Fred O'ConnorReporter, IDG News Service

Fred O'Connor writes about wearables, Apple, IT careers, health IT and general technology news for the IDG News Service.

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Google, Yahoo offer online tools to keep address books current

Google and Yahoo are adding features to their address books that automatically update contact details

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Apple tops Samsung in quarterly smartphone sales for the first time since 2011

Samsung faces competition at both the premium and low-end, and that cost the Korean giant.

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Mobile wallet space heats up as PayPal buys Paydiant

Paydiant technology is behind the mobile payment apps used by Subway and Capital One

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HP will buy Aruba to bolster its wireless networking business

The $2.7 billion deal will allow HP to take advantage of businesses with increasingly mobile employees

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As tech and recording industries seek harmony, Google invests in music publisher Kobalt

Kobalt's CEO said the music industry needs technology companies to sell its products

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Sexy times are back on Blogger

Blogs with adult content will be kept in the public realm, Google said, reversing an earlier decision.

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Apple ordered to pay Texas company $532.9 million after losing patent case

Apple will appeal the verdict and called for patent reform to end lawsuits from companies that don't make products

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Android gains share, iOS falls in 2014 smartphone OS market

Sales of iOS devices, however, increased 25.6 percent. Blackberry also lost market share in 2014, IDC found..

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Visa Europe security updates may set the stage for Apple Pay expansion

The credit card issuer plans to put in place by mid-April in Europe token technology, which Apple Pay uses

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Twitter speaks up for FCC net neutrality plan

Keeping the Internet open promotes free speech and helps the US economy, Twitter said

Apple offers free repairs for MacBook Pro video issue dating to 2011

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A class-action lawsuit was filed against Apple over the issue, which appeared soon after the latest MacBook Pros went on sale

LibreOffice, OpenOffice now available for Firefox smartphones

People use their device's Web browser to access the software, which rollApp hosts

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Uber increases funding round by $1B to meet investor demand

By issuing more stocks, Uber more than doubled the capital raised during its latest funding round

Sony looks to PlayStation to revive fortunes, could ditch smartphones

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Sony continues to spin off struggling divisions, including its video and audio business

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Apple is said to recruit engineers for car development project

Apple's recent hires include a Mercedes-Benz executive who led its Silicon Valley R&D center.