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Facebook Expands New Tool Aiming to Shrink 'News Deserts'

Facebook Expands New Tool Aiming to Shrink 'News Deserts'

By Barbara Ortutay | Sep 13
Facebook is trying to coax "news deserts" into bloom with the second major expansion of a tool that exposes people to more local news and information. But the social network confesses that it still has a lot to learn.

Google Earth Leads to Remains of Missing Florida Man in Lake

Google Earth Leads to Remains of Missing Florida Man in Lake

Sep 13
It took 22 years, but a missing man's remains were finally found thanks to someone who zoomed in on his former Florida neighborhood with Google satellite images and noticed a car submerged in a lake, authorities said.

New Orleans Radio Station Tweets Homophobic Slur, 'Investigation in Progress'

New Orleans Radio Station Tweets Homophobic Slur, 'Investigation in Progress'

By Sam Cronin | Sep 12
New Orleans radio station WWL-AM, the home station of the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers, tweeted a homophobic slur directed at one of their own sports reporters, Seth Dunlap, Tuesday. Read the timeline of events and public responses to the incident.

Nielsen Says It Will Include Out-of-Home Viewing Soon

Nielsen Says It Will Include Out-of-Home Viewing Soon

By David Bauder | Sep 12
Television networks will be happy to know that ratings will go up for many of their programs next year, simply because the Nielsen company will count more people.

Libraries Want Public to Protest Publisher's E-Book Embargo

Libraries Want Public to Protest Publisher's E-Book Embargo

By Travis Loller | Sep 12
The American Library Association asked the public for help Wednesday to press Macmillan Publishers to rethink a planned embargo on electronic copies of new releases to public libraries.

Facebook Sanctions Netanyahu Page over Hate Speech Violation

Facebook Sanctions Netanyahu Page over Hate Speech Violation

Sep 12
Facebook says it has sanctioned the page of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of a violation of the company's hate speech policy.

Suit Targets California Hunting Rules That Allow GPS on Dogs

Suit Targets California Hunting Rules That Allow GPS on Dogs

Sep 11
Animal rights groups are suing California over rules that allow animals to be hunted with the aid of hunting dogs wearing GPS tracking devices on their collars.

Apple Takes on Netflix with A $5-A-Month Streaming Service

Apple Takes on Netflix with A $5-A-Month Streaming Service

By Michael Liedtke | Sep 11
Apple is finally taking on Netflix with its own streaming television service and, uncharacteristically for the company, offering it at a bargain price — $5 a month beginning on Nov. 1.

Apple Expected to Unveil iPhones Echoing Last Year's Models

Apple Expected to Unveil iPhones Echoing Last Year's Models

By Michael Liedtke | Sep 10
Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhone models that are so similar to last year's lineup, they may be upstaged by details about the company's upcoming video service.

Big Tech Faces A New Set of Foes: Nearly All 50 U.S. States

Big Tech Faces A New Set of Foes: Nearly All 50 U.S. States

By Matt O'Brien | Sep 10
Big tech companies have long rebuffed attempts by the U.S. federal government to scrutinize or scale back their market power. Now they face a scrappy new coalition as well: Prosecutors from nearly all 50 states.

States Expected to Target Google in New Antitrust Probe

States Expected to Target Google in New Antitrust Probe

By Rachel Lerman | Sep 9
A group of states led by Texas is expected to announce an investigation into Google on Monday to examine whether the Silicon Valley tech giant has gotten too big and effective at stomping or acquiring rivals.

Ex-Soldier Serving Life for Teen's '82 Murder Seeks DNA Test

Ex-Soldier Serving Life for Teen's '82 Murder Seeks DNA Test

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher | Sep 9
The motion says military prosecutors relied on a strand of hair and a soldier, who changed his statement six times, then went AWOL before Hubbard's trial.

Man Streams Chase Before Minnesota Police Fatally Shoot Him

Man Streams Chase Before Minnesota Police Fatally Shoot Him

Sep 8
The chase started late Saturday night in Edina and ended in Richfield with officers shooting the man, Brian J. Quinones, who had streamed himself live on Facebook during the chase.

India Loses Touch with Lander on Its Final Approach to Moon

India Loses Touch with Lander on Its Final Approach to Moon

By Aijaz Rahi and Sheikh Saaliq | Sep 7
India's space agency said it lost touch Saturday with its Vikram lunar lander as it made its final approach to moon's south pole to deploy a rover to search for signs of water.

Russian Protesters Aided by Digital Tools, Self-Organizing

Russian Protesters Aided by Digital Tools, Self-Organizing

By Francesca Ebel | Sep 6
It's a scene many Muscovites have grown used to seeing this summer as a new wave of anti-government demonstrations gripped the Russian capital: Two masked, heavily clad riot policemen drag away a shrieking teenager.

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