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Turning a Children’s Rating System Into an Advocacy Army

Written By: admin - Apr• 27•15

James Steyer’s nonprofit organization, Common Sense Media, is known for offering parents guidance on games and videos, but he has a grander vision.

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Russian Hackers Read Obama’s Unclassified Emails, Officials Say

Written By: admin - Apr• 26•15

The hackers dido not appear to have penetrated closely guarded servers that control the message traffic from President Obama’s personal BlackBerry, officials said.

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‘Google Adventurer’ Dies on Mt. Everest

Written By: admin - Apr• 26•15

Dan Fredinburg helped Google’s Street View project document many of the world’s most majestic peaks before his death in Nepal in an earthquake-related avalanche.

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Touching down on Mars could still be a far-off prospect

Written By: admin - Apr• 26•15

Landing on the Red Planet may remain a distant dream for now, despite ambitious plans by aerospace companies to take people there in the next decade

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Declassified Report Shows Doubts About Value of N.S.A.’s Warrantless Spying

Written By: admin - Apr• 25•15

Secrecy surrounding the National Security Agency’s post-9/11 warrantless surveillance and bulk data collection program hampered its effectiveness, the document shows.

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Under Regulators’ Scrutiny, Comcast and Time Warner Cable End Deal

Written By: admin - Apr• 25•15

The Justice Department confirmed that it had significant concerns that the merger “would make Comcast an unavoidable gatekeeper for Internet-based services that rely on a broadband connection to reach consumers.”

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Bits Blog: Apple Watch Has Landed — Here’s What You Need to Know

Written By: admin - Apr• 25•15

Apple Watch began shipping Friday. What you need to know about the gadget.

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Tiny robots climb walls carrying more than 100 times their weight

Written By: admin - Apr• 25•15

The two robots borrow techniques from both inchworms and geckos to climb up walls while carrying huge loads

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Robotica Episode 1: Cheaper Robots, Fewer Workers

Written By: admin - Apr• 25•15

This is the first episode in a video series that examines how robots are poised to change the way we do business and conduct our daily lives.

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Liquid Batteries for Solar and Wind Power

Written By: admin - Apr• 25•15

So-called flow batteries can provide energy steadily over time and last much longer than other types of storage.

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Under Regulators’ Scrutiny, Comcast and Time Warner End Deal

Written By: admin - Apr• 25•15

The $45 billion merger plan had raised concerns in the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission.

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Valve expands Steam ‘mod’ market

Written By: admin - Apr• 25•15

Game maker Valve has expanded its online store to let players who make ‘mods’ for games sell their creations.

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Ellen Pao faces $1m legal bill

Written By: admin - Apr• 25•15

The woman who challenged sexism in Silicon Valley now faces a $1m legal bill unless she agrees not to appeal.

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Cyber-thieves ‘avoiding’ bitcoins

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

The falling value of bitcoins is making the virtual cash much less attractive to cyber-thieves, claims a security expert.

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Happy birthday Hubble, 25 today! Look back to where it all began

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

The Hubble Space Telescope has produced some fabulous images over the past 25 years – and this is the mirror that made them all possible (eventually)

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Sinosphere Blog: Chinese Company Says It Never Planned a ‘Thugs for Hire’ App

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

Rather than create an “Uber for Assault,” the business said it had intended to create a concierge service, much like the apps allowing users to negotiate for services.

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Technology can give political power back to the people

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

Digital tools haven’t transformed politics as much as we expected. But that’s about to change – and just in time

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Amazon web services ‘growing fast’

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

Amazon says its web services business generated sales of $1.57bn in the first quarter of the year and is profitable.

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Amazon Reveals Strong Profits in Cloud Business

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

Amazon said in its first-quarter earnings report that its cloud division, Amazon Web Services, had revenue of $1.57 billion and operating income of $265 million.

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Kleiner Perkins Seeks Nearly $1 Million From Ellen Pao

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

The firm filed for reimbursement of its expenses in a gender discrimination case, but indicated it would accept her dropping the case instead.

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Rail upgrade ‘raises hack risks’

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

A government adviser warns that a new hi-tech rail signalling system could be hacked by terrorists to cause train crashes.

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Amazon reports a quarterly loss

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

Amazon reports a loss of $57m in the first quarter and also said its web services business generated sales of $1.57bn.

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Amazon reports a quarterly loss

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

Amazon reports a loss of $57m in the first quarter and also said its web services business generated sales of $1.57bn.

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Amazon reports a quarterly loss

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

Amazon reports a loss of $57m in the first quarter and also said its web services business generated sales of $1.57bn.

