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Steve Jobs becomes an issue in Silicon Valley no-hiring case
Tech workers suing over an alleged no-poaching agreement among Silicon Valley firms are fighting an attempt by defendants to ban evidence that might portray Steve Jobs as a bad guy.

Google tech to bring 3D mapping smarts to NASA's space station robots
NASA and Google are working together to send new 3D technology aloft to map the International Space Station.

With Google Glass, the doctor can see you now
Emergency room physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are four months into a pilot program where they are using Google's computerized eyeglasses to help treat patients.

Google suit against Rockstar stays in California
A Google complaint against Apple-backed patent consortium Rockstar will stay in a California court rather than be moved to Texas where Rockstar already has patent lawsuits against Google's Android partners, the California court ordered Thursday.

Google's Project Loon tests move to LTE band in Nevada
Google has expanded its Project Loon tests to the Nevada desert and, for the first time, into licensed radio spectrum.

Google says little about enterprise Apps, business cloud services in Q1 report
Google did little during its first-quarter earnings report to shush critics who say its Enterprise unit is a second-class citizen in its kingdom.

Google revenue jumps 19% but still disappoints
Google reported a 19% increase in revenue for the first quarter, but results from its advertising business were mixed.

Connecting for Good wrestles Kansas City's digital divide
The digital divide isn't some esoteric, policy-wonk concept to Michael Liiamatta, president of Connecting for Good, a nonprofit IT support group based in Kansas City, Mo.

Chrome users won't give up, keep pressing Google to restore old-style new tab page
Users of Google's Chrome continue to badger the company to change the browser's new tab page, a sore spot to some for over half a year, even as the Mountain View, Calif. firm sticks to its design guns.

Google rolls out new +Post 'social' ads
Internet users may soon start to see more ads that look like posts from Google+, but without visiting the social network.

Intel looks to Android, not Microsoft, to boost tablet business
In case it wasn't clear already, Intel and Microsoft are no longer joined at the hip. Intel is trying desperately to grow its share of the tablet market, and with Windows flunking out on those devices, Android is where it's at.

One-day sale empties Google Glass shelves
Google's one-day sale of Google Glass seems to have been a success with all units sold out, a blog post by the search giant suggests.

Google details its Project Ara modular smartphone
For a potentially revolutionary smartphone, it wasn't the best start.

First-to-market means diddly when it comes to smartwatches
The old wisdom that "first-to-market" technology products will win out gets thrown out the window when it comes to smartwatches and some other wearables.

Buying Google Glass today? 7 things you should know
Not one of the approximately 8,000 Google Glass Explorers but wish you were? If so, today is the day pick up a pair, but there are a few things you should know.

Google steps up competition with Amazon, expands Cloud Platform to Asia
Google has expanded its Cloud Platform to include locally hosted computing capacity, storage and data bases for the Asia-Pacific region.

Microsoft concedes Chromebooks are work-worthy
Microsoft on Monday conceded that Google's Chrome OS and the Chromebooks the operating system powers are capable of doing real work, a reversal of its 'Scroogled' campaign that once blasted the laptops as worthless.

Google issues patch for Android icon permissions attack
Google has issued a patch for an attack that could lead an Android user to a phishing site, according to security vendor FireEye.

Google updates terms of service, includes word of user email scans
Google has updated its terms of service to reflect that it analyzes user content including emails to provide users tailored advertising, customized search results and other features.

Google Glass adds KitKat support, video calls on hold
Google Glass is getting a big software update to coincide with its one-day sale on Tuesday, but video calling is one feature that's been put on hold.

Google's Titan drone deal is about more than Internet access
Google has confirmed its acquisition of drone maker Titan Aerospace and hinted that the technology could be used for a lot more than providing Internet access to remote parts of the world.

Mozilla names ex-exec Chris Beard as interim CEO
Mozilla today named former executive Chris Beard as its interim CEO and appointed him to its board of directors.

Sorry, Facebook, Google snatches up drone maker
Google, which has been looking for new ways to deliver Internet connectivity, has acquired Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico-based company known for making solar-powered drones.

Microsoft's Office for iPad Shakes Up Mobile Enterprise
It's hard to overstate the impact of the Microsoft Office for iPad. The arrival of the dominant productivity suite on the dominant tablet promises to change how iPads are viewed in the enterprise. Office for iPad may also crush competitive apps, shut out cloud storage providers and limit MDM vendors.

