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Up close with Mountain Lion: Safari

Safari's been around forever, and you'd think there isn't much Apple can still do to improve it. But the browser in Mountain Lion has learned a few new tricks. Leah Yamshon has the story.

Apple reminds users of coming iWork.com shutdown

Apple sent out an email on Tuesday, reminding users of iWork.com that the service will disappear for good at the end of July.

Remains of the Day: Bon appetit

We start off the week with an amuse-bouche of an iPhone rumor, followed by a few light helpings of iTunes in the Cloud. Finally, for dessert, half a dozen assorted flavors of Kindle Fire.

Apple, booksellers oppose proposed ebook price-fixing settlement

A proposed settlement of the U.S. Department of Justice's ebook price-fixing case against three large publishers would damage the U.S. publishing industry and would single out Apple for restrictions on ebook pricing, lawyers for the tech firm wrote in comments to the agency.

Phishing websites reach all-time high

The number of phishing websites detected reached an all-time high earlier this year, a sign that making fake websites spoofing real ones is still a lucrative trade for cybercriminals.

Google acquires Mac, iOS email client Sparrow

Google on Friday acquired the Mac and iOS email client Sparrow, and says no significant updates to the apps are planned.

Bing and Google deepen social integration in search

Microsoft and Google are each taking steps to extend the social networking capabilities in their search services.

Can the U.S. patent system be saved?

With the number of patent-related lawsuits on the rise, and the system set up to favor deep-pocketed giants over individual inventors and smaller companies, patent experts say that U.S. technology innovation is in for a continued shaky ride.

Google Chrome locks down non-approved extensions

Google has quietly changed the way Chrome browser adds extensions, blocking automatic installs from all but those downloaded through the company's Chrome Web Store.

Yahoo picks Google's Marissa Mayer as CEO

Yahoo has picked Google's Marissa Mayer as its new CEO, replacing Scott Thompson, the former PayPal president who left the Yahoo post less than six months into the job.

Microsoft Office must evolve to remain successful

Office has been a wildly successful product for Microsoft, but its continued dominance is far from assured as software moves to the cloud and employees bring their own tablets and smartphones into work.

Nvidia investigating breach of hashed passwords

Nvidia said it is investigating the release of encrypted passwords from its user forums, another significant data breach following recent compromises at Yahoo and LinkedIn.

Yahoo fixes password-pilfering bug, explains who's at risk

Yahoo said it has fixed the flaw that allowed hackers to steal more than 450,000 passwords from one of its many services.