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Bits Blog: Apple Acquires Coherent Navigation, a GPS Start-Up

Written By: admin - May• 18•15

The purchase further bolsters Apple’s mapping technology and services.

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Martian Magna Carta: Justice and freedom on the final frontier

Written By: admin - May• 18•15

The demands of living in space mean that extraterrestrial colonists won’t enjoy the same liberties as us. It’s time to draw up a new bill of rights for them

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Kijiji, a Flop in the U.S., Rules Online Classifieds in Canada

Written By: admin - May• 18•15

The eBay-owned website, whose name means “village” in Swahili, attracts three times as many users in Canada as Craigslist, which dominates in the United States.

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The Right Aims at Democrats on Social Media to Hit Hillary Clinton

Written By: admin - May• 17•15

In digital campaigns, conservative groups are sending a steady stream of posts attacking Hillary Rodham Clinton, some of them specifically designed to be spotted, and shared, by liberals.

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A Russian Smartphone Has to Overcome Rivals and Jokes About Origin

Written By: admin - May• 17•15

Few people looking to buy a state-of-the-art smartphone would even think about a Russian model, but the makers of the YotaPhone aspire to change that.

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Workspace: Natalia Maria Ruderman of IBM: A Sweet Spot for Global Traditions

Written By: admin - May• 17•15

Ms. Ruderman, a vice president and chief financial officer for IBM Latin America, keeps an open mind and an open office.

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Drone-Flying Farmers, Once Breaking the Law, May Soon Gain Clearance

Written By: admin - May• 16•15

Few people are as excited about proposed rules that would allow people to fly small unmanned aircraft for commercial reasons as the farmers who use them to gather crop information.

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Netflix Said to Be in Early Talks With Chinese Companies

Written By: admin - May• 16•15

America’s video-streaming leader is in preliminary talks with Chinese media companies, as it aims to expand its presence from more than 5o countries to 200 by the end of next year.

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Bits Blog: Penn State’s College of Engineering Hit by Cyberattack

Written By: admin - May• 16•15

Universities are increasingly a target for hackers because they handle vast amounts of personal and financial information for students and employees, as well as sensitive research.

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Coding the future

Written By: admin - May• 16•15

Why the lack of IT grads matters for the future workplace

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Blizzard tackles Warcraft ‘cheats’

Written By: admin - May• 16•15

Thousands of World of Warcraft accounts have been shut down by Blizzard as it moves to stop people using ‘bots’ to play the game

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Carl Icahn Invests $100 Million in Lyft

Written By: admin - May• 16•15

The investment is an extension of a $530 million round that the ride-hailing start-up raised in March, valuing it at $2.5 billion.

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The internet is running out of room – but we can save it

Written By: admin - May• 16•15

With more of us online, thirsty for media and information, we’re nearing the maximum capacity of optical fibres, meaning the internet must adapt to survive

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Facebook ‘tramples on European law’

Written By: admin - May• 16•15

The Belgian privacy watchdog criticises Facebook after releasing a damning report on its privacy policy.

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Bits Blog: Unearthing the Enigma of Bitcoin’s Birth

Written By: admin - May• 16•15

Conversations with those most deeply involved in Bitcoin yielded a quiet but widely held consensus, and new hints drew an investigator further into the chase.

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Airline launches bug bounty contest

Written By: admin - May• 16•15

US airline United has launched a reward programme for security experts who find bugs in the software on its websites.

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Reddit launches bullying crackdown

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

The site will now investigate claims of harassment and will begin banning users guilty of it, it has said.

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Public test for Google robot cars

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

Google’s purpose-built robot cars are getting the green light to drive on public roads in California.

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Decoding the Enigma of Satoshi Nakamoto and the Birth of Bitcoin

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

Conversations with those most deeply involved in Bitcoin yielded a quiet consensus about the possible identity of the virtual currency’s creator.

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Robot cleaner can empty bins and sweep floors

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

Dussmann, one of the Germany’s largest cleaning companies, has been testing an office cleaning robot in its Berlin headquarters

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Ruling in Royalty Case Gives BMI a Victory Against Pandora

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

While the case is a win for the music industry, it comes a week after a rival agency lost an appeal to Pandora in a royalty case.

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Candy Crush maker shares plunge 14%

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

Shares of the maker of popular mobile game Candy Crush fall as much as over 14% in after hours trading after it warned of weaker profits.

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Amtrak Says It Was Just Months Away From Installing Safety System

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

The railroad said technical and regulatory roadblocks had delayed operation of the system, which might have prevented this week’s train derailment.

