A new survey indicates that 29 percent of American adults now own a tablet computer and/or an e-reader. That number went up 11 percent in just a few weeks, a sure sign that the gadgets were given as holiday gifts and have reached the point of mass acceptance.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police must obtain a warrant before placing a GPS tracking device on a vehicle. The decision was unanimous, but three separate opinions on the legal rationale show that even Supreme Court justices have conflicting views of privacy in the information age.
Research In Motion, the maker of Blackberry smart phones, used to be a dominant player. Now, it's looking like an also-ran. The company announced a management shake-up Monday, but the new guy won't have much time to pull off a turnaround.
In a piece in Gizmodo, staff writer Sam Biddle called password sharing "a lynchpin of intimacy in the 21st century." The practice has become a romantic symbol of trust, but Law professor Woodrow Hartzog says it also carries a number of risks.
Just before Christmas, Amazon infuriated booksellers with an app that allowed customers to check out prices in brick-and-mortar stores and then get a discount if they bought from Amazon instead. Now publishers and booksellers are looking for new ways to compete with the Goliath of online retailers.
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