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  • NSA Chief Faces Tough Crowd At Hacker Conference
    On Wednesday, the head of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander, addressed a tech conference in Las Vegas called Black Hat. He spoke before a sometimes hostile crowd of hackers — computer security experts and technology executives.
  • Beyond .Com: Some See Confusion In Internet Domain Expansion
    As early as September new Internet suffixes — from .nyc to .google to .ngo — will begin rolling out. It's a controversial plan that raised concerns about fraud, trademark infringement and customer confusion, but the Web's governing body says those issues have been addressed.
  • How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into A Library Legacy
    At the start of the 20th century, the ruthless, self-made steel industrialist paid $60 million for 1,689 public libraries to be built in communities around the U.S. "The man who dies rich dies in disgrace," Carnegie wrote.
  • Golfer Inbee Park Tries For Fourth Major Win In A Year
    Inbee Park could become the first golfer, man or woman, to win four consecutive majors in a calendar year if she snags the Women's British Open title this weekend.
  • Congress Sends Student Loan Bill To Obama
    With an easy House vote, Congress gave final passage to a student loan bill that rescinds the doubling of interest rates that took place July 1. The ultimate product resembles both a House bill that passed months ago and President Obama's proposal this spring and pegs interest rates to a government borrowing rate.
  • Firm Hopes 'Owning Nashville' Will Pay Off For Investors
    A new fund on the New York Stock Exchange is a collection of stocks in publicly traded companies that have one thing in common: the city they call home. The fund managers say it will be an opportunity for locals to invest in companies they know. If it succeeds, other cities could be next.
  • Jack Longino, 'The Astonishing Ant Man,' Finds 33 New Species
    All told, the scientist has discovered 131 new species of animals in his career, and some are so scary-looking, he's named them after demons. It's a task that's taken more than 30 years of crawling through rain forests to accomplish, and Longino says he's still only scratched the surface.
  • Sony Plugs Back In To Profits
    Sony reported Thursday that it's making money again. The Japanese company announced its net income for the latest quarter was $35 million. Much of its success came thanks to a favorable currency rate — a weak yen was key for Sony. Still, the company did see a little improvement in its smart phone sales and entertainment business.
  • Sold! First Parcels Auctioned For Future Offshore Wind Farms
    The federal government held its first ever auction for the right to build offshore wind farms on Wednesday. After 11 rounds, a Rhode Island company was the highest bidder, at $3.8 million.
  • As Back-To-School Shopping Begins, Consumers May Turn Frugal
    Most economists say this year's back-to-school sales will be slower than last summer's because consumers have been coping with more expensive gasoline and higher payroll taxes. Still, several states are offering tax-free shopping to encourage purchases.

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