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Sarah is a freelance writer and editor based in Silicon Valley. She has a love/hate relationship with social media and a bad habit of describing technology as "sexy."

Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 review: Solidly budget-friendly

Unless you're looking for something very specific, such as an attractive exterior or serious processing power, the 15R is a great choice for budget-conscious shoppers.

Google Wallet for content: Google's latest plan to nickel-and-dime us on the Web

Google Wallet for content will let people pay for access to web articles using the Google Wallet mobile payment system

Portege Z935

Toshiba Portege Z935-P300 Ultrabook: Lightweight, for light users

This extremely lightweight Ultrabook boasts solid overall performance, but poor usability.

Dell Inspiron 17R-1316MRB Review: A Budget Desktop Replacement

This laptop looks like a hulking desktop replacement, but its components and price say it's really a budget PC.

California bars employers from demanding employees' social media log-in info

A new California law prohibits employers and universities from requiring or requesting social media log-in information from employees, potential employees, students, potential students, and student groups.

New bill attempts to curb Big Brother’s ability to snoop and squelch free speech online

An ECPA reform act and a Global Free Internet Act aim to protect online innovation, user privacy, and free speech.

Facebook privacy snafu turns out to be false alarm, but maybe it's time for some housekeeping

Some Facebook users thought their private messages were appearing on their walls. Turns out those were just old wall posts they'd forgotten about.


Just how hackable is your digital life?

Hackers are everywhere, but they tend to be a bit lazy. By following a few key security measures, you can greatly reduce your risk of being victimized by a life-changing exploit.

Kickstarter introduces new guidelines, requires project creators to mention risks

Kickstarter is afraid of being seen as a "store," rather than a crowd-funding platform for projects that haven't yet come to fruition.


Groupon Payments

Groupon introduces mobile payments system

In an effort to get more merchants to use its coupons, Groupon is offering a new payment system with a "lowest rates" guarantee.

What to learn from the $10 million Subway POS hack

As two hackers face years in prison for targeting the fast-food chain, now's a good time to shore up your company's POS and remote desktop systems.

French piracy law claims first (innocent) victim

An innocent man has been fined 150 euros ($200) for failing to secure his Wi-Fi network.

Congress looks to tighten e-mail privacy law

A new bill will require warrants for authorities to access e-mail and other private online communications.

Apple vs. Tech company sues online Polish grocer over logo

Apple is demanding that the trademark of an online Polish grocer be revoked

Taliban uses sexy Facebook profiles to lure troops into giving away military secrets

Why you shouldn't add just anyone on Facebook, even hot-looking women.