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Feds will need a search warrant to read your email if new bill passes

The government will soon need a search warrant to go through your e-mail, if a bipartisan bill introduced on Tuesday in the Senate passes.

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Bitcoin processor links web shopping carts to Amazon.com's shipping

Amazon.com and bitcoin now have an interesting link: A popular e-commerce shopping cart for merchants can now accept bitcoin payments and move orders to Amazon for shipping.

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The FTC says identity theft retains its throne as No.1 consumer scourge

Identity theft is the top consumer complaint to the Federal Trade Commission for the 13th year in a row.

Privacy group: Google sharing too much personal info with developers

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the California Office of the Attorney General should investigate Google's Wallet service for sharing app buyers' personal information with app developers, a privacy group said.

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Microsoft steps up 'Scroogle' campaign against Google with advocacy twist

As Microsoft pushed Outlook.com out of preview mode today, analysts said the company's "Scroogled" attack ads, which fired shots at Google's Gmail two weeks ago, were effective.

Take your smartphone to lunch and let it pay for you

Restaurants such as the California-based grilled cheese chain The Melt streamline your dining experience with online ordering, apps, and QR codes.

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Inside the shadowy underground of 'anything, anywhere' cloud-based printing

Cloud-connected printers are everywhere, but how hard is it to collect your paperwork? We went to a private school and Twitter's corporate office to find out.

Rakuten, Japan's 'Amazon,' launches U.S. brand, the former Buy.com

Visitors to what used to be Buy.com will see changes on the front page this week—including a pronunciation guide for its new name.

iOS apps for resellers

Let your mobile device help you make money through online (or offline) reselling.

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Should you upgrade to Windows 8 while it's still $40?

The opportunity to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $40 will vanish on Jan. 31. Should you rush out to buy a cheap upgrade license? Maybe. But only after reading this.

The dirty and dangerous side of tech

Your gadgets may be full of stuff that hurts the environment, other people, and maybe even you.

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Get the Help You Need Without the Hold Time

Obtaining tech product support and resolving customer service issues can be aggravating. Turn to these sites and tips for faster results.

How to return your gadget gifts without any runaround

Unhappy with a gift or other seasonal tech purchase? Here’s our advice for hassle-free returns and exchanges, online and in person.

U.S. Congress may not have stomach for another SOPA/PIPA fight

As a new session of the U.S. Congress convenes in early 2013, don't expect lawmakers to rush out a new version of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) or the Protect IP Act (PIPA).

Last-minute online gifting for apps, movies, music, and books

Stuck without a gift close to Christmas? Never fear: If your relatives like apps, books, movies, musics, or TV shows, there's a very simple solution to this dilemma -- electronic gift certificates.

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