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Why approve the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger? Science!

How dare California tie Comcast merger approval to rural broadband coverage! Lucky for the ISPs, researchers may have cleared the last hurdle

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Choosy gadget users know: Stupid is the new smart

Sick of your smartphones, smart TVs, and smart doodads leaking personal information? The answer is obvious: Go dumb

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One step forward, two steps back: The state of cyber security in Washington

Even as one senator speaks sense on connected cars, the president's latest cyber security agency won't likely leave hackers shaking in their boots

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Beauty is in the eye of the bot holder -- and woe be unto the rest of us

This is how the world ends: The greatest minds of our generation have united to create the equivalent of a pageant judge, wrapped in a silicon shell

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Profits or patches? Take a wild guess at Microsoft's choice

Due to cost-cutting measures in Redmond, an eerily familiar crew may soon be responsible for testing bugs: You, me, and everyone we know

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Deep pockets and political puppets: Inside Comcast's merger machine

All across the United States, Comcast is propping up a puppet regime of local politicians ready to do its bidding

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Linux kills, 3D blooms: Last look from Vegas

In the aftermath of CES 2015, one exciting new possibility arises from the desert floor

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The CES conundrum: Nothing you need, lots you'll want

In tech, of course -- our intrepid reporter finds a few new wrinkles in old tech at the annual Consumer Electronics Show

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The fog of cyber warfare: Hacked if you do, hacked if you don't

Get used to the new doctrine of state-backed, weapon-grade cyber assaults: You hit us, we hit ... somebody. You've been warned

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The Church of Zuckerberg, now welcoming converts and creators

O come ye Facebook faithful, Cloud Starchaser wants to spread the good word of Saint Mark of Palo Alto. Do you have what it takes to save humanity?

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Bring on our robo-lords; they can't be worse than us

With all due respect to Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, the coming AI aristocracy might not be so bad

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When iPhones fly? Don't put it past Apple

You can have your bigger screens and better battery life -- Apple is too busy taking future iPhones to the skies

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Uber bulldozes ethics, demolishes decency to pull ahead

The red-hot ride-sharing service is no stranger to controversy, but its recent targeting of a journalist is both telling and indefensible

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AT&T on Net neutrality: He who controls the pipes controls the universe

AT&T issued its latest threat to those who would want fair Internet access for all: Not without our pipes, you won't

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Tech believes children are the future

Teach them well and let them lead the way, and throw them six-figure startup sums for their efforts. Meet the baby Einsteins who make Zuckerberg look old

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Mobile madness is our most ridiculous epidemic

When did we become so dependent on devices? And is there any hope of breaking the addiction? Cringely sees few signs of a cure

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Apple, Google turn blind eye to dirty high-tech job hiring

High-tech job brokers hit new lows with claims of cruel treatment of immigrant workers, while big names play dumb

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Meet the kooky, quirky startup hero we need

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king, and in ego-bloated Silicon Valley, a curious eccentric is a breath of fresh air

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