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Facebook tests sound alerts, direct reply option

The features, which aren't yet available to everyone, could be especially useful for mobile users of the popular social networking service.

Tech happenings abound after superstorm Sandy

From cell site outages to Wi-Fi network issues to a story on how to spot a fake storm photo, here’s a roundup of what’s been happening over the last week.

Anonymous protests planned over government surveillance

The shadowy hacker collective is upset over the tracking and profiling of citizens.

Microsoft Surface tablet gets nod from Oprah

The endorsement comes at a good time for Microsoft, as it seeks to siphon away customers from Apple, maker of the wildly popular iPad, and win over the skeptics.

Twitter follows Facebook's Instagram and plans photo filter, report says

Photo manipulation is a hot commodity in social networking circles, and since many Twitter users carry a mobile device that likely includes a camera, adding Instagram-like features is a no-brainer.

Google Nexus 10 video surfaces, gets heavy traffic

Code-named "Manta," the tablet is expected to have a display resolution of 2560 by 1600 pixels, or 300 pixels per inch, compared to the iPad’s Retina display of 264 PPI.

What we know so far about the LG Nexus 4

From all accounts, the new Google smartphone will include a 4.7-inch touchscreen, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and near-field communication, among other features.

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5 Silicon Valley tech companies we all want to work for

Silicon Valley firms dominate a list of the companies with the best perks. Here are five top tech firms with great benefits.

Surface shipping delays irk some customers in Canada, Europe

According to Microsoft, the shipping delay for online Surface orders won't affect retail availability.

Facebook criticized by gay students for discussion group loophole

A Facebook spokesman deflected any blame pointed in the company's direction.

Netflix posts an app tailored for Windows 8

Netflix has posted to the Windows Store its Windows 8 app, which is crafted to take advantage of Windows 8 and especially the upcoming Surface tablets.


Galileo satellites now in space

Galileo aims to provide a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service that's better than GPS and controlled by civilians.


Texas school uses RFID badges to track student locations

Two San Antonio, Texas schools are requiring students to wear badges with an embedded RFID chip in order to track their locations. Some students complain about invasion of privacy and chilling their right to assemble, but the school says it has an obligation to crack down on truancy, which is high at those schools.

Streaming video of Stewart-O'Reilly debate disrupted

Many viewers had difficulty streaming the debate between the political pundits with opposing ideologies when it began.


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Foxconn denies strike, says iPhone 5 production is on track

Foxconn, Apple’s giant Taiwanese manufacturing partner, denies reports that workers at one of its Chinese factories went on strike Friday and says iPhone 5 manufacturing is proceeding according to plan. However, labor groups say Foxconn and other factories have ongoing issues, and an analyst says labor issues aren't China's only challenge.