A proposed law might determine what happens to our online accounts when we die. But the tech industry warns the measure could threaten the privacy of the deceased.
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July 25, 2014

A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We’re Gone

Ancient peoples sent their dead to the grave with their prized possessions — precious stones, gilded weapons and terracotta armies. But unlike these treasures, our digital property won't get buried with us. Our archived Facebook messages, old email chains and even Tinder exchanges will hover untouched in the online cloud when we die.


An employee looks at a Russian foreign passport at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
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July 24, 2014

U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing

The U.S. State Department's global database for processing visas and passports is experiencing problems that could cause delays for millions of people around the world who are awaiting travel documents.


Screenshot of video posted by trucker Brian Miner
(Brian Miner, You Tube video)
July 23, 2014

Trucker Asks: Are Police Above The Law?

It has been just over half a year since Illinois made it illegal to talk on your phone while driving without the use of a hands-free device. The law also makes an exemption for law enforcement. A recent YouTube sensation that raises the question: should police get special treatment?


Federal Communications Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler.
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July 16, 2014

FCC Extending Net Neutrality Commenting Time After Site Buckles

A flood of comments about net neutrality crashed the Federal Communications Commission's commenting site on Tuesday, the original deadline for public comments on the controversial Internet proposal. But the tech problems are buying those who want to weigh in some extra time — the deadline for public commenting is now Friday at midnight.


Aereo on an IPhone
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June 25, 2014

Aereo’s TV Streaming Service Is Illegal, Supreme Court Says

Aereo, the company that lets subscribers watch TV stations' video that it routes onto the Internet, violates U.S. copyright law, the Supreme Court has ruled. The court's 6-3 decision reverses a lower court ruling on what has been a hotly contested issue.


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