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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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A promise made to be broken: Congress' latest plan for Net neutrality

Part-time thespian, full-time legislator Sen. Patrick Leahy petitions Comcast to respect Net neutrality. That'll teach 'em!

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The love connection: Google's robo ruse uncovered

Ain't no crush like a cyborg crush, if Google's secret robo plans come to fruition. Cringely has the details

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Welcome to the United Drones of America

From California to Kansas to Florida, the former and current war machines are taking up new tasks -- mosquito control, for one. Feel safer yet?

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Salvation or shell game? It's anyone's guess with Windows 10

Windows 10 will save us from Windows 8! But a look at upgrade paths and licenses will send you down the rabbit hole

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Amazon's assimilation of the Washington Post is nearly complete

To no one's surprise, Jeff Bezos has made good on his promise to subsume the venerable Post into the Amazon machine

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Sexist like me: The Evan Thornley startup manifesto

An Australian tech exec reveals the secret to his success: Categorically underpaying women. Give the man a medal!

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Hollywood or Home Depot: Whose breach is better?

Trick question, but odds are you were too busy leering at exposed celebs to notice yet another massive security hack

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