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Google’s Conversational Search Now Live In Chrome

Google has quietly rolled out its new conversational search feature in the latest version of its Chrome browser for Windows, Mac and Linux.<p>Users that hit up the Google homepage will now see a small microphone symbol in the right-hand side of the search field, as well as at the top of any page …

Yelp To Business Owners: Stop Accusing Us Of 'Extortion'

Last month, LA Times columnist Sandy Banks reported on a sign she saw at a local restaurant: "Stop the Bully. Boycott Yelp," it read.<p>That lead to an outpouring of reader comments from business owners who complained that "good reviews routinely were hidden and bad ones displayed" until they became …

Xbox chief: we have a product for people who can't get online, it's called Xbox 360

Did you think the Xbox 360 was being kept around just for the budget market? It turns out Microsoft's got another sort of customer in mind for the revamped last-gen hardware: the crews of nuclear submarines. Xbox chief Don Mattrick, in response to the backlash over the Xbox One requiring an …

Demand For Ammunition Is Up. Why Aren't Prices?

Sales of guns and ammunition rose after President Obama took office in 2008, and they went through the roof starting late last year, when a school shooting led to a push for new gun control measures. That's led to a prolonged ammunition shortage, even with manufacturers running at full capacity.<p>A …

Krauthammer raises Watergate

Charles Krauthammer says President Barack Obama left himself “wiggle room” by refusing to say the White House had no knowledge that IRS officials were unfairly targeting conservative groups who were seeking non-profit status and he raised the specter of Watergate and impeachment.<p>Bloomberg reporter …

Drive On: Plug-in car sales hit 100,000 -- is it enough?

Sometime over the weekend, the electric-car movement is going to hit a major milestone: 100,000th plug-in car in the U.S. is likely to be sold.<p>So says Plug-In America, an advocacy group that that is doing its best to point out how electric cars are starting to make an impact on America's highway. …

Immigration reform no sure bet

After years of false starts, Washington finally appears to be on the path to rewriting the nation’s immigration laws.<p>The Senate Gang of Eight bill is holding its own in committee and is expected to hit the Senate floor in June. And in the House this week, members of a bipartisan group agreed “in …

Apple Needs To Steal These Features For iOS 7, Pronto

He put out this demo of his ideas, and we think Apple would be wise to include a lot of these features when iOS 7 comes out of the oven.<p>That magic release date, in true Apple fashion, is still unknown, but the rumor mill suggests we'll see it later this year.<p>We already thought iOS was pretty cool …

Feeling Appreciated? Why It Can Make All The Difference

Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, once said “Appreciate everything your associates do. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.” Likewise, Donald Peterson, former chairman of Ford Motor Company, said …

Former Portland Trailblazer, Greg Oden, Looking 'Unbelievable'

You may have heard the expression, "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me." Former number one draft pick, Greg Oden, however, has not only fooled everyone once, and not even twice, but a whopping five times. Oden has teased NBA fans and NBA teams with his basketball talents and …

Fitness protects men from cancer, even 20 years later | NBC News

Fitness can protect you from cancer -- even 20 or more years down the road, researchers report. And men who were the most fit in middle age were the least likely to die a quarter century later even if they were unlucky enough to get cancer, a new study finds.<p>Men who were the most fit at age 50 back …

Retiring Wall Street Strategist Gives Amazing Investment Advice Just Before He Quits

This is a bummer. Minack's work was lucid and helpful.<p>But as a parting gift to clients, Minack wrote a two-page farewell note that contains the best investment advice you will likely ever receive.<p>What is this investment advice?<p><b>Don't try to pick stocks</b>• <b><br>Don't try to time the market</b>• <b><br>Just invest in a</b> …