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Uber reverses course after raising prices during Sydney hostage crisis

Uber said it was providing free rides out of a Sydney business district affected by an ongoing hostage situation. It’s taken heat because that wasn’t the initial policy.

World Wide Web inventor calls internet access a ‘human right’

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, informs the media about human rights and the World Wide Web. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

The computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web said Thursday that affordable access to the Internet should be recognized as a human right. Tim Berners-Lee, who launched the Web in 1990, made the remarks as he released his World Wide Web Foundation’s latest report tracking the Internet’s global impact, the Associated Press reported. Berners-Lee said […]

Uber’s privacy protections now a target of Senator Al Franken

Minnesota Senator Al Franken, center, watches results come in from his and other races at the DFL Victory Party in Minneapolis, Minn., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Glenn Stubbe)

A lawmaker who oversees privacy issues in the U.S. Senate is pushing ride-sharing titan Uber for answers about its handling of customer data.

Every public tweet in history is now searchable, so get ready for a never-ending game of ‘gotcha’

The new universal symbol of "gotcha."

Twitter announced the remarkable achievement of indexing half a trillion tweets Tuesday.

Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists

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BUZZFEED — A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media — and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company.

Ted Cruz angers the enlightened

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Sen. Ted Cruz’s comments on the net neutrality debate Monday accomplished two things. One, they successfully mobilized a coalition to oppose the president. Two, they set the Internet ablaze. Cruz may have razed the structures on which internet “fast lanes” are built before this matter is even resolved.

Pass code constitutionally protected, but not fingerprint

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Police officers can force you to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint – but they can’t force you to unlock it with your pass code, according to a Virginia Beach Circuit Court judge ruling this week.

Taco Bell has gone dark across the web. People are in an inconsolable panic. Here’s why.

Taco Bell's website as of Tuesday morning -- gone.

Taco Bell went dark across the breadth of the Internets Tuesday as part of a social media campaign to draw attention to a new app.

Economics confuses some Uber customers

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Uber customers seem a little confused about the mechanics of supply and demand.

Google’s Eric Schmidt: Silicon Valley has had a ‘libertarian streak’ for ‘a very long time’

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The times are a changin’ …

The iPhone 6 is supposedly tearing out people’s hair

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According to Twitter, the iPhone 6 is tearing the hair from users’ skulls.

City in China debuts first ‘phone lane’ for pedestrians who want to walk and text

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This is the world we live in. The Chinese city of Chongqing officially has a marked pedestrian lane for people who can’t stop texting and tweeting long enough to walk along the street. “There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here,” Nong […]

This innovation is more than just a ‘Keurig for beer’

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Some things transcend politics. Like beer.

Are you a Facebook lab rat?

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Surprise! While you have been posting witty statuses and photos of your weekend escapades, Facebook has been using you as a lab rat. If you use Facebook, you signed off on the site’s term and use agreement, which, like most people, you probably didn’t read. What you might not have realized is that by checking […]

Edward Snowden to SXSW: I have no regrets over leaking NSA documents

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Fugitive National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden told attendees at the South by Southwest International Festival Monday that he has no regrets about leaking the NSA documents revealing the illegal wiretaps, and that he would do it again in a heartbeat.

[WATCH] Stephen Colbert breeding Ewok army to combat Google robots

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Popular search engine Google recently purchased Boston Dynamics, a company that designs robots — including one that can easily outrun humans. And just in case Google plans to use the machines to enslave humanity, Stephen Colbert is breeding his own Ewok army to combat them.

Twitter rumored to be developing an ‘edit’ feature for published tweets

The new universal symbol of "gotcha."

Misspellings and other erroneous tweets may soon be a thing of the past: Twitter is rumored to be working on a new feature that would allow users to edit their tweets after they are published.

White House announces agreement with wireless carriers over cell-phone unlocking

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Tech activists and consumers can claim victory in the fight over unlocking cell phones, as the FCC and top wireless companies reached an agreement in the long war to make the practice legal again.

[WATCH] Groupon parodies Amazon’s drone delivery with its own wacky new delivery service

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Amazon.com isn’t the only company shaking up the way people receive packages these days. Discount deal site Groupon announced Tuesday that it will also change its shipping process – but rather than drones, the site plans to use Medieval catapults.

Local ‘drone hunting’ measure in Colorado on hold after postponed vote

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The tiny Colorado town considering an ordinance to permit ‘drone hunting’ has postponed a vote while the proposed measure continues to encounter a roadblock in the court system.