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The U.S. Senate today approved the reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Besides obviously making sure that the FAA has the necessary money to operate, the bill also includes a provision that requires the FAA to open U.S. airspace to unmanned commercial drone flights by September 2015 and to offer a plan for how to integrate drone...

Google just announced some welcome new features for Google Docs. Maybe the most important of these updates is Google Doc's new-found ability to apply changes to a document's style and formatting across the document with just a few clicks. This means that if you want to change how subtitles look, for example, you don't have to go through the...

This definitely took a while, but Google just launched Chrome for Android. Don't get too excited about this yet, though, as it is only compatible with Android 4.0 and it's not clear if Google has any intention of releasing it for earlier versions of Chrome as well, but given that Google is likely making use of the hardware acceleration...

SocialFlow, which analyzes your Twitter and Facebook stream and followers to help you get the maximum exposure for your status updates, came out of beta today. After a bit more than a year of slowly adding accounts, anybody can now sign up for the service, though this definitely not a tool for regular users. The company's pricing plans start at...

Amazon today announced that it is dropping the price of its Simple Storage Service (S3) for storing data in the cloud. On average, S3 users can expect savings somewhere between 12% and 13.5%, depending on how much data they store in the cloud. While Amazon only announced the price drop today, the new pricing actually went into effect on February...

Love it or hate it, but Adobe's Flash plugin is likely one of the world's most widely distributed pieces of software. Given its popularity, it doesn't come as a surprise that Flash is also popular with hackers, who do their best to exploit flaws in it. Chrome and Internet Explorer 7+ users can already rest assured that hackers can't...

Wahooly, the startup that wants to give users a piece of equity in other startups by having them provide feedback to them, was supposed to come out of its private alpha test last week and launch its wider beta. Launch it did, but sadly, the launch went so badly, with new users being unable to sign in, for example,...

Google+ may be mired in a bit of controversy, but the team behind Google's social network keeps adding new features on an almost daily basis. What's really missing in the world of Google+ right now, though, is better support for developers and third-party apps that can't just read data from your account but also write to it. Today, Google...

Google today announced that it is about to start the actual building phase of its experimental ultra high-speed network in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. For now, Google will focus on building the backbone of the network and once that's ready, it will start wiring homes across the two cities and connect them to the Internet. Google's...

Just a few days after the official launch of Firefox 10, Mozilla today also announced the latest Firefox beta for version 11 of the groups' popular browser. Most of the new features in this beta are geared toward developers, including a 3D debugging tool and a new style editor. For regular users, this beta features add-on sync, which lets...

In January, Google launched its Search Plus your World initiative and the jury is still out whether this was a useful change to its search experience or not. At the same time, though, Google also quietly made a number of other changes to its search product that it didn't discuss publicly until today. Among these are an effort to...

When Apple released iBooks Author, its new eBook authoring software, last month, most pundits and users loved the software but didn't love the end-user license agreement. The EULA, depending on how you interpreted it, seemed to say that Apple would own the exclusive rights to your content once you sold your newly designed eBook in the iBookstore. Now, Apple...

Unicode's mission is to enable people around the world to use computers in their language by creating a standard for encoding the characters of all writing systems in the world. Judging from the latest data from Google, Unicode is clearly on its way to fulfill this mission. According to Google, about 60% of the web's content is now encoded...

Google's reactions: Nothing is really changing. And why is this a problem now? We briefed you weeks ago. Google announced its new, unified privacy policy last month. The new policy is scheduled to go into effect on March 1. Now, however, the European Union's Article 29 Working Party, which represents data protection agencies from the EU's member countries, has asked...

Google's Chrome browser had its worst month on record in January, thanks to being demoted in Google's own search results for breaking Google's own online marketing rules. Today, the Chrome team has something to celebrate, though: Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, or BSI) just announced that it is recommending Chrome as...