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Facebook policy change questioned by Irish government

The Office of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner has asked Facebook to tweak its proposed policy changes

Firefox browser betas out for desktop, Android

Mozilla has released new beta versions of its Firefox browser, with an improved JavaScript engine for desktops, Retina display support for Macs, and optional search suggestions for Android.

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Senate bill to allow warrantless government access to your online services

A Senate bill that, at one point, would have protected e-mail privacy has gone the opposite way, and would allow government surveillance of online services without a warrant if passed into law.

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Facebook moves all users to HTTPS for added security

The move adds a layer of encryption to data transfer, making the information harder to see by attackers

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Twitter resets more user passwords than necessary

Twitter Thursday forced many users to reset their passwords following an apparent security breach, but the company says not everyone who received the warning was hacked.

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AT&T Locker app comes to iOS, but beware of lockdown

AT&T has launched a new Locker app for iOS that provides free online storage for photos, videos, and documents, but its concept is hobbled by restrictions and is best avoided.

Hurricane Sandy on 10_29_12

Hurricane Sandy tips: how to keep cellphones powered up

Without a way to charge your gadgets, you'll want to conserve as much power as you can, especially your cell phone, as it may be your only means of communication during a massive storm. Here are some tips for keeping your phone and other gadgets alive during Hurricane Sandy.

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Got $20,000? LG’s first Ultra HD TV arrives in U.S.

For big spenders willing to bet on bleeding-edge, yet-to-be-proven technology, LG’s first Ultra HD TV is now on sale in the United States for $20,000.

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'Password' is still the worst password, but watch out for 'ninja'

Splashdata, a security software developer, released its annual list of the most common passwords on the Internet. Once again, “password,” “123456.” and “12345678” are the three most popular, in that order.

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T-Mobile, MetroPCS merge to take on the big carriers

T-Mobile and MetroPCS, the fourth- and fifth-largest wireless carriers in the United States respectively, will merge with the goal of beating the bigger carriers on value.

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Nest releases slimmer, smarter version of learning thermostat

The new Nest is 20 percent thinner than the first-generation model and its compatibility has been increased

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Why maps matter to Apple, Google and others

Although Apple's iPhone 5 has been well-received by critics, its iOS 6 software has drawn complaints for the new Maps app, which drops Google's database and uses a patchwork of mapping sources instead. So why did Apple drop Google maps? Lots of reasons.

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TechHive: Kobo preempts Amazon with new tablet, e-readers


Hours before Amazon announces its newest Kindle devices, Kobo has snuck in an e-reader and tablet announcement of its own.


Sezmi's broadcast and Web TV service, now available in 11 U.S. cities, shows promise as an inexpensive alternative to cable or satellite, but some rough edges still need smoothing.

Google is headed for your TV

Google has partnered with Intel and Sony to create Google TV, an ambitious attempt to bake its Android software into TVs, Blu-ray players, and a Google set-top box.