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After Mass Protests, Hungary Gives Up On Internet Tax

The government had proposed taxing Internet usage, but opponents claimed it the government was trying to impose a digital iron curtain on Hungary.

1 Dead After Commercial Spaceship Crashes During Test Flight

The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two was undergoing a test flight when it crashed in the California desert. The spaceship is designed to take tourists to space.

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In An Online, On-Demand Age, TV Reruns Are Redefined

FX's new digital platform, Simpsons World features all 25 years of episodes from The Simpsons. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it's also among several sites that are revitalizing the TV rerun.

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Look Here: Phone App Checks Photos For Eye Disease

Bryan Shaw showed it was possible to detect early signs of eye cancer from a family photo album. Now, he and his research team have made an iPhone app.

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Doppelnamers: When Your Digital Identity Is Also Someone Else's

Finding your email double or Twitter twin is easier than ever, with Web searches and social media reminding us how un-special our names really are. So how do you stand out when others share your name?

Moving Past The Password, But At What Cost?

Apps working with a new Twitter service would simply ask for your phone number instead of a password. In exchange, the company would get some of the most valuable information about you.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay

The head of the world's most iconic technology company says that although his sexual orientation has been no secret among friends and colleagues, now is the time to publicly acknowledge it.

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EU's New Competition Chief Could Shake Up Google Antitrust Case

Nearly 20 companies have filed antitrust complaints against Google in Europe since 2009. Under the new commissioner, the company could face more formal charges and billions of dollars in fines.

FTC Says AT&T Misled Customers About 'Unlimited' Data Plans

The Federal Trade Commission says AT&T slowed data speeds for 3.5 million customers, sometimes up to 90 percent.

Online Dating Site Used Fake Profiles To Get Members To Upgrade Service

The Federal Trade Commission is making JDI Dating pay more than $600,000 to users who were scammed into paying for upgraded accounts after receiving messages from fake profiles.

Steve Jobs And Being Out At Work In America

November 3, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new Apple iPad Air 2 during an event at Apple headquarters on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 in Cupertino, Calif. The CEO publicly acknowledged that he was gay for the first time in a Bloomberg Businessweek column in late October 2014. (AP)

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is now 100 percent out and proud. Gay. We’ll look at the landmark moment for gays in the business world.

Boston’s Innovation, Business Circles Remember Menino

October 31, 2014
Boston Mayor Tom Menino speaks at startup accelerator MassChallenge in the Boston's Innovation District on 1 March 2012. (Flickr/Scott Eisen/Governor's Office)

The business and tech communities credit Tom Menino with a huge impact on shaping the Innovation District and boosting economic growth in the city.

What Does The Future Of Cable TV Look Like?

October 31, 2014
A Netflix subscriber turns on Netflix in Palo Alto, Calif. (Paul Sakuma/AP)

One of the things that unites our great country is our shared loathing of the cable company. And now, we may finally be liberated from them.

The Digitized, Home-Delivered Future Of Our Food Supply

October 27, 2014
This undated product image provided by Google shows the Google Shopping Express mobile app. Same-day grocery delivery services from Google, Instacart and Postmates are expanding into more cities around the country, delivering everything from cereal to bottled water to toilet paper from nearby stores. (AP)

Will going to the grocery store be history? How the online order and delivery business is reshaping our food economy.

Shopping Online? Beware Of Price Discrimination

October 23, 2014
In this Dec. 21, 2013 file photo, a traveler walks through Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. Airfare is up 10.7 percent in the past five years _ after adjusting for inflation _ according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the Airlines Reporting Corp., which processes ticket transactions for airlines and more than 9,400 travel agencies, including websites such as Expedia and Orbitz. (AP)

So-called price discrimination means some companies are charging different people different prices for the same product.

#GamerGate And A Culture Clash In The Making

October 23, 2014
A screenshot from the interactive game, "Depression Quest," the game at the root of the ongoing #GamerGate controversy. (Courtesy  "Depression Quest")

#GamerGate. Sexism, misogyny and rough stuff in a video game world culture clash.

Apollo Astronauts Discuss Future Of Space Exploration At MIT

October 23, 2014
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon, speaks at MIT during a program "Celebrating 100 Years of MIT Aerospace," Wednesday. (Steven Senne/AP)

MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics is marking its centennial this week, with a symposium examining the past, present and future of aviation and space exploration. Its opening day brought eight Apollo-era astronauts together.

Counting The Minutes: Perceptions Of Time In A Quantified Life

October 22, 2014
Sari Boren: "If we could know how much time we have left, how would we use it, and how would that change our perception of time?" (dave/flickr)

If we could know how much time we have left, how would we use it, and how would that change our perception of time?

An E-Reader That ‘Beats Hardcovers’?

October 21, 2014
Amazon's new e reader, the Kindle Voyage has been getting rave reviews. (Amazon)

The Kindle Voyage has been getting rave reviews, with The New York Times saying “it offers the visual clarity of printed text.

Where We're Going, We'll Probably Still Need Cars

October 21, 2014
This undated image provided by Google, shows an early version of Google's prototype self-driving car. For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling on the state's public roads. The agency is issuing permits, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods. (AP)

The future of the car: from the fuels they’ll run on, to the materials they’ll be made of, to the computers that may drive them.

Phillip Morris May Enter E-Cigarette Market

October 17, 2014
Most e-cigarettes use liquid nicotine, but tobacco giant Phillip Morris will release a smart e-cigarette, that uses heated tobacco. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Phillip Morris has patent approved for an e-cigarette that uses tobacco and can log the user’s smoking habits to incentivize quitting.

Is The Bay Area Safer 25 Years After The Loma Prieta Quake?

October 17, 2014
In this before-and-after composite image, (Left) Cars are seen covered in bricks from a falling building facade following the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989 in San Francisco, California. (C.E. Meyer/U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library via Getty Images)

Today is the 25th anniversary of the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake. While some infrastructure is up to standards, other buildings have yet to come up to code.

Our Week In The Web: October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II walks through a field of ceramic poppies at The Tower of London, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. The poppies are part of a ceramic poppy installation called 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' which marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. (AP)

We talk Facebook mishaps, whether Katy Perry was actually right and the glory of architectural giants and their iconic windows.

Creating Safe Drivers? There’s An App For That

October 17, 2014
A cow stands between vehicles passing along National Highway NH-55 in Siliguri in India on April 4, 2014. (Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images)

Every year, an estimated 50 million people worldwide get in traffic accidents. A company in Massachusetts created by a pair of MIT professors is trying to change that.

Week In The News: Market Mess, Ebola Alarm, Election Hits The Home Stretch

October 17, 2014
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) Ky., center, and Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, rehearsed with host Bill Goodman before their appearance on "Kentucky Tonight" television broadcast live from KET studios in Lexington, Ky.,Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP)

The CDC in the hot seat on Ebola. Markets reeling. Mid-term fireworks. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

New Wearable Device Administers Electric Shocks To Break Bad Habits

October 16, 2014
The new wearable device, Pavlok, administers electric shocks when you give into bad habits, like using the snooze alarm. (Sean McGrath/Flickr)

A new wearable device doesn’t just track your habits but tries to change them with a Pavlovian electric shock.

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