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Senator Patrick Leahy urges FCC to host net neutrality hearings across the US

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Wednesday called on the Federal Communications Commission to host hearings on its new proposed “net neutrality” rules outside of Washington, not just at its offices in the U.S. capitol. The FCC is working to write new so-called “net neutrality”…

Experts concerned ‘Genie, you’re free’ Williams tweet is dangerous, will cause copycat suicides

Suicide prevention researchers have voiced concerns over an online post by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in honor of actor Robin Williams, fearing it risked misrepresenting suicide, the Washington Post reported. The academy’s post, a picture of a scene from the animated film Aladdin in which the…

Apple suppliers begin production of new iPad tablets

(Reuters) – Apple Inc’s suppliers have begun manufacturing new iPad tablets in an attempt to revive flagging sales of the tablet, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Apple, which helped create the tablet market in 2010 with its first iPad, has seen growth plummet from 2012, as…

California bill would require anti-theft ‘kill switches’ on smartphones

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – All smartphones sold in California would have to come with a “kill switch” to render them inoperable if lost or stolen under a bill passed by the legislature on Monday, the latest effort to stem an epidemic of phone theft in the most…

Burger-flipping robot could ‘completely obviate’ the need for human employees

A robot that can make 360 burgers an hour could put many fast-food workers out of a job – exactly as its designers intended. Silicon Valley-based Momentum Machines developed the device, which is more like an assembly line than a humanoid robot, reported Singularity Hub. “Our device isn’t meant to…

Virginia has the fastest Internet in the US, while Alaska has the slowest

“Internet speed has been a hot topic in the news as of late, with major providers intentionally throttling speeds and the heated debate surrounding net neutrality."…

Amazon publishes Hachette CEO’s email address in pricing spat

Amazon revealed Saturday the email address of the American head of publishing group Hachette, urging readers to pressure him in writing to end the two groups’ simmering dispute over book pricing. The move came after more than 900 authors signed a letter urging the US online giant Amazon to end…

Read all about it: News you can wear

Even if you don’t open a newspaper, turn on a television, log on to a computer or pull out a smartphone, you can get news — from wearable technology. As wearables gain traction, news purveyors are eyeing these devices for their potential to deliver headlines and more to people who…

CA judge rejects $324 million Google, Apple class action settlement as too low

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Four Silicon Valley companies including Apple and Google failed to persuade a U.S. judge to sign off on a $324.5 million settlement to resolve a lawsuit by tech workers, who accused the firms of conspiring to avoid poaching each other’s employees. In a…

Tech mogul John McAfee goes to hackers’ conference with new complaint website

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – John McAfee, the flamboyant anti-virus software industry pioneer, made a surprise appearance at a computer hackers’ conference on Friday evening, where he unveiled a new website to give people a place online to vent their anger. The one-time millionaire who fled the Central American nation of…

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