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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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'Snake Monster' robot has snake-bots for legs

A robot from Carnegie Mellon takes the snake-bot concept and uses the twisty robo-critters as legs for a strange new machine.

By December 22, 2014

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The peculiar star of the Sony hack: Email

The massive hack has raised questions about First Amendment rights, privacy and cyberwarfare. But there's a subtler issue at play when we look at all the news stories that have come from hacked inboxes: Why do we put this stuff in email?

By December 21, 2014

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What if we called Web science 'psychohistory'? Internet pioneer recounts early notion

Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee had the sci-fi inspired name in mind, according to fellow innovator Wendy Hall, who spoke to CNET about the evolution of the World Wide Web.

By December 10, 2014

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Ultrasound creates a haptic shape that can be seen and felt

A team at the University of Bristol has used ultrasound to create three-dimensional shapes in mid-air that can be touched and seen.

By December 2, 2014

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Fire Phone pulls together Amazon's app universe onto one device

The phone comes with some exclusive perks, like unlimited photo storage, and features access to Amazon services.

By June 18, 2014

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Apple misled iPod owners, plaintiffs allege at class action trial

The trial kicks off to determine whether Apple illegally used iTunes software updates to keep consumers locked in its digital music ecosystem.

By December 2, 2014

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Tap millions of copyright-free book images via Flickr

More than 2.6 million images from public domain e-books have been uploaded to Flickr as part of an Internet Archive project -- with 12 million more to come.

By September 2, 2014

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Scientific papers take a step outside Nature's paywall

A prestigious scientific journal, faced with pressure from paper-sharing sites on the Internet, has made it possible for subscribers to grant others access.

By December 2, 2014

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Apple's iPod antitrust class action suit: All you need to know (FAQ)

Some consumers accused Apple of unfairly boosting iPod prices because it banned music from services other than the iTunes store. They're asking for $350 million, and even Steve Jobs will make an appearance in court, via taped deposition.

By December 1, 2014