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Lenovo to Develop Game Console

Lenovo Group Ltd. is investing in the development of a new videogame console, part of a broader push by the Chinese personal-computer company to branch out into...

Luring Shoppers to Stores
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Luring Shoppers to Stores

Marketers try interactive mirrors, discounts via scanners.

How Wikileaks Keeps Its Funding Secret
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How Wikileaks Keeps Its Funding Secret

The controversial website WikiLeaks, which argues the cause of openness in leaking classified or confidential documents, has set up an elaborate global financial...

Intel-McAfee Deal Bets on Building Security Into Hardware
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Intel-McAfee Deal Bets on Building Security Into Hardware

Intel Corp. agreed to buy security-software specialist McAfee Inc. Thursday for $7.68 billion, a surprise transaction that underscores the company's determination...

Google Mapping Worries Spread
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Google Mapping Worries Spread

South Korea police raid Internet giant's offices; German officials criticize plan to roll out Street View in 20 cities.

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Google Agonizes on Privacy as Ad World Vaults Ahead

A confidential, seven-page Google Inc. "vision statement" shows the information-age giant in a deep round of soul-searching over a basic question: How far should...

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On the Web's Cutting Edge, Anonymity in Name Only

You may not know a company called [x+1] Inc., but it may well know a lot about you.

Message From Rim Chief: Monitoring Would Kill Web
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Message From Rim Chief: Monitoring Would Kill Web

Research In Motion Ltd. co-CEO Michael Lazaridis lashed out at governments seeking to ban his company's BlackBerry phones, saying they risk undermining the growth...

The Web's New Gold Mine: Your Secrets
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The Web's New Gold Mine: Your Secrets

Hidden inside Ashley Hayes-Beaty's computer, a tiny file helps gather personal details about her, all to be put up for sale for a tenth of a penny.

In Silicon Valley, Forget Your Wallet
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In Silicon Valley, Forget Your Wallet

Two pilot programs by start-ups in Silicon Valley are testing ways to bring to market a long-promised innovation of the Internet era: the digital wallet.

Intel Makes Advance in Silicon-Based Lasers
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Intel Makes Advance in Silicon-Based Lasers

New technology from Intel could lead to the development of computers that use light beams to move data. Intel says it has built a prototype communications device...

Wal-Mart Radio Tags to Track Clothing
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Wal-Mart Radio Tags to Track Clothing

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to roll out sophisticated electronic ID tags to track individual pairs of jeans and underwear, the first step in a system that advocates...

Spending Soars on Internet's Plumbing
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Spending Soars on Internet's Plumbing

Behind the recovery in business spending is a surge in purchases of the computers that form the backbone of the Internet, as companies scramble to meet growing...

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Htc, Samsung Rebut Apple's Smartphone Claims

Asian handset makers HTC Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. on Monday rebutted claims made by Apple Inc. that the iPhone 4's reception problems are shared by other...

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Letting the Machines Decide

Wall Street is notorious for not learning from its mistakes. Maybe machines can do better.

­.s. Plans Cyber Shield For ­tilities, Companies
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­.s. Plans Cyber Shield For ­tilities, Companies

The U.S. government is launching a program dubbed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running critical infrastructure...

­sing Science Against Suicide Bombs
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­sing Science Against Suicide Bombs

Software that models the effects of suicide bombings has been developed by computer scientist Zeeshan-ul-Hassan Usmani, whose expertise could help inform the construction...

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Hackers Aren't Only Threat to Privacy

Sophisticated hackers aren't the only ones gaining access to sensitive data on the Internet. A large amount of personal information is being left exposed or poorly...

Children's Book Apps Get Curiouser and Curiouser
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Children's Book Apps Get Curiouser and Curiouser

I prefer the old-fashioned experience of reading in the printed form, though I'm intrigued by the idea that the iPad, and eventually other tablet devices will give...

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Get Smart: Targeting Phone Security Flaws

Data from the National Vulnerability Database shows that last year security experts identified 30 security flaws in the software and operating systems of smartphones...
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