Privacy of Your Cellphone’s Location? Only in California

On Wednesday, an American legislature took the most affirmative step so far to limit cellphone location tracking by law enforcement. The California Location Privacy Act, passed with bipartisan support by the state’s Assembly, could protect the location data created by citizens’ cell phones,

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Google Election Day Doodle Guides You to Local Polling Places

Utility, not whimsey is at the heart of Google’s U.S. Election Day Doodle, which leads readers to local polling places. The Doodle, which shows the Google name spelled out in paper ballots (odd for a tech company as some have pointed out), click through to a prompt to ‘enter the address where

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Researchers Create Walking Bio-Bots That Are Powered by Muscle

Researchers at the University of Illinois are developing what they call ‘bio-bots,’ or machines that combine synthetic 3D-printed frameworks with biological muscle tissue. When the muscle fibers are jolted with electricity, they contract. Those muscles are attached to 3D-printed ‘bones,’ which

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U.S. Ranks Second in Internet Freedom, Behind Estonia

The United States has the second highest degree of Internet freedom in the world, according to a new study from Freedom House. What country’s ahead of America? Estonia, a country of 1.29 million in northeast Europe. Estonia Why does Estonia top the list? According to Freedom House, it ‘ranks

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Apple Is Considering Renaming Beats Music, Not Shutting It Down

Apple is considering making changes at Beats Music, not shutting down the service.Image: Lester Cohen/WireImage Apple is considering making a bunch of changes at Beats Music, but shutting down the subscription streaming service isn’t one of them. ‘It’s not true,’ Tom Neumayr, a spokesman for

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Who’s Behind All These Anti-Obama Text Messages?

Have you been receiving anti-Obama text messages from a random address? You’re not alone – hundreds of people have said they’ve seen them on their phones. Speaking anecdotally, most of the people this writer has noticed reporting the anti-Obama texts are journalists and other politically-active

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