College credit recommended for free online courses

SAN FRANCISCO—Students may soon be able to receive college credit for the free online courses that are reshaping higher education. The American Council on Education announced Thursday that it is recommending degree credit for five undergraduate courses offered by Coursera, a Palo Alto-based …

Monopoly fans vote to add cat token, toss the iron

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The Scottie dog has a new nemesis in Monopoly after fans voted in an online contest to add a cat token to the game, replacing the iron, toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced Wednesday. The results were announced after the shoe, wheelbarrow and iron were neck and neck for elimination in …

Microsoft Starts Ad Campaign Attacking Gmail Privacy

Microsoft Corp. will run a U.S. advertising campaign urging consumers to drop Google Inc.’s Gmail in favor of its own online e-mail services, stepping up their rivalry for Internet users. Television, print and online spots starting today will feature the word “Scroogled!” in the colors of …

Closest Earth-like planet ‘stroll across park’

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Earth-like worlds may be closer and more plentiful than anyone imagined. Galactically speaking, that’s right next door. If our Milky Way galaxy were shrunk to the size of the United States, the distance between Earth and its closest Earth-like neighbor would be the span …

Closest Earth-like planet ‘stroll across park’

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Earth-like worlds may be closer and more plentiful than anyone imagined. Galactically speaking, that’s right next door. If our Milky Way galaxy were shrunk to the size of the United States, the distance between Earth and its closest Earth-like neighbor would be the span …

Microsoft Attacks Google on Gmail Privacy

On Thursday, Microsoft plans to unveil a new print, television and online advertising campaign that attacks Google on an issue that Microsoft believes is one of its great vulnerabilities: privacy. The ads will showcase research that shows most people don’t know that Web e-mail providers like …

New Xbox Rumors Same as the Old Rumors

You’d think that after last month’s fake Xbox rumor caught fact-checkers napping at several tech sites, we’d have learned our lesson. Nope—there’s a bunch of new rumors about Microsoft’s next-gen game console making the rounds, as well as some old, familiar ones—like the persistent thing about …

New Xbox Rumors Same as the Old Rumors

You’d think that after last month’s fake Xbox rumor caught fact-checkers napping at several tech sites, we’d have learned our lesson. Nope—there’s a bunch of new rumors about Microsoft’s next-gen game console making the rounds, as well as some old, familiar ones—like the persistent thing about …