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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, accompanied by, from left, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., speaks to the media during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, following a Senate policy luncheon as legislation to end the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities is expected to clear the Senate late Tuesday. But House leaders have warned their Senate counterparts not to proceed with planned changes to a House version. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Congress sends NSA phone-records bill to president

Congress approved sweeping changes Tuesday to surveillance laws enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks, eliminating the National Security Agency's disputed bulk phone-records collection program and replacing it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies' hands. Two days after Congress let the phone-records collection and several ...

In this April 1, 2015 photo. a pin signifies Pinterest's Japan offices on a map at the Pinterest office in San Francisco. Pinterest users will be able to buy items they like using a new type of pin, e-commerce company Shopify said Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Pinterest to unveil 'buyable pins' in next few weeks

Users of Pinterest will soon be able to buy items directly through the company's app using a new type of pin. Pinterest and Canadian e-commerce company Shopify said Tuesday that the "buyable pins" will debut in the next few weeks. Pinterest says buyable items will have a blue pin displaying ...

In this Friday, May 29, 2015 photo, actress Evangeline Lindes role demonstrates a Playmation "repulsor" a wearable forearm attachment that puts kids in the role of Marvel superhero Iron Man, that connects via sensors with a base station called a “power activator,” at left, at the Disney Consumer Products offices in Glendale, Calif. Disney is launching its new Playmation line of toys that combine high-tech wearable gadgets and old-school superhero role-playing to keep kids moving while engrossing them in sub-plots from “The Avengers,” “Star Wars” and “Frozen.” (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

New Disney toys combine high-tech gadgets, old-school play

Disney is launching a line of toys that combines high-tech wearable gadgets and old-school superhero role-playing to keep kids moving while engrossing them in sub-plots from "The Avengers," ''Star Wars" and "Frozen." It's Disney's most ambitious game concept meshing real objects and virtual worlds since August 2013, when the family ...

Wrightspeed CEO Ian Wright displays some of the company's electric-powered trucks on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in San Jose , Calif. Wright helped bring electric cars to market when he co-founded Tesla Motors a decade ago. Now he's targeting  trucks that deliver packages, haul trash and make frequent stops on city streets. His company, Wrightspeed, makes electric powertrains that can be installed on commercial trucks, making them more energy-efficient. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Tesla Motors co-founder wants to electrify commercial trucks

Twelve years ago, Ian Wright and some fellow engineers launched Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley company that has helped jumpstart the market for electric cars. Now, the Tesla co-founder wants to electrify noisy, gas-guzzling trucks that deliver packages, haul garbage and make frequent stops on city streets. His latest venture, ...

Free test-preparation program for revamped SAT goes online

The nonprofit organization behind the SAT college entrance exam has teamed up with a Silicon Valley pioneer in online education to make test preparation materials available for free starting Tuesday, a move aimed at making the college admissions race less stressful and more fair. The College Board gave unprecedented access ...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, Ellen Pao leaves the Civic Center Courthouse during a lunch break in her trial in San Francisco. The woman at the center of a high-profile gender bias lawsuit against an elite Silicon Valley venture capital firm filed an appeal on Monday, June 1, 2015, of a jury verdict against her. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Woman behind Silicon Valley sex bias suit appealing verdict

A woman at the center of a high-profile gender bias lawsuit against an elite Silicon Valley venture capital firm filed an appeal on Monday of a jury verdict against her. Alan Exelrod, an attorney for plaintiff Ellen Pao, filed the two-page notice of appeal in San Francisco Superior Court. There ...

Google still struggling to diversify beyond white, Asian men

Google isn't making much headway diversifying its workforce beyond white and Asian men, even though the Internet company hired women to fill one out of every five of its openings for computer programmers and other high-paying technology jobs last year. The imbalanced picture emerged in a demographic breakdown that Google ...

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., talks with a reporter as he leaves the Capitol following his address to the Senate in Washington, Sunday, May 31, 2015. The Senate was unable to make a deal to extend contested anti-terror provisions and as a result, the post-Sept. 11 programs expired at midnight Sunday.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Either way, no more NSA collection of US phone records

However Congress resolves its impasse over government surveillance, this much is clear: The National Security Agency will ultimately be out of the business of collecting and storing Americans' calling records. Aiming for passage Tuesday afternoon, the Senate on Monday prepared to make modest changes to a House bill that would ...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2014 file photo, John P. Elwood, attorney for Anthony D. Elonis, who claimed he was just kidding when he posted a series of graphically violent rap lyrics on Facebook about killing his estranged wife, shooting up a kindergarten class and attacking an FBI agent, speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man convicted of making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free speech issues that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for seven justices, said it was not enough for prosecutors to show that the comments of Anthony Elonis would make a reasonable person feel threatened. But the court did not specify to lower courts exactly what the standard of proof should be. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

High court throws out conviction for Facebook threats

The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man prosecuted for making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free-speech issues that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates. Chief Justice John Roberts said it was not enough for prosecutors to show that the comments ...

