FBI offers $10K bounty for pointing laser at aircraft

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The FBI will pay $10,000 for information that helps catch individuals that intentionally point lasers at aircraft, as the number of reported cases of “lasing” continues to rise.

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Flappy Bird is dead. Now the gold rush is on

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Now that Flappy Bird, a wildly popular smartphone game, has been pulled from the iOS and Android app stores, copycats and people on eBay are trying to profit from its absence.

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Reddit, Tumblr and More Protest NSA With ‘Day We Fight Back’

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On Tuesday, a little more than two years after the “blackout” in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Internet freedom activists are officially “planning a day of protest against mass surveillance” aimed at the National Security Agency.

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Too Popular: ‘Flappy Bird’ Creator Removes App from Stores

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Will success spoil Flappy Bird?

Yes, apparently.

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Meet the Mega Cops: High-Tech Crime Gear Transforms Police Work

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Our images of law enforcement in America come largely from popular culture: A burly New York City cop pausing on his beat to berate “juvenile delinquents” at the point of his billy club; LAPD officers accelerating “code 4” in a black-and-white through sun-soaked Hollywood; a lawman of the old West, standing on main drag and ordering criminals to “get the hell out of Dodge.”

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New Bionic Hand Restores Sense of Touch

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A new bionic hand has for the first time helped a man feel the objects he is holding and tell how big they are and whether they’re hard or soft.

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30 years ago on TODAY: Apple shows off original Macintosh computer

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Today marks 30 years since Steve Jobs introduced the original Macintosh computer. Bryant Gumbel announced the news on TODAY and got an explanation on why we call it a “mouse”. 

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Pope Francis explains why the Internet is a ‘gift from God’

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This pope has wasted no time in embracing the Internet.  

A week after Jorge Mario Bergoglio was declared pope in a puff of white smoke in March, he sent out his first tweet as Pope Francis, which was retweeted 36,457 times. His account, @Pontifex, now has more than 3.5 million followers.

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Texters can’t walk in a straight line, study shows

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Introducing a new rule: While you walk, put the phone away. A new study shows that walking while mindlessly tap-tap-tapping away on your phone actually changes your gait, causing you to move more slowly (which annoys everyone around you). 

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One year after his death, Aaron Swartz remains a symbol for Internet activists

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Two years ago, the Internet went on strike. Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, Tumblr and others staged virtual protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a law activists claimed would restrict freedom of speech online.

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High-tech brain drain: How ‘smart’ devices are frying our minds

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The future of personal tech looks more and more like a “Jetsons” fantasy, but our brains may not be equipped to handle looming gadget overload, experts say.

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Forget 4K TVs: Most Americans still own a VCR

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Everyone is drooling over the new 4K TVs capable of showing ultra-high resolution programming which are on display at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

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Snapchat CEO: ‘We thought we had done enough’ to prevent hack

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Just days before Snapchat was hacked for the private account information of millions of users, a security company warned that the popular photo messaging app was vulnerable. Nonetheless, Snapchat’s CEO thought the company had adequately prepared for an attempted breach, he said on TODAY Friday.

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