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For Virtual Reality Pioneers, No Rush to Succeed in 2016

PERSONAL TECH | 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.

Court: Facebook Can Be Sued in France in Nude Painting Case

PERSONAL TECH | By Philippe Sotto | Feb 13
Facebook lost a crucial legal battle Friday as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting.

Congress Gives Final OK to Banning Local Internet Taxes

PERSONAL TECH | 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.

Obama Seeks Cybersecurity Boost to Replace 'Ancient' Tech

PERSONAL 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.

Agencies Contend Facebook is Breaching French Privacy Laws

PERSONAL TECH | By Philippe Sotto | Feb 11
Two agencies contend Facebook is breaching privacy laws in France by tracking and using the personal data of more than 30 million users, as well as non-users who are browsing the Internet.

Obama Administration Plans New High-Level Cyber Official

PERSONAL TECH | By Tami Abdollah | Feb 11
The Obama administration is creating a new high-level federal official to coordinate cybersecurity across civilian agencies and to work with military and intelligence counterparts.

Roach-Like Robots May Help in Disasters

SCIENCE | By Seth Borenstein | Feb 10
When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a robotic cockroach.

Driven by Power Outages and Savings, Towns Look to Microgrid

PERSONAL TECH | By George M. Walsh | Feb 10
An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step by pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid.

Insider Q&A: Competing with Cable's Internet Offerings

PERSONAL TECH | By Tali Abel | Feb 9
Chet Kanojia, the founder of startup TV service Aereo, has a new offering that could shake up the cable industry again. His new Internet service, Starry, would compete with cable companies in big cities.

Kik Messenger App Scrutinized Following 13-Year-Old's Death

PERSONAL TECH | By Ron Harris | Feb 8
Kik Messenger, a smartphone app popular among younger teens, is on the defensive following the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl in Virginia who told friends she was using Kik to connect with an 18-year-old man.

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