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Facebook Adds New Gender Option For Users: Fill in the Blank

By Mark Mendoza | Feb 26
Facebook users who don't fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.

Nickelodeon Debuts Mobile Channel for the Pre-K Set

PERSONAL TECH | By Anick Jesdanun | Feb 26
Nickelodeon is creating brand-new content for its $6-a-month mobile channel Noggin, aimed at preschoolers. The ad-free service will debut next Thursday on Apple mobile devices. There's no immediate word on an Android version.

New York Surveying Banks on Cybersecurity Defenses

PERSONAL TECH | By Michael Virtanen | Feb 26
New York financial regulators are considering tougher cybersecurity requirements for banks to mandate more complex computer sign-ins and certifications from the contractors of their cyberdefenses, the state's top regulator said.

US Orders Air Bag Maker to Preserve Parts in Probe

PERSONAL TECH | Feb 26
U.S. safety regulators have ordered Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. to preserve air bag parts from recalled cars for government investigators and attorneys who are suing the company.

How to Search for the Perfect Mattress (Cost: $108K)

SCIENCE | Feb 26
Do you choose a Simmons, a Serta, a Sealy? A posturepedic, temperpedic, ultra firm, ultra soft, memory foam, coil or no coil? Nancy Giles investigates the seemingly endless list of choices when it comes to choosing the right mattress.

Regulators OK 'Net Neutrality' Rules for Internet Providers

PERSONAL TECH | By Anne Flaherty | Feb 26
Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile now must act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved Thursday by a divided Federal Communications Commission.