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Tech companies pitch in to help in Sandy’s wake

In the wake of Sandy, technology companies are going all out when it comes to relief efforts. From text-message donations to cooperation in providing services to customers, recovery is under way.

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Comcast offers free Wi-Fi in the wake of Sandy

Residents in eight states and Washington, DC most affected by Hurricane Sandy will be able to log-in to Comcast’s Wi-Fi network for free through November 7.

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Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy early Sunday morning.

Online tools to use to track Hurricane Sandy's power

Here's where to go to find up-to-the-minute information as Hurricane Sandy clobbers the United States.

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Windows 8 users: Google wants you back

The search giant launches a special website to help you “get your Google back” while using Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Amazon Web Services outage takes out popular websites again

Issues at an Amazon Web Service datacenter in Northern Virginia had webmasters at Reddit, Flipboard and Airbnb dealing with unhappy customers on Monday.

Isis mobile payment system for Android finally launches

After months of delays, the tap-to-pay mobile payment system owned by AT&T, T-mobile, and Verizon Wireless goes live in Austin and Salt Lake City.

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Megaupload's Kim Dotcom returns with “Mega” file-sharing service

Megaupload may be dead, but its founder Kim Dotcom is about to launch a whole new file-sharing site with new protections for its users.

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The Pirate Bay moves to the cloud to escape authorities

The popular search engine used to find torrents, or small information files that allow the downloading of content from the BitTorrent peer-to-peer system.

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Starbucks adopts Square wireless wallet

Starbucks coffee shops will use Square's mobile payment system in its own app starting this fall, and is also updating its iOS app with location alerts.

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Facebook private messages trigger 'likes' without telling

A new Facebook feature lifts links from your private messages and adds anonymous "likes" to those sites without alerting you.

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Google obtains patent for Project Glass-like smart-watch

Google appears to be working on a smart watch that operates much like its highly anticipated Android-powered eyeglasses.

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Paid social network App.net updates pricing structure, adds monthly plan

App.net cuts prices to make it easier to join its premium social network.

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Foursquare adds 'Always On' option to track friends

A new feature added to Foursquare Tuesday sends you an alert each time your friend checks in on the service.

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Windows 8 System Builder will replace full version at retail

Non-upgrade versions of Windows are being replaced in Windows 8 by the System Builder version, which is more accommodating when it comes to transferring a license.

Court orders music pirate Jammie Thomas-Rasset to pay original fine of $222,000

Jammie Thomas-Rasset has been ordered to pay for downloading pirated music. Could a possible Supreme Court fight settle the issue of how much a pirated song is worth?