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All signs point to the demise of Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet

Microsoft is within a whisker of calling it quits on its failed experiment with the Surface tablet.

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Apple puts the big hurt on Samsung

Things are not looking so good for Samsung in the smartphone market, especially as it faces its Apple nemesis.

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Enterprises: Get ready to pay to go slow on Windows 10

Microsoft's faster-paced release cadence for Windows 10 will require enterprises to either adapt or pay for the privilege of going slow, analysts said.

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Microsoft to business: Don't worry about Windows 10, consumers will test it

Microsoft on Friday said consumers would become coal mine canaries who turn up bugs and problems in each Windows 10 update months before businesses have to commit to the fixes.

Google Now adds data from Lyft, Airbnb and other apps

Google Now has added data from dozens of outside apps to help people get more things done.

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Intuit backpedals from TurboTax changes after upgrade uproar

Intuit has again apologized for stiffing TurboTax customers by not telling them of changes in its business model and said it would offer partial refunds and free upgrades to its more capable editions.

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Ghost flaw in Linux can be exploited through WordPress, other PHP apps

A critical vulnerability in a core Linux library can be exploited remotely through WordPress and likely other PHP applications to compromise Web servers.

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Uber will fight to keep Boston ride data private

Uber agreed to provide Boston city officials a wealth of ride data to help them make better planning decisions -- but it will go to considerable lengths to ensure the data is not made public.

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Brief: Tesla boosts 0-60 acceleration with over-the-air software upgrade

Using a capability that other carmakers hope to mimic some day, Elon Musk tweeted today that the Tesla P85D just got a software upgrade over wireless that boosted its acceleration.

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Reddit handed over user info for 58% of government requests

Reddit today went public with its first "transparency report,” telling users of its news and social networking site that it frequently turns down formal subpoenas and legal requests for information in users.

MIT randomizes tasks to speed up massive multicore processors

MIT researchers have created a data structure that can help large multicore processors churn through workloads more effectively.

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NEC aims at Big Data 'sweet spot' with SAP Hana tool

NEC on Friday released a tool designed to boost Hana availability in the cloud.

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Verizon to allow opt-out from mobile 'supercookies'

Verizon will soon allow customers to opt out of having an identifier placed on their phones that had alarmed privacy advocates due to its ability to let third parties persistently track customers.

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AT&T to pay $18.2B as top bidder in mobile spectrum auction

AT&T spent nearly $18.2 billion on wireless spectrum licenses in a blockbuster mobile-auction spectrum for licenses across the U.S.

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Facebook tests delivering tips about your location

Facebook is getting closer to territory occupied by Yelp and Foursquare by testing a new service that will provide users with recommendations about their locations.

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Google Glass holds promise but requires a 'reset'

Google Glass failed to meet goals set by the search giant, causing the company to halt the program and rethink its strategy for the wearable device.

Microsoft updates cloud-based SQL Server to ease management

Microsoft has added automated backup and patching for SQL Server databases running in virtual machines on its Azure cloud.

The ZeroAccess botnet is back in business

The peer-to-peer botnet ZeroAccess came out of a six-month hibernation this month after surviving two takedown attempts.

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