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Microsoft Profits Slip Less Than Projected, With Revenue Up 6%

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

No one was expecting big things from Microsoft in its most recent quarter, but its results ended up being far less grim than the worst case scenarios predicted for the company.

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Family Office of Google’s Eric Schmidt Buys Stake in Hedge Fund D.E. Shaw

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

The 20 percent stake of the $36 billion hedge fund is one of the last vestiges of the bankrupt Lehman Brothers.

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Better than a ballot box: Could digital democracy win your vote?

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

Online tools are revitalising old democratic practices – and might even mean the end for politicians. We look at the pros and cons of the new people power

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3D-printed model of London’s buildings lets you see the future

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

A new interactive reconstruction allows visitors to explore the ever-evolving capital city

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Remotely Controlling the DVR

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

Tips for Time Warner Cable customers who want to use their iPhones to manage DVR recordings.

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The Apple Watch Arrives in Stores (Just Not Its Own)

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

Select destination fashion boutiques around the world have their own stock, and will be offering the watch for sale at the end of the week.

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Bits Blog: With Mi 4i Smartphone, Xiaomi Turns to India

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

With the growth of China’s smartphone market slowing, turning to India is an obvious next stop for a company like Xiaomi.

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Children to design Minecraft park

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

The Australian government is offering children the chance to help shape its national parks via designs in Minecraft.

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Digital tattoo lets you control devices with mind power alone

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

A patch of gold electrodes you can wear behind your ear for up to two weeks will track your brainwaves 24/7 and let you control devices with your mind

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Audi to try car-boot delivery system

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

Packages could be delivered to the boot of your Audi as part of a trial involving the car maker, Amazon and DHL.

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Political broadband map revealed

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

Data which breaks down the UK’s fastest broadband areas in terms of party politics has been revealed.

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Biggest dark matter detector lies in wait for antisocial WIMPs

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•15

The world’s most sensitive dark matter detector is poised to join the hunt for WIMPs, the world’s most elusive particles

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Samsung S5 fingerprint flaw exposed

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

Attackers can take copies of fingerprints used to unlock the Samsung S5 phone, claim security researchers.

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Your smartphone’s secrets could help you bag a bank loan

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

Who you call, what you post on Facebook and where you are will soon all be used by banks to gauge how much money you can borrow

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Facebook profits squeezed by costs

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

Social networking giant Facebook sees shares fall as costs rise, but the number of monthly active users rises to 1.44 billion.

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Changing Tactics, Apple Promotes Watch as a Luxury Item

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

The Apple Watch will be sold in just nine countries and only through its own channels, entering the world in a different manner from that of the iPhone.

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Bits Blog: Box Opens Tools for Developers, Suggesting the Future of Business Software

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

Box was initially known as a way to store digital content cheaply online. No more.

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House Passes Cybersecurity Bill After Companies’ Data Breaches

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

It was the government’s most aggressive response yet to a spate of computer attacks on targets including Sony Pictures Entertainment and the health insurer Anthem.

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Facebook reports strong results

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

Social networking giant Facebook reports better-than-expected first quarter profits as well as growing monthly active users.

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Jolt of java helps spermbots in final race to the finish

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

Caffeine gives brief boost to tiny swimming robots made from bull sperm, helping them to ferry drugs around the body or help in reproductive technologies

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Drones Smuggle Contraband Over Prison Walls

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

Cellphones and drugs are among the forbidden items making their way to inmates in a high-tech version of smuggling a file in a birthday cake.

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Bits Blog: At RSA Conference, Computer Security Done Right and Wrong

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

At the annual security conference in San Francisco, hot topics included intelligence agencies making the presence known in Silicon Valley, adding collaboration to competition among security companies, and why tweeting about hacking planes is probably a bad idea.

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Q&A: Working With Old Office Files on a New Mac OS

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

Even with an upgrade, there are several ways to work with Microsoft Office files. Also, backing up data on an Amazon Fire tablet.

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Google launches mobile phone network

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

Google announces Project Fi, a mobile network that will piggyback existing services in the US but offer different terms.

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Falling meteor may have changed the course of Christianity

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

The early evangelist Paul became a Christian because of a dazzling light on the road to Damascus, but one astronomer thinks it was an exploding meteor

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Bits Blog: Shyp, an On-Demand Mailing Service, Raises $50 Million

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

The financing values Shyp, part of a wave of new on-demand logistics start-ups, at more than $250 million. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the investment.

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Disney makes people speak gibberish

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

Disney’s research arm develops a program that can automatically dub a video with alternative speech that fits a speaker’s lip movements.

