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Back to school night is a great opportunity to engage with your child's teachers to learn more about their academic and classroom goals for the year. It's also an opportunity for parents to ask questions about the technology their child will use in class this year, and how the data that is gathered about their child will be protected.Increasing...

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CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Daniel was watching cartoons with one of his sons when he created a spoof Twitter account in the name of the Peoria mayor. Out of boredom, he said, he soon began sending profane messages about sex, drugs and alcohol.

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Master Chief awakes in a cold sweat, forced to ponder what could have been.>

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Jack Cooksey was first through the doors at the Apple store in Perth, Australia. He's also one of the first people in the world to drop a new iPhone 6.>

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Where iOS 7 was style, iOS 8 is substance.

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Sony's Google Glass competitor is one step closer to the spotlight. The Japanese hardware maker has released a software development kit for its SmartEyeglass headset today (Sept. 19), with a developer's version of the hardware slated for March 2015. Available for download from Sony's developer website, the SDK will emulate the upcoming augmented reality headset via your Android phone's camera (Android 4.1 required, 4.3 required for video functionality).

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People have tried just about everything to overcome their fear of flying -- sleep medicine, soothing music, a tablet full of Breaking Bad episodes -- but they likely haven't considered virtual reality. The airplane manufacturer has patented a special type of VR helmet that would allow paranoid plane passengers to slip into a happy place for a few hours. According to Airbus' USPTO patent, the proposed VR helmets are built to provide "sensorial isolation" for fliers.

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Doors open at Apple stores across the globe as the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit the shelves.>

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(Reuters) - TD Ameritrade has seen the number of investor orders for shares of Alibaba Group Holding hit 70 percent of the number of orders that came in during premarket trading at the Facebook initial public offering. The number of investor orders represents almost three times what the firm saw in premarket trading before the Twitter IPO, JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade, told Reuters in an interview Friday morning. TD Ameritrade is not disclosing specific numbers. The brokerage has more than 6 million clients. Further company coverage: [BABA. ...

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The first time we witnessed the obnoxiously long lines outside Apple Stores, we gawked at their obnoxiousness. The next time we saw them, we got over the obnoxiousness declared them bored-looking instead. Eventually, we just deemed them dead.

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With the new iPhones not yet available in China, individuals are scooping them up through other sources and then reselling them at high prices, says Bloomberg.>

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By Sam Adams and Rory Carroll NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's latest phone lured throngs of gadget lovers, entrepreneurs and early adapters to its stores in New York, San Francisco and other cities around the world in the latest sign of strong initial demand for the new, larger generation of iPhones. Even the night before the phones' Friday debut, nearly 70 people were waiting in line in front of the Apple store in downtown San Francisco. ...

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One year ago sci-fi author Neal Stephenson announced that his Kickstarter-funded swordfighting game Clang had been put on hold while the development team searched for additional funding. Stephenson revealed the news in a Kickstarter post, made exactly one year after he announced the Clang hiatus. According to the author, his Subtai Corporation studio wasn't able to get that extra funding needed to turn the prototype into a complete game.

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Here's what's on the table this week: Tim Burton, Neil Patrick Harris, Beyoncé and Jay Z, and a whole lot more. We've rounded up 11 trailers from the past week that are worth watching — you can dive in below.

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Known for its powers of predictive typing, the app now ranks No. 1 among all free iPhone apps in Apple's App Store.>

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A top New York Stock Exchange executive on Friday said on CNBC that "hundreds of thousands of orders" for shares of Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. had been placed ahead of the stock's trading debut, expected later in the morning. In an interview on CNBC, Scott Cutler, head of the NYSE's global listing business, said an initial indicative pricing range for the stock would be posted shortly. Brokerage TD Ameritrade told Reuters that half the orders in its orderbook on Friday morning were for Alibaba. ...

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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will soon have a new high-tech tool at their disposal. CNET's Sumi Das visits Made In Space, the startup that's developed a 3D printer which works in microgravity, allowing crews to print tools, parts and more on demand.>

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It's a no-brainer. If you routinely buy stuff from iTunes, here's a little extra bang for your 10 bucks. Plus: two bonus deals!>

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Info on Lumia smartphones is moving to new digs as Microsoft continues to assimilate the goodies it got in its big Nokia deal.>

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This morning, Apple will unleash its newest phone, the iPhone 6, upon the city and the world.

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(Reuters) - Shares of database software maker Oracle Corp. fell 2 percent in premarket trading on Friday after the company posted disappointing quarterly earnings late Thursday and at the same time said Larry Ellison was stepping aside as chief executive. Ellison, co-founder and leader of Oracle for 37 years, will be replaced by co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, although Ellison will remain executive chairman and chief technology officer. Oracle shares were down $1.05 at $40.50 in trading ahead of Friday's opening bell, and the stock was the No. ...

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Microsoft's vision of a Kinect-powered future never came true. Despite the technological improvements with the Xbox One version, games like Kinect Sports Rivals have proven to be mostly clunky and annoying, while using your voice to browse Netflix is simply a great way to hear yourself repeat "Xbox play" over and over again. It just doesn't work as well as it needs to, which is why you can now buy a cheaper Xbox One sans Kinect. ...

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Tokyo Game Show isn't just about chocolatey in-jokes and embarrassing booth disasters — there's a ton of actual video games to play as well. While the Japanese games industry doesn't have the global status that it once enjoyed, TGS is still the biggest annual stage for local developers and publishers. And as the last major event on the gaming calendar each year, it's also a good chance to check in on some of the biggest releases coming out this holiday season. Read on for our thoughts. Driveclub

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - In advance of the widely anticipated trading debut of Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. , the New York Stock Exchange on Friday said all of its systems are operating normally. In a market status update issued to clients at 7:30 a.m., the exchange said, "Common Customer Gateways (CCGs) are open for members to submit orders.  All NYSE systems are currently operating normally." Alibaba, which priced its massive initial public offering at $68 a share late on Thursday, will begin trading on the NYSE under the ticker "BABA" later on Friday morning. ...

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South Korea's capital city says it will arrest drivers on the spot if the UberX service, currently in a free testing phase, becomes fully operational.>

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