Google said to be eyeing a boost to encrypted sites in search results
Websites that use encryption could be elevated in Google search results sometime in the future, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Google launches Project Ara developer confab this week
Google is pushing to realize its vision of modular smartphones with a conference this week that will give developers a closer look at its Project Ara.

AI gets its groove back
Thanks to the advent of Big Data, new algorithms and massive, affordable computing power, artificial intelligence is now, finally, on a roll again.

Brace yourself, here comes the mobile appsplosion
Companies are engaged in a kind of arms race with competitors to see how many apps they can get everyone to use. But this aggressive push for more apps is going to end up giving users app fatigue.

Heartbleed flaw affects mobile apps, too
Android and IOS mobile applications are just as vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug as websites are, security vendor Trend Micro warned.

Google quashes 31 vulnerabilities, restores Metro mode 'steppers' with Chrome 34
Google this week updated Chrome to version 34, patching 31 vulnerabilities and paying out nearly $30,000 in bug bounties to outside researchers.

Broadband faces a fork in the road
As Google and AT&T race to provide super-fast 1 gigabit fiber networks to power users, more than a quarter of U.S. homes still have no broadband service at all.

Google Glass to go on sale for one day next week
If you've been waiting impatiently to get a pair of Google Glass, mark your calendar and grab your checkbook.

Wearables market to take off, hit 112M devices in 2018
Wearable computers "took a huge step forward" in 2013 and shipments of smartwatches and related devices will grow by 78% a year until 2018, IDC said Thursday.

What you need to do about Heartbleed
The Heartbleed bug has affected about two-thirds of the world's websites, meaning virtually everyone should be taking steps to protect themselves now.

Google ramps up fight against bad apps with tightened Android security
Google is boosting Android security safeguards to better detect potentially harmful apps throughout their life cycle.

Google invests in company developing service robots
Google has invested in robotics company Savioke, which plans to produce a robot that could work in places such as nursing homes and hospitals.

MediaFire offers 1TB of cloud storage for $2.50
MediaFire has launched a storage and file-sharing service that it argues is more secure than Amazon's.

One user's path to a Chromebook enterprise
Microsoft's dominance in business may be mammoth but it isn't absolute, as Tim Dickson, the director of technology at Auberge Resorts, has found.

Google pushes I/O registration deadline back to April 15
If you thought you'd spend part of today signing up to attend this year's Google I/O, think again.

Google looks to push Glass into the enterprise
Google is looking to push its wearable computer Glass into the enterprise.

FAQ: Good-bye old pal, old paint, Windows XP
Today's the day: Microsoft will serve up its final public patches for Windows XP, the aging OS that's been around since 2001.

4 reasons Microsoft is a new company
There's no question that today's Microsoft is a whole new company. Many of the changes announced under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella were initiated under his predecessor, Steve Ballmer. But it's clear that it's a whole new Microsoft.

Google gets practice flying its high-altitude balloons in Project Loon
Google, which has been testing balloon-powered Internet access in underdeveloped area, said one of its balloons circled the Earth in 22 days.

Snowden leaks erode trust in Internet companies, government
Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency's data collection practices have eroded the public's trust in major technology companies -- and in the Internet, a Harris Interactive survey found.

Nest to disable key feature of IoT Protect smoke alarm
Nest, the connected-home device maker Google agreed to buy in January, is disabling a feature that allows its Nest Protect smoke and carbon-monoxide alarm to be silenced with a wave of the hand.

Google Plus Outperforms Twitter (Really)
Marketers who ignore Google Plus are missing a worthwhile opportunity, according to a new report from Forrester. Googles social platform delivers nearly double the engagement rate of Twitter, and yet some large brands continue to be lackadaisical with their effort.

Apple slates WWDC for June 2-6, sets up ticket lottery
Apple today announced that its annual developers conference will run June 2-6, and that it's copying Google's method of assigning tickets through a random drawing.

Cortana's voice is synthesized in part from an AI character in Halo
Cortana, Microsoft's new digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, gets her name from a fictional character in the popular Halo video game series.

Hell freezes over: Microsoft makes Windows free for some devices
Microsoft will give away licenses to Windows Phone and Windows to device makers building smartphones or tablets with screens smaller than 9-in. measured diagonally.

Steve Jobs called for 'holy war' against Google
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs declared 2011 the year of "holy war against Google" in an email to Apple executives ahead of an annual management retreat in late 2010.

