. PBS would like her to rule American Sunday nights for a few more.<p>The network announced Monday that it will launch an eight-part British series called <i>Victoria</i> next year, in the Sunday night timeslot being vacated by <i>Downton Abbey</i>.<p>The lavishly designed and …

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Smartwatches the next big idea as sales of smartphones slacken

LG and Motorola are expected to join Samsung, Pebble and Sony in offering wearable devices for your wrist<p>"Oh, you've got a Pebble," said the security researcher, Mikko Hypponen, looking at the smartwatch on my wrist. "Me too. But mine" – he pressed a button on the black device on his wrist, and the …

Volvo building an electric roadway to wirelessly charge buses

Not content with its energy-sipping plug in hybrid buses, energy-friendly Gothenburg, the Volvo Group and Swedish Transport Administration have announced grand plans to hopefully augment its Hyper Bus fleet with inductive charging. Hyper Bus, or Hybrid and Plug-in Extended Range Bus system, …

The nine companies that know more about you than Google or Facebook

You probably assume Google and Facebook know everything about you. You may not have heard of a group of companies who possibly know even more. They’re called data brokers, and their business is collecting and selling personal data—typically without your knowledge or consent—that are used to verify …

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FORTUNE – The public backlash against Dropbox for its decision to appoint former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to its company’s board of directors has ignited a fierce debate about a technology company’s role in mitigating government-led Internet surveillance. This is not the first time this …

Google buys Word Lens maker to boost Translate

The tech titan buys Quest Visual, which makes the Word Lens written-word translation app for Android, iOS, and Google Glass.<p>Google has purchased Quest Visual and its well-received translation app Word Lens for an undisclosed sum, the company said Friday. The Quest Visual team will join Google …

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The absurd ebook case: Apple fights on as consumers spend settlement money at Amazon

Advertisement<p>123 Comments<p>The high-fives must have been flying at Amazon(s amzn) this morning: millions of the company’s customers got notices to …

IRS Rules Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

The IRS has officially stated that bitcoin is a property – similar to any other valuable commodity – rather than a currency. What does this mean? Not much. In short, if you pay someone in bitcoin – in the same way you could pay them in gold – the wages are taxed accordingly. It is also not …

Pocket Reveals Prototype of Android Wear App

Pocket, the company behind the popular iOS and Android app that allows users to save articles to read later, revealed a prototype for a new version …

Google vs. Microsoft: a cheap laptop showdown

My parents have had three laptops in the past two years, and they’re still looking for the right one. My mother is very specific: she wants to check her email, browse Facebook, YouTube, and QVC, create and save documents, and maybe store some photos. And she doesn’t want to spend more than $400. …

Layar brings augmented reality and a QR code scanner to Google Glass

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Google(s goog) Glass got an unofficial augmented reality app on Thursday as Layar introduced its immersive platform to the …

FireChat lets you text friends, even without a signal

FireChat sounds fairly conventional from the get-go.<p>It's a new iPhone app that lets you chat and share photos with nearby users — anonymously, if you so choose. But instead of relying on global positioning or cell tower triangulation to plot you and others on a map, FireChat relies on Bluetooth and …

Samsung files patent for a transparent camera display

<b>First came OLED, then came curved. Now, Samsung has filed a patent for a see-through screen on a digital camera so you can stare into your subject's</b> …

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Netflix's Reed Hastings calls out weak net neutrality rules, 'reluctantly' pays ISP tolls

Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix has finally chimed in with his own statement about net neutrality and the deal his company struck with Comcast. As written in a blog post, the traditional standards recently overturned by a Verizon lawsuit (which prevent ISPs from restricting or meddling with data) …

Google Glass Isn't Ready For Prime Time, Says, Uh, Google

In case you were wondering if Google Glass is ready for prime time, here’s the final word on that, straight from the horse’s mouth: It’s not.<p>The Glass team took to Google Plus (where else?) to defend its smart facewear gadget against a whole host of accusations … er, “myths” … that have been …

Microsoft: We have the right to search your Hotmail account (updated)

An ex-Microsoft employee was recently arrested for allegedly leaking company secrets, all because Redmond found evidence against him in his contact's Hotmail account. Hold on, is it even legal for the company to go through someone's account without permission? Well, according to Microsoft, it sure …

Reddit user anonymously donates $11,000 worth of Dogecoins for World Water Day

An anonymous person on Reddit donated 14 million Dogecoins (the equivalent of $11,000) to a World Water Day fundraising campaign Saturday, marking the latest bit of social good associated with the cryptocurrency.<p>Dogecoin is a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin that started out as a joke based on a …

WhatsApp Promises Facebook Purchase will Not Affect User Privacy

Almost a month after announcing Facebook’s plan to acquire it, WhatsApp today published a blog post titled “Setting the record straight” in which co-founder and CEO Jan Koum attempts to address concerns about how the transaction will impact the popular messaging app. Koum starts off by thanking …

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Bitcoin's elusive founder reportedly discovered living in California (update: maybe not)

There have been many theories bandied about as to the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin. Nothing conclusive has married the name to an individual or group, but now <i>Newsweek</i> claims to have found <i>the</i> Nakamoto, a 64-year-old Japanese-American man of the same name residing in …

This Gorgeous iOS 8 Concept Merges Multitasking With Control Center [Video]

Control Center was one of the top touted features added to iOS 7, but while the new swipe up gesture to toggle it is great, you might find yourself using multitask function more, so Bill Labus created a gorgeous iOS 8 concept that merges multitasking with control center to give you quicker access …

The Father Of 3D Printing Is Being Inducted Into The National Inventors Hall Of Fame

With all the hubbub surrounding 3D printing as of late, it’s easy to think of it as something new. Something that, before 5 or 6 years ago, only existed in Sci-Fi novels.<p>Surprise! 3D printing has actually been around for decades. In fact, the first kinda-sorta functional 3D printer prototype was …

Kickstarter hits over US$1bn in pledges

<b>Crowdfunding website Kickstarter has reached over US$1 billion in pledges — and over half of that was made in the last 12 months.</b><p>Kickstarter has …

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HugeDomains.com - EyesOnRugby.com is for sale (Eyes On Rugby)

Hurry - once it's sold this opportunity will be gone!<p>Besides being memorable, .com domains are unique: This is the one and only .com name of it's …