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Holiday Gear Sneak Peek

Tech firms got a jump on the holidays this week in New York where they showed off cool new tech toys they hope will be big hits with gift givers. Here are some of the product highlights from the event sponsored by ShowStoppers.

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T-Mobile's G1 vs. The iPhone: Game On!

Finally Apple gets some serious competition with T-Mobile's G1. Here is how the two stack up against each other.

Annoying Software: Is Apple iTunes the New AOL?

Remember back in 2000 when AOL was king--and incredibly irritating? Apple's iTunes seems to be catching up. Here are seven reasons why iTunes may be ready to don our Annoying Software crown.

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Gas Crisis Fuels Dubious Online Offers

Beware of Internet sites promising cheap gas, free gas, or savings of 60 percent at the pump.

Bogus Ink Stink

Counterfeit ink and toner cartridges can ruin prints, spray ink, and permanently damage your printer. Part one of a series on cheap ink.

The 10 Funniest Apple-Ad Parodies

From 1984 to the famous manila folder, Apple's TV ads have been ripe targets for satirists and rival companies. Here are 10 of the best take-offs.

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Top 10 Google Flubs, Flops, and Failures

Not everything Google touches turns to gold. These are some of Google's biggest nonstarter Web services, software programs, and business moves.

Elude Your ISP's BitTorrent Blockade

More and more Internet service providers are blocking traffic to the peer-to-peer file-sharing service. Find out whether you've been targeted, and learn how to get around the restrictions.

Google's Top 17 Easter Eggs, Gags, and Hoaxes

Google makes your life easier with great search, but did you also know it's loaded with pranks, goofs, and put-ons? We show you the best of the bunch.

Adobe AIR Moves Web Apps to the Next Level

Here's a sampling of current and upcoming Adobe AIR applications that blur the line between online services and desktop programs.

The Year in Tech: Top 2007 News and Trends

Legal tussles, format wars, and (of course) the iPhone dominated technology news in 2007. Here are the biggest tech headlines of the year--including some we'd like to forget.

In Pictures: Most Spectacular Sights in Google Sky

Want to boldly go all over the universe? With views of 100 million stars and 200 million galaxies, Google Sky lets you be a virtual space traveler with just a few clicks of a mouse. Here are some amazing images that are literally out of this world.

In Pictures: The Strangest Sights in Google Earth

With its detailed satellite photos, Google's interactive map lets everyone be a virtual globetrotter. And some of the things we've found in our travels are downright bizarre.

In pictures: The strangest sights in Google Earth

With its detailed satellite photos, Google's interactive map lets everyone be a virtual globetrotter. And some of the things we've found in our travels are downright bizarre.

Google Earth Strange Sights

Plug-in produces bookmarks of strange sights in Google Earth