In this March 26, 2015 photo, a woman demonstrates the Oculus virtual reality headset at the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco. Once seen as mainly a tool for alien-blasting video gamers, now major movie studios, television producers and even budding artists are adopting the technology that has users donning bulky goggles, entering house-sized domes, even rigging their smartphones to immerse themselves in faraway realms. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Hollywood dipping toes into virtual reality worlds

Virtual reality is creeping into our world. Once seen as a tool for alien-blasting gamers, movie studios, television producers and artists are now adopting the technology, which immerses people in faraway realms using bulky goggles, house-sized domes, and smartphones. Entering a virtual world means that users who look left, right, ...

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius talks to delegates during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany, Monday, June 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

French minister: 2015 climate deal must avoid US Congress

The global climate agreement being negotiated this year must be worded in such a way that it doesn't require approval by the U.S. Congress, the French foreign minister said Monday. Laurent Fabius told African delegates at U.N. climate talks in Bonn that "we know the politics in the U.S. Whether ...

BlackBerry and Ryan Seacrest's Typo reach settlement

BlackBerry said Monday that it reached a patent infringement settlement with Typo, a maker of iPhone keyboards co-founded by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. The Canadian smartphone maker had accused Typo of ripping off its design. Under the agreement, Typo Products LLC will be banned from selling keyboards for mobile ...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 23, 2010, file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Google is making its privacy controls easier to find and understand in an attempt to make the more than 1 billion users of its digital services feel more comfortable about the personal information that they give the Internet's most powerful company. The simpler approach debuting Monday, June 1, 2015, features a redesigned "My Account" hub where all of Google's key privacy controls can be found. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

Google tries to demystify privacy controls with new approach

Google is making its privacy controls easier to find and understand in an attempt to make the more than 1 billion users of its digital services more comfortable about the personal information that they give the Internet's most powerful company. The simpler approach debuting Monday features a redesigned "My Account" ...

In this May 20, 2015 photo, Shunsuke Fujita, Godzilla video game's producer of Bandai Namco Entertainment, speaks on new Godzilla game for the Sony Corp. PlayStation 4 home machine in Tokyo. Godzillas galore, including last year’s Hollywood version, stomp on buildings, thrashing about and breathing fire, in a video game going on sale globally mid-July. But don’t expect any references to radiation, the mutant reptile’s trademark affliction. (AP Photo/ Eugene Hoshiko)

New Godzilla video game steers clear of nuclear references

Godzillas galore, including last year's Hollywood version, stomp on buildings, thrashing about and breathing fire, in a video game going on sale globally mid-July. But don't expect any references to radiation, the mutant reptile's trademark affliction. Simply named "Godzilla," it's the first video game devoted to the irradiated creature in ...

President Barack Obama speaks to media as he meets with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 29, 2015. The president said a "handful of senators" are the only thing standing in the way of an extension of key Patriot Act provisions before they expire at midnight Sunday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama: 'Handful of senators' standing in way of Patriot Act

Blaming a "handful of senators" for stalled national security legislation, President Barack Obama said Friday he has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to take action swiftly to extend key Patriot Act provisions. Without action by midnight Sunday, a number of tools that ...

FILE - This Feb 4, 2015, file courtroom sketch, shows defendant Ross William Ulbricht as the deputy recites the word “guilty” multiple times during Ubricht’s trial in New York. Ulbricht is set to be sentenced Friday, May 29, 2015, after his February Manhattan federal court conviction. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams, File)

Silk Road founder gets life for creating online drug site

A San Francisco man who created the underground drug-selling website Silk Road was sentenced Friday to life in prison by a judge who cited six deaths from drugs bought on his site and five people he tried to have killed. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest told 31-year-old Ross Ulbricht he ...

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at an Illinois Policy Institute event Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Chicago. (Rich Hein/Sun-Times Media via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGAZINES OUT, NO SALES; CHICAGO TRIBUNE OUT

Paul claims new momentum ahead of second Senate showdown

A confident Rand Paul claimed new momentum Friday in his fight against government surveillance programs, just days ahead of his second Capitol Hill showdown in as many weeks. The Republican senator infuriated leaders in his own party last week by almost single-handedly delaying the extension of the anti-terrorism Patriot Act. ...

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, speaks during the Google I/O 2015 keynote presentation in San Francisco, Thursday, May 28, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Google unveils Android's latest technological tricks

Google's next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple in the quest to make their technology indispensable. The upgrade will give Android's personal assistant, Google Now, expanded powers of ...

Apple buys a maker of futuristic augmented-reality software

Apple has bought a company that makes augmented-reality software, which adds information or images to real-world scenes when viewed through a special headset or even a smartphone camera. It's the latest sign that major tech companies see big potential for products that let users view the world with extra features ...

GoPro’s senior production artist Abe Kislevitz demonstrates how to use a drone with a GoPro camera in San Mateo, Calif. The drone, named Phantom, is made by DJI. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

GoPro gets real ... virtually real

Shares of GoPro jumped to a five-month high Thursday after the company's CEO said the company is getting into the drone and virtual reality business. The company already dominates the action video camera market and its entry into the fast-growing field of drones and virtual reality sent shares up 3 ...

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