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NY Times Technology

Bits Blog: Zynga Founder Leaves Daily Role at Struggling Game Maker


Mark Pincus, the founder of Zynga, is leaving the once-hot social gaming company as its new leader seeks to turn around the company.






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Bits Blog: Some Setbacks for the Sharing Economy


San Francisco sued two landlords who allegedly evicted tenants to cater to tourists; New York State is investigating Uber for price-gouging during storms.






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State of the Art: App-Controlled Hearing Aid Improves Even Normal Hearing


As they work more closely with our mobile computers, devices that once simply fixed whatever ailed us will begin to do much more.






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Gadgetwise: Cellphone Cases to Prepare You for Anything, Even a Flat Tire


These cases can add speakers, encryption, a hard drive and even a bike repair kit.






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MSN Science & Technology

The FCC's new 'net neutrality' proposal

The Wall Street Journal reports the FCC will propose new rules on Thursday that will " allow broadband providers to give some traffic preferential treatment." Reuters reports the FCC will vote on the new rules on May 15. Launch >>
 

Drop in population of Gulf of Maine baby lobsters puzzles scientists

BOWDOINHAM, Maine (Reuters) - The number of baby lobsters in the Gulf of Maine has dropped by half since 2007, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists as the population of adult lobsters remains near a record high, contributing to robust catches. Launch >>
 

Scientists monitor huge iceberg in Antarctica

WASHINGTON - Scientists are monitoring an iceberg roughly six times the size of Manhattan - one of the largest now in existence - that broke off from an Antarctic glacier and is heading into the open ocean. Launch >>
 

Soviet space capsule up for sale in Belgium

German firm Lempertz unveiled plans for what it says is the first auction of a Soviet-era space capsule dating back to the 1970s in Europe, with the capsule expecting to fetch up to 1.4 million euros on May 7. Launch >>
 

US astronauts step out on spacewalk for repairs

Two US astronauts stepped out on a brief spacewalk Wednesday to install a backup computer at the International Space Station after one failed earlier this month. Launch >>
 

Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists. Launch >>
 

Microsoft expands ad-free Bing search for schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program, launched in a pilot program earlier this year, is now available to all U.S. schools, public or private, from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Launch >>
 

How going to space can mess with the astronaut brain

A new study finds that deep-space travel could warp reaction time. Launch >>
 

Journey through quail embryo wins video prize

Sequential images of a ten day old quail embryo have won Portuguese biologist, Gabriel G. Martins first prize in this year's Nikon Small World in Motion Photomicrography Competition. The entry was one of hundreds submitted for the contest, which aims to highlight the latest techniques of scientific imaging. Launch >>