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Watch out Google Hangouts: Skype rolls out free group video calling

Talking to a bunch of your buds just got a whole lot less costly for Skype users.

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The phone is the key to everything: Microsoft now owns Nokia's device business

Nokia's phones are now Microsoft's phones as the push towards Windows Everywhere continues

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With this phone, I thee wed: How the Nokia-Microsoft union changes everything

Nokia's devices are Microsoft's now. But Nokia brings a lot more to the union, including design and app smarts that Microsoft dearly needs.

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Lost Andy Warhol art recovered from 1980's Amiga floppy disks

And it all started with a YouTube video.

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Meet Project Naptha, an amazing Chrome extension for modifying text in web images

Project Naptha makes fiddling with text in web pictures as easy as fiddling with text in Word docs.

You've got spam mail: Slew of AOL email accounts fall prey to spoofing attack

A horde of @aol.com email zombies have risen, and they're hungry for SPAAAAAAAAM.

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It's official: Nokia's phone business will become Microsoft's on April 25

After a long wait and regulatory delays, Microsoft's $7 billion acquisition of Nokia's phone business will close on Friday, April 25.

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How to prevent Windows 8.1's desktop taskbar from showing in Metro apps

The Windows 8.1 update made Microsoft's Metro vision much more PC-friendly, but the newly universal desktop taskbar can block the UI in Metro apps. Here's how to make it stop.

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Apache OpenOffice hits major 100 million downloads milestone in under 2 years

Yep, a lot of folks are using Apache OpenOffice -- despite the fact that many Linux distros now default to LibreOffice.

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Hands-on: Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android makes remote PC access easy

Remote desktop software is normally a pain in the butt. The new Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android isn't—and it's free.

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Don't wait for Windows 9: How to get a Start Menu, windowed Metro apps today

A Start Menu and the ability to run Metro apps in desktop windows are coming to Windows 8.1 at some unspecified time in the future, but you can get it today thanks to some helpful software.

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Dropbox CEO defends Rice despite 'Drop Dropbox' privacy backlash

CEO Drew Houston cites Rice's international experience, as users fume over the appointment of a known wiretapping advocate to the Board of the cloud storage company.

Report: NSA secretly exploited devastating Heartbleed bug for years (Update: NSA denies)

News of the Heartbleed bug has brought the Web to its knees, and Bloomberg says the NSA has been exploiting it for at least two years.

Microsoft ends free custom email domain support for Outlook.com

Start paying for Office 365 if you want to manage email addresses with a personal domain, Microsoft suggests.

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'Drop Dropbox' protests flare as wiretap proponent Condoleezza Rice joins board

Not surprisingly, privacy advocates decry the appointment of Rice, a pro-surveillance hawk, to the board of a company that stores lots of user data.