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As Twitter Expands Reach, Abuse Policy Gets Added Scrutiny

A series of threats and abusive messages aimed at prominent women in the U.K. have placed Twitter in an awkward spot. As the company gears up to go public and expand its brand around the world, it is increasingly running into cultural and legal hurdles that challenge Twitter's free speech ethos.
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With 'Post' Purchase, High-Tech Continues Its March On D.C.

Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, is just the latest tech mogul to plant a flag on the banks of the Potomac River.
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In Bezos' Purchase Of 'Post', Tech And Media Keep Melding

Jeff Bezos, a tech titan and Amazon founder, purchased a venerable newspaper, The Washington Post. Another tech titan's recent purchase of a magazine — The New Republic — may offer some insight about the path forward.
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Trade Case Puts Apple In Washington's Sights

Apple has been notoriously disinterested in Washington politics. But two recent decisions coming from the Obama administration — one involving iPhones, the other dealing with e-books — indicate that Washington is increasingly interested in Apple.
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Special Ops Envisions 'Iron Man'-Like Suit To Protect Troops

The Special Operations Command, which runs the Green Berets and Navy SEALs, is teaming up with scientists and engineers to build a suit with more protection, a wearable antenna and computers that monitor wounds. They hope to have working prototypes within a few years.
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The Hackable Japanese Toilet Comes With An App To Track Poop

The news that a Japanese toilet can be remotely controlled by an Android app got us curious about what else was possible with this toilet technology.
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Bracing For Google Glass: An In-Your-Face Technology

The new eyeglass frames allow you to take pictures and browse the Internet while you wear them. Early adopters focused on the tiny screens have already been dubbed "glassholes." Fresh Air linguist Geoff Nunberg reminds us that in Shakespeare's time "distraction" was another word for madness.
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The Effort To Write Laws For Your Digital Life After Death

Without uniformity around who controls digital assets after you die, families have to rely on Internet companies' varying terms of agreements. It can be a maddening lack of certainty in an already difficult time.
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Book News: Justice Department Proposes Punishments For Apple

Also: The meaning of Homer's "wine-dark sea"; a look at Portnoy's Complaint and the rise of the Jewish sex scandal; the best books coming out this week.
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Talking Robot Astronaut Heads To International Space Station

Japanese-built Kirobo, which measures at just over a foot tall and looks something like a child's toy, will act as a shipboard companion to future ISS Commander Kochi Wakata.

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