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Drones, Phones and Mind Maps Make MIT List of Technology Breakthroughs


iStock/360/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Cool ideas to power the future: Drones for farmers, brain mapping for neuroscientists and super-private smartphones are among the 10 breakthrough technologies highlighted in the new annual list by MIT Technology Review.T

Online 'Dating' Site for Dogs or Cats


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s like online dating -- except for people seeking dogs or cats or chinchillas or whatever else may be the perfect pet for them.“It’s exactly like using Match.com,” says Darrell Lerner, who ought to

Employment Outlook Brighter for College Grads


Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s good to be a college graduate. Or, at the very least, it’s better than it was last year.An update of the National Association of Colleges and Employers' job outlook finds that employers will hire 8.6

Hotel Industry Fighting Back Against Airbnb


Chris Weeks/Getty Images for Airbnb(NEW YORK) -- With hotel prices soaring nearly 20 percent in the last four years, websites such as Airbnb.com that offer short-term rentals, typically at a fraction of the price of hotels, are booming.For homeowners like

Bill Ackman's Secret Deal for Herbalife Whistleblower


Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Rubenstein Communications(NEW YORK) -- In his year-long campaign against the embattled Herbalife company, Wall Street hedge fund manager Bill Ackman secretly promised a disgruntled former company executive as much as $3.6

Assessing the Damage from the Heartbleed Bug


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Internet didn’t stay broken-hearted from the Heartbleed bug for long.Heartbleed, which even has its own logo, helped raise awareness about online security, and as a result, it appears many sites have now patched se

Stocks Climb as S&P 500 Rises for Sixth Straight Session


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street trading climbed higher Tuesday, getting a boost from pharmaceutical companies. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 65 points at 16,514.37. The Nasdaq Composite gained nearly 40 points at 4,161.46, and the

Hotel Prices Up 250% for Kentucky Derby Weekend


Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Big hats, big race and even bigger hotel prices. That's according to Trivago.com, a travel website that's tracking prices at Lexington, Ky., hotels over Kentucky Derby weekend.Those prices are tracking high -- an average of $423

Mark Cuban on the Top Reason Entrepreneurs Fail


ABC/Bob D'Amico(NEW YORK) -- Despite all his successes as an entrepreneur and investor -- owning the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Magnolia Pictures, cable television’s AXS TV and Landmark Theaters -- billionaire Mark Cuban said the lessons from

Most Companies Can't Keep Up with Cybercrime 'Bad Guys'


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- “The bad guys are winning.” That’s a major conclusion in Verizon’s annual data breach report, which looked at cyber break-ins from dozens of firms and analyzed tens of thousands of security incidents.

Limited Supply Responsible for Drop in March Home Sales


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Home sales fell in March to the lowest level since 2012 thanks to a limited supply of homes and relatively higher prices, according to the National Association of Realtors. In a positive sign, first time home buyers mad

Apple 'Burns' Rival Samsung in Earth Day Ad


Apple(NEW YORK) -- Talk about a (solar) burn.Apple took a thinly veiled dig at rival Samsung in an Earth Day advertisement.The full-page ad features Apple’s solar farm and the message: “There are some ideas we want every company to copy.&rdquo

Aereo Case at the Supreme Court: What's at Stake?


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court hears a case Tuesday pitting every major broadcasting company against a start-up technology company -- Aereo Inc. -- that allows subscribers to record and watch live TV broadcast programs over the Interne

Gas Prices Still Rising Across the US


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Gas prices are up again across the country, according to new numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.Nationwide, fuel prices are up about 3 cents in the past week to $3.68 a gallon. Drivers in Los Angeles are paying the mo

Lyft Ride-Share Drivers Bring Whimsy to Car Service Apps


Israel Castillo(SAN DIEGO) -- With the proliferation of transportation apps including Uber and Lyft, it's not enough these days to provide quick and polite service. That's why there are drivers like Amanda Schrader.If you are a fan of the Harry Potter boo

Men Still Mad About Their Secretaries


moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Perhaps corporate America is still stuck in a Mad Men world as President Obama has suggested when recently discussing the income disparity between males and females.The website SeekingArrangement.com, which bills itself a

Survey Estimates 4.5 Million Smartphones Lost or Stolen in 2013


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Americans are really losing it…their smartphones, that is.Consumer Reports questioned 3,100 adults for its annual State of the Net Survey and calculated that 1.4 million smartphones were misplaced in 2013 while a whop

Netflix To Raise New Customer Subscription Rates


Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Video streaming service Netflix plans to increase its subscription rates for new customers, the company announced Monday. Prices for new users would be bumped up by one or two dollars later this quarter, dependin

Reports: Ford To Name Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields Its Next CEO


Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Automaker Ford is set to name Mark Fields as its next chief executive officer, according to reports. Fields, the company's current chief operating officer, will take over the position after CEO Alan Mulally retires,

Apple CEO Tim Cook Reveals Company Vision in New Video


Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Apple released a new ad Monday, highlighting a focus on the environment and the conservation of resources. The video, shot on location at Apple facilities, leads the company website's homepage and hints

Stocks Close Higher After Holiday Weekend


John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street stocks closed on a high note Monday follow the holiday weekend, with a boost from a promising economic survey. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 41 points at 16,449.25. The Nasdaq Composite ended the

More Households Ditching Cable, Satellite TV


gielmichal/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- More people are cutting the cord. The ranks of Americans who no longer get cable or satellite TV have increased 44 percent in the past four years to 7.6 million households, according to a new report by Experian Marketing

OtterBox Cuts US Government $4.3M Check to Settle Lawsuit


zimmytws/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- OtterBox, a company that makes popular protective cases for cellphones and tablets, is writing a big check to the U.S. government. The Fort Collins, Colo.-based company has agreed to pay a $4.3 million fine "to resolve all

Nintendo's Game Boy Turns 25


kaarsten/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Monday marks a major milestone for Nintendo's Game Boy. The popular hand-held gaming console was first introduced in Japan 25 years ago, on April 21, 1989. Back then, the device had four colors of gray, 8-

Supreme Court to Decide If POM Can Sue Coke over Labeling


trekandshoot/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- One juice maker is trying to put the squeeze on another before the U.S. Supreme Court.Minute Maid Pomegranate Blueberry looks purple and has a picture of a pomegranate on the side. But, it turns out, it contains just

General Mills Changes Fine Print to Allow Lawsuits Again


Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If something goes wrong with your Cheerios, you once again have the right to sue the company that made them.General Mills over the weekend decided to undo a change in its legal fine print that would've meant givin

Where Will Recalled Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs Go?


tacar/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners recalled by Kraft may have a fighting chance of making it to the grill after all.“When we issue a recall, we always put safety first,” Joyce Hodel of Kraft Corporate Affair

Tech Jobs Up 15% in Metro Detroit


RainerPlendl/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- "Smart cars" with computers controlling everything from your radio to your parking job are the new normal in the automotive industry, and experts say that's bringing more IT sector jobs to automotive centers like Detroi

Major Airlines Beginning to See Shortage of Workers


iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- The nation's short-haul airlines are staring down the barrel of a worker shortage in the next few years.  Over the next eight years, the parent companies of the big four regional airlines -- American, United, Delta and So

Obamacare Users Urged to Change Passwords After Heartbleed Virus


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The heartbleed virus has government officials concerned enough to ask Obamacare users to change their passwords.Administration officials say it's just a precaution and there is no indication that the healthcare.gov site ha