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YouTube returns after a short, widely seen outage

A brief YouTube outage on Monday was the one of the biggest recent glitches for the popular video site, according to a company that uses complaints on Twitter and other sources to measure the impact of online outages.

In the wake of NSA spying, Yahoo promises encryption everywhere

By March, Yahoo users will have the option to encrypt all data flow to and from the Web company's services.

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Clockwise Podcast: Trouble with the curve

The institution of email, the utter pointlessness of curved phones, who should compete with YouTube, and Twitter's new custom timelines. Dan Moren welcomes guests Philip Michaels, Jason Cross, and Serenity Caldwell.

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Apple opens iTunes donation site for the Philippines (iTunes link)

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Send a contribution to the American Red Cross from your iTunes account to support typhoon recovery in the Philippines.

Bluetooth name tags

'So, that's why it's called Bluetooth!' and other surprising tech name origins

The hidden, and occasionally accidental, history of common tech brand names.

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Google Halloween

Here are all of Google's Halloween Easter eggs

Google's engineers have added a little Halloween mischief into the search graph—here's a rundown of all the seasonal fun we could find.

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shopping

Amazon announces ten-dollar increase to free-shipping minimum

Amazon’s free shipping minimum went up Tuesday from $25 to $35 -- the first price increase in over a decade -- in an apparent play to boost Amazon Prime subscribers.

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Obamacare

Ailing Obamacare site to get a "tech surge"

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is boosting the IT trauma team giving urgent care to the Obamacare website, which has badly malfunctioned since its launch almost three weeks ago.

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Smule Nation lets you unleash your inner Bieber on the world

Smule, maker of popular music creation apps, now lets you enjoy—or critique—the work of others via its Smule Nation website.

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iCloud lock

iCloud-hosted data inaccessible for some users

For the past week, and counting, some iCloud subscribers have been unable to access their iCloud-hosted app data, and their apps have been unable to sync with the service.

Hands-on with Kidoodle.TV, a Netflix just for kids

For $5 a month, Kidoodle.TV can help you feel better about letting your kids watch so much darn TV.

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George Takei

Who's actually writing your favorite celebrity's tweets?

Inside the world of social media ghostwriters.

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Exploring Google Search's tenuous relationship with pirated content

Mountain View says it filters copyright-infringing content from its autocomplete function, but not all search filters are created equal.

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How Yahoo could have improved its logo

Yahoo has a new logo, but we think the company could have done better.

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Time to fix Yahoo's new logo

We were underwhelmed by Yahoo's newly redesigned logo. But because we live to serve, we have a few ideas for livening things up.

Remains of the Day: Face-off

Now you can report bugs to Apple in style. Elsewhere, Apple puts a new face on FaceTime and Android takes a shot across Apple's sleek and sophisticated bow.