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Facebook shutters Vintage Camera's access

Facebook has blocked Vintage Camera, an Instagram-like photo app, from accessing its API (application programming interface). The move follows the recent blocking of other apps by the social networking giant.

App.net introduces invitation-only free accounts

Starting today, you can get into App.net for free—provided you know somebody who already uses the social network.

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Rabbit wants to put a new face on video chat

Rabbit is a video-conferencing application that puts an emphasis on sharing videos, music, and other content. The Mac-only service launched a closed beta on Thursday.

Government data requests to Google continue to rise

Governments continue to ask Google for more data about its users, with more than two-thirds of requests in the U.S. made through a subpoena, which usually doesn't require asking a judge for a search warrant.

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Net neutrality bill looms if court voids FCC order

If a federal appeals court later this year strikes down the Federal Communications Commission's open Internet rules, lawmakers will again press for legislation to codify the principle of net neutrality, a prominent House Democrat said on Tuesday.

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An obscenely slow Internet connection when you're paying for a fast one

Interronator is paying Time Warner for 20mbps Internet service, but is only getting about .7 (note the decimal point).

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Facebook Graph Search turns 'Likes' into searchable data

The social-networking giant gives users Graph Search, a new way of searching through the massive amounts of content on the site.

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Remains of the Day: Forget it, Tim, it's China

Tim Cook and Phil Schiller are doing the full court press in China, the 27-inch iMac is still pressed for supply, and the late Steve Jobs was ready to press HP to give a former CEO his job back.

Firefox 18 delivers a jolt of speed to Web apps and games

Performance is now up to 25 percent faster thanks to a new JavaScript compiler, Mozilla says.

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How to set up iCloud

Just got a new Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod, and want help setting up iCloud across all your devices? Here's the how-to for you.

2012 in review: The year in Apple news

Mac and iOS may have dominated Apple news this year, but they weren't the only developments. Dan Moren and Lex Friedman recount the rest of what happened in 2012.

Judge accepts $22.5 million Google fine in Safari privacy case

A U.S. judge has indicated she will accept the terms of a settlement deal between Google and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, in which Google will pay a $22.5 million fine for circumventing privacy protections in Apple's Safari browser.

Jam with Chrome music app moves band practice online

The app uses HTML5 features such as Web Audio API, Websockets, Canvas and CSS3

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Instagram rolls out Web-based profiles

Instagram takes to the Web with profiles geared to boost sharing and finding new users to follow.

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Why are they called that? The silly stories behind six tech brands

How did TiVo, Skype, eBay, and others wind up with the names they did? JR Raphael has the answer.

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