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Kindle Fire tablet for the holidays? GameStop is the place

An alliance between Amazon and GameStop comes as big-box chains question the slim margins on Amazon’s hardware and the way the online retailer cannibalizes brick-and-mortar store sales.

Twitter photo filter feature appears to be coming soon

The feature, which AllThingsD says will be available before the end of the year, comes after Instagram moved last week to disable Twitter integration for its users.

Privacy in America continues to erode online, report says

The Wall Street Journal has been looking at this issue, and in its latest report it says companies are increasingly connecting consumers’ real-life identities to where they hang out online.

High-tech glasses wow with new advances

While it will take a few years for wearable computing to mature, recent developments show there's a lot of interesting activity taking place in the field.

Internet meeting spurs controversy

There's opposition to Monday's meeting of governments because it is a secretive session that involves some countries that oppose a free and open Internet.

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Microsoft may bring music player to SkyDrive, codes reveal

Such a move would mean if you have songs saved to SkyDrive you could play them from any browser or mobile device, similar to how Google Play Music or Amazon Cloud Player work.

Facebook rolls out photo sync to Android and iPhone users

If you have the latest Facebook app for Android or iPhone, you'll now see a notification about photo sync when you visit your timeline using your handset.

Facebook users share photo of fake Powerball ticket

A guy who posted a picture of himself holding what he claims is one of the two winning tickets from Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot perpetrated a hoax.

Online shopping way up on Thanksgiving

Data from online consumer analytics firm Experian Hitwise shows online traffic on the holiday increased 71 percent this year compared to the same day a year ago.

Technology built into mannequins helping stores track customers

An Italian firm sells a mannequin that has a camera built into one of its eyes that ports data into facial recognition software that can tell the age, gender and race of people walking by.

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4 reasons to skip Black Friday next year

It really isn’t worth staying up all night to get a good deal on some tech devices, cameras and gadgets, and here's why.


Instagram users set Thanksgiving photo upload record

Users of the photo sharing service on Thursday uploaded more than 10 million photos with captions that included Thanksgiving-themed words.

Microsoft Surface RT tablet touch cover keyboard fuels complaints

Even though the iPad rival has only been on the market for a little more than two weeks, some early users say the keyboard splits where it connects to the tablet.

Email, not war, prompted retired general's downfall from CIA

The lesson for David Petraeus and others: If you don't want to get busted for something, you shouldn't email someone about it.

Black Friday shopping: What to expect

Want to get the scoop on the deals you can score at many of the big box stores? Check out the website The Coupons App, which shows leaked ads from major retailers.