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Mac Gems of the Year: 2013

Our Mac Gems department aims to uncover the best in great, inexpensive software. Of the nearly 120 Mac Gems we reviewed in 2013, here are our favorites.

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Amazon offers gift cards, shipping refunds for late deliveries

The company blames delivery companies for the delays

Facebook Status: Miserable

Are your Facebook status updates driving your friends to drink? Probably. Here are 10 social networking no-nos.

Blocked! User outrage spurs Twitter to reverse policy change

Twitter on Thursday faced a wave of backlash after it changed its blocking policies. The company quickly backtracked.

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Airbnb hosts take to Twitter to lobby New York lawmakers

A nonprofit group of Airbnb hosts and users is stepping up its awareness campaign about New York’s laws against short-term rentals.

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New Creative Commons license gives users more flexibility

Authors and artists seeking to release works under a Creative Commons license now have more flexibility and choice when they want to share their works, Creative Commons said Thursday.

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Oops -- YouTube's new commenting system actually increased spam

That's unfortunate, since YouTube says it put the new system in place to clean up spam on its website.

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How to report spam and other violations on Facebook

Make it go away! A hidden feature makes spam, abusive posts, and mindless drivel disappear from your Facebook newsfeed.

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Sidecar and Lyft switch from donations to minimum fares in California

Sidecar says it's introducing minimum fares and rival service Lyft is reportedly making the move away from donation-based fares, too.

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Save your Internet bacon with two-factor authentication

Why log in once when you can log in twice? Two-factor authentication can give you some added protection, and it's fairly easy to set up.

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Keep your PayPal account safer with two-factor authentication

Adding extra security to your PayPal account is quick and easy. We'll show you how to do it.

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Keep your Microsoft account safer with two-factor authentication

SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Office 365, Xbox Live - your Microsoft account is the gateway to too many critical services to secure with a simple password.

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Protect your Google account with two-factor authentication

Don't let hackers get at those love letters you sent with your Gmail account!

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Airbnb proves its worth to New York: $632 million, to be exact

Lodging platform Airbnb says it offers a big boost for New York's economy, in the midst of a tax revenue fight with the state Attorney General.

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Protect your Facebook account from hackers with two-factor authentication

Don't be one of those people with a compromised account that spams all their friends.

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Use two-factor authentication for your Twitter account

If you want to keep hackers away from your Twitter account, two-factor authentication could be just the thing. But be warned: It's a little awkward to set up...

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