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Opponents focus on defeating CISA cyberthreat info-sharing bill

Opponents of a U.S. Senate bill intended to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats may have stalled a vote on the legislation.

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IBM aims Watson's cognitive computer power at CVS customers

IBM announced a partnership with drugstore chain CVS that will have the super computer compiling pharmacy customer data with the latest research in order to detect the potential onset of chronic illness early on.

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Pepper the robot aspires to be a salesman

Despite its powerful AI boost, SoftBank's humanoid robot is still limited by basic challenges.

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Symantec: Well-heeled hacking group Black Vine behind Anthem breach

Black Vine has been active since 2012 and is behind several hacks targeting different industries.

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Amazon envisions drone superhighways in sky

Amazon envisions integrating drones into the skies above our cities, proposing drone superhighways that would crisscross the sky and enable thousands of unmanned vehicles to fly at high speeds under completely automated control.

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Groups urge Obama to oppose cyberthreat sharing bills

A coalition of digital rights groups and security experts asked President Obama to oppose legislation intended to let businesses share cyberthreat information with each other and with government agencies.

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NSA will lose access to 'historical' phone surveillance data Nov. 29

The U.S. National Security Agency will lose access to the bulk telephone records data it has collected at the end of November, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said.

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Can networked lighting find you a great parking spot?

The future of retail IT is not going to be in pulling in new data. It's going to be in finding the best ways to integrate all of those data sources to generate new opportunities. One of the best — and potentially wackiest — examples...

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Self-checkout psychology: Don't scare away shoppers

Retailers really want shoppers to use self-checkout, but many underestimate the psychological deterrents they put in place.

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More questions raised about Hillary Clinton emails

A government review has concluded that Hillary Clinton sent classified information through a personal email account while she served as secretary of state, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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Feds look to bolster security for mobile devices used in health care

Healthcare providers are increasingly using smartphones and tablets to access and transfer medical records and submit prescriptions, but these devices may not be secure enough to protect sensitive medical information from hackers.

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Amazon posts a $92M profit as AWS sales nearly double

Amazon Web Services generated $1.8 billion in sales for Amazon in the second quarter, up about 80 percent from the $1 billion it brought in a year earlier.

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High rent and e-commerce didn't do in FAO Schwarz

Soaring Manhattan real estate prices and e-commerce competition were blamed when FAO Schwarz closed its flagship toy store in Manhattan. But neither one is the real culprit; they are the excuses.

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Amazon, welcome to the world of the mortals

Did the e-commerce God of Uptime Stability meet its match with its Prime Day promotion this week? It depends on your point of view.

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Amazon Prime sale busts Black Friday record

Online shoppers on Wednesday ordered more than 34 million items on Amazon Prime Day, making it a bigger sales day for the retailer than the biggest Black Friday in history.

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Here's how Google wants you to buy stuff on mobile

Google is rolling out a new service that lets users buy retail items directly from the search results page on mobile devices, in an effort to make mobile search more useful and to give advertisers a new way to attract customers.

Google, ISPs join feds to offer free broadband to low-income families

Google and seven other ISPs have joined a new U.S. government pilot program to connect 275,000 low-income households to the Internet for free or at reduced rates.

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NASA spacecraft expects 'dazzling' data after Pluto flyby

After a journey of nine years and 3 billion miles, the New Horizons spacecraft re-established contact with NASA and was furiously collecting data and what are expected to be "dazzling" images of the dwarf planet Pluto.

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