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The “Internet of Things” Requires New Thinking on Data

In the world of tech where buzzwords come and go faster than you can say “synergy”, the “Internet of Things” is a bit of an oddity. It is an old …

News flash: Americans remain conflicted on government data gathering

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Marina99<p>Fifty-percent of Americans seem to have no huge beef overall with the U.S. government’s data collection …

Why Microsoft’s reorganization closes the books on an era of computing

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / ToddABishop<p>Nothing ever stays the same. On more than one occasion, it has taken Microsoft, one of the most …

Why Steve Ballmer Is Reorganizing Microsoft

Steve Ballmer is reportedly going to announce his plans for a massive reorganization of Microsoft's corporate structure on Thursday.<p>This reorg will shape the remaining years of Ballmer's tenure as CEO.<p>In the past, he's told executives at Microsoft he plans to stay on as chief until his youngest …

SolePower charges smartphones by harnessing walking power

What if people could charge their phones by going for a walk? No electricity, no power outlets, no more dealing with dead phone batteries. This idea actually isn't too farfetched.<p>A new Kickstarter campaign is focused on getting funding for a power generating shoe insert that lets users charge …

Clean Energy

App store in the driver's seat: Here comes your next car

The automotive industry is getting in on the app craze with programs that can be downloaded directly to the car. CNET looks at the potential benefits -- and headaches -- of having an app store on wheels.<p>"We're not just trying to give customers what they want; we're working on what we think they …

Wolff: In tech scandals, it's all about the scale

What vexing career problem do Rupert Murdoch and Barack Obama share?<p>Their accidental responsibility for vacuum-style data gathering.<p>Over a six-year period, Murdoch reporters in London listened in on and downloaded thousands of voice mail messages of celebrities, newsmakers and their friends, …

NSA and GCHQ spy programmes face legal challenge

The British and US spy programmes that allow intelligence agencies to gather, store and share data on millions of people have been challenged in a …

Twitter May Have Handed Microsoft A Huge Victory In Its War Against Google

That company has fought a long, lonely — and until now fruitless — war to get advertisers to respect the Do Not Track setting it uses by default in its Internet Explorer browser.<p>By contrast, folks at Google probably hate Twitter right now for joining the anti-tracking forces.<p>And advertisers won't …

The demise of the News Feed: Facebook, where did you go?

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook (s fb) is the place to connect people from around the world, but right now, my Facebook News …

Meet Consano, The Crowdfunding Platform That Wants To Help Cure Cancer [TCTV]

Crowdfunding has been a godsend for getting lots of projects off the ground that otherwise may not have attracted dollars from traditional powers-that-be in retail manufacturing, music, movies, and the like. So at a time when the federal dollars that typically fund medical research are under more …

European watchdogs order Google to rewrite privacy policy or face legal action

Privacy watchdogs in the UK, Germany and Italy have told Google to rewrite its privacy policy in Europe or face legal sanctions, 15 months after the …

The Internet Defense League rallies to Restore the Fourth

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>While some may be celebrating on Independence Day with sparklers, hotdogs and pool parties, some of the biggest names on the …

Microsoft and Best Buy team up to create a 'Windows Store' inside 600 retail locations

Microsoft is announcing on Thursday that it plans to open special Windows Stores within Best Buy locations. The partnership will see 500 Best Buy locations in the US and 100 Best Buy and Future Shop retail stores in Canada launch a store-within-a-store. Microsoft is aiming to showcase Windows-based …

What the NSA Wants to Know About You and Your Phone

So, now we know. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the U.S. government is tracking phone calls made by American citizens within domestic …

Microsoft and FBI collaborate to take down $500 million 'Citadel' botnet ring

Microsoft in cooperation with the FBI took down the majority of the malicious computer networks that make up the "Citadel" botnet ring. A botnet is a network of compromised computers that are generally used to perform coordinated attacks against others. Citadel has infected as many as five million …

White House plans sweeping expansion of broadband for schools

Better technology — particularly better connectivity — is seen as one of the linchpins of education reform, and the White House hopes to overhaul school broadband with a new initiative. The ConnectED program, announced today, is meant to get 99 percent of students in schools access to stable Wi-Fi …

Apple ebooks trial: Amazon 'yelled ... and threatened' when publishers tried to control prices

Cupertino's lawyers say Amazon considered agency model before publishers started pushing retailers that way<p>One of the most curious claims that Apple's attorneys have made during the company's antitrust fight with the federal government this week is that Amazon considered handing over the ability to …

White House defends snooping of Verizon phone records

The Obama administration calls the NSA's practice of gathering phone records "a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats," reports the AP and Reuters.<p>The White House is defending the decision to collect the telephone records of U.S. citizens by labeling it an anti-terrorist …

Google ordered to comply with unconstitutional demands for data

The judge who ruled National Security Letters are unconstitutional says Google must give FBI customer data<p>The very same judge who this year ruled it unconstitutional for the government to demand, without warrants, that telecom and Internet firms hand over user data has now ruled that Google must …

Microsoft mulls 'major restructuring' with focus on devices and services like Xbox and Skype (update)

Microsoft is reportedly mulling a restructuring that would see the company position some of its key executives to strengthen its "devices and services" vision. CEO Steve Ballmer outlined "a fundamental shift" towards devices and services for the company just ahead of the Windows 8 launch, but so …