Civil liberties advocates welcome the change, but say the public will remain largely unaware if their information has been caught up in criminal investigations.
US District Judge Lucy Koh has approved the settlement, which is $90.5 million more than a previous offer she rejected last year.
Soon you'll don a high-tech headset as easily as you reach for your controller. Watch for blockbuster launches in the year ahead that pave the way to the brave new virtual world. Facebook and Valve lead the charge.
The Federal Communications Commission is recommending that AT&T's $49 billion bid to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV be approved -- but not without conditions.
From the Cheapskate: It's that time of year! But before you make the traditional choice, see if perhaps your student wouldn't benefit from an "alternative" PC.
Commentary: From "Star Wars" to "The Hobbit", CNET pop culture addict Richard Trenholm investigates whether prequels are just fundamentally rubbish.
Blog publishing platform joins growing list of sites banning threats, harassment and revenge porn.
Technically Incorrect: A federal court says that if you butt-dial someone and the person records it, the information can be used against you.
Although its market share fell last quarter while Apple's share rose, Samsung retains the crown for the world's leading smartphone vendor, says research firm IDC.
The UK High Court has ruled that Britain's DRIPA data retention scheme is "inconsistent" with European law. The government warns losing access to metadata could cost lives.