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Researchers build family tree with 13 million people

Geneticists mine a social network for useful data showing relationships going back centuries, and one of the world's largest family trees.

By 30 October 2013


Frodo on top in 'Periodic Table of Middle Earth'

Gollum, Bilbo, Sauron, Smaug, and other characters feature as elements in the chart, which was created by a geek chemist.

By 8 May 2013


App lets Icelanders know if they're about to bjork a cousin

A new Android app out of Iceland allows people in that small country to check that they're not about to get down and dirty with a relative.

By 18 April 2013


Should incest-warning app be a Facebook service?

Providing a sorely needed patch to a market gap, IslendingaApp shows you genes before you remove your jeans. It is, sadly, an Iceland-only service, but might it be expanded and developed by everyone's favorite site?

By 18 April 2013


Google reveals best Android apps of 2012

Google has put together a list of its best Android apps of the year, in no particular order.

By 27 December 2012


Ancestry.com set for $1.6B acquisition deal: WSJ

The genealogy giant with more than 2 million subscribers is set to be acquired by a private-equity firm, in a bid to move into the Western European market.

By 22 October 2012


Get a $500 Mac software bundle for $50

Offering everything from project management to data recovery to HTML 5 content generation, this bundle offers tremendous bang for the buck.

By 28 August 2012


The census' broken privacy promise

Despite decades-old assurances census data would be private and pose no harm, the federal government is releasing data that could reveal family skeletons or lead to identity theft.

By 2 April 2012


Three ways to research your family tree

The do-it-yourself approach to getting the lowdown on your ancestors may lead you down a series of blind alleys. An alternative to the high-end genealogical resources offered by Ancestry.com is the personal and affordable services of a mom-and-pop operation.

By 25 March 2012


Yammer CEO offers $25K bounty for Yahoo engineers

David Sacks is angry at Yahoo, and he's hoping its engineers are too.

By 16 March 2012