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Katharine the white shark crashes research site's servers

Katharine, a 14-foot electronically tagged white shark, has become so popular with visitors to a shark-tracking site that she's now routinely crashing servers.

Google pays $500 million to buy satellite maker Skybox Imaging

Google stands to gather massive amounts of geographic data for information as wildly diverse as the health of farm fields and congestion of parking lots, by purchasing the super-smart satellite imaging and analytics company Skybox Imaging.

QuickPoll: What worries you most about the Internet of Things?

As the Internet of Things continues to take shape, what worries you most?

Nokia's $100M investment suggests a focus on 'Connecting cars'

For years, Nokia sold mobile phones with the slogan "Connecting people," but following the sale of its phone business to Microsoft, the company is looking for the next big thing.

Deutsche Telekom and Rimowa's smart suitcases have integrated tracking

Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems have along with luggage maker Rimowa developed a line of suitcases with GPS, Wi-Fi and GSM to help users keep track of them.

Open source challenges a proprietary Internet of Things

The only limit to the Internet of Things isn't imagination or technology. It's interoperability. And the Linux Foundation thinks that's an issue it can help fix.

Court rules it is OK for drivers in California to check mobile maps

An appeals court in California ruled that it is legal for a person to hold his phone to look at a map application while driving, though he is prohibited from "listening and talking" on the phone unless it is used in a hands-free mode.

Smart highways and driverless cars coming in 2030 -- for real?

Crowds at Mobile World Congress clamored to see in-car infotainment systems that will soon be connected to the Internet via wireless networks around the globe.

Driverless shuttle aimed at campuses, inner cities

A driverless shuttle vehicle unveiled at CES can carry up to 10 people, learning any new route with a single trip and responding to rider stops when requested.

Google maps airports, train and subway stations with Street View update

Google is taking its cameras indoors in an effort to map international transit hubs, starting with 16 airports and more than 50 train and subway stations.

Location-Based Services In Depth

Apple's iBeacon gets fun

Apple's iBeacon location technology used to be ignored or used on boring retail applications. Now it's showing up in consumer apps and being deployed in increasingly fun places.

Why San Francisco today is like every city tomorrow

San Francisco residents are used as lab rats in Silicon Valley's many new high-tech services. And you won't believe the cheese they get.

Mobile Next.0: Five business scenarios for the wearable, augmented-reality era

Wearable computing is coming, and combined with augmented-reality apps, it could bring some benefits for the enterprise.

Why the mob rules

Many of today's hottest products do something similar -- they get their value from the collective actions of users. Mike Elgan explains why crowdsourcing and all that user data is so successful and valuable.

Saving Google Maps destinations lowers risk of travel errors

Saving a destination in Google Maps makes it easier to navigate to and also lessens the chance for error when entering or trying to remember an address.

Why Tech Startups Partner With Companies In Industries They Want to Disrupt

Sometimes tech startups make deals with the very industry players they're trying to disrupt.

Location-based services: Are they there yet?

Mobile apps that use your location to offer services are no longer new. But are they truly useful to businesses? We look at Facebook, Foursquare, Google Latitude and Yelp to see how they're doing.

8 realities about location-based apps

Use your common sense before buying into the hype of location-based apps.