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Facebook at 10: All Mobile Systems Go

This week in 2004, Harvard undergrads became the first group to use Facebook -- the social network launched at the college. Fast-forward a decade, and the company is a technology mammoth, with 1.23 billion users and profit of $1.5 billion for 2013. Facebook is by most accounts a gargantuan success...

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France Finally Levies Teeny Fine Against Google

Privacy regulators in France have slapped Google with the maximum fine allowed by law, confirming both the nation's dissatisfaction with Google and Europe's need to overhaul its data-privacy penalties. France followed through on threats made in June and again in September to fine Google over its pri...

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It’s the Tech Wave You Don’t See That Will Get You

Here in Silicon Valley we are currently worried about a major transportation strike, and I doubt many on either side yet realize that this is likely to accelerate the move to automate most of the related jobs. There is little doubt the problem we are currently seeing here will be virtually gone in a...

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Brazil Shoots Down Snowden Asylum Speculation

Brazil reportedly does not plan to grant asylum to Edward Snowden. Snowden stoked the Brazil asylum speculation Tuesday when he offered, via an open letter, to help Brazil investigate the extent of spying on Brazilian citizens and President Dilma Rousseff. Snowden's temporary asylum in Russia, where...

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US, Canada Take Heat for Fighter Jet-Escorted Santa

Some people are objecting to North American Aerospace Defense Command online updates on the whereabouts of Santa. The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood is particularly off-put by a video that shows Santa's sleigh being escorted by fighter jets. NORAD maintains that the images are safe for chi...

Corporate Boards Quake as Microsoft Scours for CEO

Corporate America has been quaking in its boots since Microsoft announced in August that CEO Steve Ballmer would retire within 12 months and launched its search for a replacement. Given the enormous task Microsoft's next CEO will face, the compensation is likely to be substantial, and the lure of al...

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China: We’ve Got the Goods on Qualcomm

China has "substantial evidence" on Qualcomm in an antitrust probe, according to a report in the state-run China Daily that quotes Xu Kunlin, the head of the National Development and Reform Commission's anti-price-fixing bureau. The Daily didn't divulge any specific details -- just Xu's confident as...

Rezence: Let’s Get Together on Wireless Power

The Alliance for Wireless Power on Thursday announced a new certification program and a new brand name for its wireless power technology. Dubbed "Rezence," the new brand is designed to give consumers a recognizable icon that member companies can add to their certified product packaging, technical li...

AllSeen Alliance to Standardize Internet of Things

The Linux Foundation on Tuesday announced the formation of the AllSeen Alliance, a cross-industry consortium working on a standard of interoperability among devices connected to the Internet of Things. LG will incorporate the Alliance's technology into the smart TVs it offers next year. The alliance...

Dual-Screen YotaPhone Goes Back to the Future

Yota Devices, based in Russia, aims to shake up the smartphone market with the entry of its YotaPhone. The smartphone, which goes on sale Wednesday, first emerged in Dec. 2012. It was featured at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, and its intriguing form factor earned it several Best o...

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IT at Home: Nexus 5, Mohu Leaf, Toyota RAV4 EV

My regular job involves writing and talking almost exclusively about business IT, but every once in a while I like to consider how personal technology impacts my day-to-day life. Three acquisitions have come my way in the past couple of months: the Nexus 5; the Mohu Curve 30; and a 2013 Toyota RAV4 ...

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China Targets Qualcomm With Antitrust Probe

Perhaps to celebrate the anniversary of last year's U.S.-China telecoms showdown, Beijing has launched an antitrust probe into U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm. The announcement comes on the heels of comments from Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs that the company was "definitely seeing increased pressure" in China b...

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German Worker Strike Threatens Amazon’s Holiday Cheer

Workers at Amazon in Germany are striking yet again in an effort to coax the company into better pay and conditions. Hundreds of workers at two Amazon centers, one in Bad Hersfeld and one in Leipzig, walked out on Monday. At the heart of the strikes is Amazon's classification of itself as a logistic...

Intel Chief Lays Out the Game Plan

In his first meeting with investors since taking the helm, CEO Brian Krzanich presented a road map for the company's future. Intel will make a stronger push into mobile devices, expand its foundry business to build processors for other chip makers, and move into additional new markets. "Obviously, s...

CROWDFUNDING SPOTLIGHT

Neptune Promises Out-of-This-World Smartwatch

Neptune Computer, founded by 19-year-old Simon Tian, has raised more than CA$250,000 since launching a 33-day Kickstarter campaign for its Neptune Pine smartwatch on Monday with a target of $100,000. The first prototypes have already been produced, and all parts of the design and engineering phase ...

Elon Musk's Dec. 2 action to release The Twitter Files: Approve or Disapprove?
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