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BlackBerry CEO: We Won't Make Phones if We Can't Make Money

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:05am
Update: Later on Thursday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen denied the company is exiting the handset business, saying his comments were "taken out of context." Read more.At long last, BlackBerry is willing to stop making phones if it continues to lose money.






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Car-hacking: A New Fear For Drivers of Tech-Loaded Vehicles

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:05am
Add car-hacking to the list of motorists' fears.A University of Michigan survey shows that Americans are nervous about whether new computer technology in vehicles could be hacked and the data stolen.
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BlackBerry CEO: Reports of Our Phones' Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:05am
No, BlackBerry isn't planning to exit the phone business, despite reports this week.Reuters published a report Thursday saying BlackBerry "would consider exiting its handset business if it remains unprofitable," quoting company CEO John Chen.
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Without a Tweet: Nearly Half of Twitter is Silent, Report Says

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:49am
By the numbers, Twitter is huge, boasting 241 million monthly active users across the globe. But how many of those people are actually tweeting?






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Hackers Trying to Exploit 'Heartbleed' Bug, U.S. Officials Warn

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:49am
BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Government warned on Friday that hackers are attempting to exploit the 'Heartbleed' bug in targeted attacks by scanning networks to see if they are vulnerable.






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Conscience-on-the-Go: Ethicists Put Out Their Own App

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:34am

Ambitious young technologists have lots of questions, few of them moral. That’s what worries the ethicists at a Jesuit college in the heart of Silicon Valley.








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Tax Day Is When?! Smartphone Apps Make Filing Easy

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 8:29am
April 15 is looming -- but no worries, you can file your taxes from your phone.If you’re lucky enough to have a brief and simple filing, there are a handful of reliable tax apps that can make the filing process a breeze. No sweat, a photo, and a few taps on a smartphone.






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Will E.T. Phone Home? Big Dig for Old Atari Games Set for This Month

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:42am
The big dig is finally about to happen at Alamogordo, N.M., but will it be anything to phone home about?






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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: We're Getting Closer to Delivery by Drone

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:39pm
Amazon apparently is making progress on its goal of eventually delivering small packages to your home by drone.In his annual letter to shareholders, made public Thursday, CEO Jeff Bezos provided an update on the company’s accomplishments and projects over the past year.






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'Heartbleed' Computer Bug Threat Spreads to Firewalls and Beyond

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:23pm
Hackers could crack email systems, security firewalls and possibly mobile phones through the "Heartbleed" computer bug, according to security experts who warned on Thursday that the risks extended beyond just Internet Web servers.






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Amazon Will Pay Some Workers $5,000 To Quit

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:08pm
Take this job and shove it — oh, and thanks for the $2,000.Amazon said this week that it has started a program called Pay to Quit, in which it offers workers at its fulfillment centers between $2,000 and $5,000 to quit.






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Pardonnez-moi, Boss, I Can't Answer the Phone Now, I'm Chez Moi

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:22pm
Ever tempted to ignore the boss' telephone call or email when you're home relaxing at night or on the beach at the weekend?Well, a group of French workers will be able to remain incommunicado outside of office hours, without fear of the consequences, according to a new labor agreement.






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FTC Clears Facebook's Purchase of WhatsApp

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:50pm

The Federal Trade Commission also warned the two Internet companies that they must not backtrack on commitments to user privacy.








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Amazon To Buy Digital Comics Company comiXology

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:35pm
Amazon is buying New York-based digital comic book publisher comiXology for an undisclosed sum to beef up its entertainment content.The deal, announced Thursday, is expected to close in the second quarter.






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Tech Demands More H-1B Visas As Critics Cry Foul

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:35pm
Hundreds of thousands of applications for visas meant to bring specialty workers to the United States were filed in early April, but critics of the program say the current system is broken and may discourage companies from hiring American workers.






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What Can You Learn From Destroying Things?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:04pm

30 Seconds to Know: Adam Savage, co-host of "Mythbusters," explains why he's been taking things apart since he was a child, and what you can learn by blowing things up.








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Next Week, You, Too, Can Buy Google Glass

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 4:33pm
Get your credit card ready. On Tuesday, April 15, after the pain of filing your taxes has subsided, you'll be able to buy Google Glass — for a limited time.Google was hoping to keep it a secret for a wee bit longer, but documents leaked to The Verge caused the company to make the announcement early.






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Teen 'Sexting' Ring Discovered on Instagram

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 1:44pm
In what sounds like a parent’s worst nightmare, more than 100 teens were implicated in a “sexting” ring in Virginia involving images of nude and semi-nude minors shared on social media.






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TinkerBots Wants to Help Kids Make Colorful Robots That Learn

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:57pm

TinkerBots is one of a bunch of new smart toys that challenge kids (or adults, too) to think creatively and build systems that actually do something.








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Welcome to Silicon Valley: Give Right or Get Out!

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:11pm
Activists who campaigned for the ouster of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich over a $1,000 anti-gay marriage donation made in 2008 got their wish, but may also have inadvertently opened a Pandora’s Box in Silicon Valley, where Birkenstocks and kale smoothies don’t always mean liberal political views.






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