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Sites That Pay the Shopper For Being a Seller
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Sites That Pay the Shopper For Being a Seller

Julie Medeiros thinks her taste in fashion is worth something. Turns out it is: about $50 a month.

Controlling Curiosity: How Do You Drive a Mars Rover?
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Controlling Curiosity: How Do You Drive a Mars Rover?

Engineers at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, have the ultimate iPhone app.

New Android Malware App Turns Phone Into Surveillance Device
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New Android Malware App Turns Phone Into Surveillance Device

Mobile malware has largely been limited to Trojans buried inside a malicious app targeting sensitive data stored on the phone such as email, contact information...

U.s. Bank Website Hackers Used Advanced Botnets, Diverse Tools
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U.s. Bank Website Hackers Used Advanced Botnets, Diverse Tools

The hackers behind the cyber attacks on major U.S. banks have repeatedly disrupted online banking by using sophisticated and diverse tools that point to a carefully...

Cyber Attackers Disrupt Internet in Iran: Official
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Cyber Attackers Disrupt Internet in Iran: Official

Cyber attackers have targeted Iranian infrastructure and communications companies, disrupting the Internet across the country, a state official was quoted as saying...

Online Education Grows Up, and For Now, It's Free
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Online Education Grows Up, and For Now, It's Free

Online education isn't particularly new. It has been around in some form since the 1990s, but what is new is the speed and scale in which online learning is growing...

More Mobile News Consumers Choosing Web Over Apps
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More Mobile News Consumers Choosing Web Over Apps

Mobile apps were supposed to be the reset button for the news industry.

Google Leapfrogs Microsoft in Market Value
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Google Leapfrogs Microsoft in Market Value

For Microsoft, it was bad enough when Apple's stock market value surpassed its own in 2010. Now Google, a company that didn't even exist 15 years ago, just did...

The Economics of Video Games
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The Economics of Video Games

Inflation can be a headache for any central banker. But it takes a certain type of economist to know what to do when a belligerent spaceship fleet attacks an interstellar...

Mobile Ads: Here's What Works and What Doesn't
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Mobile Ads: Here's What Works and What Doesn't

In 2010, Apple Inc. AAPL co-founder Steve Jobs proclaimed, "Mobile advertising really sucks." Now, however, the rule book for what works in mobile advertising is...

Facebook's New Pitch to Brand Advertisers: Forget About Clicks
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Facebook's New Pitch to Brand Advertisers: Forget About Clicks

Facebook Inc., stung by doubts that advertising on the social network delivers enough bang for the buck, is preparing to unveil data to counter its critics and...

Power, Pollution, and the Internet
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Power, Pollution, and the Internet

Jeff Rothschild's machines at Facebook had a problem he knew he had to solve immediately. They were about to melt.

Larry Roberts Calls Himself the Founder of the Internet. Who Are You to Argue?
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Larry Roberts Calls Himself the Founder of the Internet. Who Are You to Argue?

In 1966, the U.S. Department of Defense hired Roberts to design the ARPAnet, a computer network that would connect various research outfits across the country.

Warehouse 'bots Do Battle to Make Same-Day Delivery a Reality
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Warehouse 'bots Do Battle to Make Same-Day Delivery a Reality

The robots zipping across the aluminum grid look less like Star Wars droids and more like little red wagons.

On Waterfront, Rise of the Machines
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On Waterfront, Rise of the Machines

In the rising light of a mid-September morning, the CSAV Pyrenees, a blue-water freighter sailing out of Suape Port in Brazil, was lashed to its lines at BerthPort...

Apple-Google Maps Talks Crashed Over Voice-Guided Directions
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Apple-Google Maps Talks Crashed Over Voice-Guided Directions

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says Apple should have continued to use Google’s mapping application in iOS 6 instead of swapping it out for its poorly received home...

Facebook Raises Fears with Ad Tracking
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Facebook Raises Fears with Ad Tracking

Facebook is working with a controversial data company called Datalogix that can track whether people who see ads on the social networking site end up buying those...

Facebook Can Id Faces, but Using Them Grows Tricky
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Facebook Can Id Faces, but Using Them Grows Tricky

Facebook on Friday confronted a new obstacle over what to do with one of its most vital assets—pictures.

Why Wi-Fi Is Often So Slow
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Why Wi-Fi Is Often So Slow

A number of Internet service providers, including Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc., have recently upped the maximum speeds of broadband they offer...

Employee Shopping: 'acqui-Hire' Is the New Normal in Silicon Valley
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Employee Shopping: 'acqui-Hire' Is the New Normal in Silicon Valley

Tech companies like Google, Facebook and Zynga are on a shopping spree. They're buying small startups with innovative products and apps. But, many times, the tech...
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