World Health Organization chief says latest ebola outbreak is moving too fast to control

In a speech to three countries hit hard by an ebola outbreak, the director of the World Health Organization today said that efforts to halt the spread of the deadly virus have not been good enough"This is an unprecedented outbreak accompanied by unprecedented challenges. And these challenges...

"If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives." Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-general of the World Health Organization

Microsoft takes Samsung to court over Android royalties

Microsoft wants a judge to decide whether its recent Nokia acquisition should allow Samsung to stop handing over royalties on Android devices. Since 2011, Samsung has been paying out per-device royalties to Microsoft for every Android product it sells. Microsoft has struck similar deals with many Android OEMs, and it's been a lucrative endeavor. But apparently late last year, the dominant Android manufacturer decided it was tired of paying on time, or paying interest when a late payment was finally made.

"Even partners sometimes disagree." Microsoft

Apple's $450 million ebooks antitrust settlement approved by judge

Apple's $450 million ebooks case settlement received preliminary approval from US District Judge Denise Cote today, though the ultimate sum distributed to consumers will hinge on the outcome of Apple's appeal. If the original verdict is upheld, $400 million will go to consumers that were "harmed" by the price-fixing scheme between Apple and book publishers, with $50 million directed to...

It all comes down to the appeal

Google is reportedly separating its photos service from Google+

The Google+ photo organization and editing tools are probably the most useful part of Google's oft-critizied social network, and now it sounds like they'll soon be spun off into their own standalone product. According to Bloomberg, Google is planning to make the existing Google+ photo features into an independent product that'll be accessible even to users who don't have a Google+ account. It's...


PlayStation Now is a glimpse at the future of gaming — for a price

"Honey, can you turn off Netflix? I'm trying to play Twisted Metal."

In my life, I never thought I'd utter those words. But that's the future, according to PlayStation Now — that's the name for Sony's streaming games service that launched this week in open beta on PlayStation 4. The "Netflix for games" truly is the future of gaming — but that future comes with a whole new vocabulary of gripes and concerns, all of which will be familiar to anyone who uses Netflix.

PlayStation Now is a cloud gaming service that lets you rent games by the hour, day, week, or month. There is no processing...

One of Google's two mystery barges is being dismantled and sold for scrap

So much for Google's barge project, it seems. One of the only two multi-level barges owned by Google has been sold by the company, and the rest is headed off to a scrapyard, reports The Portland Press Herald. Earlier this week, Google quietly sold off the barge that was holding up the mysterious four story structure. The floating vessel had been harbored in Maine since last October, with Google planning to eventually use it as "an interactive space where people can learn about new technology." A counterpart on the West Coast was originally docked in San Francisco bay, though was moved inland back in February.

Flappy Bird is back, but only on Amazon's Fire TV

After several months flying under the radar, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen is back with his latest game: Flappy Birds Family. The game is, however, only available to download on Amazon's Android App Store, and only works with Amazon's Fire TV set-top box. In our tests, we couldn't install the game on an Android phone. Otherwise, the new game is much like the old one, but includes local multiplayer and more obstacles.

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Three maps that show Tesla's plan to blanket the world in superchargers

There are 121,446 gas stations in the United States (as of 2012). Together they employ nearly a million people and do almost $250 billion in annual sales. But they can all trace their origins back to one, in Missouri, built in 1905 with a gardening hose. What began as a side business for a handful of pharmacies became a massive industry because Henry Ford's Model T quickly became so popular that there was suddenly stable demand for everything from gas stations to mechanics.

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San Francisco Airport testing beacon system for blind travelers

San Francisco Airport is testing out location-aware beacons to help visually-impaired people navigate around one of its newest terminals, a program it could roll out to the rest of the airport if successful. An early version of the system was...

Hulu now lets you watch free TV shows and movies on Android

Hulu is finally starting to let viewers watch TV shows on their phones and tablets without paying for a subscription. Beginning on Android today, just about everything that you can currently watch for free on Hulu's website can now be watched for free on mobile devices. Hulu says that there are some exceptions to what you can watch, but it doesn't say what those are and makes it sound as though it isn't much. The changes come alongside an update to its Android app, which is now available in...

US attorney general encourages feds to carry heroin overdose antidote

US Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for federal law enforcement agencies to train and provide their personnel with naloxone, a drug that can help reverse deadly heroin overdoses. Ideally, Holder wants to see the drug made available to anyone "who may interact with a victim of a heroin overdose" so they'll be ready to use naloxone in situations where it's warranted. Obviously that will include emergency medical personnel, though it's reasonable to assume FBI agents who regularly deal...

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