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Google tries ferry service for workers in East Bay

February 4, 2014 5:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google workers who live in the East Bay can now make the commute to the company's Silicon Valley campus by sea. For a week, anyway. Starting Monday, the agency that operates San Francisco Bay Ferry says Google will provide a private ferry service between Harbor Bay terminal in Alameda to the...

Google told to move SF Bay 'mystery' barge

February 4, 2014 5:07 am | by Martha Mendoza - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Google does not have the proper permits for a mystery barge at a construction site on an island in San Francisco Bay, a state official said, and must move the floating, four-story building that drew wide attention and fueled weeks of speculation when it was erected last fall. "It needs to move,"...

Car-to-car talk offers warning on collisions

February 4, 2014 5:07 am | by Joan Lowy - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Your car might see a deadly crash coming even if you don't, the government says, indicating it will require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if they're plunging toward peril. The action, still some years off, has "game-changing potential" to cut...

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Internet firms release data on NSA requests

February 4, 2014 5:07 am | by Michael Liedtke - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Major technology firms have released new data on how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government for secret national security investigations, resulting in the collection of data on thousands of Americans. That release came after the companies were freed by a recent...

NBC hopes free pass will help TV Everywhere

February 4, 2014 5:07 am | by David Bauder - AP Television Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC is using the Olympics to push interest in technology allowing cable or satellite TV subscribers to see live Winter Olympics competition on mobile phones or tablets. The network said Monday it will give subscribers a 30-minute "free pass" to Olympics video before they are asked to verify that...

Cable merger future-proofs against Internet's rise

February 4, 2014 5:07 am | by Ryan Nakashima - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

When you buy a TV, sales clerks often pitch you on "future proofing" your set. Turns out, buying a cable TV company relies largely on the same principle. Charter Communications Inc.'s $38 billion bid to take over the much-larger Time Warner Cable Inc. is an attempt to future-proof its business by...

Texas A&M Chosen as Drone Test Site

February 4, 2014 1:00 am | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration has selected Texas as one of six test center sites to develop drones, or Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), for commercial use by businesses, farmers and researchers.  The decision was based on a statewide proposal led by the Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center......

Materials database proves its mettle with new discoveries

February 4, 2014 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Trying to find new materials, to improve the performance of anything from microchips to car bodies, has always been a process of trial and error. MIT materials scientist Gerbrand Ceder likens it to setting out from Boston for California, with neither a map nor a navigation system — and on foot.But, he says, after centuries of doing materials research the old-fashioned way, a significant revolution is underway, thanks to a massive comp...

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Take-Two Interactive 3Q profit more than doubles

February 3, 2014 6:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Take-Two Interactive Software said Monday its profit climbed in the fiscal third quarter on strong sales of the newest games in its "Grand Theft Auto," ''NBA 2K," and "WWE 2K" franchises. Excluding one-time items the video game company's profit more than doubled, and revenue grew 90 percent....

Tech firms disclose more info about US snooping

February 3, 2014 5:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Five major technology companies have released previously confidential information that confirms the U.S. government has been snooping on the digital lives of thousands of people in the name of national security. The disclosures made Monday cover secret court orders demanding the emails and other...

Google tries ferry service for workers in East Bay

February 3, 2014 3:51 pm | by AP | Articles | Comments

Google workers who live in the East Bay can now make the commute to the company's Silicon Valley campus by sea. For a week, anyway. Starting Monday, the agency that operates San Francisco Bay Ferry says Google will provide a private ferry service between Harbor Bay terminal in Alameda to the Port of Redwood City.

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Feds want cars to be able to talk to each other

February 3, 2014 3:48 pm | by Joan Lowy, AP | Articles | Comments

 Raising hopes of preventing many deadly collisions, transportation officials said Monday they plan to propose requiring automakers to equip new cars and light trucks with technology that lets vehicles communicate with each other .

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Companies back fast Internet-in-schools initiative

February 3, 2014 3:43 pm | by AP | Articles | Comments

The White House says it's lined up private support for President Barack Obama's pledge to connect 15,000 schools and 20 million students with high-speed Internet service over the next few years.A White House education event Tuesday will focus on his ConnectED initiative.

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Digital or handwritten? The note-taking debate

February 3, 2014 3:42 pm | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

I was always that kid in school— the biggest nerd; the one whose notes were color-coded in shorthand only I could read. In college, everyone said taking notes on a laptop was superior. Recently, Princeton University teamed up with UCLA to test this scientifically, and the results are puzzling.

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Space flies offer clues about microgravity's impact on astronauts

February 3, 2014 2:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Fruit flies bred in space are offering scientists a clue as to how astronauts' immune systems may be damaged during prolonged space travel. A team of researchers from the University of California at Davis and the University of Central Florida has been studying the impact weightlessness has on fruit flies in space.

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