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A pilot project in New York could pave the way for widespread municipal Wi-Fi

A smart waste management company is testing adding Wi-Fi units to its containers in the hopes that cities will want to deploy its system to get a twofer: smart waste disposal and municipal Wi-Fi that works.

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Google Photos offers unlimited free cloud storage for photos and video

At today's Google I/O developer conference, Google announced Google Photos, which is designed to help users organize, store, edit and share their photos and videos.

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Shop 'til Chrome drops: Google to add Buy button in search results

In the past, Google has tried -- and failed -- multiple times to replace Amazon as choice destination for online shopping. Yesterday -- the day before Google I/O -- an executive burdened with secrets...

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Judge OKs class-action status for email-scanning lawsuit against Yahoo

A lawsuit that alleges Yahoo's email scanning practices are illegal can proceed as a class action complaint, a development that will shine the spotlight on the Yahoo Mail use of messages' content for advertising purposes.

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Restoring a vibrant and open Internet

Treating access providers and edge providers differently makes for an unfair and unstable regulatory regime.

Private, insulting tweet gets Italian senator sued

Economics researcher relayed the message publicly on Twitter and subsequently lodged a complaint.

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EU plunges ahead with Amazon probe despite change to tax practices

Amazon has changed its tax-payment practices in Europe, but that is not going to halt the European Commission's investigation into what it considers to be a likely illegal tax deal with Luxembourg.

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Google launches new tools for tracking app performance

Webmaster Tools, now called Search Console, includes new reports for how its search engine views in-app content.

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Browser for Android and iOS to keep mobile ads, tracking at bay

Both versions are expected to arrive during the third quarter, and an Android beta is already available.

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9 tech companies' earliest website designs

From Apple and Amazon to Myspace and AOL, here are some early website designs for some of the tech industry's biggest companies.

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Domino's tweet-to-eat campaign is sneaky social media at its best

Ordering a pizza via Twitter isn't faster or more convenient than submitting the same entry through the company's mobile app. But it does have one huge advantage — enjoyed almost entirely by Domino's.

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PayPal hypes its mobile strengths ahead of IPO

As PayPal prepares for its upcoming IPO as an independent eBay spinoff, it wants to make at least one thing clear: It's got mobile covered.

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Coming soon to Firefox: More ads!

Mozilla unveiled an expansion and rebranding of its in-browser ads, now dubbed "Suggested Tiles," that will by default show in the new tab page for all Firefox users

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Verizon hit by an 8-hour email outage

A lot of Verizon's email customers woke up to find that their service was down. For many, the problem persisted for 8 hours.

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Amazon adds groceries, meals to one-hour Prime Now delivery service

The service will first be available in Manhattan, with other cities coming soon.

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Racist query terms in Google Maps trigger the White House in results

Google Maps lists the White House among top search results for certain queries containing racist terms against African-Americans.

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Microsoft issues crash warning with latest Windows 10 update

Microsoft today released another update for Windows 10, but warned users with an AMD graphics chipset to expect "frequent crashes" of the new Edge browser.

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Logjam: How to tell if your browser is vulnerable

The just-disclosed Logjam flaw has again sent browser makers and website administrators scrambling to craft and apply patches, a repeat of the March rush to shut down its predecessor, FREAK.

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