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Report: Marketing firm may buy Klout for $100 million

Lithium Technologies will pay more than $100 million, according to published reports

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Online clues located North Korea's missile-launcher factories

A few seconds of video, literature, a couple of memoirs and Google Earth helped locate a secret North Korean military plant.

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Nokia and HTC bury hatchet in patent disputes

The two have been battling since 2012, with several HTC phones banned from sale in Europe.

California bill proposes mandatory kill-switch on phones and tablets

The bill comes in answer to rising smartphone and tablet theft across the U.S. and could usher in the technology on phones sold nationwide

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Typo keyboard maker goes on offensive against BlackBerry

The iPhone keyboard maker says BlackBerry's patents are invalid and the company doesn't own the concept of a keyboard.

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Nadella's salary set at $1.2M for first year as Microsoft CEO

He's also eligible for a cash bonus of up to $3.6 million.

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Google to renew Eric Schmidt's $100m stock bonus

Schmidt is also getting a $6 million cash bonus for his work in 2013.

Google Wi-Fi could soon connect again in Mountain View

Approval by the city council later this month could re-establish free Wi-Fi in Google's hometown

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Satellite hotspot promises to bring Wi-Fi everywhere

The new Iridium modem connects the Internet to any corner of the planet.

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Intel executives got sharply less compensation in 2013

The company is now tying payouts more closely to performance

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North Korea's home-grown OS looks a lot like Apple's OS X

The latest version of the software dumps a Windows-like interface for a Mac-style desktop.

Samsung's Apple damages equivalent to 16 days' profit

Samsung owes Apple a check for smartphone patent infringement, but the multimillion-dollar award is equal to several days' profit for each company.

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BlackBerry moves to block sales of Typo keyboard

The company claims Ryan Seacrest designed the keyboard to replace his BlackBerry

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Find My iPhone finds two suspected thieves in Silicon Valley

The suspects stole $14,000 in gadgets from a startup incubator, but didn't turn them off.

It's official: Toshiba owns OCZ's SSD business

The Silicon Valley SSD maker is now part of Toshiba but will continue to operate independently