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Secret Service Arrests Man After Drone Flies Near White House

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

Officers detained a man they said was flying a drone in the park across from the White House but determined that the drone was not carrying anything harmful.

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Coding the future and why it matters

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

Why the lack of IT grads matters for the future workplace

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Amtrak Says It Was Just Months Away From Installing Safety System

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

The railroad said technical and regulatory roadblocks had delayed operation of the system, which might have prevented this week’s train derailment.

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Secret Service Arrests Man After Drone Flies Near White House

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

Officers detained a man they said was flying a drone in the park across from the White House but determined that the drone was not carrying anything harmful.

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Bits Blog: Reddit Introduces Anti-Harassment Policy

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

Reddit users who view or experience harassment on the service will now be able to e-mail the company and request to have content and offenders removed from the site.

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Why do kids watch Minecraft videos?

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

Minecraft is now officially the most uploaded game ever on YouTube but what is the draw and should parents be worried?

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China reveals ambitious broadband plan

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

The country’s premier has announced investment that he says will increase speed and lower prices – and called upon telecoms firms to help.

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A Battle for Eyeballs: Why Facebook’s News Experiment Matters to Readers

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

Instant articles shift the relationship between publications and readers, by ceding an essential element of control. But that is already happening.

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HoloLens may be stress-controlled

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

Microsoft is exploring ways to make its forthcoming augmented reality headset respond to the wearer’s stress levels.

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Bits Blog: Technology Behind Advertising Is at the Heart of Verizon’s Deal for AOL

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

In a merger with Verizon, AOL would gain a wealth of consumer data that it could use to personalize and target marketing messages. Others are skeptical of the effort.

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Recharge pools could help quench future California droughts

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

California could solve its water problems, and cope with climate change, by actively refilling its overdrawn aquifers

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Apple agrees to settle legal case

Written By: admin - May• 15•15

Apple denied that it poached staff from battery-maker A123, but has agreed to settle the case, court papers show.

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Japan’s Sharp in $1.7bn bank bailout

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

Japanese electronics maker Sharp agrees a 200bn Japanese yen ($1.7bn) bailout from banks as it announces job cuts and further losses.

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Robots can count apples on a tree – as long as it’s night

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

To rely on computers to count apples in an orchard, you need to help them out. And the  bright idea of shining a light on them at night could be the answer

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Sharp Says Banks to Provide $1.7 Billion Bailout

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

The Japanese electronics maker has been losing money after its smartphone display business came under intense pressure from Asian rivals.

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OECD attacks ‘aggressive tax plans’

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

Technology companies need to stop "extremely aggressive" tax planning, the man charged with reforming global tax rules has told the BBC.

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Say hello to machines that read your emotions to make you happy

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

The latest AI devices can’t just gauge your mood from what you say and how you say it, they can work out the best way to respond to cheer you up

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Found: giant spirals in space that could explain our existence

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

Why there is any matter at all is one of physics’ biggest mysteries. Hints of a spiralled intergalactic magnetic field could solve it

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Common Sense: Verizon Takes to the Battlefield

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

Verizon’s deal to buy AOL, which barely registers in financial terms, may be the signature transaction that vanquishes all perceptions of the company as a stodgy utility.

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Bits Blog: Uber Lures Top Google Executive and Shifts David Plouffe’s Duties

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

Uber said Rachel Whetstone, Google’s longtime head of communications, would run its day-to-day communications operations. David Plouffe, who had that role, will move to a chief advisory position and take a director’s seat on Uber’s board.

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Verizon’s Deal for AOL Is a Push Into the Technology of Advertising

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

In a merger with Verizon, AOL would gain a wealth of consumer data that it could use to personalize and target marketing messages. Others are skeptical of the effort.

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Bits Blog: Uber Lures Top Google Executive and Shifts David Plouffe’s Duties

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

Uber said that Rachel Whetstone, Google’s longtime head of communications, would run its day-to-day communications operations. David Plouffe, who had that role, will move to a chief advisory position and take a director’s seat on Uber’s board.

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Bits Blog: White House and Labor Advocates Praise Move by Facebook for Higher Wages

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would require its contractors and vendors to provide better benefits and a minimum hourly wage of $15.

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Bits Blog: Uber Lures Top Google Executive and Shifts David Plouffe’s Duties

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

Uber said that Rachel Whetstone, Google’s longtime head of communications, would run its day-to-day communications operations. David Plouffe, who had that role, will move to a chief advisory position and take a director’s seat on Uber’s board.

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Retirement Special Section: Turning to Social Media in Times of Need

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

Patients and their families facing disease and death are increasingly using social media tools to share updates and commiseration, as well as to raise caregiving support.

