Apps help turn water guzzlers into sippers

A handful of apps can help you learn more about water usage and how you might change your practices, especially in a time of drought conditions.

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Senate blocks House surveillance bill, 2-month extension

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act. The main stumbling block was a House-passed provision to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records. Instead, the records would...

Windows’ built-in protection may be enough for low-key user

No guarantees, but someone who skips risky websites and doesn’t open email attachments from unknown senders is probably safe with Windows Defender, Patrick Marshall writes. He also advises another reader having trouble with Adobe Acrobat and Creative Suite 6.

Adult dating site investigating breach of user data

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — The operator of a popular adult dating website said Friday it's investigating a data security breach following reports that hackers stole names, email addresses and information about the sexual orientation or habits of up to 4 million members. Britain's Channel 4 news outlet reported that hackers posted some of the...

Report: Microsoft, Salesforce were far apart on price in deal talks

Microsoft and Salesforce.com held significant talks about the Redmond company purchasing its smaller rival, CNBC reported on Friday, the latest turn in weeks of chatter about a potential sale of the San Francisco company. The two sides failed to reach a deal and talks broke off, the financial news network reported. Microsoft was said to be...

Bing no longer a search-engine blip

Microsoft’s search engine had a nervous, shaky beginning but is now a credible competitor, recently reaching a point where it is behind one of every five desktop searches in the U.S.