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House Approves USA Freedom Act, Extending And Revising The Patriot Act

The USA Freedom Act would extend many parts of the surveillance legislation while also barring the NSA's massive collection of Americans' phone data. The measure's fate in the Senate is uncertain.
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Subscriptions We No Longer Need: Do You Still Have An AOL Account?

AOL's dial-up business has roughly 2 million subscribers. But years into the broadband age, many people still have their AOL accounts. What other subscriptions are they holding on to?
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China Smartphone Sales Shrink, Market 'Increasingly Saturated,' Report Says

Experts say nearly everyone in China who wants a smartphone has one. The challenge for manufacturers now is to convince them to upgrade.
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Verizon Buys AOL In $4.4 Billion Deal

AOL Inc., is being acquired by Verizon Communications in a $4.4 billion cash deal. AOL has recently transformed itself into a digital marketing company with some impressive technology.
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Uber For Buses? Taking Bridj For A Test Ride

Falling somewhere between mass transit and ridesharing, a new transportation player called Bridj is billing itself as D.C.'s first pop-up bus service. Transportation reporter Martin Di Caro took it for a spin.

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Verizon Acquires AOL For $4.4 Billion

Verizon Communications says it will buy the online pioneer AOL for about $4.4 billion. The transaction will be completed this summer, and AOL will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon.
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Verizon Inks $4.4 Billion Agreement To Buy AOL

Verizon said the acquisition will help build its digital and video platforms. Verizon had previously announced plans to launch a video service that focused on mobile devices.
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Still Playing: The Theater That Saw The Birth Of Cinema

Not far from the film festival in Cannes is a town with even deeper ties to cinema. La Ciotat is home to the oldest working movie house in the world and was used by the inventors of moving pictures.
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Tiny Music Royalties Add Up, Unexpectedly

The Internet is full of music, but not all of it generates income for composers and songwriters. Services that specialize in "micro-licensing" are helping to fix that.
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Using Investments And Technology To Rebuild Hawaii's Koa Forests

One company is attempting reforestation with an innovative business model. Investors can track the coveted trees using digital IDs. Their money goes to plant new trees that won't be harvested.

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