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Feds seek help in analyzing traffic death spike

If you've got data skills, the US government hopes you'll pitch in to help figure out why more people were killed in traffic accidents last year than in any of the prior six.

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Update: Apple must repay $14.5B in underpaid taxes in Ireland

Apple's tax benefits in Ireland are illegal, and the company will have to pay up to $14.5 billion in back taxes, plus interest. That's the verdict European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager delivered, wrapping up a two-year...

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Home Depot's magic value: Returns

During an August investors call, Home Depot CEO Craig Menear let loose a stunning stat: 90% of all online returns are processed in-store. Allowing an online return to be boxed and handled by a local store has always been a popular...

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Medical device security disclosure ignites an ethics firestorm

One security research company is taking a controversial approach to disclosing vulnerabilities: It’s publicizing the flaws as a way to tank a company’s stock.

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Amazon's Hyundai move shows deep understanding of shoppers

The magic of retail centers is on knowing and understanding shoppers better than they know themselves. Amazon has been positively brilliant about this online, but we're now seeing evidence it can bring it in the physical world, too.

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19% of shoppers would abandon a retailer that’s been hacked

Nearly a fifth of shoppers would avoid at a retailer that has been a victim of a cybersecurity hack.

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Many hospitals transmit your health records unencrypted

A new survey by a health organization shows that only about 68% of acute providers and 48% of non-acute providers encrypt patient data -- and up to 22% of hospitals don't have firewalls.

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High technology: How IT is fueling the budding cannabis industry

The goal is to track every plant, product and person associated with the production and sale of marijuana and maintain legal compliance.

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Mall developer insisting on tech for merchant tenants

The Westfield World Trade Center mall in lower Manhattan, which opened on Aug. 16, requires that all tenants demonstrate that their stores will overflow with mobile and interactive features. I hate to embrace a dictatorial approach,...

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Meet the first Apple CareKit app for mental health treatment

Start app helps people suffering from depression identify effective medication treatments significantly faster than existing methods achieve.

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Eddie Bauer is latest retailer to be hit by point-of-sale malware

Sportswear retailer Eddie Bauer informed customers that point-of-sale systems at its stores were hit by malware, enabling the theft of payment card information.

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The NSA's hoard of cyber weapons makes some experts nervous

The disclosure this week of a cache of files supposedly stolen from the National Security Agency has put a spotlight on secret cyber weapons the NSA has been holding -- and whether they should be disclosed.

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The CVS go-it-alone app suffers from the pharma payment pain

Few retailers have as complicated and painful payment systems as do drugstores. CVS is struggling to do the best it can.

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How your contact lenses could talk to your phone

A new technology called interscatter communication would allow small devices, such as contact lenses, implantable sensors and credit cards, to communicate with everyday devices, like smartphones and smart watches.

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Alleged NSA data dump contains hacking tools rarely seen

A stolen cache of files that may belong to the National Security Agency contains genuine hacking tools that not only work, but show a level of sophistication rarely seen.

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NASA to send spacecraft on 1.2B-mile journey to asteroid

NASA next month will launching a spacecraft designed to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth for the first time.

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NASA $1M contest intent on sending robots to Mars

NASA engineers want humanoid robots to help astronauts living and working on Mars to help build habitats, grow food and make potable water.

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Kinvey and Redox want to help healthcare vendors innovate

The health sector is one where digital innovation can fuel massive benefits to consumers. But sometimes the barriers are just too big.

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