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At A Pair Of Hackers' Conventions, The Focus Is On Phones

Thousands of hackers have headed to Las Vegas for two conferences: Black Hat and Defcon. Much of the talk at the conferences has been devoted to security flaws in consumer devices, like cellphones.

Could Sexting Help Your Relationship?

Sexting can be risky for teens, research suggests, but is it bad for consenting adults? Researchers are starting to think the behavior may have its perks — both in and out of bed.

ISO: $7 Billion To Ban Burning Man Acolytes From The Bay Area

A satirical crowd-funding appeal hopes to fund a wall around the entire Bay area during the infamous Burning Man art festival — to stop its attendees from ever returning to San Francisco.

Shall I Compare Thee To An Algorithm? Turing Test Gets A Creative Twist

Can a computer program craft passable prose — something readers can't distinguish from human-authored stuff? How about poetry, or dance mixes? New contests pose those challenges.

Uber, Lyft And No More Loans: Twilight Is Here For Big-City Taxi Barons

Not too long ago, a New York taxi medallion was worth more than a million dollars. Gene Friedman managed to buy more than 1,000. But that was before Uber, and now people like Friedman face bankruptcy.

Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' Legacy: Changing How Americans See Satire

Jon Stewart hosts his last episode of The Daily Show tonight, after 16 years as TV's satirist supreme. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Stewart's barbs changed how people talk about politics and media.

Livetext Me: Are There Too Many Options For Messaging?

Yahoo came out with a new app that allows users to send messages while staring at soundless videos of each other typing. It's the latest in the onslaught of new ways to communicate.
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Startups' Need For Speed Nudges Montgomery County To Install New Wireless Network

Young companies at the Silver Spring Innovation Center will have access to UltraGig, a "wireless fiber" setup that offers high-speed Internet access.


The Smart Watch That Looks Best Paired With A 'Borrowed' Super Bowl Ring

A Russian company has finally given us the Apple Watch we've all been waiting for: A gold-plated tribute to President Vladimir Putin, featuring the president's signature and the Moscow skyline.

Tesla Model S Can Be Hacked, And Fixed (Which Is The Real News)

Hackers demonstrated they could break into and disable a Model S. But unlike other car companies, Tesla has the ability to quickly patch its software.