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A Closer Look: Your (online) life after death
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sure, you have a lot to do today - laundry, bills, dinner - but it's never too early to start planning for your digital afterlife, the fate of your numerous online accounts once you shed this mortal coil....

APNewsBreak: Web filter lifts block on gay sites
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- A popular online safe-search filter is ending its practice of blocking links to mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups for users hoping to avoid obscene sites....

Alibaba raises IPO price range on strong demand
NEW YORK (AP) -- Alibaba now plans to raise up to $25.03 billion in its upcoming IPO, making what was expected to be the biggest stock market debut even bigger....

Oligarch buys Russia's most popular social media
MOSCOW (AP) -- A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out $1.5 billion to gain full control of Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte, bringing an end to a months-long dispute that saw the original investors sue each other in court....

NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil....

Self-driving cars now need a permit in California
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years - but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around....

'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach
NEW YORK (AP) -- Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company....

Apple: Record 4M orders of iPhones on 1st day
NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday....

Apple releases tool to remove free U2 album
NEW YORK (AP) -- Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool that lets people remove the album from their collections....

Kim Dotcom's party poised to win New Zealand seats
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- At a recent political rally in Wellington, indicted Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom jokingly asked members of New Zealand's spy agency to raise their hands....

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Self-driving cars now need a permit in California

A Closer Look: Your (online) life after death

APNewsBreak: Web filter lifts block on gay sites

Oligarch buys Russia's most popular social media

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Alibaba raises IPO price range on strong demand

Apple releases tool to remove free U2 album

Taxi! Seeking women to drive for female passengers

Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach

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