US News  September 30, 2014
California bans paparazzi drones
California approved a law which will prevent paparazzi from using drones to take photos of celebrities, among a series of measures aimed at tightening protection of privacyCalifornia approved a law which will prevent paparazzi from using drones to take photos of celebrities, among a series of measures aimed at tightening protection of privacy.Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a string of legislative bills also including an expansion of one against so-called "revenge porn," when former lovers share nude photos of t...  Full Story
New privacy battle looms after moves by Apple, Google
A new battle is brewing over privacy for mobile devices, after moves by Google and Apple to toughen the encryption of their mobile devices sparked complaints from law enforcementA new battle is brewing over privacy for mobile devices, after moves by Google and Apple to toughen the encryption of their mobile devices sparked complaints from law enforcement.The issue is part of a long-running debate over whether tech gadgets should have privacy-protecting encryption which makes it difficult for law enforcement to access in ti...  Full Story
US Ebola case is first diagnosed outside Africa
The United States has diagnosed its first case of Ebola in a man who was infected in Liberia and traveled to Texas, US health officials said, pledging to contain the virus that has killed more than 3,000.The man is also the first to be diagnosed outside Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, cautioning that since he was not si...  Full Story
White House breach 'unacceptable': Secret Service chief
A US Secret Service officer patrols in front of the White House in Washington on September 28, 2014The head of the US Secret Service pledged to revamp her elite agency Tuesday as she was subjected to withering criticism from angry lawmakers outraged over White House security breaches.Julia Pierson's grilling before a House of Representatives panel came as a federal grand jury indicted a US Army veteran over a September 19 incident at the White H...  Full Story
Netflix branches into films with 'Crouching Tiger' sequel
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend" will be the first of several major films backed by Netflix to be released on the same day, August 28, 2015Netflix is branching out into the world of movies with a sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" that will premiere simultaneously on the online streaming service and in selected theaters next year."Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend" will be the first of several major films backed by Netflix to be released on the same day, August ...  Full Story
US stocks drop on disappointing economic data
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on September 29, 2014 in New York CityWall Street stocks Tuesday finished lower following disappointing economic data, including a big drop in US consumer confidence.On the final day of the third quarter, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,042.90, down 28.21 points (0.17 percent).The broad-based S&P 500 fell 5.51 (0.28 percent) to 1,972.29, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Com...  Full Story
California becomes first US state to ban plastic bags
Plastic grocery bags are seen in the back of a car on November 17, 2010 in La Crescenta, CaliforniaCalifornia became the first US state Tuesday to ban single-use plastic bags, as Governor Jerry Brown signed the measure into law.Under the legislation, single-use bags will disappear from grocery stores and pharmacies from July 1, 2015, and then from convenience and liquor stores from July 1, 2016.Lawmakers passed the bill earlier this month, and B...  Full Story
Microsoft gives peek at coming Windows 10 software
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at a conference on July 16, 2014Microsoft on Tuesday offered its first glimpse of its Windows 10 software that it hopes delivers a winning formula for powering tablets and smartphones, along with laptops and desktop computers.The US software colossus focused on its core business market while unveiling an "early technical preview" of next-generation Windows software slated for rel...  Full Story
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