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'Thing Explainer': Fun if you enjoy puzzles, annoying if you just want to learn

Cartoonist and author Randall Munroe's latest book details science and technology with only a 1,000-word vocabulary. That limits its appeal, but the book is fun for those who already know the basics.

By December 1, 2015


See the bizarre full video of a Missouri media professor taunting a reporter

Months of racial tensions and protests at the University of Missouri lead to the resignation of the MU system president. But following the activists' victory, they shun the media.

By November 10, 2015


Do tax rebates drive electric vehicle sales?

After Georgia removed its EV tax credit and instituted a fee to replace lost gas taxes, the state saw a marked decline in EV sales.

By November 4, 2015


New California law requires police to get warrants for online data

Backed by many tech firms and the ACLU, the privacy law hits the books but doesn't apply to federal law enforcement authorities.

By October 8, 2015


Apple wins appeals court ruling that may require Samsung to change its devices

A ruling says a lower court erred when it didn't ban Samsung products related to a patent infringement suit from 2014.

By September 17, 2015


NSA's warrantless surveillance gets a constitutional challenge

An accused terrorist and US resident becomes the first criminal defendant to legally confront the government for eavesdropping on his communications.

By January 29, 2014


Stephen Colbert mocks justices who dissented in gay-marriage ruling

Technically Incorrect: He couldn't resist. He has a new show to sell. Colbert posts his reaction to the Supreme Court decision within hours of its announcement.

By June 27, 2015


Real-life Fallout 4 Pip-Boy debuted at E3 2015, available in special edition

Retailers begin to list special editions for $120; Turn your iPhone into a post-apocalyptic smart device.

By June 15, 2015


Tech companies urge Obama to safeguard encryption

Industry groups representing Apple, Google and many others say they're firmly opposed to any policy that would undermine technology that helps ensure users' privacy.

By June 9, 2015


Lavabit founder says he fought feds to protect the Constitution

In a sit-down at CNET headquarters, Lavabit CEO Ladar Levison discusses the legal bureaucracy the US government employed to try to force him to become complicit with NSA surveillance.

By October 29, 2013