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App Smart: Video Feature: Apps for Cyclists Offer Everything but the Flat-Tire Kit

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

Route tracking, speed and distance monitoring, social-media updating and more.

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Bits Blog: Tango Offers Shopping on Its Messaging Service

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

Now you can buy a Yankees coffin within the comfort of your texting line. Tango, a popular messaging service, has a two-million-item catalog of goods from Walmart and Alibaba. If it works, will brands keep their own apps?

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Facebook Begins Testing Instant Articles From News Publishers

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

The social network will host articles directly on its site instead of linking to them, potentially undermining news sites and apps.

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Tokyo bans drones in parks

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

The local government in the Japanese capital bans drones, saying the devices pose a danger to park visitors

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Bits Blog: Bill Gates, Andy Grove and Steve Jobs: The Strategies They Shared

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

A new book by two business school professors examines the common strategies of Bill Gates, Andy Grove and Steve Jobs, and the implications beyond the companies they led.

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Corkscrew planets spiral back and forth between two stars

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

In some rare cases, a planet in a binary system may spiral around the axis that connects its two stars – although how such planets come to be is unclear

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Bits Blog: Tango Offers Shopping on Its Messaging Service

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

Now you can buy a Yankees coffin within the comfort of your texting line. Tango, a popular messaging service, has a two-million-item catalog of goods from Walmart and Alibaba. If it works, will brands keep their own apps?

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Ukraine hits back at ‘Facebook trolls’

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

A campaign urges Facebook to act against what activists describe as Russian attempts to silence pro-Ukrainian voices.

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China imposes smartwatch army ban

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

The official newspaper of China’s army says recruits have been forbidden from wearing smartwatches and other internet-connected kit.

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Google in ‘right to be forgotten’ talks

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

The Information Commissioner’s Office is looking into 48 cases in which Google refused ‘right to be forgotten’ requests and could take enforcement action.

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Bits Blog: Facebook to Start Testing Instant Articles

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

The social network will host articles directly on its site instead of linking to them, potentially undermining news sites and apps.

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Bits Blog: How Facebook’s News Feed Will Change on Mobile

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

A representative of one participating publisher said the social network’s new format for presenting news articles to iPhone users was “buttery smooth.”

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BBC Global iPlayer to close in June

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

BBC Worldwide says the international subscription-fee version of the iPlayer service will close on 26 June.

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Bits Blog: How Facebook’s Instant Articles Work

Written By: admin - May• 14•15

A representative of one participating publisher said the social network’s new format for presenting news articles to iPhone users was “buttery smooth.”

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Facebook Begins Testing Direct Publication of News Articles

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

The social network will host articles directly on its site instead of linking to them, potentially undermining news sites and apps.

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Free mobile data plans coming to UK

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

A US firm is to extend its free mobile data, voice and text offering to the UK from July this year.

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Facebook tightens its grip on news

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

The social media giant is moving to make it even easier to access news articles.

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Facebook Begins Testing Direct Publication of News Articles

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

The social network will host articles directly on its site instead of linking to them, potentially undermining news sites and apps.

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Facebook Media Venture to Include NBC, BuzzFeed and New York Times

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

The social network will host articles directly on its site instead of linking to them, potentially undermining news sites and apps.

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AOL, a Digital Pioneer, With Another Chance to Reshape Itself

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

Acquisitions were once a symbol of the company, but the onetime Internet titan had in recent years been dogged by rumors of deals it should pursue.

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Verizon to Buy AOL to Get Video and Ad Technology

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

Verizon will pay $4.4 billion, a 17 percent premium over the closing price of AOL’s shares, and the AOL chief, Tim Armstrong, will stay on.

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Bits Blog: Deal Talks for Here Mapping Service Expose Reliance on Location Data

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

If a new owner decides to restrict access to Here’s vast trove of mapping data, some of the largest tech companies could find themselves relying on Google’s mapping services once more.

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State of the Art: Verizon’s Data Trove Could Help AOL Score With Ads

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

The Verizon-AOL deal is just the latest corporate reaction to a staggering shift in the way people across the globe get their news and entertainment.

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Bits Blog: Bill Gates, Andy Grove and Steve Jobs: The Strategies They Shared

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

A new book by two business school professors examines the common strategies of Bill Gates, Andy Grove and Steve Jobs, and the implications beyond the companies they led.

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An App That Helps Drivers Earn the Most From Their Trips

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

A free analytics site allows drivers to use their daily income, number of fares, working hours, expenses and mileage to calculate pay and determine profitable driving patterns.

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An App That Helps Drivers Earn the Most From Their Trips

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

A free analytics site allows drivers to use their daily income, number of fares, working hours, expenses and mileage to calculate pay and determine profitable driving patterns.

