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Fly the Unmanned Skies: FAA Approves Commercial Drone Flights Over Land

Fly the Unmanned Skies: FAA Approves Commercial Drone Flights Over Land
The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it has granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over land, the latest effort by the agency to show it is loosening restrictions on commercial uses of the unmanned aircraft. The BP energy corporation and drone maker AeroVironment of Monrovia, California, have been given permission to use a Puma drone to survey pipelines, roads and equipment at Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, the agency said. The first flight took place on Sunday.
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Anonymous Hacker Sabu Won't Go to Prison After Ratting Out Lulzec Friends

Anonymous Hacker Sabu Won't Go to Prison After Ratting Out Lulzec Friends
Hacker Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka Anonymous-Lulzsec-turned-FBI Informant Sabu, will not be going to prison thanks to his cooperation with the US government in outing Jeremy Hammond and many other Lulzsec hackers.
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Death Knell of the Open Internet: New FCC Rules Undermine Neutrality

Death Knell of the Open Internet: New FCC Rules Undermine Neutrality
Sam Seder is joined by David Dayen to talk about the FCC's decision to nix the net neutrality law. What's next? Will there ever really be an open internet?
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Not Bad for 15 Months: Yahoo's Ex-COO Gets $58M Severance Package

Not Bad for 15 Months: Yahoo's Ex-COO Gets $58M Severance Package
Henrique de Castro, Yahoo's Chief Operating Officer for all of a whopping 15 months, was paid a severance package of $58 million, calling into question CEO Marissa Mayer's hiring of him in the first place.
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Getting High on Their Own Supply: Apple, Samsung Can't Put Down Their Phones, Even in Court

Getting High on Their Own Supply: Apple, Samsung Can't Put Down Their Phones, Even in Court
These people really love what they do – both plaintiffs and defendants in the Apple/Samsung patent fight are having a hard time putting their phones down. And the judge is getting increasingly frustrated.
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Ocean of Liquid Water Found Under Icy Surface of Saturn Moon

Ocean of Liquid Water Found Under Icy Surface of Saturn Moon
Under the surface of Saturn's tiny little moon lies a vast ocean. Scientists have confirmed the body of water on Enceladus, and claim that the subsurface ocean would be "a very attractive potential place to look for life."
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Absent Net Neutrality, Inequality Increases

Absent Net Neutrality, Inequality Increases
A primer on how eroding net neutrality with directly – and immediately – affect inequality.
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Hackers Nab Personal Information off Yahoo Email Accounts

Hackers Nab Personal Information off Yahoo Email Accounts
Hackers grabbed personal information of Yahoo email accounts, then used that to gather data on the account owners and their contacts. Yahoo has not released just how many users were affected.
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Apple Forced to Pay Back Kids' In-App Buying Sprees

Apple Forced to Pay Back Kids' In-App Buying Sprees
Following thousands of complaints, Apple has agreed to pay back at least $32.5 million for spending sprees children went on while playing their favorite games on Apple's various mobile devices. In-app purchases were not adequately marked as real-life, and too easy for the kids to click and buy, say the parents lodging the complaints.
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You Find Your Own Date, Though: Twitter, Comcast Agreement Allows Users to Access Movies, TV Shows

You Find Your Own Date, Though: Twitter, Comcast Agreement Allows Users to Access Movies, TV Shows
An agreement between Comcast and Twitter will allow access to movies and TV shows via the microblogging site. Comcast customers would even be able to press record on their DVRs from afar directly from the web.
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