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The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Friday, April 17

WikiLeaks publishes stolen Sony info...IBM opens up threat data...China suspends rule on foreign IT vendors

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Whistleblowers at risk when using U.S. government websites

The ACLU is recommending that more than two dozen websites be upgraded to use encryption

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10 messages that can only be adequately expressed with emoji

Words are great, but sometimes you need a good ;) to really get the message across.

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Mini PC invasion: 10 radically tiny computers that fit in the palm of your hand

Some of today's 'desktop' mini PCs make laptops seem downright bulky in comparison. Here are 10 examples.

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Review: Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablet is a laptop in disguise

It's a bit clunky as a tablet but comes into its own when you add a keyboard and watch it rip through a few tests.

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Star Wars! Nothing but Star Wars! (And other great movies newly available for streaming)

Nick at the Powder Room is absolutely beside himself this weekend. But if you don't like Star Wars or basketball, we have 7 other picks.

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California bill aims to secure data of users using ride-hailing companies

The legislation will be heard by an assembly committee on Monday

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Plex TV subscribers get support for photos and music as part of a significant update

The Plex smart TV app is now more useful than ever, but you'll need to pony up for a subscription to get the new features.

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Uber lawsuit over alleged India rape heading to mediation

Both sides have agreed to try to settle the claim without a trial

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LA school district seeks millions from Apple over iPad software woes

This is the latest chapter in the dramatic and complex project of supplying all Los Angeles public school students with an iPad.

This trackpad is the size of your thumbnail

Researchers at MIT have developed a prototype trackpad that’s the size of a stick-on nail and controlled by running a finger over its surface.

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Forever 21 denies pirating Adobe software, strikes back

The retailer claims Adobe, Corel and Autodesk charge accused pirates exorbitant license fees.

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AMD reports a dim financial picture and withdraws from high-density server business

The company is reversing course on a business it formed by acquiring SeaMicro three years ago

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MIT develops wireless trackpad for your thumbnail

Tiny wireless device is still a prototype, but brings a new way to control electronics