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Guns, vandals and thieves: Data shows U.S. networks under attack

More than a thousand malicious acts have targeted the U.S. telecom infrastructure in recent years, the FCC revealed in response to an FOIA request.

Phone unlocking bill clears US House, next step is president's signature

The bill reverses a 2013 decision that phone unlocking by consumers ran afoul of copyright laws.

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State Department computer crash slows visa, passport applications worldwide

The problems followed routine maintenance work so hacking is not suspected

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Arrests made after international cyber-ring targets StubHub

StubHub accounts were compromised and used to buy tickets for popular events, which were then resold

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Apple reports a huge profit but sales disappoint

iPhones and iPad sales were both slower than expected

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Apple gets patent for 3-year-old smartwatch design labeled 'iTime'

The patent is for a wrist-worn gadget that has a touchscreen and can communicate with a smartphone

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Under Google's warm embrace, robot maker reduces dependence on military

Boston Dynamics took $31 million in government funding last year, but this year it has had almost none.

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There's almost a million fake apps targeting your phone

Trend MIcro finds hundreds of thousands of fake Android apps in trawl of online stores, forums.

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Why the Apple-IBM deal matters

Times have changed since Apple's '1984' commercial bashing IBM.

The 5 biggest data breaches of 2014 (so far)

Hackers, mistakes, bad security and stupidity are putting your data at risk like never before.

Google, Dropbox and other top tech companies band together to fight patent trolls

A new group seeks to provide its members insulation against attacks by patent trolls

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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.