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U.S. lawmakers don't want the EU to break up Google

U.S. lawmakers want their counterparts in the European Parliament to back off a resolution that would split up Google by separating search engines from other online services.

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Pew: Internet is ignorant; Internet: pewpewpew

Pew Internet 'Web IQ' survey finds that Internet users know little about technology or the Web, based on questions that didn't address either one

Mozilla unveils search tool tweaks in next week's Firefox 34

Along with its impending switch to Yahoo as the default search engine for Firefox, Mozilla will also change how users conduct searches in the browser.


Kraken to help probe missing bitcoins in MtGox liquidation

Bitcoin exchange Kraken will help probe missing bitcoins as part of the liquidation of MtGox, once the world's largest trading place for the digital currency.

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Google to TERMINATE Chrome support of old style plug-ins

Google has decided once and for all to cease supporting all Netscape style plug-ins in its Chrome browser. Initially slated for execution by the end of 2014, Google gave the older plug-ins a brief delay-of-the-inevitable, but recently...

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Stratasys now sells professional-grade 3D printers on Amazon

Industrial 3D printer maker Stratasys has announced that for the first time it’s selling a professional-grade 3D printer on Amazon.

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Google delays demise of old-style Chrome plug-ins

Google on Monday gave traditional Google plug-ins a stay of execution and instead outlined a three-step plan to finalize their demise in 10 months.

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Yes, those are digital coupons in your Twitter feed

Twitter Offers, launched Tuesday, lets companies incorporate in-store promotions in ads that appear in users' feeds.

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Internet users are vague on privacy, know more about net neutrality

U.S. Internet users have a limited understanding of net neutrality and what protections are contained in company privacy policies, according to the Pew Research Center.

Google Fiber will soon be offered in Austin

Google prices its gigabit-Internet service in Austin at $70 a month

Google will offer a basic version of its broadband service for no monthly charge when it launches soon in Austin, Texas; faster 1Gbps service will be $70 per month.

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Slack now lets employers tap workers' private chats

Slack, whose chat app aims to help workers get stuff done, might now have them running scared.

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Breaking up Google is one possible antritrust option, EU lawmakers say

Breaking up Google by separating its search engine from other commercial services is only one of the actions the European Commission could take to resolve the company's antitrust problems, say members of Parliament who are proposing...


EU eyes a break-up of Google

Members of the European Parliament are readying a motion calling for the break-up of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services

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Facebook's alternative PHP engine attracts Web service providers

Some large Internet services are pressing Facebook's open-source PHP runtime engine into production after being impressed with the performance metrics for the alternative to the ubiquitous open-source PHP package used across the Web.

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Mozilla reports flat revenue from Google-Firefox search deal

Mozilla today said that revenue last year from its deal with Google was flat compared to 2012, as was its income overall. But expenses jumped by 42%.

Google and Rockstar settle lawsuit over Nortel patents

Google has agreed to settle a patent lawsuit brought by Rockstar, a patent company that had earlier acquired a large number of patents from Nortel Networks.

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Governments hit back against webcam-snooping websites

Government officials in the U.S. and the UK are warning people to secure their webcams after sites that broadcast the contents of those cameras sprung up online.

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Google: Would you pay to not see ads on favorite websites?

Would you trade ads for a monthly payment? Google wants users to rethink the way their favorite websites are funded.


Mozilla tells Google, it’s not you (anymore), it’s Yahoo

Mozilla on Wednesday announced that it had not renewed its lucrative contract with Google, and will instead use Yahoo as Firefox's default search engine in the U.S.

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