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Wireless routers could spy on your breathing and heartbeat

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

A radar-like system that fits inside a Wi-Fi box can record health data and keep tabs on your mood – without you even noticing

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Trader Charged in ‘Flash Crash’ Case to Fight Extradition to U.S.

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

The trader, Navinder Singh Sarao, is facing criminal fraud charges, including claims that he helped set off a stock market crash in the United States.

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Computer Attacks Spur Congress to Act on Cybersecurity Bill Years in the Making

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

The House is expected to pass a bill pushing companies to share data with federal investigators in the wake of breaches at Sony, Target and the health insurer Anthem.

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State of the Art: An Online Tune-Up for the Used-Car Marketplace

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

Beepi, which acts as a broker between sellers and buyers of used automobiles, could alter the way people buy used cars.

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FBI warns on airline hacking threat

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

The FBI issues guidelines on how airlines should protect their wi-fi systems from hack attacks.

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Wikipedia editing rules explained

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

Who can and can’t edit the online encyclopedia?

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Ad-blocker beats publishers in court

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

The maker of a browser plug-in that prevents ads from being seen on websites defeats an attempt to have its tool blocked.

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Computer Attacks Spur Congress to Act on Cybersecurity Bill Years in Making

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

The House is expected to pass a bill pushing companies to share data with federal investigators in the wake of breaches at Sony, Target and the health insurer Anthem.

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Shapps denies Wikipedia claims

Written By: admin - Apr• 23•15

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps denies claims he changed Wikipedia entries about himself and other politicians.

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Shapps denies Wikipedia claims

Written By: admin - Apr• 22•15

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps denies claims he changed Wikipedia entries about himself and other politicians.

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Shapps denies Wikipedia claims

Written By: admin - Apr• 22•15

Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps denies claims he changed Wikipedia entries about himself and other politicians.

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Bits Blog: Twitter Broadens Ban on Violent Threats

Written By: admin - Apr• 22•15

The social network changed its rules of user conduct to ban promoting violence against others, not just specific threats. It also said it would use more tools to stop the spread of abusive tweets about rape, death and terrorism.

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Yahoo Shows Growth in Mobile Advertising, but Results Miss Estimates

Written By: admin - Apr• 22•15

The results reflect the slow progress by Yahoo’s chief executive, Marissa Mayer, in reviving the company.

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Can paper survive the digital age?

Written By: admin - Apr• 22•15

Can paper survive the digital age?

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Enraged US man shoots his computer

Written By: admin - Apr• 22•15

A man in the US city of Colorado Springs faces police action after becoming so frustrated with his computer that he shot it eight times, police say.

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Yahoo Shows Growth in Mobile Advertising, but Results Miss Estimates

Written By: admin - Apr• 22•15

The results reflect the slow progress by Yahoo’s chief executive, Marissa Mayer, in reviving the company.

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Bits Blog: Smart City Technology May Be Vulnerable to Hackers

Written By: admin - Apr• 22•15

A security researcher has found that the sensor technology being used to control everything from traffic lights to water systems is often installed and managed without proper security measures.

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Bits Blog: Smart City Technology May Be Vulnerable to Hackers

Written By: admin - Apr• 22•15

A security researcher has found that the sensor technology being used to control everything from traffic lights to water systems is often installed and managed without proper security measures.

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Stars throw out a lifetime’s waste carbon in just 1000 years

Written By: admin - Apr• 22•15

A star has been seen spewing carbon from its core into space, where it might form organic molecules useful for life, but the speed of the expulsion was a surprise

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Uber accused of guide dog snub

Written By: admin - Apr• 22•15

The taxi app firm Uber is being taken to court over allegations that its drivers are discriminating against people with visual impairment.

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Bits Blog: Twitter Broadens Ban on Violent Threats

Written By: admin - Apr• 22•15

The social network changed its rules of user conduct to ban promoting violence against others, not just specific threats. The company also said it would use more tools to stop the spread of abusive tweets about rape, death and terrorism that are posted on its service.

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Solar plane arrives in Nanjing

Written By: admin - Apr• 22•15

The round-the-world, fuel-free aeroplane, Solar Impulse, arrives in Nanjing to prepare for an epic Pacific crossing.

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Bits Blog: Twitter Broadens Ban on Violent Threats

Written By: admin - Apr• 22•15

The social network changed its rules of user conduct to ban promoting violence against others, not just specific threats. The company also said it would use more tools to stop the spread of abusive tweets about rape, death and terrorism that are posted on its service.

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Twitter cracks down on cyber-abuse

Written By: admin - Apr• 22•15

Twitter says it will take action against a wider range of violent threats as part of new efforts to tackle abuse on its platform.

