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Man Indicted In Scheme To Blackmail Romney Over Tax Returns

The indictment says Michael Mancil Brown of Franklin, Tenn., "falsely stated that he had stolen tax documents for Willard M. Romney and Ann D. Romney for tax years prior to 2010." Brown now faces federal charges of fraud and extortion.
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Translation, Please: Hand-Held Device Bridges Language Gap

A device that helps first responders communicate with speakers of other languages may soon be available to the general public. It uses a cellphone signal and gives users quick access to interpreters who can translate between English and 180 other languages.
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Environmental Outlook: Combating Light Pollution

America is losing its dark sky. Artificial light at night is harming sea turtles and other animals and has been linked to health problems in humans. For this month's Environmental Outlook, fighting light pollution.

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Thanks, But No: Social Media Refuses To Share With Turkey

In its latest effort to rein in the country's vibrant social media, Turkey says it has requested cooperation from Twitter and Facebook; they're not playing ball. Protesters are embracing social media — and the government has complained that such outlets won't share user data with law enforcement.
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Rosie The Robot Won't Serve Your Food, But She'll Pick It

Labor-starved farmers are now eyeing lettuce-picking robots to help with the harvest. But more robots on the farm could also spell trouble for smaller producers that can't afford them.
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Some Tech Companies Find Ways Not To Hire Americans

Employers looking to hire foreign workers must prove they looked for American workers first. But some immigration law firms show employers how to recruit Americans without actually hiring U.S. workers. This kind of "faux recruiting" is common knowledge in the tech industry.
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Google Reader Replacement Race: Feedly And Digg Reader Make Waves

Days before Google pulls the plug on its Reader RSS feed service, reality is sinking in for longtime users. And the market for free or low-cost replacements is growing, as Digg says its new reader is now ready. Other companies report a burst of new customers.
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Closing The Tech Industry's Gender Gap Requires Better Data

Only 3 percent of venture-backed companies were led by all-female teams, while 89 percent were all male. The staggering male-to-female ratios at the top of the tech industry can't be addressed without a clearer count, writes Code for America's Catherine Bracy.
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For Modern Jurors, Being On A Case Means Being Offline

In simpler times, jurors were told not to discuss their cases with others. But with the proliferation of mobile devices, courts must now contend with Facebook, tweets, texts, instant messaging and Google — all tools that can compromise a juror's impartiality.
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Political Conservatives Stage App-Building Competition

Design an app based on the idea of "economic liberty." That's what some 200 technologists raced to do over the weekend in San Francisco at a Koch Institute-sponsored hackathon. The event is meant to bridge the gap between Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley. But what does that actually mean?

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