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Grin or grimace? Aerial images being used to enforce laws

b>RIVERHEAD (New York)/b>: On New York's Long Island, it's used to prevent drownings. In Greece, it's a tool to help solve a financial crisis. Municipalities update property assessment rolls and other government data with it. Some in law enforcement use it to supplement reconnaissance of crime suspects.


Teleprompter inventor dies

b>HARTFORD (Connecticut)/b>: Hubert 'Hub' Schlafly, a key member of the team that invented the teleprompter and rescued decades' worth of soap opera actors, newscasters and politicians from the embarrassment of stumbling over their words on live television, has died. He was 91.


Shopping or browsing on Main St? India’s Big Data firms know

Shoppers in US department stores may be watched, and not because they might be shoplifters.


With selfies, the world turns the camera on itself

Stuck on a ledge halfway up a 3,000ft (1,000m) cliff in Oman, his climbing rope sliced in two by sharp rocks, Jimmy Chin did what anyone else would have done in his predicament. He took a selfie.


If you want to fake it, don't do it around this computer

In the ever-expanding contest between artificial intelligence and the ordinary human mind, you can chalk up another one for the computer.


Pomp and decorum: US colleges say no to graduation 'selfies'

Ellen DeGeneres snapped "selfies" at the Oscars and President Barack Obama posed for one at Nelson Mandela's funeral, but some US colleges have asked students to keep their cellphones tucked away during graduation season this month when they walk on stage for their diplomas.


Teen arrested for threatening cops on Twitter

A Texas teenager on suspicion of posting a photo on social media showing an air rifle that was accompanied by text that police saw as a threat of violence against Fort Worth officers, police said.


Supreme Court upholds free speech on the Internet

The Supreme Court struck down a law that gave authorities powers to jail people for offensive online posts, a verdict hailed as a victory for free speech in the world's largest growth market for the Internet.


Nintendo CEO who broadened videogame appeal dies of cancer

Nintendo Co Ltd chief executive Satoru Iwata died of cancer on July 11, months after he led the Japanese videogame maker's belated entry into mobile gaming following years of declining sales. He was 55.


Russia probes ‘selfie with dead’ online community

Russia is investigating an online community that urges members to post selfies with dead people and even offers cash prizes for the best shot, police told AFP.