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Steven A. Ballmer’s Inner Fan Finds Its Voice in a Corner of the N.B.A.

Written By: admin - Apr• 22•15

Ballmer, the former chief executive of Microsoft and the first-year owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is, in the words of the team’s coach, “the most normal $24 billion guy I know.”

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Japan train sets new speed record

Written By: admin - Apr• 22•15

A Japanese magnetic levitation train breaks its own world speed record, hitting 603km/h (374mph) on a test run near Mount Fuji.

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HBO Now users outside US ‘cut off’

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

HBO is threatening to cut off paying customers of its HBO Now service if they are viewing its shows outside the US.

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Space geckos seen playing on their trip into orbit

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

Reptiles rarely play on land, but now a group of "geckonauts" has been caught on camera playing with a floating collar

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Japan train sets new speed record

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

A Japanese magnetic levitation train breaks its own world speed record, hitting 603km/h (374mph) on a test run near Mount Fuji.

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Japan train sets new speed record

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

A Japanese magnetic levitation train breaks its own world speed record, hitting 603km/h (374mph) on a test run near Mount Fuji.

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Ruling Clears Way for Jury Verdict on Former Goldman Sachs Programmer

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

The criminal case of Sergey Aleynikov, who was accused of stealing computer code, will proceed to a jury after his last-ditch, midtrial effort to toss out the case came up short.

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IBM First-Quarter Earnings Top Wall St. Expectations

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

In what the company has said will be a transition year, its revenue fell 12 percent, to $19.6 billion, but operating profits rose.

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IBM First-Quarter Earnings Top Wall St. Expectations

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

In what the company has said will be a transition year, its revenue fell 12 percent, to $19.6 billion, but operating profits rose.

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The tech that rocks the cradle

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

The tech that rocks the cradle

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IBM First-Quarter Earnings Top Wall St. Expectations

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

In what the company has said will be a transition year, its revenue fell 12 percent, to $19.6 billion, but operating profits rose.

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Bits Blog: Twitter Expands Direct Messaging

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

The microblogging network, which is primarily geared to public messages, is making it easier for its 288 million users to send private messages to each other.

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Hair analysis on trial after FBI admits to using flawed evidence

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

he FBI has admitted that flawed evidence was accepted in nearly all of the trials that took place over the 1980s and 90s. Is hair analysis still any use at all?

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Bits Blog: Twitter Expands Direct Messaging

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

The microblogging network, which is primarily geared to public messages, is making it easier for its 288 million users to send private messages to each other.

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Mini 3D printed organs mimic beating heart and liver

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

Watch a collection of tiny beating hearts and a heart fused to a liver, made using techniques that could one day help build a human on a chip

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Bits Blog: Twitter Expands Direct Messaging

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

The microblogging network, which is primarily geared to public messages, is making it easier for its 288 million users to send private messages to each other.

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FM radio switch-off looms in Norway

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

Norway will become the first country in the world to switch off its FM radio platform in 2017.

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Carbon dioxide could be turned into a huge underground battery

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

Storing excess energy with carbon dioxide compressed underground could help even out our energy flow and clean up the atmosphere

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Oscar, a Health Insurance Start-Up, Valued at $1.5 Billion

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

The company has raised $145 million, drawing fans among investors with its approach built on technology and friendlier customer service.

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Google search changes favour mobile

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

Google is updating its search tools to favour websites that work well on mobile devices above those that fail its criteria

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Airline bans passenger after tweet

Written By: admin - Apr• 21•15

United Airlines banned a security researcher from a flight after he tweeted that he might be able to hack the aircraft’s systems.

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WikiLeaks Posts Sony Pictures Documents, Angering the Studio

Written By: admin - Apr• 20•15

The web portal said a trove of documents stolen by hackers is “newsworthy” because it shows “the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation.”

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WikiLeaks Posts Sony Pictures Documents, Angering the Studio

Written By: admin - Apr• 20•15

The web portal said a trove of documents stolen by hackers is “newsworthy” because it shows “the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation.”

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Box, Provider of Cloud-Computing Services, Faces Make-or-Break Moment

Written By: admin - Apr• 20•15

Box is nearing a point other young companies are also likely to face: Find a way to cut losses and stay ahead of deep-pocketed competition or disappear.

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Box, Provider of Cloud-Computing Services, Faces Make-or-Break Moment

Written By: admin - Apr• 20•15

Box is nearing a point other young companies are also likely to face: Find a way to cut losses and stay ahead of deep-pocketed competition or disappear.

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