Mixed reaction as US House passes patent reform

The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation Thursday aimed at curbing patent lawsuits, responding to industry complaints about a flood of frivolous litigation.

Madrid zoo names baby panda Xing Bao

Madrid's new, three-month-old baby panda will be named Xing Bao, which means Treasure Star or Father's Treasure in Mandarin, the city's Zoo Aquarium announced on Thursday.

Unusual number of Arctic snowy owls seen in US

Snow-white owls with luminous yellow eyes are thrilling bird-watchers as the magnificent Arctic birds set up winter residence at airports, fields and beaches in the United States far south of their normal range.

Reddit co-founder campaigns for power of Internet

The lanky 18-year-old in a blue mortarboard cap, his shoulders festooned with tassels and other regalia, stepped to the lectern, gave Howard High School's Class of 2001 a nervous snicker and spoke words heard in countless ...

Microsoft slumps after Mulally repeats 'no change'

Microsoft shares fell 3 percent Thursday after Ford CEO Alan Mulally said that there is "no change in my plan" to stay with the automaker through the end of next year, dampening some investors' hopes he would take the top ...

Twitter pushes deeper into targeted advertising

Twitter on Thursday launched a new form of targeted advertising, allowing companies to deliver "promoted tweets" to customers who show interest in the brand through Web browsing.

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