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Drones 101: A beginner’s guide to taking flight, no license needed

What is a drone, anyway? And which one should I buy? Get answers to these questions and more in our beginner's guide to UAVs.
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Facebook won’t like this new teenager privacy bill

A new bill, the "Do Not Track Kids Act of 2013," arrives in Congress as Facebook updates its privacy policy once again.
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Want to unlock your smartphone? The new FCC Chairman has your back

New FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has told CTIA that its members must adopt new polices that allow customers to easily unlock their phones.
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Like to read? Google wins the right to legally scan books for the Web

Google has won a victory against the Author's Guild that allows the Internet giant to continue operating Google Books.

US gov’t video shows why 3D-printing your own gun is a bad idea

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tested a number of 3D-printed firearms, and found that some of them could explode.
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Hey, kid, want to buy Yahoo sells off its URL stash

Yahoo is selling off 29 of its unused or under-used domains, like, which will cost you as little as $50,000.
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Airplane seat concept adjusts to your size, lets airlines nickel-and-dime you to death

Seymourpowell-designed Morph aircraft seat concept adjusts for different sized passengers – and lets airlines charge even more for seat upgrades.
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Who needs Bluetooth headsets? Motorola patents ‘neck tattoo’ smartphone accessory

Motorola has patented an electronic neck tattoo that does the job of a Bluetooth headset.
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Going hands on and off-leash with Whistle, an activity tracker for your dog

Whistle activity tracker for dogs keeps tabs on how much exercise your pup receives each day, and looks good while doing it.
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Shoot your own ‘Shark Week’ with this $850 underwater ‘drone’

OpenROV, an open-source remotely operated mini-submarine, lets anyone explore the ocean's depths like a pro.
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YouTube’s commenter uproar proves Google’s crystal ball is broken

Google's integration of Google+ with YouTube comments has users grabbing their pitchforks. Give its wealth of data, how did Google get this so wrong?
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Thanks to Gogo, the dream (nightmare) of in-flight calling and texting will soon be real

Gogo's forthcoming Text & Talk service will allow airlines passengers to make calls and send text messages from their smartphones while flying.
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The drones are coming! This is how the FAA wants to deal with flying robots

The Federal Aviation Administration has released "roadmap" explaining what needs to happen before drones can safely fly in U.S. airspace.
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Even YouTube’s co-founder hates the new Google+ commenting integration

Like many other people, YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim is not too happy about the new Google+ comment integration feature.
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Sorry, FBI! Silk Road is back online, and still selling illegal drugs

A month after the FBI shut down the infamous online drug marketplace known as Silk Road, a new team has relaunched the site, and users are getting excited.
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Mystery solved! Google says barges will be ‘interactive space’ to show off new tech

Google has confirmed that it's behind the mystery barges in California and Maine. They also said that the structures will be used as "interactive spaces" to show off tech.
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Apple reveals gov’t requests for user data and takes jabs at Google, Facebook, NSA

Apple on Tuesday released its first-ever transparency report, which catalogs information about world government request for user data.
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Want secure email? Edward Snowden’s former email provider has a solution

Ladar Levison, founder of the shuttered Lavabit email service, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Dark Mail, an anti-NSA email protocol.
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Are e-cigarettes safe or not? Research on fog machines could lift the haze

E-cigarette safety is a matter of contention. But a look at studies of a similar product, theatrical fog machines, may give us some insight.
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BitTorrent aims to make the Internet free from the NSA’s prying eyes

BitTorrent has released an API that allows developers to create encrypted peer-to-peer applications.
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Google’s Eric Schmidt blasts alleged NSA data center spying

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt calls allegations about the NSA tapping Google and Yahoo data center networks "outrageous."
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How will Google make Glass cool? By keeping it out of your hands

The high price of Google Glass is no mistake – it's part of a well-worn marketing strategy to make the wearable tech seem cooler than it really is.
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Woof app lets you mark your dog’s territory without lifting a leg

Woof for iOS connects you with other dog owners, and lets you find parks for your pooch.
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Google’s mystery barges said to be ‘dazzling,’ invite-only showrooms for Google X

Google's mysterious barges will be used to show off the company's Google X products to high-end clientele, according to sources.
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FAA’s new rules let you use gadgets during takeoff and landing

The FAA announced today that airline passengers will soon be allowed to use their personal electronics throughout all portions of their flights.
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Google mystery barges get a visit from the Coast Guard (and they ain’t talkin’)

The U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed that the mysterious barges in San Francisco Bay are linked to Google, but they're legally forbidden to reveal more details.
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NSA secretly taps into Google, Yahoo data centers, leaked documents show

The NSA has collected hundreds of millions of records from the data centers of Google and Yahoo through a security backdoor, reports the Washington Post
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Illegal BitTorrent site isoHunt rises from the grave after death blow

Online file-sharing site isoHunt returns with a new domain thanks to ArchiveTeam, a group that attempts to keep dying websites alive.
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Don’t laugh! Microsoft has Google beat on maps, but you would never know it

Bing Maps is better than Google Maps on the Web – but Microsoft needs to up its mobile game to make its mapping product the go-to for travelers.
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Is there any reason to own paper books beside showing off? Not really

It's official: Ebooks are superior to paper books – and that's coming from someone who loves paper books.
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Dog sweaters are still dumb, but dog tech can turn Fido into a K9 cyborg

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Catch a balloon ride to the ‘edge of space’ – for $75,000

World View Enterprises announced this week that the FAA has approved its plans to offer balloon rides up nearly 100,000 feet into Earth's atmosphere.
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Wikipedia editors are at war with paid PR ‘sockpuppets’

Wikipedia editors have gone after paid "sockpuppet" users allegedly hired by a company called Wiki-PR, which charges hundreds of dollars to write articles.
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Now that ‘virality’ comes in a can, do we have to say goodbye to organic web weirdness?

The viral content is as old as the Web itself. But these days, it seems as though advertisers and corporations have taken over the people's medium.