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Dan Tynan has been writing about technology since Mark Zuckerberg was in nappies. A prolific freelance writer whose work has appeared in more than 70 publications, he is the former editor in chief of Yahoo Tech and a longtime contributing editor for InfoWorld and PCWorld.

Why Does Google Hate Me?

Analysis: In the latest snafu, Google Docs erased my files -- but only when I tried to view them in Chrome. Really, Google?

Federal Judge: Your Location is No More Private Than the Color of Your Car

A court of appeals has ruled that the cops can legally trace the location of your cell phone on public roads -- no warrant required. Can you say Big Brother?

The RIAA Knew SOPA and PIPA Were Useless, Yet Supported Them Anyway

The industry knows that most music files are swapped offline, notes Torrent Freak. So why is the RIAA still asking ISPs to spy on us?

Why do Music Labels Want Useless Weapons?

Analysis: The RIAA knew SOPA and PIPA were useless, yet supported them anyway. Most music files are swapped offline. So why is the RIAA still asking ISPs to spy on us?

What Apple's Acquisition of AuthenTec Means

Apple's purchase of fingerprint tech company AuthenTec means biometric readers could soon be standard on mobile devices. That's both good news and bad.

Data Miners: What Do They Really Know About Us? We May Soon Find Out

Congress wants data miners to spill the beans about what they really know about all of us.

Online Privacy: Americans Want It, and They Want It Now. So Why Can't They Get It?

A new survey by Truste claims 94 percent of people care deeply about online privacy. Unfortunately, none of them are in the online advertising industry.

We'll Share Data, if We Get to Choose the Data, Survey Says

A study shows that Americans value their personal data and don't want to give it away for free. They also want a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.

Yahoo's (and Your) Lesson in Proper Passwords

After hackers leaked more than 450,000 Yahoo passwords, do we need any more proof that our security measures are lacking in both strength and imagination?

Your Tweets are Not Your Own (and Neither is Your Phone)

Law enforcement demands for Twitter and mobile phone data are skyrocketing. Surprised? You shouldn't be.

Cleansing Your Digital Shadow: A Nearly Impossible Task

Have your embarrassing moments been immortalized online? Getting them removed is even harder than you think -- even when you do everything right.


7 Ways to Spot a Fake Facebook Friend

The fake factor: Facebook is full of bogus accounts. Here's how to shake the counterfeits and take them down.

How to Finger Fakes on Twitter

Is that hottie really just a bottie? Here are six ways to tell the difference between real and fake accounts and spot a Twitter bot.