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Internet visionary Cerf proposes 'digital vellum' to preserve Internet data

Vinton Cerf, one of the computer scientists who turned on the Internet in 1983, is concerned that much of the data created since then, and for years still to come, will be lost to time.

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A U.S. Apple factory may be robot city

Apple's planned investment of $100 million next year in a U.S. manufacturing facility is relatively small, but still important. Apple has the money, talent and resources to build a highly automated factory that turns out products that are potentially cost competitive with those it now makes in China.

Apple, Facebook put Prineville on the map

Apple and Facebook this week each filed plans to expand data center operations in Prineville, Ore., a little community that's on its way to becoming one of largest data center locations in the U.S.

Cellphone vibration syndrome and other signs of tech addiction

There's a growing body of research on phantom cellphone vibrations and the other problems associated with technology obsession.

Uncle Sam wants iPads, and maybe Androids

The U.S. Air Force is planning to buy as many as 18,000 tablet computers to serve as 'electronic flight bags,' that will replace the paper manuals and documents that air crews use today.

Senator: SOPA fight in 'last rounds'

Two lawmakers who are fighting the controversial SOPA and PIPA bills took their case to CES this week.

Apple, Google, Facebook turn N.C. into data center hub

Apple is the latest high-profile tech company to open a data center in western North Carolina to take advantage of relatively low land and power costs.

Amazon outage sparks frustration, doubts about cloud

Amazon's prolonged outage of cloud services has the potential to set back cloud adoption by giving businesses a good reason to go slow.

Help desk calls on the rise

No, it's not your imagination: More people are calling company help desks for assistance than ever before, according to a new study.

Intel combines smart TV with smart remote

The development of "smart TVs" is also leading, not surprisingly, to the creation of a smart remote as well, thanks to Intel.

Survey: Google Docs 'widely used' at one-in-five workplaces

The near total dominance of Microsoft Office in the workplace may be getting a serious challenge from Google Docs, according to a new survey by market research firm IDC.

EPA unveils new Energy Star specs for monitors

In October, stricter specifications for Energy Star certification will take place.

HP’s billion-color monitor gets a price: $3,499

Hewlett-Packard says its 24-inch DreamColor LP2480zx will deliver true colors because of its ability to display 30-bit color, which can provide up to one billion colors.

US to require agencies to buy green PCs, monitors

The U.S. government plans to require federal agencies to buy PCs and computer monitors that are energy efficient and include reduced levels of toxic chemicals -- a requirement that likely will affect corporate users as well because of the government's massive buying power.

Gates: US risks losing technology leadership role

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said Wednesday that he feels “deep anxiety” over the ability of the U.S. to compete globally and added that the country is risking its technology leadership because of failures in its education system and immigration policies and inadequate research spending.