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In a testing procedure, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle taxis on the flightline March 30, 2010, at the Astrotech facility in Titusville, FLa. (US Air Force)

Air Force Launches Mystery Space Plane Into Orbit

This is the fourth X-37B mission for the military research program, which is shrouded in secrecy.

05/20/2015

A rendering of the Mercedes-Benz F 015. (Photo credit: Mercedes-Benz)

Why Driverless Cars Both Excite & Terrify Automotive Futurists

Technology analysts who monitor Silicon Valley for a living have a bit of advice: fasten your seat belts. Driverless cars are coming your way. They’re ahead of schedule – -and may soon be for sale.

05/20/2015

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Survey Finds Growing Number Of Drivers Snap Selfies, Video Chat While Driving

Nearly four in 10 use social media, nearly 20 percent snap photos and some even video chat on their smartphones while driving, according to a study commissioned by AT&T. The wireless company described the findings as “unsettling.”

05/19/2015

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Google ‘s Eric Schmidt Backs Uber-Style Helicopter Service For Elite

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has joined a group of executives backing an Uber-style mobile app for the luxury chopper crowd, called Blade. The startup was launched a year ago to get New Yorkers to the Hamptons in a matter of minutes.

05/19/2015

A screenshot of the YouTube Kids app download page. (CBS)

Google Taking More Heat From Consumer Groups Over YouTube Kids App

Google is taking more heat from consumer groups over its new YouTube Kids’ app who claim the content intended for toddlers is full of disturbing videos meant for mature audiences.

05/19/2015

Young Happy Man Sticking Out Tongue (Thinkstock)

Beer Tasting Electronic ‘Tongue’ Gives Computer Discerning Palette For Good Brews

Computerized “tongue” can taste differences in beer, with incredible accuracy, leading to better quality beer.

05/19/2015

Alix Tichelman appears in a Santa Cruz court, July 9, 2014. (CBS)

Woman Dubbed ‘Call Girl Killer’ Gets 6 Years In Jail For Google Exec’s Death

The woman accused of injecting Google executive Forrest Timothy Hayes with a fatal dose of heroin and leaving him to die, was sentenced to 6 years in prison Tuesday.

05/19/2015

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SFMTA Pushing For Speed Cameras In San Francisco To Improve Pedestrian Safety

The SFMTA is drafting a proposal that would allow the agency to install the cameras near schools and other areas where pedestrian safety is an issue.

05/18/2015

An airplane lands at nightfall. (CBS)

FBI Says Computer Expert Claimed To Hack Into Planes, Commandeer Jet Engine

A computer expert who allegedly hacked into the in-flight systems of airplanes to expose security flaws could face prosecution. The FBI claims he also hacked into a jet and commandeered a flight.

05/18/2015

A vacation rental in Sonoma County. (CBS)

Rowdy Vacation Renters Cause Headache For Guerneville Residents

Quaint towns in the Wine Country and along the Russian River are seeing a flood of weekend vacationers. And that’s leading to headaches.

05/18/2015