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Head Of Google In Europe Grilled By UK Lawmakers

By Danica Kirka | Feb 13
A British parliamentary committee has grilled Google's president of European operations, questioning in blunt terms whether the Internet giant had paid its fair share of taxes

Facebook Nude-Painting Case Can Face Trial In France

By Philippe Sotto | Feb 13
If you post a 19th-century nude painting on Facebook, is it art or impermissible nudity? That question is now cleared for trial in France, after an appeals court there ruled that an aggrieved user can sue the social network over the issue.

Amazon Debuts Series Based On New Yorker Magazine

By David Bauder | Feb 13
Makers of "The New Yorker Presents" achieved the small miracle of capturing the magazine's rhythm and pioneering a "60 Minutes"-style newsmagazine with the work done by documentarians instead of news reporters.

For Virtual Reality Pioneers, No Rush to Succeed in 2016

By Derrick J. Lang | Feb 13
Unity CEO John Riccitiello cautioned the 1,400 attendees at the Vision Summit that 2016 will not be the year that VR sees mainstream adoption and that the technology has been "overhyped" by the media.

Congress Gives Final OK to Banning Local Internet Taxes

By Alan Fram | Feb 12
Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

College Student's X-Rated Cucumber Reply to Kanye Tweet Goes Viral

Feb 12
A Colombian college student's x-rated reply about a cucumber to a tweet by Kanye West went viral this week.

Obama Seeks Cybersecurity Boost to Replace 'Ancient' Tech

By Tami Abdollah | Feb 12
President Barack Obama said Tuesday he is asking Congress for $3.1 billion to update the government's archaic computer systems to protect them from cyberattacks as part of a new, centralized effort to boost cybersecurity.

Cruz App Data Collection Helps Campaign Read Minds of Voters

By Michael Biesecker and Julie Bykowicz | Feb 11
Ted Cruz's "Cruz Crew" mobile app is designed to gather detailed information from its users' phones - tracking their physical movements and mining the names and contact information for friends who might want nothing to do with his campaign.

Young Adults Swipe Right on Tinder, But is It Just a Game?

By Tali Abrel | Feb 11
Online dating services are now hip with young adults, but not always for dating.

Indonesia Warns Messaging Apps to Drop Same-Sex Emoticons

By Niniek Karmini | Feb 11
Indonesia's government has demanded that instant messaging apps remove stickers featuring same-sex couples, in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.

Agencies Contend Facebook is Breaching French Privacy Laws

By Philippe Sotto | Feb 11
Two agencies contend Facebook is breaching privacy laws in France by tracking and using the personal data of more than 30 million users, as well as non-users who are browsing the Internet.

Are Genetics Tests Being Rushed to Market?

Feb 11
The genetic testing industry is booming, with an average of eight to 10 testing products being put on the market every day.

Obama Administration Plans New High-Level Cyber Official

By Tami Abdollah | Feb 11
The Obama administration is creating a new high-level federal official to coordinate cybersecurity across civilian agencies and to work with military and intelligence counterparts.

Driven by Power Outages and Savings, Towns Look to Microgrid

By George M. Walsh | Feb 10
An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step by pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid.

Bowled Over by High-Tech Toilets

Feb 10
Japan is known for robots, sushi and cherry blossoms. But there's a new attraction.

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