New patent lawsuits are down for the first time in five years. Here’s why that’s a huge deal.

The 13 percent decline from the previous year interrupts what has otherwise been a steady climb in patent lawsuits.

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    The House just passed a bill about space mining. The future is here.

    The House just passed a bill about space mining. The future is here.

    And it gives a huge boost for the FAA. Here’s why.

    Quiz: Just how Kafkaesque is the court that oversees NSA spying?

    Quiz: Just how Kafkaesque is the court that oversees NSA spying?

    Can you tell the difference between Kafka’s The Trial and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court?

    The Internet has unearthed more racist Google Maps results for D.C.

    The Internet has unearthed more racist Google Maps results for D.C.

    Discovered by users, these are the latest in a string of racist search results involving a highly charged slur for African-Americans.

    Americans care about their digital privacy, but not enough to protect it

    Americans care about their digital privacy, but not enough to protect it

    Very few Americans encrypt their communications, a Pew Research study reports.

    The FCC warns Internet providers they’re on the hook now for user privacy

    The FCC warns Internet providers they’re on the hook now for user privacy

    The government’s net neutrality regulations apply some of the strongest privacy rules to Internet providers.

    Cyberattack on CareFirst exposes data on 1.1 million customers in D.C., Md. and Va.

    Attack is part of wave of breaches targeting health-care industry.

    One in seven U.S. cars just got recalled. Here’s what to do if one of them is yours

    One in seven U.S. cars just got recalled. Here’s what to do if one of them is yours

    A short, simple driver’s guide you can use if your car gets recalled.

    The mystery behind the Air Force’s classified space plane

    The mystery behind the Air Force’s classified space plane

    The X-37B launched Wednesday as space grows in importance for the Pentagon and the intelligence community.

    Did Osama bin Laden play this terrible video game?

    Did Osama bin Laden play this terrible video game?

    Among bin Laden’s possessions were a couple of video game guides — including one for “Delta Force: Xtreme 2.”

    A guy named Bowser is now a Nintendo executive. Yes, really.

    A guy named Bowser is now a Nintendo executive. Yes, really.

    Press release: “Doug Bowser brings decades of experience, not fire breath, to new role.“

    The newest innovation in warfare: Military infestations

    The newest innovation in warfare: Military infestations

    Tiny drones such as the CICADA have the potential to transform the way we fights wars.

    No, Uber drivers can’t game the ‘surge pricing’ system the way one driver claims

    No, Uber drivers can’t game the ‘surge pricing’ system the way one driver claims

    An Uber driver claimed to offer an online tutorial about how to induce higher fares.

    If you search Google Maps for the N-word, it gives you the White House

    If you search Google Maps for the N-word, it gives you the White House

    A racist slur against Obama shows the perils of Google Maps vandalism.

    How the battle for the future of the Web is shaped by economics

    How the battle for the future of the Web is shaped by economics

    What a fight about the early growth of the Internet can teach us about net neutrality

    How crowdsourcing can help farmers

    How crowdsourcing can help farmers

    Farmers Business Network aggregates data to uncover which seeds are best for a given soil.

    A start-up to watch: Samsara

    A start-up to watch: Samsara

    Two guys from MIT sold their first start-up for $1.2 billion. Now they’ve found their next adventure.

    Children can get all kinds of stuff on YouTube Kids. Like ads for beer and profane cartoons.

    Children can get all kinds of stuff on YouTube Kids. Like ads for beer and profane cartoons.

    So say child-safety advocates who are asking regulators for an investigation.

    Apple v. Samsung case shows the difficulty of protecting designs

    Apple v. Samsung case shows the difficulty of protecting designs

    A federal appellate court upheld most, but not all, of Apple’s jury verdict against Samsung over smartphone design.

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    A hacker takes control in the air?

    A hacker takes control in the air?

    The FBI is investigating Chris Roberts, who says he hacked into a plane’s entertainment system.

    Meet four start-ups that want to change the world

    Meet four start-ups that want to change the world

    1776’s Challenge Cup featured 81 young companies competing for $650,000 in investments.

    What virtual reality can do for Super Bowl parties

    What virtual reality can do for Super Bowl parties

    This start-up sees an opportunity to better share online experiences with people around the world.

    The problem with the “model minority” label

    Young Asian Americans face serious issues that are rarely discussed.

    Getaround, the app that lets you rent a stranger’s car, launches in D.C.

    Getaround, the app that lets you rent a stranger’s car, launches in D.C.

    The peer-to-peer car rental service wants to put to work underused cars.

    ‘We are convinced the machine can do better than human anesthesiologists’

    ‘We are convinced the machine can do better than human anesthesiologists’

    There’s yet another machine that is seen as a replacement for human control of anesthesia.