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Open Source Virtual Reality gains 13 more partners, gives away VR kits to universities

Software, hardware, interfaces and audio: OSVR has new partners in the fold in advance of its June launch, and a plan to seed some headsets to universities.

By February 10, 2015

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Lenovo's Superfish screwup highlights biggest problem in software

By not properly vetting the Superfish adware, Lenovo became the most recent unwitting example of broken links in the software supply chain.

By February 27, 2015

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Tomorrow Daily 135: Biodegradable robots working in your body, the Godzilla Hotel and more

John Hopkins University scientists are currently working on what they're calling "micrograbbers" made of hydrogel and stiff polymers. Someday, they hope to send these tiny objects into your body to perform procedures that might otherwise be invasive.

By February 25, 2015

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Facebook's new terms of service violates EU law, Belgian groups say

The groups, which analyzed the social network's new terms of service and data policy at the request of Belgium's Privacy Commission, say Facebook is placing too great a burden on its users.

By February 23, 2015

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Obama signs information-sharing order as privacy question looms

At a cybersecurity summit held on the Stanford University campus, President Obama outlines a plan for companies and the US government to share information and fend off cyberattacks.

By February 13, 2015

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Privacy push means free encryption for websites

Secure network connections protect people against snooping and criminals, but it's a hassle for websites. Mozilla, Cisco, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others want to change that.

By November 18, 2014

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To tip or not to tip drivers, that is Uber's question

People do it with taxis, people do it with Lyft. Now, drivers for the ride-hailing service are petitioning Uber to allow for cashless tipping by including an in-app gratuity feature.

By February 16, 2015

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Untangling your digital life (while embracing it)

As we're bombarded with emails, tweets and status updates, it's easy to feel like slaves to the gadgets in our lives. The advantages of being connected are great, but you don't have to be trapped in the clutches of connectivity.

By February 13, 2015

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Amazon courts Purdue students with on-campus delivery center

The e-commerce giant opens a staffed brick-and-mortar center that lets students pick up textbooks and other school supplies and drop off rented texts.

By February 3, 2015

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Net Fix: Title II, the two words that terrify the broadband industry

Title II, a provision in the country's 81-year-old telecommunications law, could be used to tighten regulations on the telecom and cable industries. Here's why they're not happy about it.

By February 2, 2015