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Canadian banks play hard ball with Apple Pay's moving north

Apple Pay is poised to cross the border into Canada this fall, but some Canadian banks are reportedly concerned that Apple wants a bigger cut of each transaction than it takes in the U.S.

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Feds lay down social media rules; enterprises should, too

The U.S. government is telling federal employees what they can and cannot post or tweet about on their favorite social networks. Companies need to do the same thing.

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NFL CIO: Tech isn't the problem with health info sharing

While the healthcare industry is now grappling with interoperability problems related to electronic medical records, the NFL has figured out how to solve the issue.

Whistleblowers are at risk using U.S. gov't sites to report fraud

More than two dozen U.S. government websites should be urgently upgraded to use encryption to protect whistleblowers, the ACLU said.

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IT pros in retail are sold on these 6 products

When we asked IT pros to name their favorite products, six respondents from the retail industry described their go-to tools.

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GE Capital's Karen Blackie manages a follow-the-sun operating model

Karen Blackie, vice president of enterprise systems and data at GE Capital, oversees a team of 180 people in nine countries who handle design, development and operations of enterprisewide applications in a true follow-the-sun...

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ATMs are about to get a cloud makeover

ATMs have been around for decades, but surprisingly few changes have been made to the technologies they use. That's about to change.

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Healthcare players are actively blocking data sharing

While the technology to enable interoperability between electronic medical record systems, insurers and healthcare institutions exists, some industry players continue to actively block data exchange.

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Apple's ResearchKit is here; now open your iPhone and say 'Ah'

Apple is embarking on its boldest push yet into health, with a new open source framework that lets medical researchers and software developers gather health data from iPhone owners and build health-related apps.

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Apple and IBM say big data will save lives

You can expect much more on Apple’s journey to digital health at WWDC 2015, which begins on June 8.

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IBM launches Watson Health global analytics cloud

IBM today announced a new business unit based on the Watson supercomputer that will allow physicians, researchers and others to share healthcare data over a secure analytics platform massive data stores to be culled for deep insight...

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Microsoft brings back DelBene for strategy and planning

Kurt DelBene, who left his role as president of Microsoft's Office Division back in 2013, is returning to Microsoft as executive vice president of corporate strategy and planning and will report to CEO Satya Nadella.

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Lawyers smell blood in electronic medical records

While EMRs may be crucial to modernizing medical care by enabling data exchange and new analytics, electronic records are also a potential source for lawsuits against tech vendors.

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Pot luck: Facial recognition gets boost from marijuana kiosks

The potential of facial-recognition biometrics is huge and new marijuana-dispensing kiosks could push it into the mainstream. But a look at the iPhone's biometric efforts could signal the path forward — and some side roads to avoid.

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Health IT vendors slammed for hampering the exchange of patient data

Electronic health records vendors make the process of sharing patient information too expensive and complicated for hospitals and doctors, a problem that affects the quality and cost of care.

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Macy's mobile app tackles local store search — and demonstrates why it's so difficult

When Macy's this month upgraded its mobile app to allow shoppers to theoretically limit searches to a particular store, it illustrated how different such efforts can be. When we tried to use the service, it blew up at almost every...

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Apple gets serious about online ordering push

Apple's head of retail is apparently serious about pushing customers to order online: There are no new MacBooks available for pickup at the company's brick-and-mortar stores.

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How TGI Fridays put mobile efficiency on the menu

Wait staff at the popular restaurant chain will soon be using tablets to zap orders to the kitchen while still interacting with diners.

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