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Google wireless phone service challenges major carriers

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Bug in 1,000 apps could open Apple devices to hacking

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NOAA proposes to take most humpbacks whales off endangered list

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Pedophiles finding a safe haven on the 'dark net'

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    Google wireless phone service challenges major carriers

    by Associated Press on Apr 22, 11:19

    Google is offering a wireless phone service designed to pressure major carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless into lowering their prices. The service, called “Project Fi,” will cost $20 per month and only charge customers for the amount of cellular data that they use each month instead of a flat rate. Each gigabyte of […]

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    Bug in 1,000 apps could open Apple devices to hacking

    by Amanda Schupak/CBS News on Apr 21, 14:17

    A “major security flaw” has been identified in a piece of networking software that could leave users of about 1,000 apps vulnerable to hacking. Cybersecurity firm SourceDNA discovered that an oversight in a particular version of the AFNetworking software, which is used by 100,000 apps for iPhones, iPods and iPads, would allow hackers to easily […]

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    NOAA proposes to take most humpbacks whales off endangered list

    by Associated Press on Apr 20, 11:26

    The federal government is proposing removing most of the world’s humpback whale population from the endangered species list. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries wants to reclassify humpbacks into 14 distinct populations, and remove 10 of those from the list. The federal agency said in a release announcing its proposal that protection and restoration efforts […]

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    Pedophiles finding a safe haven on the ‘dark net’

    by CBS News on Apr 09, 17:10

    Sweetie looks and sounds like a young girl from the Philippines. “My name is Sweetie,” she says. “I’m 10 years old.” There are thought to be hundreds of children like her in Southeast Asia, working in front of live Internet webcams, paid to perform sex acts for pedophiles. But Sweetie isn’t real. She’s a digital […]

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    Alaska 511 app created for iOS and Android users

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 05, 15:44

    Dozens of drivers were stuck in traffic for hours following a fatal collision that led to a partial closure of the Glenn Highway Friday. A recently released mobile app may be able to help Alaska drivers who find themselves in similar situations. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities released the Alaska511 mobile application in February […]

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    DNA testing for dog poop on the rise in Seattle area

    by Associated Press on Apr 04, 10:43

    Frustrated with pet owners who refuse to clean up after their pets, an increasing number of apartments in Seattle are opting to use poop-testing to identify the culprits. The Seattle Times reports  that a company called BioPet Vet Lab is providing its PooPrints testing kits to 26 apartment and condo complexes and homeowners associations in […]

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    Scientists say polar bears won’t thrive on land food

    by Associated Press on Apr 01, 10:22

    A paper published Wednesday says polar bears forced onto land because of melting ice are unlikely to find enough food to replace their diet of seals. U.S. Geological Survey research biologist Karyn Rode says only small numbers of polar bears are using food found on land and may burn more calories foraging than they take […]

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    Drone development in Alaska still on track

    by Kate McPherson on Mar 30, 23:23

    Funding cuts to the University of Alaska system threatened the state’s unmanned aircraft development program, but a Senate subcommittee restored the nearly $1.9 million needed for fiscal year 2016. There are still a number of steps in the legislative process before the funding is confirmed, but staff and engineers with the Alaska Center for Unmanned […]

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    Endangered beluga whale population sees slight increase in 2014

    by Hope Miller on Mar 30, 15:47

    An endangered beluga whale population saw a slight increase in 2014, but researchers say it’s not a significant jump. The 2014 Cook Inlet beluga population estimate is 340 whales, an increase from 2012 when the population was roughly 312, according to a release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They were first listed as […]

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    Nintendo forms alliance with mobile game firm in about face

    by Associated Press on Mar 18, 10:34

    After years of scoffing at the threat from smartphones, Nintendo Co. is doing an about face and entering an alliance with Japanese mobile game company DeNA Co. to develop games for mobile devices. The announcement Tuesday means that Nintendo’s trademark game characters such as Super Mario and Pokemon could finally feature on smartphones and tablets. […]

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    Powdered alcohol gets federal agency’s approval

    by CNN / AP on Mar 12, 16:36

      NEW YORK (AP) – The maker of a powdered alcohol says his product has gained approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The product, dubbed Palcohol, had received the greenlight briefly last year before the bureau said the label approval had been issued in error. On Wednesday, bureau spokesman Tom Hogue […]

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    Microsoft founder finds WWII Japanese warship

    by CBS News/Associated Press on Mar 04, 10:32

    Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, he said Wednesday. The apparent discovery of the Musashi, one of the largest battleships in history, comes as the world marks the 70th […]

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    Prehistoric tool found in Sitka landslide

    by Shannon Kemp on Mar 03, 11:56

    Two hydrologists taking geological samples from the site of a landslide in Sitka made an unexpected discovery — what appeared at first to be a “cool weathered rock” instead turned out to be a prehistoric hammer. Sitka Ranger District hydrologist Marty Becker and Tongass Forest Supervisors Office hydrologist K.K. Prussian were collecting rock samples in […]

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    Would you buy a cellular plan from Google?

    by CBS News on Mar 02, 13:55

    Google will soon be offering cellular network plans in a bid to bridge the gap between the realms of Internet services and mobile device software it dominates. Vice President Sundar Pichai says Google, the leading Internet search engine and mobile software provider, is working with unnamed network operators on developing a cellular plan. “You will […]

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    Facebook sets sights on suicide prevention with new feature

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 26, 15:42

    Facebook has teamed up with Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention and the University of Washington’s School of Social Work to add a new feature to the popular social media site that is designed to prevent suicide by helping friends speak up. Starting Wednesday, Facebook users can get help for friends who post suicidal or self-harming […]

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    Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

    by CNN / AP on Feb 26, 10:24

    The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to impose strict new regulations on Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. The regulatory agency voted 3-2 Thursday in favor of rules aimed at enforcing what’s called “net neutrality.” That’s the idea that service providers shouldn’t intentionally block or slow web traffic, creating paid fast lanes on […]

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    Control what happens to your Facebook after you die

    by Amanda Schupak/CBS News on Feb 12, 11:25

    Digital life is still a new concept. Digital death is even newer. When it comes to dealing with what a person leaves behind online after he passes, there is no precedent. There is no will. We’ve been making it up as we go along, learning the hard way. Like the parents of a Virginia teen who couldn’t […]

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    Model rocket boldly takes UAA students closer to NASA competition

    by Dave Leval on Feb 08, 11:27

    Students from the University of Alaska Anchorage continued their attempts to reach for the stars Saturday as they launched model rockets over South Anchorage Sports Park, in preparation for NASA’s annual Student Launch program. The students had to successfully launch a scaled-down version of a model rocket they built, in order to qualify for the […]

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    UAA students enter NASA rocket competition

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 04, 18:48

    A team of students from the University of Alaska Anchorage is getting set to take part in a national competition sponsored by NASA. It’s the first time ever that UAA is fielding a team for the Student Launch Initiative, a rocket launching contest that will take place in Huntsville, Alabama in April. Teams of college […]

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    What’s in a snowflake?

    by Carlos Faura on Jan 21, 22:57

    Snow. We haven’t had much of it this season, only a tenth of an inch so far this month. Normally, January is the third-snowiest month of the year in Anchorage, with an average 11.3 inches of accumulation. December commonly leads the way with 16.7 inches of average snowfall. Snow expected soon It looks like we’ll […]