When sick people search the Web for remedies or tweet about their symptoms, they're sending an early warning signal about disease outbreaks. Now scientists and public health officials are listening in.
In southern California, Hollywood howls over "piracy" and is pushing for legislation. In the north, Silicon Valley cries foul over what it sees as restrictions on a free and open Internet. The most pressing issue for both may be the huge sums of money each stands to lose.
The Obama administration announced a new effort to protect online consumer privacy Thursday. Officials will ask Internet companies and privacy advocates to agree on rules to protect people from deceptive practices. The "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" will apply standards — albeit voluntary — for companies to follow.
Sony launched its new PlayStation Vita on Wednesday. The portable device is geared toward hard-core gamers and offers a lot of new technology. And after a string of tough times at Sony, the company needs this gadget to sell. Sony is trying to distinguish the Vita from the smartphones it's competing against.
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