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New California law extends privacy rights to electronic data

NEW YORK (AP) — California now requires police to get a court order before they can search messages, photos and other digital data stored on phones or company servers in the nation's most-populous state. While some states guarantee some...Show More Summary

High-tech firm's plans to make drones in NY spark questions

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A plan to manufacture solar-powered drones at a suburban New York site that once made fighter jets for the U.S. military is sparking questions about whether the aircraft will be used to beam Internet service. Daniel...Show More Summary

Netflix raising US price for most popular video plan by $1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is raising the price of its Internet video service by $1 in the U.S. and several other countries to help cover its escalating costs for shows such as "House of Cards" and other original programming.

'Like' this? Facebook testing out new emotion buttons

Instead of the "dislike" button many Facebook users have been clamoring for, the Menlo Park, California-based social network is testing out buttons that represent the emotions of love, yay, ha ha, wow, angry and sad. Chris Cox, Facebook's chief product officer, says in a post that the new buttons address the spirit of the request for a "dislike" button, but in a broader way.

Greek town glimpses mass transit future: driverless buses

Trikala, a rural town in northern Greece, has been chosen to test a driverless bus in real traffic conditions for the first time, part of a European project to revolutionize mass transport and wean its cities off oil dependency overShow More Summary

'Harry Potter' e-books come to life in new Apple edition

More than half of the illustrations are animated or interactive, with such touches as a golden snitch from Quidditch matches flying away as you tap it on the screen. Series creator J.K. Rowling also goes deeper into some of the characters...Show More Summary

Amazon challenges Etsy with Amazon Handmade

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is launching its site for handcrafted goods called Amazon Handmade on Thursday, hoping to capitalize on shoppers' appetite for homemade goods ahead of the holiday season. [...] at least at the time of launch, the...Show More Summary

Clinton subject to hack attempts from China, Korea, Germany

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email server, which stored some 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, was the subject of attempted cyberattacks originating in China, South Korea and Germany after...Show More Summary

Q&A: Seinfeld finds new 'space and place' with Web series

Jerry Seinfeld could have picked anywhere to make his hit show, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." [...] why did the star of one of the most popular TV shows of all time make a Web series — one that features him picking up comics in...Show More Summary

Al Roker to headline Weather Channel's digital show

Each day's program will include six minutes of weather news, science and nature stories, fun videos and eventually local forecasts tailored to the mobile device owner (development of the local forecast technology won't be ready for the launch). The Weather Channel cited research from eMarketer that 65 percent of smartphone users in the U.S. Show More Summary

For 1st time, MIT's free online classes can carry credit

In a pilot project announced Wednesday, students will be able to take a semester of free online courses in one of MIT's graduate programs and then, if they pay a "modest fee," earn a "MicroMaster's" degree, the school said. The new degree...Show More Summary

Led by Seinfeld show, Sony's Crackle carving online niche

The network is on track to being profitable, according to leaked documents from last year's Sony hack. [...] it's investing in new shows, like the stop-motion animated comedy "SuperMansion," which is debuting this week, and Dennis Quaid-led...Show More Summary

Pandora says it will buy Ticketfly for $450M

NEW YORK (AP) — Streaming music company Pandora says it will buy Ticketfly for $450 million in a move that takes the company beyond music sharing and into ticket sales and marketing. The Oakland, California-based company went public in 2011 and reported $921 million in revenue in 2014, mostly from selling ads, but it has yet to report an annual profit.

Expect more online fraud as new credit cards arrive

People attempting to commit fraud online buy card numbers and other information from hackers who invaded computers systems at companies such as Target Corp. and Home Depot Corp. Then they use the stolen card numbers to make online purchases. Technology...Show More Summary

Google is latest tech giant to claim space in news

Facebook in May started testing "Instant Articles," which load news stories faster from a handful of publishers inside the social network's mobile app.

Israeli team advances in contest to send spacecraft to moon

The Israeli nonprofit group SpaceIL has signed a contract with American aerospace manufacturer SpaceX to launch an unmanned spacecraft into lunar orbit — the first step a team must take toward landing on the moon and winning the $20Show More Summary

Kremlin sets out to extend control over the Russian Internet

Russian Internet companies also have been asked to provide information on users of social networks and online money-transfer services. Because terror is not when they get everyone all at once, but when they can get anyone at any moment...Show More Summary

A guide to watching sports if you don't have cable

With a digital antenna, you get games for free on broadcast networks like Fox, NBC and Univision. [...] many people ask friends or relatives who have a cable subscription for a password to log in to, say, ESPN's app. Live streaming of...Show More Summary

Sports galore online: Cricket, wrestling, ice skating

NEW YORK (AP) — Football, baseball and men's basketball have major sites dedicated to streaming games for hard-core fans. But other sports do too. Here's a list of some free and paid services: BASEBALL BASKETBALL http:Show More Summary

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