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Legal Experts: LimeWire Likely Doomed
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Legal Experts: LimeWire Likely Doomed

A federal court judge has likely dealt a death blow to LimeWire, one of the most popular and oldest file-sharing systems, according to legal experts.

Over $50 Billion Lost to Software Piracy: Report
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Over $50 Billion Lost to Software Piracy: Report

Software piracy cost technology companies more than $50 billion around the world last year. For every $100 of legitimate software sales in 2009, another $75 worth...

Are Surveillance Cameras Worth It?
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Are Surveillance Cameras Worth It?

In the aftermath of the attempted car bombing in Times Square, the debate surrounding the increasing use of surveillance cameras has once again moved to center...

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FCC Proposes New Rules on Internet Access

The FCC proposed an approach to regulating broadband Internet service on Thursday (May 6) that would reclassify the transmission component as a basic utility...

Who Needs Flash?
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Who Needs Flash?

In just months, from seemingly nowhere, Apple’s solo campaign to dethrone Flash as the de facto standard for web video has gathered enough momentum to get over...

FCC Push to Regulate Broadband Is Expected
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FCC Push to Regulate Broadband Is Expected

The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, will try to regulate broadband Internet service despite a recent court ruling...

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Army Spy Plane May Have Snooped on Bomber: Report

Investigators were able to track wannabe terrorist Faisal Shahzad through his anonymous, pre-paid cell phone--exactly how, they won’t say. But there was a tantalizing...

FCC Chairman Genachowski Expected to Leave Broadband Services Deregulated
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FCC Chairman Genachowski Expected to Leave Broadband Services Deregulated

U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski wants to keep broadband services deregulated, despite a federal court decision indicating...

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Privacy Concerns Limit Online Ads, Study Says

Privacy advocates have had an impact on Madison Avenue after all, according to a new study.

For Web
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For Web

Mark Brooks wants the whole Web to know that he spent $41 on an iPad case at an Apple store, $24 eating at an Applebee’s, and $6,450 at a Florida plastic surgery...

Cloud Computing and Developing Nations
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Cloud Computing and Developing Nations

For a growing number of organizations worldwide, cloud computing offers a quick and affordable way to tap into IT infrastructure as an Internet service. But obstacles...

High-Tech $100 Bill Designed to Combat Counterfeiting
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High-Tech $100 Bill Designed to Combat Counterfeiting

The U.S. has unveiled a new design for the $100 note with advanced technology features to combat counterfeiting.

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Web Coupons Know Lots About You, and They Tell

For decades, shoppers have taken advantage of coupons. Now, the coupons are taking advantage of the shoppers. A new breed of coupon, printed from the Internet or...

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Google Backs Yahoo in Privacy Fight with Doj

Google and an alliance of privacy groups have come to Yahoo's aid by helping the Web portal fend off a broad request from the U.S. Department of Justice for e-mail...

Marketers Watch as Friends Interact Online
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Marketers Watch as Friends Interact Online

Birds of a feather flock together. Or, in the Internet age, a customer's friend is a potential customer. Embracing those truisms, some big marketers, including...

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U.s. Steps Up Probe of Hiring in Tech

The U.S. Justice Department reportedly is investigating whether large tech companies have agreed not to recruit each other's employees in ways that violate antitrust...

Can the Kremlin's Silicon Valley Succeed?
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Can the Kremlin's Silicon Valley Succeed?

Russia has chosen a site and is finalizing plans to start a Silicon Valley-like innovation center near Moscow. 

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Comcast Ruling Raises Questions on FCC Regulation

At first glance, Tuesday's federal court ruling on Comcast looked like a clean win for the cable giant and for competitors including Time Warner and AT&T. The court...

Combing Medical Records For Research
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Combing Medical Records For Research

When the stimulus bill passed last year--allocating $20 billion to help doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical records (EMRs)--many scientists were excited...

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Fcc Loses Comcast Challenge

Comcast on Tuesday won its federal lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission in a ruling that undermines the agency's ability to regulate Internet service...
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