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Disappearing Act: Twitter Reports Flatlining User Growth

By Michael Liedtke | Feb 14
Twitter set out to build a virtual town square bustling with billions of people. But it's starting to look more like a novelty stand as the masses flock to other services that strike a more personal chord.

Neanderthal DNA May Influence Modern Depression Risk

By Malcolm Ritter | Feb 14
Researchers found evidence that one bit of Neanderthal DNA can boost the risk of tobacco addiction, while others can slightly raise or lower the risk of being diagnosed with depression.

Head Of Google In Europe Grilled By UK Lawmakers

By Danica Kirka | Feb 13
A British parliamentary committee has grilled Google's president of European operations, questioning in blunt terms whether the Internet giant had paid its fair share of taxes

Facebook Nude-Painting Case Can Face Trial In France

By Philippe Sotto | Feb 13
If you post a 19th-century nude painting on Facebook, is it art or impermissible nudity? That question is now cleared for trial in France, after an appeals court there ruled that an aggrieved user can sue the social network over the issue.

Amazon Debuts Series Based On New Yorker Magazine

By David Bauder | Feb 13
Makers of "The New Yorker Presents" achieved the small miracle of capturing the magazine's rhythm and pioneering a "60 Minutes"-style newsmagazine with the work done by documentarians instead of news reporters.

Albert Einstein "Drops the Mic" on Physicists A Century Later

Feb 13
Scientists have confirmed that gravitational waves, a theory Albert Einstein proposed more than 100 years ago, exist.

For Virtual Reality Pioneers, No Rush to Succeed in 2016

By Derrick J. Lang | Feb 13
Unity CEO John Riccitiello cautioned the 1,400 attendees at the Vision Summit that 2016 will not be the year that VR sees mainstream adoption and that the technology has been "overhyped" by the media.

Congress Gives Final OK to Banning Local Internet Taxes

By Alan Fram | Feb 12
Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

College Student's X-Rated Cucumber Reply to Kanye Tweet Goes Viral

Feb 12
A Colombian college student's x-rated reply about a cucumber to a tweet by Kanye West went viral this week.

Obama Seeks Cybersecurity Boost to Replace 'Ancient' Tech

By Tami Abdollah | Feb 12
President Barack Obama said Tuesday he is asking Congress for $3.1 billion to update the government's archaic computer systems to protect them from cyberattacks as part of a new, centralized effort to boost cybersecurity.

Cruz App Data Collection Helps Campaign Read Minds of Voters

By Michael Biesecker and Julie Bykowicz | Feb 11
Ted Cruz's "Cruz Crew" mobile app is designed to gather detailed information from its users' phones - tracking their physical movements and mining the names and contact information for friends who might want nothing to do with his campaign.

Breakthrough: Scientists Detect Einstein-Predicted Ripples

By Seth Borenstein | Feb 11
In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.

Young Adults Swipe Right on Tinder, But is It Just a Game?

By Tali Abrel | Feb 11
Online dating services are now hip with young adults, but not always for dating.

Indonesia Warns Messaging Apps to Drop Same-Sex Emoticons

By Niniek Karmini | Feb 11
Indonesia's government has demanded that instant messaging apps remove stickers featuring same-sex couples, in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.

Save the Whales By Watching Gay Porn

Feb 11
The porn video-sharing website Pornhub launched a new campaign this week, urging people to help save the whales (including sperm whales!) by watching ample amounts of porn, BuzzFeed reports.

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