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  • Christmas gift of drones comes with FAA rules Dec 21, 2014 7:45 AM
    If you find a drone under the Christmas tree next week, it may also come with a list of U.S. government guidelines for safe flying and even software to keep the device away from airports. Sales of the small, unmanned aircraft are soaring this holiday season, prompting fears that first-time users could accidentally crash them into people, buildings or even aircraft.

     
  • Tips for getting ‘Staff Pick’ on Kickstarter Dec 21, 2014 7:41 AM
    Entrepreneurs and other users of crowdfunding site Kickstarter have been seeking the secret to becoming a “Staff Pick” for some time without much luck. Not even people who have been selected know why it happened. There’s good reason for wanting to be a Staff Pick: It can be a boost for those seeking to raise cash on the site for their startup or creative project.

     
  • BlackBerry, Boeing to offer spy phone Dec 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    Boeing has released few details about the inner-workings of the phone, which it says in a brochure “was designed with security and modularity in mind.”

     
  • T-Mobile to let customers carry over unused data Dec 20, 2014 6:01 AM
    T-Mobile will now let customers carry over their unused cellular-data allotments. U.S. wireless carriers have been pushing consumers into larger data plans, but they typically lose what they don’t use at the end of their billing month.

     
  • Facebook seeks to block prosecutor’s search warrants Dec 20, 2014 7:34 AM
    Facebook Inc. is asking a New York appeals court to block the largest set of search warrants the company says it has ever received, as the tense relationship evolves between social media and law enforcement.

     
  • Gift Guide: 5 fitness trackers offer wide range Dec 20, 2014 7:00 AM
    There are several fitness trackers to choose from, varying in what they measure and how easy they are to use. Here are five, ranked from budget to sophisticated, to give you a sense of the range available. By no means are these the only good offerings out there.

     
  • 5 ways to get more women in tech Dec 20, 2014 6:47 AM
    There are more highly experienced female workers than ever before, and yet companies can’t find enough women to create diverse teams to fuel innovation. Here’s how employers can add women to their tech teams.

     
  • Employers must allow off-hour access to email Dec 20, 2014 6:55 AM
    Companies can’t stop their employees from using work email during nonworking time, according to a ruling from the National Labor Relations Board.

     
  • Twitter disappears off Glassdoor’s list of best places to work Dec 20, 2014 7:38 AM
    Twitter Inc. was ranked second on Glassdoor Inc.’s list of best places to work last year. This year, it didn’t crack the top 50. Employee reviews about Twitter that were posted this year on Glassdoor, which collects anonymous salary data and opinions on companies, began to include complaints about how plans keep changing at the microblogging service as it shuffles leadership.

     
  • Instagram is now bigger than Twitter, will launch verified accounts Dec 20, 2014 7:38 AM
    It really is the age of the selfie. Instagram announced that 300 million people log into its site every month. That puts the photo-sharing site ahead of Twitter, which claims 284 million monthly active users on its official website.

     
  • Copyright law prompts Google to close news service in Spain Dec 20, 2014 7:28 AM
    Google said that it will shutter the Spanish version of its news service next week in response to a new local law that allows Spanish publishers and newspapers to charge the search engine each time their content appears on Google News.

     
  • Zuckerberg talks of ‘dislike’ button, fried chicken pizza Dec 20, 2014 7:34 AM
    Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg -- working to sidestep communicating through media -- took matters into his own hands by holding his second public question-and-answer session to address users directly. Zuckerberg discussed everything from parenting to pizza. Here are the highlights.

     
  • Google says death threats don’t trump copyright law on YouTube Dec 20, 2014 7:28 AM
    An actress who says she got death threats over a performance used in an anti-Islam YouTube clip has made enemies of Google and Hollywood, which say her bid to erase it from the Internet is making “Swiss cheese” of U.S. copyright law. Google foresees dire consequences if a U.S. appeals court doesn’t overturn a first-of-its-kind ruling giving actress Cindy Lee Garcia a copyright interest in her performance.

     
  • Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form Dec 19, 2014 7:03 AM
    Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form. Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can’t reach, and they can do it at less cost and with less danger.

     
  • Microsoft tries to block impersonator using its name Dec 19, 2014 6:12 AM
    Microsoft Corp. said it plans to sue a company it accuses of using its name to scam customers into buying hundreds of dollars in support services to fix nonexistent bugs, then stealing personal information or installing malicious software.

     
  • Amazon launches 1-hour shipping in Manhattan Dec 19, 2014 5:55 AM
    Amazon.com launched a service that promises one-hour delivery of household products to its Prime customers in Manhattan. Thousands of products like paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries will get delivered within 60 minutes to select areas of Manhattan.

     
  • Amazon reaches multiyear e-book pact with Macmillan publishers Dec 19, 2014 7:18 AM
    Amazon.com and Macmillan have reached a deal covering the sale of print and e-books, the latest agreement between the online retailer and a publishing house following controversies over the share of e-book profits.

     
  • T-Mobile paying at least $90 million for ‘cramming’ Dec 19, 2014 6:14 PM
    “We learned during this case that T-Mobile was in bed with the crammers,” said Travis LeBlanc, head of the FTC’s enforcement bureau. He was referring to the third-party companies that put charges on phone bills for text services. Many consumers aren’t aware that third-party companies can do that, the regulators say.

     
  • Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies Dec 19, 2014 1:20 PM
    Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger. The growing skill of hackers has driven a shift in strategy for companies, which see they cannot be stopped and have switched to trying to limit losses, said Kwon Seok-chul, president of Cuvepia Inc., a security firm in Seoul.

     
  • Dish adds Netflix app to some of its set-top boxes Dec 18, 2014 6:42 AM
    Dish is making it easier to watch video from an online rival, Netflix. The satellite TV company said Wednesday that it is adding the Netflix app to its latest set-top boxes, its second-generation Hopper devices released in February.

     
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