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US appeals court asks whether to limit software patents

Should an abstract idea written into software and run on a computer be patentable? That's one question a U.S. appeals court will consider Friday when it hears arguments in a case with broad implications for software patents for companies as diverse as Google and Red Hat.

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Pew report shows some Facebook users dialing down usage

Facebook makes it easy to connect with people online, but some of its users say they got burned out on the site or grew tired of their friends' "drama," a new survey shows.

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Expo Notes: BuzzCard gives your blogs, podcasts that polished video edge

Video service offers easy, affordable identity and branding for individuals and small companies who publish on YouTube.

Twitter hacked; 250,000 users must reset their passwords

Twitter's servers have been breached by "extremely sophisticated" hackers who may have made off with user names and passwords for about 250,000 users, the company said Friday.

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Microsoft CEO calls Office for iOS unnecessary

Waiting for Word, Excel and PowerPoint on your iPhone or iPad? Steve Ballmer says you don't need it.

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Expo Notes: FiledRight helps small law firms get organized

Mindwrap is expanding its scope beyond helping big corporations organize and sort documents with a new product called FiledRight that helps small businesses digitize their records.

Foursquare launches new mobile app for business owners

Foursquare has launched a new mobile app aimed at making it easier for the 1 million business owners using the service to connect and share news with customers.

Office 365: What it means to Mac users

Microsoft on Tuesday released its Office 2013 and Office 365 productivity software suites. Lost in the announcement, however, is its meaning to Mac users.

BitTorrent invites testers to help fine tune its new Sync file-sharing program

BitTorrent asked Thursday for crowd-sourcing ideas from its more than 100 million users for a new program for file sharing across multiple computers called Sync.

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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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Groups raise questions about privacy on Skype

Skype owner Microsoft should release information about how much user data it gives to third parties, including government agencies, several organizations and individuals said in a letter to company officials.

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Storify shows Facebook privacy more illusion than fact

Facebook passes the buck to users, but that is seen as an example of why privacy advocates want tougher restrictions on Facebook

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App Spotlight: Receipt scanner Piikki is free, today only

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