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  • Google fades into background in fight to save open Internet Jul 12, 2014 8:08 AM
    Google, once boastful that it was the leading defender of a free and open Internet, has gone into the shadows. Since the Federal Communications Commission proposed in May to let cable and telephone companies offer special Internet fast lanes for companies willing to pay extra, lobbyists for Google haven’t visited the agency to intervene, FCC records show.

     
  • Google struggles with hiding it under EU’s right to be forgotten Jul 12, 2014 8:30 AM
    “Google it” is synonymous with seeking information. Now Google Inc. is struggling with a new rule: “Hide it.” The world’s biggest search-engine company is grappling with how to apply a European Union court decision that said citizens have a so-called right to be forgotten when Internet searches throw up results that are “inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive.”

     
  • Galaxy Tab S review: The tablet may be too late Jul 12, 2014 8:27 AM
    Samsung is taking another big swing at the tablet market with the launch of the Galaxy Tab S, just as many consumers are questioning whether they need a tablet at all. The popularity of the big-screened phones, including Samsung’s Galaxy Note line, have slowed tablet sales growth to a snail’s pace.

     
  • How professors are using Facebook to teach Jul 12, 2014 6:12 AM
    Technology is an established part of the lives of students. But university lecturers are becoming increasingly frustrated at how they must compete with tablets and laptops for students’ attention in the lecture hall. In the U.S., Dartmouth computer science professor Dan Rockmore has recently stoked debate in a “New Yorker” article arguing that laptops should be banned in the classroom.

     
  • Publisher of Facebook study airs concern about methodology Jul 12, 2014 7:22 AM
    Facebook’s news-feed study isn’t just controversial among Internet users and academics, it turns out. Now, even the journal that published Facebook’s research says it has reservations about having done so.

     
  • App reviews: Typic Kids, Merlin Bird ID Jul 12, 2014 8:33 AM
    Typic Kids is a photo editing program aimed squarely at children, which lets users pick filters to lay over photos, custom frames, text and digital stickers to customize pictures from a smartphone camera roll.

     
  • Ad agencies target wearable tech devices Jul 12, 2014 8:14 AM
    Even before wearable technology gains widespread popularity, advertising companies are devising ways to deliver marketing messages directly to people who don watches, glasses and headgear that double as computers.

     
  • Buzz Aldrin launches lunar landing social media campaign Jul 12, 2014 6:45 AM
    Buzz Aldrin's big focus right now is the 45th anniversary of the first lunar landing. His company has launched a social media campaign, featuring a YouTube video in which celebrities and scientists relay their memories of July 20, 1969. “I feel we need to remind the world about the Apollo missions and that we can still do impossible things. The whole world celebrated our moon landing, but we missed the whole thing because we were out of town,” he says.

     
  • Chicago upgrading to 4G in subways Jul 11, 2014 1:01 PM
    Chicago plans to upgrade wireless service to 4G in its subways and other underground transit facilities. Much of Chicago's commuter train network is elevated above street level, but more than 11 miles of the system is underground. The existing wireless service in those tunnels dates back to 2005, before the widespread use of smartphones and tablets, and cannot support modern wireless data needs.

     
  • Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones Jul 11, 2014 4:42 PM
    In a letter to the FAA dated Wednesday, Amazon said it is developing aerial vehicles as part of Amazon Prime Air. The aircraft can travel over 50 miles per hour and carry loads of up to 5 pounds. About 86 percent of Amazon’s deliveries are 5 pounds or less, the company said.

     
  • Weaver, ‘Alien’ cast reprising roles in new game Jul 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    Sigourney Weaver and the cast of “Alien” are virtually returning to the starship Nostromo. The actress who portrayed unflappable officer Ellen Ripley in the “Alien” film franchise is reprising her role in “Alien: Isolation,” an upcoming video game set after the events of the original 1979 film. Weaver, who recorded new dialogue for the game, says she picked up right where she left off as tough-as-nails Ripley in filmmaker Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror masterpiece.

     
  • Online, mobile ER registration streamline process Jul 11, 2014 7:10 AM
    Lake Forest Hospital's emergency room has launched an online check-in system for patients with nonlife-threatening illnesses. Beginning July 1, patients were able to complete online forms to start the check-in process and let ER staff know when to expect them. The online check-in started at its related Northwestern Grayslake Emergency Center last summer, said spokeswoman Kelly Klopp.

     
  • Germany’s WCup victory sets Twitter sports record Jul 9, 2014 11:27 AM
    It won’t be what Brazil’s fans will remember, but the first World Cup semifinal is the most tweeted-about sports event in Twitter history.

     
  • British Airways has your mind-reading mood blanket Jul 6, 2014 6:14 AM
    If British Airways could wire up its passengers to in-flight lie detectors, would it? Before this weekend, the idea might have sounded preposterous. But that was before the airline rolled out a video promoting what it calls its “Happiness Blanket.”

     
  • World Cup hits online streaming record, buzz soars Jul 5, 2014 1:01 AM
    Moments after Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez sunk his teeth into an opposing Italian player during Tuesday’s World Cup match-up, brands were using the incident to market burgers on Twitter. More than 300 million tweets have been sent about the World Cup so far, and Google has logged over 1.1 billion searches related to the world’s most popular sporting event.

     
  • Facebook’s score: 1 billion World Cup interactions Jul 5, 2014 8:33 AM
    Facebook has passed the 1 billion mark in World Cup interactions. No other single event has generated this much activity on Facebook in the history of the social media site.

     
  • World Cup breaks Super Bowl record on Twitter Jul 5, 2014 8:35 AM
    Nervous Brazilian soccer fans took to Twitter to breathe a collective sigh of relief as the final, tension-filled moments of a penalty shootout against Chile broke an all-time record for online buzz during a live event.

     
  • Aereo case leaves cord cutters with costlier options Jul 5, 2014 8:23 AM
    For cord cutters who want to ditch their cable service, watching broadcast TV on a computer or tablet is still possible even if Aereo Inc. disappears. Companies like TiVo and SiliconDust USA make products that work with TV antennas to turn live programs into digital bits and bytes.

     
  • Eyes on you: Experts reveal police hacking methods Jul 5, 2014 8:22 AM
    Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker’s handbook, using targets’ own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals. “This in many ways is the police surveillance of the now and the future,” said Morgan Marquis-Boire, a security researcher with Citizen Lab.

     
  • Review: Android Wear is about simplifying future Jul 5, 2014 8:11 AM
    In its first iteration, Google’s Android Wear software for computerized wristwatches isn’t so much about innovation as it is an effort at simplification. The new software should help rein in a marketplace of confusion and encourage app developers to extend smartwatch functionality, the way they have made smartphones even smarter.

     
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