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Verizon to Buy AOL for $4.4 Billion in Cash

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

Verizon will pay a 17 percent premium over the closing price of AOL’s shares, and the AOL chief, Tim Armstrong, will stay on.

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Firm sued over location-tracking app

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

A lawsuit has been lodged in California alleging that location-tracking apps used by a firm invaded staff privacy.

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The Deals That Transformed AOL

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

Acquisitions were once a symbol of the company, but the onetime Internet titan had in recent years been dogged by rumors of deals it should pursue.

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Third Bangladesh blogger murdered

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

A secular blogger is hacked to death by suspected Islamists in Bangladesh, the third such deadly attack this year.

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Verizon to buy AOL for $4.4bn

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

US telecoms giant Verizon says it will buy internet firm AOL in a deal worth $4.4bn.

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Verizon to buy AOL for $4.4bn

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

US telecoms giant Verizon says it will buy internet firm AOL in a deal worth $4.4bn.

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Mars volcanoes launch dust storms like a skate ramp

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

Weird dust storms on Mars suggest that massive volcano Olympus Mons is the solar system’s sickest half-pipe

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Bits Blog: Verizon to Buy AOL for $4.4 Billion in Cash

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

The move to buy AOL at $50 a share, a 17 percent premium over its closing price Monday, is an effort to expand Verizon’s digital and video offerings.

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Bits Blog: Tango Offers Shopping on Its Messaging Service

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

Now you can buy a Yankees coffin within the comfort of your texting line. Tango, a popular messaging service, has a two-million-item catalog of goods from Walmart and Alibaba. If it works, will brands keep their own apps?

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Jamie’s website hacked a third time

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

The website of British TV chef, Jamie Oliver has been hit for a third time by malware that potentially infects users’ computers

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Verizon buys AOL for $4.4bn

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

US telecoms giant Verizon says it will buy internet firm AOL in a deal worth $4.4bn.

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Verizon buys AOL for $4.4bn

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

US telecoms giant Verizon says it will buy AOL in a deal worth $4.4bn.

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Map Maker suspended due to vandalism

Written By: admin - May• 13•15

Google stops the public contributing to its map service following some high-profile graffiti, including a urinating Android.

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Third Bangladesh blogger murdered

Written By: admin - May• 12•15

A blogger has been hacked to death in north-eastern Bangladesh, the third such deadly attack since the start of the year.

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Third Bangladesh blogger murdered

Written By: admin - May• 12•15

A blogger has been hacked to death in north-eastern Bangladesh, the third such deadly attack since the start of the year.

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Q&A: Finding a New Broadband Connection

Written By: admin - May• 12•15

When the cable company just won’t do, here are tips for finding another way to get online.

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Will algorithms make business boring?

Written By: admin - May• 12•15

Is the brave new world of AI going to make business boring?

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Earth’s cloudy demeanour unveiled by NASA’s Aqua satellite

Written By: admin - May• 12•15

A striking map of the planet’s average cloudiness has been generated with data from a NASA satellite that’s been watching the clouds for more than a decade

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Bits Blog: An Obama Plan to Stop Foreign Hackers Has Mixed Results

Written By: admin - May• 12•15

The Obama administration’s two-year-old strategy to aggressively fight foreign online espionage has done little to curb the theft of companies’ trade secrets.

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Self-driving car accidents revealed

Written By: admin - May• 12•15

Four out of the 48 self-driving cars on public roads in California have been involved in accidents since September.

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Bits Blog: Uber Funding Talks Highlight the Speedy Pace of Investments

Written By: admin - May• 12•15

Uber, Yik Yak and others have raised more money in less time, driven by money flowing in from hedge funds, strategic investors and more.

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Photobucket hackers face charges

Written By: admin - May• 12•15

Two men alleged to have developed an app enabling criminals to harvest personal data from users of photo-sharing site Photobucket have been arrested.

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Chinese Smartphone Makers Try to Make Inroads in India

Written By: admin - May• 12•15

As domestic sales slow and the country’s economy cools, China turns to the much smaller but fast-growing market in India.

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Funds sought for tiny £6 computer

Written By: admin - May• 12•15

A Californian start-up is seeking cash to make a computer that only costs $9 (£6) in its most basic form.

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Australia in corporate tax crackdown

Written By: admin - May• 11•15

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey announces the introduction of a new tax crackdown against 30 multinational corporations including Google, Apple and Microsoft.

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Millions of missing galaxies found hiding in plain sight

Written By: admin - May• 11•15

A type of galaxy thought to be all but extinct has turned up in our own backyard in the same abundance as in the early universe

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