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The best tablets of 2013: A year of refinement, not revolution

While 2012 was a knockout year for tablets — with the introduction of the iPad Mini, Nexus 7, and Microsoft Surface — 2013 is actually somewhat boring in comparison.<p>Yes, tablet sales continued to grow steadily (up 53 percent from 2012, says Gartner), but this year is more about evolving last year’s …

Social Media’s Cold, Hard Reality: It Still Doesn’t Drive E-Commerce Sales, IBM Says

Shutterstock / Andrew Williams<p>Last year, IBM poured some cold water on social advertising when it said social sites like Twitter and Facebook had …

Why Chinese smartphone clones may not be a good deal after all

CNET's Marguerite Reardon explains in this edition of Ask Maggie why those too-good-to-be-true deals on cheap smartphones from China should be avoided.<p>Nobody loves a bargain like I do. So when a reader asked me what I thought about buying "knock-off" smartphones in China, I was intrigued.<p>After all, …

Twisted iOS hit 'Badland' now on Android

The dark and beautiful <i>Badland</i> was one of our favorite mobile games when it hit iOS earlier this year (we even named it a Best New App), and now Android gamers can finally see what the hype is about. Developer Frogmind had previously announced its Android intentions back in August, and today the …

Facebook Testing Timehop-Like Feature to Surface Past News Feed Posts

Grufnik/Flickr<p>Facebook is getting the slightest bit more nostalgic.<p>The company is trying out a new feature inside of the News Feed that lets users …

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Google 'spins invisible web' with user data, Dutch watchdog says

Web giant's practice of combining user data from its different services violates data protection law, the agency says.<p>Google's practice of combining user data from its different services without user consent violates Dutch data protection law, the country's privacy watchdog said Thursday.<p>A 2012 …

Mall of the future? eBay's new storefronts can gather your data

The e-commerce site partners with brands and one of the world's largest shopping center companies to show consumers a new kind of mall, one that melds online with offline.<p>SAN FRANCISCO -- Uri Minkoff, CEO of fashion brand Rebecca Minkoff, climbed through an opening in a wall leading to an empty …