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Why your Internet service provider wants to nix all-you-can-eat data buffets

As the industry moves toward 'metered' broadband plans, hard-core users will feel the hurt.

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5 lingering (and silly) tech fees we shouldn't still be paying

Several charges and fees appear on bills for technology long after they should no longer apply. Here are some of the worst offenders; be aware.

Falling flat-panel, TV sales could bring discounts home for the holidays

Worrisome news for the flat-panel TV industry probably means that consumers should see some aggressive holiday TV bargains.

Microsoft sweetens iPhone trade-in deal to push Windows

Microsoft launched yet another trade-in program to convince consumers to switch to a Windows device, this time aimed at iPhone owners.

Dump unwanted tech items for Lenovo gift card in new trade-in program

Lenovo teams with NextWorth.com to offer Lenovo gift cards to those who trade in any gently used tech via the trade-in site.

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Building a better password: Simple changes add strength

We still take the easy route far too often, but even some simple changes can strengthen password selections.

Are password managers safe from the NSA surveillance?

With all the disclosures about PRISM and decryption by government agencies, we wonder whether the NSA force password management app developers to give up your data.

TVs and smartphones steal the spotlight at IFA

This year's IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin offered smartphones, tablets, 4K TVs, a much-anticipated smartwatch and new spins on the camera.

bitcoin

Bitcoin is legal, let it evolve into its role, researchers urge

The much buzzed-about digital currency has aroused concern for its use in illicit activity, but George Mason University researchers urge a cautious regulatory approach.

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The worst deals in tech: Are you being fleeced by these 7 overpriced products?

That shiny new tech toy might appear irresistible—until you realize its mark-up is obscene.

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Report: Google tests local news card to keep you updated on what's happening nearby

The new card would deliver "hyper-local" information relevant to where you live or work.

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Tired of being pestered? Dodge data collectors with MaskMe's myriad tools

A new privacy tool called MaskMe may help people evade data harvesting efforts by websites and marketers.

FTC advises Google, Yahoo, others to be clearer in labeling paid search results

Searching online for something like "diet plans," or "Caribbean vacation," or of course "iPhone," is bound to present a slew of results, including ads. Now, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission wants search engines to display those ads more clearly.

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10 things about Bitcoin every consumer should know

While many in the Bitcoin community discredit the criticism against the currency, no interested party should dive into a Bitcoin engagement without knowing the facts.