Jonny Evans: Wearable computing means the death of the smartphone
For wearables to really take off, they will have to cannibalize the smartphone, just as mobile devices have cannibalized the PC.

Big data showdown: Cassandra vs. HBase
Bigtable-inspired open source projects take different routes to the highly scalable, highly flexible, distributed, wide column data store

Google seeks Supreme Court review of Wi-Fi packet sniffing ruling
Google has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by an appeals court that its collection of data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks is not exempt under federal wiretap laws.

Google touts extra encryption for Gmail, remains mum on other apps
Google recently trumpeted that it now encrypts Gmail messages while shuffling them among its data centers, an extra security layer aimed at thwarting government and criminal snoops, but didn't say if it applies this protection to its other applications.

Microsoft cuts Azure prices, adds basic tier
Microsoft said Monday it was cutting prices of its Azure cloud services to match the prices of competitor Amazon Web Services in the latest in a price war in cloud services.

Offshore firms took 50% of H-1B visas in 2013
Data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shows clearly that the largest users of H-1B visas are offshore outsourcing firms.

Yahoo reportedly launching YouTube rival
Reports are circulating that Yahoo is looking to launch a video site that would go up against Google's behemoth YouTube.

Bing adds context to people, places with 'snapshot' feature
Bing is poised to function like a souped-up Yellow Pages, with visual search results offering more information about professionals such as lawyers and doctors.

CIOs Need to Focus on Competitive Threats
Today's executives can boast about their companies' tech prowess, but they also need to keep an eye on archrivals and new competitors, says Maryfran Johnson.

Early STEM education will lead to more women in IT
A leading advocate for introducing girls to computer science argues that educators must develop required programs at the K-12 level to resolve gender imbalance in the tech sector.

Google, Level 3 DNS services hijacked in Turkey
Google said its free DNS (Domain Name System) service is being intercepted by most Turkish ISPs as the country battles users trying to circumvent censorship efforts by the government.

'No poaching' case versus Google, Apple, others can go to trial
A lawsuit that accuses Google, Apple and other top Silicon Valley companies of driving down wages by agreeing not to hire each others workers can go to trial, a judge ruled on Friday.

Why Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon want to be each other
It was a loony week in Silicon Valley. Four major technology companies announced expensive and risky programs to become less like themselves and more like their competitors.

Invasion of the body snatchers: Wearable devices are coming for you
A place in your pocket is no longer enough for mobile gadget makers. Now, they want your body.

Lawyers near settlement in Silicon Valley employee-poaching case
Attorneys say they're making progress toward a possible settlement in Silicon Valley's employee poaching case, in which Google, Apple and other companies are accused of conspiring not to hire employees from other tech giants.

7 Tips for Managing Digital Information Overload
Email, social media, texts. Today's business and project managers have more electronic distractions than ever. So how can busy managers successfully navigate the electronic jungle? Organization and productivity experts share their top tips for beating information overload.

Turkey blocks YouTube in 'desperate and depressing move'
The Turkish government has followed through on a threat to block YouTube from within its borders.

Google, Facebook, others join to upgrade MySQL
Facebook has joined a number of other Internet services heavyweights, such as Google and LinkedIn, to better equip the MySQL relational database management system for large- scale work.

Microsoft returns to scare tactic well in dump-XP campaign
Microsoft yesterday pulled out a fear-of-God approach to scare users into dumping Windows XP, telling them that the most popular tasks done on a PC will put them in the crosshairs of cyber criminals.

Infor bets big on Amazon Web Services for cloud ERP
Infor is betting big on Amazon Web Services for its cloud ERP (enterprise-resource-planning) software strategy, with plans to begin offering a series of product suites on the company's IaaS (infrastructure as a service).

'Innocence of Muslims' actress files contempt motion against Google
An actress in an anti-Islam movie trailer has filed for a contempt of court order on Google for its alleged 'near-total disregard' of an appeals court's order asking it to take down copies of the video from YouTube.

Google Now alerts hit desktop Chrome, OS subversion continues
Google yesterday began rolling out Google Now notifications to users of its desktop browsers on Microsoft's Windows and Apple's OS X.

Google cuts prices, adds features to boost enterprise cloud services
Google has revamped its portfolio of enterprise cloud services, by cutting prices, adding new features, and touting a refreshed enthusiasm for the cloud market.

