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IRS Pays Billions In Bogus Refunds---But Legit Refunds Still Get Audited

The IRS has had a string of recent failures, but paying out bogus refunds is particularly embarrassing. The IRS knows it is happening, knows which tax credits and refunds are targeted, and still can’t seem to stop it. President Obama even called for a fix back in 2009 in an executive order.<p>The IRS …

Microsoft's Surface dock on sale in limited quantities

If you want a docking station for the Surface tablet, you'd better hurry. The accessory is available in the US in limited quantities and won't be more broadly available until early 2014.<p>When it launched its second-generation Surface tablets and new peripherals, Microsoft told users not to expect …

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Guns in the workplace: A safety issue or a nightmare?

Bring your kid to work? Sure. Bring your dog to work? No problem. Bring your gun to work? In many states, packing heat on the job is a legally protected right.<p>A spate of state laws, many enacted recently, pit recreational shooters and gun-rights advocates against human resources and labor law …

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Why new moms spend even more time on smartphones than teenagers do

For new moms in the US, spending time on a smartphone is practically a full-time job. A new survey sponsored by AOL found that moms with young children are spending 37 hours a week using apps and browsing the web on their phone, compared to 31 hours a week for millennials, the next heaviest …

Loneliness

Aging Well: Keeping Blood Sugar Low May Protect Memory

There's a growing body of evidence linking elevated blood sugar to memory problems.<p>For instance, earlier this year, a study published in the <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i> concluded that higher glucose may be a risk factor for dementia, even among people without type 2 diabetes.<p>So the question is, …

Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Plant Undamaged After Earthquake

TOKYO, Oct 26 (Reuters) - The operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant said on Saturday there was no damage or spike in radiation levels at the station after a large earthquake struck in the ocean east of Japan, triggering a small tsunami.<p>There were no immediate reports of damage on land …

Samsung Gears Up For The Galaxy S5, But Does It Get Lifestyle Computing?

The rumors are flying thick and fast around the Samsung Galaxy S5, with a possible launch date in January now mooted, which would mean accelerating Samsung’s already warp-speed innovation and underline its paranoia about being left behind by Apple.<p>Will the S5 have fingerprint security? Probably …

Xbox One launch ad nails Microsoft's next-gen vision

All it took was zombies, Spock, supercars, and sports stars<p>Microsoft is kicking off its Xbox One advertising in a big way today. The software giant may have struggled with messaging and confusing policy reversals at its unveiling earlier this year, but it’s wasting no time trying to correct the …

The Digital TV Endgame: 10-Year Transition to All Things IP

While Internet TV is already technically feasible, commercial challenges are keeping it from becoming a mass-market reality. Services like Hulu, …

Southern ozone hole slightly smaller this year

This graphic from NASA's Ozone Hole Watch website shows the southern ozone hole at its maximum extent on Sept. 22.<p>Warm air at high altitudes this September and October helped shrink the human-caused ozone hole near the South Pole ever so slightly, scientists say.<p>The hole is an area in the …

Global Warming

FBI Says It's Seized $28.5 Million In Bitcoins From Ross Ulbricht, Alleged Owner Of Silk Road

The Silk Road made a small fortune during its two and a half years as the web’s biggest anonymous black market for illegal drugs. As of Friday, at least one $28.5 million chunk of that fortune now belongs to the FBI.<p>An FBI official tells me that the bureau has located and seized a collection of …

Sun erupts with two big solar flares

The sun erupted with two of the strongest solar flares it can unleash Friday, just days after blasting an intense solar storm at Earth.<p>The sun fired off a flare that registered at X1.7 on the space weather scale at 4:01 a.m. ET (0801 GMT) Friday, then followed with an X.2-class event at 11:03 a.m. …

Astronomy

Samsung posts record profits, again

Samsung Electronics has posted a 26% jump in profits for the three month period ending in September 2013, mainly due to strong smartphone sales and better memory chip revenues. Net income for the quarter was 8.24 trillion won ($7.6bn) up from 6.56tn won during the same period last year. Samsung …

Electronics Industry

The big winner of Obamacare rollout: The guy with HealthCare.com

Miami-based web entrepreneur Jose Vargas is sitting pretty. The domain he purchased seven years ago for a little over $2 million is now one of the most lucrative web properties on the Internet.<p>That domain is Healthcare.com, which hundreds of thousands of people rushed to by accident on Oct. 1, when …

The smartphone companies that shook up India and China are ready to colonize the world

You’ve never heard of Micromax (slogan: “Nothing like anything“) but in just five years it’s gone from a standing start to commanding over a fifth of the Indian smartphone market, behind only Samsung. Its stated ambition to is to control a third of the market. Its swift rise mirrors that of China’s …

Samsung Galaxy

Apple Set To Disrupt Tech, But Not In A Good Way

The technology sector has been a standout so far this earnings season but if Apple fails to exceed muted expectations Monday the group may have to settle for second place.<p>Factset senior earnings analyst John Butters projects Apple to be the biggest drag on the sector, which is expected to grow …

Will Samsung always be Pepsi to Apple's Coke?

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