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Murderers, fakers throw bizarre twists in high-tech lawsuits

Two filings in two weeks bring unexpected moments to Silicon Valley high-tech trials

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Uber agrees to limit 'surge pricing' during emergencies, natural disasters

The ride-for-hire service could have faced legal action under New York's price gouging statute, so it quickly changes course.

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Blue Shield discloses 18,000 doctors' Social Security numbers

A mistake left thousands of Social Security numbers in publicly available files

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Breaches exposed 1 in 7 US debit cards in 2013

The Target breach could speed up the switch to chip-based EMV cards, hopefully.

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PF Chang's says breach was 'highly sophisticated criminal operation'

But the restaurant chain still hasn't said how many cards were affected or how the data was stolen

Ericsson hits 5Gbps in 5G labs demo

The first 5G network is expected sometime around 2020 in Japan or South Korea.

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Like other tech giants, Facebook is very white and very male

The company has become the latest in a string of major tech players to disclose employee diversity details

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NASA to send 'flying saucer' on first flight this week

The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator is a test bed for technology that could be used on a mission to Mars

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10 things to know about the smartphone kill switch

The smartphone kill switch appears to be on its way to every handset sold in the U.S. So what's all the fuss about?

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Amazon names initial apps, lights 'fire' under developers

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Yelp are among the apps being developed for Fire, according to Amazon.

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As iPhone thefts drop, Google and Microsoft plan kill switches on smartphones

After a year of pressure, U.S. law enforcement officials announce a major success in their phone anti-theft push

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Wireless data traffic more than doubled in US in 2013

The average subscriber line carries 801 megabytes of data per month, said the CTIA.

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Unicode update adds emoji for spiders, chili pepper, 'live long and prosper,' and more

A new version of Unicode supports emoji, currency symbols and historic languages

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Bill Gates urges Stanford grads to focus on progress, not profit alone

If innovation is only market-driven, inventions may leave the world even more divided, he said

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Judge: Lawsuit over LinkedIn's repeated invitation spam can proceed

Plaintiffs allege LinkedIn improperly profited from their names by sending multiple invites to join the site to their contacts.