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There’s order in the chaos of presidential primaries, but is there wisdom?

On Thursday, a Parliamentary hearing about a deal struck by Google and Britain's tax authority to repay a decade's worth of back taxes turned into a skewering of Google executives. While debates on tech firms tax practices has been long-running in the US, they appear to have bubbled over in Europe.

Facebook board director Marc Andreessen apologized for his pro-colonial tweets Wednesday, but critics remain skeptical of Facebook's intentions in India's developing online market. 

After five decades of accurately predicting that processor speeds would double every two years, Moore's Law is slowing down. But just because microchip speeds are leveling out doesn't mean technology will stop improving.

Consider a cleanup of your online accounts – reviewing your Facebook account's privacy settings, seeing who receives the updates you share, and deleting apps you may have installed years ago but no longer use.

Amid pressure from Europe's internet privacy regulators, Google will begin removing search links from all of its domains accessed in European countries based on individuals' requests in an effort to scrub 'inadequate, irrelevant ... or excessive' results.

New research delves into the possibilities of drones being used in search and rescue. While some may have concerns the technology will be put to questionable uses, it could also represent a boon for rescue teams.

Two representatives introduced a bill Wednesday to stop states from creating a patchwork of bans on encrypted devices, a sign that the House of Representatives is interested in legislation that protects consumer privacy. 

On Wednesday, the social network announced the change, which essentially expands the existing "while you were away" feature in a bid to capture more users, woo advertisers, and hopefully improve its finances.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ruled this week that a car's driver need not be human. The ruling conflicts with state requirements that all cars have steering wheels and pedals, in case a human needs to take over control of a car.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given Google its first critical go-ahead to continue developing autonomous vehicles. 

The social network unveiled a new Trust & Safety Council composed of 40 charity groups, researchers, and online privacy advocates in an additional effort to crack down on harassment faced by its users.

Amazon's Lumberyard engine streamlines the process of video game creation and ties in with Twitch and Amazon's cloud services. Lumberyard is meant to appeal to indie developers, but could catch on with larger studios as well.

As part of a proposal by Republican lawmakers to turn over air traffic control systems to a non-profit corporation, as Canada has done, Congress is considering a permanent ban on in-flight calls, a policy that now varies by airline.

India's regulatory authorities clamped down on Facebook, as France's data privacy agency claimed the company's data-tracking practices breach French privacy law, in a sign governments will pressure profit-making companies to keep the Internet free.

Government policies shouldn't shy away from investments in technological innovation, new equipment, labor skills, and infrastructure in order to increase productivity.

Time Warner, which is in talks to invest in Hulu, told the streaming media service it wants to cut back access to new shows such as 'Supergirl' and 'The Flash.' TV companies worry that streaming access could encourage more people to cut back or drop cable service.

The social media giant has touted the service for its humanitarian benefits, saying it provided affordable Internet to users around the world. On Monday, India's telecom regulator shot it down.

The Malware Museum shows us the colorful, obnoxious, insulting computer viruses of yesteryear – and reminds us how much malware has changed since the 1980s.

Rumors that Twitter will implement a Facebook-style algorithm to curate users' feeds has raised concerns that the site could lose its distinctiveness as a real-time social platform. 

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