From the Wires

Fastest ever broadband speeds pass test

BBC: Speeds of 1.4 terabits per second were achieved during a test in London.

The decline of the American book lover

The Atlantic: Nearly a quarter of American adults have not read a single book in the past year.

College diversity is expensive

The Atlantic: President Obama has called on colleges to increase low-income student enrollment, but for elite schools, committing to financial-aid students will lead to budget cuts and decreased revenue.

Google testing 'smart contact lens'

BBC: Google is testing a "smart contact lens" that will measure glucose levels in tears.

Americans don't know how much they sleep

The Atlantic: Two surveys report different average sleep times for Americans and the number of U.S. insomnia diagnoses is more than five million.

Obama to end NSA data-hoarding

BBC: President Barack Obama will order the National Security Agency to stop collecting data from Americans' phones.

Apple to refund $32.5M to parents

BBC: The California company will refund parents whose children made in-app purchases without consent.

Poverty is literally making people sick

The Atlantic: People with low incomes are 27% more likely to be hospitalized for hypoglycemia.

NSA could access offline computers

BBC: The U.S. National Security Agency could have used "secret technology" to transmit data from computers not connected to the Internet.

Income influences how women view marriage

The Atlantic: Statistics show that low-income women often face economic challenges if they choose to stay single.

December consumer spending rose

Reuters: U.S. consumer spending in December rose more than expected.

Congress unveils $1.1 trillion spending bill

Reuters: Lawmakers unveiled a spending bill that aims to prevent another government shutdown and boost funding of military and domestic programs.

Sports cars with green standards in Detroit

Reuters: Sexy sports cars are now being outfitted to counter concerns about energy and the environment.