Google Glass may get more stylish with help from Oakley and Ray-Ban
Google is looking to reach a wider audience for Glass with some design help from Oakley and Ray-Ban.

FCC moves ahead with proposal to allow spectrum sharing
The U.S. Federal Communications will soon move forward on a 2-year-old proposal to experiment with spectrum sharing in an effort to deal with a skyrocketing demand for mobile data bandwidth and increasingly crowded mobile services, the agency's chairman said Monday.

Google moves to bust Glass 'myths'
That's it. Google says it's had it with what it says are rumors and myths circulating about its entre into the wearable computer market, Google Glass.

Microsoft warns Word users of ongoing attacks exploiting unpatched bug
Microsoft today warned users of Word 2010 that in-the-wild attacks are exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in the software.

Rogue apps could exploit Android vulnerability to render devices unusable
A vulnerability in Android that was publicly disclosed in mid-March could be exploited by malicious applications to force devices into an endless reboot loop, according to security researchers from Trend Micro.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Who needs operating systems anymore? Not you.
OSs will still matter to developers and engineers, but ordinary users are going to be more and more in the cloud, where their OS doesn't matter at all.

Newest bug bounty touts $10K rewards, appeals for help in finding Flash flaws
A new entry in the cash-for-bugs business, the Internet Bug Bounty, recently paid out its first $10,000 rewards.

15 mysteries about the Moto 360 smartwatch
We've seen pictures and videos of Motorola's round smartwatch. But the most important facts are still unknown, and Mike Elgan has a lot of questions.

Internet giants can access your data, too
Security protections have been tightened at many of the major online services, as firms like Google and Microsoft pledge to protect their users against unwanted prying eyes. But while many people fret about unwarranted government access to their data, the Internet firms themselves play by their own set of rules.

A tech effort seeks to make climate change up close and personal
The White House, tech companies and others believe more Americans would take action on climate change if its affects could be visualized up close, down to its impact house by house.

Big data Google-style comes under attack
The article in TIME is headlined "Google's Flu Project Shows the Failings of Big Data." However, critics says the real failing here is not with big data but with Google.

Big data funding spree continues
Venture capital firms continue to funnel big sums of money to big data startups. Hadoop player Cloudera announced $160 million in new financing, and analytics startup Platfora raised $38 million.

Google tightens HTTPS protections in Gmail in light of government snooping
Citing the need to protect users from government cyber-spying, Google has tightened Gmail's encryption screws by removing the option to turn off HTTPS.

Wearables fit perfectly into Google's smart strategy
Google's Android Wear mobile operating system is about powering smartwatches and wearables, but it also fits neatly into the company's overall smart strategy.

NASA 'codeathon' seeks apps that address coastal flooding
NASA, with an eye toward Earth-based projects, is calling on software and hardware developers to create new technologies for addressing issues around coastal flooding.

Microsoft's free OneNote vaults to top of Mac App Store chart
Microsoft's OneNote jumped to the top of the free application chart on Apple's Mac App Store shortly after its Monday launch.

Mozilla patches 20 Firefox flaws, plugs Pwn2Own holes
Mozilla on Tuesday patched five vulnerabilities exploited by researchers last week at the Pwn2Own hacking contest, where they were awarded $200,000 for their collective efforts.

How to Work Seamlessly Across Multiple Devices
Employees who used to burn the midnight oil at the office now get to do so from the comforts of home, thanks to the proliferation of personal laptops, tablets and smartphones. Getting files to appear on and sync with multiple devices can be challenging, but a little bit of advanced planning can go a long way.

Google Chromecast goes on sale in Europe and Canada
Google's multimedia streaming device Chromecast is now available in 11 more countries, including France, Germany and the U.K.

Facebook holds back on end-to-end encryption
If you're a Facebook user and you want the best form of encryption to keep hackers and spies out of your posts and chats, you don't have a ton of options now.

Suddenly, wearables are big with new developer software releases
If you didn't think wearables were going to be big, think again. Google and Samsung are among the biggest players in this emerging tech field and both just made new wearable app developer announcements.

At last, Google and Viacom settle that YouTube lawsuit from '07
Google and Viacom have settled a 2007 lawsuit in which Viacom originally demanded US$1 billion from Google for what it said was massive copyright infringement on YouTube.

