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China was tough on U.S. tech firms in 2014

This was a lousy year for U.S. tech firms doing business in China, and 2015 may be no better.

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Silicon dinner table: Teaching entrepreneurship family style

Not everyone can grow up with a parent who launches new tech companies, but those who do have some lessons to share with the rest of us.

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12 most eye-popping VC tech deals of 2014

While the three largest venture capital deals of the year in the technology industry went to consumer-focused startups, most of the other top investments went to companies building products that could reshape the enterprise IT...

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Wanted for hire: Engineers with ideas of their own

Cambridge Consultants depends on the creativity of its engineers to solve problems for its clients.

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Cisco buying Neohapsis for security brainpower

Cisco Systems plans to expand its security consulting services by acquiring Neohapsis, a small Chicago firm that shows enterprises how to secure their applications.

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Full-time IT hiring is gaining ground, finally

As 2014 winds down, the odds of success in the job hunt appear to be improving for IT pros with certain skills.

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New IT outsourcing model boosts bottom line

Spinoffs, buyouts, divestitures and focused acquisitions improve operating margins and bolster the bottom line for IT service providers -- and their customers.

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Top 10 Tech stories 2014: Backlash! Disrupting the disruptors

Blowing up entrenched business models and picking up the profits that spill onto the floor is a time-honored tradition in tech, these days known by the cliche of the moment, "disruption." Here are our picks for the top stories of a...

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Most workers in developed countries worry about tech of the future

Workers believe that smartphones, tablets and other computing devices have made them more productive, but they have a nagging worry about the increasing role of technology in their lives.

Intel to host Jesse Jackson at tech worker diversity forum

Intel is hosting a meeting organized by Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Push Coalition, which is pushing for higher employment for blacks, Latinos and women at tech firms.

Accounting differences, not fraud, led to HP's Autonomy write-down

Autonomy founder Mike Lynch says a Hewlett-Packard document shows how differences in accounting standards, not fraud on Autonomy's part, are to blame for the debacle surrounding HP's acquisition of the company.

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Salesforce and Atlassian team up to help startups give back

Salesforce, Atlassian and several other Silicon Valley heavyweights want startups to start giving 1% back to their communities.

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To grow in IoT, Cypress and Spansion plan $4B chip merger

The contraction of the semiconductor industry continued with embedded chip and flash memory makers Cypress Semiconductor and Spansion announcing a merger plan worth $4 billion.

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Smartphone growth to slow, IDC says

IDC predicted 1.4 billion smartphones will ship to retailers next year, a 12% increase over 2014 -- but a much more laggardly pace than in previous years.

To relieve 'password fatigue,' Intel buys identity management company

Passwordbox offers one-click login to multiple sites

Samsung's mobile CEO to stay despite business challenges

J.K. Shin, the head of the mobile business at Samsung Electronics, will continue in his job.

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PC stagnation means zero-sum game for OEMs, OS makers

IDC this week said that while the PC industry would end the year better off than it had expected, the foreseeable future holds no hope for a return of growth.

The tablet boom is over

Tablet shipments will increase by just 7.2 percent this year, compared to 52.5 percent in 2013, according to IDC.

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