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Sen. Hatch calls high-skilled worker shortage ‘a crisis’

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) this week outlined the Republican tech agenda for the next Congress, and called for raising the cap on H-1B visas.

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Automation arrives at restaurants (but don’t blame rising minimum wages)

McDonald's this week described plans to install self-ordering kiosks and mobile ordering at its restaurants. It isn't the only food chain turning to automation.

Apple hands 8 execs stock awards worth up to $27M

Apple recently awarded eight executives stock grants worth almost $13 million each at Thursday's closing price, with another $14 million potentially up for grabs.

Oracle says Oregon wanted to take 'unacceptable risk' with healthcare website

The two sides continue to fight over the Cover Oregon website -- even before their dueling lawsuits get to court.

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One missed email and Google Inbox will be in trouble

People may feel overwhelmed by the deluge of email arriving in their inboxes, but will they trust Google to show them the most important messages?

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OS X Yosemite uptake climbs to 13% in first week

A week after its release, Apple's OS X Yosemite powered 13% of all Macs in the U.S. and Canada, about the same uptake rate seen last year by Mavericks.

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iCloud's man-in-the-middle is from China -- and might work for the gub'mint

Certain folks in China may be used to hearing someone breathing when they pick up their phones (party line?), but new reports suggest Apple's iCloud service is susceptible to the same level of protection by Chinese authorities. It's...

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Apple mum as Mac owners wrangle with Yosemite's Wi-Fi problems

Mac owners whose Wi-Fi connections went haywire after upgrading to OS X Yosemite are filing a steady stream of complaints about the problem in discussion forums, blogs and social media sites.

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Wireless price war's good for consumers, but challenges carriers

More than any time in the past decade, wireless customers are reaping the benefits of a carrier price war over smartphones and tablets, as well as monthly data service contracts.

China develops its own homegrown servers amid cybersecurity concerns

China's Dawning Information Industry, also known as Sugon, has developed the nation's first entirely homegrown servers.

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Cyberespionage group goes phishing for Outlook Web App users

A cyberespionage group is using advanced spear-phishing techniques to steal email log-in credentials from military agencies, embassies, defense contractors and media outlets that use Office 365's Outlook Web App.

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Microsoft warns of Windows zero-day; hackers serve exploits in PowerPoint files

Microsoft warned users Tuesday that cyber criminals are exploiting a zero-day flaw using malicious PowerPoint documents sent as email attachments.

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Microsoft's Surface turns first profit in 2 years

After two years and nearly $2 billion in losses, Microsoft's Surface turned a profit in the September quarter.

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Apple and sapphire supplier strike deal to end partnership

GT Advanced Technologies and Apple have agreed to a deal that will let GT close the two factories where it was producing scratch-resistant sapphire, and void the contracts it signed with its one-time partner.

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5K Retina iMac supply tightens

Ship times for Apple's new 5K Retina iMac continue to slip, proof that the company's problem syncing supply and demand is getting worse.

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Nike CEO hints at 'stylish' Apple wearable plans

Apple's adventures in wearable computing won't begin and end with Apple Watch -- CEO Tim Cook's company is forging deep partnerships to help it embrace the emerging universe of connected things.

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What Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg said in Mandarin that so impressed the Chinese

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stunned many Chinese, not with a new Facebook feature, but because he spoke and answered questions in Mandarin for almost half an hour.

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Microsoft misses Windows bug, hackers slip past patch

Microsoft patched one bug in Windows last week, but missed another that hackers continue to exploit.

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