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Operators at a Bell System telephone switchboard, as photographed by the Department of Labor Women's Bureau. U.S. National Archives hide caption

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Long Before Net Neutrality, Rules Leveled The Landscape For Phone Services

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A staff member from DJI Technology Co. demonstrates a drone in Shenzhen, in southern China's Guangdong province. A new website lets people request that drones stay away from their property. Kin Cheung/AP hide caption

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Now You Can Sign Up To Keep Drones Away From Your Property

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Facebook Offers New Options For Digital Life After Death

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In a project called "Natural Frequencies," the bells in the Campanile on the University of California, Berkeley campus were recently programmed to play a score composed in real time by the seismic shifts taking place along the Hayward fault. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Shake, Rattle And Toll: Berkeley's Bells Play Sounds Of Earth

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FCC Proposal Would Regulate Internet Like A Public Utility

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Zarine Khan (right) and Shafi Khan, parents of Mohammed Hamzah Khan, speak to reporters in Chicago Oct. 9 after a federal hearing for their 19-year-old son, accused of trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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Pro-ISIS Messages Create Dilemma For Social Media Companies

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Barbara Beskind, 90, is a designer at IDEO who works with engineers on products that improve the quality of life for older people. Nicolas Zurcher/Courtesy of IDEO hide caption

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At 90, She's Designing Tech For Aging Boomers

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With Downloads In Decline, Can iTunes Adapt?

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Ride-hailing services like Uber have changed ground transportation for both passengers and drivers. As Uber rapidly grows, it becomes more difficult for its drivers to keep up with the hustle. David Ramos/Getty Images hide caption

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Hustle Behind The Wheel: What It's Like To Be An Uber Driver

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Interactive touch screens at the newly redesigned Cooper Hewitt museum let visitors sort through the catalog and create their own designs. Cooper Hewitt hide caption

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Please Touch! Cooper Hewitt Creates A Museum For The Internet Age

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Inventor Ralph Baer Was An American Success Story

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While viral videos are a common feature of modern Internet life, recently a few audio clips, including sounds from a comet, have become popular. Underwood & Underwood/Corbis hide caption

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Did You Hear? Going Viral No Longer Just For Videos, Memes

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David Lowery, of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, says he's wary of the way Pandora pays for music. Cooper Neill/Getty Images hide caption

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Pandora's New Deal: Different Pay, Different Play

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Uber Executive Lashes Out At Journalists After Negative Publicity

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Rebecca Watson says she has been disappointed by the police response to online threats against her. Adam Isaak hide caption

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Victims Of Online Threats Say Perpetrators Aren't Being Caught

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