Why C-Suite Executives Need to Shine on Social Media
Most CIOs -- and other C-suite executives have at least a LinkedIn profile, but social media requires much more these days. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and others are no longer exclusively personal, but also reflective of your role in the larger organization.

Google launches Android Wear for wearable devices
Google has kicked off an effort to bring Android to wearable devices, reminding everyone that the OS is not just for tablets and smartphones.

Google and Cisco will bring WebEx to Chromebooks
Google and Cisco are teaming up in the enterprise collaboration market, bundling WebEx with Chromebooks and integrating the Cisco Web conferencing and online meeting product with Google Apps.

Quantum rewrites the rules of computing
Quantum computing holds huge promise, and scientists say it could eventually surpass classic supercomputers for tackling enormous calculations, like cryptography and finding planets. But there's debate over whether quantum computers truly exist. Google and NASA are testing one.

Isis CTO accuses retailers of turning off NFC and smartcard payment tech
A powerful group of retailers plans to roll out mobile payments in 2014 by scanning barcodes from smartphones, a move that sets up a potential battle with backers of NFC and Google Wallet.

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Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Which should you get?

Two of the most eye-catching Android phones of the year are begging for our attention right now -- and all the hype can make it hard to know which one's right for you.

Microsoft Office whips Google Docs: It's finally game over

If there was ever any doubt about whether Microsoft or Google would win the war of office suites, there should be no longer. Within the last several weeks, Microsoft has pulled so far ahead that it's game over. Here's why.

Samsung's real challenge: developing a sense of focus, taste, and restraint

Samsung's Android devices may sell well, but commercial success and optimal user experience don't automatically go hand in hand.

Google's flat Android plan is not just about Apple

User interfaces won't be defined by what you see on the display forever, of course. Voice and gesture recognition will become part of the user interface equation -- this absolutely makes sense when the challenge of developing logical user experiences for wearable devices really takes off.

Apple has no Heart (bleed)

“Apple takes security very seriously. iOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable software and key Web-based services were not affected.”

Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Camera shootout!

How does Samsung's Galaxy S5 camera compare to the HTC One (M8)? Check out these side-by-side samples and see what you think.

Google to business XP users: We'll give you $100 to buy a Chromebook

Google is wasting no time luring XP business users to Chromebooks: It's offering them $100 off every Chromebook purchased through Google's Chromebooks for Business program, in addition to other financial incentives. Does Google have a chance sweeping in XP owners, or is this just a PR ploy?

Hands on: What the HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition is actually like to use

The One (M8) Google Play Edition gives you HTC's outstanding hardware with near-stock Google Android software. So what's it actually like to use -- and is it the right phone for you?

Hands on: The first things you notice about Samsung's Galaxy S5

Samsung's Galaxy S5 is one of the most heavily hyped phones of the year -- but marketing messages aside, what's it actually like to use? Here are the first things you notice when you pick up the device.

Attention, Android manufacturers: Bigger isn't always better

Every new phone doesn't have to be bigger to be better -- and sometimes, bumping up the size can actually be a bad thing. 

Huge Chromebook sales growth. Will 2019 be the year of the Linux desktop?

Shut up and give Google your data.

The Chromebook platform goes from strength to strength. Market researchers say they're selling faster than ever, predicting 11 million sales (in... err... 2019).

And it's not just consumers buying them. Some enterprises are choosing to move most of their Windows users to Chrome OS -- motivated by the XP end-of-life and cost savings.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder the wisdom of Chromebooks and Chromeboxes in the enterprise.

In pictures: Here's what the HTC One's dual cameras can do

The HTC One (M8) has two rear-facing cameras designed to let you play with focus after the fact. Here are some real-world examples of what the unusual setup can do.

Will Facebook's drones pop Google's loony bubbles?

Zuckerberg: Droning on.

Train, bus, bike, or automobile? Regularly, most of us choose one in this list to get us where we need to go. If you are Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) -- you likely include drones, satellites, and lasers in your "go to" list. Not quite satiated with WhatsApp and Oculus Rift, we find Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg snacking on Ascenta: A UK company specializing in solar-powered drones...

Hands on: 6 interesting things about HTC's Sense 6 software

With the launch of the HTC One (M8), it's hard not to focus on hardware -- but the snazzy new phone also shows off some interesting changes to HTC's Sense software.

Office for iPad marks end of the platform wars

Microsoft's purported plan to launch Office for iPad today is a bigger deal than you thought.