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Dutch Court Upholds Maximum Sentence for Cyberbully

Dutch Court Upholds Maximum Sentence for Cyberbully

Dec 14
A Dutch appeals court has upheld a prison sentence of nearly 11 years for a man convicted of cyberbullying dozens of young women and gay men around the world.

California Mulls Texting Fee to Help Poor People Get Phones

California Mulls Texting Fee to Help Poor People Get Phones

Dec 14
California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor, according to a newspaper report Wednesday.

Report: 'High-Tech' Robot on Russian TV Was Man in Suit

Report: 'High-Tech' Robot on Russian TV Was Man in Suit

Dec 14
Russian media say a contraption presented by Russian state television as a high-tech robot was in fact a man in a commercially available robot costume.

Liz Weston: 4 Tech Tasks to Keep Your Parents Safer Online

Liz Weston: 4 Tech Tasks to Keep Your Parents Safer Online

By Liz Weston | Dec 13
When you're home for the holidays, or the next time you visit your folks, offer to help with a few tasks that can keep your parents safer online.

China Suspected in Huge Marriott Data Breach, Official Says

China Suspected in Huge Marriott Data Breach, Official Says

By Michael Balsamo | Dec 13
Investigators believe hackers working on behalf of China's main intelligence agency are responsible for a massive data breach involving the theft of personal information from as many as 500 million guests of the Marriott hotel chain.

Fake Amazon Boxes and GPS Used to Catch Would-Be Thieves

Fake Amazon Boxes and GPS Used to Catch Would-Be Thieves

By David Porter | Dec 13
Police in Jersey City, across the Hudson River from New York, are teaming up with Amazon to install doorbell cameras and plant dummy boxes with GPS tracking devices at homes around the city.

Trump Campaign Russia Contacts Alarm Intelligence Experts

Trump Campaign Russia Contacts Alarm Intelligence Experts

By Susannah George | Dec 12
From suggestions of "political synergy" and offers of business deals to contact with more than a dozen people in then-candidate Donald Trump's orbit, Russian outreach to the Trump campaign has a familiar and alarming pattern to experts in the intelligence

Carbon Conscious: How One Man is Shrinking His Footprint

Carbon Conscious: How One Man is Shrinking His Footprint

By Frank Jordans and Daniel Niemann | Dec 12
Dirk Gratzel counts his carbon emissions. He's among a small but growing number of people looking for ways to cut their personal greenhouse gas emissions from levels that scientists say are unsustainable if global warming is to be curbed.

U.S. Military's Aegis System Intercepts Test Missile in Hawaii

U.S. Military's Aegis System Intercepts Test Missile in Hawaii

Dec 12
The U.S. military's land-based Aegis missile defense system has intercepted an intermediate range ballistic missile in a test near Hawaii.

Spacewalking Astronauts Check Site of Capsule Leak

Spacewalking Astronauts Check Site of Capsule Leak

By Marcia Dunn | Dec 12
Spacewalking astronauts ripped through thick insulation on a capsule docked to the International Space Station on Tuesday, looking for clues to a mysterious drilled hole that leaked precious cabin air four months ago.

Google Grilled in Congress: What's Ahead for Tech Companies

Google Grilled in Congress: What's Ahead for Tech Companies

By Barbara Ortutay, Michael Liedtke, and Marcy Gordon | Dec 12
The 3 1/2-hour hearing Tuesday hit upon familiar themes — online privacy, data protection and the danger of digital monopolies — that are poised to come into even sharper focus next year.

Hertz, Clear Partner to Speed Rentals with Biometric Scans

Hertz, Clear Partner to Speed Rentals with Biometric Scans

By Dee-Ann Durbin | Dec 11
Hertz said Tuesday it is teaming up with Clear, the maker of biometric screening kiosks found at many airports, in an effort to slash the time it takes to pick up a rental car.

40 Percent of Diners Post Photos of Their Meals on Social Media

40 Percent of Diners Post Photos of Their Meals on Social Media

Dec 11
Four in 10 diners now post photos of their meals on social media when dining out, according to a study.

Google CEO Faces House Grilling on Breach, China Censorship

Google CEO Faces House Grilling on Breach, China Censorship

By Marcy Gordon | Dec 11
Google's CEO faces a grilling from U.S. lawmakers on how the web search giant handled an alarming data breach and whether it may bend to Chinese government censorship demands.

Google Accelerates Plus Closure After Another Privacy Lapse

Google Accelerates Plus Closure After Another Privacy Lapse

By Michael Liedtke | Dec 11
Google is still having trouble protecting the personal information on its Plus service, prodding the company to accelerate its plans to shut down a little-used social network created to compete against Facebook.

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