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Germany's IFA show, debut ground for numerous new products, hits 90 years old

From radios and Einstein through teletext, DVDs and MP3 to smartwatches, IFA has seen lots of new products

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California passes law mandating smartphone kill switch

The law is likely to affect smartphones sold around the world

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Report: NSA built 'Google-like' search engine for metadata

ICReach sought to provide easy access to billions of pieces of communications metadata

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Planet Labs begins launching second set of satellites

The satellites will compete with Google's Skybox Imaging

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US warns 'significant number' of major businesses hit by Backoff malware

Backoff malware is stealing credit card details, according to a cybersecurity alert

In his own words: the best quotes of Steve Ballmer

As he steps down from Microsoft's board, here's a look back at some of his most memorable quotes

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Why would Chinese hackers want hospital patient data?

Medical records data can be a valuable asset, especially in a country where many have no health insurance

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Hackers steal data on 4.5 million US hospital patients

Community Health Systems says the breach occurred in April and June

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Seven ways DARPA is trying to kill the password

From analyzing the way you walk to your heartbeat, these futuristic authentication systems could be here soon

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New WorldView 3 satellite will provide new look at the globe

The satellite, due for launch on Wednesday, could mean better quality images on Google Earth and Bing Maps

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Smartphone kill-switch bill passes California assembly

The bill is intended to reduce smartphone theft in the state

5 unanswered questions about the 1.2 billion passwords stolen by Russian hackers

Lots of questions follow Tuesday's revelation of the amassing of 1.2 billion credentials by Russian hackers

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Massive Russian hack has researchers scratching their heads

Many questions remain after a security company said it had uncovered a huge database of stolen online credentials

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Report: Sprint gives up on pursuit of T-Mobile USA

Sprint abandoned the takeover because it thought it would have a hard time getting regulatory approval, according to newspaper reports.

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Russian hackers amass 1.2B stolen Web credentials

The hackers collected data on a massive scale, 'so it affects absolutely everybody,' security firm says.