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FTC chief Brill calls on companies to protect privacy online

By Megha Satyanarayana
The head of the Federal Trade Commission urged inventors and entrepreneurs Wednesday to build security and privacy features into products that transmit data, such as health monitors and smart meters. Commissioner Julie Brill said businesses making products that connect to ...

Digital Age reboots foreign language instruction in Western Pa. schools

By Adam Brandolph
Keystone Oaks Spanish teacher Michele Lowers remembers when technology in her high school classroom meant an overhead projector and film strips. Twenty-three years later, it ...

Internet privacy focus of event at Carnegie Mellon, to include FTC commissioner Brill

By Megha Satyanarayana
Popular devices that gather and transmit information about exercise, eating and sleep patterns increasingly threaten privacy and security, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday in ...

Aging weather satellite may be leaving forecasters with a large blind spot

By Brian Bowling
Federal cost overruns and delays helped keep a new weather satellite from launching in time to prevent gaps in long-range forecasting, possibly leaving forecasters with ...

3-D images to help police in Western Pa. navigate terror, hostage scenes

By Aaron Aupperlee
Laser scanners that produce a three-dimensional image will help police navigate a terrorist or hostage incident and investigate crash and crime scenes, police and emergency ...

Astrobotic lands $1 million Google Lunar XPRIZE

By Megha Satyanarayana
Google Lunar XPRIZE awarded a Pittsburgh team from Carnegie Mellon University and Astrobotic $1 million Monday, making it the only team in the lunar landing contest to win all three Milestone Prizes. The $1 million prize recognized the team for …

Obama again proposes cybersecurity rules for consumers, businesses

By Andrew Conte
Companies that suffer data breaches from hackers would have to abide by a national standard for alerting consumers whose information was stolen under proposed legislation ...

Central Command shuts down social media sites hacked by ISIS supporters

By Andrew Conte
Hackers identifying themselves with the Islamic State or ISIS embarrassed the U.S. military’s Central Command with attacks on its social media sites Monday while President ...

Yellow Cab aims to adapt Pittsburgh service with app

By Bobby Kerlik
Pittsburgh’s Yellow Cab is poised to start a ride-sharing service dubbed Yellow Z that will help its drivers compete with established smartphone-based transportation firms Lyft ...

Beacons track shoppers’ smartphones amid retailers’ aisles

By Chris Fleisher
Like that sweater? American Eagle Outfitters notices that you’ve been checking it out, and has an exclusive deal it wants to send to your phone. The ...

Pittsburgh area mom makes medical history with robotic arm

By Megha Satyanarayana
Jan Scheuermann described the start of her disease as feeling like her legs were dragging behind her. Sometimes it was the left, sometimes it was ...

Pittsburgh team gets XPrize awards, but contest’s future in doubt

By Megha Satyanarayana
Google’s Lunar XPrize contest awarded $750,000 Tuesday to a Pittsburgh team from Carnegie Mellon University and Astrobotic, even as the fate of the contest is ...

Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh want to tackle hacking with companies

By Andrew Conte
Rather than trying to fight off hackers on their own, corporations should work with the government so it can bring more cases such as the ...

Dawn of Orion: NASA launch opens new era in space

By The Associated Press
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s new Orion spacecraft made a “bull’s-eye” splashdown in the Pacific on Friday following a dramatic test flight that took it ...

Retailers, security experts meet near Pittsburgh on cyber theft ‘pandemic’

By Andrew Conte
Online retail theft has reached such “pandemic proportions” that stores must work together more closely to fight organized crime rings stealing credit cards and other ...

Amazon’s new robot army is ready to ship

By The Associated Press
TRACY, California — A year ago, Amazon.com workers like 34-year-old Rejinaldo Rosales hiked miles of aisles each shift to “pick” each item a customer ordered ...

Google lunar contest: Pittsburgh team unveils rover

By Megha Satyanarayana
A team of Pittsburgh scientists Monday showed off a lunar rover they hope will win them $20 million in Google’s international space race. Andy, ...

CMU scientist receives top tech honor from White House

By Megha Satyanarayana
President Obama on Thursday gave the country’s top honor in technology and innovation to Mary Shaw, a computer scientist from Carnegie Mellon University. Shaw was ...

Former FBI director Mueller: Home hacks called on par with globals

By Jason Cato
Corporations lucky enough to have avoided being hacked by cyber criminals should not expect their luck to continue, the former head of the FBI said ...

Cybersecurity experts warn Pittsburgh conference about dangers of hacking

By Andrew Conte
Hackers typically need less than a day to break into a victim’s computers — but it can take months to find the breach and fix ...