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Google Now can now use data from apps such as Pandora, The Economist, and eBay to answer users' questions before they even ask them. Google Now doesn't share user data with third-party apps, but it can use your location to predict what information you'll want to see.

Privacy experts pushed Verizon Wireless to suspend its required use of 'supercookies' – automatically regenerating data tracking cookies that create advertising profiles of its customers. 

The Bloodhound car could accelerate to 1,000 m.p.h. in the 'ultimate test drive.' The car is so fast that even the lower-speed test drives could possibly break the current land-speed record.

Telecoms (and even a few private equity firms) aggressively bid for a host of newly released short-range wireless spectrum from the FCC. But the competition is just getting started.

The FCC announces that it will only consider Internet connections with download speeds of 25 megabits per second or faster as high-speed broadband.

Amazon WorkMail will allow office workers to continue using familiar e-mail programs such as Microsoft Outlook, but will encrypt data behind the scenes and limit where it's stored.

A research group at the National University of Singapore announced that it is producing a skin-based electricity generator that would derive energy from muscle movements.

A company in London just opened a pop-up ball pit for adults. Why embracing childlike creativity may be the smartest move in the corporate world.

Solar canopies over parking lots would help reduce energy costs and work toward ending urban island effect. What is preventing this practical application of solar energy from becoming mainstream?

Sony is partnering with streaming music service Spotify to launch PlayStation Music, a service that will allow users to listen to tunes while they game. PlayStation Music will replace Sony's Music Unlimited service, and will launch this spring.

Looking to Twitter for inspiration, Facebook has announced it will be selling ads targeted to people based on what they are talking about in real time during this year's Super Bowl.

After Apple surpassed Wall Street's expectations with iPhone sales in the US and China, the company has no plans to go after its rival, Xiaomi, low cost model.

On Thursday, NASA is expected to launch the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite (SMAP) from California's Vandenberg Air Force base. The satellite will measure the moisture in Earth's dirt, which will help scientists learn more about drought conditions and even predict floods.

Google announced on Tuesday that Atlanta; Nashville; Charlotte, N.C.; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. will be getting Google Fiber service soon. Google Fiber offers gigabit speeds – about 100 times faster than the average broadband connection – to residents and businesses.

It has been discovered that a group of young Cubans created a secret network that connected thousands of computers across Havana despite a Wi-Fi ban of home Internet connections by the government.

On Monday, China and Europe issued a call for proposals for a robotic space mission that CAS and the ESA will develop together.

Even with the buzz surrounding its Windows 10 software and its augmented reality HoloLens goggles, Microsoft saw shares drop 10 percent Tuesday after it reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations but warned that a weak PC market and a strong dollar will curb growth this year.

Facebook quietly launched 'Facebook Lite' for Android this week. Facebook Lite is a stripped-down app that allows users to access Facebook on low-end devices or in areas where mobile data is hard to come by.

Facebook's last significant outage was nearly five years ago.

The company has announced the release of some much-anticipated updates. Could these help improve user growth and get people more engaged in the social network? 

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