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Microsoft's Top Visionary To Leave as Ranks Shift
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Microsoft's Top Visionary To Leave as Ranks Shift

Ray Ozzie, the executive who became Microsoft Corp.'s top technical visionary after the retirement of cofounder Bill Gates, plans to leave the software company...

Facebook in Privacy Breach
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Facebook in Privacy Breach

Top-ranked applications transmit personal IDs, a Journal investigation finds.

'scrapers' Dig Deep For Data on Web
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'scrapers' Dig Deep For Data on Web

At 1 a.m. on May 7, the website PatientsLikeMe.com noticed suspicious activity on its "Mood" discussion board. There, people exchange highly personal stories...

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India Launches Project to Id 1.2 Billion People

India's vaunted tech savvy is being put to the test this week as the country embarks on a daunting mission: assigning a unique 12-digit number to each of its...

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'Cookies' Cause Bitter Backlash

Spate of lawsuits shows user discomfort with latest innovations in online-tracking technology.

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Texas Ag Probing Google's Searches

The Texas attorney general's office is conducting an antitrust review of Google Inc.'s core search-engine business, a sign of widening government scrutiny of...

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Fcc Adjusts Final Rules on Use of Vacant Tv Band

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is close to passing a proposal that would free up the vacant spectrum between TV channels, which would allow technology...

How Wikileaks Keeps Its Funding Secret
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How Wikileaks Keeps Its Funding Secret

The controversial website WikiLeaks, which argues the cause of openness in leaking classified or confidential documents, has set up an elaborate global financial...

Google Mapping Worries Spread
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Google Mapping Worries Spread

South Korea police raid Internet giant's offices; German officials criticize plan to roll out Street View in 20 cities.

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Google Agonizes on Privacy as Ad World Vaults Ahead

A confidential, seven-page Google Inc. "vision statement" shows the information-age giant in a deep round of soul-searching over a basic question: How far should...

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On the Web's Cutting Edge, Anonymity in Name Only

You may not know a company called [x+1] Inc., but it may well know a lot about you.

Message From Rim Chief: Monitoring Would Kill Web
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Message From Rim Chief: Monitoring Would Kill Web

Research In Motion Ltd. co-CEO Michael Lazaridis lashed out at governments seeking to ban his company's BlackBerry phones, saying they risk undermining the growth...

In Silicon Valley, Forget Your Wallet
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In Silicon Valley, Forget Your Wallet

Two pilot programs by start-ups in Silicon Valley are testing ways to bring to market a long-promised innovation of the Internet era: the digital wallet.

Wal-Mart Radio Tags to Track Clothing
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Wal-Mart Radio Tags to Track Clothing

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to roll out sophisticated electronic ID tags to track individual pairs of jeans and underwear, the first step in a system that advocates...

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Htc, Samsung Rebut Apple's Smartphone Claims

Asian handset makers HTC Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. on Monday rebutted claims made by Apple Inc. that the iPhone 4's reception problems are shared by other...

­U.S. Plans Cyber Shield For U­tilities, Companies
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­U.S. Plans Cyber Shield For U­tilities, Companies

The U.S. government is launching a program dubbed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running critical infrastructure...

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Hackers Aren't Only Threat to Privacy

Sophisticated hackers aren't the only ones gaining access to sensitive data on the Internet. A large amount of personal information is being left exposed or poorly...

Verizon Strives to Close Iphone Gap
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Verizon Strives to Close Iphone Gap

When Steve Jobs wrapped up his announcement of the new iPhone 4, another big Apple Inc. event had come and gone with no mention of Verizon Wireless.

Facebook, Myspace Confront Privacy Loophole
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Facebook, Myspace Confront Privacy Loophole

Facebook, MySpace and several other social-networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers' names and other...

Facebook Grapples With Privacy Issues
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Facebook Grapples With Privacy Issues

A backlash over Facebook Inc.'s privacy practices has triggered disagreement inside the company that could force Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to scale back efforts...
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