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GOP Caught With Fingers in the Twitter Jar

The Republican Party and at least two outside political-spending groups used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data in the months leading up to this year's midterm elections, CNN reported on Monday ...

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When Microsoft Went A-Courting

Fans of free and open source software perhaps may be excused if they've felt a bit confused over the past few days. Dizziness, headaches and vertigo also have been common ...

Microsoft Widens Skype World

Skype on Friday announced Skype for Web, a new version of its VoIP service that can be used in a browser rather than through the dedicated application ...

Nvidia Flips Grid’s Game-Streaming Switch

After close to a year of beta testing, Nvidia on Thursday officially launched its Grid on-demand game-streaming service. ...

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Rosetta Plants 1st Human Kiss on a Comet

The European Space Agency's 1.4 billion-euros Rosetta mission on Wednesday achieved a first for humankind by successfully landing its Philae probe on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Now, the lander's fate hangs in the balance following a tense descent and the apparent failure of several key anchoring systems ...

Firefox Develops a Case of Selective Amnesia

Roughly 10 years to the day after the release of Firefox 1.0, Mozilla on Monday announced an updated version of its open source browser complete with a new Forget button aimed at protecting users' privacy ...

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YOLOTD: Could 2015 Be Linux’s Big Year?

It's no secret that the Linux community has been in a state of upheaval these last few months, thanks to a little piece of technology known as "Systemd." ...

Are Tiny Internet Satellites Twinkling in Musk’s Eyes?

Elon Musk, CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla Motors, soon may be venturing into new territory: the Internet satellite sector ...

Phishers’ Attacks Pay Off Nicely: Report

The most successful phishing attacks manage to dupe their victims a full 45 percent of the time, according to a study released last week by Google ...

Foodini: Presto Chango, Your Dinner Is Printed

Natural Machines this week took to the stage at the Web Summit in Dublin to demonstrate Foodini, a 3D printer that can be used to create pizza, pasta, burgers and a wide range of other savory and sweet foods ...

New Jawbone Fitness Trackers Stretch High and Low

Jawbone on Wednesday announced two new fitness trackers: the high-end Up3 wristband and the entry-level Up Move clip device ...

Android Hoards 84 Percent Smartphone OS Market Share

Google's Android stole share from all of its major mobile OS rivals over the past year to achieve a whopping smartphone market dominance of roughly 84 percent in the third quarter of 2014, according to a new Strategy Analytics report ...

Microsoft Kicks Windows 8 to the Curb

Microsoft on Friday ended retail sales of Windows 8, meaning that the only way the much-maligned operating system will be available from now on is preinstalled by PC vendors ...

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Are There Too Many Forks at the FOSS Table?

Well Halloween has come and gone here in the Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, but for those of us paying attention, few things could be more frightful than the bloodshed now taking place in Debian's civil war ...

Ghost Hunters Kinect With Spirits

Microsoft's Kinect motion controller may have been intended to keep gamers moving and free from handheld devices while in the throes of play, but some intrepid explorers have been using it for a different purpose altogether: hunting ghosts ...

Android Creator Andy Rubin Exits the Googleplex

Andy Rubin, the creator of Google's ubiquitous Android mobile platform, has left Google, the company confirmed on Friday ...

Snail Mail Surveillance: Rules Are Weak – and Routinely Broken

The U.S. Postal Service didn't adequately follow its own rules last year, when it secretly recorded and shared information about some 49,000 pieces of mail to further criminal and national security investigations, according to an audit report from the USPS Office of Inspector General ...

Lowe’s Gives Robotic Customer Service a Good Name

Lowe's on Tuesday announced that it soon will add two robots to the customer-service staff at one of its San Jose, California, stores ...

Hybrid IKEA Desk Could Get You Off Your Duff

IKEA last week introduced a new desk that can be raised and lowered with the push of a button to accommodate both sitting and standing positions ...

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Debian’s Civil War: Has It Really Come to This?

Well it seems no matter how loudly we here in the Linux blogosphere try to hum a happy tune or discuss cheerful FOSS matters, we just can't seem to drown out the shouts and screams coming from those standing too close to the Systemd Inferno ...

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