Sunday, March 1, 2015

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid "rapid growth" in the collection of data on Americans, the White House on Friday proposed legislation that calls on businesses to do more to help consumers protect their personal information.
'High Res Audio,' a new catch-all term for devices and content that deliver sweeter, richer, more detailed and 'honest' sounding music, is getting a major push this year.
Facebook users who don't fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - People in small communities may get better, cheaper access to the Internet after the Federal Communications Commission ruled Thursday that city-owned broadband services can expand into areas overlooked by commercial providers.
One of the small privileges of writing a consumer column - along with an endless supply of "You've got to hear this" tales - is occasionally witnessing something that doesn't fit the script. Sometimes a company will actually come clean about persistent screw-ups, or a competitor will dime out bad behaviors and impose a little market discipline.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple has been ordered to pay nearly $533 million by a federal jury that found Apple's iTunes music store uses software that infringes on patents held by a Texas company.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Fast & Furious" and "Forza" are hitching a ride together.
SYDNEY (AP) - Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial to enhance the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Shuttle drivers who ferry tech workers between Silicon Valley and San Francisco have voted for union representation.
NEW YORK (AP) - Apparently Google bloggers like to post porn. A lot.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid "rapid growth" in the collection of data on Americans, the White House on Friday proposed legislation that calls on businesses to do more to help consumers protect their personal information.
NEW YORK (AP) - Uber says a database containing the names and drivers' license numbers of 50,000 of its drivers was breached in May.
BERLIN (AP) - People who use personal audio players should consider limiting their use to one hour a day and turn down the volume to prevent permanent hearing loss, the World Health Organization said Friday.
BERLIN (AP) - The U.N.'s independent expert on freedom of speech has praised the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for voting to enforce "net neutrality" rules for the broadband industry.
STOCKHOLM (AP) - Wireless equipment maker Ericsson is suing Apple for alleged patent infringement.