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Alibaba now worth more than Facebook, Amazon, and IBM

Amazon, Facebook,<p>IBM, Intel. As of midday on Friday, Alibaba is now worth more than all of them.<p>On its first day as a publicly traded company on the …

Apple's new iPhones score big in durability

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's new and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are more durable than last year's model and a leading Android phone, a study says.<p>Apple's iPhone 6, whose screen measures 4.7 inches, did the best across a variety of tests that measures how prone smartphones are to break due to …

How To Protect Yourself Against Hackers

There is nothing, hardware or software, that is unhackable.<p>Let’s get that out of the way right off the bat. If a hacker — a real hacker, not someone with a set of easily available hacking tools — really wants your information, they will get it. The same can be said for the NSA or any other …

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Apple and Google's Motorola Mobility settle long-running patent lawsuit

After years of duking it out in courts around the world, Apple and Google's Motorola Mobility group settled their long-running lawsuit today. In a filing, which was first spotted by Reuters, the two companies said they planned to dismiss all lawsuits against one another. However the pair did not …

Google buys Word Lens maker to boost Translate

Google has purchased Quest Visual and its well-received translation app Word Lens for an undisclosed sum, the company said Friday. The Quest Visual team will join Google Translate, according to a post on WordLens.com.<p>"By joining Google, we can incorporate Quest Visual's technology into Google …

Judge approves first payout in antitrust wage-fixing lawsuit

Judge Lucy Koh gave the go-ahead to the $20 million settlement between three of the seven tech giants and their employees who had sued over widespread wage-fixing and collusion, according to a court document obtained by CNET on Friday.<p>The settlement, agreed to in October 2013 and mediated by …

FTC may soon turn its regulatory gaze toward data-collecting health apps

The Federal Trade Commission recently said it would crack down on the sharing of information about children by mobile apps, and now we see indications that it will turn its regulatory gaze toward apps that collect health data.<p>In late February and early March, the commission conducted a small study …

Zagg Invisible Shield Glass: Perhaps the best investment for a new iPhone

I’m such a bad iPhone(s aapl) owner. I generally take good care of my handsets, mainly because I sell them to upgrade from one iPhone to the next. …

Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of September 22

After a convincing win against Aston Villa, the need for new recruits at Arsenal feels slightly less pressing. Nevertheless, the rumours continue.<p>The defeat against Borussia Dortmund exposed Arsenal's weaknesses at the back and in holding midfield, and many supporters are hoping those areas can be …

Qatar adamant it will host 2022 World Cup despite doubts

BERLIN (Reuters) - Qatar remained adamant it would host the 2022 soccer World Cup despite a FIFA Executive Committee member suggesting on Monday that the tournament would have to move because of scorching temperatures.<p>Qatar presents a model of its Al-Wakrah stadium as it bids to host the FIFA 2022 …

The Xbox One Could Rise To The Top, If Microsoft Does One Thing

Microsoft is a company famous for big successes and big mistakes. Windows ME and to some extent Vista are cases in point. Some of Microsoft’s mistakes have been releasing products that aren’t very good – again, Windows ME – and some of those mistakes have come from listening to the public.<p>Yes, …

A Eulogy for Twitter

The beloved social publishing platform enters its twilight.<p>We've been trying to figure out the moment Twitter turned, retracing tweets to see whether there was something specific that soured the platform.<p><i>Something is wrong on Twitter.</i> And people are noticing.<p>Or, at least, the kind of people we hang …

Smartphones: The Silent Killer Of The Web As You Know It

The PC is dying, long live the PC! These headlines have been thrown around for years, as sales of laptops and desktops have continually dwindled downward.<p>The tablet has long been pinned as the murderer of the traditional computers and it certainly looked like it was going to be the one to do away …

NBA Mock Draft 2014: Breaking Down Where Top Prospects Will Land in 1st Round

While the majority of NBA fans continue to focus on the playoffs and who will win the 2014 title, there are plenty looking forward to the future and the upcoming draft.<p>More than any other sport, one or two key players can transform an entire roster in the NBA and turn a squad into a playoff …