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In pictures: Google exec secretly shatters Felix Baumgartner's skydiving altitude record

Move over, Felix Baumgartner. Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, rode a balloon more than 25 miles up, then cut the cord.

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Microsoft: Surface Pro 3 tablet is selling at twice the rate of the Pro 2

Buyers are snapping up the well-regarded Surface Pro 3 tablet, which has replaced virtually all other versions on Microsoft's website. In the earnings call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also talked up the Xbox and Lumia businesses.

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Surface tablets nearly hit $1 billion as Microsoft revenues jump 25 percent

Microsoft's revenue climbs on the strength of its consumer businesses, although profits fall following the Nokia acquisition.

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Stealthy startup Soft Machines launches virtual CPU cores that trounce traditional processors

Backed by a who's who list of big names in the chip industry, startup Soft Machines is launching a chip that spreads workloads out over a CPU's cores.

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Zoho nips at Google Inbox's heels with its own email filtering app, Inbox Insights

The smaller, scrappier productivity company showed a similar product called Inbox Insights in August. In the wake of Google Inbox, the company says it will continue developing its competing solution.

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ARM vs. Intel: Why chipmakers want your Chromebook’s brains

As Chromebooks gain credibility among consumers, corporations and schools, Intel has every reason to elbow into what used to be ARM's turf exclusively.

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New Windows 10 Technical Preview build includes notifications, battery saver, data monitor

Build 9860 of Windows 10 adds new notifications capabilities via the Action Center, as well as the ability to sign up for more frequent build updates.

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ESL eSports gives Xbox One some gaming tournament cred with new app

The new ESL app adds Xbox One games to its game competitions, setting the stage for FIFA soccer tournaments alongside PC games like Defense of the Ancients 2.

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At $179, E FUN's Nextbook 10-inch Windows tablet sounds like a steal

While the price is right, it's still unclear what performance the new E FUN Nextbook hybrid Windows tablet will offer, however.

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Windows 10: The votes are pouring in for these 10 features

The people are speaking! Users of the Windows 10 Technical Preview can suggest and vote for desired features. Here are the features getting the most thumbs-up right now.

Google's ambitious broadband plans include testing wireless technology, filing shows

Reuters reports that wireless millimeter-wave technology could be part of Google's broadband future. Don't think of it as high-speed, ubiquitous wireless broadband, but rather a cost-saving measure for its Google Fiber infrastructure.

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Apple's Mac mini finally updated, starting price dropped by $100

Apple refreshes its "most energy efficient desktop computer," the Mac mini.

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Why the Surface Pro 3 has quietly replaced my work PC

The Surface Pro 3 offers all the advantages of a tablet along with all the performance of a solid notebook. Until I can do better, there's no reason to go back.

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Intel earnings show revenue gains in notebooks, Internet of Things

Intel says it shipped more than 100 million microprocessors for the first time. The good news for consumers? Hard-won price battles mean cheaper products for you and me.

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The Skype Qik messaging app follows trends from video chat to spontaneous deletion

Messaging apps are multiplying and mutating rapidly. With Skype Qik, Microsoft's joining the trend, featuring self-destructing video messages that can be shared and reacted to.