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VMI Engineers Develop Robot Tick Killer

By Jacob Demmitt LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) – After studying tick infestations for 20 years, Holly Gaff scoffed at the idea of using robots to kill the blood-sucking, disease-causing pests. But that was before she got her hands on one. Gaff recently finished the first round of experiments on technology developed by a team of Virginia [...]

Is Big Data Turning Government Into ‘Big Brother’?

By Michael Liedtke SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) – With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials. The revelations that the National Security Agency is perusing millions of U.S. customer phone records [...]

Google’s Products Dig Deeper Into People’s Lives

By Michael Liedtke SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) – For Google CEO Larry Page, happiness is a warm computer. “Technology should do the hard work so people can get on doing the things that make them happiest in life,” Page told a crowd of 6,000 software developers and entrepreneurs who flocked to San Francisco for the [...]

Facebook Tweaks Android Phones To Build New ‘Home’

By Michael Liedtke and Barbara Ortutay MENLO PARK, California (AP) – With its new “Home” on Android gadgets, Facebook is trying to prove that a company doesn’t have to make a smartphone or operating system to define how people interact with mobile technology. The audacious move will provide further insights into how pervasive Facebook has [...]

In Death, Facebook Photos Could Fade Away Forever

By Lauren Gambino BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) – A grieving Oregon mother who battled Facebook for full access to her deceased son’s account has been pushing for years for something that would prevent others from losing photos, messages and other memories – as she did. “Everybody’s going to face this kind of a situation at some [...]