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Texas Ag Probing Google's Searches

The Texas attorney general's office is conducting an antitrust review of Google Inc.'s core search-engine business, a sign of widening government scrutiny of...

How Internet Growth Is Playing Out in Top Emerging Markets
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How Internet Growth Is Playing Out in Top Emerging Markets

The number of Internet users in the top emerging markets is set to nearly double by 2015—a pace of growth that sounds enticing but that actually presents plenty...

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...

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.

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...

­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...

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IBM to Open Research Lab in Brazil

IBM announced that it will open a research laboratory in Brazil that will focus on developing technology systems for natural resource development and large-scale...

Facebook Grapples With Privacy Issues
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Facebook Grapples With Privacy Issues

A backlash over Facebook Inc.'s privacy practices has triggered disagreement inside the company that could force Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to scale back efforts...

Tech Sector in Hiring Drive
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Tech Sector in Hiring Drive

The technology industry, an engine of innovation and U.S. prosperity for more than half a century, is accelerating its recovery from the recession with earnings...

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...

In the Search For a Hot Job Title, Enter the Ninja
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In the Search For a Hot Job Title, Enter the Ninja

Nicole Sullivan's job used to involve promoting the latest technology, so her résumé described her as an "evangelist." But after starting her own company, she needed...

Google's Brin Talks About China Gamble
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Google's Brin Talks About China Gamble

 Behind Google Inc.'s dramatic decision to shutter its China-based search engine this week was co-founder Sergey Brin's change of heart about the compromises required...
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